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  1. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Following along without much to add, as usual, but a thought on the non-skid. I used the polycarbonate chips sold by Duckworks, they mix in with the paint so no top coat of paint. Mine have remained...
  2. I am not sure that loom in the water is a...

    I am not sure that loom in the water is a significant loss. Steevers oar equations show shorter blades being more efficient. Thats because the blade is rotating during a pull. In the extreme of an...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    The cost surprised me a bit too, but it does all add up. I like to look at it as entertainment cost also. If not boatbuilding, I would be spending the time doing something else which would also cost...
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    Re: Boat camping tent.

    Todd knows fabric and the Odyssey polyester is low cost at around $12/yd. There are two materials I like for boat tents, both around $21/yd at just over 60" wide:

    - Shelter Rite from Sailrite....
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    Since the experts have not commented yet, I will...

    Since the experts have not commented yet, I will just say that structure looks plenty strong whether glued, screwed or both. Epoxy with a high density fillet is usually stronger than the wood and...
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    Re: Electric canoe, maiden voyage

    Neat! So say 220 W-h used in 3.5 hours is only 63 W motor power to go almost 3 kts. Sounds very efficient.

    Could you please at some time take some speed/power points on calm water, so I can add...
  7. Thread: It’s over.

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    Re: It’s over.

    Just back from a New Orleans wedding and it is over there for sure, not a mask or social distance in sight. I should know by Wednesday if I got away with it.
  8. Thread: Car rental

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    Re: Car rental

    I stopped renting cars and just use Uber/Lyft anywhere now. Even from home to the airport - no parking charge and no waiting for a shuttle. Last trip to Tokyo the normal hotel shuttle was closed due...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    Today I changed the urban tandem to a 1X drivetrain. Maybe a bit odd to do this to a 40 year old bike, but we use it a lot and I liked everything about it except the clunky shifting on the triple and...
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    Re: Expedition Pedal boat design

    Not to talk you out of this, but just give my view: I am a cyclist and rower, with an expedition type camp aboard rowboat. I've thought about trying to do a pedal drive, but decided against for the...
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    Re: Expedition Pedal boat design

    Might as well start with a proven pedal boat design, Gartside #92 "Blue Skies":...
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    Re: Pedal Cat design

    This sounds like an interesting project. Your goal of 6 mph with 150 W input might be do-able on flat water, but it is probably as good as it gets for a 5 m displacement boat and will take efficient...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    I watched Craigslist for over a year looking for a decent frame my size and able to fit wide tires with fenders and luggage - no luck. So now I have my first (probably only) custom steel frame. It...
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    Ive done that ride from the other side, broke the...

    Ive done that ride from the other side, broke the national speed limit at the time descending Monitor Pass. I remember they were serving boiled potatoes at the Owens Valley turnaround. Seemed like an...
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    Re: The silence of the lambs

    They are waiting to see if any turds Trump throws at the wall will stick, then they will all rush to hold it there....
  16. Re: Can a short man row a big boat ? Did I build it to big ?

    For a boat you plan to use for years it is worth making the thwart height and location, and the locks location, temporary and adjustable to start. Try it out on the water before making the final...
  17. Re: Can a short man row a big boat ? Did I build it to big ?

    You should be fine, maybe use longer oars. The main thing is to get the right gearing for the boat and the conditions, the ratio of outboard to inboard loom. The bigger boat might take more force to...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    We took the urban tandem to S Tahoe, for grocery shopping on the bike paths. I had a couple of hours to myself one day, since this was the only bike we had I took it solo passhunting. It's 20+ lbs...
  19. Thread: Beach rollers

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    Re: Beach rollers

    So far I have been fine keeping the boat in the water with an anchor buddy, no need for rollers. Tides here are 6 to 8 feet, I can imagine bigger tides making it harder but even in Alaska people do...
  20. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Could you attach small metal spring or pinch clamps as markers? I would be nervous about scoring the plexiglass, it could break at a score line and drop in the tank.
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    Re: Best Rowboat w/o compound curves

    I have plans for the race Drake and would build one if I had the time, but mainly for solo coastal racing. A Drake 19 would be my choice for two up pleasure rowing. Since my Welsford Walkabout rows...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Just fantastic, can't wait for some trip reports and more photos!

    -Rick
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    For short distance its not surprising. Electric...

    For short distance its not surprising. Electric motorcycles have been breaking quarter mile records for a long time, an electric dragster just topped 200 mph. The motor tech is there, as you say it...
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    Do you backup to icloud? If yes, log in to icloud...

    Do you backup to icloud? If yes, log in to icloud on the pc and the photos will be there. You can download if you want. If you do not have backup they can all get lost, DAMHIKT.
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    David - I only know one person using these, but he is happy and they are highly rated on Amazon and typically around half the cost of similar batteries. Worth a look at least.
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    An electric Thistle sounds like a great project....

