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Andy Breckenridge

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  1. We were able to get in the boat without much fuss. If there were swells, I think it'd be easier. Rather than a ladder, I think I'll leave dock lines with loops attached to both midship cleats (to get a foot in the loop). I decided I need oarlocks and (2-piece) oars for safety. If a motor quit, and there's no wind or too much wind, I would need a way to get ashore.
  2. North Carolina is a ways from me, but I posted a video of my own capsize test. My main concern was getting back in the boat. I need to remember to release the sheets (because the wind would probably be blowing much stronger), but hopefully this will be the only time I swamp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OvaOPxiS4E&index=1&list=UU9rzlj_MTG53tey_KgqhiQA This is Lake Erie, but the water is really cold on Lake Superior (it was 40 degree where we were last week), so you'd have to be quick getting back into the boat. I decided I don't need a ladder and my hatch seals are not bad (only 2 of the 5 hatches had foam - I'll fix all of them eventually).
  3. My wife and I purchased an unfinished CS17 in June of 2017, and I finished it in late June. We did a few short sails on Lake Erie in early July (included a swamp test), then head to Pukaskwa for a 5-day family trip (girls, ages 6 and 9) to Cascade Falls and back, starting at Hattie Cove (~115 km round trip). This was our first sailing trip. [My wife and I are canoers, but I've encouraged switching to a sailboat because it'd be easier to do trips like this with the kids, rather than canoeing. We've done family canoeing trips around the north end of Isle Royale, around the Slate Islands, and a trip in Quetico, but our kids don't like to spend a lot of time in the canoe - so it's hard to go far.] We didn't sail much. We had almost no wind for 3 days, then were windbound a day when the winds gusted to 50 km/h. We sailed in a dense fog for a couple hours the final day when the winds were around 5 knots, with occasional gusts - but this wind eventually disappeared. We ended up motoring most the trip (Suzuki 2.5 hp), but only used around 2 gallons the whole trip, and traveled around 4-5 mph at low throttle (which felt really fast - because we are canoers). I love our new boat! We have lots of storage in hatches, so the deck is cleared. It's comfortable, and I felt safe in significant swells on Lake Superior. We bought a couple Aere beach rollers, and tried them out the first night. I think we should have 1 more, but we figured out how to get the boat up a sand beach. I think a cobble beach would be too tough for two people - cobble beaches on Lake Superior tend to be really steep. The entire northern coastline of Superior is spectacular! Pukaskwa National Park is not accommodating for cruising like this (they don't even have a boat ramp, and a park warden suggested our trip wasn't possible in this boat) - but I thought this was a great boat for the trip. There's no way we could have done this trip in 5 days canoeing with our girls. We spent around 4-5 hours a day on the water and were able to play games with them as we traveled. We could also hauled a ton of gear compared to our canoe. We'll do a weekend trip to the Apostles this fall - plus practice sailing in the Duluth harbor.
  4. We'll go to the Apostles eventually. We're actually headed to Pukaskwa via Marblehead, Ohio. My beach rollers arrived today. (We've canoed in the Apostles and I've rowed our kids out to the Sand Island sea caves, so I'm looking forward to a sailing trip.)
  5. Many, many thanks for all the replies! I looked closely at the Duckworks bracket - but it didn't seem it would extend far enough to tip the motor 90 degrees (and the Suzuki motor only locks at 90 degrees). I also liked the lifting style brackets - but all the ones I saw I would need to buy online, and I wasn't sure how well they would fit. In the end, I really liked the idea of pressure treated lumber (2x10), so I built one to fit. I saw something similar in an online Scamp build blog. I don't like the stress created on the transom by how it extends so far aft (~11 inches) - I suspect the biggest threats are potholes bouncing the trailer. (I need to add a safety cable.)
  6. Many thanks for the different solutions and pictures! (I like the simplicity and cost of a 2x8 bolted to the transom, but unfortunately the motor would get in the way of one of my deck hatches.) I have a CLC NE Dory I can row, and I can always remove the motor later if I decide it's not necessary. However, my wife was on a crew team in college and she's not enthusiastic about rowing anything but a rowing shell - everything else is too slow. This was Roger Peterson's boat, which was started in 2003. I'm hoping to launch by early July.
  7. I have an aft deck with two deck hatches, so I won’t make a motor well cut into the deck (I see lots of pretty ones on the forum). I think I need a really long motor bracket (to provide clearance from the transom to raise the motor) or a lifting motor mount? Is there something on the market that would work, or do you have pictures of a custom solution? (This is with a Suzuki longshaft motor). Many thanks, Andy (I'm finishing hull #57.)
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