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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    OK, just had my Alaska out for a 4-day cruise in northern Wisconsin and can't resist posting a photo or two:
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Thanks--that's what I think, too. How's your sail-and-oar Whisp treating you?

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Ben,

    thanks for your thoughts. Indeed, a ratchet block for the sheet will be my next purchase, which may allow me to get rid of the multi-part sheeting altogether.

    A turning block and aft lead...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Final post from today--a bit of video:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwZdLCrDo9A&feature=youtu.be

    This is hands-free, with tiller tied off and sheet cleated with a slipped half hitch to the...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    So, I sailed across the lake, around our one island, and headed back. Winds were now westerly, putting me closehauled again. The closer I got to the ramp, the closer the approaching thunderstorms...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    So, I think I have things generally figured out. Tacking goes smoothly in this sequence:

    1. First, fall off a touch and harden up a bit on the sheet.

    2. After about 2-3 seconds to gather speed,...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    So, today I went out around noon, planning to get in some sailing before the forecasted afternoon thunderstorms. I spent the day sailing closehauled down to the end of the lake, and then sailing back...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    I finally got around to taking a photo of my centerboard cleating--a way to have a cleat for the board without interfering with a nice flat sleeping platform. I just screwed a jam cleat to a wooden...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    photocurio,

    thanks for posting. I agree that the advantages and simplicity of a boomless rig (and the irrelevance of a boom in many sailing situations) tend to get overlooked by boom enthusiasts....
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Sorry--more coming tomorrow. I had to get new batteries for my camera.

    Leaning toward a rigid bar traveler over the tiller instead of the sheet haulers, but it'll be a while putting that together....
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Yes, I see the fishing pier photo just fine.

    Tom
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    Re: Windows 8 + Chrome problems

    Nevermind--I found a free download and it's working again. Thanks anyway!

    Tom
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    Windows 8 + Chrome problems

    My laptop is still on Windows 8, and recently Chrome has stopped working entirely. I assume the two are related. Internet Explorer still works fine.

    I tried to find a new Chrome download, but they...
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    Re: Calendar Islands Yawl build in NY

    I have a great fondness for this design, and you're doing a great job with the build. Looks beautiful!

    Tom
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    Re: Questions from a newbie before he jumps in

    Well, peb's response to you was about the most gracious I've seen here on the Forum. Since I may be one of the "others" you mention based on my recent quoting of your post, I'll respond as well.
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    Ha! No phone, and I love it that way. But for whatever reason, I can see the images fine now. Very interesting. I love to observe your experimentation and thinking. Very different from my own...
  17. Re: Birdwing mast design to benefit from new sail track composite material

    Just FYI, I'm not able to see any of the photos you have posted on this thread--just a little blank photo icon comes up on my PC.

    Tom
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    You caught on to that, eh?

    Tom
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Fred, I'm on a PC and I can't see your photo. I can see my own photos just fine. Weird.

    Tom
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Hmm. Thanks--this may not actually work, then. Does everyone see the photos below, or just the gray slashed circles? Thanks!
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Something's not working for you. It worked for me, just as described in post #86-87. Did you try to use the Forum image button? If so, maybe that's the problem. Just paste the link directly into your...
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    Re: Questions from a newbie before he jumps in

    Yes, that is just you. Really. From past posts (and this one) I've read on the Forum, you seem to have a very different (and in my experience, a rather incomplete) perspective on small boat sailing....
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    So you can just paste a smaller image directly into your text with Google Photos? Let's see:
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Next decision: where to install a cleat for the centerboard so it's convenient to use but also out of the way. The obvious place--on top of the centerboard case--would leave a cleat sticking out...
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Here's how I'm currently posting images from Google Photos:

    1) Click on the photo to open it.

    2) Right-click the photo and choose "copy image address" from the drop-down menu.

    3) Hit the...
  26. Thread: Centennial

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    Re: Centennial

    Great looking little ship, very fast build--congratulations! When is the shake-down cruise?

