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About Thrillsbe

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    Don Silsbe
  • 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. Thrillsbe

    A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    Thinking about it. Or a Spindrift 9N.
  2. Thrillsbe

    Racing advice in light air

    All great advice! I really enjoy lightair sailing. Probably the biggest reason is because I love laying flat on the leeward seat tank, and looking up at my sails. Yes, I’m a lazy sailor! I can shift my body fore and aft to get a good reading on my GPS, too. Jay Knight’s crew were laughing at me doing this at the last Messabout, but I was in hog heaven. All of this takes a very long tiller extension. But if you’re as lazy as I am, you’ll already have that covered, too.
  3. Thrillsbe

    A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    Yeah, $800 would just about pay for a new Suzuki 2.5.
  4. Thrillsbe

    B&B's first annual "Capsize Camp" July, 20-22

    Since when is being in the water "not fun"? There's this guy on the Duckworks FB Magazine. He has designed a sailing pram for his son. When I quizzed him about floatation, he said there was none planned. They wouldn't sail that far from shore-- they can swim it ashore to right the boat. I suggested that he try this himself, before putting his child's life in jeopardy. SOME PEOPLE!!! I know that it has become a cliche, but "Be Prepared" is still a good motto.
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    A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    Hey Pete, How about posting "the rest of the story"? I'm interested in building one of these (at the moment, subject to change without notice). I sure would like to see the rest of your work.
  6. Thrillsbe

    No Interlux Pre-Kote over epoxy?

    Hey ecgosett-- tell me about the epoxy/graphite mix. Is that also the final finish? What's the purpose-- abrasion? Does the graphite protect the epoxy from UV degradation? I'm thinking about building a nesting dinghy. If it helps protect against abrasion (sliding in and out of my sprayed-in bedliner), then that's the bottom for me.
  7. Thrillsbe

    Paul Riccelli - PAR

    What a shock. I will miss his very technical explanations.
  8. Thrillsbe

    Rigging Thoughts

    I’d love to see a photo of your bimini, Drew. And don’t forget about soft shackles. They are handy, cheap, light, and strong.
  9. Thrillsbe

    BRS 15 mk2, # 1

    My Mk1 has only seen a 5hp motor, so I cannot comment on using anything larger. This photo was included in my set of plans, however.
  10. Thrillsbe

    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Have the cyber gods answered you yet, Chick. If so, clue me in. Anyway, I visited Chick today. His boat is looking very nice. The cabin floor/bed has all those storage bins in it. It’s gonna be a sweet ride.
  11. Thrillsbe

    Core Sound 17 Mkiii hull 6: Avocet

    Just don’t shoot it with a gun, unless you have a robust bailing system.
  12. Thrillsbe

    Rigging Thoughts

    Mike, This sort of threading is allowed with this size. You would be correct, if it were an Orbit 20. But these are 30’s. The 30’s have more configurations available than their baby brother. You can even use a shackle with these, but I prefer lashings.
  13. Thrillsbe

    Rigging Thoughts

    My mainsheet system is simpler, but more costly. I use Buzz Line for it, too. There is only one block on the line. it has a clip lashed to it, for attaching to the clew of the mainsail. The other ends thread through a pair of Ronstan RF-58's on the middle seat. I've tried other ways of securing the mainsheet, but these work best for me.
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    Rigging Thoughts

    My good friend Amos Swogger is about to embark on the rigging of his CS20.3. I wanted to share a couple of thoughts with him and the rest of the forum about how I rigged my boat. I hope that you all will bring forward some of your own ideas here, so Amos can have a good idea pool to draw from. For my Bay River Skiff, the two objectives in designing the rigging were 1) ease of set-up and 2) minimization of the use of stainless fittings. My previous boat took nearly an hour to rig at the launch site. It now takes me about 10 minutes. Stainless steel is nice, and all,, but it is noisy, and hard on painted surfaces. I favor the use of Spectra lines and lashing blocks. The following photos are how I executed my mizzen sheet system. I used Buzz Line, because it is easy on the hands. The yellow balls at the ends of the pigtails are my attachment system to the transom. On the transom, I have some wire-formed eye straps. (Don't use the other kind, as they are hard on the line.) To attach, I simply make a loop, and pass the ball through. To relase, I yank on the tail (last photo), to open up the loop. I clip the SS snap to a soft hackle loop that is on the mizzen's clew. The whole rig terminates using B&B's fairlead/clamcleat system.
  15. Thrillsbe

    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    I get that first message all the tome, Chick. It goes away, if I reduce the photo’s size.

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