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Tim Diebert

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  1. Erster. Dude. Hia. Were you one of the ones blessed with an visit from the wizard of OZ? What have you got on the go these days?
  2. ;D This forum format is the best. I don't hang out here much these days....but every now and again I get an email notification that says someone has posted to a thread I was 'watching'. So I bang the link and go back in time. Over four years... Now that is fun. I have not had Annie for about three years now. I sold her to a woman from California who drove all the way up here to Kelowna BC to get her. I emailed her a few times wondering how the trip home went and and how her sailing was going. The woman's name is Rebbecca (Smith?) Although I miss Annie M., all the time and the fun we had with her....and the fact that she was named after my Grand Mother.... I am as fond of my current boat and it better suits the conditions and the water I sail these days. Hello to everyone here. Nice to see you again. Cheers.
  3. Just a quick reply for Chad. Folks forget to consider the WE is basically an odd ball extra heavy dingy.....without the benefit of floatation (unless added by the owner). In a case such as this when over powered when sailing off the wind, personally, I would (in Annie) round up and 'face the threat' ...so to speak. It is easier to just sheet the jib in hard and play the puffs by a combination of rounding up and spilling / luffing the main....while keeping an eye on the gust directions. If it gets out of hand....heave to with lots of slack in the main. Wait it out and reef as soon as you can. The ballast on Annie helps a lot in this kind of scenario. Much more stable. Just my 2 pesos worth.
  4. Ok.....so the cat lady hangs out here. Why didn't you tell me? I could have called you a nasty name or something.....and then been caught. Good thing I was well trained in Franks Rule. This over the top happy cat lady is the very human that was nutty enough to buy Annie M. I might as well answer a question I forgot to answer via email. Annie M. is my Grandmother Annie McNiven who died about 4 years ago. Just a coupla months before her 102nd birthday. She was my best buddy for all my life and 50 years of her life. She was a simple, brilliant and resourceful lady whom everybody loved. She raised three kids by herself (her pre-arranged husband was a drunk and she booted him out) right through the worst times on the Canadian Prairies. She was 25 years old before she used or even saw a flush toilet and indoor plumbing. I named the boat years before she died and she had a picture of it. She was tickled pink. Annie was sharp as a rigging knife up until about 2 weeks before she slipped into the new adventure. I miss her and her son. My Dad. Cheers, TT BTW, my email is down again....use the tim703@telus.net until I say otherwise. Thanks.
  5. Sorry for the delayed reply.....I had to renew my domain and change servers....twice. I still don't have it all sorted out. Thanks for the advice folks, much appreciated.
  6. Just what I was wondering Ray. It is only 160lbs or so.....then there is an outboard etc etc. Great advice on the manual/warranty issue. Seen any sun yet?
  7. Hi All. Nice to see you again. :shock: I hope you have all been really nice and played together well. I sold Annie M. to a very nice lady in CA. I am quite happy about this as I need Annie to have the right home. I thought I had found the right home last summer and in theory had sold her to a chap from Vancouver.....but it did not quite work out as projected. Another story for another day. On behalf of Annies new skipper I would like to ask a question or two. She is driving from somewhere in deepest darkest CA to the wilds of southern British Columbia to pickup Annie and tow her home. She has the choice of a new-ish Honda Civic in perfect condition or an older Ford 1/2 ton. The issue is fuel costs (significant as you might expect) vs. the right thing to do. I have always towed Annie with either Sherman, my giant 1977 460 ci powered gas vaporizer or a V6 Van. Both never noticed anything behind. I read in these pages of folks using all manner of four banger import sized units to haul. Stump and his old Samari for example....I had a Sidekick for a couple of years(all jacked and tired up) and know that would have done the tow thing easy. What is the concidered opinion of using a solid Civic with good brakes, rad and power to haul a load like this a considerable distance? Also, IIRC a stock WE is around or just under 500lbs ....right? I am not sure if new owner frequents the forum or not. I will ask her some time. I am sure she will be eventually if she is not already in lurk mode. I am just in the middle of Spring mods, maint and repairs to our 83 M17. I have achieved one of my personal lifetime goals. Life is good. Annie was an amazing magic carpet to adventure. Puff is the next chapter and may be all that is required for the rest of my days. Fantastic boat. Planning at least 2 week long cruises, one on Shuswap Lake. I may do a georgia Straight crossing the the southern gulf Islands and around to Victoria this summer as well.
