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  1. Re: Across the Bar: Jonathan Raban (author)

    I agree some of his writing is on the gloomy side. I don't even know if his books really qualify as sea writing, so much as mood writing. From the NY Times obituary, "Mr. Raban’s literary narratives...
  2. Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Also, if I invited more than four people, things might start to look like this out there:

    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/the-spectators-e1674184712664.jpg
  3. Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    I dug up a picture of the Salvage Chief. It was fun to explore all around her:

    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2023/01/salvage-chief-1-e1674184540407.jpg
  4. Across the Bar: Jonathan Raban (author)

    Jonathan Raban, the English, Seattle-based writer who sailed the Inside Passage, motored down the Mississippi, and wrote several books about boats passed away this week. I liked his writing and his...
  5. Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    I had breakfast on the Salvage Chief a few years ago. That was a memorable experience... Sunshine? Just come in August. You can even swim without freezing off your tender bits then!
  6. Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    Uh, cause I want to re-create this scene:
    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/towing-e1443834847213.jpg
  7. Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    If you can get here, we'll find you a boat!
  8. Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    This isn't like a carnival cruise, where Gopher tells you the activities for the day. This is a ton of fun, but also some responsibility for everyone being self sufficient, comfortable running...
  9. An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    This is the time of year where I am tired of being cooped up by the dark and rain and cold. I start to plot adventures and bug people to think ahead about all things to do in the long, pleasant days...
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    Re: Sunbrella vs. Weathermax80

    Agree that my Sunbrella needs recoating... As for some of my friends, even if it isn't soaking up, it is still kind of damp and dries a bit slow after several days of rain...

    -Bruce
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    Re: Sunbrella vs. Weathermax80

    A few other PNW sail & oar guys have tents similar to this:

    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2023/01/andy-tent-1-e1673840349679.jpg

    This one belongs to Andy M and I think it is...
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    Re: Sunbrella vs. Weathermax80

    I find that the plasticy materials do get damp- depending on the relative humidity. There's not much to be done about it.
    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/sleeping-aboard-1-2.jpg...
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    Re: Sunbrella vs. Weathermax80

    I'm not fond of Sunbrella for camping-cockpit tent. It's too heavy and hard to dry out on the fly, once it gets wet. I prefer the lighter more plastic-ey materials since they repel water and are...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    You always make this look easy. Keep up the good work!
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    Re: Sunbrella vs. Weathermax80

    Rod, I agree with things people have said above. I have used Sunbrella, and Odyssey with success for boat covers and cockpit tents- but you didn't tell us what you were planning to cover and how it...
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    Re: Small Boat on the Inside Passage

    Lover of Archery-

    That sounds like quite a tale. Glad you lived to tell it!

    This is one of my favorite pics from the Inside Passage:...
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    Re: A Kurylko Alaska at Death's Door

    Tom, this is a good story, well told. I agree with Alex that your shot in the stone boathouse is definitely one of the great sail & oar shots of all time. Nicely done.

    James' thoughts above send...
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    Re: Portage Pram

    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2023/01/luna-asteroid-1-e1673133398313.jpg

    I decided that I needed a more suitable dinghy than the old sit on top kayak for Luna, so when Duckworks...
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    Re: Light Chebacco

    csmead- glad you are getting out there.

    Agree with the comments made by others about checking your peak halyard and outhaul.

    Jamie's comment about some form of mast hoop is a worthwhile one. I...
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    Re: Lug & Sprit Questions

    If the boom/yard are the right size, it is no problem at all. The deck may need to be reinforced to hold your hardware/blocks, but the stress isn't all that you'd expect.

    In ten plus years of...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    So I stumbled on John Hartman's video of his Viver Jewell over at Off Center Harbor.


    https://www.offcenterharbor.com/videos/the-coastal-pocket-cruiser-jewell-by-francois-vivier/

    I know we're...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Like a bad penny, this thread wakes up again...
    I finally got around to disassembling the rudder post/tiller.
    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2022/09/rudder-head-2-e1662340007705.jpg
    I...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    J. Madison, I'm baking you some bread when you get back. You are coming back, right? |:) I'm super appreciating your story.

    Your descriptions of the places off the boat are great. I wish more...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Given that it's fall and I think I've gone through all the modifications and changes to the boat, I'll wrap up with an op-ed.

