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    Rusty stainless

    Did it,.... looks good, will report back in 6 mo. Arnold

    Toast or Roast

    Here's something I got from Mark J, Re: Dave Ellis "Mark Here's my best effort re Dave--PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EDIT DAVE ELLIS has an almost life-long history with the Windmill Class--a competitive and fast dinghy today that was originally designed in the early 1950s by Clark Mills as a step up from his Optimist Pram design. Dave is the only person to have his name engraved on every Windmill Class Association (WCA) perpetual trophy: Internationals, Nationals, Midwinters, Southerns and Midwesterns. He's the only sailor to have won the Nationals as both crew and skipper as well as serving as Nationals PRO and class President. As a youngster, Dave crewed for Walter Most (Windmill #17) when they won both the 1957 and 1959 Nationals. He also fell out of the boat when crewing in the 1960 Internationals (hiking strap broke) and heard his skipper yelling "Swim, Swim!" Dave moved around the country and lived in California where he built both a Moth and a Catamaran! Upon returning east in the late 1970s, purchased a Windmill and was 3rd in the 1979 Nationals. He was elected President of the WCA and retained that position for 2 years during which time he won the last-sailed Windmill Internationals (1980) on Saratoga Lake NY where top Finnish Windmill sailors took 2nd and 5th and future (many times) National Champion Craig Tovell was 3rd. He served as Jouster editor over 2 different periods.Acquiring #4922 (the original McLaughlin boat) Dave won the 1985 Nationals at the Concord YC in Knoxville TN over a very strong fleet of former and future Nationals winners. He "retired" from Windmilling in the later 1980s. Dave sailed a wide variety of small boats out of St. Petersburg FL and was busy promoting & teaching sailing. He was the Sailing Master at the St. Pete YC and wrote a sailing column for the St. Pete Times as well as articles in numerous sailing publications. When Christina Chauvenet "hassled" him back into Windmill racing, he re-did an old Moorman boat and in 2004 finished 3rd in the 30 boat Nationals in Charleston, SC. Subsequently he re-rigged another boat and won both the 2005 and 2006 Nationals -- two of those 3 events with crews who had never been in a sailboat! Dave also was the PRO for the 2008 Nationals in NH where he was elected as the 2nd (after the founders) honorary member of the Windmill Class. and as the Jouster Editor on several different occasions. Dave represented the Windmill Class in the 1981 Yachting Magazine "One of a Kind" regatta, securing 3rd place among 21 highly competitive centerboard dinghies. He also represented the WCA twice in the US Sailing "Championship of Champions" event where 20 classes are invited to send their current champion to compete in a round-robin boat-swapping event. In 2006 Dave finished 7th in this incredibly competitive fleet--sailed in Y-Flyers and showing his versatility! Dave has also been involved in delivering boats via trailer to classes and regattas around the country as well as delivering some larger boats by water. His service to one-design racing may actually be exemplified by his receipt of the Denis Surtees award (2010) from the 505 class. This is given to someone felt to have provided outstanding service to the class--generally a 505 racer and fleet promoter. Dave's was for his service as PRO at 505 Nationals and several other major 505 events. He's raced more different classes of sailboats than most can count and always with success and efforts to help others. The Windmill class is both honored and fortunate to count Dave as its longest time member, promoter and friend!" Allen C

    Rusty stainless

    Thanks all. I'm going to try the polishing wheel and finish off with spotless stainless.

    Rusty stainless

    Is there a way to treat stainless after grinding or heating to straightening to eliminate the surface from rusting?. I've been polishing with a brass wire wheel and can get the shine back to origonal but two weeks later rust starts forming.
  5. Get a copy of Southwinds mag. They have most of the Fl clubs listed. Then, check in there.

    Trying to Buy a Boat

    Buy this

    VX Evo vs Rader II

    I've not sailed the Vx, but have sailed both the Raider and Raider II. Boom height...not a problem. Even wifey never complains. Unless xonk has sailed both, the opinion comes from NO knowledge.
  8. Don't overlook a Raider. It would seem to fit your needs. Family below

    Megabyte v. RS Feva

    See if you can find a used Raider II. Looks like it would fit your application perfectly. Main and jib, easily singlehands, plenty of room for two, has asso spinny and has light air performance similar to a Thistle.
  10. 13 Raiders at the last "Kettle Cup" in in Dec. Orlando (lake Monroe). More coming to Melbourne in April. Fit your size.
  11. ARNOLD

    Dinghies, in order of difficulty

    Second that! I think it would be hard to find an easier or more comfortable boat to rig and sail than my raider sport. Pretty quick too!
  12. +2 on the Raider suggestion. Just saw about a dozen of them at the Kettle Cup. Similar boats sailed single and double handed were about 8/10 wind speeds Very comfy and easy to sail.(fast) Age of skippers were from about 40 to 75+ Mine is an older model but new ones are about 10K with spinny .
  13. Look at a Raider II........very good (excellent) in light air, has a spinny and easy on the body. I have a Raider 1 and dinghys don't come more comfortable.