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The Treasure Chest
The Treasure Chest is a place in Reports to put those
cool sailing, cruising, motoring, boatbuilding or boating tips
you have. Send us your ideas... We just need a photo and a short
This time we have...
And I didn't even drop it once!
I'm not sure if I thought of this idea or read it somewhere.
In any case, here are a couple pics of how I lifted my boat onto
my trailer using the commonly available ratchet-type tie-down
straps. The trick is to provide a means (I used turnbuckles) for
lowering the load after you raised it with the ratcheting straps
(they only work in one direction).
Web sling, spreader bar (4 x 4), turnbuckles and ratchet-type
tie-down straps. Turnbuckles allow the load to be lowered
since the ratchets on the tie-downs operate in one direction
only. The spreader bar is probably unnecessary since I attached
the lifting straps to the garage joist a beam's-span apart
(but I had already rigged the spreader so used it!).
Boat raised about 18 inches off ground - enough to begin
sliding the trailer underneath. Raise only just enough to
clear trailer since the turnbuckles can only lower the boat
about 4 or 5 inches. Planning carefully, I was able to make
the 18 inch pick with only a single setup. Consider that
the ratcheting straps have a limited take-up before their
spools are full. Only boat enough to just clear the trailer
since the turnbuckles can only lower the boat about 4 or
I washed a couple of sails and I needed a place to air
What better spot than my ceiling in my livingroom. We are
remodling so it is bare untextured sheet rock right now.
I used big fender washers and screwed through the grommets
in the sail. I will have 2 hanging this evening. My wife
The Boat I'm Designing
These are pictures of a boat I´m in the process
of designing, the design parameters being cheap, light, and easy
to build (notice nothing is said about performance!).
I did a lot of the preliminary thinking while I
was in the Hospital trying to stay reasonably sane. I have a friend
who wants a boat light enough to carry or drag from their garage
to the beach (less than a block). The problem is that this one
is 11´10" and is probably too small for both of them,
so I´m starting another that will be almost two feet longer
and with a plumb bow like Michaels GIS,
just to see if I can make one.
They will both use the sail from Jim Michalak´s
Mayfly 14, which is about all I have left
to do on this one. The sides are scarfed for the next one and
the hull should be at the paint stage in a week or so. I´ll
keep you informed and send pics of the finished product.
My Laguna (L3)
My Laguna (L3) is coming along nicely.
Seats are framed and primed underneath. They will
be airtight with access hatches. Spars are primed and ready to
paint; leeboard is shaped; sails made. We should launch in a few
weeks - plenty of time before the Texas200.
All About Eve
This is a picture of my model yacht sailed last month on Lake
Wooloweyah, Yamba, NSW, Australia (the aboriginal name Wooloweyah
means Big Cedar Trees).
This model was built by Lindsay. Lindsay is a retired
naval architect who spent most of his life designing large vessels
and oil rigs all over the world.
The model is of an Eve 16 by Mike Roberts.
It looked something like the 18 below.
The full size
hull was built by Ross
Lillistone with strip plank bottom and lapstrake
sides. The hull turn was a bit tricky for all lapstrake. It is
like the Green
Island 15 but a more rounded form. Lindsay finished
the rest of the boat and sailed it in Moreton Bay.
It is fascinating where some boats end up. Lindsay
sold the boat to Warner Bros for the film Nims Island
staring Jodie Foster. Jodie rows to safety in it.
The other yacht in the film was sold to Warner Bros.
This yacht was about 23' and timber, but it had seen better days.
The frames were rotten and broken. It was perfect for the film
as it ends up on the bottom, I think. It might have been a computer
image of it.
Were boats end up. Next time maybe don't bury that
old broken yacht. I wonder what happened to the boats after the
film shoot. Maybe someone knows?
Finished up today. Controller is inside and working
good. Am getting 3+ amps at about 17 volts. The controller is
a pulse type with a LED that flashed with the pulse. Looks like
with a full charge on the battery pack it flashes about every
15 sec. It's store bought and unlike the one I built for Sunshine
and Sunflower which had a treshold pot this on and off so fast
I'm wondering how long it will last. I doubt it has a solid state
relay so maybe it will last. Who knows. It finally got up to 70
deg. today! Whoo pee, hot diggity dog. And no rain!
