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  1. My approach with Norma T… I run a couple ties around both sprits and both masts and the snotters remain attached with the slack taken up. Everything feels firm for modest road travel. I tuck the sails under the side decks and wrap the sheets around each end of the sail bag and flip the fenders over the middle of the bag for a bit more security. This arrangement is quick and feels adequate for about 50 mph… the drive to local lake. If I need freeway speed the masts and sprits stay in place (with a third cradle fit into the rudder’s gudgeons) and the sails go in the van and everything gets bundled up to avoid flapping lines. The reef lines of Avocet make it tough to use this approach. Still thinking on this.
  2. Ordering from B&B assures getting the right stuff. I’ve appreciated their pricing.
  3. Alan, that video is a GREAT way to respond to Apher’s’ inquiry about his boat’s discouraging and awful-looking damage. I appreciate having viewed the video because it was understandable and clear — perhaps even a guy like me could make the repairs as described — and I found that your voice projected helpful confidence (as in “ this is more of a minor repair”.) Indeed, pictures/videos can be worth a thousand printed words. If I encounter a similar issue with my boats this video encourages me to try making the repair rather than “writhing” in despair. I, like Aphers, really appreciate B&B Yacht Designs and it’s wonderful support. And I’m having a BLAST using my little fleet of boats this year (CS15, CS17m3, and my ski boat — made from the ply and planks I purchased from you.) For instance, Don Silsbe accompanied me on my 17 ft. Avocet for a few days of sailing and overnights in Grand Traverse Bay (part of Lake Michigan). We planned for five days but we let go of the first and last days due to rain. I’m glad he was around to kinda guide me through the adventure. Good luck, Aphers, with what you decide to do with your Spindrift.
  4. He thinks this is great!! Our grandkids at “family camp” were captured by their new kid-sized sit-upon kayaks that they could control on their own and riding behind my recently finished ski-boat in a three person tube. But Gramma Camp is coming up for more sailing time.
  5. Kalos is certainly looking it’s name: The adjective καλός means beautiful and encompasses meanings equivalent to English "good", "noble", and "handsome". The form given by convention is the masculine, but it was equally used of women (the feminine form is καλή) and could also describe animals or inanimate objects. Even more with its sails catching air.
  6. Love it. And the kids look like they’re practicing.
  7. It’s a Dinghy’s Dinghy.
  8. I recall that… haven’t looked but have an interest in it (CS17 Mk3 Avocet.)
  9. I only sailed Norma T once this year… a local race in which the wind disappeared for the most part, especially as I approached the turn-around mark… the red squiggle at the top where I had no steerage. We just kinda sat and floated around until a faint breeze came along so we could finish. (I turned on my tracking app a little late and forgot to turn it off after finishing.) At least it was a pleasant evening on the still water. This post isn’t so much about sailing the Norma T as it is about completing a few things to add to our sailing this coming weekend. First, I installed onto the top of the mizzen mast the kit-provided mounting post for the mast float I had built from a B&B kit over the winter. I decided to make the red float for Norma T with a fish tail and a face. I’ll name it Bruce to remind me of my older brother who died some years ago. ? We’ll raise Bruce for the first time this weekend during this year’s Family Camp. The second yellow float will also be raised this weekend. It is named of Wrasse-Cal which will go atop the mainmast of Avocet. I figured that the fish-shaped mast float, painted with the yellow paint of Avocet (an Acocet is a shore-bird) should be named for a small yellow fish… like a wrasse. Thus, Wrasse-Cal (pronounced “rascal”.) This week I completed building a “partner” boat for Norma T. The Stiletto ski-boat is named Joe, my dad’s work nickname (he and my mother met at their workplace.) (Link to my Stiletto build-blog.) Since the boats are “partners” they have the same coloring scheme, matching trim, new Honda motors, and the same trailers. My family is coming together this weekend for a few days of messing-about on our boats. ? On Friday night, my sailing club has an evening full-moon cruise on the lake. My sons are planning to sail and sleep overnight on Avocet; it will be their first time on the boat. This is me sailing Avocet a couple weeks ago on my first overnight cruise. (The only visible yellow is the gunwale.) I plan to sail and sleep on Norma T. Last year I devised a way to build a sleeping platform for the rear cockpit area of my CS15. I also installed a mizzen step in the forward thwart to move it out of the way. I found a tent that fits the sleeping platform area and will (likely) try it for the first time Friday. Today, I put tape “hinges” onto the top of the platform, allowing it to fold and neatly fit with the egg-crate support pieces between the centerboard trunk and the port seat. From last fall: We shall see how everything goes.
