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  1. Woo! If I remember correctly, Graham, you're taller than my 5'8" so I'd probably be as happy as you with the 23'4" design. Does it have standing headroom for you? It's hard to believe you've managed to get that much headroom into an attractive boat of that length - That tumble-home really does the trick to keep things in proportion. My 20 foot keelboat barely has sitting headroom! And is that a dagger board or a centerboard? Either way, with the board up it would be easy to anchor in the shallows and walk ashore. What's the air draft? I've got to get under a ~7 meter bridge to get to the ocean.
  2. Regardless of how well you plan there will eventually be weather that is local enough to not show up no matter what app you're staring at. Many years ago I set off from the Vista Point boat ramp at Jordan Lake in North Carolina and turned the tiller over to my friend. There was a tall cloud somewhat to windward of us and I knew we'd have to keep an eye on it. We sailed close hauled on a port tack (with the suspect cloud hidden behind the sails to starboard) in a lovely 10-12 knot breeze for 10 minutes or so on this hot summer day and then tacked. Upon tacking, we saw a skinny, cylindrical tendril sticking out horizontally from our suspect cloud with a definite fast spin around its long axis and heading right for us. My friend immediately abdicated the tiller (cause it wasn't his boat ) and I tacked again and sheeted the sails out for a beam reach and turned the boat to accommodate the direction of coming blast (I hoped). When it hit I steered to balance the boat as we popped up on plane. The next several minutes were the fastest sailing I've ever done, including my windsurfing days. The boat was rock solid planing on a beam reach but we were taking spray over the rail that resembled a fire hose. Fortunately the event was short-lived and we were able to gather our wits and bail once it moved on. My point in telling this story is that it's fine to second-guess your choices of whether to sail or not in any given conditions, but you can't predict what's going to happen once you've made the decision to sail and you also can't necessarily rely on technology to tell you that fun weather is coming. Once you're sailing, you're sailing and if you've got a good boat and you're on your toes, you can hopefully sail your way through the local weather blip that pops up, the way Pete did. Sometimes you just get a downburst and you get to whoop and holler your way through. Once you've pushed off from the dock, keep your eyes on the sky instead of (or maybe as well as) the screen.
  3. Thanks for the story, Chick. It sounds like a good time was had by all.
  4. I used to dry launch Southbound with only three or four rollers, carpeted bunks under the hull and a manual winch - It worked quite well for me. I parked the trailer shallow enough to keep the rims dry.
  5. Maybe Paul shouldn't have sold his Thistle (He's the only one who's going to laugh at that comment).
  6. Yep - As soon as the press came sniffing around he stole all the glory. We know the rabbits did all the real work. I hope you get back to boating soon, Geordie.
  7. What are pontoon shoes? Hopefully Graham or some other water triber who is familiar with the story will chime in. I can't remember which year he used the snow shoes. I haven't been to Florida Bay but the mud there is legendary.
  8. I'd try thinning the board a bit. Don't sand the whole thing down - Just sand it where it rubs the trunk (look for the scuffs). Sand for a while with a belt sander and then try fitting it again, etc.
  9. Graham has been known to use snowshoes to get through mud during the Everglades Challenge.
  10. The CS17 mk1 sails best when it's sailed fairly flat - I think the boat will be heeling too much and slowing way down long before any weight added to the keel would do any good, and if you did add enough mass to make a difference in heeling, the boat woudn't handle as well or go as fast. I've got a nice little keel-boat that sails like a dream and handles great, but it was designed to carry the extra weight. Although it's lots of fun to sail it's not the same experience as a CS17 on plane.
  11. Looking good. I bet "Split Pea" has already been taken.
  12. Chick is like a brother to me - Or maybe a crazy uncle. Here's my coupon. Thank you Taylor and Alan!
  13. Welcome aboard, Tobias. No one here should ever complain when you post more pictures of your boat and we'll try to be gentle if our opinions of the proper sugar content of iced tea differ.
  14. If the rivnuts are also stainless steel I second Steve's suggestion. Use anti-seize any time you have two stainless fasteners in contact with each other. Some of the mine sites I've worked with up North use groundwater that is saltier than the ocean to wash the equipment down and I've had the anti-seize rule drilled into my head (fortunately not literally) by frustrated maintenance crew.
  15. I only spent 21 years in NC but I do still claim to be Southern. Partly because I know how to cook okry so it's crispy and not slimey, partly because I can pick a banjer, and partly because I live closer to Antartica than all y'all. I sure do miss sweet tea and biscuits and gravy, though...
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