  8. I agree Jake, but get him to try that when he is alone.... A heavier guy could go forward as long as there is another chap at the other end of the teeter totter. I just stopped in to ask a question.....back to the main page for me. Cheers All!
  9. PM answered...... ...thats not the best position for any boat for me as well let me tell you. Every winter I spend more and more time checking realistate prices south.....waaaay south. I found a nice 1 acre lot with a cottage and large covered patio....all kinds of colourful flowers, shrubs and plants.....$13,000 :shock: in Costa Rico. I would go anywhere warm where I could still sail. Maybe a nice apartment in Florida with room to park the Monty..... I just have to find a way to make an income for 6 months of the year over the net..... :?
  10. Below Freezing! Really? Poor baby. This is my world.... Your images look pretty friggin good from my location Buddy. REALLY good.....specially this time of year. The sighting was quite shocking and a little off putting.....just stumbled upon it cruising around my virtual world. Personally I am on the far end of my hair growing hobby right now. I think about a year and half between hair cuts....it is a very passive hobby.
  11. All great designs and boats I looked at over the years. Sweetpea was my fav of the bunch, but so little is known of the sailing qualities as yet.....unless somebody who actually sails their's has spoken up recently. In the end.....I build stuff out of wood for a living....have for over 30 years now....and I tell you what.....I just could not get it up to work THAT many hours over and above my 180 a month in the same shop. I had always loved Lyles designs....one of my first loves was the Bristol Channel Cutter.....the M17 is from the same mind and loved it the first time I saw one. I never thought I would be able to afford one. Things change. I prefer a wood boat by a long shot, I actually would prefer a Gaffer by a long shot...and I really would love to build myself another boat one day, but not while i still work full time at a bench. Perhaps a retirement project. But right now, I am tolerating living with the glass boat....but sailing my butt off and not building anything....Oh, except I do have to build a new mast and fix up Annie M. for selling this Spring. I wish I could afford to use and keep both. Actually....if I was to build anything I wanted right now....I might still consider Dudleys Cape Cutter 19. Always loved that design.
  12. Hey it's the Molusk Man, how the heck are ya? Saw you with a hair cut on a pic somewhere. What's up with that?
  13. I know, makes me laugh all the time. Folks I work with think I am nuts. I am like you Frank...normally....laid back. But get another boat near me and the horns pop out.... :twisted:
  14. No deal Ray. I know better. Lemme see, 600lbs ballast alone including a 200lb plate, electrics, two full tackle sets, 6 hp Yamaguchi, stereo, tool chest and beer keg VS 200lbs of nothing but sail and plywood? Planing plywood.......ya right. A 20 would be great fun around here. That is for sure. I gotta say though, our Puff is sure a grand platform when it gets nasty. Just like Annie M. we are often the last boat on the lake when the shiznit hits the fan. I am still sorting out the balance in bigger winds and seeing how far I can push. I am hoping to replace all the wire before seasons start so I can feel a bit more confident in the rig. The PO had no idea at the age so I left it last year so we could just sail. But I wanna relax with it this year. Within the first half dozen sails last year I was pretty pleased to bounce the needle off seven knots. Dead downhill and way over pressed, dry mouth territory. But I wanted to see what kind of speeds I could do. That's when you wished the Chubby, overweight little lapstrake cruiser would magically turn into a ......hhhhhmmmmm...........Mini Transat.......ya......like this......... :shock:
  15. Hi Frank, yes......I have chased down and passed boats much bigger than the Monty. Usually not so much because of my boat but more often a case of slack sailors aboard. That is they are slack and relaxed until a chubby little sloop seems to be passing them and then you can see the change in their demeanor...funny to watch. On one of my last sails last year, just on the last leg of a three day cruise, Daphne was sleeping below (man, I love saying that), slid down to the bridge only to find that I missed the 2 o'clock lift and had to wait until 6. Time to kill....I spied a boat not too far away and sailed that direction. I don't know what it was....about 22 feet, masthead rig, low freeboard....very speedy looking. The guy knew what he was doing but was busy talking to a female. When he realized I was matching him it was fun to watch the conversation change and him get busy, trim sail and still try to look casual. after 20 minutes 2 tacks and me still on his butt, he broke off dropped sail and headed off. Could have been his time for home....? Who knows? I have a great time with this boat. A sleeper......in more ways than one. 8) Daphne never woke up.....and the boat was full of all our cruising gear...mostly empty beer bottles.
