View Full Version : Well, as the monkey said...

08-05-2001, 09:10 PM
...when he backed into the lawn mower.

"It won't be long now."


--N http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gifrm

08-05-2001, 09:16 PM
what a beaut Norm.

Ed Harrow
08-05-2001, 09:38 PM
Norm, that's NOT the way I heard it! When the firefly backed into the lawnmower he said, "Delighted, no end." You should be more than delighted with Prarie Islander. (Now if I can just get you to move east.)

08-05-2001, 10:29 PM
Looks nice Norm, But why the wheels. Don't you folks have any water. I did try sailing that way once in a sand buggy....in Oklahoma.
You can get those things up pretty fast with the right wing and lots of open spaces.

John B
08-05-2001, 10:53 PM
I was just going to suggest that you sheet her in a bit and kick away that jack.

08-05-2001, 11:22 PM
She will look like a dream on the water. Great job. Looks like you got all those rope things doing their job.


08-05-2001, 11:35 PM
Great Picture Norm (I'm saving it ....) but it kind of looks like you need to iron out all of those fold marks in the sail (mabey tint the sail off-white so it looks like you've been out on the water for some time).

John R Smith
08-06-2001, 03:29 AM
Hell's teeth, Norm, but that is a "proper" boat. She would look just perfect reaching up through Maggotty Bank on a warm summer afternoon, or anchored over in Church Creek with the swans circling round the cockpit. Love the rig, great cabin, and look at that brilliant shallow draught. She is made for the Fal, I tell you . . .


Mike Field
08-06-2001, 03:45 AM
It's okay, Chuck, they're just training wheels -- he'll have them off later, but he needs to learn how to sail her properly like that first.

Nice going, Norm.

Bruce Taylor
08-06-2001, 07:55 AM
Awesome, Norm. An inspiration (or a warning?) to us all.

08-06-2001, 07:55 AM


Dale Harvey
08-06-2001, 08:07 AM
Not nearly enough tension on that jib luff, ropeing should stetch out a bit with use though, and you need to tighten up on the gaff outhaul.

08-06-2001, 08:20 AM

Norm, is that a galanized stem head fitting? A custom job, some thread of long ago I missed?

It really is a handsome boat. Good tidings when it finally goes over.

ken mcclure
08-06-2001, 08:59 AM
Outstanding! Makes me want to run out back and start doing some laminating. 'Course, I wouldn't get any billable stuff done.

I'd be like the airplane mechanic who backed into the propellor and got a little behind in his work.

08-06-2001, 09:02 AM
Gee, with Paul's Adagio, your Praire Islander (and other Forum launchings before), it's like watching your friends' kids grow up and go of to college.


Keith Wilson
08-06-2001, 09:06 AM
Y'know, that may be the best looking boat between Brooklin and Port Townsend!

ken mcclure
08-06-2001, 10:06 AM
Don't you have problems towing with the rig raised like that?

I can see you getting ready to turn, shouting out the window, "Helm's Alee!"

08-06-2001, 10:12 AM
Hell, she's to pretty for the water--she belongs in a glass case in your living room http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif

Ed Harrow
08-06-2001, 11:13 AM
Originally posted by kwmcclure:
Don't you have problems towing with the rig raised like that?

No bridges. No electricity. No telephones. No worries!

Rich VanValkenburg
08-06-2001, 12:55 PM
Really nice job, Norm!

I've been wondering how much water there is in NB, and the wheels answer the question. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif

08-06-2001, 01:38 PM
Where are you going to park it? What are you going to build next?

You need something elegant to replace that slapped together Dory like thing. What about that Rushton designed catboat you photographed at the WB show? The 16ft melonseed from WB? That one should sail! And such a pretty stern! You also need a couple of really light double paddled canoes that are convenient to carry on your shoulder and will slip through those quiet backwaters. L.Francis was certainly right about those kinda boats. Those sailing canoes are nice but they are a tad heavy.

Of course that gaffer might need a tender....

I'll let you borrow Gardner, Chapelle, Rushton etc. books so you can get thinkin' on it.

Hugh Paterson
08-06-2001, 03:24 PM
Lovely job Norm, bet ya cant wait for launch
day wot u got left to do?