From Mr. Tee Jay.
No! I donít live in Alaska!
Well My plan was to flip the boat today (Saturday) and start
work on the bottom. Mother Nature had other plans though and we
have a few inches of snow this morning and it is supposed to snow
Luckily there was a break in the snow so I went out and moved
the vehicles onto the street and shoveled the driveway so that
I could drag the boat out of the garage and flip it. I don’t
think that the snow plow drivers were very happy with me parking
my vans on the street and making them plow around them.
Well here is proof positive that I have a Laguna (and snow also).
Now Gordon Barcomb has said that the boat has to be 3D and have
bottom panels on it to claim a number. Seeing that Gordon has
built Laguna Uno I have no problem deferring to his requirements.
Here you can see that I have the bottom panels on the boat and
have claimed “L4” as my hull number.
Chuck, you are right this is one big boat!
John Miller (SailorJohn)
P.S. About an hour after I took these pictures it started snowing
again. We’ve gotten well over a foot of snow here so far.
If we had gone with the bird names; I think that after today I
would have to name her “Snow Goose”.
Latest Project...as if I Need Another
I've been checking out the moorage options up here. We're lucky
to have several very safe places to anchor. I might even be able
to have my own free buoy right down from the house at the state
park. So, if I'm going to put time and money into a project, might
as well be a large one...
A guy posted a free Endurance 35 hull on Craigs list right close
to here. A Peter Ibold design. It been built in ferro cement,
never been in the water. Looks like a professional job. Been sitting
for 15 years. A good deal of the interior work is done, but lots
to do yet. Needs paint, mast, rig, sails. The owner died before
getting it done, his daughter just wants it out of the yard. It
has a 4 cyl Izusu Diesel with trans, shaft and all the parts,
electrics, guages in the boat. Tons of nice hardware, new head,
power inverter, on and on inside. There's a huge wooden mast,
but I don't want to trust it.
The daughter says a friend has the sails I can get for $200.
Has 5 good stands that come with it. So the only catch was finding
someone to move it. I found a guy here locally, been moving boats
for 30 plus years. He has a great trailer set up. I'll have to
send you picts of the process. The plans spec the boat out at
18,000 lbs. We got it on his trailer friday, but his truck wouldn't
pull it. So, we're looking at finding a tow truck comp to do the
So... what I'm wondering, I'm interested in different rig-sail
plan options. I know you really like the lug sails on Caprice.
And I see the larger Cormorant has a similar rig. I was thinking
of maybe 2 mainsail lug rigs like that. I want something that
is easy to handle single handed, fast to pull down in a blow.
Maybe just use one sail in heavy wind. Even something like a simplified
junk rig. I know I can find a sloop rig about the right size up
here, already found a few. But I'm thinking of this boat as more
of a motor/sail cruiser, not a blue water boat. Even the Magregor
25 was getting to be a handful at Powell in heavier air. I wouldn't
want to try and climb out to pull the jib down by myself. There's
always furling rigs I guess. Well, just thought I'd get you thoughts,
suggestions on it.
I have the '47 Gaff Sailboat up for sale locally, have a couple
of people interested. Here's a pict or 2. Hope you are both well,
having a great spring.
Here's a boat project by my friend Ryerson Clark.
San Souci, a Weekender Design on Back Bay, Yellowknife
San Souci noses home. The Great Slave Cruising
I met him about 8 years ago in Halifax, N.S. He invited me to
come to Nova Scotia to participate in the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat
Festival. I went, and had so much fun I couldn't wait to go there
again. I did, and bought a small house up in Cape Breton on a
small island. I'd still like to go back and spend a month up there
again before I cash in my chips! He and his wife Annie moved all
the way up to the arctic a few years ago. Great Slave Lake. They've
built boats before in Halifax, so they had to start a new project
for this arctic region. Check out the sailing videos below.
