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A simple toweling headband can make working in the heat a lot
Eucalyptus oil is great for removing stickers from tools, paint
from your hands and a host of other things.
Hauling Out a GIS
A quick primer on hauling out a dinghy while on your adventure
While there are a few interesting ideas being floated
here (pun intended !) on the subject of re-boarding
after capsize, I thought I'd highlight the solution I employed
on my Ladybug. While it is not a new approach, it is simple &
For readers who may not have taken particular notice of them,
I have attached a few photos from the large batch I submitted
in both the Michalak & Duckworks forums photo section, to
focus on just the ladder.
As can be seen I attach the two lines to a wooden grab handle
attached to the rear bulkhead. This handle serves as an attachment
point & grab handle & when not needed, the ladder lies
in the splashwell where it is easily accessed after a knockdown
& the boat has been righted.
The top rung sits a couple of inches above the bottom level of
the transom & when a foot is placed on the bottom rung &
weight applied, this rung will swing forward under the boat a
little way & hold the top rung hard against the transom ready
for the other foot. Jim has designed the top of the transom so
it is not far above the water making it easy to use as a hand-hold
during re-boarding, & the grab handle is also within easy
reach. Most people should have little difficulty climbing aboard
with this rig.
I used left-over 3/4" thick treated pine flooring timber
for the rungs & 9mm nylon rope (re-cycled)....very low-tech!
Fantail and Carpenter
Never say I don't know how to make a fantail. Actually I made
it twice, had to make an adjustment for the motor clearance. Just
slap on some two inch foam and glass the hell out of it. It'll
get a couple more layers of 25 oz cloth then I'll roll her over
and start the inside. Here's a picture of what she'll look like
when I'm all done. An eight foot wide sled is really wide, could
put a fan on it and have an airboat.
Lucas Boatworks and Happy Hour Club