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    Re: Home-designed and built boats

    I thought Don's build (which is FANTASTIC) was a Thomas Colvin design, not his own design? Maybe I am misremembering. Either way, it may be my favorite thread on the whole Forum.

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Yep, you should definitely make it a priority to get up there. Starting from the north every time, I've only gotten about a day's sail south of the Bustard Islands, so have only seen the northern...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Jim,

    what are you building? Got any pictures, or are you still in the planning stages?

    Holding the ballast down was a bit of a puzzle, as I built my Alaska without floorboards (which are shown...
  4. Thread: Zuri

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    Re: Zuri

    I'm impressed with the work you're doing--a FAR bigger project than I've ever tackled. Looking good!

    Tom
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    Re: Thin Water Voyaging in the Columbia Estuary

    A question I ask myself all the time when writing about (or posting Forum threads about) some of my trips.

    Then I remind myself how many cool places I've discovered only thanks to those who have...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Dave,

    I don't carry a GPS, so no track to show--but playing around on Google Earth will show you a lot about the area (eastern North Channel and northern Georgian Bay). I figure I covered about...
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    Re: Hull Classification System

    Ah--thanks. That's different from what I thought, then--I was describing block coefficient (aka coefficient of fineness). I appreciate the correction.

    Tom
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    Re: Hull Classification System

    If I understand you, Nick, then what I posted is correct as long as we're talking about the underwater portion of the hull only--yes?

    That's what I was thinking when I posted, but did not make...
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    Re: Hull Classification System

    I think of the prismatic coefficient as the percentage of the volume of a rectangular prism (a 3-D rectangle with the boat's beam and length and draft) that the hull takes up--a lower number means...
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    Re: How we change over time

    I kind of think a new Golden Age is happening for small boats and sail-and-oar type cruising right now. Look at how many designers are active in creating designs and promoting events and adventures...
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    Re: How we change over time

    Interesting to read everyone's comments here. My perspective is quite different from people who came up with yacht club and racing scenes, where sailing seems to be as much a social endeavor as an...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    OK, just got back from an 11-day trip to the North Channel and Georgian Bay aboard my Alaska. Learned a few things about my new boat:

    1) I really REALLY like this boat for single-handed sail and...
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    Re: Thin Water Voyaging in the Columbia Estuary

    Bruce,

    thanks for letting me share some sailing adventures in your corner of the world--my kind of trip, it sounds like.

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    So, I'm all loaded up and ready for departure on my Georgian Bay trip tomorrow morning--boat's in the water, everything loaded and lashed down. And now that it's fully loaded for 2-3 weeks, I am...
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    Re: From another thread in the bilge

    I for one want to hear more about it!

    Tom
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    Re: A Phoenix III on Lake Nipigon

    All right, another "Down with Photobucket!" moment as I begin resurrecting this thread by re-inserting all my photos. It'll take a while, but it will be happening.

    Tom
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    Re: A Phoenix III in Georgian Bay

    Dave,

    I appreciate the offer--very kind. I'm afraid this year it's north around, though, as I'm on a deadline. With luck we'll be able to do some sailing together in the future, though. I know...
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    Re: A Phoenix III in Georgian Bay

    OK, this thread is resurrected, post-Photobucket. And I'm still waiting on trailer repairs and thunderstorms (there's actually a "waterspout watch" for northern Georgian Bay right now) to clear...
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    Re: Obama's statement about DACA

    Good thing, too--I doubt he's capable of it, either.

    Tom
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    Re: A Phoenix III in Georgian Bay

    Well, it was a nice thought. With having to be back in Spanish around Sep. 20th, I doubt I'll make it farther south this time. Now, NEXT year I might be going lots of places for a long time!

    Tom
  21. Thread: An Ilur in R.I.

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    Re: An Ilur in R.I.

    Looking great--seems like the PNW guys have their Oughtred/Hvalsoe boats, and the NE guys are building up an Ilur fleet. I'm not sure which one I'd bet on, actually. Have fun with the finishing now...
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    Re: solo beach cruiser

    Well, your posted requirements were pretty narrow--yawl, heavy, wide, historical fishing boat origin. But assuming those are preferences rather than absolute requirements, and you don't mind casting...
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    Re: A Phoenix III in Georgian Bay

    Ron,

    I didn't know what Dreamers Rock was--had to look it up. But yes, that's the channel. I much prefer going around north like that and staying out of Little Current. Doesn't work for boats that...
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    Re: A Phoenix III in Georgian Bay

    Dave and Ron,

    I'm launching at Spanish--probably Tuesday afternoon/evening or even Wednesday. I have to get some trailer repairs done first as one of the wheels is about ready to fall off, so I'm...
  25. Re: Western 'Liberals' need to Listen to this by Tony Kevin.

