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  1. I remember Liz commenting on the Graphics, they were done by my oldest daughter. She did our first graphic when she was 8 with a grease pencil. It lasted for 10 years.
  2. Tom, The photo is very nice. Also it shows your mid-sprit sheeting for the mizzen. Thank you for the photo and the idea. We have named all our boats after birds from our first boat Free Range Chickn' to our present Dinghy BlackSkimmer, and now the Avocet. I would like to build a Marissa and name it Kingfisher with a light grey hull and black boot stripe All in good time. I need to sail more now. Kind Regards
  3. Tom, Thank you. We had a very nice sail. Were you sailing as well? I just did a quick post on an idea I borrowed from you about the mizzen sheet. It worked well. Regards
  4. Continuing development : Addition of bridle for mizzen mid-sprit sheeting: Tom Lathrop' s idea A friend pointed out that in the effort to center the mizzen, I was bending the mast and putting a lot of leach tension on the sail, which effectively de-powers the sail. That is good when it is really windy not so good in light air. I came up with some very complicated solutions, contacted Alan and he suggested this as a first step. It is simple, and works well. This photo is only part of the story. I am willing to go into further detail if anyone is curious. The result is as follows. We participated in a New Year Day Regatta, with about 30 to 40 boats all in the 30' to 40' ranges. Winds were 9 ish to maybe 12 with some 15 later in the day. So very pleasant. I had two astute sailors on board and both agreed we were able to point with the big boats. We could not drive with them, which is no surprise. Average speed for the race was 3.9 knots, with two legs upwind, so pretty good for a small boat. The improvement was probably more in feel than in real performance. The impression was that we were pointing higher and there was more drive. That is what we wanted to achieve. It cost me two blocks from B&B and I was able to move hardware on the boat to make it work. In other words marginal additional expense. It does complicate rigging a little but I think the performance is worth the extra 3 minutes fiddling with lines. Regards
  5. Alan, Good morning. Have you heard if this event will repeat in 2019? Despite conditions last year, we would like to give it a try... we think. Regards
  6. I wanted drop you quick note. I was very good to meet you again. The workmanship on your boat is excellent. Please keep us posted of future trips. Kindest Regards
  7. My apologies for the very slow response. Yes I will be there. It will be fun to get out on the water as a group. I'm hoping I can talk Michele into it sailing then camping out down toward the sound. If not I'll need crew. Regards to all
  8. In order to add some ventilation to the CS17Mk!!! I stole an idea from Alan. I put in two 6" threaded clean outs. I also made a screen to fit on the outside. It was a simple install. It adds light and it does allow air to move. I do not keep my anchor forward so it works for me. I also plan to make a small scoop to push air in. I wish I could add more photos but it seems to be limiting me. Regards
  9. Kevin, I have a line on the back of Avocet that runs from one side to the other and between the rudder and the transom, above the lower gudgen. I expect that is not very clear. I will get a photo when I get home this weekend. I used the line as a step and grabbed the front of the rear seat on the cockpit. Also not a good description. I think it worked well. It would be better If I had a grab handle or ridge on the edge of the edge of the seat. Once again, this needs photos. All in all not too bad. I tend to try cheep and easy methods first. I will follow up this weekend.
  10. Alex Good evening. All the capsizes were done with the ballast tank full. I have only sailed the boat once with the ballast tank empty which was in light air. The boat seemed too buoyant. The result being the masts were rocking the sails could not draw. Even in light air I fill the ballast tank. The boat is much more settled. That is why we did not practice capsizing with an empty ballast tank. Perhaps at the Messabout we can. I Regards pS. The motor works fine. No problems from all the dunking. Michele and I have a renewed respect for it. It is excellent for docking and short trips down a creek. It would not be good for a trip where you needed to motor for hours.
  11. Alan, Thank you for the video and for setting up the Camp. It was a tremendous amount of fun. We were both really impressed with how easy the boat is to right, and the fact that no hatches leaked and the cockpit was virtually dry. ( It was drained by the time I got in the boat) When the gold fish design goes into production please let us know. We would like to have one. In rough weather, having the luxury of getting things sorted out before righting would be helpful. I hope that Capsizing will become part of the Messabout. It is a necessary life skill. Best Regards to all. I hope everyone enjoyed a good splash. Richard and Michele
  12. Alan, Good morning. Yes I will come. I am assuming I should bring my boat. I will get there on Saturday morning. I am out of town on Friday. Regards
  13. It is an amazing boat to sail regardless of revision and or sailing conditions. Keep that in mind as you go along. It has exceeded our expectations by along way. Kind Regards
  14. Don, Afterwards I thought about a gun and dismissed the idea quickly, for the same reason. I wish there was " Snake B Gone" . Regards
  15. Reefing and Snakes We went for a short weekend cruise to Swan island. The track is below. Very pleasant with a single surprise. We were getting ready to go on Sunday morning. Michele was raising the mizzen when I noticed a 3 foot snake tangled in the reef we had left in the sail. He was kind of stuck and not happy. We were anchored so no place to go. I got the paddle and helped him out . He grabbed the handle. I got him off the handle, then to the back of the boat. After attacking paddle a couple of times. He left. He did not look poisonous. Still, a 17 foot boat seems small with a snake on board. Anyone else have a similar experience? Any thoughts on prevention? Also I had spent the night in the cockpit so he could have just as well curled up with me.
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