    An electric Thistle sounds like a great project. Compared to the Walkabout it is double the hull weight, a foot more beam, and has a planing hull with a wider transom. The Walkabout needs about 200 W...
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    Thanks for the comments guys.


    I have to agree with this Clarkey. Coming at it the other way, I keep thinking of adding at least a downwind sail but even a simple rig does not really fit together...
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    I made a little video showing the several methods of propelling the boat. I do not really like to talk on videos, but for some reason started yakking away on this one and left it in. Don't judge me...
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    Re: Happy birthday to James McMullen…

    Happy birthday James.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/8579/16115140409_754fdd3443_c.jpg
  30. Re: New river cruise out of S.F. Bay will tour Northern California for 8 days

    Now that I read it Stockton and Sacramento by the deepwater channel should be easy, but Napa? Where would they dock?

    $12k to go to Stockton??? I'd pay that to stay away...
  31. Re: New river cruise out of S.F. Bay will tour Northern California for 8 days

    Sorry, I do not pay for the Chronicle but somehow no wall for me. This is the article:

    Jessica Flores
    Aug. 8, 2022Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 2:55 p.m.

    The cruise ship American Jazz will offer...
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    Re: Bicycle lane signage?

    Yes parts of Europe, particularly Netherlands, are so much better at combining bike and car traffic. Particularly at intersections, where many crashes occur here, Netherlands uses a light cycle set...
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    Re: Bicycle lane signage?

    Those "sharrows" are pretty much useless. The road is by law to be shared, adding the graphic does not change anything. I feel slightly safer in marked off bike lanes, but a physical divider is...
  34. New river cruise out of S.F. Bay will tour Northern California for 8 days

    New river cruise out of S.F. Bay will tour Northern California for 8 days, with prices as high as $12,000
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    Re: How far can a boat hang off of a trailer?

    That's how I do it, works unless there's a lot of waves.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/5668/22814985798_becb7123db_c.jpg
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    Thanks Tom & Dave. The two lower front corners have 1/4 turn fasteners, all the rest are any-direction pull snaps. If I do not latch the 1/4 turns, then pushing on any corner peels an opening. I bet...
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    5) Attaching the center tent section blocks most of the wind. This is probably going to be the main overnight setup. Oars are placed for quick reach when standing, I have had to move the boat in the...
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    3) For a lunch stop to block wind or sun the tent front can be raised.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52268340994_9601022ac0_b.jpg



    4) For more protection the tent aft goes up.
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    So I finished the tent at the end of May, and yesterday was the first time since then I had enough spare time to take the boat out on the water for a short test. Busy year....

    These are the...
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    Re: How far can a boat hang off of a trailer?

    My 250-300 lb, 18 foot rowboat hangs 44 inches off the back. Most weight is on the center bunks, but it has a long skeg and the end roller supports the skeg. There's a light bar on the transom. 12...
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    Duckworks is showing Frearson #8 x 1.5 at $0.48 each: https://duckworks.com/flathead-silicon-bronze-wood-screws/

    Not sure what a good price is for those.
  42. Re: FAA soliciting public comments on minimum seat dimensions

    We just did a trip to Tokyo using a bunch of accumulated miles to upgrade, for the first time, to United Polaris. OMG I can never fly in the back again, and will probably never accumulate enough...
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    Re: Wooden Anchor Roller Question!

    Are those slots in the wood, if so are they for a purpose or just decorative?
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Wonderful! She looks like a big 18' boat now outside the garage. I love the Tad Roberts pilothouse, it is going to be comfy in there out of the weather.

    -Rick
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    Re: Narrow oar blades?

    Those oars look like they were made for rough conditions. The narrow blades reduce catching waves on the recovery when not feathered, and the straight taper keeps maximum strength for pushing off...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    The boat is looking great. I know the finish takes a lot of time, but this must feel close now.


    I agree on both and am jealous since it has been several years since we had the time or freedom to...
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    Re: Wooden Anchor Roller Question!

    I made this one a dozen years ago for an 18 foot skiff, using leftover Afrormosia and some bronze plate. I would not trust it for heavy loads, it would probably break at the first bolt. I keep...
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    The power needed will be a tough question to...

    The power needed will be a tough question to answer without testing. I put an electric outboard on my 18 foot glued lap skiff, it will do 4 kts using 250 W of electrical input power. My boat is very...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    I had to look back to remember what I did with the rudder. These are Racelite pintles from Duckworks, sized to fit the rudder stock inside, the cheeks go outside. Not sure it matters except for minor...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    You are as crazy as me about underwater turbulence. Those are the strips I used, smoothed at the ends and epoxy glued. They take paint well, go ahead and paint them. I just took a photo of one of...
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