    Some might say that the other way 'round, what with Russia blatantly interfering with elections and all...
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    Re: A Phoenix III in Georgian Bay

    OK, a bump to this old thread to say--Down with Photobucket!

    I am slowly resurrecting this thread by re-inserting all the photos that got cut. Coincidentally, I'm also heading out to Georgian Bay...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Funny thing about those Newtons--ever since my book came out, I haven't been able to find the raspberry flavor in any Wisconsin grocery stores. Coincidence? Hmm...

    Sitting at the municipal marina...
  28. Thread: Centennial

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    Re: Centennial

    Great to see you out and about traveling around in your new ride!

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Ben,

    thanks for your comments. I really do like this tiller set-up for self-steering--best and simplest I've used.

    As for sheeting, I'll have lots of time to try out different things on my...
  30. Re: Fire-Drake Does BCs Inside Passage, north section (mostly)

    Another thought on Thermos cooking: if you have a good steel-lined Thermos, it can help significantly to pre-heat it. To do that, simply boil water and pour it into the Thermos and let it sit for 10...
  31. Re: Fire-Drake Does BCs Inside Passage, north section (mostly)

    Alex,

    thanks for sharing your trip--looked like a great time. As for Thermos cooking, I use it all the time. Not only convenient, but saves a LOT on stove fuel for cooking things like rice, beans,...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    All right, things have lined up so I'll actually get something like a real trip in this fall before things ice up around here--I'm headed up to Lake Huron this weekend for a solo cruise. A little...
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    Re: Building the Myst - Round 6?

    I've been in touch with Don via email lately, so he is out there for sure. If you want to PM me with your contact info, I'd be happy to pass it along to Don. I'm sure he'll get back to you when his...
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    Re: Meade Gougeon has crossed the bar

    Sad to hear it. Meade was a class act, and always willing to talk (and listen) to less experienced folks (which is most of us).

    Tom
  35. Thread: Centennial

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    Re: Centennial

    Looks great, Dan. When's the transatlantic crossing? :)

    Tom
  36. Re: Small boat coastal cruising instruction in the Carolinas

    Speaking of which: if you're in Cedarville sometimes, you are right on some of the friendliest cruising grounds for small boats in the U.S., with the North Channel in your backyard. Might make sense...
  37. Re: Small boat coastal cruising instruction in the Carolinas

    I don't disagree with anything that's been posted here, but do keep in mind that it's entirely possible--even sane--to move from lake sailing to coastal cruising without formal instruction of any...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    Something like this might end up being my solution in the end. But, alas, I doubt I'll get it done before leaving for my first sailing/cruising trip next week. Thanks for the suggestions,

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    Yeadon,

    thanks for your input, and the video. Looks like you don't have much trouble at all self-rescuing with Haverchuck. As for this:



    I agree completely.
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    Re: Tiller lock / clutch suggestions ?

    Yep. All the other stuff is way fancier and fussier than necessary.

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    That must be with a rigid handle or rod to push the board down, yes? In my Alaska, the board is weighted; it can be pulled up with a line, but has no rigid handle, so there's no way to push it down...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    Yep, a small loop of line was the first thing I thought of. I could easily see myself forgetting to remove the pin...

    Thanks for the comments--can't wait to get out on a long-ish trip. Soon!

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    I wish. With runoff from fertilizer and concentrated animal feeding operations, local lakes are so high in nitrates by late summer that the water's so thick with slimy algae you have to wash your...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    I did drop the sail after re-righting during the second test. I didn't feel like there was any particular need to do so but it kept the sail out of the way for rowing and bailing.

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    True enough--but then, I usually prefer to take a line ashore from the bow, with an anchor from the stern holding the boat off the beach in knee-deep water. No bilge runners required!
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    My next capsize test was launched while sailing in gusty stormy winds (maybe 20 mph) but no real waves, as it was a small lake. Again, this was with mainsail only, in center step. This time I had the...
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    Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    So, in preparation for my first big trip later this summer/fall, I did a series of capsize tests on my new Alaska. For me, knowing that a boat can be safely and quickly righted after a capsize, and...
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    Re: Stretching a Phoenix III

    I agree completely with your assessment, though I haven't seen a Periwinkle in real life. It's a much bigger boat by volume, with a bigger rig. Periwinkle looks great, but the Phoenix III is (to me)...
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    Alex,

    thanks for posting all this. Looks like a great trip.

    Tom
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    Re: Stretching a Phoenix III

    Yep, my brother has side benches that work that same way (solid planks rather than slats, and he keeps an extra plank strapped under each bench to make a full-width platform). I really like them for...
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