I can't find the posts about the agony-wait for #169, but I remember the post about winter-fallowing through back issues that can make a fix until that copy comes.
But be warned, if I may paraphrase an old map legend; 'There be drags on your time there.'
Last winter I started leafing through back issues starting at # 51 and got to #71 before getting gob smacked by the very definitive article on boathooks by Jon Wilson, and nothing would do but I make one that weekend. But then I made the mistake of turning the page and finding the Rick Cahoon article on making Peter Culler oars. I had to make those too. Thing is, I had 2 boats on horses for restoration and didn't need these side dishes taking up precious wood and glue.
So don't go into back issues unless you need something to do, the agony of choosing can really hurt.
BTW. This past summer both boats got wet, the hooker floats and hooks and the oars really move that sailboat when the air's dead.