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  1. Re: Outrigger vs. Single-hull sailing canoes

    For boats in the weight range you are talking the vehicle is important. I could cartop my 138lb decked sailing canoe on my old SAAB where the racks were right aft on the top and the boat was long...
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    The Caledonia screams multiple people. It's a big boat, rows best with a couple, plenty of space for a couple to sleep. Vivier's Ilur a much shorter boat has the displacement to support a couple.
  3. Re: Hatches for buoyancy compartments in sail & oar boats

    The round and oval kayak hatches are pretty bullet proof, air tight ( a tiny bleeder hole is common) but not real pretty. Totally functional.
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    Not hard to deal with spars that don't fit in the boat. Create a "bowsprit" or tuck it over the stern. I have some webbing straps to hold it into place. I do the same for long oars ( mine are ten...
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    Striking the rig when rowing any distance seems to me to be essential and the easier it is the more often you'll do it. I come down to the whaleboats where the rig came up and down fast. I was...
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    Re: Oar Curve Question

    this type of oar is designed to have the curve cut into the stock.
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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    I once looked at this in the guise of a Maine Island Trail Cruiser. Flat calm in the morning often with a big ground swell. Sea breeze up in the PM often up Force 5. So I came up with rowing...
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    Re: Import boat trailer from UK

    You can grind a 2" ball to fit. I use a light board with mine.
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    NRS has many of the paddling/ whitewater vests, which is where I go. Except that lately there are some interesting semi inflatables on the market, mostly for the fishing trade. I have one that has...
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    Re: Canvas Canoe Filler

    Rolln Thurlow's filler is long lasting and lead free.
  11. Re: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

    Those of us that live in places like Maine mount compasses. For you a compass in a box with a battery run or plug in light may be just fine in the style of the old flat dory compasses. Bring it out...
  12. Re: Yards and weight aloft on sail & row skiffs

    With my sprit rig's it's brail it up and pick it up, the mast comes with the bundle and it all goes into the same big slippery bag. With my lug, the yard and sail are one bundle and the mast is...
  13. Re: Yards and weight aloft on sail & row skiffs

    Simplicity of sprit rig depends on set up. If you have a peak pennant or your grommet at the peak is tight enough so that the peak can come loose with out active intervention, and you have a brail...
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    Re: Howard Chappelle's Casco bay Hampton boat

    Nathan's is indeed a Kingston Lobsterboat.
  15. Re: Yards and weight aloft on sail & row skiffs

    The weight aloft is pretty much the same as others have noted, in this size range. Boats the size of John Hartman's (above) the weight makes more difference but yours is quite small. More important...
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    Re: Howard Chappelle's Casco bay Hampton boat

    Mike, didn't the 'shop build some of these? I know at least one of the transom versions. I'll look in Chapelle; the later Hampton's were all strippers.
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    Re: 17' Whitehall Ct Craigslist

    These Shew & Burnam' s are fine boats. Let's hope it gets in the hands of some one who appreciates the design and construction.
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    Re: A Gartside # 130 followed me home

    I always use an extension. Yours looks quite long. I make universal joint out of line; my favorite is a bamboo extension.
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    Re: daggerboard bungee/tiedown

    The pretty standard way to do this is a loop of shock cord. You'll need a pad eye or eye strap or something like that at the after lower corner of the DB trunk. Cord is knotted there, led up to catch...
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    Re: Beach rollers

    I sprung for the Aere rollers using them as floatation as well, with webbing straps under the side benches on Rantan. Money well spent. I have one of the old canvas covered beach rollers with a light...
  21. Re: Windward performance of pocketship, CS 20, NIS 18 or Chebacco

    Core Sound 20 is a seriously quick boat, designed for and having won some everglades challenges. I suspect quicker than the other two, certainly the Chebacco.
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    It's a sad thing that the really small two strokes were swept up in the 4 stroke movement. Namely I had I think it was a Evinrude two stroke 4 hp that ran my catboat fine, had a remote fuel tank and...
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    Re: Sculling oar length

    Thanks for the reminder. I did a piece on US gunning oars for this pub, and I lent mine. Need to retrieve it. French sculling races are seriously entertaining. They have developed special boats for...
  24. Thread: Oars

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    Re: Oars

    Couple of options: a bronze locking device to lock them into the tender. I have one around here some where that you can have for rehoming kit. I can bring it to Blue Hill if you are going to be...
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    Re: Finish for a paddle shaft/handle

    I've done a bunch of Greenland paddles with an oil/pine tar finish. Worked fine. I did burnish the paddles hard when the grain lifted and had no further issues. Doing the same with a sassafras North...
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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    A brailed up sprit rig can be tossed over the side in really nasty conditions using the mainsheet to stay attached to the boat. Instant sea anchor.
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    Re: Sailmaker ID and Reef Points

