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  1. Re: Day-sailing an Ilur along MA coast (and NE in general), is it a good idea?

    And another picture for comparison, the Calendar Islands 18 and Jewell anchored side by side while the morning sun dries dew from the boom tents before stowing them:
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    lastly, an image which...
  2. Re: Day-sailing an Ilur along MA coast (and NE in general), is it a good idea?

    Garret and Neil make good points. The yawl’s ease of handling are well described in many threads on the forum, and it is extremely common on sail and oar boats used for dinghy cruising with good...
  3. Re: Day-sailing an Ilur along MA coast (and NE in general), is it a good idea?

    Yes, the Ilur would be an excellent choice for what you have in mind.114078
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    Re: beach cruisers

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    Marginally different perspective, but entire mast, yours for perusing.
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    Re: beach cruisers

    Yes, Tom—Jewell.
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    Re: beach cruisers

    Thank you, Paul. I have grown fond beaching legs along the Maine coast. Very useful bits of kit!
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    Re: beach cruisers

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  8. Re: Silver Thread Lug and Mizzen Cornish Dinghy

    The Ilur in breezy conditions:
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    The Ilur can handle more weather than I’d ever care to. She has a very powerful rig, and reefing early will keep her from becoming too physical. I...
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    Re: NACA- what?

    When I built the boards for my Jewell, the plans called for a NACA 0015 foil for the CB, and 0012 for the rudder. Because the centerboard doesn’t hang vertically, I chose to shape it along the red...
  10. Re: Displacement designs for solar electric river cruiser, 20 - 25 feet

    Continuing the brainstorm, this is too small for your requirements, but has a number of traits which might be of interest as you further refine your search for a design with optimum compromises. It...
  11. Re: Displacement designs for solar electric river cruiser, 20 - 25 feet

    What can’t be found on you tube?

    https://youtu.be/1U6iUfMbxqU
  12. Re: Displacement designs for solar electric river cruiser, 20 - 25 feet

    In a different direction, perhaps too minimalist, and maybe too great an experiment needed to add a cabin which functioned as required while fitting the character of the boat, but a freight canoe...
  13. Re: Displacement designs for solar electric river cruiser, 20 - 25 feet

    Here is the Atkin Frank Toop, 21’ LOA, 5’8” beam, designed for a 6-8 hp inboard. Not hard to picture a small electric outboard mounted to the transom in place of the rudder, with a battery bank set...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Subscribed, and following with interest!
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    Re: Vivier Cabin Designs

    Wend, here is a pic of a finger jointed plank from my Ilur build, with a layer of glass not yet faired for painting:
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    once the hull was planked up, it finished nicely, but needed a good deal...
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    Re: Vivier Cabin Designs

    Rigadog, laying the deck on the Jewell was not difficult. It was 9mm ply, so not especially stiff. The pieces didn’t require any torturing. Here is an image showing the deck beams, with bulkheads...
  17. Re: Traditional Working Ketches - Practical Modern Recreational Use?

    Or while waiting for friends to arrive at the put-in.

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  18. Re: Traditional Working Ketches - Practical Modern Recreational Use?

    Ghosting is a minor art form well worth study, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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    Re: Vivier Cabin Designs

    Here is a photo while she was in build, showing a nuanced compound curve to her foredeck:

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    Such lyricism from sheetgoods!
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    Re: Vivier Cabin Designs

    For his small cabin boats, Vivier has listed some of the great early 20th century designers among his influences—particularly the knockabouts of Alden, Crowninshied, and Herreshoff, and the French...
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    Re: An Ilur in Vermont

    That is my plan, but some cruising isn’t off the table, if a second crew are willing to go “Coot Club” with Waxwing while sailing in company with Umami standing in as Teasel.
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    Re: An Ilur in Vermont

    Biggest. Ilur. Ever.

    What a remarkably burdensome boat! The mast traveller looks very familiar:
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    What’s old is new again, it seems. Thanks for sharing the photo!
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    Re: Vivier Cabin Designs

    Frank, do you have any photos of Leilu’s boom tent in use?
  24. Re: Calendar Islands Yawl 18 in Rhode Island (Hull No. 2)

    Brian, Waxwing doesn’t have a retaining pin like you’re describing. She was the first generation CNC kit of the Ilur, and Vivier frequently makes mods to his kits, so maybe another builder can chime...
  25. Re: Calendar Islands Yawl 18 in Rhode Island (Hull No. 2)

    Brian. Wow!!! Seriously lovely, well done. Really looking forward to seeing you with her on the coast next season.
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    Re: Electric drive sailboats

    Don’t honestly know what full throttle will do. My sailing time was circumscribed enough this past season that I didn’t have time for extensive trials, and I’ve focused on making reasonable speed at...
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    Re: Electric drive sailboats

    The epropulsion spirit pushing this 1500#, 20’ LOA Jewell is a 1kW motor, so a bit more power than Wox’s Minn-Kota.
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    At about 1/4 throttle, she’ll get the boat to 4mph in calm, no current...
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    Re: Vivier Cabin Designs

