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Chick Ludwig

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  • Birthday 12/24/1946

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    Hendersonville, NC
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    Building/using power and sail boats. Usually go on 2 or 3 day cruises.
    Built prototype Princess 22, Outer Banks 20, and CS-20 Mk-2, CS-17 Mk-3, and Turtler. have also built moccasin-1, moccasin-2 canoes, and mini-paw dingy---all from B and B plans.

    Used to be professional fiberglass boat builder and repairer. Also worked in production design for several sailing yacht builders in Florida.

    Messing about in boats, boat building, Building r/c model planes. Turtle collecting. Working on our new home in the mountains.
  1. B&B Messabout 2017

    Sounds good Steve.
  2. B&B Messabout 2017

    Well, Summer Breeze has done gone and messed up. She had the dates for the messabout as Nov. 28th-29th. Silly boat. Thanks to the Don (Thrillsbe) for setting us straight! I've given her her bath, and am gathering up all of the "stuff". We'll be heading out first (almost) thing in the morning, and roll into B and B late afternoon. I just touched up some paint on the motor canoe and it's still tacky. Not gonna be dry in time. He'll be staying home, so it's just the Breeze and I. Errr, The Breeze and ME. Sorry, couldn't help myself. The Breeze and I is an old song that I like. Give a listen as I leave ya... See ya all tomorrow.
  3. B&B Messabout 2017

    The motor canoe is loaded on top of the old Ford Explorer for a camping trip tomorrow. I think I'll leave it up there for the messabout. There is a chance it will be for sale at the messabout. Are any of y'all interested?
  4.    The Little Known History of Vienna Sausage

    Rum? No way. Sweet tea maybe. Hey, ya wanna hear the true story about how to make REAL southern sweet tea? I learned it from my gramma.
  5. B&B Messabout 2017

