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    Re: Romany: a Bolger-esque first boat

    I think I'm going to register the boat this week, and probably launch next Saturday? Sunday? Is there a better day for launching? What with getting a priest to come say a prayer, maybe Saturday is...
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    Re: Picture posting woes

    I wonder if the forum switched to a different mode if all photos from previous would transver into the new format. Or would it just leave a bunch of empty placeholder icons. Perhaps switching at this...
  3. Re: Minimum comforts in small boat accommodation.

    I suppose you have to look at the market in each niche. You have the Walkabout, which targets the sail-n-oar crowd, and perhaps the economy/practical Coquina Heritage crowd. There seem to be an...
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    Re: Sheet Tiller Self Steering

    If you happened to have a "norwegian" tiller, i.e. a push-pull set-up, could you still employ this method by detaching the tiller from the rudder arm, and then attaching the shock cord to the end of...
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    Re: Lug rigged mast set-up

    Thanks. Done and done. You guys are the best.
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    Lug rigged mast set-up

    Finally getting to the point of rigging on my little Bolger Gypsy. I've gone with a 72 sq.ft. lug sail instead of whatever under-powered sail was originally drawn.

    Some say to drill a hole...
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    Re: Romany: a Bolger-esque first boat

    It's been a while since I updated. Still hoping to launch this spring. I got the center board case closed up today, and the jamb cleat installed for'd of the mast partner. I'm oiling the bright work...
  8. Re: Keeping an 11 year old interested in sailing.

    Give him the helm. Let him do something. Tell him it's his job to chart the course, or give the orders to follow, etc. So suppose he sets off on the wrong leg. Who cares, make small adjustments and...
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    Re: Waterproofing under the oar leathers

    This is the kinds of stuff that makes Ian the king of Wooden Boat Forum. Thanks , Ian. I was just pondering this same question as I get ready to leather my oars.

    Ian rocks.
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    Re: Glen-L Fancy Free-- your thoughts?

    Actually, yes I have looked at both of these, and many others, many many times. Other possibilities (such as Reuel Parker's Terrapin, or Stambaugh's Mist, or Oughtred's Euna Mara, or Garden's Eel)...
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    Glen-L Fancy Free-- your thoughts?

    She's built on a hard chined dory hull, but they call it a sharpie. 21 x 7' 6" x 8" board up.

    https://www.glen-l.com/designs/sailboat/sailboat-images/dsn-ffrb2.jpg

    Is it too big to sail single...
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    Re: Is there a design...

    Precisely.
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    Re: Is there a design...

    Yes, this would be the next boat. SWMBO said, "build a small simple boat to learn on, and then build your dream next." I'm just trying to obey her.

    I'm on track to launch the Gypsy first week of...
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    Is there a design...

    sort of like this (Alex's BUCEPHALUS, 19' sans bow sprit, 6 foot beam-ish) but drawn for using 3-4 lapped plywood strakes on stringers on a flat bottom and a centerboard:
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    D.N. Goodchild out of business?

    I am no longer able to find any website for D.N. Goodchild. The former "library of slavery" host seems to be gone as well. Is this company no longer in business?
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    Re: Hello boatbuilders. New member here.

    For a camping boat with a cabin, of course you will need stout construction.

    The Skin On Frame idea is for something light weight you could tow with a bicycle, or use as a tender on your bigger...
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    Re: Hello boatbuilders. New member here.

    That fellow, Roger Barnes, has quite a few videos about cruising in an open dinghy. There are several people here on this forum that do similar. It seems the double-ended lug-rigged lapstrake "canoe...
  18. Re: Decline of Real Wood Building and Restoration Threads

    There are some really great build threads here. Cracked Lid's documentation of his First Mate Argo helped me a lot in my little build. I don't think anything I'm doing is worth noting, compared to...
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    Re: Hello boatbuilders. New member here.

    When you say "camper", what does that mean to you? If it's nesting then that means no centerboard or dagger board (or permanent thwarts?) and no cabin or cuddy, right? So what makes it a camper? Do...
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    Re: Hello boatbuilders. New member here.

    I've been looking for the same thing-- cheap and fast and easy and totally awesome too. I'm not sure you can get all of those in the same package.

    Cheap and fast and easy can come from designers...
  21. Re: St. Pierre Dory... For a greenhorn builder?

    there are plans available from www.instantboats.com and pretty cheap too. They're from Jay Benford, and they come in 19' or 23' I believe.
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    Re: Songs to sing whilst rowing

    Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't find a rowing beat in that Elvis Costello song. Here's one I could imagine rowing to:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fVQwzv5Qfc
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    Songs to sing whilst rowing

    I'm 48 weeks into my build, and I swore I wouldn't let it go more than a year. Here's where it stands:
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    Re: basic equipment

    I bought a cheap Delta contractor table saw for $50 on craigslist. Built the whole boat with it. Totally worth it when you consider the savings of ripping small dimensions out of larger stock. When...
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    Re: "Holmes of The Humber" Republished

    Intrigued that Holmes, a self-trained designer, was constantly evolving and re-designing his idea of the ultimate canoe yawl. And likewise intrigued that we today seem so intimidated to do the same.
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    Re: Dinghy Equipment. What Do You Carry?

