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    Very cool! One thing to keep in mind is the possibility of overloading. Some similar designs have either swamped or turned turtle when far too many pirates boarded at once for photo ops at the dock or nearby. Many years ago one of those folks was me, wearing a metal back and breastplate, but we were lucky and only had the rudder float off the pintles. The folks the next day weren't so lucky...

    So if it can handle extra ballast without doing a Vasa, consider bringing it for those times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Probably impossible to sell in the future.
    Arrgh! Come on. You never know when Hollywood will make yet another Pirates of the Carribean movie and buy this lovely boat as a prop -- Pirates of the Carribean 5: Shamelessly Milking the Franchise. Avast ye for mediocre acting by an ensemble cast that can't keep the movie afloat; a script grape-shot peppered with plot holes. The only piracy perpetrated will be the booty the scalawag movie theater pilfered from you and three hours and forty-three minutes of your life you will never get back.

    I think I prefer your script and formula for fun, Lothar!

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    Congratulations on the build, no doubt you win first place for the coolest boat ever built to have fun with the kids, enjoy.

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    somehow I don't think you'd have any trouble selling this, if you could ever bring yourself to part with it.

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    What a neat looking boat and three generations involved it its building and fitting out, no less. You may have already found the treasure. Congratulations.

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    Last edited by lothar4550; 06-06-2013 at 05:08 PM. Reason: Tried to add another pic

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    Here is one more new one. Finally was able to bring it home from the trailer shop. They were making adjustments for about a month in order to have good support for the keel and hull. Nothing is ever simple, it seems.

    Hopefully another 3-4 weeks until we get it in the water.

    *note: The masts are just set up temporarily to take these pics, and do not have the final designed rakes of 2.5 degrees for the foremast and 5.0 degrees for the mainmast. We just wanted to see what they looked like. The rat lines and shrouds should all go up in the next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lothar4550 View Post
    Here is one more new one. Finally was able to bring it home from the trailer shop. They were making adjustments for about a month in order to have good support for the keel and hull. Nothing is ever simple, it seems.

    Hopefully another 3-4 weeks until we get it in the water.

    *note: The masts are just set up temporarily to take these pics, and do not have the final designed rakes of 2.5 degrees for the foremast and 5.0 degrees for the mainmast. We just wanted to see what they looked like. The rat lines and shrouds should all go up in the next week.

    This is the greatest. I outfitted one of my Dory's with a Pirate Flag, a small "leg o mutton" sail, a toy chest with "gold coins" and outifitted my boys with all of their cousins with plastic swords, pirate hats and 5 gallon buckets.

    We cut them loose on a beach at Lake Tahoe one summer day and they had a whale of a time storming the beach, burying the treasure, sword fights, water fights,.. (they even swamped my dory!) all day. They'd go nuts over this.

    Heck, I want to join in!

    Have fun!

    They had the grandest time with

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    Way cool
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    May I suggest a swivel gun? Our shallop crew has made great use of the small swivel gun listed here. All true pirate ships make a lot of noise and smoke.
    -Dave

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    I wanna see the pictures of the traffic jam when you drive down to the boat ramp! You could probably flog tickets for kids parties and pay it off

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    Awesome. Be sure not to rig it until you're in the water. Or at least until you've cleared ALL overhead cables trees and bridges on your way to the ramp. It's so easy to catch a branch and wreck months of hard work. R
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redeye View Post
    Awesome. Be sure not to rig it until you're in the water. Or at least until you've cleared ALL overhead cables trees and bridges on your way to the ramp. It's so easy to catch a branch and wreck months of hard work. R
    Redeye;

    There was a lot of brain cells killed thinking about your very point. The masts can be lifted carefully in one piece into their settings at the keel, but also break down to two pieces at the crosstree level. The ratlines are rigged to a thick strip of wood which allows them to be removed with two bolts each. The goal was to keep the setup time at the ramp area to a minimum.

    When on the road, the 4 mast pieces fit down onto the lower deck. There will probably be a simple cradle built so they don't get banged around too much when horizontal. Your point about driving with them up and rigged is well taken.

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    bump
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    We'd like to see it under sail! What's the status?

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    It has been said that wooden sail boats are nothing more than toys for grown up boys to have fun with. I will state, here, with out secret reservation of mind what so ever that your boat looks to be the crowning glory and achievment of that quest!
    Bravo,
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    Yes but do you have your eye patch, parrot, and wooden peg leg ready? Avast ye for adventure, mateys :-)

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    What's the PHRF rating?

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    Default Pirate ship finally out of the garage and ready for rigging.

    Almost ready. Ship is now registered, and the final rigging is being tested.
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    Default Pirate ship finally out of the garage and ready for rigging.

    Couple more...


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    So I'll be up in TC I early august what's the chance of seeing you out stealing on the bay?

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    Congratulations on having undertaken a most ambitious project. The photos are great.

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    I'm pretty sure you won't ever be able to actually launch that ship due to all of the talking at the ramp. The marina will close before you get her out to sea.

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    Off the charts! WTG!

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    Can we have few more pics of her sailing?

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    Early on you suggested a June launch. Wisely avoided saying which June! Great project, do keep going

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    That's kind of awesome. Toooooo much fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Early on you suggested a June launch. Wisely avoided saying which June! Great project, do keep going

    Phil;

    You nailed it....everything...everything....has taken 2-3 times as long as we estimated. After months of steady, slow progress (about an hour a night is all I could consistently devote), we thought we were finally ready to launch this past Saturday. A "final" checklist review came up with another 15-20 hours of needed work. Silly stuff like bilge pump wiring, etc.

    I would be willing to bet a Captain Morgan and coke that she will be wet within the next 10 days.......

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    Awesome build. Your kids must have so much fun at this house. I bet Halloweens are a ball!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lothar4550 View Post
    This is the first real boat I have ever built, so be kind. We have 4 kids, and always wanted to build a small staysail schooner (with square course on the foremast) for treasure hunts near our cottage. Been working on it for about 14 months now, with an estimated launch date of mid June.

    I will attach a test picture if I can figure out how.....so far no luck.

    http://i1329.photobucket.com/albums/...ps92432f4a.jpg


    location of this peninsula if you can please.

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    Traverse City in the foreground, Traverse Bay beyond. Is this where the treasure lies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaseKenyon View Post
    location of this peninsula if you can please.

    Northwestern Michigan, USA. Take a look about halfway up the west side and you'll see a large, uninhabited island. It is about 1/2 mile offshore, and has buried pirate treasure hidden on it (guaranteed, but that's another story). It will be one of the first spots we land after the shakedown cruise.

    The peninsula is called the Grand Traverse Peninsula, and the whole area may be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. If you ever have the chance to visit, do not hesitate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woxbox View Post
    Traverse City in the foreground, Traverse Bay beyond. Is this where the treasure lies?

    Yep....

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    An uncle and aunt of my wife used to live on the peninsula so we visited, quite some years back. Beautiful, and how about those cherry orchards. They had a boat but didn't let on that treasure lay within sight of their house.
    -Dave

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