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  1. Quilbilly

    R2AK 2019

    I have sailed north of Prince Rupert and SE ALASKA extensively as well as far as the north end of Vancouver Island. I have hit any number of small floating logs and seen some bigger ones. But none of them were big enough to do any damage. I don't know if there is more logging in the section between Vancouver island and Prince Rupert that makes that area especially problematic but if it is like what I've seen I am not too worried about it. My boat is built of 1/2" plywood and only does about 6 knots though. I did hit a entire alder tree once, branches, leaves and all. I was sort of showing off beating up a narrow channel and the boat just slowly came to a halt. Kind of embarrassing and it was a pain to get untangled. Todd
  2. Thanks for the responses. I did get a Pelagic autopilot this year which might make the case for the snuffer more compelling. But I am also getting to an age where the less time spent on the foredeck the better I feel. Trog glad to hear it’s working, you’re the first person I ve found who actually has one. And Jabber, I’d be curious to know as well, in the states it’s just the opposite. It’s weird, when Yamaha four stroke outboards were first being introduced I bought one in Vancouver for about 2/3 what it cost here even taking brokerage fees and ignoring the exchange rate. Those days are gone. todd
  3. Gotta watch that auto correct. Since I can’t seem to delete it, here’s the question again: I am considering getting a top down fuller for my asymmetrical spinnaker for my 27 foot boat. We are entered in R2Ak but when that is over I’d like to use it for essentially single handing, I say essentially because my wife is along but other than her steering I do the sailing. I’ve read everything here about different brands and price is an object. The Smallest Harken Reflex, which seems to get good reviews costs 2/3 more than the Selden. I haven’t seen anyone actually comment on the Selden but they’ve been making them for ten years or so, so somebody must be buying them. The added cost of the Harken probably means we stick to the snuffer which means without a crew I’m unlikely to use it. thanks Todd
  4. I am considering getting a top down fuller for my asymmetrical spinnaker for my 27 foot boat. We are entered in R2Ak but when that is over I’d like to use it for essentially single handing, I say essentially because my wife is along but other than her steering I do the sailing. I’ve read everything here about different brands and price is an object. The Smallest Harken Reflex, which seems to get good reviews costs 2/3 more than the Selden. I haven’t seen anyone actually comment on the Selden but they’ve been making them for ten years or so, so somebody must be buying them. The added cost of the Harken probably means we stick to the snuffer which means without a crew I’m unlikely to use it. thanks Todd
  5. Quilbilly

    Cruising on a Trailer Sailer

    Thanks. We'll see you at the Ruckus I imagine. I saw on the R2AK thread that you were thinking of doing the Vitoria leg, are you still considering that? Todd
  6. Quilbilly

    Cruising on a Trailer Sailer

    Thanks. What I mean about "4200 lbs dry" weight is just with the engine, but no water, fuel or stores aboard. I have a forty gallon water tank and a twenty gallon fuel tank so that I would have to guess when those are full and we have food and gear we are looking at maybe 5500 pounds. I need to actually weigh it sometime. It is 8 feet 6 inches wide which is street legal in the US and Canada. In hindsight I wish I had either cheated and made it somewhat wider because no one has questioned the width. Or I could have been legit and got the permits and wide load sign. As far as the mast it is 33 feet and a rather stout section so raising it is not a trivial matter. I have it all set up with the hinge and pivots for side stays in line with each other and everything worked out but to go from trailer to rigged to sail takes four hours of up and down a ladder a lot. And I am at an age where after four hours of that I'm in no mood to go sailing, I need a nap. I wrote an article in the May/June WoodenBoat magazine about designing, building and launching it. I am not sure whether that is a magazine that makes it to Australia. I'll look for some pictures of the interior this evening and post them. Todd
  7. Quilbilly

    Cruising on a Trailer Sailer

    Here's my boat. It doesn't have a 140 hp engine but my truck almost does. I designed and built it for trailering primarily from the Olympic Peninsula to SE Alaska which we have done five times. Mast raising is pretty straightforward but not a daysailing type of thing. We are entered in the R2AK this year which will be the first time it has gone to Alaska all the way by water . It is 27 ft on deck, 8 1/2' wide and about 4200lbs dry.
  8. Quilbilly

    R2AK 2019

    See you there. Todd What! Race to Alaska Tailgate Party When! Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 4 pm until the free food and beer run out Where! 901 Occidental Ave South, Seattle, WA And here it is again… The Seattle Boat Show: our towering monolith of annual plastic baubles for sale amid trade show banners and pressed palms. And we are pressing palms once again beneath its great shadow. That’s right. The Race to Alaska is tailgating the boat show for the second year. And we are teaming up with the media marvels Three Sheets Northwestbecause it means more free food and beer for everyone. It’s free and a party. Two of the three best things that happen on land. We’ll have (mostly) legal games of chance, music, food, stories and people, yes people. We’d love you to be one of those people. The bigger the crowd the bigger the thank you. The louder the music, the harder it will be for all of us to be arrested, and if you don't come we'll end up feeding 200 lbs of questionable hot dogs to our dog, Jonas. We’re occupying the boat show, in the best way, and we think you should too. 4 PM on this Saturday, January 26. We’ll be firing up the grill so eat our meat or bring your own, drink whatever it is that we have in the red cups or bring something that won't come back up. Just show up with your game face and your running shoes. Questions? Search your soul and then contact us after Hare Krishna strikes out. It'll be a parking lot right next to Centurylink field. We’re taking it back! Taking back what you ask? Come find out.
  9. Quilbilly

    Jammer Six has left and taken it all with him

    I ran into him at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend this year. I hadn't seen him since I worked with him in the 70's but he seemed to be in fine shape, just older like the rest of us.
  10. Quilbilly

    Jammer Six has left and taken it all with him

    What was the boat of yours that Einer Sortun built? I worked at Cadranells with Einer in the 1970 and maybe I helped build it. It was my first boatyard job and I put on a lot of veneers and pulled a lot of staple. Todd
  11. Quilbilly

    Show your boat sailing thread

    I figure anywhere it is cold and rains a pilot house make a lot of sense. Almost all cruising boats around here have dodgers but I have never seen anyone who has a dodger take one down on a sunny day. The flush deck results in more windage but makes up for it in vee berth space.
  12. Quilbilly

    Electronics/Electrical Upgrades

    Regardless of your USB needs, I would spring for a BlueSeas panel as opposed to cheaper one such as a Seadog. I know from experience that the chintzy guy pays the most when I had to replace my first one with a Blue Seas one. Also I'd go with at least six breakers because even though you want to keep it simple, you will find over time that you add things and it avoids in-line fuses that you can never find when the fuse blows. Speaking from experience. And I agree on nav lights, you don't need them until you need them.
  13. Quilbilly

    R2AK 2019

    We haven't officially applied but now that I have my pedal drive almost done I am ready to go public. Thanks to Rick Willoughby for all advice and help on the design. It just needs a little welding and then we will do some sea trials or maybe lake trials. Todd IMG_8784.TRIM_(2).m4v
  14. Quilbilly

    Show your boat sailing thread

    It works great for the Northwest. It rains a lot here. I have a heater and I can steer from inside using the remote with the autopilot. I made it narrow enough that I can see past it when in the cockpit sailing and it gives ample standing headroom to work in the galley.
  15. Quilbilly

    Show your boat sailing thread

    Thanks. It is my design and build. Alaska is a great place to sail. Kind of like sailing through Yosemite.