    If you ever sit on your rail when it breezes up, a toe strap can prevent some nastiness.
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    Re: Happy birthday to SBrookman…

    You are doing the group which has as a motto: old age and treachery will beat youth and talent..... trust you had a good one. Will your new ride be at the Blue Hill Festival?
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    Re: Sculling oar length

    Years ago I made a sculling oar from an old lifeboat oar. 10 foot oar with a 4 foot blade. Shaft thinned to the size of the grip with max width in the plane of the blade. Prebent some with weights...
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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    The brail line and peak pennant make striking and stowing the sprit rig simple. It all goes into a big loose bag for the trailer. Back in the day it was rare to have a thumb cleat for the snotter. A...
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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    Someplace in the Wooden Boat archive I have a long article on sprit rigs that may be helpful. And I did a piece for Small Boat Monthly. Simple might be to just have a look at your local sailing...
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    Re: A Gartside # 130 followed me home

    The classic no traveler is the halyard to a block or bee hole lashed to the yard then forward on the side opposite the yard to tie off on the forward end of the yard.
    It has the advantage of being...
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    Re: A Gartside # 130 followed me home

    On RanTan I have turning blocks rigged so I can lead both halyard and tack down haul to cam cleats on the underside of the forward thwart. I can reach both the cemter of the boat. A neat clean rig...
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    Re: SOF Racing Kayak

    Brian's LPB is pretty plumb ended so a longer water line than most traditional hard and skin 17 foot or so sea kayaks. 4-5 knots is easy. Nick Shade has some fast stripper designs that could be...
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    Re: Narrow oar blades?

    Nice oars, sharpen the edges. The plan form reminds me of my færing oars.
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    Re: Sailmaker ID and Reef Points

    If luff tape is hard to find, one could try old school with a real bolt rope, hand stitching the sail luff to three strand rope. Some where around here I have the reference book that I used when I...
  37. Re: Day-sailing an Ilur along MA coast (and NE in general), is it a good idea?

    John Hartman who checks into the forum has years of experience in his Ilur. A fine boat for New England coastal and lake cruising. Powerboat wakes aren't really concentrated the way they are say in...
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    Re: Mirror for rowboat?

    An old VW bus mirror is about perfect. A 1/2" dowel into the mount goes into my aftermost oarlock socket. But the people doing this seriously rig a short mast with two mirrors, convex and plain,...
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    Re: Newport to Bermuda in 33 hours!

    Be interesting to see divide the pre electronic records from the post electronics. Was maybe a decade or two ago that the committee permitted Loran etc. Race was conceived as a test and teaching...
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    Re: DeWalt cordless multi tool

    Interesting, I wonder if the Dewalt has improved since I bought mine, as it's considerably noisier than the Fein. My Fein is the second generation as the first one was so worn out that it cost more...
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    Re: DeWalt cordless multi tool

    The DeWalt muiti tool is an order of magnitude noiser than any of my other portable or battery tools except for chainsaws. The wired Fein is quieter than my RO sander.
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    Re: Reefing A Boomless Sail

    Swing her into the wind to start. Leave reef pendants on tack and leech permanently bent on. You may be able to use a hook at the tack and a caribiner on your clew to speed stuff. You are going to...
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    Re: Davis oarlocks for extended use?

    It's easy to drill a 1/8 hole in the oarlock web carefully and splice in a lanyard, seine twine or 3 strand cotton. I hate chains, I can't do the one handed pull to get them in. Forty years and never...
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    Re: DeWalt cordless multi tool

    I wore out one Fein corded reefing some miles of strip planked deck seam, years of work out of it,
    they sent me another for small money and I'll keep that corded. That said I have the DeWalt...
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    Re: Lunch Hook what do you use?

    Of course, the basic bit that we don't know is the size of the craft...... a lunch hook for my dory is kind of different from the hook I might use for the lugger. I kind of like my small size Mantus.
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    Re: lug rig mast ring thingy set up

    This is one of the classic systems. It lets you pull the bundled yard and sail aft while keeping it all hitched up. With the traveler you have to have the yard in position before hoisting.
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    Re: Help finding skin-on-frame canoe plans

    Also check into what Brian Schulz is up to at Cape Falcon. He's been doing a lot of open canoe work but they may be too short.
  48. Re: Oarlock socket for 1928 Rangeley. Top mount, 3/4" Bore

    If your friend is only missing one, for aesthetics I'd make a pair of bushing based sockets, keep the old one as a spare. That said it might be possible to grind and file the plate for a bushing...
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    Re: Leather bailer build

    Having a nice bailer makes getting rainwater out of the dinghy or the dory a pleasure rather than a job. I've never needed a lanyard on the bailer as these bailers float when you let go of it....
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    Re: Rowing the Caledonia Yawl

    For flat bladed oars in the 10-11 length I've found that you need to pay attention to the blade size. Racing oars and the spoons that Tom built have smaller blades than many of the flat blade types...
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