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    Re: Lug & Sprit Questions

    I've a couple/ three decades sailing both. I've never broken anything. With a peak pennant on my sprit it would catch or slow the top of a broken sprit; so far mine have bent but never broken. With...
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    Re: Do You Know the Way to Mystic Seaport?

    Rossie Mill boat storage will be open at least a couple of the days. I usually lead a couple of tours up there. People like it.
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    Re: Do You Know the Way to Mystic Seaport?

    You should check to see if Uber etc is working in Mystic otherwise you'll need a car to get to New London.
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    Re: The ultimate guide to lofting.

    Besides Rabl, Allan Vaitses is also good. https://www.amazon.com/Lofting-Allan-H-Vaitses/dp/0937822558 Lofting is a great way to understand the boat's design as others have said. Why Paul Gartside...
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    Re: Morbihan Semaine 2023

    What happens if you show up boatless and not speaking French?
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    Re: Boat deacessioning

    Ducker looks like it has a non traditional rig, chainplates etc. Also no way to row it, so clearly meant as a recreational boat. Still would be a nice one.
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    Boat deacessioning

    Not waiting for John Brady to post this, in their wisdom, the Independence Seaport Museum is deaccessioning some of their boats. A fleet of sneakboxes, railbird skiff, a catboat, and a delicious...
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    Re: Just got a 210

    I rebuilt a 210 decades ago out in Hawaii, replaced all the frames from the mast to aft of the cockpit with sawn frames ( they were bent and many were broken, Hawaii is always heavy air sailing)....
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    Re: Sail Area Differences

    That was and would be my approach to dealing with increasing traditional area to deal with light air. It worked and I was totally not surprised as it was the traditional approach.
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    Re: Sail Area Differences

    Have to say that I did this on a Fen Williams 18' cat. Just lengthend the past a foot or so, left the gaff the same and ran the leech down to determine the foot length. It gave me one of the...
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    Re: Deciding between Ness Yawl and Sooty Tern

    The real difference is the difficulty of getting quality lumber in most of the US. Few places have access to anything beyond a contractor oriented lumber supply which is definitely not suited to...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    The neoprene neck seal dry suit is much more comfortable than the rubber seal but isn't completely watertight. Not so good for people who routinely immerse themselves completely like paddlers, but a...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    As i recall when I was trying to clear the cabin with a bucket I was thinking about things that could get sealed up. Compartment in the stem maybe, and someway to keep water from flowing back under...
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    Re: Noank Pulling Boat

    Another alternative would be building a strip planked Adirondack Guideboat. Hard to get lighter or faster. Michine's book Building an Adirondack Guideboat has the details.
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    Re: Robands? Which do people prefer?

    I'll have to look at my iceboat pics, not sure if I have it but this is pretty much what I do except I alternate the lacing so in this case if the bottom one goes bottom left to top right you won't...
  16. Re: Early International Fourteen Foot Dinghies

    One of the main reasons to go one design racing. You see yourself sailing.
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    Re: Robands? Which do people prefer?

    On the gaff rigged iceboat TIPPY where the sail had to come off every time it was used, set up fast in freezing temps and hoisted and doused easily I copied a traditional Dutch technique. Robands...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    I have a tent for the Romilly. The Brits mounted some oarlock sockets outboard on the coaming and put up some 1/2" fiberglass rods to span them. Simple and keeps you from having to stick battens in...
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    Re: Waves, WB #289

    Check the classic book Waves and Beaches, Willard Bascom, now in a new edition. Mine isn't handy.
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    Re: Corineus

    She was up here in Rockland a summer or two ago.
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    Re: Learn to sail at 75?

    Not sure where the OP is located in Ontario and that will dictate to some extent a suitable model. I suspect that he needs a trailerable boat, one that is pretty stable under foot and under sail.
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  22. Re: Sailing a Swampscott Dory without a rudder

    I can sail my 13' flat iron Culler skiff just fine without a rudder just by moving my weight about, as long as there is no sea running. There is a sweet spot where I can sit, straddling a thwart,...
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    Re: Sitting comfortably in very small boats

    In my ducker I have a movable box that works as a seat for rowing but also can get moved about as needed. About the height of three boat cushions. Top is hinged and inside can work to stop...
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    Re: $30,000 Wood Kayak

    I have a Max Anderson earlier vintage that I'm too wobbly to paddle any more. Much more stable than the later Struer. I repaired a spot that someone had stepped thru and rebuilt the stern. I've been...
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    I've found best for stability in these little boats is standing on the floorboards with my knees braced on thwarts or on a coaming. Set up like that I can easily pull the sprit rig out and lower it...
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    Re: Outrigger vs. Single-hull sailing canoes

    Classic 900's 91, 92 and the current one, a summer driver, the 900T. The one I couldn't afford back in 91. Gutter racked cars made getting the rear rack aft very easy.