  10. Ok, no… I didn’t place the Joe decal onto the transom today. The day was all about getting ready for Family Camp this weekend. This year, it’s at our house instead of a state park. My wife and I were shopping this morning, including buying a small refrigerator to help cover the hole caused by the garage fridge going out last week… it’s under a year old so the warranty should take care of the issue… eventually. We washed the outside of the pop-up camper (dirty from winter and sitting under trees) and got it ready for people using it this weekend. I had epoxy-coated the pieces of my sleeping platform a few days ago. Today, I made “tape hinges” for the platform piece, making it accordion fold down for easy storage in the boat. I might try it out on Friday night. (This fits the aft cockpit space in Norma T, my Core Sound 15.) Then, my wife helped me clean out the garage so the space is available this weekend (in case there is rain.) That also means the ski-boat Joe will need to move outside. The first task was to go through the wood scraps and left over plywood. I’ve already used a bunch of the scraps for a few projects. I think I hit my wood and ply estimates pretty closely since this is what’s left: To make a support frame for the boat cover that will keep rain running off without pooling, I obtained some half inch PVC and a few connectors. I wanted it to easily break down. I think it will work well. I will get the name onto the transom tomorrow. My son is talking about trying to see how the ski-boat does for waterskiing this weekend. We hope, if weather is favorable, to spend much of Saturday messing-about with two sailboats, a ski-boat, and five kayaks (and whatever watercraft my kids might bring) at the beach where my sailing club launches. (Next Day) The name is on. Ok… I still need to install the ski-tow pylon and decide on exactly what I’ll do to finish the floor (paint color or exterior type carpet)… but it’s ready for the weekend Family Camp. They’re already on the way. ?
  11. Today, I call the ski-boat done!! This is a 15’ Glen-L Stiletto that I started 18 months ago, built from plans (with wood from B&B.) Tomorrow I will place onto the transom the name of the boat: Joe, my dad’s work nickname. Next to Norma T, my mother’s name. I built the CS15 in 2020. The boats have the same color scheme.
  12. These are some shots of the new SR20 prototype (slightly modified full-feature CS20Mk3 without a cabin.) I love what this boat features: self righting, self draining cockpit, centerboard along the outside of the forward cockpit, motor well, and big open cockpit. This might give you an idea of the motor well. (This motor might be a short shaft.)
  13. Made a short video today of my son trying Joe with the newly installed trim tabs. Plus it gave me a chance to see what the boat looks like in action… smooth indeed.
  14. Been a long time since I made an entry. I’ll do more updating later… but today was very satisfying. I’ve tried the boat a couple times but it has a significant porpoising issue, not uncommon for this kind of hull design. I decided to add self-leveling trims tabs (Bennett SLT 10). I installed them today and took it to the river for a test run. PROBLEM SOLVED!! ? The 6 second video takes a bit to load, but it shows a very stable boat. The trim tabs cost some some mph, no question, but I really don’t care. I only have some finishing steps. I’ll be ready for Family Camp.., during which time we will try out the “ski” part of the ski-boat. IMG_6179.MOV
  15. How ‘bout: “I think the brush marks are kinda pretty.” ? Hey, I’m tryin’.
  16. A Bit More on My First Overnight Sail My first overnight aboard my new boat, and doing so with a friend in his own new boat, felt a little we were a couple kids sleeping in their new tents in the back yard. Gotta keep feeling young. ? I posted some photos in my earlier post that I wrote while at anchor (above) and, of course, they were only of my friend’s boat. He took a couple photos of Avocet and I just received them: In the morning (I slept well, by the way) I decided to head over to Dennis’ boat. He anchored a ways out. Because I didn’t know if my battery-powered light would burn all night (first time it was used) I wanted to be within 200 feet of shore where, in Wisconsin, an anchor light isn’t required. Dennis had been visited by a DNR person last month while at anchor and this is 4th of July weekend… busy. (Also, the registration numbers had just been delivered and I hadn’t placed them on the boat yet… just didn’t want the attention.) Another first… I “motored” over to the other boat with my — also just arrived — drill powered outboard. “What is that?” you say? Quite a while back, in a thread about electric motors for propulsion I suggested tongue-in-cheek another option powered by a cordless drill. ? It is a funny looking product, cheap, and it looks like it kinda works. After letting that drill-powered device swim around in my brain for a year or so, and thinking that it might just work for my neighbor girl across the street who has just finished her Spindrift 10 build, I bought one, thinking that if nothing else it might work for her to move her boat around if needed. So really, I did it for the kid… right? ? Here is my motor, ready to try… oh yeah, I was munching on some chips and cheese… just wasn’t ready for cooking up anything more challenging yet. ? It worked. I could easily maneuver the boat