Chris Harvey 18 Dec 06 08:49

We took the same trip in our MacGregor 26 last summer! It was truly a delightful experience. Camping out is certainly the way to go.

Shawn Petree 16 Dec 06 11:17

John - loved going along for the ride with you!!! That sounds like an incredible trip. Shawn

Wade Tarzia 15 Dec 06 10:40

Nice job, guys. Some of my favorite nautical readings are tales of adventure that "regular" people can carry off on two types of budget: time and money. Success! Carry on!

Butch George 14 Dec 06 23:36

Your well on your way as a sailor, me boy! As one who has sailed the Jervis and Princess Louisa, you are brave lads to venture those passages in the tiny piccup. There's some mean and scurvy pirates near and beyond them blue waters. Don't get ye shanghai'd

John Guppy 14 Dec 06 13:51

About comfort... I'm used to sitting in a relatively cramped kayak cockpit, so this was a luxury experience for me! Mike and I were able to face each other and talk (unlike in a double sea kayak) and whoever wasn't manning the tiller could fix lunch and we could eat while underway. So, for two guys and a weeks worth of supplies, I felt like it was very comfortable... what do you think Mike???

John Guppy 13 Dec 06 18:39

My good Canadian friend Erik Ware saw us off from the dock and took those parting shots.

John Guppy 13 Dec 06 18:33

Thank you guys for your comments on the trip Mike and I made in my Piccup Pram. I did beef up the transom during construction by laminating a second 1/4" peice of plywood over the entire transom... in addition I used some 3/8" plywood to pad the spot where the motor was actually clamped. I think the 2 gallons of gas would have gotten us the full 35 miles up the Jervis Inlet if we had had no wind. And there is a resort-like youth camp that I knew would have given me a refill of 2 gallons if I had needed it for the trip down. I didn't keep close tabs, but I think a half gallon was good for over an hour of running at 5 knots/hour. I had back up oars and oarlocks, but didn't have to use them on our trip. I've rowed it other times with one passenger and it rowed well. I don't know what I would do with the sail and boom, though, if rowing while it's rigged.

Steve Lansdowne 13 Dec 06 17:46

This was just the story to get my wanderlust up and running again. Thanks. Who took the far away shots of you sailing?

Vin Mansolillo 13 Dec 06 17:02

Great story. The Piccup is an extremely versatile boat that is great looking My Piccup took a huge wake from a powerboat over the side. The Piccups ballast chambers did their job and kept us going even with our combined weight of almost 400 lbs (not counting the added water). Did you beef up the transom to hold the outboard? I'd be interested in the details. Looked like a great trip. Nice job, Vin.

Bob Throne 13 Dec 06 05:14

A fine boat and wonderful trip report. Just what I need to keep my momentum up. Admire the imulse to get out on the water before completing the fine points & obviously it was the wiser way. Congratulations & wishes for more get-aways!

Jeff Michals-Brown 12 Dec 06 22:10

Beautiful trip! I just started building a piccup as my second boat. (I built a Core Sound 20 two years ago.) Impressive and very flexible design! If I can figure out how to get it through the doors (and talk my family into giving up the living room for a few weeks!) so I can get the epoxy to set, I should be cruising it by the beginning of summer.

Tyson 12 Dec 06 20:31

Wow! You guys have really great scenery to look at up it's even better than it looks in the photos... thanks for taking us along...

Joe Tribulato 12 Dec 06 16:31

Very timely for me as this is the boat my grandson and I are considering to build for him next summer. I have looked at many designs and this is my top chooice for a young novice sailor. It is a good size for him and a buddy. The double chine should make it a bit safer when it gets rough.

Rob Rohde-Szudy 12 Dec 06 16:14

Great trip story! I always thought the Piccup would be good for that sort of thing, though I never got around to it before building the schooner. When you're out solo it rows well enough that you won't need the motor. The only trouble rowing with a passenger is that your back is against the mast partner. Tom Hammernik can tell you more about this, as he made a similar cruise in Michigan's upper peninsula with the closely-related Mixer design. And don't worry about sailing into the wind. It's a lot safer than off the wind, really. Sheet out and you stop. don't stop! --Rob

mike connelly 12 Dec 06 14:20

Nice story, pretty boat, fun trip-- who needs more? I did wonder how long the 2 gal of fuel lasted-- I've no experience with boat motors. Would 2 gallons be enough to motor the 70 miles up and back? Absent wind, and sans motor, would the boat move along well under human power? How comfy--or not-- would you say the boat was for the two of you with gear? Seems to me that making a large hatch in front, for stuffing in big things, with the deckplate in the middle of the hatch, would allow access to small stuff as needed whilst underway, and large things when beached. Well done!

Brian Anderson 12 Dec 06 04:26

Beautiful trip, amazing waters. Brightened my day to see it.