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Thrillsbe last won the day on March 5

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About Thrillsbe

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  • Birthday 12/01/1948

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    Tryon, NC
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    Boatbuilding, Sailing, Fishing, Rowing, Weaving, Camping, Travel, Fly Tying, Woodworking, Gardening, and Lutheran Theology. (Thank goodness I'm retired!)

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  1. I think Graham and Alan forgot to tape their seams, that's all. When do you start building?
  2. What's everyone's opinion on the old Seagull outboards? I just saw one on Craigslist, and it's in great shape (cosmetically, anyway). I used to just laugh at them, but I now am more open minded, especially at 28#.
  3. Beautiful!
  4. Agreed, Chick. The annual permit for Lake Bowen is $400 (for out-of-state residents) to launch a powered boat at my preferred lake. That includes an electric trolling motor! The permit is only good for two lakes in the area. Needless to say, I don't buy one. They will only ever see my sails and oars.
  5. Getting back to the main subject-- how did your phone GPS perform, Graham?
  6. The issue at hand is the affect that the high freeboard has on the standard formula. I think Chick and I need to plan on making a pair of long 'uns out of lumberyard spruce, with some of those magical carbon fiber sleeves from Duckworks. What do you think, Chick? You can certainly try out my 8 footers at the Southern Appalachian Messabout next month. They are 2'-5" from the collars to the inboard ends of the handles.
  7. Chick-- didyou ever get an answer on your oar length question?
  8. For the record, modern automobiles are required to have fuel systems which are ethanol tolerant. The durability testing is done with "normal" gasoline (E15). I verified this with my colleagues still working in the automotive industry. Now, if you have an old car, like our '86 VW Cabriolet "ice cream car", you should probably use only ethanol-free fuel.
  9. Keep the Scotch, and make mine a Woodford Reserve (small batch Bourbon) neat or a couple of rocks. Good luck with the Atkin build!
  10. Makes perfect sense to me, Graham. I'm pleased to know that you considered coming again. Looks like we'll have a lot more participants this year.
  11. Try this, Lennie:
  12. I'm gonna need a bigger Dutch oven! LOL
  13. Now that the EC2017 is in the history books, maybe we can think about some more laid back events-- such as the Southern Appalachian Messabout for 2017? We will be gathering at Sadlers Creek State Park near Anderson, SC the weekend of April 22nd. Some will be camping, some will be sleeping on their boats, and others just dropping in for the day. Most campers will be in Loop #3, and at least one if us in loop #1. The main gathering will be at the day use area on Saturday. We'll invade the local BBQ joint Saturday evening. The campfire will be in operation at my site (#55), both Friday and Saturday evening, weather permitting. I'm even offering a beans and franks potluck Friday night. Make your own camping reservations. If you are going to anchor out overnight, please tell the ranger, so (s)he doesn't worry about cars that are left overnight in the launch site parking lot. And please let Chick or me know if you plan to attend.
  14. If I were doing this job, I would use epoxy thickened with colloidal silica (taking extreme care not to breathe the silica dust). I would use enough screws* to hold it in place until the glue cures. No later than a day later, I'd remove the screws, and fill it with the same goop. I would not worry about gaps between the keel and the hull-- that's the beauty of epoxy! This would set up the next owner nicely, when it came time to do this job again-- they'd just plane off the old keel and go again. * Torx-head deck screws are the least likely to strip out, followed by Robertson (square) drive. The last thing you need is a stripped-out temporary screw! (Been there, done that.)
  15. The guy I talked to at Hood told me it was Joubert Okoume. It will be interesting to see if it has the blue and white Joubert sticker, when I eventually buy some.