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  1. Tucky

    Night Runner is on the market

    My immediate thought was Thunderhead, which i sailed on quite a bit, loved the interior and didn't mind the companionway:-)
  2. Tucky

    flattening Perfection paint

    I used the two part Epifanes on a fiberglass dinghy after seeing samples of roll no tip on a guitar and a car fender at the Maine Boatbuilders Show a couple of years ago. I know and like Doug as I had an office next to his when they started in Portland. I was very pleased with the finish on my first try, though not as good as their samples, which are remarkable. The rollers aren't cheap either. It really challenges you to prep everything perfectly as the paint is very thin. I was using dark blue over their grey primer and it took two coats to cover and every flaw in my preparation was there for me to see. I use the dinghy lightly and it has held up very well.
  3. Tucky

    Hand Bearing Compasses

    I have one of the old flat Autohelm jobs. You hold it and sight and hit the button and then read. Works a treat and has none of the issues of a moving dial that always made reading any rose type compass hard for me. With the Autohelm as long as you hit the button when it is aimed right the reading is good. Had one of the KVH's which was the best so long as it worked. The Autohelm is even older but keeps working.
  4. Tucky

    Show your boat not sailing

    If you get anywhere near Portland after a week from today, send me a pm. It would be fun to meet- congratulations on your trip.
  5. Tucky

    Coolboats to admire

    Heck, I'll cook what I can, and do dishes happily too. How did you know Katrinka- the Winders? The Weymouths (Tina of the Talking Heads which see).
  6. Tucky


    Congratulations- wonderful stuff. I love the earlier picture of the Melanesian boat with the kids playing with models in the foreground. Seems every picture I see from there has kids sailing model boats- that show I grew up to love sailing.
  7. Tucky

    Etchells or Star for single handed cruising?

    I agree about draining on a mooring, making a boom tent a necessity, but a good one with mosquito protection also is a real cruising addition. People sailed decent sized wooden boats like Rozinantes and I believe S boats for years without self bailing cockpits- positive flotation is important- and I wouldn't hesitate to go coastal cruising in a well shaped boat without one. In a small boat there is a dramatic improvement in being able to sail in the boat rather than on it, which is a safety factor of its own. Of course a cruising Etchells would need a reefing system, as would any small boat being set up for cruising.
  8. Tucky

    Etchells or Star for single handed cruising?

    I've often thought an Etchells converted for cruising would be wonderful for a grandfather/grandson cruise on the Maine coast. The key thing for cruising in this size boat is abandoning the idea of a self draining cockpit- this way you can sit inside the boat instead of on it. That and cruising the old way (which I remember from when I was the grandson) which means essentially camping with minimal electrics and minimal auxiliary power. Not being in a hurry to get anywhere is important- the idea is to be cruising rather than go cruising:-)
  9. Tucky

    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Happy New Years, Kim.
  10. Tucky

    Hard vs soft dinghy

    No- $1,100. I don't have the receipts in front of me but my friend was buying, so it was all added up.Two sheets of 1/4 marine plywood and then some oak, cedar and mahogany- as a home project, all this at retail- approx $600. Varnish, epoxy, glue. Two piece aluminum oars were not cheap, but weight and stowage ability mattered, I think they were around $180. The webbing for the seats was close to $100, as there are minimums to get good stuff, and we bought a selection of colors and have lots left over. Everything was top quality, we figured if we were going to put the time in, it might as well look good, and hopefully last a bit of time. Most of the time I don't add everything up or I use what I have laying around, so I'm sure you could do it for less, but I think its easy to miss how much the incidentals add up.
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    Hard vs soft dinghy

    As a data point, the Platt Montfort dinghy I built (posted above) cost about $1,100 in parts. The biggest cost was two sheets of plywood as Platt didn't design the dinghy to just use one- I cut one part out of the second. I figure he had plenty of plywood lying around and just didn't care. All the little bits just added up. And I didn't need to buy any tools, which might be the biggest cost for a lot of home builds.
  12. Tucky

    I got divorced today.

    I'm sure many of you have seen this, but worth mentioning is this description by General John Kelly of the last six seconds of the lives of two marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Herter, in Iraq. I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured … some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.” What he didn’t know until then, he said, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.” “No sane man.” “They saved us all.” What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated. You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “ … let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” The two Marines had about five seconds left to live. It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were—some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live. For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing non-stop…the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the son-of-a-bitch who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have know they were safe … because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live. The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty … into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight—for you.
  13. Tucky

    Hard vs soft dinghy

    Rasp, I skipped it:-) According to Platt, for this dinghy that is fine- it has a transom bow and stern, and two bottom planks, all 1/4" plywood (transoms doubled), so there isn't a lot of wracking which is what the kevlar resists. When you shrink the dacron you can feel the structure gaining strength- when you can drum an even note on it, it's tight enough. Its only 8' long. Getting in from any height scares people, but the planks (which are inside the dacron) make that easier. Nobody wants to step on the sticks. Abrasion is the other weakness, but modern sail repair tapes do that just fine. I wonder if I should buy some of that flex tape I see advertised on TV. It isn't a dinghy for any real abuse, but of my light weight application it is sweet, and it was fun and easy to build. Some people have done a vinyl wrap for abrasion.
  14. Tucky

    Hard vs soft dinghy

    Here is another Maine dinghy, about as far from a Pudgy as you can get. As my first criterion is lightness, this is the Lotus of dinghies. It is one of the Platt Monfort geodesic aerolite Black Fly dinghies. I built it with a friend last winter, weighs about 30 lbs. Balanced for rowing with two, a little bow down solo. It is stowed on the nets of my trimaran. Based on a summer of use I'm happy, but I carry a roll of duct tape and am very careful landing on a typical Maine shore, and have to be willing to get wet feet.