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frowley last won the day on September 26 2018

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    Exploring waterways between Seattle and Alaska. Also interested in avian critters and recording nature sounds (mostly birds).

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  1. Wow - thanks Alan. That is a ton of great information. I'm going to copy the whole reply to my OneNote notebook. You set up most or all your waypoints before the race, don't you, so you're just selecting the next point along the route, or are you actually creating new points as you sail the course?
  2. I loved seeing Southern Skimmer flying her chute. Alan, presumably as you sail away from the rhumb line, your VMG decreases, and your 'turn field' values increase. I haven't raced. Using these values, what's your rule of thumb for when it's time to tack? And when you say you're often entering or changing waypoints to avoid obstacles, are those obstacles things like sand bars, etc that weren't on your chart?
  3. Orienting the glass on the bias to get it to wrap those curves also helps a bit. Here's another thought re the tabernacle. I've wanted, on occasion, to flex the main mast horizontally more than once when it's down and in it's crutch, or as I try to maneuver it around stuff. Thing is, at that distance from the tabernacle, a pound or two at the mizzen thwart exerts lots of pounds of twist on the walls of the tabernacle. I filleted the inside corners, but I'm not sure I was careful enough to wrap the glass across the corners and completely across the inside back wall, but I kind of wish I had. Fred
  4. Hi Steve, Yes - just an ordinary, metal, drywall blade. It gives a much cleaner, more even float than a bondo or plastic spreader.
  5. Hi Steve, Virtually everyone on this site knows more about this stuff than I do, so I'm sure you'll get some great advice. Paint IS humbling, and I totally feel your pain (and disappointment). It is -- not that you'll hear this -- wayyy better than it looks to you. That said, you might think about floating the seams with quick fair, or epoxy w talc and microballoons before laying on another prime coat. QuickFair is much the better option if you haven't tried it. I've become a convert. Then block sand, of course. Personally I don't think it needs to be a long board. I floated stuff like this with a 4-6" drywall blade so I could really get it to feather out. You could blast on high build primer which would eventually do the same thing, but quick fair is a bit more direct and quicker. ('Floating' makes it sound like you'd be laying on gobs of epoxy, but it'll more likely be 1/32" or so, feathered out to nothing, unless you used very heavy cloth.) Fred
  6. I'm curious what the starboard foredeck bracket and pin are for on Carlita (always curious to hear what Graham's latest invention is). The material appears to be star-board. It looks like Graham's rebuilt his sprits? Also wondering if the wind vane plans or kit are still in the works, or maybe available? Thanks, so far, for posting the great pictures - they're really fun to look at.
  7. So cool, Amos! Your boat just looks so wonderful on the water - it's beautiful, and so fun to see your family enjoying it so much.
  8. Yeah - I'm too new to all this to know for sure. We definitely got a pretty clear boost, and the boat just felt like it was on top of the water, and not so much plowing through it. The centerboard (or maybe rudder?) was humming like crazy also - which may mean I have some tuning to do? In any case, we had a pretty fun sail.
  9. Alan and all - thank you so much for the update. We're really relieved to hear things went as well as they did. We watched the storm on Windy and radar make land fall and were glad it veered south, but it still looked like it could be pretty bad for you and the shop. Great job doing such good prep! All the best from Seattle.
  10. Woops - bound to have had to do this I suppose. 17 mph, in fact, is wildly crazy. In fact, after more closely reviewing my GPS, top sailing speed was more like 8 mph - or 7 knots. Sorry about that.
  11. Just a quick update now that we're back from the boat festival to say that there seemed to be quite a lot of interest in the boat and design. We were in the courtyard, and likely most people who went to the festival walked right by the boat. Several folks independently gushed about what a perfect design it was, and we couldn't stand by the boat for long before people wanted to talk about it with us. On another note, when I reviewed my GPS tracks from our first sail, I noticed that the top speed was 17mph. 'That's a laugh,' I thought - 'the GPS must have somehow gotten confused,' and blew it off. As I thought about it this morning, I realized we were in the middle of Lake Washington - a 20 mile long, 2 or more mile wide lake when, several times, we popped up on a plane. How could GPS get confused about that? So now I'm incredulous, but actually starting to believe it's true - 17 mph - nearly 15 knots!