  16. Hi All. I finally figured how to solve this issue. How to put a lid on a CS 17?.... buy an M17. Dragging Puff from her previous home in Portland (OR) to her new home in Kelowna BC. Taken June last year looking S over the Columbia River. That is mount Hood in the background. A great drive. The boat is awesome, inspirational and highly recommended. Designed by Lyle Hess and built by Jerry Montgomery. Ours is 1986.
  17. I think I used the same set as adla. Though I believe Chuck has a wider set available now. I set the pintle brackets into the wood of the rudder cheeks about 1/4". They seem to be wonderful quality at a fair price. I recomend any of Chucks products, I have used a lot. Adla, your rig looks wonderful. http://www.timtone.com/tt/ttphotos/images/RudderStockandRudder2.jpg[/url]
  18. John B, thanks. Great advice. Even on my own sails the leech cord is too short and I can never back it off enough. Hopefully not the case with Ken's sails. I do love to trim a nice headsail. Thanks to you PAR as well. I never would have thought to compair the upper leeward and lower windward woolies to get best overall sail shape. I tend to trim to a set...usually the middle set. This makes way more sense. I learned an interesting lesson about headsails a few weeks ago. Later in the evening the wind came up big for Annie and I decided it would be a good time to see how for up I could sail under Lapper alone. I moved my daggerboard full forward and set off with no main. Man, on a port tack I was making pretty good progress through a mean short chop. It looked to me like I was sailing at least full and by and was quite pleased. I tacked through nicely and it all went to hell. I could'nt make any forward movement at all. Tacked back to port and off I went again. I did not figure out why until the next morning. Earlier that day I had changed my sheeting angle on the startboard side to see if it would be better next tack. Next tack never came, I hoisted the Gollywobbler and used that for a couple of hours. Anyway, that sheeting angle turned out to make the difference between going somewhere and not. I thought that was a dramatic lesson. Thanks guys, I learned something new this morning as well. Good deal. Since we decided to get this new boat.....I have been wondering if they would allow a 17 foot boat to race in the Wednesday night around the bouys stuff. I guess they would have a minimum length and would not want to have to wait for some wee toy to cross the line when there is perfectly good beer waiting to be sampled at the yacht club bar. If that is the case I will wait until they have a long distance race or an anything goes kind of thing. I shall do some research. John, is the boat out right now? Or sailing through the winter this year? I know you have a buddy with a plastic racer you crew on as well. Cheers.
  19. hahahahaha. Never raced bikes but did lots of solo car racing scca stuff. Gymkanas, sloloms and track days on a road course. Some of the best fun I ever had. I bought a brand new Honda Civic in '76 for $2600 and spent $3000 modifing it to race while under waurenty. The Service boss at the dealership was very understanding......he always said, "your'e not racing this thing are you?" with a big grin on his face. I had the tranny in that thing replaced in stages oiver about two years, all under waurenty. ...I am thinking the roll cage might have given me away....not sure though. Hey, I always thought I might of been one of the first guys to ever mod a Honda......would never stand out these days. Mine was slammed with fender flares, meats and wheels etc etc. Fun car but it died too soon. Motorcycles I do as well....but sold the last one a couple of years ago. I am being grateful.... I rode many stupid miles and never got hurt. Trying to kill myself via water now.
  20. I am crewing on an Olson 25 weekend after next for a 2 day regatta. Headsail trimmer I shall be....in this case a 160 genny. It is the first sailboat race I will have ever been in...officially. Any advice or guidance to help me out? You know, other than, "don't drink too much beer and bring suntan lotion". 8)
  21. Hey CS. I have used a 6 hp Johnson on mine for a long time with no ill effects. Like Ray I used what I had. The extra power has been handy. I have towed rafted sailboats without motors to where the wind is. I have towed broken MOTOR boats back to the dock. I have motored into wicked seas and wind and survived. And I pull stumps for fun and profit. Downside....it looks funny.
