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  1. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Yep, we came in last night. We have a sublease lined up for a few weeks on F dock but we are waiting for the previous tenant to leave. In the meantime I have to catch up on work so I'm heading into...
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    Re: The Lesser's LA VIE EN ROSE

    I have to honor both your dedication to serve and the quixotic nature of the task your wife has set herself to accomplish. And you have put something beautiful and worthy into the world with La Vie...
  3. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Oh right! Yes, that was it. And I'm quite familiar with that 5:30 am coffee before the push to get something out the door... That's the life of an independent software developer. The hours are long...
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    This morning I woke up early, while the rest of the crew were still sleeping, and was treated to this magnificent sunrise

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52295328906_bd9a9e2342_b.jpg

    before...
  5. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Ah - that's good news. I just checked out the Instagram page. Good to see her active again. The last I saw she was sitting on the hard in PT with a gaping hole in her.



    Ah! That site is...
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    This article might be useful...

    https://www.electricpaddle.com/solar-sailing-epcarry.html

    The inventor of the EP Carry, which Rich is using, converted a C-Lark 14 hull for cruising with solar...
  7. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Thanks. I've heard of Stugeron but as it's not available in the US either I've never tried it. I'll have to see about getting some from the UK though, as a good motion sickness cure would make my...
  8. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Ah - thanks for the tip Nicholas! I haven't tried the propane adapters yet and have been wary of using them. They would be handy, as the little butane canisters are expensive and don't last very...
  9. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Well hrm. I thought we had Bonine aboard but we only have Dramamine. Something to add to the stores for the next cruise then.



    Ah... That would be handy to have! I think I reorganized it into a...
  10. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    All good suggestions I think. But what I know right now it that it is as full as it can get, and the oil level reads too high when checked cold. Also that the gear oil pressure was 100 psi at 1300...
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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    As documented in the Skookum Maru thread, I did get the boat rigged. Unfortunately I had no internet service at the time so I ended up doing it from memory. I think it came out ok but would welcome...
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    Re: The Lesser's LA VIE EN ROSE

    I saw her in Port Townsend last week

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52279861817_6bcfd7d3ee_b.jpg

    She is a stunning boat but it does seem a shame to put her into the sail training fleet so...
  13. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Getting the snotter in the right place was the hardest part. But with that done I quickly set up the sheet with a single block at the end of the boom and we were ready to try it out. Or almost. The...
  14. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    I work up on Sunday to a clear morning and a clock calm in Reid Harbor.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52289225420_94c254292f_b.jpg

    After breakfast we hiked the trails on Stuart Island and...
  15. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Continuing with our San Juan Islands cruise...

    Friday in Friday Harbor began with pancakes, eggs and sausage cooked on the butane burners as it was too hot to light the diesel stove. I’ll confess...
  16. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    The Isotherm does seem to be a quality unit, and that latch is indeed heavy duty, with a satisfying thunk when you shut it. And yes, we too have expensive appliances on the boat and cheap ones at the...
  17. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    it’s possible that I have only experienced older, less effective freezers and the newer sort are better. But we are very happy with the Isotherm refrigerator so far. Except that it’s an Italian...
  18. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    It was a long-ish day although not the longest I've done. But I do sometimes think that autopilot is a nice invention and maybe we should have one.



    Thanks Ron. I will say that your encounter...
  19. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    As promised, the Strait was as calm as the proverbial millpond. Are millponds always this calm? Can't be very useful for powering the mill then can it? But that's a subject for later investigation....
  20. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    We woke up on Thursday to a heavy morning fog, just starting to clear.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52279138730_d86fc1e399_b.jpg

    By the time we finished our coffee and walked the dog...
  21. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    We made it out of the slip on Wednesday morning, after our usual last minute rush of boat projects, boat cleaning after the boat projects, laundry, house cleaning, shopping, packing, forgetting...
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    Re: Good Books on Boat Repair?

    The Art of Wooden Boat Repair by Allen Cody Taube. Great practical advice and explanation of basic maintenance up to cauiking, refastening, plank replacement and other repairs. A good read too....
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    Re: An Overnight to Mystery Bay

    Looks like a great getaway! We were in Mystery Bay for one night a couple of years ago. We came in at the end of a long day coming from Stuart Island and across the Strait. We got to Kilisut right at...
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    Re: Never Sell Your Boat Locally

    I've seen how hard Maryland weather is on a wooden boat kept outside. My dad had to cut up a lovely little pre-war English cutter there many years ago for the same reason. But even so it's shocking...
  25. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    I think I'm just going to stick some tape on it as Slacko suggested. The plan is to haul out in September and tackle a bunch of work in any case. This spot will just get added to the list.

