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    Default Re: John Welsford, Long Steps design, cross post.

    But John the Mirage drive can be "feathered " in shallow water and still provide propulsion . I have the model pictured above in this thread . Hobie provides a hook and bungee to hold back one of the pedal arms so as the drive doesn't need removal when beaching . This holds wings up against hull and could be recessed by a clever builder I think .

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    Default Re: John Welsford, Long Steps design, cross post.

    A larger build with the pedal drive
    Last edited by WAGrunter; 04-04-2017 at 05:26 PM.

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    Default Re: John Welsford, Long Steps design, cross post.

    Building a new boat is fun, there are stages when I sit on the seats, holding a stick which does temporary duty as a tiller, and dream of sailing this partly planked skeleton over sparkling blue seas. But yesterday was a little different, I fitted the main part of the cockpit floor, all 7 ft 4in or so of it, and lay down on it with my head and shoulders up under the cuddy. Very roomy, nice, comfortable. I was imagining being anchored in some little cove somewhere, full belly, warm sleeping bag, the boom tent up and nice music on the radio.
    I'm all motivated today, will spend most of the day fitting the centercase and a pair of stringers.

    John Welsford
    An expert is but a beginner with experience.

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    Default Re: John Welsford, Long Steps design, cross post.

    Quote Originally Posted by WAGrunter View Post
    But John the Mirage drive can be "feathered " in shallow water and still provide propulsion . I have the model pictured above in this thread . Hobie provides a hook and bungee to hold back one of the pedal arms so as the drive doesn't need removal when beaching . This holds wings up against hull and could be recessed by a clever builder I think .
    I'm sure that would work,but I still have reservations as to how well they'd survive the boat being surfed up a pebble beach.
    Its not an issue anyway as I have a strong preference for rowing and thats what the boats designed for, right down to oar stowage and seat heights.

    Good suggestion for another boat off in the future sometime though.

    John Welsford
    An expert is but a beginner with experience.

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    Default Re: John Welsford, Long Steps design, cross post.

    Quote Originally Posted by john welsford View Post
    Building a new boat is fun, there are stages when I sit on the seats, holding a stick which does temporary duty as a tiller, and dream of sailing this partly planked skeleton over sparkling blue seas. But yesterday was a little different, I fitted the main part of the cockpit floor, all 7 ft 4in or so of it, and lay down on it with my head and shoulders up under the cuddy. Very roomy, nice, comfortable. I was imagining being anchored in some little cove somewhere, full belly, warm sleeping bag, the boom tent up and nice music on the radio.
    I'm all motivated today, will spend most of the day fitting the centercase and a pair of stringers.

    John Welsford
    Daydreaming is half the fun of building a boat. Good on you John. Looking forward to seeing some photos.

    Travis.

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    I'll second that motion, Zuri.
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    Default Re: John Welsford, Long Steps design, cross post.

    How's this one going John? Any progress lately?

    Travis.

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    Default Re: John Welsford, Long Steps design, cross post.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zuri View Post
    How's this one going John? Any progress lately?

    Travis.
    There has been progress, from John's blog, I'm posting these pics which were uploaded in September. I'm guessing John is too busy to update the WB thread also. (the following pics and text from John's blog). I love this design and project btw Keep up the great work John.


    The fore and side deck pieces loose fitted, and the "cabin" side piece sitting held by a couple of spring clamps, I like making ellipses, two nails, a piece of string and a pencil, fun but I promise I'll draw the shape full size on the plans.



    The cabin side from inside, yes, I've been in there and sat for a few minutes. There will be a little side locker below the side deck edge which will form a backrest to make it more comfortable.

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    Default Re: John Welsford, Long Steps design, cross post.

    https://m.facebook.com/groups/440526...?ref=bookmarks

    There is a second Long Steps build started, you can check it out on Facebook.
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    -The Dude-

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