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    Default Re: A Kurylko Alaska in Georgian Bay

    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    I'm curious about your tiller tamer--why do you need to change the tension? I've found with the set-up I'm describing here that no adjustments are necessary. Once it's set up you can steer as normal, but tension is just right to hold the tiller solidly in place whenever you let go--no adjustments needed. Have you found some benefit I'm not thinking of to adjustable tension?

    Either way, it's a crucial piece of gear for me.

    Tom
    My sailing conditions are far from ideal with gusty, shifting winds and significant chop from both wind against current over shallow water and powerboat wakes, both direct and reflected from the banks, I'm typically actively steering and shifting my weight around. When I'm actively steering I prefer the tiller to move freely and I like the hand feel of just a little weather helm. It's a personal preference more than anything else. I raise sail, reef, and drop sail on the water because the ramp is a hundred or so yards up a narrow creek that the wind funnels down that has a lot of boat traffic, so I have to row. The water can be jumbled enough at the mouth that waves will slap the rudder hard enough to move the tiller unless it's locked down more than I want it when sailing. So, I like being able to quickly adjust tension. I run the line through an eye bolt set in a a slot so with a simply turn of a wing nut I can adjust the tension from hard lock to running free. It's probably overkill, but it cost me less than a dollar for the bolt and nut and about an hour to shape some scrap. It's not necessary, and for the vast majority of people the bungee approach is going to be the way to go.

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    Thanks for the reply--that makes sense. It's true that with my system, the tiller stays where it is when you let go. You do need to be aware the boat will just keep sailing right along and not react normally by luffing up, for example, when you are hand steering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJZimm View Post
    Tom, this one's a keeper. Captures what sail and oar cruising is all about.
    Yeah, that picture's one of my favorites.

    Do you have anything planned for Firedrake this summer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dogsnight View Post


    Tom
    very nice video - what camera and what editing program are you using ?[/QUOTE]

    Finally got around to checking my camera. It's a Nikon Coolpix (camera also has "Nikkor" written on the casing around the lens, whatever that means), with 14X optical zoom and full HD video.

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    Default Re: A Kurylko Alaska in Georgian Bay

    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    Do you have anything planned for Firedrake this summer?

    Tom
    Tom, Apologies for the late reply - wasn't paying attention.

    Nothing major this summer. Maybe a week or two close to home, not necessarily consecutively.
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    Default Re: A Kurylko Alaska in Georgian Bay

    Finally got around to checking my camera. It's a Nikon Coolpix (camera also has "Nikkor" written on the casing around the lens, whatever that means), with 14X optical zoom and full HD video.

    Tom[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for the info Tom!
    I have Fuji FinePix SL1000......it's similar to your Nikon. My son just got Akasa action camera, now we are looking for some simple editing program. Would like to film my boats and motorcycles this summer - and simple editing program is a must.
    Your Alaska video is showing how this should be done. Really gives viewer the real feeling of the trip - just can not stress enough how much I have enjoyed it.
    Thank you Tom !

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    Tom, I finally got caught up and got through this entire thread. Sounds like a fantastic place to sail, row, and mess about. The scenery is beautiful.

    I have camped on many granite outcroppings while backpacking both in California and Alaska. The rocks have always seemed like a perfect place to be. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing this experience and for sparking my own memories.

    Do you have any idea why the videos don't show up for me? I see all the photos just fine. Possibly some setting in my own computer... sigh.

    Thanks again.

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    Do you have any idea why the videos don't show up for me? I see all the photos just fine. Possibly some setting in my own computer... sigh.

    Thanks again.

    Jeff
    Thanks for the comments--yeah, the Sierra granite is nice stuff, too. I have no idea why the videos aren't working for you--does this direct link to Youtube work for you? Then at least you can see the little movie in post #74:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9csEVtgGKkA

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    Default Re: A Kurylko Alaska in Georgian Bay

    That works. Thanks.

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    Glad it worked--that video compilation includes just about all of the videos from the thread, anyway, plus a couple of extra ones.

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    Default Re: A Kurylko Alaska in Georgian Bay

    A few more photos from the trip in semi-random order. Heading back toward Spanish from the Benjamin Islands:

    DSCN2859.jpg

    And an attempt to show off the Dabbler Sails mainsail--I've been really happy with this sail. It sets well, looks good, and the 5 oz cream Dacron (Contender cloth, I think) seems just about right:

    DSCN2856.jpg

    Alaska is a small boat--18' long but I'd say about the same interior volume as my brother's 15' Phoenix III. Narrow beam, long and slender. You can see the low freeboard in this photo.

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    Default Re: A Kurylko Alaska in Georgian Bay

    One of things I wondered about in comparing the Alaska to the Phoenix III was how the seating would work out. In the Phoenix III, the side benches allow you to slide forward and aft for optimal trim:

    DSCF8287.jpg

    As designed, Alaska would theoretically have a ketch mizzen mast stepped on the aft side of the aft-most thwart, limiting seating options for the helmsman, and there are no side benches anyway. Leaving out the mizzen as I'm doing, it's easy to sit on the aft-most thwart facing forward or sideways (either is quite comfortable, and allows you to put your weight far enough forward for good trim), and use a tiller extension or a short loop of line (actually bungee in this photo but I think I'd prefer line) tied to the tiller for steering:

    DSCN3310 cropped 2.jpg

    Or, of course, let the $.59 autopilot steer for you while you sit wherever you want:

    DSCN2850.jpg

    That last photo also shows my tiller extension, a simple pine stick attached to the tiller with THIS HARDWARE from Duckworks, and held in place with an elastic hair tie when stowed. I thought the swivel connection was a little bulky for my taste, but it was FAR cheaper than all the other tiller extension hardware I was able to find--and in practice, it works fine, so I'm perfectly happy with it.

    Another seating option off the wind, when you want to get your weight farther aft, is the very comfy "lounging on the keel just forward of the sternsheets, with feet on thwart" position, which I find myself using on long broad reaches or runs:

    DSCN2725.jpg

    The view from the helm:

    DSCN2722.jpg

    So, lots of different comfortable seating options in my mizzen-free Alaska--one of the reasons I'm happy to go without that second mast, even if it does cost me 49 sq ft of sail area. I may be rowing a bit sooner with a smaller rig, but the Alaska rows so well that that's no hardship at all.
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