08-06-2001, 03:33 PM
Well, I promised the Wife that this would be the last boat. Then she got to thinking. It happens. Only one person in the history of the Earth is said to have walked on water so she said maybe I should build a dingy. Got the plans and the boards. Waiting for someone to muck out the garage. Winter project.

Slapped together dory like thing! Comeon, you gotta cut me some slack considerin' the help I had.

As to the other boats: Wouldn't that be fun" What I need is for someone to win a McArthur award for molecular biology and thus become able to support me in the manner to which I could be accustomed. Heck, even a Pulitzer prize or a post-doc would do.


Oh, Ish: The gammon iron is a cobbled up piece of mild steel I whipped out after taking some welding classes at the local Metro. Same for the tabernacle. Unfortunatly, neither is galvanized but painted with some etch, epoxy under coat, primer, top coat system. Interlux, I think, but its been several years now. So....


David Tabor (sailordave)
08-06-2001, 04:16 PM
Norm!!! She's beau-T-ful! Now I have an excuse to come to Neb (I've never been and need to check that state off my list) Will you take me sailing??? Huh, can I, please, pretty please? Seriously, she looks fantastic and I'll bet you can't wait to actually sail her. Regards, David

Nora Lee
08-06-2001, 05:44 PM
When's the launch? Drink the champagne and pass thru the kidneys, don't want to damage the hull! http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif

Fair Winds, Following Seas,

Nora Lee

08-06-2001, 06:31 PM
I don't care what the rest of em say, she(he) looks terrific Norm.

Bateau Boy
08-06-2001, 06:31 PM
I see the monkey has a diaper on it. When it get in the water the chlorine will kill any matter omitted. You will be okay. You will launch it in the neighbor's pool first?

Bob Cleek
08-06-2001, 07:27 PM

08-06-2001, 07:34 PM
Norm, you have stuck the sticky up thing with its' stringy bits and the Missus' bed sheets on to a bloody beautiful boat... inspirin' son, inspirin'.
It's a pity you are an ocean or so away, I would love to hear that little diesel putt,putting .... http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif

Scott Rosen
08-07-2001, 04:01 AM
She's beautiful. You must be very proud.

Norm, you're a rare bird. I'd guess there aren't too many sailboats in Neb., judging by the registration number anyway. I noticed that there are only three digits in the number--and the first is a zero!

A sailboat in Nebraska. Reminds me of a comic I saw recently. Two Bedouin, each with his camel, meet in the middle of the desert. No water for a thousand miles. As they are talking, dressed in their desert robes to shade them from the intense sun, seeking some shade behind a dune, one of them is showing off his new watch to the other. He says: "the best thing about it is that it's waterproof to 330 meters!"

Lima Bean
08-07-2001, 07:25 AM
Applause, Bob? I am eager to see the ovation. Bra-ve`simo, Encore. I'm standing up smackin' my mitts together, doing my best NY cabbie whistle loud and clear, two octaves higher in a sustained blast! I'm ready to toast marshmallows over mine, and hit the garage again to come up with something bigger. Inspiring you are Norm. Thank you.

08-07-2001, 08:23 AM
You are all to kind, thank you. Tomorrow is the big day. Pictures at ten. I don't mind telling you I'm a bit nervous. At least when Paul launched his beautiful Adagio he knew how to sail.

Ah, but to answer your observation about the registration number Scott: Nebraska requires registration for all motor boats. The official paper work thinks Prairie Islander is a stink potter. Sheesh! Three numbers three letters make for a lot of combinations but your are correct, relatively speaking there probably are not many motor boats in Nebraska. 'Course there isn't much water either, relatively speaking. (Nebraska has some of the most extensive sand dunes in the world.)

Anyway, I guess I'd better go make up a couple of dock lines and let the mast down.


garland reese
08-07-2001, 08:27 AM
Congrats Norm!
She is a beautiful sight to behold. You know, Oklahoma ain't that far away, and there are a few good sailing places here.......'course I'd be more than glad to be your tour guide.
You are definitely an inspiration to us all. Bet you'll turn a few "Husker" heads with that one.

