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  1. Re: Solar eclipse totality vacation, Lake Nantahala, North Carolina, USA

    This is during the partial eclipse. The glare was gone and the colors were more saturated. It was like wearing a really good pair of polarized sunglasses only you didn't need sunglasses because of...
  2. Solar eclipse totality vacation, Lake Nantahala, North Carolina, USA

    My cat hates me now for locking her in the house for three days straight in St. Augustine, FL. I had to survive countless hours of interstate roadway gridlock and countless hours of driving twisty...
  3. Re: Sailing along path of solar eclipse totality in South Carolina, USA

    Here's what it was like on the water at the beginning of totality on Lake Nantahala, NC:


    https://my.mixtape.moe/twjimb.MOV
  4. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    One thing I learned from the Texas 200 was that even with a boat that is carrying way to much weight (in the way of motor, gasoline, water, ice, lots of camping gear, food, safety gear, oars, paddle,...
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    Re: Fatty Knees Mast

    Try putting the plug part on ice as much as you can and heating up the tube part with sunlight and a hair dryer. Good luck!
  6. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Took the spruce mast off the top of my truck and put a couple of spruce masts on the Muri-Maru rendering. It's not perfect but gives a rough idea of what she will look like as actually built. The...
  7. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Most of the dimensions are the same as for the Great Pelican only the Super Pelican and the Yangtze Pelican both have a longer and flatter run of the bottom at the stern of their hulls. As I said...
  8. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Hi Frank, thanks for your interest in my Yangtze Pelican project. I had a lot of fun designing that rudder. I felt like a boat design with a name like Yangtze Pelican deserved an oriental looking...
  9. Re: Sailing along path of solar eclipse totality in South Carolina, USA

    Just in case anyone's desperate enough for entertainment to want to meet me and my birdwinged boat at the American Restaurant 11am on August 21, my sister is kidnaping me to go with her to North...
  10. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Hi Frank, I'm a big fan of Phillip C. Bolger's work and have three of his books, "Small Boats," "Different Boats," and "Boats with an Open Mind." Love the title of that last one and the pages of...
  11. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Thanks John,

    Hopefully, the wooden spruce mast that I make for Muri-Maru's main mast will look as good as the mizzen mast I already have and am using on my Welsford Saturday Night Special as its...
  12. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Chris, what you seem to be able to miss over and over again is that I already have a patent on the birdwing mast design and that changes things a bit. Trying to optimize with computer research or...
  13. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    I’m not sure what you guys want from me. Do you want me to roll over and play dead just because you guys think my invention has no future? Why would I want to do that? What is wrong with me wanting...
  14. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    As a profile template for a high aspect version of a sickle-shaped birdwing mast, there's something I really like about these Swallow-tailed Kite wings.
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  15. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    At the risk of self-promotion, the fact that I already have a U.S. patent on a design with at least twelve years of possible patent protection left on it so, selfishly, my main interest is building...
  16. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    "There has still not been a single piece of evidence, or any explanation using the abundant scientific and practical knowledge that is available, to indicate that the birdwing mast has any...
  17. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    First of all, do not try to tell me about the conditions I faced in the first day of the 2016 Texas 200. I was there. You were not, right? I'm a Florida boy. I know what 90į F feels like. South Texas...
  18. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    My hope is that what some people might see as a nightmare, others could see as challenging once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    3D carbon fiber printing means that any shape defined by a computer is...
  19. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Thanks for the downwind sailing tip. However sometimes the seaway is too narrow and commercial barge or freighter traffic is too heavy. In the Texas Intercoastal Waterway people who tack back and...
  20. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Here's that photo of the extra flotation Sea Pearl I've been meaning to send you. From one human being to another, thanks!

    http://www.bodaciousboats.com/SeaPearl01.jpg
  21. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Blabbing about my birdwing mast design on this forum is my hobby. Sure I dream about getting money out of the patent someday and if you had a U.S. patent, you would too. But what I really enjoy is...
  22. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    So when John Welsford or Richard Woods start a thread on one of their designs, that is somehow not self-promotion? I think like those designers, WoodenBoat forum has granted me a little leeway in...
  23. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Chris, inventors look to nature for answers because sometimes they find answers there. It is a proven formula for success in the world of invention. Even if you do not find an answer, you may find an...
  24. Re: Sailing along path of solar eclipse totality in South Carolina, USA

