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ricknriver last won the day on September 20 2021

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About ricknriver

  • Birthday 07/15/1942

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    Washington & Lake Royale NC & Viera FL
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    Small craft sailing, power boating, canoe and kayak paddling, travel, USN & USCG Auxiliary Retired.
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  1. Many thanks to you both for the gunter information. Will be giving it a go come spring
  2. Hi, Acquired an older Oughtred 11'9" x 3'11" Acorn Skiff, built at The Landing School, on a good deal for mostly rowing adventures. She came with a brand new gunter sailing rig and 48 sq. ft. sail that were never used. Have rigged and sailed sprit rigs some but never a gunter. Guidance on available gunter sailing videos, articles, books, etc. appreciated. Tks, Rick
  3. I chose the Amanda after rowing her at a Messabout years ago, and I'm currently about 1/2 through the build as a winter FL project over the past 3-4 years. I saw the Amanda as more of a utility boat with good sailing & rowing, and thought her to be a bit more stable for 2-3 as I'm a poor sailor, ok rower, but enjoy the quiet travel. Also think I'll like the simple lug rig with maybe a boomless sail. Both may be available at Messabout. Had a CS15 too but too much rig for lazy me. Have an Acorn Skiff in NC with a gunter rig but haven't had her in the water yet. Just thoughts, Rick
  4. Congrats to the winners and finishers, and all the support crews. Glad all back safe. R
  5. Really neat little boats Chick. What motors are they? Hope to see you this spring/summer when we're back in NC. R
  6. Also believe hull rocker, trim underway, and expected sea conditions need to be considered to ensure prop is consistently under water. That's why I like electric trolling motors with adjustable depth. Also read once that an outboard prop (gas) running too deep can put extra stress on the transom. Sounds like a fun adventure coming up musicmanx. Just thoughts, R
  7. Sounds great and will give it a go. Tks, Rick
  8. Thanks Dave, Challenge is to find a small efficient waterproof (and not too $$$) solar panel/charger that will keep maybe a small 5ah lithium battery charged for the pump. Boat doesn't leak yet, just worry heavy rain, until I can have a proper cover made that I can easily set and remove from one side from the dock. R
  9. Hi, Just acquired a neat Acorn Skiff, built at the Landing School, for rowing, and occasional sail. Want to keep her nearby in the water at a small local lake. Any knowledge of a home made or commercial solar/battery powered portable auto bailer the pickup of which would fit into the 5" wide slot of the removable floorboard section behind the daggerboard slot, to remove rain water? Have found a couple of self-contained units but their ~10x10 boxes too big to submerge in the bilge. Had plans for a home made battery powered "bilge stick" once but can't find them. Tks, Rick
  10. Really enjoyed following your adventure and so glad you're home safe. Tks, Rick
  11. Thinking of sailing of course, that fine lad. Congratulations Taylor and Alan and all the family.
  12. Great thread for the event Alan tks, and fun safe sailing to all the competitors. R
  13. Wanted to share this with those who may not have seen in the Town Dock. Traditional open boat and adventure. https://towndock.net/shippingnews/brother-sister-dory-story
  14. Thanks for the tip on shortening cables. The ones that came with my 2nd hand 55# TM are thick and very long from a canoe application, but using lighter LIPOs mid ships on the Amanda will allow them to be shortened a good bit.
  15. Friends :-). I cradled my Amanda on a couple of lines from 2 ceiling hooks in my garage and rotated it in the "cradle" but your build room looks too nice for this method. Build is looking good. Alan has some great taping tips this B&B site. I've been using "Quick Fair" on taped seams and coming out ok for a impatient amateur. Where in Scotland? We spent 3.5 yrs at Edzell Base, near Brechin with a U.S. Navy operation '76-'79. Best tour in 20 years of travels. Great Folks. Have a safe fun build! RickZ
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