    One thing I don’t love about the Huntingford is that the cross line can potentially set up a trip hazard depending on where it is set up to allow consistent tension through a tiller’s swing. Just...
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    Re: Vivier Cabin Designs

    And Marianita has a Scandinavian tiller set up, yes? So your approach will need to be something other then the Huntingford device. Also, just went back to your build thread to refresh my memory about...
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    Re: Vivier Cabin Designs

    That has been my experience with the Jewell as well, Steve. This is my first experience living with a gaff rig, and I’m enjoying the control over lowering sail or de-powering by scandalizing using...
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    Re: Vivier Cabin Designs

    It was a bit of an Easter egg hunt to track it down, but Nic Compton wrote a nice review of the Beniguet which also includes a lot of information about the original Stir Ven; it was published in vol...
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    Re: Vivier Cabin Designs

    I just completed a two year build of a Jewell, and can vouch for the kit’s accuracy and ease of build. A difference between Hewes kits and Clint Chase’s will be the plank scarfs—Vivier specs finger...
  33. Re: The obsession begins...looking for pro/cons of a few designs

    [QUOTE=rgthom;6550786]I just noticed that a stretched Ilur makes an appearance in Roger Barnes' recent video. It's only on a trailer, and not much info, but it has been done.

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    I wonder if...
  34. Re: The obsession begins...looking for pro/cons of a few designs

    I have. You may be right about the balance of goodness to magic with such a stretch, but I think it would be a worthy experiment. It would almost certainly become a lot of boat to row, at least...
  35. Re: The obsession begins...looking for pro/cons of a few designs

    Yes, it can be windy in the northeast:
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    A few images from similar perspectives which should give a sense of the differences in size/volume of the IO boats. A Ness Yawl:
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    the Arctic...
  36. Re: Changing from laced to loose foot mainsail?

    Steve, my Jewell is not an old design, but to my eye, looks like one. She carries a loose footed gaff main of 150sq feet.

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    Her boom is a departure from Vivier’s plans, which called for a...
  37. Re: Traditional Working Sail Rigs - Modern Recreational Craft

    Plenty to consider in that last post. I would be inclined to go with something close to the original cat ketch if you build the sharpie, so that you won’t have a several season experiment to get a...
  38. Re: Sailing Characteristics - Flatiron Skiffs and Other Flat Bottom Sailing Craft

    Here are a couple of images of Andrew Kitchen’s sharpie skiff—very similar to the boat in post #13–a most capable little craft:
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    Andrew is a highly skilled builder who does beautiful...
  39. Re: Sailing Characteristics - Flatiron Skiffs and Other Flat Bottom Sailing Craft

    Do you have access to John Gardner’s Building Classic Small Craft? There is a chapter describing an 18’ sharpie, which could be built to 20’, with a ketch rig, 120 sq ft for the 18 footer, and 165 sq...
  40. Re: Sailing Characteristics - Flatiron Skiffs and Other Flat Bottom Sailing Craft

    http://www.atkinboatplans.com/Sail/Excelsior.html
  41. Re: Traditional Working Ketches - Practical Modern Recreational Use?

    Ryan, are you familiar with the No Man’s Land boat? Here is a link to photos of Tom Jackson’s FAR & AWAY:


    https://www.flickr.com/photos/106418745@N07/
  42. Re: Sailing Characteristics - Flatiron Skiffs and Other Flat Bottom Sailing Craft

    Have a look at the Goat Island Skiff. Lots of excellent info available, easy build, high performing boat.
  43. Re: Traditional Working Sail Rigs - Modern Recreational Craft

    Wanted to post an image in response to Tom’s concern about sail twist in lugs:
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    Full battens minimize sail twist to a great extent, and also minimize the flogging that a luffing sail will do...
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    Re: A new Jewell

    Yes, the C.O. was clearly unhappy that I did not follow the rules. I imagine he had plenty of paperwork to fill out to explain my breach of protocol. I also suspect that now that the station in...
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    Re: A new Jewell

    There is a story behind that color. It is a close approximation of “Coast Guard Buff”, the color our coast guard paints topsides derricks, rails and so forth. Not an easily available commercial...
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    Re: A new Jewell

    No ratchet, Ben, just a 3:1 with tufnol blocks and a cam cleat on the aft cockpit coaming:

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    Re: A new Jewell

    Neil, the epropulsion unit has an extension cable with a proprietary socket on one end and which splits to positive and negative connections at the other. I have one ordered, but not yet in hand,...
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    Re: Heel Thy Self

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    Re: Trying to decide next build

    So much good advice here, and so many good and capable designs. Edward’s analysis of hull form and rig choices is spot on, I think. Something to think about if you will be sleeping aboard, a boat...
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    Re: A new Jewell

    Yes, Rich, River is a pup, now six months old. The older dogs are still healthy, but at 11, we figured we should bring a new dog into the pack while they’re still vigorous. He is a great...
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