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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.


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  1. Hi Tad, Thanks for posting the photos of Kiwi...I"ve painful memories of iMP's crew wet sanding the Baltoplate standing in the snow at Snead Island in '77. A couple a dozen big snook were circling the little marina trying to find some warmth against the seawall. We got the bottom sanded to #800...Dave Allen, iMP's owner, was right there with us getting wet, black, and cold. Then DWA took us all out for a warm meal. DWA was a class act, and like a father to us kids.
  2. During a buoys race in the SORC, we round inside overlapped with the big C&C66 PHANTOM. As we are about to bear off and be blanketed by PHANTOM's massive sail area, our skipper notices PHANTOM's spinnaker halyard is about to be hoisted by two big lads at a coffee grinder. Our skipper, also noticing PHANTOM's spinnaker halyard is still attached to the bow pulpit, hails "HOIST AWAY!" The lads on PHANTOM's grinder, not looking up, spin the grinder handles with enthusiasm and PHANTOM's bow pulpit, followed by the stanchions and life lines, are quickly hoisted to the masthead.
  3. Bill Ficker was a friend, competitor, mentor, my boss. Bill's 1958 World Champion Starboat NHYCUSA (Newport Harbor Yacht Club USA) was always immaculately prepared. I should know. My Star was parked in an adjacent stall, and I worked a summer job for Bill in his architect's office. Friday afternoons Bill would send me off early from work to wet sand the bottom of NHYCUSA, first with #800 fine grit, then #1200 extra fine. Years later I wondered if Bill didn't enjoy having the kid smoothing his boat's bottom, knowing I wouldn't have time to fine-tune my own boat for that weekend's race. It was part of the psyche, and Bill was very good at that. Bill was a quiet but fierce competitor, finely attuned to both the rules and winning tactics. You knew if Bill got ahead, you'd never pass him back. Bill was always conservative, never taking flyers if behind. And when he got ahead, he would always tack to cross, to consolidate his lead. Bill, encouraged by his sister Sue and father Pete, was already a good sailor as a kid. At Cal Berkeley, Bill, with Lowell North and Larry Shep, made a formidable intercollegiate team. They would likely have won the 1950 championships, but Lowell broke his leg and couldn't sail. Dick Carter and Bobby Monetti came out from Yale and won by a point in a photo finish in the last race. That's Monetti holding the Morss trophy, Dick Carter immediately to his left in the dark shirt and shorts, and Bill Ficker standing tall behind Monetti, second from right, with the towel and head of hair. I couldn't help but learn when sailing against Bill Ficker. I knew I was sailing against the very best. Even watching from astern was a pleasure: you just knew Bill was on the right tack, his Baxter and Cicero sails perfectly shaped and trimmed for the breeze and sea conditions. Once, in a Star fleet race, Bill's NHYCUSA and I were starting at the weather end. We had a perfectly timed start, and NHYCUSA, to weather, was a few seconds early and barging. I was about to tell the master, “No room, Bill, you're barging!” when Bill, without looking, said in a firm, level-toned voice, “Skip, I'm gonna need room, I have an absolute.” I couldn't remember what an “absolute” was or if I'd read about it. I wavered at the tiller, and Bill slipped NHYCUSA through the hole we opened and sailed off to another win. That afternoon as we washed our boats off, I mustered the nerve to ask Bill, “what's an 'absolute'?” With a wry grin Bill said to the 14 year old kid “why Skip, an “absolute” means I have absolutely no rights.” Bill Ficker. Great guy, wonderful sailor, true gentleman.
