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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Thanks--I like that system myself for other boats. I don't have much tiller time in my Alaska yet, but I think the cleats are too far back and too far outboard to make me very enthusiastic about...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Dan,

    thanks--I haven't decided yet, but I may indeed add a sprit boom or possibly a conventional boom (loose-footed). I'm not too keen on the look of a sprit boom, but there are plenty of reasons...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Alex,

    thanks--seems obvious now that you've pointed it out, that one line could do the job by itself, maybe.

    One possible reason to keep the traveler, though, might be if you uncleat the sheet...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    gypsie,

    thanks for the suggestion, but I'm not entirely sure I follow you--where would the jammer cleats you are talking about be placed? If they're where they need to be to get the proper...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    I'm not sure which will be more complicated. The double sheet didn't seem too bad if you remember to keep the non-working side taut, but it also seemed to offer lots of room for tangles if you don't...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    I also played around with an idea for sheeting the mainsail that looks promising. The problem with a rope traveler over the tiller is that the tiller is quite high above the aft deck (it has to be,...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    OK, it was a blustery day yesterday--too much for messing around with new sheeting systems, and the nearest launch point was on a lee shore with 10 miles of fetch--but I played around with my Alaska...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. I'm really liking my new boat:

    http://i1022.photobucket.com/albums/af343/WI-Tom/Boat%20pictures/Alaska%20build/90e0da9e-0622-4ca9-a353-7643c1648286.jpg

    The...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Today I sailed about 10 miles across a large lake, and it was good to have a long day alone in the boat to try things out. Started out double-reefed, finished up rowing as evening came on and winds...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    OK, I checked out Mikey Floyd's Salty Heaven plans to understand Andy Mcconkey's earlier post about a sheeting system. It may be worth trying out, but in my Alaska I have to sheet well behind the...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Andy,

    that sounds interesting indeed--thanks for posting. I'm not sure I understand how it would be easier to manage changing sides at each tack that way, vs. flipping the sheet behind the horn...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    By the time I got out at 9 p.m. tonight, flat calm. Beautiful sunset and twilight, then a mostly full moon.

    Rows like a DREAM. :)

    Tom
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Yep, I used that a lot in my brother's Phoenix III, and it works great. The boomless rig makes the sheeting angle much more critical in the Alaska, so I'll give it a shot and see if the geometry...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Alex,

    thanks for the input. It may come down to a double-sheeted mainsheet, but if a traveler works, I may go with that instead. I like the idea of minimizing the amount of line lying about the...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    The rudder set-up worked really well, with the blade and cheeks completely out of the water when raised:
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Thanks again for all the comments. I did manage to get out today, in windier winds than I would've wanted, but... the new boat sails:
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    True enough!



    Nope, just haven't decided one yet. A few ideas but nothing that has settled in definitively.

    Tom
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. Indeed I'm pretty excited, as the hardware store opens at 8 a.m. this morning and it looks to be a beautiful day, though maybe not too breezy. A quick stop for two...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    The trim seemed just about right rowing solo in an empty boat. The 8' 6" oars seemed long and ungainly on dry land, but felt like just the right length for flat water:
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Finally.

    Put my Alaska in the water for the first time ever this afternoon after a morning of drizzles and thunderstorms and installing the last bits of hardware (tiller extension, bag tie-downs,...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Good question. Probably the first trip that will come close to deserving the "voyage" label will be to the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, a dammed river/lake system in northern Wisconsin:
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. As for this:



    An argument could be made that it's actually the opposite of delayed gratification--I kept going sailing with other people's boats instead of...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Time to give this thread a bump since the last of the action way back in November. Latest update from this weekend (again, lots of help from my brother, who must be sick of me borrowing his Phoenix...
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    Re: Rudder and centreboard construction

    No need to wrap glass into the hole--the oversized hole will be totally filled with epoxy. Then when you drill the smaller hole for the pin, that hole goes through epoxy, and no wood is exposed at...
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    Re: Rudder and centreboard construction

    I drilled mine oversize before glassing, then filled with epoxy to make a bushing for the pin, and then glassed. I drilled the final hole after glassing when the epoxy bushing was already in place....
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    Re: Centennial

    If you wait 9 years to launch, you could name it it "Sesquicentennial" for 150 years...

    Tom
  27. Re: Bead & cove router bits / misc strip planking q's

    Having sailed lots of small boats, I don't agree at all that they "go over" easy. Any small boat can be capsized, but it's hardly a routine occurrence. And if the boat is designed well, it's...
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    I'm curious about the choice for fir as well--seems like that will make for a pretty heavy hull.

    I planked up a pretty curvy 18' whitehall:
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    Re: Melonseed, Penobscot Or?