    As for...
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    Re: Never Sell Your Boat Locally

    Ouch. That's rough. I have a friend with an identical Egg Harbor here in Seattle. Lovely boat.
  27. Re: Washington State Derelict Vessel Post-Sale Liability

    I don't think so Bruce. I expect they mean a USCG Certificate as would be issued to a passenger carrying vessel. Much harder to get than a survey. I'm not sure it's possible to get one for a...
  28. Re: Washington State Derelict Vessel Post-Sale Liability

    I get your point Garret but I still think that the regulation does not make the seller responsible for the buyer’s actions after the sale, which I agree would be idiotic with as many Os as you like....
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Just catching up on this thread and saw the discussion about customs in Port Townsend. I have a relevant anecdote that may help clarify the situation there.

    In 2019 we went to Victoria B.C. for a...
  30. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Thanks Jim. Yes, that's the plan. Go cruising now. Fix stuff later. But not too much later!



    Great minds Hugh. I had that exact thought while I was staring at the dent. Along with a few other...
  31. Re: Washington State Derelict Vessel Post-Sale Liability

    Out of curiosity I did some more poking around the derelict vessel regulations and there is more. I expect that Garret is going to add a few more Os after this one.

    RCW 79.100.170 Transfer of...
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    Re: Looking For Parts/ Source

    https://rwrope.com/products/holding-down-bolt?variant=14089831678005
  33. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Eggshell is exactly what it felt like when I pressed on it Rick. Didn't even seem like a soft spot. Just like there was nothing at all under the paint. I'm hoping that it's just an old repair or...
  34. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Well hm. So with the refrigerator done I started working on the reshaping the dinghy chocks for the Nutshell. In shifting the pram around to block it up in the right place I pressed my knee against...
  35. Re: Washington State Derelict Vessel Post-Sale Liability

    Except that a Washington business license costs less than $100 and maybe 30 minutes for the online application. You can get a business license for anything you want. If that's the thing stopping...
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    If that was the actual effect of the law I would agree with you, but it's not. The seller is only liable if they don't get a marine surveyor to attest to the condition of the boat prior to...
  37. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    More progress. Installed the shims for the refrigerator this morning.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52269625527_ea503988b5_b.jpg
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    I think it's reasonable to debate the value of this regulation. I tend to agree with the objective. I am not too concerned with the burden on the seller. I dislike the implications for the...
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    I kinda think all of the above Bruce. And also that there are no perfect answers to any issue that pits personal freedom against public burden. If you want to have an argument in Seattle just mention...
  40. Re: Washington State Derelict Vessel Post-Sale Liability

    I absolutely agree that this regulation, if it were more widely heeded, would kill many boats. It is already doing so in some cases. See this thread
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    This thread is the best thing on the Internet right now. I'm curious about the number of other wooden boats that are out there cruising the South Pacific? Are you seeing any others (Latifa aside)?
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    Jon, I don't disagree that the regulation has the potential to affect things like restoration, etc. (although there are some provisions for that - see below). But I think the comparison with houses...
  43. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Back to some actual Building/Repair work. The new refrigerator actually showed up yesterday after being delayed in shipment several times. It's very shiny.
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    Do you need a gas motor? I'd be tempted to go electric. The EP Carry might do the job with a Scamp depending on how you plan to use it.

    https://www.electricpaddle.com/

    I'm very happy with ours....
  45. Re: Washington State Derelict Vessel Post-Sale Liability

    Personally, I don't disagree with the policy. While it does seem like an encroachment on our freedom to mess about with old boats, I also think that every derelict environmental disaster and hazard...
  46. Washington State Derelict Vessel Post-Sale Liability

    So I was reading this article in Professional Boatbuilder about the Sea Scout vessel Charles N. Curtis

    https://www.proboat.com/2022/07/a-long-life-of-service/

    and one passage stood out:


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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    This boat is going to be used by me and our son Dash, who is now nine and just went through the El Toro sailing camp at the Center for Wooden Boats. If we think we need to reef then a) we shouldn't...
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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    Ah! That's exactly what I needed to know Jeff. Thanks. Re: snotter and thumb cleat, I'm planning to lace the sail to the mast and stow it wrapped around the mast so there isn't any halyard, but also...
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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    True, that's what Joel White intended, but the seller bought a generic 50 sq ft sprit sail from Duckworks and made spars for that rather than making the rig as designed. At some point I might get the...
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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    Thanks Ben. I did read a couple of articles by you and I've looked at the Optimist rig as well. And I agree that the Optimist is closest to what I have in mind. I will probably copy it as closely as...
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