    Clubman not so easy; the...
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    Re: Outrigger vs. Single-hull sailing canoes

    For boats in the weight range you are talking the vehicle is important. I could cartop my 138lb decked sailing canoe on my old SAAB where the racks were right aft on the top and the boat was long...
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    The Caledonia screams multiple people. It's a big boat, rows best with a couple, plenty of space for a couple to sleep. Vivier's Ilur a much shorter boat has the displacement to support a couple.
  29. Re: Hatches for buoyancy compartments in sail & oar boats

    The round and oval kayak hatches are pretty bullet proof, air tight ( a tiny bleeder hole is common) but not real pretty. Totally functional.
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    Not hard to deal with spars that don't fit in the boat. Create a "bowsprit" or tuck it over the stern. I have some webbing straps to hold it into place. I do the same for long oars ( mine are ten...
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    Striking the rig when rowing any distance seems to me to be essential and the easier it is the more often you'll do it. I come down to the whaleboats where the rig came up and down fast. I was...
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    Re: Oar Curve Question

    this type of oar is designed to have the curve cut into the stock.
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    I once looked at this in the guise of a Maine Island Trail Cruiser. Flat calm in the morning often with a big ground swell. Sea breeze up in the PM often up Force 5. So I came up with rowing...
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    Re: Import boat trailer from UK

    You can grind a 2" ball to fit. I use a light board with mine.
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    NRS has many of the paddling/ whitewater vests, which is where I go. Except that lately there are some interesting semi inflatables on the market, mostly for the fishing trade. I have one that has...
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    Re: Canvas Canoe Filler

    Rolln Thurlow's filler is long lasting and lead free.
  37. Re: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

    Those of us that live in places like Maine mount compasses. For you a compass in a box with a battery run or plug in light may be just fine in the style of the old flat dory compasses. Bring it out...
  38. Re: Yards and weight aloft on sail & row skiffs

    With my sprit rig's it's brail it up and pick it up, the mast comes with the bundle and it all goes into the same big slippery bag. With my lug, the yard and sail are one bundle and the mast is...
  39. Re: Yards and weight aloft on sail & row skiffs

    Simplicity of sprit rig depends on set up. If you have a peak pennant or your grommet at the peak is tight enough so that the peak can come loose with out active intervention, and you have a brail...
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    Re: Howard Chappelle's Casco bay Hampton boat

    Nathan's is indeed a Kingston Lobsterboat.
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    The weight aloft is pretty much the same as others have noted, in this size range. Boats the size of John Hartman's (above) the weight makes more difference but yours is quite small. More important...
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    Re: Howard Chappelle's Casco bay Hampton boat

    Mike, didn't the 'shop build some of these? I know at least one of the transom versions. I'll look in Chapelle; the later Hampton's were all strippers.
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    Re: 17' Whitehall Ct Craigslist

    These Shew & Burnam' s are fine boats. Let's hope it gets in the hands of some one who appreciates the design and construction.
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    Re: A Gartside # 130 followed me home

    I always use an extension. Yours looks quite long. I make universal joint out of line; my favorite is a bamboo extension.
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    Re: daggerboard bungee/tiedown

    The pretty standard way to do this is a loop of shock cord. You'll need a pad eye or eye strap or something like that at the after lower corner of the DB trunk. Cord is knotted there, led up to catch...
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    Re: Beach rollers

    I sprung for the Aere rollers using them as floatation as well, with webbing straps under the side benches on Rantan. Money well spent. I have one of the old canvas covered beach rollers with a light...
  47. Re: Windward performance of pocketship, CS 20, NIS 18 or Chebacco

    Core Sound 20 is a seriously quick boat, designed for and having won some everglades challenges. I suspect quicker than the other two, certainly the Chebacco.
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    It's a sad thing that the really small two strokes were swept up in the 4 stroke movement. Namely I had I think it was a Evinrude two stroke 4 hp that ran my catboat fine, had a remote fuel tank and...
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    Re: Sculling oar length

    Thanks for the reminder. I did a piece on US gunning oars for this pub, and I lent mine. Need to retrieve it. French sculling races are seriously entertaining. They have developed special boats for...
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    Re: Oars

    Couple of options: a bronze locking device to lock them into the tender. I have one around here some where that you can have for rehoming kit. I can bring it to Blue Hill if you are going to be...
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