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Yes, with a boom the sheeting would be simple, with no need for a sheet hauler or any of that nonsense. But with a boomless standing lug mainsail the way Alaska is designed, the sheeting angle is...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Ian,

    thanks for your thoughts--I agree about the slow tacking so far, but it's all new to me so I appreciate your insight. I'm finding that when I get it right, that wide slow circle gets you some...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. Yes, I'm musing over a boom or sprit boom. Too lazy to actually try it yet, but I probably will. The sail comes VERY low when not reefed, so that might point toward...
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Yes, I haven't found a "resize" option in the photo editor, so I'm not sure there is a way to do it with Google. Anyone have a way that works?

    Tom
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    Alaska is designed to be ketch rigged (two standing lugsails), but based on feedback from other Alaska sailors, I figured I would do well enough with just the 85 sq ft mainsail in the center mast...
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    Re: Sea Trials and Outings in my Kurylko Alaska

    After lots of rainy cold days, I finally got the chance to do a couple of all-day outings on a local lake:
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    Re: Sea Trials and Outings in my Kurylko Alaska

    But of course "oar" is only half of "sail and oar," so the next day included some sailing:
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    Kurylko Alaska Sea Trials and Outings

    With my new boat launched and sailing (but not yet named), I guess it's time to move on out of the Building/Repair section into People & Places. The first launch was rowing only on a local creek:
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Trying again with Google Photos, using the image button above and the url from Google Photos--seems to work (actually seems quite a bit faster to do than Photobucket, which I found a pain to work...
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    Re: If you have photos on Photobucket

    Too late... All my threads are now photo-less. Phooey.

    What other hosting options are out there? What do people like?

    Tom
  37. Thread: Garden Tom Cat

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    Re: Garden Tom Cat

    I'll be curious to see how that goes. I put about that amount of lead (also shot/epoxy) in my Alaska's centerboard, and it doesn't seem any too heavy. The board sinks, but not all that quickly, or...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    I admire the simplicity of your system--thanks for posting. Nice videos, too! I've used that system on previous boats (my Pirate Racer, my brother's Phoenix III) without problems.

    After 20+ miles...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    So, right now I'm kicking back at the lake looking out at my Alaska anchored just offshore:

    http://i1022.photobucket.com/albums/af343/WI-Tom/Boat%20pictures/Alaska%20build/DSCN3048.jpg

    What I...
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    Re: Puget Sound sailors:

    Also essential: a bailer.

    I use a detergent bottle with the bottom cut off (and a large sponge tucked inside for the last drips), and clip it in short under the gunwales when not in use, but also...
  41. Thread: Campion Apple

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    Re: Campion Apple

    I wouldn't worry about the bunks as they are in the photo, but I'd definitely want more support for the keel--either additional rollers or a plank down the centerline of the trailer. I'd want the...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Thanks--I like that system myself for other boats. I don't have much tiller time in my Alaska yet, but I think the cleats are too far back and too far outboard to make me very enthusiastic about...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Dan,

    thanks--I haven't decided yet, but I may indeed add a sprit boom or possibly a conventional boom (loose-footed). I'm not too keen on the look of a sprit boom, but there are plenty of reasons...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Alex,

    thanks--seems obvious now that you've pointed it out, that one line could do the job by itself, maybe.

    One possible reason to keep the traveler, though, might be if you uncleat the sheet...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    gypsie,

    thanks for the suggestion, but I'm not entirely sure I follow you--where would the jammer cleats you are talking about be placed? If they're where they need to be to get the proper...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    I'm not sure which will be more complicated. The double sheet didn't seem too bad if you remember to keep the non-working side taut, but it also seemed to offer lots of room for tangles if you don't...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    I also played around with an idea for sheeting the mainsail that looks promising. The problem with a rope traveler over the tiller is that the tiller is quite high above the aft deck (it has to be,...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    OK, it was a blustery day yesterday--too much for messing around with new sheeting systems, and the nearest launch point was on a lee shore with 10 miles of fetch--but I played around with my Alaska...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. I'm really liking my new boat:

    http://i1022.photobucket.com/albums/af343/WI-Tom/Boat%20pictures/Alaska%20build/90e0da9e-0622-4ca9-a353-7643c1648286.jpg

    The...
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    Re: Progress on Kurylko Alaska Build

    Today I sailed about 10 miles across a large lake, and it was good to have a long day alone in the boat to try things out. Started out double-reefed, finished up rowing as evening came on and winds...
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