  4. A sunny afternoon for MERLIN's 40th Birthday celebration at Santa Cruz Harbor. Many familiar faces among 150 paying homage, with docks filled, tours below, and MERLIN's cockpit filled with smiles, guitar and mandolin music. Much emotion too, realizing we are all 40 years down the road. Yay, MERLIN, bringing us together again. Lu and Bill Lee, Bill in his 1977 Transpac crew shirt 6 surviving crew from MERLIN's Transpac record run in 1977: (from l to r) navigator Don Snyder used celestial; phil vandenberg was cosmic flushed; Bill Lee, Dave Wahle; Jack Halterman; Bobbo Larson. RIP Harvey Kilpatrick, Rob Wade
  5. Thursday, Feb.24, 1977, was a big deal for Bill Lee and crew. The previous afternoon MERLIN had been rolled out of the Chicken Coop and loaded aboard Drivin' Ivan's plum colored 18 wheeler. With nearby Santa Cruz Harbor shoaled by winter surf, Bill instead opted for the 20 mile drive down Highway 1 to Gravelle's Boat Yard in Moss Landing for MERLIN's launch. With "Bosun" Dave Wahle in Maui, Bobbo was detailed as "launch master", and KT was charged with picking up refreshments: a keg at Z's Liquors. Drivin' Ivan never was much for speed limits, and somehow the crew aboard MERLIN was able to lift local power lines with wooden handle crutches as MERLIN sped along underneath. MERLIN arrived at Moss Landing before noon. But Bobbo had somehow forgotten to check the tide book and launching couldn't take place until later .... much later. The launch crew and arriving friends did what they do best in such adverse circumstances .... "Let the Party Begin" pronounced Bill Lee.. The beer keg was breached, brandy was poured, and the sweet aroma of local pot filled the air. By mid-afternoon the party was in full swing, and there were some minor casualities. Drivin' Ivan had been drinking brandy in his truck cab and passed out onto the ground below, his position taken by a back-up driver. Fortunately, Don Snyder's mother had thought to bring a camera, otherwise we wouldn't have the only photo of the event that apparently survives. As the sun set, MERLIN's chief wood worker, KT (Karen Trap), was handed the traditional bottle of champagne to break on MERLIN's bow. Only problem was she couldn't reach the bow, as it overhung the water. Bobbo appropriated a nearby scaffold plank, and with half a dozen wobbly kneed assistants acting as counterweights on the inboard end of the plank, KT ventured dangerously to the end and with a mighty swing, christened MERLIN. Doggies.
  6. Last evening, as the sun set into a thick fog, Bill and Lu Lee's iconic 'Fast is Fun" MERLIN was lowered into the Pacific at Santa Cruz Harbor after an absence of many years in Great Lakes waters. Bill and crew spent recent months removing the dysfunctional canting keel, daggerboard, hydraulics, and massive internal structure, and installing a new, Alan Andrews designed, torpedo type keel. Bill had a broad smile last evening when he saw MERLIN floating evenly and exactly on her original, 1977, designed lines, indicating a displacement of 25,000 pounds had been met. MERLIN will compete in next summer's Transpac, 40 years after breaking the Transpac elapsed time record. Welcome Home, MERLIN! A re-christening ceremony will be held February 26, all invited. Regarding questions about the paint job, cabin shape, and other refinements, Bill would say MERLIN remains a "work in progress," with nothing off the table..
  7. Good news from Santa Cruz is Monday MERLIN was lifted off the cradle and carefully set down on her new keel. Everyone had done a good job, and things fit with precision. Props to Homer and crew for the massive amount of glassing new internal hull and floor structure, and ultimately drilling the keel bolt holes using a template and pilot holes. Drilling large diameter holes from the outside upwards ain't no easy job, where the vacuum dust sucker is as important as the alignment spotter. The rudder, looking about 8 feet deep, was also fitted into place. While Ian finishes rigging the nearby mast and fine tuning the steering, final underbody fairing and painting is taking place. Sooner, rather than later, MERLIN will again taste saltwater, the mast stepped, and sails begin to go up and down. Though you would not know it from their patient and calm demeanor, I know Bill and Lu Lee are ready to launch their baby back into the Pacific. Next door to MERLIN is a cute, slightly dated, IOR Half Tonner getting some fresh paint. Anyone care to guess who the unlikely designer was? ~sleddog
  8. MERLIN's new keel has arrived:
  9. With Santa Cruz Harbor's 30 year old dredge well and truly dead, long time Port Commissioner Bill Lee had a vested interest in this morning's launch of the new $5 mil. dredge "Twin Lakes." While Bill, I, and a happy crowd of 200 spectators watched, the 280 ton,120 foot, "Twin Lakes" was slowly lowered down the launch ramp on 8 inflatable sausage bags, each 6 feet in diameter and 35 feet long. Acting as a brake was a four part tackle of 1.5 inch flexible steel wire anchored to an 18 wheel tractor trailer and a giant diesel winch. At one point, an air bag squirted out from underneath, and things came to a stop while the now listing dredge was righted by relocating the wayward sausage, and pumping in,more air (2.5 ppsi) from a giant compressor. It was all slow motion, and took about 4 hours for the dredge to travel a precarious 75 feet down the ramp and into the waters of its new home. The crowd cheered and applauded, and Bill Lee smiled his wry smile. Why this all matters, other than the ill designed Santa Cruz Harbor needs full time dredging during the winter and early spring, is MERLIN's new Alan Andrews' designed keel bulb and strut, a beauty on paper, are currently being built at Duro Keel, near Mexico City, and scheduled for delivery in Santa Cruz in mid-July. The keel will weigh 10,500 pounds, same as before. But MERLIN is lighter, with an all carbon deck and a lighter rig. Draft will be 10.5 feet, about all that Santa Cruz Harbor can accommodate. Things are looking up for MERLIN. Bill is assembling an outstanding crew for Transpac '17, all of whom have Santa Cruz loyalties. No crew will be paid to race. Everyone is A#1, top-notch talent who will compliment MERLIN's pedigree to the fullest. Good on Bill Lee. When the keel arrives, things should begin to happen with more pace. I know it's been occasionally frustrating for Bill trying to assemble the pieces of a 40 year old legendary design into a competitive ocean racer for modern times. Bill's calmness, combined with his encyclopedic knowledge of design history and parameters, bodes well for MERLIN's return to the Pacific swells.
