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Kennneee last won the day on June 15

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  1. Can’t find the link to that video. Probably staring me in the face. Could you post it? THANKS!
  2. I have been working pretty slowly these days. Lot’s of other things that need doing but still making forward progress. I have the hull painted with System Three Pennant. I rolled and tipped it and am happy with the result. If you look closely you can see some fine brush strokes but they are not objectionable. I rolled and tipped Rosie with Alexseal and it looks like it was sprayed. I am still glad I am using the waterbourne System three. No horrible smell and so easy to clean up. The shear strake will be painted a dark green which will look nice with the cream colored hull and deck. The bottom has been coated with epoxy and graphite. I wanted a black bottom and brought the black coating up around an inch above the designed waterline to create a contrasting stripe when she is in the water. Still need to paint the interior and deck but don’t expect that to take very long. Mahogany ply was not available when Graham and Alan cut out the parts for Lula. Graham was nice enough to send me some mahogany veneer which I was planning to use to cover the Okume transom. Longs story short, I found a WRC board in my stash and resawed and glued on the book matched pieces on to the transom. I like the look. With the help of a couple of friends and Luanne we flipped her right side up, back the trailer on Sunday. A friend with a CNC router cut out the Sapele name and trail boards. I have ripped up the rub and trim rails. They will get installed next week since I am heading over to the San Juan’s on Rosie for a few days. Most of what I have left to do are things that I enjoy. Adding pieces of wood that accentuate the beautiful lines of the boat, rigging, and details, details, details, etc. In the home stretch.
  3. Looks like a nice ride but Jay’s boat would be more fun and certainly more classy.
  4. Jay- Thanks for the heads up. I was going to show up with Rosie and Lula! I then thought about motoring around with Lula in tow and checked the gas prices. I think the best solution would be for you to pick me up with your new sail/electric beauty. Standing by. Ken
  5. So, if somebody from a land far, far away were to make it to this event, what airport would that person fly into? Curious just in case somebody were to ask me.
  6. That is the same motor bracket I put on Rosie for the kicker. I think Panther makes some smaller ones that might work. At the moment I am thinking of fabricating something simple. Thanks for the idea Don!
  7. Thought I would throw this out again. Duckworks doesn’t have motor mounts these days. The fabricator isn’t producing them these days. Any suggestions for an alternative for my Lapwing? Thanks.
  8. As the saying goes “life happens when you busy making other plans”. Hope YOUR plan can get back on track soon.
  9. Graham- I came to the same conclusion but a bit late. Should have read the manual, eh. I can’t unring that bell and learned an expensive lesson. Trying to keep my foot from swinging around a kicking myself in the behind. Unpacking and soon to get back in the shop. Have to decide whether to do yearly maintenance on Rosie or finish Lula. Could have worse decision to make in life. Thanks for the input.
  10. There was a time I loved working on cars. That is no longer the case. I grew up with my dad owning a junk yard and cars were my playground. These days I would rather eat worms than work on my car. I can’t even identify the parts under the hood anymore. I will stick with boats! Most days I know the difference between a halyard and and anchor.
  11. Well, here is another chapter of Ken’s Less Than Excellent Adventure. We ALMOST made it to Port Angeles to catch the first of 2 ferries to get home. Around 64 miles shy in a pretty remote spot our transmission totally let go. Had to get towed to a repair shop that is backed up 1-2 months before it can get to the $6K repair job. Left the car there and strapped my 2 surfskis on top of Lula. Rented a UHaul truck and loaded it up with all of our stuff and on we went. We made it home yesterday. All in all, I would certainly would have preferred not to have had this happen. I have found over the years these sort of problems often lead to meeting some nice people. The tow truck driver was a great guy and bent over backwards for us. The women at the Uhaul rental drove 20 miles to deliver the truck to us. Another guy followed the tow truck which was towing the van which was towing Lula. He was a long time sailer/circumnavigator and loved Lula’s lines. He hung around and offered us his help and had great stories to tell while we waited for the Uhaul truck to arrive. The good news is my tanbark sails are finished. Now I just have to unpack and put my tools in action. Still a lot to do before those sails are ready to be used.
  12. The Van has a 3,500lb. towing capacity. The trailer weighs 250-300lbs. Lula at this point probably around 200lbs. Should be an easy tow. I think the 2 surfskis sticking up pretty high and creating a lot of drag as well as the load in the back created part of the problem. The terrain is pretty hilly and I passed a lot of trucks going up grades. In hindsight I think I was pretty rough on the van. I took it to the dealer yesterday and they changed the trans fluid twice and $450 later wished me luck. We have around 300 miles more to drive and will baby her with my fingers crossed. I don’t think this leg of the trip will be very relaxing, especially with the rain.
  13. As we all know, life is an adventure. Some of these adventures we can do without. We had a great trip to Portland, Oregon from San Diego with Lula obediently following behind. I was impressed with how well the boat towed. When we got off the freeway in Portland our transmission made loud clunks when shifting. Thank goodness Luanne’s sister lives 2 minutes from where the problem began. So, we have spent a couple of extra days here waiting for mechanics to return from the Easter weekend. The car is in the shop and hopefully we will get some good news, as in the problem is easily repaired. We were flogging our van pretty hard with 2 surfskis on the roof, a full load in the rear and of course Lula following behind. Not to mention the hills and the extra ballast in my right foot. A few days before we left I had U-Haul install a hitch and wiring. Long story short the ham handed Neanderthals destroyed the wiring harness. Luckily I knew of a good repair shop and they were able to get a replacement harness and get it installed before we took off. Just the beginning of this adventure. When we were in San Diego I began shopping for a trailer. There were not many available and I wound up buying a new one over the phone. It is a Karavan 1250. Looked at the website and it looked like it would work fine. The catalog shows leaf springs but when I went to pick it up it wound up having a torsion suspension axle. For me it was a pleasant surprise. Lula seems to ride nicely on the trailer. Hopefully we can get on the road again soon. Looking forward to some boredom.
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