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    Re: A 50 mile daysail attempt

    I'm not particularly thrilled about building a boat again, but I'm too cheap to pay someone else so I guess I have to build it if I want it! I bought my First Mate plans in 2016 and I don't think I...
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    Re: A 50 mile daysail attempt

    I think a Long Steps would have faired better in that specific situation for a few reasons. Less of the wave would have come aboard due to the higher freeboard. Even if all the water did make it in,...
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    Re: A 50 mile daysail attempt

    Yeah, I've given self bailers some thought a few times but in the end I've always decided against them. Growing up the one in my Sunfish constantly leaked and they won't work if you're not moving....
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    Re: A 50 mile daysail attempt

    I've done 40+ miles three times and two of them were pretty breezy... the other was just a really long day. I've read a few trip reports of the Texas 200 where they just blast along all day, sounds...
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    Re: A 50 mile daysail attempt

    Thanks Larks!



    All possibilities and something I'd like to do in the future... although I think I'd prefer to find somewhere more tucked away to spend the night most of the time. But I've...
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    A 50 mile daysail attempt

    For quite a while Iíve wanted to do a 50 mile daysail just to do it and back in August the weather looked like I might be able to make it. So I set out from the Piankatank River and headed down the...
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    Re: Boat lift for my rowboat

    Nice job! I'll have to file that trick away in my mental toolbox. It reminds me of an adapter I made to raise and lower the knee on my milling machine.
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    Re: Sailrite sail kits?

    I used a regular old Janome New Home without much trouble, although getting through 10 layers in a few spots was tough. I also cleaned the needle with a cotton ball and acetone every seam because it...
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    Re: Sailrite sail kits?

    I put a 23 square foot jib and 81 square foot sprit sail together from a Sailrite kit. It was my first real sewing project and it took me about 12 hours per sail.
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    Haven't had a lot of time lately, but I did manage to do a few tests with the trolling motor on my First Mate instead of the canoe. I've changed the 5 speed switch to a 60A PWM controller and added a...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    I'm enjoying your updates and thanks for letting us know how the boathouse is working. I'm planning a Long Steps build in the next year or two and it's looking like it's going to have to be an...
  12. Re: Looking for a copy of "103 Sailing Rigs Straight Talk" Phil Bolger

    If you make an account you can borrow the book for 1 hour at a time here: https://archive.org/details/103sailingrigsst0000bolg

    Not that great for reading straight through, but works well enough if...
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    Re: Best Small Boat Cruising Threads

    In addition to all of the mentioned threads, I really like what Small boats rock has done with his modified Atkin Perigee. Definitely not a sail and oar boat, but at 17'-3" and no engine I think it...
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    Re: A Kurylko Alaska at Death's Door

    What a cool place, thanks for sharing! A giant library on top of a huge boathouse... I think I could live with one of those.
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    Re: Irish vintage video: Coracle Building

    The first boat I built was a coracle when I was in middle school. I made it from some pine and holly tree saplings, paracord for the lashings and gunnel, and a blue tarp. The seat was a 3/4" board...
  16. Re: Why or why can't we get a 6" rule that works for everybody?

    Sure, here it is: sailingmoga.com/Ruler.3dm

    I've got a CNC 6040 router that I've used to engrave some brass and aluminum. I need to get it set up again after moving shops, but I definitely plan to...
  17. Re: Why or why can't we get a 6" rule that works for everybody?

    Ok, here's my idea. The ruler is 3/4" x 6" with sixteenths and eighths on one side and millimeters on the other. The end graduations are in sixteenths and millimeters. I didn't realize it, but 19mm...
  18. Re: Why or why can't we get a 6" rule that works for everybody?

    That does sound like a handy ruler! I've got a 6040 CNC router, maybe it'd be a fun project to cut one out of some brass with an engraving cutter.
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Another fascinating update, thanks for bringing us along!
  20. Thread: Power planes

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    Re: Power planes

    I bought a Ryobi and gave it the Lou treatment and it works well, although to be honest I've only had to use it a handful of times.
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    Re: Marine Plywood Prices

    That's why I was thinking Meranti since I can see the boat spending half the year outside. As for spelling, I've been copying what was on Boulter Plywood's website but it looks like they've spelled...
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    Re: Marine Plywood Prices

    I'm really interested in Welsford's Long Steps. My First Mate is a great boat, but it's not quite suited for some of the trips I have in mind. And I'd like to give a mizzen a try after reading about...
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    Marine Plywood Prices

    Can anyone read the tea leaves about where marine plywood prices are headed?

    In May of 2018 I bought some 1/4" Okouome for $65 a sheet, today it's $98. I'm considering a new build in the next year...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    I'm enjoying reading about your lessons learned with a bigger boat.


