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Alan Crawford

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    Bozeman, Montana
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    Sailing small boats & skiing

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  1. Can anyone help me identify this dinghy?

    Do you think the rig shown in the one picture goes with the boat? The other hull picture shows a brand new hull while the sails in the rigged picture look used. +1 on finding someone in Japan (maybe there's a Japanese "Gouv" with a good back story on that boat).
  2. Pond Sailing for Practice?

    Learned to sail many years ago on a similar pond in Western Kentucky on a Super Snark purchased for $150 from K-Mart (or similar). No lessons. Just my dad, myself and a how to sail book; we would take turns sailing the boat. Pond was so small that if we got into trouble you were always very close to the shore. On a serious note, make sure there are no power lines in the vicinity of this pond.
  3. Craigslist Finds

    A wooden Thistle that may have potential. Should be check-out in-person to see if it's worth a full restoration. $1000 is pretty steep. The aluminum mast in the first picture is not a Thistle mast. https://columbus.craigslist.org/boa/d/vintage-wooden-sailboat/6264277670.html
  4. Craigslist Finds

    Some potentially interesting old iceboats in New York state. https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/boa/d/champion-ice-sail-boats/6333534188.html
  5. Craigslist Finds

    A 1970's vintage I-14 in upstate NY. There used to be an active fleet in the area and this is probably a remnant. https://glensfalls.craigslist.org/boa/d/international-14/6307672445.html
  6. Dinghy New Guy Strong Wind Tacking Problems

    You mention having to sail upwind to get back to your slip and having trouble tacking as the breeze picks up. Is this trouble "consistent" from when you start sailing upwind, presumably in more open water, to the point that you are getting in closer quarters as you near the slip? Or, do you have more problems the closer you get to your slip? I think for us all, when it's blowing harder, boat handling skills become more important and, perhaps more anxiety producing, as we approach crowded areas in a powered-up boat. In open water, one has plenty of room to make a mistake (maybe you get stuck in-irons or even go for a swim) but when there's other boats around, any mistake is amplified. Kind of like my skiing skills - no problem skiing a steep, open run but put me in a narrow chute of the same slope angle with rocks on both sides and my heart rate is up a few notches!
  7. Dinghy New Guy Strong Wind Tacking Problems

    We've all been there... What kind of boat? That may help to enable boat-specific advice.
  8. Craigslist Finds

    "nice" and only a little fine tuning of the rigging and welding the trailer tongue back on (see pic 3) not to mention mast.....
  9. Shipping a Melges24 jib from US to Europe?

    Look at the pictures of almost new Melges 20 sails ready to ship in this link. https://newhaven.craigslist.org/bpo/d/racing-sails-melges-20/6314977431.html
  10. Craigslist Finds

    And a Buccaneer: https://sacramento.craigslist.org/boa/d/chrysler-buccaneer-18/6330543101.html
  11. Craigslist Finds

    An old glass Thistle that needs a lot of work to make competitive but could be a good deal. https://goldcountry.craigslist.org/boa/d/thistle-sailboat/6321276111.html
  12. Craigslist Finds

    A 5o5 in Nevada: https://reno.craigslist.org/boa/d/int-505-for-sale/6249603522.html
  13. Elevating the rig on a Laser

    Probably. Better buy a mast step repair kit from APS....
  14. cost of used Lightning rig?

    You've probably checked but if not, see (there's a rigged boom listed) this link: http://lightningclass.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=1447&club_id=93488
  15. Thistle buoyancy bags vs foam

    Here's some very good Thistle floatation information in this link. It's focused on woodies but provides some good general info. The Santa Cruz tragedy (1969 actually) referenced by fastyacht is referenced with scans of the original Bagpipe (class newsletter) linked. http://pnelson.us/float/