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  1. Quilbilly

    R2AK 2020

    These gearboxes are on Ebay. I bought one for a pedal drive for a daysailer I am building. They are a very nice unit. The input shafts are already tapered and tapped for standard bicycle cranks. The output shaft is 1/2' and it comes with the flex shaft shown. I am not using the shaft but am going to modify the coupling to fit a sprocket instead. I think the fellow selling them bought them surplus or something, as he relisted the ad right after he shipped mine. Apparently he takes offers but I just paid full price as that Mitrpak gearbox is about $300 with standard shafts. I have nothing to do with selling these just thought I'd pass it on for those of you pondering how to build a pedal drive. https://www.ebay.com/itm/MITRPAK-T10-3-way-Gearbox-for-human-powered-vehicle/223670383910?hash=item3413cb3526:g:1GsAAOSw-FRb7GGb
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    R2AK 2020

    I'd say go for it. Be prepared and make sure your boat is sound. Would you do it solo? We had a pedal drive and oars. The pedal drive would move us about 2 knots. The oars and pedal drive only got us 2 1/2 knots so we quit using the oars. I see your boat is probably pushing 4000 ponds loaded, you might consider a pedal drive. They are more complex but there are a lot of different approaches out there. Good luck.
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    R2AK 2020

    What boat do you have? As you well know that isn't the determining factor whether people make it, but it might be the determining factor in whether you make it. We did the race this year in my boat. It's 27 feet, we don't have lifelines but we were snapped at all times with jacklines going forward. ( I'm not getting into whether tethers are killers, I'd rather they find my body if I go overboard, cause your won't last long out there on your own). We traveled in style, we had bunks, a stove, a heater and we slept some almost every night. As far as zesty, it was that and we had no hope of being competitive other than with ourselves. We made it twelve days. In hindsight I would carry a sea anchor. I had always heard of the dangers of a lee shore but until traveling without a backup power, our pedal drive barely counts, one doesn't really appreciate the dangers of being blown onto the beach. Crossing Dixon Entrance we were only a mile and half off shore in a strong westerly and the thought crosses my mind that if anything broke we would be in a world of hurt. A sea actor would have helped some. I'd encourage anyone to do the race who is prepared. You don't have to be a young stud to make it. Todd
  4. Quilbilly

    SCHAEFER #CF700 Furling

    I've had on on my 27 foot sloop for 15 years. Never had any problem with it except it kind of sticks now and then. If you Maclube the bearings it seems to help. I got it because the PVC extrusion works well to prepare for trailering compared to a rigid foil. I agree, make sure you trust your forestay.
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    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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
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    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
  11. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
  15. 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.