    One of the few times I've ran my outboard I wondered why it kept sputtering and dying after a little over a minute of running...
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    Re: Robands? Which do people prefer?

    You're right, I've got it set up as spiral lacing at the moment. I keep meaning to try forth and back, but the sail comes down easily enough I haven't bothered.
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    Re: Robands? Which do people prefer?

    That's how I've got the luff of my sprit sail set up. The robands have an eye seized in one end and a stopper knot on the other end. Then they're cow hitched into the grommet and connect to each...
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    Re: Arctic Tern Electric Power

    Thanks for updating the photos. It's a really well done setup and I'm definitely keeping it in mind if I ever build a bigger boat.
  28. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    From what I understand, high aspect ratio propeller blades (wings basically) will always be more efficient no matter what medium they're moving in. I think your typical boat propeller is just...
  29. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    I honestly don't know a whole lot about electronics and propellers, just stuff I've read in various threads.

    My trolling motor is a Newport Vessels 36 pound thrust with a claimed 30 amp max draw....
  30. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    I'm still doing speed tests, but my First Mate goes 4.5 MPH at 290 W. I'm using a 10x6 model airplane pusher prop on a 30A trolling motor. Hopefully soon I'll get a PWM speed controller set up and...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Enjoying your progress and it's bringing back some memories of weird clamping setups and my deck carlins getting shorter after I cut them.
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    Re: Snooter yet again

    I have a sprit sail and I've given up attaching the snotter to the mast. Any sort of hitch eventually slides down the varnished mast and a thumb cleat just tangles up the sail lacing. I found the...
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    Re: Sneak Peek At A Boating Adventure

    That was a fun read and the Google map really helps tie everything together. Just out of curiosity I checked and it's 14.5 hours to Killarney from here... not a huge amount more than your 12. Must be...
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    Re: Air Compressor

    I've got an Ingersoll Rand 60 gallon compressor from Northern Tool on my CNC plasma cutter and haven't had any complaints. I use a pneumatic grinder with it occasionally and it keeps up.
  35. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    I have no experience with big wooden powerboats, but I enjoy following along and seeing how other people do it!
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    Re: How to name a boat?

    My wife is Egyptian so I thought it’d be nice to name it after a well known ship in Arabic. Definitely nothing punny, I can’t stand the endless Reel Times or Frayed Knots. I went through lots of...
  37. Re: Hatches for buoyancy compartments in sail & oar boats

    I've got DPI 6" round hatches on my boat that have the same 1/2 turn toggling lock and they are not watertight. Probably ok in a capsize, but I found rainwater that collected in the boat worked its...
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    Re: Sneak Peek At A Boating Adventure

    Looking forward to it! Your adventures in your brother's Phoenix III really tipped the scale for me when I was sorting through way too many boat plans.
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    Re: Boat camping tent.

    I can tell you from my lone overnight experience with a polytarp boom tent that it is definitely noisy. It was a last minute thing and I honestly put very little effort into it, so maybe a different...
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    Re: Inscribing an HIN on a little plywood skiff?

    That is super slick!

    Being into metal working I've considered making a stamped metal plate with some rivet heads soldered onto the corners. Then epoxy some neodymium magnets in the transom and...
  41. Thread: Beach rollers

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    Re: Beach rollers

    Pretty cool! Makes me think of the Diolkos, especially with the eye painted on the side.
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Congratulations on the launch! Hope you can get the bugs worked out quickly.
  43. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Nice job rigging your pram! And thanks for taking us along on your trip.
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    Re: Adventures in New Jersey

    Tom, there are some small things I'd like to improve for daysailing but overall I think my boat is pretty good in that department.

    The big hatch on the sternsheets I added last winter is a vast...
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    Re: Adventures in New Jersey

    John, sailing through the marsh is a lot of fun. So much to see and the shallow water keeps you on your toes. I'm really enjoying the trolling motor setup, it moves the boat at rowing speed and...
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    Re: An Overnight to Mystery Bay

    Nice report, thanks! I enjoy the scenery that's so different from my area.
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    Re: Adventures in New Jersey

    Kevin, ah that makes a little more sense. I've never noticed the word "sedge" in my little area of the Chesapeake and looking through the charts islands are either named, or just labeled "marsh."
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    Re: Adventures in New Jersey

    Steven, I was vaguely aware Sjogin was somewhere in the northern part of the Bay and even kept my eye out to see if I saw her, but I didn't realize Beaton's was 1/4 mile from where I launched.
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    Re: Adventures in New Jersey

    A few days later the weather looked like I might be able to do a 40 mile trip down Barnegat Bay with a side diversion through some marshy islands over to the inlet to see the lighthouse. Then I’d...
  50. Re: Just returned from a cruise circumnavigating Isle Royale on Lk Superior in the Du

    Nice report, fun to follow along in Google Earth.
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