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  1. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    You're somewhat right. I have had some limited success with heaving to, and Ross told me it's very doable with a Balanced Lug rig, and that I would even be able to take a nap. When it works it's...
  2. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    What's up sailors? I wanted to share some more footage of my scaled up First Mate moving through the water, this time outside the Golden Gate Bridge, one of my bigger sailing goals. I picked a...
  3. Re: Sleepable, luggable human-powered boats that can sail?

    My typical ride to the water with my bike-towed sailboat is 2-4 miles. My boat weighs 350-400 depending on how much extra gear I'm hauling. At this weight I have experienced numerous wheel related...
  4. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    I hadn't considered the rudder being a drag. I'll try to raise it next time. James you say it was smart to do it this way (drop rig, row to dock)? But what about the results? In retrospect my...
  5. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Here's the vid we're discussing...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNqL2R_Tt9I



    I know what you mean. The scale seems wrong to me too. My electric car goes 60MPH on the highway for the...
  6. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Hey Rick,

    Sounds like you saw the electric outboard R&D video on my YouTube channel. I was thinking of getting a tad further on the project and then maybe starting a new thread here to share what...
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    Hey Jeff, nice updates. Congrats on starting a family.

    Regarding the pump... Looks big! I use 2 Anderson bailers in my floor. I've tested the Mini and the Large and I only recommend the large,...
  8. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Joyfully sailing along in Bodega Bay on my scaled up First Mate:


    https://youtu.be/LkjYGqo1Phg

    Started towing to the water by electric car due to numerous flats and hub issues on the bike...
  9. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Hi sailors, keeping you posted as always.

    I have found that the bike towing aspect of my project has been more challenging lately. I've had many flat tires on the trailer wheels. They are...
  10. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Hi sailors,

    The latest vid starts with a full Boom Tent update. My asymmetrical standing height boom tent is still highly enjoyable once I set up, and still takes 2 hours to set up. A lot of that...
  11. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Hi Rick,

    I haven't found rowing that confidence inspiring in wind and chop. The technique is a lot harder and it's hard to stay pointed where you want to go. So far waves over the bow have been...
  12. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Hi James,

    Thanks for wanting me to stay alive. I appreciate it. That was the initial motivation for spending 2 years building this boat instead of continuing my bike sailing passion with my...
  13. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Hi Jeff, thx for watching . I'm only interested in an outboard clamped on the transom. My business is a dealer for GRIN Technologies (electric bike motors). They have a good YouTube channel, which...
  14. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    I mispoke in the vid and that was a double reef. I had one more I could have tried. I want to try going down to the smallest reef if it's like that again. I want to try your suggestions like the...
  15. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66SlajtUt0o

    Hi sailors, some great downwind footage, a rescue, and a project update on my goal to cruise the First Mod.
  16. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Alan, Thanks for the details and encouragement, and thx Rick for the cool invite. Maybe?!

    I liked that BlakeWiers video a lot. Very helpful.

    I have been hard at work on a boom tent. Here's a...
  17. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    I attempted a flat water capsize recovery and it went fine, but I'm worried about doing the same test in the chop near the Cal Sailing Club. The Club has a skiff and they'd support me if I was...
  18. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Thx all for watching. I appreciate your following along!

    Alan -- I am hoping for some sort of Delta cruise this summer. Do you have any routes you recommend or a past discussion here I could...
  19. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Hey sailors, during the build you asked me to keep in touch and let you know how it sails. I've had some great sails! I enjoy the forgiving gust management of the balanced lug rig. I also feel that...
  20. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW9gZxFB9ng

    Now premiering is a short video of a recent sail in which I encountered a gyre of styrofoam sheets in SF Bay. Vid includes some good shots of the...
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    Re: Phoenix III in WI

    Thx John, but how do you do that in practice? Would I drill larger, then fill with thickened epoxy, then drill smaller, like Matt was saying? Or Q tip on some liquid epoxy? Thanks.
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    Re: Phoenix III in WI

    Hi Matt and team,

    Every time I've put hardware through vertical grain Douglas Fir, I've regretted it. Not because it's weak but because dark gray begins to spread along the grain, as much as 2"...
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    Re: Phoenix III in WI

    John, That's great, thanks! I would want to combine it with a fairlead or mount it on a wedge shaped riser because the angle of the cboard trunk doesn't work well with the angle that the plunger...
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    Re: Phoenix III in WI

