Kris Cringle

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  1. Kris Cringle

    Show your boat not sailing

    Yes it is, 1961 Alden # 949-Y
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    Coolboats to admire

    Spot on, Mr. Bull, for my eye as well. I wondered if the house, which is kinda weak (sorry Chuck ), would improve taking center stage? To be fair, I think it's the deck and cockpit of this boat that gets most of the awes (I didn't take any photos from that angle-too bad). But it is a nice design overall to my eye following a good brief: "A balanced cruiser/racer for a coastal user". I've always liked his older work, he sort of lost me on his bigger boats. I talked to Chuck Paine (he doesn't know me, I thought he was his brother Art,...), a few weeks ago in Tenants Harbor. He was rowing in from sailing his H 12 1/2. Just sayin,...
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    Coolboats to admire

    Maybe it's the satin/matt finish on ERICA. Her topsides look like a new tropical hardwood strip floor in a contemporary foyer. More gloss? Seems to hide the puzzle of strips beneath. Still, I'm not a good judge as I prefer this hull shape, painted.
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    Coolboats to admire

    It's just me, but I think ERICA would be prettier with a painted hull and bright finished house and coamings. I like bright hulls ok but in this case, there's too much wood for me to see. I think the hull is a great shape and sheer that would show the lines better without all the wood pieces distracting my eye.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    CL, tell me about the fireplace in Restive, it's beautiful. It looks sort of like a Luke? It reminds me of one I saw on an Aggie Nielsen. It also resembles the old Simpson Laurence fireplaces like I have on my boat. Do you have a door or something that goes over the firebox? How about the stove pipe: What's on deck and what's the process to mount - unmount? Do you have a damper in the pipe or is there some way to damp it down on the stove? How is it actual use, heat output, draft etc? Do you get an occasional backdraft? I notice the grill in the wall behind. I also notice the panel to the right is cracked open. Is overheating an issue? Use firewood chunks for fuel? Really nice, a very beautiful boat with lovely details. I think in fact that woodwork is well thought out for use/abuse. It will look even better with a few more decades of dings and divots. Do it!
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    Coolboats to admire

    Chuck Paine's ERICA at the docks. 45' cold molded cruiser/racer built in 2004.
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    Ultimate cruising boat?

    That design is not new, I recognized the hull shape immediately. 'Buoy Boats' have a long history on the coast of Maine. Kids look for lobster buoy floats that are split in half (not at all rare on this coast). They hollow out a slot on the 'bottom' (the round half) and stuff a shard of stone into it leaving most of it hanging out (voila-keel). Then a stick stuffed in a hole on the 'top' (flat side), thread on a sail shaped piece of plastic tarp or paper, and launch it off the beach. They sail amazingly well to windward (so much for high tech foils). This one had either an oversized SA/D or too little rock. Our son long ago made one from a small toggle buoy. It sailed great but I built a tiny stand for it and retired it to our boats cabin. It's the closest I'll ever have to a ship model down below.
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    Wooden boats thread

    Hey, I think that was Joe Browns boat, my neighbor a few doors down. He passed away a few years ago. Very nice guy, we had some great talks. He would bristle at contemporary boat names like WET DREAM, etc. Old school, he preferred what he called, "True" boat names, hence I think his Hinckley 36 was named GLIMPSE, and that must be the one?
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Not sailing last weekend in the Fox Island Thoroughfare, Penobscot Bay, Maine. Fall, best light for photos, is here.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Looks like a Hood 32 http://cwhoodyachts.com/cw-hood-32/
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    Coolboats to admire

    Millennials on a 1938 Rhodes Astro. I'm biased (I have 2 and have co-raised more than a dozen sailing millennials) but I often hear boomer curmudgeons dissing the millennials. Ha! Here's my take: The Millennials are better sailors than their boomer parents because, we sent them to local sailing clubs that have sailing-boating programs(see, we take the credit!). Not expensive around here and the kids, starting at like 10, think it's the cool thing to do, so they love it. They are taking advantage of the glut of cheap neglected glass boats. Some are learning the skills needed to care for wooden boats(somebody should give these kids a mainsail!). Further, they grew up rowing, then sailing little boats, Opti's, Turnabouts, Lazers, 420's, etc, etc. Simple, uncomplicated boats. They are still in those little boats zipping around in these harbors, $$$$ yachts wizzing by their decks. They started at the beginning, and now, they are natural sailors. 'Natural sailors', how many of those do you know? I saw the Astro gracefully sailing through my harbor as we came in this week, (under power,...). Lovely sight this elegant narrow hull, everyone low in the water and smiling. No sailor can resist dropping everything to watch another sailor, sail onto their mooring. The jib dropped to the deck as they rode the light Easterly on main alone past their mooring (off starboard) with a dinghy tied. Winding the bow into the wind on the last of the boats way, they gently led the old boat toward the mooring. Were they short,...were they short!!??... No. They've done this a million times in theirs lives already. They rounded up just shy of the ball and the current (which they read), finished the move. 'Brilliant', I would say. 'Killin' it', they would say.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    We watched a couple guys struggle, really working, with a jammed in mast furled main as we were coming back from Southern NE. The conditions were light in the anchorage. When they finally got it out, and rolled up properly, they were spent. No telling how long they dealt with it before coming in the anchorage at Jewell Island off Portland. I found it ironic because the boat looked like it was equipped for easy sail handling.
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    Coolboats to admire

    1936 William Fife, LATIFA. She's getting a maintenance coat of varnish and few other small touches. Fife from stem,... to ster,..stem.
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    Towing A Sailing Dinghy As a Tender

    I built a plug for the daggerboard when I built this dinghy long ago. Once, water pressure forced the plug out and the dinghy swamped. Since I fitted a line to the plug that lashes around a post on the daggerboard trunk. That's foolproof. I just towed 600 NM and I rarely give it a thought. It's a light tow even at hull speeds like this: Reaching between Sequin Island and the mainland, homeward bound.
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    Show your boat sailing thread