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Rod Thompson

CS 17 # 144 Starts Life on the Water

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A three year build came to end this Monday when I slipped Louisa Rosa into Sandy Lake.  She was everything I had hoped and read about on this forum.  She is built to spec. Rigged the mizzen sheet as Tom and others have done to come through a single swiveling cleat.  Lazerette hatch is in the bulk head instead of on the aft deck. 

Started the day in a calm so tried out the oars.  Set up the sails in a light breeze, cut my teeth in 5-10 mph and finished the afternoon in gusts over 20mph.  All went well.  Hard won lessons of others passed along on this forum much appreciated.  It is going to be a treat learning how to get the most out of this rig.

I had planned to put my wife ashore for some pictures of Louisa under sail but the lakes in these parts are up over the shore and into the adjacent forest.  Next time.

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Yes Dave, it is time to play.  Tommorow, matter of fact.  Going to take the day off and take advantage of the excellent fall weather.  Oct here can be a bit of a crap shoot.  Sometimes golden, sometimes winter arrives and stays.

The boat cover was custom made for me Roger.  The boat will winter outside and travel a lot of miles on gravel roads so I wanted a good one.  The gravel guard is a must for this country as well.

Wes, I will not let Ray draw me into the motor thing.  Let's just say that perhaps vigourous use of my two "motors" will help my profile.

Thanks for all the "congrats."

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Congratulations on your successful build. Looks like a good boat. My Wife and I are planning to start a CS15 next year. It took some doing, but I got the idea of building a boat to be her idea, so now I know we can't lose.

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Jeff,

Not having rowed a lot of boats I can't compare the CS's performance to much else.  After two outings I am pleased. Will use the oars to get in and out of docks and to move through the odd doldrum we get here on the northern edge of the prairies.  The boat is a light for it's size, I estimate 4 to 500 libs without any gear, so responds quickly, turns in a tight radius.  Installed two sets of oar locks as per the builders recommendation.  For the forward position I sit just forward of the centre-board case with back against the coaming.  An interesting combination, for longer distances is is to have one person with an oar in the forward position and another in the aft position rowing on the other side.  My wife and I tried this and it worked well. Haven't measured speed yet with the GPS but I am satisfied going several miles is easily within our physical capacity. 

I sewed leather onto the horn oarlocks thinking that may provide more options for positioning the shaft (loom?) without getting chaffing.  For example when standing I can draw the blade nearer the boat.  So far, so good. 

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