    I just got back from looking Summer Breeze over to see if she's got a good stock of Vienna Sausages......Scratch that!!! Actually, i just wanted to see what needs to be done before our trip to the messabout. Other than lots of dust and leaves blown all over her, she's ready to go. I had pulled the cover off a couple of months ago to show her to someone and never put it back on. At least she's under the carport. I'll pull her out and give her a good bath. She's so excited that she quivered when I told her! See ya all soon!
  6. Just in case some of y'all missed the discussion about this subject, I thought I'd put it all together for ya right here. Just last week several of us old salts were discussing the merits of various boating foods. Naturally, Vienna sausages came up. My comments about my favorite lunch time snack instigated a spirited discussion about the obvious merits of this time honored mealtime tradition. I’ll just add a few comments from the gang before telling y’all the true story of what Vienna sausage is and where it came from. Scott said, “Come on Chick,,,, Vienna sausages where made to test the flushing action of marine heads and can be used for emergency fish bait! Also make great puppy treats but if you read the small print they were never intended for human consumption.” To which I replied, “Scott, WHAAAATTT? Vienna sausages are the standard by which all other boating foods are judged against! I LOVE my V.S. Actually, one of the best things about them as they don't need to be cooked. They are easy. If ya can get 'em outa de can, that is” Jay chimed in with, “In my working career, we ordered cases of Vienna sausages..... and used them for bait to catch amberjack! A worthy conversion!” Scott came back with, “ I think we need to start a boat food thread! To call VS a food is a long stretch, as Crocodile Dundee said, it will keep you alive but tastes like @$%#. Chick you are not alone in this, think of the millions that stop at McDonalds and think that is food. Chicken nuggets are made in a similar way as VS. Its pressed stuff blown up with oil, fat and other stuff to make you think you are eating something of value. My brother thinks VS are related to fine steak, he's a full time live aboard boat person. But then again he thinks instant coffee is heaven sent also. Spam is at least made from pork shoulders and not parts of all the critters on the Arc. I don't care for it but my mental state has been questioned before. Cooking is the thing I look forward to when I drop the hook. Get a BBQ grill and enjoy the adventure of cooking, good book, music and the sunsets.” Paul, who is the undisputed expert on most everything said, “ BTW those VS thingies aren't food, much like spray cheese in a can isn't cheese. I'm not sure what they are, but it is interesting that they appeared on the market just as above ground atomic testing was in full swing. Possibly some test victims, grazing about during the tests, that have been feeding the world ever since? I mean how many VS's can you get from a 1,500 pound side of unnaturally warmed beef? Stuff it through a multi cylindrical holed mold and poof, hundreds of VS's per second . . . Just saying . . .” Oyster said, “ I have kept two cans of it in my dry box for years. We used to use it on the charter boats and would actually warm it up on the manifolds of the diesel engines right along side of our baloney sandwiches wrapped in foil. Simplicity at its finest......” Well guys, I’ve done gone and done a bit of studying up on this very subject. I’ve researched all of the histerical records from back in the day, including actual early news reels taken from the colonial days of America. So, following is what I learned from my scholarly enterprise. I've got it on good authority that VS is actually grown on a plant, so is not a meat byproduct at all. It looks kinda like a green bean plant except bigger and browner. Usually the VS grow in clumps of three "sausages" and there are two or three clumps per plant. The plants need to be fertilized with hog waste about every six weeks of the growing season to impart the best flavor. When they are soft and kinda gushy feeling, they are picked and the rotted ends cut off to the precise length for them to fit in those little cans. Then they are soaked in salt water from hog waste ponds that have been overflowed by hurricane storm surge waters, and then immediately canned. The secret of this process was discovered by pirates way back during colonial times after a major storm had blown some of the native sausage beans into a nearby wild hog pen kept by a local Indian tribe. The pirates had been blown ashore and were searching for something to eat while they were re-floating their ship, when one of them picked up a bean that was floating past and absentmindedly popped it in his mouth. He found it YERY good! It's rumored that old Black Beard himself convinced Governor Eden to begin canning the beans so that he, Blackbeard, could smuggle them out of the colonies to his contacts in the Caribbean. It's a little known fact that today, although sold under several separate brand names, Vienna sausages all come from two or three closely guarded secret farms that are still owned by descendants of those same Indians. And the canning plants are owned by descendants of the Eden and Beard families. As a matter of fact, the tradition of packing in those little cans began back in those days. They were all that was available in the old Carolina colony at the time. One of the best documents that I found quite by accident had been lost for years. It was an old authentic pirate map that had fallen down behind some shelves. I was fortunate enough to find it while searching the archives of the Vienna Sausage Museum located on the grounds of the old Eden plantation. The map seems to indicate the location of one of these original Indian VS bean farms not far from the Bay River. Later on, after the United States came to be, a VS packing plant was built in the ruins of an old blue crab packing plant that had been built at the same spot as that particular Indian hog farm. By now, I'm sure that some of you are asking, "Why are they called Vienna sausages? That's not an Indian name, nor does it sound like a pirate name." Well, the answer is really quite simple. At the time that Governor Eden was beginning to try to perfect the canning of the beans, it just so happened that a member of one of the great food processing families of Vienna, the Baron Von Schtinklhunt, was visiting, and he was able to convey the secret of the canning process. The governor wanted to honor the man, but for obvious reasons, the gentleman didn't want his name used, so he suggested that they be named after his home town instead. And there you have it. The secret, never before revealed origins of the wonderful Vienna sausage.
  7. water in CS17 mast

    I'll add my 2c to Peter. Now you have 4c.
  8. Core Sound 17 Questions

    The flag poles do seem heavy. I'm sure that one of the good folks at B and B can tell you exactly what the specified mast sections weigh. I've attached some pictures of the rudder uphaul on Summer Breeze, a CS-17, Mk-3. The uphaul goes to a clam cleat on the side of the tiller. The hook hanging on a wire is a safety hook that is used to keep the rudder blade from dropping while trailering.
  9. B&B Messabout 2017

    Paul, actually it is in Kentucky. You can learn more here: https://arkencounter.com/ Oyster and Thrillsbe, thanks for your support of the wonderful Vienna sausage!
  10. B&B Messabout 2017

