Quilbilly

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    Show your boat not sailing

    Here is my new one. Definitely not sailing in these pictures. It will be soon. It is my design based off the profile of a Monk designed sloop I restored in the 1970's.
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    flattening Perfection paint

    I made the mistake of painting Alwgrip too late in the day and had the dew fall on it. It does make it flat, but it does so by making micro pits in the surface. I think they would be real dirt magnets if left that way. It was an interesting adventure into nano technology in that every bit of the pitted paint had to be sanded off or the new paint just beaded up like water on a greasy surface.
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    Sealant Tubes

    Squirt a bunch of goo into a bottle cap. It hardens there and you can easily pull the plug out after a couple of months. This tube of caulk is about a year old. I have been using dibs and dabs every month or so. No freezer needed.
  4. I guess this is gear. Here's my Makita drill powered acme thread lifting mechanism for the daggerboard on the day sailer I am building.
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    Acme thread lifting mechanism for the daggerboard

    It is a 1/2" stainless rod and a bronze nut.
  6. An average fit person can do about 1/10 of a hp so my pedal drive will be mostly for getting into and out of marinas. In the R2Ak we could do about 2 knots in calm water with a 5000 lb boat. I'm hoping for something better with an 800 lb boat but not even approaching a 2 hp outboard. Like I said the pedal drive is a great motivator for sailing instead.
  7. It is 18 feet long and 6'6" wide. It should draw about four feet with the board down. The board is 210 lbs. I need to weigh the boat but I am hoping to keep it under 800 pounds total. I did the R2Ak last year with a pedal drive and liked the fact that I didn't like pedaling so we sailed every chance we got. So for now this is going to have a pedal drive probably not for R2Ak though. Here'd a few pix that show the hull shape.
  8. It is my design based on a traditionally built Monk design that I built in the 1970s. I had that boat for many years until two kids and a wife meant it wasn't getting used. It sat in my yard going through many blue tarps until about seven or eight years ago I gave it away. The fellow who took it never picked up the beautiful spruce mast and boom. I didn't want those to go to waste so I designed this boat to use them. From the waterline up will look similar to the original but underwater it is more modern shape and instead of a full keel it has a ballasted daggerboard. It is built like a strip built canoe and can live out of the water when not in use. These are launch day for the original back when we were young and beautiful.
  9. Here is one that I am building that fits the topic.
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    R2AK 2020

    No R2Ak this year. Letter from the Race Boss https://r2ak.com/news/?fbclid=IwAR0h4zhK3Cjgn_xnzhP2Rnz-b0zHi5cuV_wgbmMlaNzxs5FwpiQadsNRdEE
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    best pic of the year?

    This is Doug Shop, Team Perseverance R2Ak. Him and this photo capture what that race is all about.
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    R2AK 2020

    We had an oil pool in the bottom of our chain drive with an oil seal around the shaft,. The orientation of the upper part leads me to think it might be chain.
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    R2AK 2020

    For anyone thinking about building a pedal drive, I was in the Marine Thrift store in Port Townsend today and saw these. There are two of them, it leads me to believe they might have been off a trimaran or maybe a cat. I didn't ask about them so I don't the price or anything. They seemed really well built probably better than they need to be for a week or two of R2Ak.
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    R2AK 2020

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    R2AK 2020

    That looks like one of the Mitrpaks off eBay. I bought one for the 18 foot daysailer I am building. I am not using the flex shaft but a chain drive to the prop. After a lot of work on it I noticed that Rick Willoughby (the pedal drive king) had told me that that size Mitrpak is not stout enough for long term use. He says the drive pin on the pinion gear shears off. Some one on this forum also said the same thing. Since I was already committed I took the gearbox apart and enlarged the pin from 3/32 to 1/8" It took some doing as the pion gear was very hard so I softened it in a forge to drill it and then re heat treated it. I have yet to try it out. That's what I know about that gearbox set up.
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    R2AK 2020

    The Santa Cruz is last year's Team Ripple boat.
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    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
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    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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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    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