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    Default Alden 39 facing the chainsaw

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    Offset prop shaft? Or am I missing something?

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    Where were all of these 35 years ago? Oh...I was still living in town and raising kids....

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    Default Re: Alden 39 facing the chainsaw

    If it's "facing the chainsaw" why's it being offered at $14k?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Offset prop shaft? Or am I missing something?
    Skulling propulsion. The engine wags the rudder. Very traditional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seasnail View Post
    If it's "facing the chainsaw" why's it being offered at $14k?
    The ad says "salvage value" which may be a stretch, though the engine, winches and spars are worth something. That number may have more to do with unpaid yard fees. It also says "reasonable offer". If she actually is sound, $14k is a steal. If I were shopping for such a boat, I would drive up.

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    Wow! Another “free” boat. Come on in said the spider to the fly..........
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    What is that big box in the middle of the cockpit? The tiller appears to emerge from it. Something to do with the sculling propulsion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Offset prop shaft? Or am I missing something?
    Looking at image 6, if you zoom in it looks like it might be offset to port. Unless that prop is on the blue boat, but I don't think it is...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alkorn View Post
    What is that big box in the middle of the cockpit? The tiller appears to emerge from it. Something to do with the sculling propulsion?
    I think maybe a rack and pinion set up, and that's not the tiller but a shaft? The wheel is not currently attached? Looks like a big "Edson" nut on the end...
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    Default Re: Alden 39 facing the chainsaw

    More info: In the Alden book by Carrick & Henderson, design 636 is on page 223. It describes an offset shaft, with "the top of the rudder cut away to clear an off center wheel. This arrangement makes for an efficient rudder that is unbreached by an aperture and has much of its area at the bottom, where the water is less turbulent."

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    If I were nearby, I'd consider it. Even a "Tally-Ho" type restoration would make for a boat with a little bit of history.

    PS: That box is not shown on the plan, the plan shows a tiller that goes almost the entire length of the cockpit, so I really think it's covering steering gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Z. View Post
    Looking at image 6, if you zoom in it looks like it might be offset to port. Unless that prop is on the blue boat, but I don't think it is...
    Right you are. Can’t believe I missed that, seems so obvious now.

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