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Stan has his highly modified "Nancy's China"
about done to his liking. He'll probably never be finished with
changes but it's pretty much good. I don't think Sam Devlin would
recognize it. This jib is a mainsail for some other boat, has
a home made roller reefer.
Lucas Boatworks and Happy Hour Club
Model Sea Swift
Here’s my first model boat, which I’m
planning to be my first full scale boat; possibly built this winter.
It’s a Sam Devlin design “Sea Swift,” and it’s
1” = 1’. (https://store.devlinboat.com/seaswift.aspx)
I plan to change a few things: first the rudder will be a Jim
Michalak design, which folds up. Second the sails won’t
be the sprit Sails, they’ll be twin leg-of-mutton sails
with sprit booms and easy vertical reefing. And third, I’d
like to flood twin chambers for water ballast, which means I either
loose freeboard or raise the sides higher to compensate for the
higher floor boards inside the hull. In the end it’ll work
a lot like a Sea Pearl, only the Sea Swift is 19’ 3”
and the Sea Pearl is 21’ long.
This could be a great boat to sail on the Columbia River, because
you basically tack back and forth up river all summer long due
to the desert thermal winds (the same winds the windsurfers utilize
up river in Hood River). With the leg-of-mutton sails, you’ll
set the tack and simple go back and forth; never having to deal
Only problem is the thermals can change with little notice. In
the evening, between 6-8 pm, the ocean starts to cool down rapidly,
and the desert stays or gets hotter – which equates to an
all afternoon 10 knot breeze turning into a 20-25 knot (or more)
windstorm in minutes. You can actually watch the white caps moving
up river late in the afternoon.
I’d been sailing all my life, and when I moved to Portland
Oregon, bought a boat and got a moorage slip, my boat neighbor
asked me if I was comfortable reefing quickly. My response was,
“on the Columbia River?” He explained how the thermals
create a breeze almost every afternoon and can get out of hand
quickly later in the day. I was young and dumb and didn’t
believe him; until I got stuck out in the river when the wind
Cormorant and GIS Side by Side
By complete luck, I crossed paths with Garth Battista
and his wonderful family while cruising the Maine Island Trail
in our respective boats.
We were both impressed with each other's boats and did the requisite
ooh-aahhh back-slapping homebuilt-boat jibber jabber. It was a
fun encounter, I thought you might enjoy the picture.
I wonder whether you had the same problem as I
- see photo.
That is, space does not allow the motor to be tilted
all the way. Which is why the rope is needed.
Comments to Dwforum.
I posted some photos of my JB
Jr in an album "JB
Jr Reeds". Included is a photo of my modification
of the underside of the bow. It's a triangular pod just taped
in place and fiberglassed over. Underneath it is the designed
1/2" plywood bottom.
The addition did not seem to reduce pounding at all. The deepest
part of the "V" is way above the waterline and not effective.
It's like I need to reverse the addition. That would put the deep
part at the waterline, but then I'd have a drag producer.
I think I need to bring the boat back to my garage and brainstorm
a different shape for the pod... deep where it needs to be, with
a smooth transition to the bottom, and maybe wider... or maybe
even a skinny entry widening out... or...
Reed Smith, Ventura, CA
Still not sure on a firm date for my launch, but wanted send
a couple of shots of my Pathfinder....coaming and rub rails still
just tacked on at this point and a lot left to do, but it is slowly
Steve Bosquette just couldn't stand not building
a boat this year. As a result he surprised me with this when we
met for lunch last week ! Pretty close to scale and definitely
captures the spirit of Wanderer. Sits atop our TV to remind me
to get out of the house and on water. A delightful gift from a
We took her (the real one) for a motor only jaunt up the NE inlet
to Lake Nockamixon, then back down to the dam & back. Nearly
five hours, maybe 6+ miles over water with a lunch break at anchor.
Used the 40# MinnKota for almost the last 2 hours .. on "high",
"5", making 3 kts. The battery lost just a bit after
20 minutes, then held the rest of the way. Reassuring to know
that the little chart on top of the MinnKota is pretty accurate:
I'd expect 5 - 6 hours on "2", maybe more. Just right
to silently "cheat" in light, fluky air.
The Handyman's Dictionary
SNAP-RING PLIER: Special pliers used to propel snap-rings from
the part you are working on to the farthest, darkest, spider inhabited
recesses of the garage .
DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching
flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in
the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting your freshly-painted
vintage car (or boat or airplane) which you had carefully parked
in the corner of the shop (or hangar) where nothing could get
WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere
under the workbench at the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints
and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes
you to say, `Oh sh-....'
ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning pop rivets in
their holes until you die of old age.
SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation
of blood blisters.
CRESCENT WRENCH: Used to prepare a bolt head for the application
BELT SANDER An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert
minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.
HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija
board principle It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable
motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the
more dismal your future becomes.
VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round-off
bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used
to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.
WELDING GLOVES: Heavy duty leather gloves used to prolong the
conduction of intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.
ACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for igniting various flammable
objects in your shop. Also handy for igniting the grease inside
the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.
TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch
wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.
HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the
ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping
the jack handle firmly under the bumper.
EIGHT-FOOT LONG YELLOW PINE 2X4: Used for levering an automobile
upward off of a trapped hydraulic jack handle.
E-Z OUT BOLT AND STUD EXTRACTOR: A tool, ten times harder than
any known drill bit, that snaps neatly off in bolt holes thereby
ending any possible future use.
BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most
shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more
easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the
line instead of the outside edge.
TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile
strength of everything you forgot to disconnect from the engine
CRAFTSMAN 1/2 x 24-INCH SCREWDRIVER: A very large pry bar that
inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the
end opposite the handle.
AVIATION METAL SNIPS: See hacksaw.
PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals
under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and
splashing oil on your shirt . It can also be used, as the name
implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.
STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes
used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws.
PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip
or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent
HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short.
HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays
is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive
parts adjacent the object you are trying to hit.
MECHANIC'S KNIFE: Used to open and slice through cardboard shipping
cartons delivered to your front door . Works particularly well
on the contents of the carton such as seats, collector vinyl records,
caustic/flammable/difficult to clean up liquids in plastic bottles,
collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts.
Especially useful for slicing the work clothes of the person using
the knife or anyone standing next to that person.
GOD-D*MM*T TOOL: Any tool that you grab and throw across the
garage while yelling `GOD-D*MM*T' at the top of your lungs. It
is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.
I remembered that Glen Simmons had received a folk heritage award,
a little research found
Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers / Edition
1 by Glen Simmons and Laura Ogden
Glen Simmons (foreground) and apprentice Donald Edwards navigating
their way through the "River of Grass" on glades skiffs:
Florida City, Florida From the florida archives.
A Newfoundland Crab boat, owned by Ross
Petten from Port de Grave... in some "choppy water" on the Grand
Banks off Nfld.
Who says still photos can not show wave
Float a Boat
This is the rest of the story about the foam boat we built a
while back. I built this hull and Jim finished the rest. We all
thought that it would be unsinkable but we've never actually tried,
till today. The hull is two inch foam glassed inside and out with
enough glass to build a battleship. Two layers of 1708 covered
with two layers of 10 oz cloth inside and out. In addition the
bottom front has a layer of kevlar. Laylah and I put it (#8) in
the water and pulled the plug. About four inches of water came
in then stopped. If we had been sailing we wouldn't have even
slowed down. I couldn't turn it over in the water so I put the
plug back in and bailed water into it. You can see how high it
floated full of water. I took a picture, water up to the bottom
of the yellow rail and pulled the plug. In about a half hour the
water was out to about four inches deep. I bailed it out and put
it back on the trailer. This is the boat I want. Super strong,
very fast and totally unsinkable, even if you cut it all up. The
boat have if you're looking for all this and safety. Jim is about
finished with his new boat and will sell this one for $7000 but
I think he'll take 6.
Annie Holmes sent me this picture of her daughter Wendy. She
works for the state dept. and has just arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan.
That's about 90 miles up from where my son Jamie is, small world
isn't it? I had both of them out sailing a while back.
I've made some progress on my Pilgrim. I'm at the
point of fairing and smoothing and getting ready to paint the
hull. I'm also thinking about turning her over and need to get
my bow eye and gudgeons and pintles. I'm going to turn it over
in the shop using the bow eye and fittings for the rudder.
I'll forward some pictures of my build that I took
from my phone.
Here's the new boat I'm building, a fantail launch. Long, sleek,
beautiful, no fuss and no sails to fool with. We've already got
every kind of sailboat you can imagine sitting around here so
I'm going motor this time. I've already started. I'm modifying
the hull of the burned sailboat and using that one. We're all
having a hard time visualizing something other than a sailboat.
Higher sides and cabin and such. I'll just make a stick framework
and stick it on to try to picture how it looks. And a side note,
if you ever have a wooden boat burn make sure it burns up all
the way. I think it would've been easier to make a new one than
to fix this one, sanding half burned fiberglass really sucks.
Lucas Boatworks and Happy Hour Club
Wesmar Bow Thrusters
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thrusters that provide more thrust in comparison to conventional
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Product of the Week: V-Lock Universal
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not in use.
the V-Lock demonstration video.
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New GOST Immobilizer Helps Prevent Theft
of Trailerboats, Tenders, RIBs, PWC’s
See at NMEA 2010, September 29 – October 2
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (USA) – Global Ocean
Security Technologies (GOST - formerly Paradox Marine) has introduced
GOST Immobilizer, a start up prevention system for single-engine
outboard boats, yacht tenders, RIBs and PWCs.
The device is controlled via a wireless key fob. When armed,
the Immobilizer blocks high current draw from the battery while
still allowing low power consumption components to function normally.
When an engine startup is attempted, the Immobilizer sounds a
timed siren and prevents the engine from turning over.
The Immobilizer installs easily and thanks to its hardened battery
lug connection design, is difficult to compromise. “Immobilizer
is the ideal solution for small craft and fills a significant
void in this segment of the market. It will thwart the joy riders
and island hoppers who need a quick transport from a tender when
it is tied up at a transient dock,” said GOST Director of Research
and Development Brian Kane.
For more information about GOST Immobilizer and other GOST products,
visit www.gostglobal.com or call 1+954.565.9898
Product of the Week: DuraSafe Universal Electronics Lock
Bracket-mounted electronics on unattended boats are an easy target
for thieves - just unscrew the knobs, unplug the cord and walk
away. The Universal Electronics Lock from DuraSafe secures bracket-mounted
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The compact and rugged lock replaces one of the bracket knobs
and secures the unit to the bracket. One size fits GPS, fishfinders
and VHF radios made by virtually every manufacturer. It can be
keyed alike if more than one bracket-mounted device needs to be
secured on board.
Made in the USA of marine grade material, the Universal Electronics
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