    Thanks Scott. Just wanted to set the record straight about VS. I love to research the background about nautical stuff. I use only the best original documents, histerical records, and little known, or totally unknown accounts. Sometimes I'm even able to locate ancient photos and videos. I once taught a class on creation at church proving that man and dinos walked the Earth together. I knew that they had to as they were both created in the six day creation period. Luckily there was a series of videos made directly after that week, but before Noah's flood, that showed them together. The names of the people were even shown; Fred, wilma, Barney,..... Oyster, not to worry, I'm already forgiven for my sins, but, why do you say what you did. I always tell the truth. No judgement or retribution for that.
  11. B&B Messabout 2017

    Paul, I've got it on good authority that VS is actually grown on a plant, so is not a meat byproduct at all. It looks kinda like a green bean plant except bigger and browner. Usually the VS grow in clumps of three "sausages" and there are two or three clumps per plant. The plants need to be fertilized with hog waste about every six weeks of the growing season. When they are soft and kinda gushy feeling, they are picked and the rotted ends cut off. Then they are soaked in salt water from hog waste ponds that have been overflowed by hurricane storm surge waters, and then immediately canned. The secret of this process was discovered by pirates way back during colonial times after a major storm had blown some of the native sausage beans into a nearby wild hog pen kept by a local Indian tribe. The pirates had been blown ashore and were searching for something to eat while they were re-floating their ship, when one of them picked up a bean that was floating past and absentmindedly popped it in his mouth. He found it YERY good! It's rumored that old Black Beard himself convinced Governor Tryon to begin canning the beans so that he, Blackbeard, could smuggle them out of the colonies to his contacts in the Caribbean. It's a little known fact that today, although sold under several separate brand names, Vienna sausages all come from two or three closely guarded secret farms that are still owned by descendants of those same Indians. And the canning plants are owned by descendants of the Tryon and Beard families To bring this back to the B and B messabout that we're SUPPOSED to be talking about, one of the reasons that the Breeze and I want to go on a mini-cruise is that I've discovered an old authentic pirate map while searching the archives of the Vienna Sausage Museum that seems to indicate the location of one of these original Indian VS bean farms not far from the Bay River. Later on after the United States came to be, a VS packing plant was built in the ruins of an old blue crab packing plant that had been built at the same spot as that particular Indian hog farm. If we can find it, we're hoping to trade our silence about the location in exchange for a lifetime supply of Vienna sausage. By now, I'm sure that some of you are asking, "Why are they called Vienna sausages? That's not an Indian name, nor does it sound like a pirate name." Well, the answer is really quite simple. At the time that Governor Tryon was beginning to try to perfect the canning of the beans, he enlisted the help from a gentleman that was visiting from Vienna. As it sometimes happens, this gentleman was a member of a famous family of food processing folks back home and was able to convey the secret of the canning process. The governor wanted to honor the man, but for obvious reasons, the gentleman didn't want his name used, so he suggested that they be named after his home town instead. And there you have it. The secret, never before revealed origins of the wonderful Vienna sausage.
  12. B&B Messabout 2017

    Heavens-to-succotash, the Breeze and I sure didn't know what we were starting with the VS thing!!! Actually, I reserve them for lunch time when I'm sailing. I go all out in the cooking department at supper time. A whole can of Beefaroni! Now, that's livin' high! "Adventure of cooking"? HA! Me cook? Hey, I even burn water. Well, maybe it's not all that bad. i can usually heat up some good-ol hot dogs without burning them. That's gourmet cooking for me. Put a pot on the burner, light the fire, pop the dogs in, wait 'til the water just starts to bubble, DONE. Enjoy. Oh yeah, don't forget to turn off the burner. Whew, now I'm all worn out from all that slaving over the stove. Now let's get back to messin' about on the crick.
  13. B&B Messabout 2017

    Scott, WHAAAATTT? Vienna sausages are the standard by which all other boating foods are judged against! I LOVE my V.S. Actually, one of the best things about them as they don't need to be cooked. They are easy. If ya can get 'em outa de can....
  14. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    I just bed the hinges in some compound from Lowes to keep water out. I also like pivoting tiller. I'll post a picture or two from Summer Breeze. This is from the CS-20, Mk-2. (The first Summer breeze.) This one is the current summer Breeze.
  15. CS-17, Mk-3 for sale

    Ok, y'all. Winter's on the way. The Breeze has had a couple of lookers but no takers yet. She told me to tell you that she'd be ready to move if you'll give her $11,500.
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