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    Sticky: Re: My boy's first row

    Tomales Bay is wonderful for adventures like yours with your son. One of my favorite sailing trips was a weekend my 11-year-old daughter and I spent camping on the west shore of the bay. Thanks for...
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    Re: extending the sailing season

    My Dad and I use to race an International 14 in the Frostbite series on Lake Washington. I would to like say that it was fun, but it was not. Once we capsized on January 3, with snow on the lake...
  3. Re: credited with killing more people than any other

    Last January we found this beauty hidden on the undergrowth while hiking in the hills above Palo Alto. Like a lot of the folks participating in this thread, I enjoy eating store bought ‘shrooms but...
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    Re: Port Townsend wooden boat festival

    Bruce, we have tested negative twice since the festival. On the other hand our daughter in Boston is feeling poorly and appears to have the plague after a big gathering of the scientist she works...
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    Re: Tractors...

    Is the Cletrac an actual tool or just a sales prop? It was owned by the guy who also had the two Bugattis I have shown in other postings. He had the best set of toys I have ever seen. He also did...
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    Re: Tractors...

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    Re: I like bicycles.

    I've ridden one of those. They can even be ridden solo, which I found surprising. The cranks are the weak point.
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Sorry that I missed meeting you Chris. It looks like you stopped by while I was crewing on a Swampscot dory in the small boat race.

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    Chesuki is worth a thread of its own and often wins...
  9. Re: Windows 11 - experience upgrading from 10 or opinions?

    Windows 11 is still under development. You can tell because they do several upgrades a week. It’s almost Software as a service, if your familiar with that concept. It came on my new HP laptop. There...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Sounds like a perfect trip. Reading the NOAA page last night I was afraid you might be stuck at Lopez. I glad it worked out. The forecasted wind are always worse than what they turn out to be. Your...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Alex,

    So you are in Watmough Bay on Tuesday evening? My plan is to sail across from Port Townsend tomorrow (Wed) morning, assuming the wind slackens around 3AM as predicted. I will start north...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    I lost my stoker to osteoporosis two years ago so we no longer can do that climb together. I still might be able to make it to the top on a single but that would require more effort than I normally...
  13. Re: Junk Rig (for Dinghy) Designer/Builder in WA State?

    Several years ago there was a Potter 14 in the Bay Area that had a junk rig. The sail area was too small but it did work nicely. However, as someone noted, it definitely failed the KISS test. It was...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    We know that pass, only from the other side. It use to be the first climb on Pain in the Passes, also known as the Death Ride. Climbing that by yourself on a 40+ pound bike, with what looks like flat...
  15. Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Great solution. I would love to be able to step my mast after launching, which is not possible with my current "crane". Well done!
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    Re: If sitting is the new smoking

    I just put that cookie jar on my desk next to the computer.
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Your new boat certainly is looking great. I look forward to seeing it in person in a few weeks.

    I tried a similar approach to you with my trailer by covering the bunks with a high impact...
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    Here is a photo of Joe's solar powered cruiser on the Salish 100 in 2021. The hull he used as a starting point for making this cool boat was sold by the Clark boat company as an International 14 hull...
  19. Re: Hypothetical - Tiny, Tiny, Crabbing boat

    This skiff weighs 35 pounds and can carry my 180 pounds. I made it with 3mm plywood.

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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    If you judge the tides correctly and set your alarm clock appropriately, it is an easy morning crossing to Point Wilson. The last time I did this I crossed in less than 5 hours, which is fast for a...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    I hope to spend the night before in Watmough Bay. As Jamie says, that pretty bay usually is filled with boats headed to Port Townsend.
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Looking forward to seeing you and your elegant boat in Port Townsend. Will she arrive on her own bottom?
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    Re: Porsche Panamera

    I know that 914-4s were not real Porsches. However, we had fun driving one for its second 100,000 miles.

