Panope

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    Show your boat not sailing

    Covid cruising in the San Juan Islands. The popular anchorages are loaded with boats. We found solitude in this narrow cove. Not really enough room to swing, so I put out a couple stern anchors in a wide "V" just in case the forecast of 25 to 35 develops overnight (it probably wont).
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Yep, it is by far, the most I've seen here. I hope it settles down -post Covid. I have to remind myself not to complain. Some folks have it a lot worse..... Steve
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    On this trip, so far he has avoided the stew pot.
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    Anchor Geekdom

    Thread title credit: Bob Perry. This thread is a continuation of the discussion we were having over on the CA Raft Up Thread. http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=167755&st=0 I had posted some videos of various anchors setting and Alex W offered to let me use his Fortress anchor to test. Here is the result: Here are the other 6 videos that I have already posted:
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    Anchor Geekdom

    Not possible at this time, Max. I'm out floating around now, but when I get back to civilization I'll look into setting that up. Thanks, Steve
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    I was going to mention that we sail with the eatin kind.......Nevermind......
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    Anchor Geekdom

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    That's a trailer sailer!

    That's how I play it. Home made trailer. Shed is a bonus. For years I did the "Borrow or Rent" thing for the tow vehicle. Eventually, that got old, so last year I bought a nearly free "cab and chassis" (pick-up truck with no bed) at an auction. This season, the plan is to provision the boat while still in the shed. We will depart for our trip directly from the travel-lift slings.
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    Ferrocement Anarchy!

    Further googling finds this 425 footer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Selma_(1919)
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    Ferrocement Anarchy!

    Largest ferro was this Chinese cargo ship, apparently. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gu_Tian
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    H-Boat Renovation Project

    If the kids are all grown up, you will be fine with a frail table.
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    H-Boat Renovation Project

    I've got my toes buried in the sand, 100 miles from my computer, so only the one picture, below. I did a home made version of toddster's pipe leg table. The major difference is that I made the horizontal arm very long so that the vertical post could be mounted at the bulkhead. It's built strong enough to take the weight of an adult (applied accidentally or intentionally). Like toddster's mine lives pivoted off to the side until needed for meals, engine rebuilding or other activities. The greatest thing about these offset pipe leg tables, is the infinite positions they can be placed. I'll have a 6 person feast in progress when someone needs to go forward to take a leak. No problem to swing the table aside enough for the leaker to sneak past without disturbing a wineglass. Table can be quickly demounted from the leg, and the leg pivots out of the way - up against the bulkhead. Originally, the table top could be stored vertically, fixed to the bulkhead. I have since cut away most of the bulkhead to open up the interior. Now that I have the pullman berth forward, I almost never demount the table. Steve https://i.imgur.com/mTKDtUE.jpg
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    Anchor Geekdom

    You're welcome, Dogscout
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    Aluminum Anarchy

    Full disclosure: I welded NEW plates down the center of the bilge to cover the lead ballast. The original metal (not quite as shinny as the center plates) was cleaned up with a sanding wheel. Steve
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    Aluminum Anarchy

    Sounds like you have plenty of enthusiasm for the project, student driver. It will be worth the effort. I've got a 44 year old aluminum boat. Been in the family since new. A few years ago I gutted/cleaned the bilges and rebuilt the cabin sole with huge access hatches everywhere - highly recommended.
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    Coolboats to admire

    I wish Ron Howard would make one of his "accurate to the last detail" movies about it.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Maybe the lack of windward sailing ability and possibility of being blown away from the island (certain death) drove the decision.
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    What custom cruiser...if money were no object?

    Fair enough. Just don't muck it up with one of those dorky anchor prods (a proper bowsprit would be handsome).
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    What custom cruiser...if money were no object?

    A raked bow would help with the reserve buoyancy and keep the anchor from crashing into the topsides.
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    Anchor Geekdom

    Max, Nothing scientific about it. I just like to overnight in tight little coves and frequently anchor at that scope (or less) so I wanted to test similar. I have also tested the larger anchors at 2.5:1 just to test the envelope. If an anchor fails at 3:5:1, I will re-test at 5:1 I am not interested in anchors that require more than 5:1 to function. Steve
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    Anchor Geekdom

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    Anchor Geekdom

    Bollard Pull of the "small" test boat has been verified. Use the data to get an idea of the holding power of anchors that have been tested with this boat, such as the recent test of the 13 lb. Mantus Anchor. Steve
  23. I'd do that test - if the water would freeze. Old timers have spoke of driving cars on iced over parts of the Salish sea. I always assumed they were full of shit, but there is this video from 1950:
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    Boat Dogs - What to look for?

    I did. For better or worse, my geekness rubbed off on two friends: They adopted two of Pitot's puppies and named them EDO (airplane float manufacturer) and GYRO (short for gyroscopic instruments found in aircraft).
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    Boat Dogs - What to look for?

    Ok, I'll play. Pitot (yes, an English dog with a French name)