  12. Hi Alan, Just echoing everyone else's thoughts and concerns from the west side. It sure looks from the maps I've seen that it'll be a direct hit. We're hoping for the best, and will be watching closely from here. All the best to everyone. Fred
  13. Thanks everyone for the kind words and enthusiasm -- it's cool! Steve, I've been watching your build (and have Really appreciated both your workmanship and the discussions its drawn), so please let us know when you're coming out and perhaps we can do some exploring together. Thanks Alan, I'm thrilled you think it looks ok, but sorry neither you nor Graham can make it out. I chose to put the fridge (not yet built) in the lazarette which required a top hatch cover, which forced me into the laminated boomkin. All the cockpit and deck framing (and sprits) are made from beautiful, old growth, WR cedar salvaged from someone's residential deck. That's also what I laminated the boomkin from. Cool on the promo stuff - it'll be great if we can give people flyers or cards or something, with your web site on them. No, there's no strut on the fore hatch, so if you think of it and can send that along, that would be great. Thanks to you too, Amos - your boat is totally gorgeous, so I really appreciate your comments. I'm embarrassed about the toe rails though. Truth be told, the sheer coaming rails and stbd toe rail is fir. I broke the port toe rail bending it into place and to save time went to home depot to get another piece. HD is a bit casual about labeling their 'hardwoods' and I actually came home with a piece of hemlock. In one (of so many) failures of personal resolve, I figured it'd probably work ok, and there it is. Thanks Terry. That's a long ways to come for you! We'll look forward to your coming by.
  14. Sorry, I'm not much for social media, so pretty much any excuse is good enough for me not to post something, but it turns out that Deluge did make it to the water the other day. I'd say she's been pretty impatient with her owner for quite a while now, and pretty much took off like a shot from the boat ramp. Being new to the boat, and new to sailing a ketch, it was a bit of work for us to keep things glued together as it were. We sailed right out into 15 to 18 knots, just minutes after I'd declared to Peg - 'Ahh, let's just skip those reefing lines - there's no way we'll need those today.' I was expecting 10 or less, but the boat managed it all without so much as a ruffled feather and sailed just beautifully. We had no bucket, so couldn't fill the ballast tank all the way full, but even at that, the ballast helped quite a lot. We had a compete blast - what a great boat! I was surprised how stressful the very first trailer trip was. Neither of us have ever trailered anything before, let alone a boat. We had a few mishaps -- best not to go into the details -- but in the end all made it home safe and sound. Here are a few flicks. We went out again the following day with only 5 knots of wind (reefing lines in) - a lot less excitement, but just a gorgeous day on the water. Lake Washington is around 73 degrees at the moment. We really had a lot of fun, returning to the ramp around 7 pm feeling all perky figuring we had The Coolest Boat this side of the Cascades, when a family comes sailing up in their red Amphicar. The only one of those I ever saw was in a Popular Mechanics magazine at least 55 years ago. Happens every freaking time I get feeling all perky and puffy. On another note, we're heading to the Port Townsend Wooden Boat festival soon, and I've been hoping, Graham, I'd see you there. I'm doubtful though, since I haven't seen that Carlita's registered. I just learned today that we'll be on display in the courtyard, which is pretty much the center of the festival. Either we won some sort of lottery or I'd say the festival administrators must be pretty interested in your boat Graham - I hope like hell there aren't too many glaring and embarrassing quirks in my build. If you're not going to make it out - please feel free to send us any promo or marketing materials you feel like, and we'll rave about B&B all we can. I'd love to put a couple of those B&B decals you have on Carlita on Deluge... If anyone else is in the PNW and can make it to the festival, please come find us!! Thanks Graham, Alan, and all the B&B gang for a really great boat. fred
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