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Everything posted by Thrillsbe

  1. I have eaten subs while sailing for many years. Isn’t that ironic in some twisted sort of way?
  2. She’s looking real fine, Jay. Keep up the good work!
  3. O agree with Andy B. The battens on the Spindrift’s sail prevent you from furling or wrapping it on the mast. I stow my Bay River Skiff’s sails by wrapping them on the masts. It is easy, since The sails have no battens. Plus, I have a lot more stability forward. I simply sit on the deck with my knees forward, and feet dangling. I wrap up the main, and tie it off. The mizzen is next to where I sit, so that is also easy-breezy. I cover them with a waterproof sleeve for travel and storage. My sails are furled in this photo.
  4. @Andy B The weather is usually very pleasant. Highs are generally in the low 80’s. Nights can be chilly. But we’re talking the weather here, so anything is possible. A few years ago, a hurricane passed through a few weeks earlier. I remember one year being very chilly, at least at night. (I tent camp at the shop.) But mostly, the weather is wonderful. Hope to see you there! Whatcha bringin’?
  5. I believe the Laser has more things in common with the Spindrift than things that are different. Granted, the toll tack video was a poor choice. But there are many “basics and beyond” on YouTube; most lessons are in a Laser. Here’s Part 1 of a good series.
  6. Looks interesting. You could also run the line going up the mast inside the sleeve, to reduce windage. Just thinking out loud. Stay hurricane-safe. Your boat, too!
  7. Luke- I just stumbled upon this post. How’d your boat turn out?
  8. @Paul356– I kept the clam cleats for the mizzen. They are usually right under my leg, and easy to access They aren’t adjusted as often, either.
  9. On my Bay River Skiff, I started out with the clam cleats, but didn’t like them. They only accommodate a single insertion angle. It didn’t take long for me to switch to these Ronstan fairleads with swiveled jam cleats. They move to whatever position I’m sailing from. The cleats are in the lower left corner of this photo of my first mate in her preferred sailing position.
  10. Amos is absolutely correct. I learned many sailing tricks by attending. It’s always fun. Can’t wait to go this year.
  11. First of all, something weird happened, when Pete attached that photo. That boat is my friends Bella 10 Skiff. Also, instead of a traditional block for your topping lift, I suggest using a Ronstan Shock. They are simpler and less expensive than blocks. I use them on my small boat for the mainsheet “block”, and they work great.
  12. 8’. Not sure it would reef well in the Thousand Islands, though. Say, Steve, I’ll be in the Detroit, MI area for about two weeks. If you want to come over and sail her, you’re more than welcome.
  13. So, did you sell your boat?
  14. Roger Barnes uses a sculling oar over the stern (standing, facing forward) for maneuvering. For distance, he uses two oars, facing rearward. I just use my oars for both, when I’m using them. In truth, I either motor, or sail into the dock. (Sometimes literally, into the dock! )
  15. @Aleksandr Pasechnik— I have found that experience is the best teacher. Also, I suggest using YouTube. I’d search under Laser sailing techniques. If you have specific questions especially related to the Spindrift, this forum would work. I’m not aware of any books that would help. But YouTube is great for this. Here’s an example.
  16. Don’t stand up. Get used to rowing the correct way. Face rearward. Find a landmark over the transom that points you in the correct direction. Occasionally, glance over your shoulder, to make sure you’re not going to hit something. Offcenterharbor.com has an excellent series of how-to videos on this, but they require a subscription. I’ll email you one of them. The lesson is taught by Maynard Bray, who has a long history with Mystic Seaport, Woodenboat Magazine, and Offcenter Harbor’s website. Let me try to paste the link here (instead of email). https://www.offcenterharbor.com/videos/rowing/
  17. Ted— Why do you need to put a hitch pin in the bottom of your oar locks? The ring should retain them on the oar, and they shouldn’t lift out while rowing, if your blade angles are correct. And the ski boat looks sweet.
  18. Why would you need to hike out on a CS20.3? Isn’t that why Graham developed water ballast? On my BRS15, my mizzen cleat is on the seat tank, just under my thigh. There is never any confusion which line I’m pulling on.
  19. I started with Buzz Line by New England ropes, 7mm. It is a nice line in the hand, and colorful (blue and white). But up here in the Appalachian foothills, we get a lot of light air. The weight of the line de-trims the sails. I’ve switched to 1/4” Sta-Set, with main and mizzen being different colors. I still keep the Buzz on board, especially for the main. If it is windy, that thicker, lumpier line is easier to grasp.
  20. In my case, I have a spritsail rig. The stubby mast just exacerbates the problem. I might experiment with less flotation, at least with one side of these prototype floats.
  21. @Starboard— Check out the results of my in-water testing on my separate thread.
  22. @Frank Hagan— I thought maybe you had hired a private detective take a close work at some of my work. The private eye would have said “This guy looks like a newbie to me!”
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