Wayne Jeffers
08-07-2001, 08:43 AM
Congratulations, Norm. And thanks for letting us share in your excitement.

No need to be nervous. I'm sure she'll keep the water on the outside. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif

Looking forward to the pictures!


Tom Dugan
08-07-2001, 09:35 AM
Congratulations, Norm!

She's beautiful, and I hope you feel that all that work was worth it. It sure looks like it is.

(Geez, I'll bet he's out at the launching even as I'm typing this. In a windowless office. Sigh.)

Pleeeeeeeze don't forget to post some action pics!


08-07-2001, 09:55 AM
Gammon iron. Now how much more elegant is that than "stem head fitting"? I won't soon forget that epithet.

Unless the boat is going to live around salt-water Norm, mild steel and coatings should be fine.

08-07-2001, 10:10 AM
Nice work. You should be proud.

Don Olney
08-07-2001, 11:00 AM
That is one fine boat Norm! Don't worry about sailing, there's nothing to it really. Just keep moving that tiller thingy around until the wind catches and the boat moves in some direction but not necessarily in the direction you want to go.

PS: I thought the "NB" on your boat stood for "New Boat". http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

08-07-2001, 11:05 AM
So how many hours in the building was it?

08-07-2001, 04:28 PM
Norm,can't wait to see the pictures.She is certainly pretty.
As for that sailing stuff,just pull on that rope thingy and when the big white part is up,start the motor.
Good luck,I'll bet she handles well.what kind of weather are you expecting?

08-07-2001, 04:31 PM
Norm,can't wait to see the pictures.She is certainly pretty.
As for that sailing stuff,just pull on that rope thingy and when the big white part is up,start the motor. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif
Good luck,I'll bet she handles well.what kind of weather are you expecting?

[This message has been edited by dasboat (edited 08-07-2001).]

Rich VanValkenburg
08-08-2001, 09:29 AM
Is this where he's supposed to be launching? http://ngp.ngpc.state.ne.us/webcams/bigmac.html

He said launch at 10, that translates to 11 EDT. Be nice if we could see him out here.

Lima Bean
08-08-2001, 09:47 AM
I'm there and will be waiting to see. Hope you got the right place in mind. Hate to be sitting at the wrong ramp. Got the lawn chair out; sunscreen on spf35; cooler at my feet with some on ice. Grab a chair and sit a spell. My count says we have about an hour to relax.


Ed Harrow
08-08-2001, 11:48 AM

Lima Bean
08-08-2001, 11:58 AM
I'm squinting into the glare of the sun, seeing some deep azure blue water, but no boat.

I think that Rich got us all together at the wrong spot. Wouldn't be a hoot if Norm is twenty feet to our left and never crosses our line of vision.

Camera is saying it's 10:54. I'll hang here for another hour, thought to bring a sandwich in the cooler. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif

Norm, we're pullin' for ya,...we're in this together.


Rich VanValkenburg
08-08-2001, 12:20 PM
Now, I didn't say this is the spot. It's big, blue and in Nebraska and the only one with a webcam. I DID say 'IS this the spot?' Don't get me in trouble, I'll have to hide my keyboard.

If I were Norm, I'd be swimming around the boat with a camera trying to beat the heat. Weather map shows Nebraska in the high 90's.

Lima Bean
08-08-2001, 01:46 PM
Do ya think he remembered to put the drain plug in first? From the looks of things there was some activity on the lake, but the distance was too great to tell if it was you Norm. At the same time, I'm hoping that everything floated and sailed with the hot air.

From the looks of the map I viewed, it looks like a nice lake for sailing. 20 miles long and 4 miles wide at the east end. No wonder you made the decision to build a boat like 'Prairie'.

I'm headin' in out of the sun now, can't risk a burn. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif Will watch for pictures soon.


08-08-2001, 10:54 PM
See "Pictures at Ten" thread.

Danged if the boat didn't leak. Someone asked is there supposed to be water down there? I found a perfectly drilled, 3/16" hole in a corner of the centerplate trunk, centered ezackally on a penciled cross mark. Now one must wonder who, why, and when mustent one?

To bad Lake Mac is nearly 400 miles west of here.

Thanks everyone, for the moral support.

--N http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gifro