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  1. Re: Fire-Drake Does BCs Inside Passage, north section (mostly)

    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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    Re: Stretching a Phoenix III

    FYI: I've never had a problem feeling cramped with two 6' 2"-ish people aboard while rowing. It's close, but not uncomfortably so.

    Tom
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    Re: Stretching a Phoenix III

    So, I think the Phoenix III is a great boat. Having a passenger in the aft seat does make the transom drag slightly while rowing, making it noticeably more work to row (along with the extra weight)....
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    Re: Stretching a Phoenix III

    I will weigh in indeed--teaching summer camp this week so not much time, but I should post something later tonight. I'm intrigued by a stretched Phoenix III, and certainly think very highly of the...
  6. Re: Fire-Drake Does BCs Inside Passage, north section (mostly)

    Nice in medias res beginning, Alex. Don't make us wait too long for the story and photos!

    Tom
  7. Re: Back on the job building my "Long Steps" sail and oar cruiser.

    Looks great, John. Nice to see some more progress on a very intriguing boat.

    Tom
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    Re: Fun with oarlock sockets

    I see 'em as well.
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    Re: Fun with oarlock sockets

    I can't see the post #25 photos either. I am on Chrome, and can see other people's photos from Google, just not yours. Must be some reason.

    Tom
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    Re: Rowing Ergonomics

    Doesn't show up in Chrome, either.

    Tom
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    Re: Keyhavenpotter has passed .

    He'll be missed--I'm sorry to hear it.

    Tom
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    Re: Keyhavenpotter has passed .

    He'll be missed--I'm sorry to hear it.

    Tom
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    Re: Small Reach Regatta 2017

    Looks like a Myst, Don Kurylko's other design. Alaska is quite a bit smaller, with no jib and no yawl mizzen.

    Tom
  14. Thread: Centennial

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    Re: Centennial

    Great work, Dan--and such a fast build, too.

    From the photos she does seem to float very high--are you planning some ballast?

    More importantly, when's the first big cruise? I'm guessing you're...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    I also wanted to post a bit about some self-steering options. For long days cruising, I've come to consider it essential to have at least some degree of self-steering. There are times when you want...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Mike,

    thanks--how's your Ilur coming along? That design always strikes me as a little ship more than a boat--so much volume. Seems very capable, like it'll take excellent care of its crew. I love...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Travis,

    the Alaska (with only the mainsail as I'm sailing it) and the Phoenix III (yep, that's my brother sailing it) don't seem too far apart in performance so far, but it'll take more sailing...
  18. Thread: Garden Tom Cat

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    Re: Garden Tom Cat

    Well, it is a catboat, after all. Looks great.

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    OK, just had my Alaska out for a 4-day cruise in northern Wisconsin and can't resist posting a photo or two:
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Thanks--that's what I think, too. How's your sail-and-oar Whisp treating you?

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Ben,

    thanks for your thoughts. Indeed, a ratchet block for the sheet will be my next purchase, which may allow me to get rid of the multi-part sheeting altogether.

    A turning block and aft lead...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Final post from today--a bit of video:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwZdLCrDo9A&feature=youtu.be

    This is hands-free, with tiller tied off and sheet cleated with a slipped half hitch to the...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    So, I sailed across the lake, around our one island, and headed back. Winds were now westerly, putting me closehauled again. The closer I got to the ramp, the closer the approaching thunderstorms...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    So, I think I have things generally figured out. Tacking goes smoothly in this sequence:

    1. First, fall off a touch and harden up a bit on the sheet.

    2. After about 2-3 seconds to gather speed,...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    So, today I went out around noon, planning to get in some sailing before the forecasted afternoon thunderstorms. I spent the day sailing closehauled down to the end of the lake, and then sailing back...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    I finally got around to taking a photo of my centerboard cleating--a way to have a cleat for the board without interfering with a nice flat sleeping platform. I just screwed a jam cleat to a wooden...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    photocurio,

    thanks for posting. I agree that the advantages and simplicity of a boomless rig (and the irrelevance of a boom in many sailing situations) tend to get overlooked by boom enthusiasts....
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Sorry--more coming tomorrow. I had to get new batteries for my camera.

    Leaning toward a rigid bar traveler over the tiller instead of the sheet haulers, but it'll be a while putting that together....
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Yes, I see the fishing pier photo just fine.

    Tom
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    Re: Windows 8 + Chrome problems

    Nevermind--I found a free download and it's working again. Thanks anyway!

    Tom
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    Windows 8 + Chrome problems

    My laptop is still on Windows 8, and recently Chrome has stopped working entirely. I assume the two are related. Internet Explorer still works fine.

    I tried to find a new Chrome download, but they...
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    Re: Calendar Islands Yawl build in NY

    I have a great fondness for this design, and you're doing a great job with the build. Looks beautiful!

    Tom
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    Re: Questions from a newbie before he jumps in

    Well, peb's response to you was about the most gracious I've seen here on the Forum. Since I may be one of the "others" you mention based on my recent quoting of your post, I'll respond as well.
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  34. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Ha! No phone, and I love it that way. But for whatever reason, I can see the images fine now. Very interesting. I love to observe your experimentation and thinking. Very different from my own...
  35. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Just FYI, I'm not able to see any of the photos you have posted on this thread--just a little blank photo icon comes up on my PC.

    Tom
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    You caught on to that, eh?

    Tom
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Fred, I'm on a PC and I can't see your photo. I can see my own photos just fine. Weird.

    Tom
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Hmm. Thanks--this may not actually work, then. Does everyone see the photos below, or just the gray slashed circles? Thanks!
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Something's not working for you. It worked for me, just as described in post #86-87. Did you try to use the Forum image button? If so, maybe that's the problem. Just paste the link directly into your...
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    Re: Questions from a newbie before he jumps in

    Yes, that is just you. Really. From past posts (and this one) I've read on the Forum, you seem to have a very different (and in my experience, a rather incomplete) perspective on small boat sailing....
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    So you can just paste a smaller image directly into your text with Google Photos? Let's see:
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Next decision: where to install a cleat for the centerboard so it's convenient to use but also out of the way. The obvious place--on top of the centerboard case--would leave a cleat sticking out...
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Here's how I'm currently posting images from Google Photos:

    1) Click on the photo to open it.

    2) Right-click the photo and choose "copy image address" from the drop-down menu.

    3) Hit the...
  44. Thread: Centennial

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    Re: Centennial

    Great looking little ship, very fast build--congratulations! When is the shake-down cruise?

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Yes, with a boom the sheeting would be simple, with no need for a sheet hauler or any of that nonsense. But with a boomless standing lug mainsail the way Alaska is designed, the sheeting angle is...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Ian,

    thanks for your thoughts--I agree about the slow tacking so far, but it's all new to me so I appreciate your insight. I'm finding that when I get it right, that wide slow circle gets you some...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. Yes, I'm musing over a boom or sprit boom. Too lazy to actually try it yet, but I probably will. The sail comes VERY low when not reefed, so that might point toward...
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Yes, I haven't found a "resize" option in the photo editor, so I'm not sure there is a way to do it with Google. Anyone have a way that works?

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Alaska is designed to be ketch rigged (two standing lugsails), but based on feedback from other Alaska sailors, I figured I would do well enough with just the 85 sq ft mainsail in the center mast...
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    Re: Sea Trials and Outings in my Kurylko Alaska

    After lots of rainy cold days, I finally got the chance to do a couple of all-day outings on a local lake:
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