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Thrillsbe last won the day on February 10

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About Thrillsbe

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    Don Silsbe
  • Birthday 12/01/1948

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    Tryon, NC
  • Interests
    Boatbuilding, Sailing, Fishing, Rowing, Weaving, Camping, Travel, Fly Tying, Woodworking, Gardening, and Lutheran Theology. (Thank goodness I'm retired!)

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  1. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Looking good! Soon you can work on the sailing part.
  2. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    I thought that Proper Southern Dialect would include the phrase “ah-moan”, and the use of The Reflexive Verb. Such as “Ah-moan get me a Tohatsu 20.”
  3. Wind Indicators

    I had difficulty loading the photos. Let me try again. The whole idea is that the forward end of the sprit needs to go horizontal, providing a vertical hole for the windex. It is held in place with a couple of "O" rings. Looking up to the forward end of the sprit beats looking all the way to the top of the mast, at least for me. It does not interfere at all with the main sail.
  4. Wind Indicators

    I have been playing with various methids of wind direction detection. The traditional method is to mount a “windex” atop a mast. Since I am inherently lazy, I do not enjoy craning my neck, just to find out which way the wind is blowing. My latest method is to mount a traditional windex to the forward end of my mizzen’s sprit. Since my sprits are short, so I had to make a bracket to do this. If I you are making new sprits, consider making them a few inches long, to give this a try.
  5. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    I thought that squeegees were girls...
  6. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    I just read Chick’s comment about “the weather being almost like Southern Canada”. It made me chuckle. Chick’s a Florida “Cracker”, I’m a Lake Erie “Muskrat” from Michigan. We now live within 10 miles of one another in North Carolina (halfway in-between). He has no idea what a Michigan/Ontario winter entails! It does get down into the 20’s here, especially at his elevation. The good news is that the temps are going to almost kiss 70 in the next few days. I think I know where I’ll find Chick.
  7. Southern Appalachian Messabout 2018

    Just a reminder— April 20 is fast-approaching. I hope that some of you can make it.
  8. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    A wallpaper brush also works nicely.
  9. CPR Training !

    The American Heart Association recommends the song “Stayin’ Alive”. No joke! And I want THESE ladies performing CPR on me! (Or my wife, of course.)
  10. A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    I see the cat’s on the cradle!
  11. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project

    If you want to paint her yellow, Chick, have at it. Imitation is the highest form of flattery.
  12. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    PAR— but don’t you live in central Florida?
  13. Summer Breeze - Core Sound 17, Mk-3

    In case you’re not aware, the Little River Band came out with a song in the late ‘70’s entitled ‘Cool Change”. The last line of the refrain is “ I know that it’s time for a cool change”. I agree with PAR- changing the name of a boat is “bad luck”. But I did it once, and the gods were kind. The name of the Catalina 27 I bought was Socialite II. I changed it to Thrillsbe, which rhymes with my last name. It provided us with many thrills.
  14. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    PAR— I don’t either, but my buddy Don R does it. It’s a little too dramatic for me. I tried zip locks once, but didn’t like them. I couldn’t get any force to the joint.
  15. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    For heat, just short out a car battery. That sucker will get hot in a New York minute! Copper wire is a lot more pleasant to work with, that’s for sure. I think I used too light a gage, though. It kept breaking for me, it I had to really reef down on it. My buddy Don R and I paid Chick a visit today. We took measurements, including eye-to seat height. Yeah, OK, he’ll be able to see over the cabin top. At least he’ll be able to see the horizon, anyway.

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