around and steer over to and alongside of the other boat for some conversation. Among other things, I learned that Dennis was in the Coast Guard and had, among other things, been on a Lake Michigan buoy tender. (I once was invited by a Great Lakes buoy tender captain to join him for dinner with the boat’s officers in his stateroom… fun connection to make.). Also, I learned that Dennis’ introduction to sailing was nine months on the Eagle. He described climbing the rigging and hanging over the yardarms to haul in sails. That’s one way to become an effective sailor. I decided to motor all the way back to the landing since my new Honda 5hp had not even burned through the first tank of gas — a 1/3rd gallon internal tank. To start, I’d see how far the drill-powered device would take me. Here’s a photo from where the battery ran out. Not bad. If the kid across the street doesn’t want drill motor, I think my grandkids would enjoy having it around to give them another job , such as getting us away or to a dock or just goofing around a little. Don Silsbe and I are planning to cruise with Avocet in Grand Traverse Bay during the first week in August. He wondered if the cabin bunks would be level, allowing us to sleep either head forward or feet forward… or rather: heads close together or some space apart. ? I did not try sleeping feet forward but when putting my phone level onto the bunk platforms they seemed to range from zero to one degree of tilt. I found that an impressive piece of design. While I was heading back to the landing a sea plane was zipping around the lake and around me. Then the plane did a number of take-offs and water landing. Fun to watch. I discovered what was weird with the snotter line… the halyard had caught up on the snotter’s port anchoring point, causing it to overlap the snotter and made it not work as smoothly. Sigh. Always something to not get quite right… but another “learning” occurred to try to remember. Fun little adventure this weekend… glad I did it… even if it was a bit like pitching my tent in the backyard. I’ll do this more. To close, I took an ASA 101 class at Lake Tahoe quite a few years ago. It was taught by an ex marine who had done a lot of various things in his life, among them living aboard and cruising in his sailboat. He just posted a photo of himself that brings out some of the pirate in him. Aaaarrr…
  17. Beautiful work. As I’m finishing my ski boat I remember the frustration of final things that cause me to drip and kinda mess up what I’d gotten to where I wanted… such as onto the finished paint… or glopping onto the varnished brightwork…. ? BUT… this looks like a beautiful boat that will provide much sailing fun. ?
  18. First Overnight on the Water It’s a nice evening on Lake DuBay in central Wisconsin with enough wind to make it interesting, and with favorable direction for the few miles up the river to an anchor place. It’s my longest sail on Avocet and my first time to anchor it to sleep in the cabin. The cushions are splendid. All went very well with the setup… well, I didn’t quite put the snotter and halyard in the best position relative to the main sprit… but no problem. Dennis, an active leader of the local sailing club, also took his boat out tonight’s got and, after we sailed together, is anchored nearby. He completed building his Bolger Chebacco last year… beautiful workmanship. I mostly kept pace with him, then he unfurled his jib and moved a little faster. He will likely send a few photos of my boat from his and I’ll post them. After anchoring I got both sprits up and out of the way along with the sails. I am now trying out a fold-up camp chair in the cockpit to write this while also munching some corn chips and queso. Yep… it’s a fine evening. ?
  19. The shoes will be retired (along with a bunch of shirts) when I finish my second boat and the kitchen project of new counter tops. I stuck my foot into the picture for a bit of reference in terms of riveter size. ?
  20. I got this from Menards fairly cheaply (don’t recall exact amount.) I needed to grind a little off the nose to make it fit some fittings. I didn’t have the handy little extension piece mentioned in the B&B video but Richard (from whim I bought Avocet) gave me the one he used in his construction. (I fashioned one that mostly worked.). If you don’t have one I could let you use it… or perhaps B&B has one to borrow. It lets you get down into the sailtrack.
  21. Other than some frustration… it really was a funny chain of events last week. Then again, I like slapstick comedy. I had taken Norma T for a sail yesterday… first chance this year. I “planned” a flawless setting up process and raising of sails… and mostly achieved that… until I pulled the halyard for the mainsail and noted it was hanging up at the snotter… which had a line crossing over and stopping the hoist. It was a second halyard I use for a pig stick or topping lift. I had lugged-on the sail to the wrong side of the line. I pulled the halyard out (not needing it) and the problem was fixed. I do find these silly errors to be funny… eventually. And, I try learning from mistakes. For instance, I DID THROW AN ANCHOR this time. ? Tomorrow: A First Overnight With nice looking weather (and one or two guys also heading out tomorrow for an overnight on the lake) I plan to try my hand at sailing Avocet into the evening and anchoring out for the night. I wonder if I’ll LEARN anything. ?