Not sure this is approved...
The Romance of Wood. . .
Vancouver, BC Ahoy! Boat Lovers . . . The 23rd annual
Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival on Granville Island will take place
August 26-29, 2010.
Afloat and ashore, there will be a floating exhibition of wooden
boats, displays, hands-on boatbuilding and demonstrations, including
knot tying and marlinspike seamanship. Hear some sea shanties
(and sing along) or join in the workshops, listen to maritime
storytellers, explore our replica of an 18th century Spanish long
boat, check out the exquisite kayaks or join in the races on Saturday
and Sunday. Family fun will include the ever-popular Kid's Boatbuilding
and Family Boatbuilding where families & youth groups will
build 12-foot boats. The launch will take place on Sunday Aug
29 at approximately 1430 hours.
The festival runs from 1000 to 1700 hours each day and admission
is free. Special events on Saturday Aug. 28/10 include the Alder
Bay Classic (rowing race for boats 20' and under), Oarlock &
Sail Regatta (sailing race for boats 20' and under) and The Wooden
Canoe Challenge (canoe race). On Sunday Aug. 29/10 catch a stunning
musical performance while waiting for the family boatbuilding
launch or catch the Spruce Cup sailing race on English Bay starting
EVENT: Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival DATE: August 26-29, 2010
TIME: 1000 to 1700 hours daily WHERE: Granville Island, Vancouver
ADMISSION: Free Full program available www.vancouverwoodenboat.com
as it becomes available
Have you ever wanted to build a real boat?
If you want to build a real boat with your family, (Moms, Dads,
kids, grandparents, aunts and uncles, (or any other configuration
of extended family), you will want to be one of the lucky families/youth
groups chosen to participate in this event. You will build your
own 12 foot dinghy (Bevin's skiff) during the Vancouver Wooden
Boat Festival (Aug. 26-29) under the supervision of a professional
boat builder. You will all launch your boats at the same time
and be able to go for a row before taking your boats home.
Entry requirements: Write us a short essay describing why your
family should be chosen.
Suitable for families/youth groups with youth 11-17-years-old
(some exceptions allowed).
Mail, email or fax entries to: Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival,
1490 Johnston St. Vancouver, B. C. V6H 3S1 or Fax (604) 688-9682
or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost is $400 per family. What a deal! Successful applicants will
be notified on receipt of their essay. Limited space - Apply early!
I just wanted to send you a picture of the epoxy
kit and other stuff I've been buying from you, lol.
I'll bring it to the Messabout after the TX200 if
I can get it on the truck/trailer rig with PILGRIM.
The 30th Annual Urbanna Small Boat Meet
May 15-16, 2010
on the Piankatank
at Freeport in
with rowing and sailing races depending on the wind and whim. Limited
camping available. Arrival Friday PM OK. Saturday
night pot luck supper and barbeque. Sunday
is on-the-water until mid-afternoon. If you come early, take a
to the Deltaville
Directions: From the intersection
of Route 33, Route 17, and Route 198 at Glenns, take Route 198
E (Glenns Road) 6.2 miles to
Freeport, Gloucester. Turn left on Freeport Road; go approximately
For more information
call John or Vera England 804 758-2721 email@example.com
This is a UCRRA sanctioned event
if you donít like camping: All are recommended!
Ivan and Sue
rooms with Queen beds.
Rt. 17, 10 minutes out of Urbanna; wonderful multicourse breakfast!
at Urbanna Creek, www.innvirginia.com/search/listing.php?id=279
804 758-4661. 3
rooms and cottage. One
king, 3 queen beds. Centrally
Urbanna; Full gourmet breakfast.
Hall, Urbanna http://www.atherstonhall.com/
Judith Dickinson (804) 758-2809. 250 Prince
George Street. Gourmet
Inn, Gloucester 804
695-1900. $94-$134. Continental breakfast.
