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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.
  7. 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...
  10. Re: Where the magic happens. I'll show you mine, if you show me yours.

    Looks interesting. What is it?
  11. 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...
  14. 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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  15. 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.
  17. 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...
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    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...
  19. Re: Old time married folk: How'd you meet?

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

    What kind of swallow?
  21. 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...
  22. 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: Blatant “Troll” Thread

    And I thought Tidbit and my catboat were small. Wonderful work Rob. I love your appreciation of the whimsical.
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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...
  25. Re: Ideas for sun shades for open boats?

    My boat is not open like yours; however, I also needed sun protection for sailing on the Sacramento-San Joaquine Delta during the Summer. This photo shows the awning I made.

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    It is...
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    Re: RIP Bill Staines

    Wonderful story about the serendipity of life and what good music brings to it.
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    We rode a tandem for over 40 years with only nine useable gear combinations. The range was slightly less (40 inches to 120 inches) than what you will achieve with your new setup. It was fine for...
  28. Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Back to reefing. First, I don’t understand Wizbang’s comment about big-boat hardware on small boats. Regardless of size, when the sail is too large, something must be done to reduce the size of the...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Alex, I believe you are correct about lazy jacks. They are not halyards or even topping lifts so adjustment is not an issue. I made my first set too short so they interfered with the set of the sail....
  30. Re: Degree of separation from Adolf Hitler

    I have two comments on this interesting thread. First, Rob is exactly right about how the entertainment industry likes to make war look like fun. That was why I appreciated the movie Saving Private...
  31. Re: Introduction: new in New England, getting going with building and sailing.

    To me, Beede's Summer Breeze looks like a perfect first boat.
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    The Skeerie Skiffs are good examples of the handsome hulls Oughtred has designed. I also expect it would be a fun sailboat. However, a simple flatiron would be a much easier hull to build. If built...
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    Re: The gentleman

    Loved it. Ritchie makes fun movies.
  34. Re: Introduction: new in New England, getting going with building and sailing.

    Good luck to you. Currently I am writing this reply from Mystic but I’m just here for the holidays. I live in the SF Bay Area and cannot provide you with any real support. However, I would suggest...
  35. Re: Off-Season Sail on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    We’re glad to help. As a former Seattle resident I remember why green is the default color up there. Also, while our temperatures were a little higher than yours, we only had sailable winds on one of...
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    Our original plan was to sail five days, but all sailors know the difference between what we plan and what happens. Rain and continued light winds were forecasted for Friday. Therefore, we decided to...
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    Often there are signs limiting speeds to 5 mph. Sometimes the speed restriction is for “no wake”. These restrictions are posted near docks or developed areas. Speed restrictions also appear in areas...
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    Do t know why, but the images are not showing in this last posting.

    EDIT: The images now appear after they have been re-entered but the “Attachment xxxxx” labels from the earlier edit still appear.
  39. Re: Off-Season Sail on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    The Georgiana Slough ends at the Mokelumne River. Just before leaving the Georgiana we passed through a second swing bridge with a friendly operator.

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    By now it was noon and a...
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    The fog rolled in early on Wednesday morning. There is not enough water traffic to make fog a safety issue and we were not likely to get lost. Still it did not encourage an early departure from...
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    You should have come and brought your visitors. That would have been a trip to California they would have remembered.
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    Sailing any distance on the Delta usually requires passing through draw bridges. The route on our second day involved three bridges. This is the last bridge of the day at Isleton.

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  43. Re: Off-Season Sail on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    We set out that morning with the intention of reaching the town of Rio Vista on the Sacramento River but because of our late start and the adverse current we decided to stop at a state park on...
  44. Off-Season Sail on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

    CanoeYawl and I are doing an off-season sail on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in central California. Usually we venture onto these waters in the Spring or Summer but November can also be a nice...
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    Re: Best Rock concert you have attended?

    We’ve been to a lot of great Dead shows but our favorite rock concert was the Joan Baez/Bob Dylan show we attended in Seattle in 1965. It was our first date. We were 13 and 14. We are still together.
  46. Re: Also roaming, and spreading in Georgia. And beyond?

    We have bigger spiders than that here in Palo Alto. 99355
  47. Re: It's over ten years since Chuck died...

    Amazing stories about a complicated time. Thanks for posting this.
  48. Re: illustrations in classic literature

    This etching is from a first edition of The Old Man and the Sea.

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    When I was five years old my dad read to me The Old Man and the Sea. Many years later, a few months before his death, I...
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    Re: Shrink rules

    My Dad had a set of these from when he worked as a pattern maker at North American Aviation, before the war. He made the wing spar pattern for the B25 before enlisting in the Army Air Corp.
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    As Rob noted, the key to the low weight is the frame builder (Tom Ritchey) who knows how to put metal together. He is a genius with metal working skills that are comparable to the craftmanship Jim...
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