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    Does any one know the rationale for the funny little upside down knees at the forward end of the pretty, red sailed boat on the intro?

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    On the intro of what?
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    A picture would help, but 'hanging knees' perhaps.
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    Intro to the WoodenBoat site
    Not hanging, reclining ? kneeling?
    At forward end of house

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    I don't think many of us access the forum from that page. I haven't gone to the wooden boat main page in years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wilkinson View Post
    I don't think many of us access the forum from that page. I haven't gone to the wooden boat main page in years.
    Found the picture.

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    I think those are there to collect rainwater, unless somebody screwed up and drilled limbers in the lower aft corners.

    Structurally they would stop the cabin from tilting forward when they slam on the brakes.

    Or maybe they're someone's idea of ornamentation.

    Or maybe I'm full of beans.

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    Design, as in over-desighned.
    They would be standing knees, like those things that tie a thwart to the topsides.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Not too rare.Something along those lines was sometimes used to contain halyards and prevent them falling over the side.Definitely not doing too much structurally and they should not collect puddles if properly installed.

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    Thanks all.
    In addition to collecting rainwater, I thought they could be sort of auxiliary toe stubbers

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    Yea I'd go with halyards flaked down behind the mast.
    Whats the black thing taped to the mizzen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    Yea I'd go with halyards flaked down behind the mast.
    Whats the black thing taped to the mizzen?
    Found that halyards 'ran' better when flaked in a figure-of-eight rather than a coil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Meachen View Post
    Not too rare.Something along those lines was sometimes used to contain halyards and prevent them falling over the side.
    Those normally extend forward of the mast and have a head ledge creating an open topped box.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I built those into a cabin I built on an old sailboat I restored many years ago. I saw them somewhere and liked the look. Limber holes took care of any drainage problems.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Used to see that detail on Folkboats


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    It's what the designer drew. Who am I to argue with Mr. Oughtred?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    Whats the black thing taped to the mizzen?
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    Flag staff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Meachen View Post
    Not too rare.Something along those lines was sometimes used to contain halyards and prevent them falling over the side.Definitely not doing too much structurally and they should not collect puddles if properly installed.
    I draw them on some boats, they're really a styling device to make the cabin look a little less like a box bolted to the boats deck, but they do make a really good place to brace a foot hen working at the mast when the boats wet and heeling over.

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