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    Re: Hull-speed behaviour

    Funny hull-speed story: some years ago a builder at Lowell's Boat Shop tried a very custom dory-build for a customer who wanted an outboard well in a very short dory. If I remember the details...
  2. Thread: Viola 14 Rig

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    Re: Viola 14 Rig

    --- Thanks. --wt
  3. Thread: Viola 14 Rig

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    Re: Viola 14 Rig

    Is the Viola fathead sail for sale anywhere? I was interested in it for my outrigger but didn't see it on the website:...
  4. Re: Something like a hybrid between a Goat Island Skiff and an Oz Goose?

    What about the new version of the CLC Jimmy Skiff with side-tanks? --Wade
  5. Re: Something like a hybrid between a Goat Island Skiff and an Oz Goose?

    --- Maybe Thorne meant the wetted surface area of a broad flat bottom? -- Wade
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    Re: Bermudian sail as Solent lug / Folding gunter

    --- Did the mast have to rotate with this system? (or, should it rotate?) -- Wade
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    Re: Gunter vs balance lug performance

    A gunter looks right when it is set right. It seems that it is hard to get rid of the unsightly crease where the heel of the yard levers out on to the WW side of the sail a bit because of play in the...
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    Re: Gunter vs balance lug performance

    And sometimes you can press a standing lug into service as a balanced lug. I took my Wooden Boat Store lug (designed for the Shellback Dinghy) off my outrigger canoe and flew with it to Texas to rig...
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    Re: Forgive my stupid question re: dory transoms

    -- A bit of twist at the bow? -- Wade
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    Re: Forgive my stupid question re: dory transoms

    --- He should have called it the Mouth-of-the-Merrimack-Dory given the often horrific conditions there because 'surf dory' doesn't quite give the adequate picture :-) -- Wade
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    Re: Shellback vs Nutshell for gunkholing

    --- Maybe, but that is messing with a designed planned by a nautical architect. If you know enough to know how to redesign the rocker curve, maybe. -- W
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    Re: Shellback vs Nutshell for gunkholing

    Always go for the bigger boat. I once had a 12 foot dory-skiff heavier than the Shellback but about the same kind of hull. It was the boat I learned on -- and quickly I realized I should have had a...
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    Re: Beware the Brown Recluse Spider!

    I keep a pet 'house centipede' or two around (i.e., I don't squash it) in the hope that it will eat a few other critters roaming around.
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    Re: Beware the Brown Recluse Spider!

    Sympathies! My girlfriend was bitten by one and her leg swelled to enormous size for a week. --Wade
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    Re: Self-draining or Open Transom dinghy plans?

    --- Good ideas. I once used a "safety ama" on my outrigger sailing canoe (making it a quasi-trimaran), but I wanted it to flood if the boat capsized to make righting doable. The "transom" of the...
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    Re: Self-draining or Open Transom dinghy plans?

    --- A compelling design, especially for its simplicity relative to others.

    There are three things I wonder about the "flotation deck" boats when they are made to allow sleeping aboard under a...
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    Re: Self-draining or Open Transom dinghy plans?

    --- I love this boat too, it pushes a lot of buttons. The only issue I have with it is it seems awkward for taking an occasional passenger because the mizzen gets a bit in the way, and of course the...
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    Re: Gary Dierking's Waapa vs Wharram's Melinesia

    --- If I owned the Wa'Apa I might be tempted to add washboards at the bow to change its lines a little bit, a very easy thing to do (besides the functional aspect of raising the bow). The Tamanu...
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    Re: Gary Dierking's Waapa vs Wharram's Melinesia

    I think Gary's Wa'Apa is the superior boat, although the Melanesia is lovely. If you build to plans, then the Wa'Apa offers you the option of having a 24 foot canoe that can be stored and...
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    Re: The outrigger and proa thread

    --- Janusz Ostrowski's plastic (+wood parts) proa, based on one of his plywood versions. Is it possible that this is the only production proa existing right now? (I mean a shunter). -- Wade
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    Re: Ireland Small Boat Trip Inquiry June 2019

    Bring an inflatable kayak or raft and after the tour contrive to be dropped off as far up the River Boyne as you can, and then paddle-drift down. Stop by the Boyne Currach Centre on the way down. ...
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    Re: Amateur sailing canoe design

    --- Everybody wants more information about Gougeon's sailing canoe, and we have gone unsatisfied for years. There is some new information available on the thread here, posted this week, so things are...
  23. Re: Looking for Gougeon "Elder Care" plans, modeling, anything!

    --- Could the two boards be a deep water and shallow water centerboard? (Instead of adjusting one board and changing CLR, you wholly raise the long board and lower a shallower board to maintain ideal...
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    Re: Amateur sailing canoe design

    Have a look at Meage Gougeon's "Voyageur" hull form, and his earlier version, "Woodwind." I believe Woodwind was ~15 feet, a transomed canoe hull, meant to sail and paddle. He entered t in an...
  25. Re: Off center mast and dagger board - same side or opposite?

    --- And some proas have their board in the ama, WAY off center from the mast. --Wade
  26. Re: Off center mast and dagger board - same side or opposite?

