Kris Cringle

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    Is this site slow to load for anyone else?

    Like watching grass grow.
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    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    I think this is a Chameleon. This was the true test of a nesting dinghy I watched in Cuttyhunk Pond several years ago. The two nested pieces fit on the foredeck of this smaller cruiser. They chucked the pieces in the the water, led them aft and both parents each stepped into sections. She mostly did the attachment. It didn't take long. Full load, I counted at least 3 kids. The boat was seaworthy with that load which would have overwhelmed most hard dinghy's. It's the length of this boat that makes it seaworthy.
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    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    A sailing dinghy has been the best piece of kit for my family for over 20 years. I can't even fathom the hours and miles and experiences it has afforded. Jud, for the rig stowage, we long ago settled on this simple stow. The mast, boom and yard on our rig is sloppily folded a few times and then simply all rolled up into a 10' long, 3" diameter, 10 pound roll(self lashed with the sheet and halyard that roll around it). It stays on deck when we're aboard (why below) on a side deck lashed (one lash middle) to a stanchion. Not in the way, off the foot area and doesn't interfere with sheets. Leaving the boat at the mooring, I slide the 'roll' through the forward hatch. It stands on the sole until I go below. Below, I pull the roll through, stuff an end into the anchor locker and it rests on either side of the vee berth, out of the sun and weather. We just reverse this when going off for a few days. In 20 years, the limited sun damage has had little effect on the sail. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've rigged - unrigged this dinghy. This is the only boat my wife has ever sailed.
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    The Rant

    It happens, but I think it's a stretch to go from adult, to sailor. He's got to be the type of person that gets passionate about things and then have sailing become that passion. It's easy to learn sailing, I know. But the stupid stuff of boats and being on the water is a school of hard knocks from all the dumb mistakes. If you haven't done some of that, it may not look possible. Sad to say but all it really takes is an intro as a kid. Parents who boated, hopefully sailed but just being on the water, or one of the many intro sailing classes available near the water, anywhere. The biggest step I believe, is just getting on that little boat long enough to get a sense of, 'yeah, I can do this'.
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    What’s your favorite anchorage’s ( pic’s)

    Another favorite, anchored off Isle Au Haut. Not in a cruising guide anywhere, we dubbed it Eden. At near high tide, a river formed and flowed back and forth over the bar between Isle Au Haut and Western Ear. We drifted in the ebb and flow and watched the bottom through the glass clear water typical in Penobscot Bay.
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    What’s your favorite anchorage’s ( pic’s)

    This could be my favorite all time anchorage. In Merchants Row in a small basin formed by Shiver Island. The anchorage is too sketchy for 99% of sailors to use, so I've never found it occupied. As the tide lowers the shoreline emerges and nearly closes you in a small bowl. Most think you'd be trapped until the tide comes back. There's room for one boat to swing if the breeze pipes up. If you're lucky and your light goes low with the tide, walking on the temporary archipelago, feels lunar like with so much exposed rocky land surrounding the tea cup in the center that your boat is floating in. My partner, a beach comber extraordinaire, is very happy here(tiny figure below-center).
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    Old boats - a problem that’s not going away

    This is such a problem, and the problem is growing exponentially. The boats as housing trend - also growing exponentially - accelerates the initial problem. No faster way to make a boat useless than turning it into housing: Typical sailing board post today: "I'm ready to live the dream (never sailed), which boat is a good live-aboard". Wood was so much more elegant in this regard. Once in a state of disrepair, dreamers were easily found. Moved into their backyard for them to work their 'magic', nature soon took over. Compost comes next next(sometimes a bonfire). The circle of life.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Looking out over the steely gray ocean these days; a monochrome picture as far as the eye can see, it's hard to believe there can be so much color sailing along our coast.
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    Lusting on Yachtworld

    Very nice boat! I enjoy working on the mechanics of my boat, but I'm no mechanic. I never work on the engines in our cars (I hate cars). It's different. Only do what is fun, enjoyable. Once something frustrates - walk away, pick up your palette and easel, call somebody,... Many years ago in a cove where we kept our (then) boat, I heard the most astonishing scene that was going on below deck on a nearby moored boat. Between loud - fast, metallic thuds coming from below, a pause and then the hushed cries from a grown man,....almost whimpering in anguish. A few seconds of silence would follow,....then the voice would raise in anger once again, and the thudding would begin - BANG BANG BANG, ...followed by the whimpering, like a flogged animal. I felt so sorry for that man but he scared me too much to offer help. A boat could do that to you, if you let it. Vineyard Vixen 34 in the Fox Island Thoughofare.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Impressive value today for 50 year old, 26' glass boats. The value of 50+ year old glass production boats in the 26' range is pretty dismal here in New England. Centaurs also have inboard diesels. If they need a re-power, what are they getting? When under 30', 50 year old production boats around here need a re-power, that can be a death sentence.
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    Coffee

    That turns me off. I have a house full of stuff that doesn't work. I like simple, no maintenance - never breaks, stuff on the boat. Next to an indestructable mocha pot, here's one of my favorite tools (arrow). A hand tool, easy to operate and never breaks (original to the boat). Who knows what it is?
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    Coffee

    Whoa! Game changer potential,...
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    Keep off the Rocks!

    Three big tech changes in my lifetime have been: Pencil and drafting table to CAD. Film to digital photography. Paper chart navigation to digital. During each of these life changes, I saw quite a few people left behind. A few (not many I know) are still happy with a drafting table, roll film and parallel rules and paper charts. I'm not very nostalgic about any of these older tools I used well and was happy with in their day. It was always about the end result for me; the build or building that I was looking for, the resulting image on paper or screen my eye saw and the sailing along the way. The tools, a means to an end. I too love nautical charts on a wall, at home to dream (I plan on a screen). And I still use a pencil in building design. These days as my projects are small, I'll sketch free hand an idea (I always had some skill there) on site, take a photo with my iphone, and send it to the client. Nothing slows construction down faster today than a guy who "doesn't do e-mail". Plant trees, we need them.
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    Why not more Pilot House/Solid Dodger yachts?

    This is an enjoyable thread but I have to say, many of the posted houses look very hot to me. Glass in the sides and front, not very much that is removable. We sail on the cool coast of Maine but we get several days every season when the only escape from the blistering mid day heat from the hot sun, is under a large billowing awning with the soft dodger front opened or collapsed all together. These days are often near windless so what little breeze is allowed to flow under the awning. Odds are good, next season will be hotter than the last. Don't these pilothouses get hot?
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    Keep off the Rocks!

    I received a letter the other day from a really nice guy, asking something about the awning on my boat, which he saw online. The letter, typed on a piece of paper, was folded and inside a paper envelope and had a postage stamp on it. He added no email address and I can't find anything online from his name and return address. I would like to answer his question. I have no paper printer and no access to one. I haven't required a paper printer in over a decade. I send everything, even invoices digitally. I do have paper, out in the garage, and pencils(I doodle and draw/sketch, all the time). I haven't written in long hand in so long; and as a left hander my handwriting was horrible,... I recall from the 80's.... What the hell was he thinking?