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    Re: Proa Why Not? salty sailing.... finally!

    Good on you for completing your proa. Looks like he sails pretty good. Congratulations!
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    Re: How many of your heroes have left?

    Forumite Paladin contributed quite a lot to this forum and I miss his insights. He had an affection for Captain William Short's Great Pelican design and I think of Paladin now that I will soon be...
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    Re: Smallest sailboat that can be comfortably sailed

    11'11" Welsford SCAMP with a deep footwell so easy on the knees.
  4. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Daniel, it could have been the air vent on tank but I believe I had sorted that out at the start of trip before I became dizzy from heatstroke. In truth, I'll never know what stopped the motor but a...
  5. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Hey Woxbox, I'll probably be solo on boat so aft cabin is mostly flotation and long term storage – will only need to get in there at anchor. Everything I need for sailing and staying alive will be...
  6. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    The bigger problem is being able to see over the forward cuddy so you can pilot the boat. For that I've planned a couple of jump seats that fold down out of the aft cockpit bulkhead. My feet will...
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    This is the final rendering of Muri-Maru's hull with the thicker cuddy roof and with the centerboard case running from the forward cuddy bulkhead all the way aft to the aft cockpit bulkhead. Running...
  8. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Now see? This is what I love about this forum. You guys just saved me $2500 in air-conditioning equipment. I'm slow but I do listen. I bought a good-sized battery operated fan ($20) at Walmart for my...
  9. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Hey Lugalong,

    Thanks for the discussion. You seem to be a reasonable man. I think because we are different people, we are going to want different boats. Please let me explain my version of the...
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    Re: Meade Gougeon has crossed the bar

    So sorry to hear of Meade's passing. He and his brother were definitely pioneers of boat building in epoxy and will be missed greatly. Here's Meade in the black vest with his boat at this year's...
  11. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Bumped into a marine air-conditioner salesman at the bicycle shop yesterday. He said my plan for air-conditioning hell (found in South Texas) was impractical. He told me if I want to sleep in an...
  12. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    The main reason I ever looked into a patent was to just get credit for thinking of a sickle-shaped mast that could store out of the way for fishing, rowing, or whatever else someone might want to do...
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    Hey Lugalong, good to hear from you. My laminated spruce prototypes are certainly much heavier than similar sized masts in carbon fiber but from my experience, they seem to be quite strong (just my...
  14. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Giving up my annoying habit of making outrageous claims will be easy if I could retain my right to have opinions about something I have been researching for the last ten years of my life.

    If you...
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    Thanks for the suggestion. Sounds like a good one. Maybe those drop curtains could also keep out the rain as well. And thanks for the good luck too. Cheers!
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    Thanks for posting these Woxbox. I don't know how much a C-class sail is mimicking a bird's wing but I bet a birdwing mast could be configured to have much the same profile a C-class sail if that's...
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    http://www.bodaciousboats.com/Muri-Maru002.jpg

    I only want the best for my invention. If you were in my shoes, that is what you would want as well. In my eyes, that would be a team of experts...
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    James, it's kind of silly for you to order me too study aerodynamics. Please look at things, at least briefly, from my perspective. I am an old 68 year old retired guy who does not have the time,...
  19. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Point taken about the inconvenience of the hatchway under that massive tiller. But my priority with Muri-Maru is to have a bulletproof rudder and tiller first and everything else is secondary. With...
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    Sorry I was so long in getting back with you on this thread but I was off on my search for solar eclipse totality – it was awesome by the way.

    Lately I have become more serious about my study of...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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
  24. 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!
  26. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
  29. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
  32. 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...
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    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...
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    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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    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...
  36. 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...
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    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 90 F feels like. South Texas...
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    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...
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    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...
  40. 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
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  44. 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.
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    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...
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    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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    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...
  48. 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...
  49. 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:...
  50. 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...
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