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Michael Beckman
05-04-2009, 05:45 AM
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Syed
05-04-2009, 07:29 AM
Shoes not allowed on my boat except in a pack.:cool:

LeeG
05-04-2009, 08:12 AM
when do you head out Michael?

rbgarr
05-04-2009, 08:12 AM
I used to run barefoot at Cape Cod for all the summer months as a kid, and I'm sure many of us did wherever we were. By the end of summer my feet were so toughened I didn't get splinters on the docks anymore and could pound down broken oystershell paths without giving it a thought.

Alas, no more.

Michael Beckman
05-04-2009, 03:00 PM
when do you head out Michael?

In a couple days for Seattle, classes start Monday.

Flying to Tonga June 4th.

Three Cedars
05-04-2009, 03:37 PM
What do you think of skin on frame boats now that you've had experience with one ie. advantages and disadvantages ? Do you know the type of skin material used and coating ?

Best Wishes in your new career !

Michael Beckman
05-04-2009, 03:59 PM
Advantages.. its light, and looks awesome. Seems durable so far, but I try to avoid hitting stuff.

Largest disadvantage is that its too light sometimes when I'm by myself. Rowing upwind (with borrowed oars that were too short) was difficult. Sailing was pretty good, though gusts tended to scare me a bit. That probably has more to do with my sailing ability than the boats though. Still trying to remember its not a longboat with cement ballast, 14 bodies, and gear..

TimH
05-04-2009, 04:02 PM
Is that 3 sets of oars and 3 paddles?

hokiefan
05-04-2009, 04:07 PM
Bare feet, relaxed on the water. Looks like a good day Michael.

Cheers,

Bobby

TimH
05-04-2009, 04:08 PM
Around here naked feet are generally very cold feet :)

Yeadon
05-04-2009, 04:15 PM
Can you get any lead pigs along the keelson, or sandbags? I bet that hull form is a little squirrely when it's just you and no on else.

When you row into the wind, get your weight up front ... when with the wind, move back. When it's on your beam, well, turn a bit and make a choice. You probably already know all this, and should be reading the directions to me.

Michael Beckman
05-04-2009, 04:22 PM
Is that 3 sets of oars and 3 paddles?
4 paddles, 1.5 sets of oars. Good thing too. Started the day with 1 set of oars, but broke one of them before I got out of the marina. Whoever invented the fixed oarlock wasn't the smartest guy around.
So I then paddled and sailed over to Point Hudson, borrowed a set of oars from the Wooden Boat Foundation, and went back out.

Also, solo paddling a 20' umiak is pretty fun, actually.

LeeG
05-04-2009, 06:12 PM
In a couple days for Seattle, classes start Monday.

Flying to Tonga June 4th.

Tonga as in south pacific?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonga
Tongan women are known for being skillful jugglers.[24]

70% of Tongan women aged 15–85 are obese. Tonga and nearby Nauru have the world’s fattest populations

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
05-04-2009, 10:04 PM
I know what ya mean Michael.
My dogs have to breathe, especially after wearing steel toe boots for 8 hours.
Best of luck on the new adventure.

bamamick
05-04-2009, 10:19 PM
Yes they are, and let me give you a piece of advice for later on in life, Michael: nekkid babies are happy babies. Just keep it in mind :).

Mickey Lake

Michael Beckman
05-04-2009, 10:26 PM
Tonga as in south pacific?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonga
Tongan women are known for being skillful jugglers.[24]

70% of Tongan women aged 15–85 are obese. Tonga and nearby Nauru have the world’s fattest populations

Yep, there for a day or two before hopping onto this:
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/technology/vessels/thompson/media/thompsonlores_600.jpg

bamamick
05-04-2009, 10:34 PM
During the longboat voyage of Captain Bligh and the men of the HMS Bounty, weren't they particularly nervous about having to deal with the inhabitants of Tonga? Hmm.

Mickey Lake

LeeG
05-04-2009, 10:49 PM
Three cheers for Michaels next big adventure!!

BETTY-B
05-04-2009, 10:51 PM
All around sweet.

What ship is that? Ghost?

DAN

Michael Beckman
05-04-2009, 11:47 PM
Thomas G Thompson.

Looks like my second sea leg will be on the Woods Hole R/V, similar to the Tommy Thompson. That ones gonna be about 4 months long. Probably not much time for sailing for a couple years, so I'm getting in what I can now.

Looking forward to the long vacations in the future..

BETTY-B
05-04-2009, 11:56 PM
Wow. Exciting Michael. Very cool.

I was just kidding about the Ghost. I was talking about the Wolfs boat....

DAN

Michael Beckman
05-05-2009, 12:01 AM
Not familiar with the reference.

Anyone have any protips on what to do with my couple days of freedom on Tonga? Going to be kinda weird traveling alone, haven't done that yet. Hopefully I've got a secure area to stash my stuff.. I've heard theft can be rather common.

BETTY-B
05-05-2009, 12:04 AM
Captain Wolf Larson was brutal. Sea Wolf. Jack London.

Robert L E
05-05-2009, 05:49 AM
In my case, naked feet become ones missing a bit of toe.

Bob