    On second thought, on such a busy day, if anyone has any hope of getting lunch at the American Restaurant on August 21st, they should probably show up at 11 am rather than waiting until noon.
  25. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    I stand guilty of being poor enough to know that, at the time, I did not have the four thousand dollars that Florida State University wanted to charge me for aerodynamic studies of the design for...
  26. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Here's another vote for a continuously curving sail-setting spar from mother nature:

    http://www.bodaciousboats.com/butterfly04.jpg

    http://www.bodaciousboats.com/butterfly05.jpg
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  27. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Daniel, I certainly do not mind if you want to build a birdwing mast and put it on your bicycle as long as you do not bust your buttocks and blame me. The cube that I built is good for stepping the...
  28. Sailing along path of solar eclipse totality in South Carolina, USA

    Going to South Carolina from Florida to witness the total eclipse of the sun. I've noticed that at Santee, SC that the path of totality stretches across some big lakes there and there is also a very...
  29. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Thanks Clarkey, that's awesome! I really liked the simplicity of Patterson's invention. I found more information about it here that you might want to check out:...
  30. Thread: Triscarf

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    Re: Triscarf

    Very interesting!! I like it. Have you thought about the possibility laminating a hoop that joins the two hulls together at their sterns and sticks up high enough to mount the main sheet purchase to...
  31. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Ian, can I have you cloned?
  32. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Daniel,

    Thanks for your interest in my birdwing bicycle. It is very much a design in progress. I built a bowsprit for it but managed to break the bottle cage hardware that I was depending on to...
  33. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    "Why not follow that model of studying the available knowledge and developing it with basic scientific tests?" As I told Lugalong, the answer is simple – TIME! Neither the patent nor I have very much...
  34. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    There are so many options available to the final design of the birdwing mast that "inherent issues" are not a good reason for discarding the design entirely. Solving the difficult "inherent" problems...
  35. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Hi Lugalong, good to talk with you,

    The following is just my opinions and not claims. I believe the reason a butterfly wing is curved along the leading edge of its wing is at least a three-fold...
  36. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Knowing that I definitely thought of my birdwing mast design all by myself in the quiet of my garage late one night, I have never been inclined to assign credit for my invention to anyone else but...
  37. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    On my bicycle ride two days ago, I sailed past this poor dead fellow on the sidewalk. In retirement I've figured out that if I bring my camera with me, I can bill myself as a nature photographer...
  38. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Chris,

    1) Thanks for correcting me about thinking all wing masts have hard surfaces that were impossible to reef and also difficult to turn off at anchor.

    2) I thought the beautiful thing...
  39. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    No apologies necessary. I need to be reminded from time to time to not take myself so seriously. From watching those videos, if I ever try that rocket pack assist for my birdwing bicycle set up, I’ll...
  40. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    When I wrote Iain Oughtred for permission to try my birdwing mast design on his Caledonia Yawl, this is the letter he sent back to me giving me permission to experiment. Youíll notice that he...
  41. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Chris,

    As Iíve said before, the birdwing mast rig is not a conventional wing mast rig. It sets soft sail that can easily be hoisted or struck completely and does not utilize any hard surfaces...
  42. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Lugalong,

    The absence of downhauls for the booms is just an oversight on my part. I will be using them on Muri-Maru, the boat I had rendered in 3D virtual space by Bedard Yacht Design (see...
  43. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Guys don’t hate me but after giving it more thought, I misspoke with all those statements about “most” of my birdwing masts not really being birdwing masts. Much closer to the truth is that the...
  44. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Chris,

    This would be a lot more fun for both of us if you would attack me for stuff I actually said rather than stuff you thought I said or stuff I "seemed" to have said.

    What I actually said...
  45. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    I'm not a lawyer either so I can't address your view that the patent has no real power. I've also read an article in Wire magazine that described hostile takeovers of seemingly perfectly conceived...
  46. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Hey rbgarr,

    It was John Welsford who told me that the straight mast guys are preferring a "D" cross section on masts these days. I think he was suggesting I might try that along with the flat top...
  47. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Here, let me repeat myself and maybe you'll get it the second time around:

    "My personal opinion is that the birdwing mast will prove to be extremely efficient or at least it can be given its...
  48. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    That's not exactly correct, Chris. I stated the patent's definition of what a birdwing mast is and then asked the question "How can it not be aerodynamically efficient and still be a birdwing?" The...
  49. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Although I prefer the simplicity of a freestanding mast, there’s no reason whatsoever that stays on a birdwing mast cannot be employed if one wanted stays and did not mind the complication they...
  50. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    At one point FSU owned 100% of the patent and 60% of the patent rights while I retained 40%. They had every right to pursue aerodynamic testing in their multi-million dollar wind tunnel to...
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