    On my last boat I kept a small compartmentalized toolbox with a ratchet, some spare pins, nuts, bolts, shackles, etc. If I kept the weight low, the box was designed to float. I also put my phone in...
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    Re: Thought's on this boat?

    There's lots of opinion and free advice on this forum. You have to learn to sort out the opinion based in life experience from the opinion based in bluster. The "Harbor Master Called..." thread is...
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    Re: Boat trailers

    If you look on Craigslist or other local online classifieds you can probably find all sorts of trailers for $200-400. If you start building now, it might take you several months to build the boat....
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    Re: Study Plans vs complete paper boat plans?

    My Bolger Gypsy plans cost $40 from www.instantboats.com. The plans were 3 sheets, very detailed. Many have been built.
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    Re: 18 miles in a duck punt

    When I was writing my book, I also kept a blog about curious things I found in research. The blog was free.

    I never posted anything on the blog that would go into the book. I saw the book as a...
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    Re: 18 miles in a duck punt

    Dylan,

    I once wrote a book, and published it through a university press. I thought it was gonna be big. It turns out it was a niche audience. I make about $50/year. It took me two years to write....
  32. Re: Bolger Plywood Canoe Yawl (cartoon #24, SBJ 05-1986)

    Bolger was shooting for 700 lbs in water ballast. He also drew a centerboard to the design, beyond just the deep keel. If you add a 200 lb steel center plate, it's in the neighborhood of your ballast...
  33. Re: Bolger Plywood Canoe Yawl (cartoon #24, SBJ 05-1986)

    Gilberj, what makes this build complex? Would it be less complex than a clinker hull of similar? Is it the rudder arrangement? The water ballast tanks?
  34. Bolger Plywood Canoe Yawl (cartoon #24, SBJ 05-1986)

    Does anyone know anything about this design?

    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fassitt/canoe_mirror/ply_canoe_yawl.html
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    Re: OK I messed up... How do I fix it?

    Fair it out with thickened epoxy, cover it over with fiberglass, and paint it. Bob's yer uncle! Thickened epoxy is the solution to every problem that won't be cured by either duct tape or WD-40.
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    I just got the "study plans" from our WoodenBoat sponsor, but none of the information about ballast, keel, steel plate, etc. was on the study plans. I guess $0.99 doesn't buy much. But good to hear...
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    Yes...

    In the Albert Strange drawing above it shows weighted keel AND 185 lb. centerboard. But what if we put that steel centerboard on Bill Garden's Eel? Now there would be shoal draft ability,...
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    Earlier in this thread Chris discussed using a weighted bulb keel on a retractable board. Not JUST a daggerboard instead, but hang 150 lbs of ballast off the end of a dagger board. What it would...
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    The Cambria was built twice. The first wrecked on rocks and so rebuilt as Cambria II.
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    What do you think of the idea of adapting Wm Garden's EEL to a retractible bulb keel?
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    And here's a similar modern approach to keel, centerboard and ballast from selway-fisher, their 20' Skipjack:

    http://www.selway-fisher.com/Skipjack20d1.jpg

    Serious ballast in both designs-- 800...
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    Poking around on this idea I found this drawing from Albert Strange, showing a shallow draft - but heavily ballasted-- keel combined with a weighted retractable centerboard:
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    Re: Unstayed masts set in tabernacles

    HolyHannah!
    When I see such things it makes me think, people have done absolutely everything possible with a sail. The reefing! The counterweight! The low freeboard!

    And I suppose many of these...
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    I understood that right now there isn't enough water at the mouth of the marina to get a 3' keel out to the lake. Boats with 5' keels are all on the hard in the parking lot due to lack of water.
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    Yes, this is Cambria. And there was also a Cambria II. Here's a photo:

    http://signaturebookslibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/329.jpg

    You can barely see the separation between the hulls. Here's a...
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    Re: Phil Bolger consensus?

    I think many of the photos I've seen of Bolger's "box boats" look like they were built by people who had no sense of aesthetics. I mean, the architect is responsible for basic shapes and function,...
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    Turns out I posted the larger painting on a different thread.

    Here's another scene from Great Salt Lake by the same artist. Strange boats...
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    I had been thinking of more traditional designs. I'm a historian/historical re-enactor, and I was hoping to re-trace some of the 19th century voyages on Great Salt Lake. But then I ran across this...
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    Chris, do you have a specific design in mind?
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    Re: Smallest keel that matters?

    Thanks to all who have replied. Special thanks to those who attempted to answer the question. Again the question is not "what is the least possible keel?" to which the obvious answer is "no keel at...
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