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Russ Sylvester

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  1. Yeah, it took a couple of days for the water to go down. We got within a couple of inches of getting it in the house. Terry Crisp, now there's a name from the past. As long as we're in way back mode, is the byyb still going? I haven't checked in on that site in a looonngg time. You lost me on 'him' and the sleeping dog. Russ
  2. Wow! How goes it all!?! Saw a gaff rigger out on the water last sunday and it got me to remembering the whole weekender time. I even pulled out the picture album that the wiff made during the whole building process. Sniff, sniff, I sure miss building that boat. I do still have the vacationer plans, hmmmm..... Actually, I better not go there right now. We are elbows deep in getting the 23 fixed up to put on the market in the next month or two. We are looking to move up to 30-32 range. We want to start doing 2-3 week Bahama cruises in preperation for retirement and the big lap around el cari
  3. Hey everyone! Remember me? It's been quite a while since I've been on here. Was poking around looking for a book and found my vacationer plans that I bought shortly after I finished 'Opus' and that got me to thinkin' about everyone here. Who all is still here? Is Konrad still slowly killing himself? Did Bruce ever finish his boat? Is the BYYB still going? Who still has their weekender or vacationer? Still sailing them? I still sorely miss mine. Every time I varnish something or mix up a batch of epoxy I start remembering Opus and get a little misty :'(. Unfortunately I lost track of where
  4. Hey everyone! Been a while. First thing I would change would be to NOT SELL THE DAMN THING! I still miss it. I would build the vacationer rather than the weekender and I would change the keel very significantly and add about 200 pounds of ballast in it. I would explore multi-chine sides rather than hard chine. I would go tiller rather than wheel. I would build in a real electrical system rather than think about it after the build is complete. I would add deadeyes, ratlines, and topmast. I would use much better grades of wood. Most of all I would slow WAY down in the construction and enjoy
  5. Mine did the same thing. Seemed like the faster the boat went, the more bubbles came out and in a straighter line. I always figured that when the boat is reaching along, one side of the keel has a lower pressure on it than the other. Kind of the same deal as on the sail. This lower pressure would create a suction that would pull a little air down along the edge of the keel until it detached and came out the back. I have no proof of this at all, it's just a theory that seemed to fit. Although I did see the rudder do the same thing a couple of times. It would pull a little air down the lee sid
  6. One thing you can try is to drill a hole through the pipe big enough for the rope to go through somewhere near the middle of where you have it wrapped around now. Thread the rope through the hole first then wrap it around the pipe several times in each direction away from the hole. This way the rope can't slip because the through-thread won't let it. Worked like a champ on my boat. Adjusted it once and never had to touch it again. Russ
  7. Just returned from a 7 day cruise to the eastern Carribean where we went to Nassua Bahamas (never go there again), St. Thomas USVI (nice place), and St. Maarten (so-so). The VERY best part of the entire cruise was that I got to go on the America's Cup regatta jaunt. Some guy bought three mid-1980's vintage 12 meter boats and took them to St. Maarten where he de-tuned them a little and takes folks out on them for a regatta. We went out in the mid-afternoon on US-55 (Yes! It was Stars & Stripes!!) and sailed against True North (Canadian) and the wind had cranked up pretty good. Our skipper
  8. I know your pain Frank. Watching your baby head off down the road behind someone else's truck has to rate up there with the hard things in life. I've said it before and I'll say it again, that the old saying about the best days in a boat owners life being the day they buy the boat and the day they sell it is a load of bull. Russ
  9. Before my grandfather died I took a tape recorder and had him reflect on everything he could think of. Sort of a life story on tape. Didn't matter if it was about family, things that he did during his life or stories from wherever. I wanted to record everything about this man before it was lost forever. During our taping, he got to the time in his life when he was a young man and was in the army during WWII. His entire tone changed and I could easily tell that this was a hard time for him and all of the men that were over there. He was part of a tank platoon that was part of the battle of th
  10. Somebody had a boat that looked just about like that at the St.Pete boat show last year. Took a good look at it and decided that I was just a little too claustrophobic for a boat like that. You couldn't even fit a small cooler in the cockpit. There wasn't room for anything. Talk about human ballast! Russ
  11. I've found that even though I sold my weekender quite a while ago and the video/plans with it, I can still relive the fun I had building it by listening to the "Blurring The Edges" CD that was the music on the video. Incidently, the song that plays during the opening sailing sequences (kind of the theme song) is titled "Trippin' ", kind appropos don't ya think? Seems like every time I play it I can see exactly the building scenes that went with the music. No, I'm not trying to sell the CD's and I'm not going to link their site here. I haven't read Frank's rules but I'd bet that there's a rule
  12. They don't breed in salt water but they damn sure will hang around it. I've been doing the friday night rum racing with a yacht club a couple miles south of where we dock. During the race one of the marks is close to shore and the race is usually two laps around. During the first lap (while the sun is still barely up) there's no problem. The second time around (right about dusk) you get swarmed with the blood suckers. It's fun to watch other crews go nuts trying to get away from the little vampires right up until it's our turn in the blood bank. Then it sucks, literally. BTW, I run 100:1 in m
  13. Really the only reason we got rid of Opus was that we couldn't justify paying slip fee for Second Star and storage for Opus. We knew even before building Opus that we would move up to a bigger boat. Opus was just a way to shut me up until something better came along. Stay tuned about the 34. :wink: BTW, you're correct, you definately DON'T make money by selling the weekender. OK, I agree with Tim, who else can step up and tell us about their launching or first sail of the season. If I can write about our mistakes and mishaps then you can too. Russ
  14. Looks to me like she's got the finer points of sailing down to a science. Getting ready for the next watch is very important. What's that? There is no next watch? Well then this was good practice in my book. Russ
  15. Tim, Yes you can sail year round but in the winter the north wind blows through here like a freight train. In the summer our biggest problem are the pop-up thunderstorms. The sky can go from clear blue to black in a matter of minutes it seems like. It's not the rain or wind, it's the lightning. It's not uncommon to get multiple strikes per minute. Scary stuff. We sail on a 1981 O'Day 23 that we bought after I sold my beloved weekender. I miss 'Opus' more than I ever thought I would. 'Second Star' is fun and I'm learning a bunch on it, but I just don't have feelings for it at the same level a
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