  10. Golf Tee rudders were very wide at the top, to match the bustle at the back of the boat. They were favored for but a moment in yacht design time during the IOR Rule,in order to get around girth stations measurements to obtain a longer waterline and direct water flow aft near the hull..
  11. Chorus1 posted a couple of photos of CANDIDE and her "golf tee" rudder on this Forum thread, post 91, April 14, 2011 http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=120735&page=1 Sorry to hear about her loss.
  12. Looks like a Wood Pussy. The jumpers on the tall mast are a clue. Unlike most other cat dinghies, early WP's had them.
  13. Thanks for the find! We're #4497, tacking to windward of 1959 World Champ Bill Ficker on #3850 at the end of the movie. Fun to see "back in the day" before fiberglass hulls and aluminum masts, Prone hiking was really the only way to get weight outboard on a Star, as hiking aids were not yet allowed. It also allowed peaking under the boom for starboard tackers, and the crew could see easily see kelp on the keel and clean with the kelpstick.
  14. As most surmise, MERLIN is no longer competitive for Transpac F2F/Barn Door....Wisely, Bill is being deliberative about how he wants to approach things, and is working with the best in the business, Alan Andrews, about how to make the parts fit the puzzle of making MERLIN whole again. Ironically, for Transpac, this takes Bill and Alan down the handicap route, at least so far as making MERLIN competitive in the Sled Division. No final decision has yet been made regarding the keel. No viable used keels, TP-52 or otherwise, have turned up. The old canting fin (strut) will likely be re-used, in a fixed position, with a new, heavier bulb. One criteria regards depth in Santa Cruz Harbor. MERLIN's new draft can't very well exceed 10 feet, where it was 12 feet on the GL. Sail area will likely be reduced, with up to 5' coming off the main boom. At Santa Cruz Harbor Boatyard, MERLIN on the tarmac is about as close to the water as could be, without being afloat. I stood up yesterday inside the keel slot, and had a look around. As reported by SolarWind, above, nothing is coming off the boat without being weighed.
  15. 11.07.15 400 pounds of internal keel canting equipment has been removed from MERLIN, with more to come. Bill is weighing everything coming off the boat. No keel replacement yet found. Apparently, used TP52 or equivalent keels more difficult to locate than first surmised, possible candidates having been melted down. Possible option under consideration is using the old (canting) keel with its canting hinge removed, then sliding the fin up into a slot (trunk) in the hull and thru-bolted. This would reduce draft, a mixed blessing. The stability would no longer be there for big spinnys set off the bowsprit. However, MERLIN could use Santa Cruz Harbor F dock (60 foot slips) which carry 10' of depth at low tide. Good thing Bill was once a nuclear sub engineer. His intention is to have MERLIN sailing locally next summer. 15 miles down the road, at Moss Landing, things initially went easier for the red SC-70 THIRSTY TIGER (SC-70 #3, ex-CITIUS, ex-OLE), which also arrived from the Great Lakes shortly after MERLIN. THIRSTY TIGER, will be put in the sunset wine cruises and whale watching business, similar to the SC-70 CHARDONNAY. It took only two days to rig and splash THIRSTY TIGER at Gravelle's. Next up for THIRSTY TIGER is building the CG required stainless railing, 36" high, around the deck. But that only gets things started with achieving CG passenger certification. To achieve necessary stability for 64 passengers, 3,000 pounds of lead may have to be added, likely in the bilge. Dock talk is THIRSTY TIGER will be renamed MERLOT.