Check out Urbanna
||Urbanna Meet 2009- Madeline's first sail
||Perfect day-Urbanna Meet 2009
||Sharpie-Urbanna Meet 2009
Canyon Lake Impromptu Messabout
Twelve people and 7 boats showed up for a Saturday sail at Canyon
Lake on April that was prompted by Chris Tomsett's email to join
him for a day on the lake in his newly acquired Light Schooner.
Five of the seven boats were either quite newly built/launched
or new acquisitions for their owners. The oldest was built in
1971, the latest was (nearly) finished the day before, and the
longest build took 13 years. Quite a collection. Present were
2 PDR's, a Light Schooner, a Bobcat, a Melonseed, a Pelican, and
a Clark Craft version of a Sailfish (predecessor to the Sunfish).
The weather was great and all had a good time. You can't beat
spring sailing in central Texas!
The white PDR shown on the trailer was the 'just finished yesterday'
build. It still needed some hatch covers put in. The Bobcat was
really nicely done. This was owned/built by a couple who attended
the CENTEX Messabout last fall (or the year before) at Inks Lake
in an inflatable raft. The Bobcat is quite a step up! The wife
of this team took various photos of boats on the water so I emailed
her to ask that she send you some of these to be included with
any "letters" article you post about this, as obviously
my shots of boats on their trailers are not too interesting. The
Light Schooner is the same one I sailed on at a Lake Conroe Messabout
several years back.
Here are some shots I took (most of them on trailers and thus
not too exciting). Hopefully others will send some of their on-water
shots in also.
Simple Steps to Being an Eco-Friendly
DiscoverBoating.com offers boaters quick tips to reduce their
CHICAGO (April 15, 2010) – As Earth Day approaches and marinas
prepare for peak boating season around the country, now’s
the time for boaters to gear up to ‘be green’ this
summer. Choosing to be a responsible conservationist on the water
not only positively impacts the environment, but can have a similar
impact on your wallet.
The recreational boating industry continues to offer eco-friendly
products, including electric and solar-paneled boats, greener
engines and recycled accessories. DiscoverBoating.com/green
has easy tips for every boater to become more environmentally-conscious
this spring, including:
· Clean safely. Look for the EPA-Certified "Design
for the Environment" DfE label, which identifies cleaning
products that have minimal environmental impact and are safer
for you and your family. You can find a list of eco-friendly products
· Maintain proper equipment. Make sure your boat, engine
and propeller are compatible and in good condition to avoid wasting
fuel and minimizing emissions.
· Recycle waste. Dispose of paints, batteries, antifreeze,
cleaning products, oil and other hazardous wastes at a waste collection
facility. Some marine accessories stores even offer a $10 credit
on a new battery when you return your used one.
· Reduce fuel consumption. Easily cut down on fuel usage
by reducing cruising speeds, properly trimming, regularly tuning
their engine, making sure the hull is clean and taking shorter
· Prevent fuel spills. Ensure fuel does not discharge from
the vent line as a result of overfilling by avoiding ‘topping
off’ your tank. Stop ‘spit back’ from the fuel
fill by fueling at a slow rate.
· Chart your course. Study your waterways to prevent boat
propellers from damaging sensitive sea floor habitats or injuring
marine life. Plan your trip in advance to avoid consuming excess
fuel supply and consider using an autopilot when possible.
· Recycle fishing line. Protect marine life by properly
disposing of monofilament fishing line at nearby marine accessory
stores and shore side recycling locations.
· Stow trash. Never dispose of garbage into the water.
Take advantage of facilities on shore and at marinas to recycle
plastic, glass, metal and paper.
For more tips and ideas on how to become a more eco-friendly boater
and reduce fuel usage, visit DiscoverBoating.com.
About Discover Boating
Discover Boating is a national awareness campaign developed by
the North American recreational boating industry and managed by
the industry’s trade group, the National
Marine Manufacturers Association. Discover Boating
programs focus on improving the boating experience and building
interest in recreational boating by providing a resource for Americans
to explore the benefits, affordability and accessibility of the
boating lifestyle. To find out more, visit DiscoverBoating.com.