  22. Cascade of Errors… Finally: “Abort!!” ? My local sailing club organizes friendly racing on Tuesdays. With all my family activities in May and June I didn’t have a chance to participate yet (OK, two weeks of vacationing at Lake Tahoe was part of that… can’t complain.) Finally, nice weather and a free Tuesday. I asked my wife if she would like to come with me to sail on Avocet for the first time and to see what the racing on Lake DuBay was like. With great optimism we set out. The next day, a friend asked in an email, “Hi Ted, I didn't get a chance to talk to you last night. How did the sailing go?” This was my emailed response. (Enjoy!!) =================================== Ha… I invited my wife to join me last night to see what our new 17’ boat is like and to see what the LDBSA races are like. I had successfully sailed Avocet a couple times before our vacation and I was looking forward to sailing last night… though things were a bit wild at the landing with lots of launches… and wind and waves. I motored out and ALMOST got the mizzen raised… until the halyard somehow released at the sailhead and zipped up to the top of the mizzen mast, letting the sail pathetically ooze back down the mast. What??!! “Hmmm… can I manage to unstep the mast, lay it flat, and kind-of feed the step-end out past the transom enough that my wife can reach the end of the halyard at the top of the mast?” Well, I did manage to muscle it out and extended the mast base well past the transom (after having pulled the sail lugs out of the sailtrack) and Joan was able to reach the end of the halyard. The halyard’s attaching process on my new boat is kind of slick. Instead of tying it onto the sail, a little ball is at the end of the halyard. You poke a small bight of halyard through the head’s cringle and poke the little ball through the loop and pull out the slack… slick, but it DID let go. Hmmmm… So, let’s put the mast back in place (I tried doing it sitting, for stability, but I had to stand again. (Did you know that there were some waves last night???). Mast replaced, sail lugged back on, now to reattach the halyard… which became caught up on mast fittings and twisted around the mast… Aaurgh… All of this while trying to steer with my outboard into the waves…. which required constant adjusting. Alas, while paying full attention to the whole process of fixing things, I had let the boat go broadside and it turned downwind. I corrected it by turning back into the wind… by completing the circle around… which — when I started to raise the mizzen again — I realized that, additional to a bunch of mizzen and sprit lines becoming hopelessly tangled, the sail itself — flapping rather wildly and sometimes enveloping my face while the loose mizzen sheet kept wrapping around my feet and legs — THE SAIL HAD BECOME WRAPPED around the mast once (because of the full turn)!! Hindsight as I write this reminds me that the mizzen mast could have been twisted by hand 360 degrees… but, as I think this I realize that all the lines would have stayed in place… that wouldn’t have solved the problem to say the least. Instead, I announced, “That’s it! I’m done! Let’s lower the sails and motor on in.” Defeated, we headed back to load the boat back onto the trailer. A weird part of that process: coming in, I successfully caught the cleat at the end of the dock and tied on an aft line. I was thinking that, with the wind and waves coming straight in as they were, the bow would naturally swing easily toward the dock. BUT NOOOOO… (an old Belushi line) the bow goes straight out 90 degrees from the dock, straight across the waves. And STAYS there. WHAT!!!??? Through some experimenting and significant efforts, I managed to get out onto the dock and started getting the recalcitrant bow moving a bit toward the dock… starting to get there… when the tied aft line’s trailing end, which I hadn’t realized fell off the dock into the water, got itself wrapped into the propeller and stopped the motor. The bow now easily came into the dock and was secured. “Oh, the motor was running… oh yeah, and still in reverse… that explains why the bow was doing what it was doing.” Disaster or comedy? I think I learned a few things, and, as soon as I finish this email, I’m heading to the boatyard to straighten things around, take the boat out for a while, and then get it back under the tarps. Then, I need to ready the van for family camping this weekend. If all goes well, I might even take out my 15’ foot boat this afternoon. We’ll see. Hope you enjoyed my little description of sailing last night. ? Ted (Oh, and the email response to my “report” was a suggestion to THROW OUT AN ANCHOR to provide time and calmness… ? didn’t even come into my mind… more learning has just occurred.) (And, it should be noted that my wife was calm throughout my frustrations and occasional expressions of my frustration. ?)
  23. Well… it’s a neat and slick way to go. The ball through a halyard bight pushed through the sailhead cringle is the system that came on a boat I bought. The ball slipped out when I raised the sail, resulting in the halyard end zipping to the top of the mast. ? I believe it came undone when I motored out and the wind was flipping the unhoisted sail around with a still loose halyard. It started a “comedy of errors”. ?
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