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    It came to us with a 1.7 liter engine and computerized fuel injection. I...
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    Re: The Cape Henry 21 building thread

    Very nice! Almost as nice as the former occupant.
  25. Re: Stolen valor. Sort of. Kind of. But technically …

    My dad earned those DFCs flying P38s in the Aleutians during Second World War, which most would consider to have been a just war, if there is such a thing. However, Dad would not have argued with...
  26. Re: Stolen valor. Sort of. Kind of. But technically …

    We buried our dad’s two distinguished flying crosses with him.
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    Re: 16-18' catboats

    Nicholas Scheuer’s comment about a plywood Bobcat may be a better solution than it seems at first to you. My catboat has hard chines, which you don't seem to like. Also, at 14 feet, she is shorter...
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    Re: Just Sayin'

    Sea lions certainly look like they could be dangerous; however, we don't look like what they eat, which are fish. My assumption is that sea lions follow boats because they have learned that boats are...
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    Re: Just Sayin'

    Not quite as roomy as a canoe yawl but life also is good in a 14’ catboat.

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    Re: Just Sayin'

    Also, earlier I promised a photo of the Tom Cat with its mast up. Morning Song joined us for the first two days of the trip. Here she is on the second day, setting out from Antioch on the San Joaquin...
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    Re: Just Sayin'

    In an earlier thread someone asked Canoeyawl about trailering. Here is a photo of Canoeyawl retrieving his boat from the launching ramp like it was just another sailing dinghy.

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    Re: Just Sayin'

    At least nothing visible to the naked eye. But even if there had been hungry 16' crocodiles in that water, the coolness was worth it.


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    Re: Just Sayin'

    What Canoeyawl didn’t mention in his post is that later that morning the Seagull on my catboat would not restart after a refueling so he towed me the rest of the morning.
  34. Re: Just launched my first boat and now thinking about the next…

    Congratulations. There is nothing like that first sail. What is access to wood like in Japan? What species are available?
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    Re: Just Sayin'

    Canoeyawl posted that photo of my catboat taken on the annual gunkhole trip of our Traditional Small Craft Association chapter. These trips spend a week sailing (or putt’n) on the waters of the San...
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    Re: Whatever happened to The James?

    Congratulations on finding great answers to questions too many people don’t even realize they face. Also, I am glad to see that your skill as a writer is undiminished. You should do something with...
  37. Re: Where the magic happens. I'll show you mine, if you show me yours.

    Looks interesting. What is it?
  38. Re: Where the magic happens. I'll show you mine, if you show me yours.

    This panorama photo makes my shop look bigger than it actually is. I tell people when they are looking at my catboat they are seeing the inside dimensions of my shop, which is only a slight...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    The monoplane with the folding wings in Pete Bower's Fly Baby. Pete was an interesting guy who lived in Seattle and I believe earned his living taking photographs for Boeing. My dad helped Pete build...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Alex,

    Do you have limber holes for draining any water that might find its way into the cockpit lockers? That was one of the mistakes I made with my catboat. I assumed that the locker hatches would...
  41. Re: Are you still looking for a car Paul?

    Ted, as someone who has spent the last two weeks riding a bicycle on the streets of Boston, I am in no place to criticize your acceptance of a little risk to enhance how you enjoy life.
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  42. Re: Are you still looking for a car Paul?

    Ted, isn't there circularity in your claim about the length of life and riding a motorcycle?
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    This thread is what a wooden boat forum thread should be.
  44. Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    You have the right idea but I believe you need to take it further. This is the tripod I use to step my mast, which I believe is about the same weight as yours. Once the boat is on the trailer and the...
  45. Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    This is the right idea but you may want to take it further. This is the tripod I use to step my mast, which is heavier than yours. The winch is one of the key elements in this design. It suspends the...
  46. Re: Old time married folk: How'd you meet?

    Best thread ever
  47. Re: So what else grows in New Zealand?

    What kind of swallow?
  48. Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    I recently built a portable “navigation table” to deal with the problem of how to handle charts on a small boat. Of course, this is nothing more than a stainless steel clipboard attached to the top...
  49. Re: bugatti restoration project goes to auction

    I use to talk with the retire surgeon who restored these two Bugattis. He since has moved away.
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    Re: Grounding Stories

    I have one - complete with photographs.

    I once ran aground trying to pull my brother’s boat off the mud. We had spent a February afternoon sailing our two boats in blustery conditions on south San...
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