    Here I am watching ships make the turn at Turn Point, on Stuart...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Adding a mast float would be a trade off and seems like it might get in the way of various lines. I think I'd rely on keeping a good watch, early reefing, and avoiding going on in bad conditions...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Immersion is a really interesting and important question for us northerly sailors. One some of us choose to ignore entirely. When I first started going on extended trips in row boats, and sail & oar...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    I should have mentioned that I would value any other motor tips from those so inclined to discuss.

    Speaking of ferries and navigation...
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    Re: Why is a lug rig called a lug rig?

    Back on the definition of lug, I ride steel bikes, sort of the wooden boats of the bike world. A certain generation of them have "lugs" where the tubes are brazed together....
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2022/10/travel-lift-1-e1666145813123.jpg
    Let's move on to less comfortable items... like watching your boat be hoisted in mid-air! Actually, it was fun to...
  30. Re: Deciding between Ness Yawl and Sooty Tern

    Good advice noted above, especially about sail vs oar. Also consider if you will have the need to strike the rig frequently. That's where a lug rig is really helpful.

    Also consider how much you...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    I'll bring my 1978 Viking Husqvarna up to your place! But seriously, I think we're equal- you've got a formal seat!

    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2022/09/coffee-1-e1663018682213.jpg
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Wow Chris- looks like a lot of work ahead of you- but I think you are smart to go with you gut- figure out what you have on your hands so you can really address the problem and not let it haunt you...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Ben, you are so right. Sockets would make for a more stable set up. I'll work on that for next season.

    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2022/10/at-the-helm-channel-1-e1666146056839.jpg
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Thanks for the tips on the inflatables. FM is unmoved. Comically so. I'll definitely give her another chance to see the light before I huff epoxy fumes.

    One thing she really, really liked on the...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Steve that is great. I'll make one and surprise FM!

    And anything Harry Bryan does is pretty good with me. He tows a dinghy. :rolleyes:
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    I love the illustrations Alex- how did you make those?

    I totally agree with you on choosing a boat name. There are some way too common ones out there and it does make you wonder what that says...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    You are correct, bringing a boat aboard, even Aster, is a challenge. There is a nice nook that forms between the dock and the bow, where I can hide a small dinghy without being in anyone's way.
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Yup drip rings on the paddle, but kayaks are just wet things.

    First Mate has decided that a proper dinghy is required. No inflatable things. No SUPs.

    After playing around with the Portage Pram,...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Here's a little inspiration.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=abix4EjBwj0&feature=youtu.be

    Do I see a Seil under sail in it?

    -Bruce
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    And that hideous orange thing on the roof of the car? That's Asteroid, our "dinghy." We call her Aster for short.

    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2022/10/sit-on-top-1-e1666145854985.jpg...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    The soft storage noted in the previous post worked so well, I'm not inclined to hurry and make hard storage (as cool as I think that would look). The plastic tubs in the lockers worked pretty well...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Here's the cabin:

    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2022/10/cabin-underway-1-e1666146034951.jpg

    There is ample room for two people to have camping pads, sleeping bags, and misc odds and...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Welcome back folks. As noted earlier, we've continued to have unseasonably warm days around here- well into the 80's which is crazy for October. An overnight bike camping trip, a day sailing a...
  44. Re: No Longer Getting Forum E-mail notifications

    Here's a hack. I went to my profile and changed my email to a different address I use. It's less convenient, but it worked. When I tried to change it back to my original address, it didn't work......
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    With good summer weather extending into fall, instead of putting Luna away (or posting to this thread), I went out for a last weekend cruise on the Columbia River with friends....
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    So, as promised, here is Jamie's reefing diagram:

    https://terrapintales.files.wordpress.com/2022/10/reefing-1-e1665114246794.jpg
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    CSMead, sorry for losing the thread here. Thanks for sharing your pics- that's a lovely color. I wish I was bold enough to paint a boat a bright color. Next time, for sure!

    Yes your rudder set up...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    ;) Why do you have to ruin our adventure by providing practical solutions!?
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Well Alex, I did a little underwater work, alas not while the boat was beating to windward... and found:
    1. When I pressed my feet against the board while holding onto the side of the boat, the...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    I think both of you speak wisely and I agree. What a fantastic way to translate money into experience, adventure, and satisfaction.
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