  22. ....odd, I thought I got an email notice when someone posted to a thread I was watching. Sorry for the late replies. Let me see, 15 years ago.....yes, I am quite sure the Grand Hotel was here then. Is that the one Frank? Very nice. But there are many now. Very high end stuff. Yes, I have always liked this area as well. I spent a lot of time here over the last 20 years because my old home, Grand Forks, was only 2 1/2 hours away. Daphne felt very cut off in the small town and Ktown was her favofavorited trip. I figure we averaged two trips a month here over all those years. You shouldn't be too unhappy with your area either eh. Nice. I have loved the M17 for a long time, but never thought I would spend the money. I have thought about building a new boat, modifying an old one and even was on John Welsfords waiting list to have a custom designed. I think the biggest relief with going this route is knowing I am not going to have to work weekends and evening for two years (take time away from sailing) to just have the boat I want. In my case, if you recall, I make stuff out of wood all day and have done for almost 30 years.....longer if you count all those projects as a kid. Doing more woodwork in my spare time does not appeal to me at all. Maintenance or mods are fine and fun though. In fact.....I am seriously thinking of a mod to the M17.....I might have the first gaff rigged M17 ever. It is just so hard to beat the ease of setup and takedown with the shorter spar andtabernacle I love sailing the rig and would have it by choice over a pointy head any day. My main concern is doing anything that might devalue the boat or hurt the resale some time down the line. For now we are going to wait and sail through this first season and think about it after. My web blog will continue on only with a new main character. I will stop by here as often as I ever have. Usually someone emails me if I have been away to long. As for headsail dimensions, I have just been gathering up used sails and making them fit. It is fast and cheap. As long as a headsail is close on the luff it will work. I have a headsail from a Thistle I have been playing around with. With the new slightly longer forestay it almost fits and requires little mod to work. I am glad I didn't start hacking into the Thistle genny as I am quite sure it will work well on the Monty if I revert back to the stock forestay and remove the roller furled 150 that is on there now. My stay'sl I cut from an old jib. The Lapper I cut from an old jib. All from other boats. The spinnaker we have been using is a reduced one from a Thistle. Now I wish I hadn't cut that one down as it would be perfect for the M17. Oh well....I have another spinnaker that is quite huge....maybe it will work. When I hoisted this one up to the top of the new mast head on Annie...it was so big I could have draped the whole boat right to the ground. Jeff. The most fun for me was doing the work and seeing it work out well. I have sailed Annie a lot and a long ways, albiet in shortish amounts. I have actually wanted another boat almost since the day Annie came to visit. In a way, that is why I messed with the boat so much...to make her into something closer to what I felt I wanted. If the M17 was wood, and rigged properly ( 8) ), it would have represented pretty much what I always wanted. I have admired Lyle Hess's designs since I first saw the Pardy's boat in the Gulf Islands 25 years ago. The montys keel is only 10-12" deep...I see pix of guys beaching them all the time. It won't beach the same way as a Weekender, but you can be sure we will be enjoying the wild beaches that we are surrounded with for a long time to come. I am looking forward to having Daphne be comfortable and to have some space....and a real (portapotty) toilet. The new boat provides a way to spend a night or two at anchor...something Daphne has never done. The most serious compromise to me with the change will be setup time. It worries me. I am shopping for a big anchor right now...and re-reading up on anchoring technique. I see leaving the M17 in a nice little sheltered bay close by. Hmmmm, I see a dingy project coming up.
  23. Hi Jake. I quit and got a job in March. It was just becoming to hard. As much as I enjoyed the work I also needed to make a living. At the time of stopping I still had a year and a halfs waiting list. Sold the house and shop and moved to the small city of Kelowna. Everything has been wonderful ever since. I work for a small well equipped shop that does very high end architectural millwork, period style furniture and built ins. It is a great situation as I do all the best work there and am left pretty much alone to do my work. I work 40 hours a week and it still feels like a holiday. And I get paid to go sailing on stat holidays. Daphne is going to college in Septemeber and everybody is very happy. Thanks for asking. I have bought an 1983 Montgomery 17. I have admired these boats a very long time. Was actually going to buy one brand new, but this one popped into sight Wednesday night and I have a deposit on her now. She currently resides in Portland. We will be picking her up this Sunday. We will be driving by your stomping grounds. Here is our boat.... http://www.hubertdesigns.com/m17/
  24. Hahaha. At one time that $2800 would have been about $1650US....but at this mornings exchange rate it works out to $2,477.87US. One of the reasons I stopped building guitars is the exchange rate stopped being in my favour. I am told the two currencies could be at par in the very near future. Great job and congrats on the recent launching Greg. That is pretty fantastic stuff.
  25. Hi Folks. I just thought I would post a notice here to mention my Weekender is for sale. I put a small web page together with some basic info and images. All the best and cheers, Tim Diebert. http://www.timtone.com/tt/ttphotos/forsale.htm
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