    Hey--look at this! A Phoenix III for sale, $5900 (in Rhode Island so not far away...):

    http://sailingtexas.com/201401/sphoenix3100.html

    Tom
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    Re: Melonseed, Penobscot Or?

    I'll throw in a suggestion of my standby favorite boat, Ross Lillistone's Phoenix III. May be a touch too long for you at 15' 1" but I can't think of anything that would improve this boat. With two...
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    Re: Texas 200 article

    Thanks for the kind words--I appreciate it. It's definitely an event to try once, at least. I seem to have developed an unjustified fondness for it... I suppose that means I'll be back again, maybe...
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    Re: Forward half deck elevation

    I have a similar layout in my modified Alaska, where I put in a small deck well below the gunwales. I kept it parallel to the waterline, and it looks like this in real life:
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    Texas 200 article

    So, I sailed the Texas 200 last year in my brother's Phoenix III. This month SAILING magazine is running my article about the event, and here's a link where you can read the piece online if anyone's...
  34. Re: The tradeoff between a small quick build and a bigger longer build

    Yes, that IS exactly the question, not a false premise at all. Either one WOULD work for a trip--they'd just be different trips.

    I started off 20+ years ago thinking I was more in the motor home...
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    Re: Minimum comforts in small boat accommodation.

    Alex,

    this sounds extremely painful and potentially dangerous! I suggest changing your reading and cooking routine to include an Oxford comma and avoid nasty burns.

    Tom
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    Re: Cornucopia Wi anyone?

    I might be doing some sailing up that way this summer, around the Apostles and/or Ashland. Have to get my new boat launched this spring first!

    Tom
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    Re: Lug Rig Setup Resources

    Well, a little bit of extra non-stretch line for a longer tail on the halyard to hitch directly to the yard and leave room for a parrell as well will cost about $3, which makes the $16.69 ring from...
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    Re: Minimum comforts in small boat accommodation.

    Interesting to see so much interest in small cabins; my own experiences have led me to favor open boats, though I used to think I wanted a tiny cabin.

    So, what comforts do I need to spend a month...
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    Re: Lug Rig Setup Resources

    To be fair, I think the 10 minutes mentioned is from trailer or dock to sailing for a GIS, not 10 minutes to set or strike the sail.

    The halyard rings do look pretty slick, and by all reports...
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    Re: Lug rigged mast set-up

    Have you read THIS THREAD on the same kind of question?

    Short answer: beehole athwartships. No sheave or blocks needed for sails this small. No hardware clattering around and costing money--just a...
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    Re: Lug Rig Setup Resources

    Ah, but then a hook won't be as handy for keeping control of the yard as you raise and lower the sails, will it? (That's an actual question, James, not a rhetorical one).

    On that note, another...
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    Re: Waxwing's boomtent, MkIII

    It's ketch rigged, but with another mast step in the aft deck, so that would work. But I'm sailing it this first season with just the mainsail in the center step. After this summer I'll know whether...
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    Re: Waxwing's boomtent, MkIII

    John,

    thanks for this. I'm about to pull my Alaska out of storage today to get ready (finally!) for a spring launch, and a boom tent is one of the last details I have been thinking over. I had in...
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    Re: Building Lillistone's First Mate

    I've rowed a Phoenix III (lapstrake version of this boat) with two adults aboard. It's definitely a trade-off to have so much weight in the back seat--it's noticeably nicer to row with a single...
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    Re: Masthead fittings for a small lugsail dinghy

    I actually don't use the Storer arrangement, though I've tried it. He runs the halyard around the mast, then all the way to the heel of the yard if I remember correctly. I hitch the halyard to the...
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    Re: Masthead fittings for a small lugsail dinghy

    Yep, it sure is. Simplicity rules. Just an athwartships hole rounded over with a round file works great.



    Really no need to get that fancy for good function.



    This is not a big deal at...
  47. Re: Happy countries, all of them socialistic by GOP standards

    My friend and I once ran into a couple of Australians while backpacking. I had a nice conversation with them (in English) for a few minutes, but I noticed my friend didn't say anything at all. After...
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    Re: Sailing Dinghy Similiar to Mirror

    B&B Yacht Designs has the Amanda 12' dinghy which is really nice, though not a pram:

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?134301-Amanda-New-12-foot-sailing-skiff-from-B-amp-B-Yacht-Designs
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  49. Re: Trump Jnr tries to score points from London attack

    You might want to check your signature line--you've got Alice saying one of the Queen's lines... Sorry to quibble, but it was bugging me. Carry on.

    Tom
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    Re: Microcruiser Options

    Cheap and easy to build, under 17', with good capability? I think Phil Bolger's Micro would fit the bill. Designer Ross Lillistone has some interesting comments about the Micro design (with photos)...
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