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  1. What a day! Thanks for the video!
  2. Point taken, PadrePoint. My problem is that building something comes in far below sailing in terms of enjoyment, and in winter far below family skiing time. But we'll see. My realistic option would be to find some young construction workers around here to do most of the work and I can help. I've got some guys I think would do that with me, but to pay them fairly I bet I'm turning this into a $30,000 project. That's steep. What I'm trying to figure out is whether the differences in the SR20 would be worth the lots of extra time and cost compared to a regular ol' used CS 17 or CS 20. And, given my recent car purchase and school bill this might all be a hypothetical discussion for a few years, but dreaming and hypothetical discussions are what boat forums are made of, right?
  3. I traveled from Michigan to buy a boat near Buffalo. I'd be tempted to come buy this one from you if I hadn't just bought a car! PS--I really like the gray interior, it probably cuts down on glare and doesn't show the sand that inevitably gets in.
  4. This design is still interesting to me. Here is my summary of the differences with the MK1 models based your prior comments: Self bailing Water ballast prevents, or makes very rare, risk of capsizing and turtling Higher tiller to get over motor Higher freeboard Less storage Sails the same but cannot be rowed Did I miss anything?
  5. Which allows more sleep--a watertribe event or a baby at home?!
  6. Sharp looking boat and an electric outboard? Wow!
  7. I love them! Part of the love is they are locally made--I've toured the factory twice, and they use ash from Michigan trees. They owners seem like a great family. I have the Ahmeek 105. I should temper my review by saying its my first really wider ski. But I love it, I've had it in knee deep powder and on ice. It's a bit big to swing around on hardpack, but still better than some skinnier skis I've had in the past. And it can even get me down the moguls at Mary Jane, albeit a bit slower than other skis. It's truly a great all around ski. The build quality is excellent, I would feel comfortable buying any of their ski models. I am more of an online guy, but I did call before I bought mine and talked with one of their employees and that was super helpful. They usually have a sale in the next few weeks, if you call them you might be able to buy now for about $200 less and then pick it up when you come here in August. I have my eye on a Brockway for night skiing up here when I know there won't be any powder, and I'd love to get my wife a pair with a custom paint job of palm trees and the beach (she likes to ski but loves the beach). Since this is a boating site I'll close by mentioning that the Torqeedo motor fund has now been renamed the Spring Break 2023 ski trip fund and is now depleted Wait, one more, crazy idea. It's a 1.8 mile walk from the marina in Boyne City to the Shaggy's factor/store. If you put your boat in on Lake Charlevoix and sail to Boyne City, you might be one of the few people in history to pick up your new skis by sailboat. I would admire you forever!
  8. Great. So far we have two people coming for most of the week before, and then two locals, me included, for the weekend. As far as I know we are still flexible on which day(s) of the weekend. We have: PadrePoint's CS17 mk3 Sea Pearl 21 Vivier Morbic 12 DonSilsbe's Two Paw! Maybe Reacher in his CS 20 mk1 We have put posts on the DCA North American facebook page and I also sent invites to some guys on the Sea Pearl forum, and also two locals (Howard Rice and one local wooden boat builder).
  9. Yes, Padre--for now I have more family than fleet. I assume in the blink of an eye I will have more fleet than family (at home).
  10. I thought I would put my suggestions in another comment. Caledonia Yawl has to rank high just because of its carrying capacity. Would I put two of the boys in a Goat Island Skiff and let them go? Probably. CS 17 or 20 is a great choice, of course. A Vivier Jewell or Swallow Bay Raider Expedition would be great, but they are rare and expensive. An older Mariner 19 would be cheap, safe, has a small cabin and would be easy to resell.
  11. So here's the question: If you had a group of seven who wanted to sail together what selection of small boats would you choose to form your flotilla? Okay, this is probably a pipe dream, but a fun one! I currently own a Sea Pearl 21. I've overnighted on it once with one child. One adult and one child is max capacity for an overnight (I have day-sailed with 7, and would sail with up to 4 in just about any conditions the boat can handle). I have a family of seven that I would love to take on a week-long cruise in the north channel of Lake Huron. I don't want to bareboat a large catamaran, that doesn't seem to be the right way to experience this area fully. So I would need to add one or two small boats to the Sea Pearl. All kids except the youngest know how to sail and the two oldest teenagers can handle a boat. We have drivers to trailer three boats if needed. Here are some more details. The older boys would probably hammock or tent camp off the boat, but there are some places where that might not be possible, so in a pinch it would be great if the boats could sleep seven. All boats need to be able to be beached. Motor propulsion is okay (craft big enough to hold everyone are not going to be fun to row). A small cabin would be preferred by my wife, I think. Known designs would be preferred because I would likely be selling some of these off after the trip, or at least in a few years when the kids move out. Feel free to tell me I am crazy, that it's time to buy a motorhome, or that I need to buy 7 Scamps!
  12. Awesome, Reacher. Let us know if you can make it.
  13. Great. I can’t call it a B&B event because I sail something g different. I am a brand new DCA member as well. I’m tempted to call it a Mich-about instead of a mess-about.
  14. Ted Johansen, Don Silsbe, and I have been communicating regarding a possible get together in the Grand Traverse Bay area of Michigan. We've settled on the first week of August. Don and Ted are coming over that week. There is another man here (Mark Wisdom) who sails a Morbic 12 who will likely join us. I live here and I am working but I should be free in the later parts of the week and/or the weekend. No definite plans yet other than sailing at least one day together. This is our first stab at any of this so I'm sure it will be informal. If you would like to join us post here and we can share details together. Andy
  15. Good idea, Alan! I will have to look at the top of the mast to investigate this a bit more!
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