    Simple enough. i went with 2 ball nose plungers in my latest rudder build. At the risk of breaking etiquette posting in Matt's build thread, here's a pic. (Looks like you haven't gotten to the rudder...
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    Re: Phoenix III in WI

    Thx Tom, that's a good bungee trick. Is there an equivalent approach for a kickup rudder so you don't break strings if you ground?
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    Re: Phoenix III in WI

    I've grounded but it was in mud, not rocks, so everything just slowed down until I figured it out.
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    Re: Phoenix III in WI

    Hi Matt, enjoy your PIII build. I'm loving my First Mate (Lillistone's sister boat, a stitch and glue). One suggestion since you're on the centerboard step... Looks like you're going with a plywood...
  28. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Thx Dave! Amazingly the through pin idea didn't come to me until a few days ago, nearly 2 years into the project :) Sometimes the obvious solution is only obvious in retrospect.

    Paul
  29. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Latest vid shows the completion of the locking mechanism for the multi-function towbar / dock dolly / bowsprit and provides a lower tech approach for those who like the multi-function part but don't...
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    Re: Pedal powered boat build

    Nice project. Curious how the pedal powered propeller you're using compares to the Hobie Mirage Drive. Have you been able to try and compare? One obvious difference is that the Mirage Drive isn't a...
  31. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Hey Rick, thanks! And thanks for checking out the vid. Here are a couple pics.

    A slide off dolly is indeed harder to deal with. Harder to align properly and allows more flex because it doesn't...
  32. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    The multi-function bowsprit / towbar / dock dolly allows towing by bike and launching by hand without a vehicle. For those who've thought of making their own, here's an up close look!

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  33. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Sounds like an interesting story and glad you did get rescued. I have tried rowing this boat in a current and chop and it's not very fast. Also difficult to keep it pointed into the wind or off the...
  34. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Hi sailors, it's been a minute since I updated you but there's been some good progress. The boat has gotten prettier with more UV protection on the G10 and plywood, and a white coat over most of the...
  35. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Thanks Tom and everyone who has offered tips and encouraged me to learn to reef. I tried it yesterday and it worked! I haven't installed a system yet with cleats and lines. I just tied in what I...
  36. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Great tips and thanks very much for offering to loan the tools needed. Fortunately my sail already has 3 reef lines and all I have to do is devote the time to using them. I'm gonna!

    Yes the...
  37. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    -- I want to try Cracked Lid's approach. I've also watched Lillistone's video on how to set up reefing on the sister boat Phoenix III. Just got to do it.



    You're not the first to suggest an...
  38. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Thanks for the explanation!
  39. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h02-6wyFeQM&feature=youtu.be

    Hi sailors, plz join tomorrow for the premiere of a new sailing video showing the First Mod in peak summertime wind conditions in San...
  40. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    What's up sailors? I wanted to share the good news that my article "Bike Sailing" was published in the current issue of Small Craft Advisor. Please look out for it!
  41. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Thx Ted. I do want to practice reefing on the water. So far so good with feeling safe in gusts. Good tip on how the ebb current will cause worse wind waves.

    One of the challenging things about...
  42. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Thanks a lot and sure, I'll keep you posted. Looking forward to some bike sail camping adventures :)
  43. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Thx Jeff, are you saying that with Moga it would require more hiking because of having more sail area? I'm interested in increasing sail area. But Ross said that I'm at a good level for my sailing...
  44. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Thanks a lot!
  45. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5dOyEOeY6g

    Here's the link to tonight's Premiere! Hope you'll join. Thanks for your interest and support on the project,

    Paul
  46. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    What's up sailors? Things have been going really well with the First Mod project. I've now sailed about a dozen times. It's really stable. I really appreciate the high freeboard. Altogether the boat...
  47. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Capsize test! We flipped the First Mod to test the hatches. This one also shows how stiff the hull is.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2sVhfAM-_Q&feature=youtu.be

    Another deeper water...
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    I think weighing is a hassle and you shouldn't do it unless weight really matters to you. It's a hassle to make a sling that puts your boat flat when lifting from the middle. Weighing from two points...
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    Nice blog. Inspiring sailing reports. Is yours really 150 pounds? Have you weighed the hull? Paul
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    Re: Good boat building video

    Good vid indeed. Does this style of boat rely on the swelling of the wood to not leak? It seems to have no epoxy in the fabrication...
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