    --- Maybe. I sailed one for the first and only time in a Texas 200, and I recall having that tiller pulled into my knee for 5 days -- but sailing was mostly with wind on the starboard quarter. More...
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    Re: Pickup Truck boat

    I believe Russ Brown (PT Watercraft) also has a break-down sailing dinghy that would work for this. -- Wade
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    Re: Goat island skiff and Tamanu outrigger canoe

    [QUOTE=luckystrike118;5813037]...
    ...2... I read the article about Michael's Raid boat on his website but I cannot find it anymore. When I remenber right it was a mix between The GIS and Beth,...
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    Re: Goat island skiff and Tamanu outrigger canoe

    [QUOTE=luckystrike118;5813037]...
    ...2... I read the article about Michael's Raid boat on his website but I cannot find it anymore. When I remenber right it was a mix between The GIS and Beth,...
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    Re: The outrigger and proa thread

    --- Thanks, very interesting. Good luck with this fine boat! --Wade
  31. Thread: Ice boating

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    Re: Ice boating

    --- I've seen a video of an Opti or Opti-like boat sailing around a big parking lot on retro-fitted wheels. -- Wade
  32. Thread: Ice boating

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    Re: Ice boating

    --- Sounds right, for the snow-boat. I did see a few years ago an ad for a kind of sailboard for the snow, which seemed equally unlikely unless on a snow-covered lake, though the ad depicted the...
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    Re: Goat island skiff and Tamanu outrigger canoe

    I have built and sailed outrigger sailing canoes, and have the plans 9and wood) to build the Tamanu when I can get around to it (my third outrigger is slowly in progress). I am doing things opposite...
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    Re: Ice boating

    Many years ago in the "Launchings" section of WBM there was a photo of a snowboat -- the guy basically built an iceboat but with skis. The photo showed it parked in some beautiful scenery of snowy...
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    Re: The outrigger and proa thread

    An interesting "lee pod" on the Coconut, if that is what it is. It seems to incorporate lee-side seating when that can be recommended, and, an anti-capsize flotation section (cp. Russ Brown proas)...
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    Re: Waapu or Tamanu?

    --- I think outrigger enthusiasts often work out in their minds how the evolution of the form could have gone. Have had many a good discussion on that with a multi-huller friend. I think your idea...
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    Re: sail n oar for a squally steep-to lake

    Outrigger sailing canoe. Gary Dierking's Wa'Apa is a modular build (bolt-together), for a 16 and 24 foot version (add a center section). Can be single or double outrigger. The 24 footer should...
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    Re: Head instead of V-berth?

    --- The Wag Bags work pretty well. (My friend's boat had a potty but it couldn't take poop somewhy, and I found the Wag bag bag was big enough to go into the bowel and draped conveniently over the...
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    Re: The outrigger and proa thread

    --- I was not aware of that.
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    Re: Wharram Catamarans , discussion required !

    --- Where would the carbon be going?
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    Re: Wharram Catamarans , discussion required !

    There is one thing about Wharrams I am curious about. I saw a smallish Wharram at a Wooden Boat Show, and its cross-beams were of a triangular cross section. It seemed that the beams resembled a...
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    Re: Wharram Catamarans , discussion required !

    --- I use a locating pin on the outboard end (on the vaka) of the cross-beams to set the lateral positioning of the lashed-on side of the beams. The locating pin in set in a rather loose hole so...
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    Re: The outrigger and proa thread

    --- That is classic reading for anthropology students, and I think should be classic for proa-files. Parts of it read -- as my friend once remarked -- like a "boys' adventure tale" (in the good...
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    Re: Wharram Catamarans , discussion required !

    --- I do not disagree, for a blue-water boat and through-hull fastenings. In my case, it is a day-boat with no through-hull holes. The crossbeams mount to struts on the ama, and the...
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    Re: Wharram Catamarans , discussion required !

    -- Interesting. I did eventually bolt my ama to my cross-beams (the ama tended to need mid-season re-tightening), but interposed big blocks of rubber. Then I could satisfactorily watch my ama...
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    Re: Wharram Catamarans , discussion required !

    --- But it is comparatively flexible, I think that is the point. I talked to someone who did a crossing in Spirit of Gaia (I was bemused by the rudder lashings), and she claimed that the lashings...
  47. Re: 18' Foldable Catamaran Sailboat Design From Scratch

    I think any folding structure on a multihull would need a considerable overlap in the folding parts, or a considerable separation between the hinging parts -- in other words, a "leverage base" --...
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    Re: Lowell's Surf Dory

    There is an interesting version here (link) in plywood. The builder got the plans from Mystic. : https://duckworksmagazine.com/2018/10/24/swampscott-dory-fast-able-and-handsome/

    --Wade
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    Re: Lowell's Surf Dory

    I think a Swampscott dory is essentially a surf dory, for going out fishing launched from a beach -- 'surf dory' sort of a trade name for Lowells? -- Wade
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    Re: Cruising the Sands

    Reminds me of the book, The Riddle of the Sands. -- Wade
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