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  1. Chris Morejohn has some skiff designs that might* be worth looking into. Here's one he designed/built as a do-it-all nester a couple decades ago: A bit more info and a bunch more pics can be found here, and a video of it running at speed here on instagram. *Not sure he's got plans available for it, unfortunately, as it seems to have the versatility you're after. His current design, evolved a couple generations from the one above, but intended specifically for power (6-15hp), is the Turbot 16/14/12. Plans are available, and building in multiple pieces has been given at least some thought, though perhaps only as far as the last 2 to 4 of the full 16'. Regardless, it's left to the builder at this point, as far as I know.
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    East Coast yards for winter haul out?

    I brought a 64'x16'x6.5' ketch to Oxford Boat Yard, on the eastern shore of MD, a couple different times. It's been many years, and they've since become part of Brewer/Safe Harbor as well, so can't speak to what you might experience now. That said, your boat should fit (web site says 9' at MLW in the marina; I'd want to confirm haul out slip...), and much of what you're interested in getting done falls within the scope of work I had done there and was happy with in the past. (No experience with mechanical there.)
  3. I ran that very boat in the BVI for a couple summers 20 years ago, and it was great. Not that it matters much this far down the line, but at the time it was the fastest and most reliable one in the fleet. Never sailed on or against a First near that size, but that generation Sun Odyssey, in general, sailed much better than any of the 50' charter options from Beneteau at the time, and better than the following Sun Odyssey generation, too.
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    Lusting on Yachtworld

    moreboats.com includes a line in listings with "last updated ____ and on the market since ______". Search function is also not great, but no worse than US yachtworld's now. Moreboats doesn't have as many listings, but many brokerages cross post boats from yw. I mainly use it for that date info and easier scrolling through pics.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Some info on Barbara: https://www.mp-marine.com/voyager.html They generally spend a couple months or so based in GH, so you'll be neighbors for a bit if you're hanging there at the moment.
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    Theta Volantis Salvage

    How goes, @tonyof971?
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    R2AK 2020

    Thanks for the news!
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    Help us choose an inflatable

    That's great that North Atlantic is both working with you, and loaning you a RIB you can learn from in the meantime. Not sure where in Maine you spend most of your time, but I've found a fiberglass bottom to be perfectly adequate in Casco Bay. At some point I expect I'll get a KeelShield like Kent_Island posted, but wear so far hasn't been bad enough to warrant it. (If I'm bringing it fully ashore I usually throw the wheels down instead of just dragging it on its bottom, which has surely helped.) If I were dropping a dog on rocks a few times a day, I'd probably throw one on right off the bat. Unless you decide you REALLY want a bow locker, I'd take a look at light weight/single skin RIBs if/when you decide to replace yours. They tend to have a shallower v than double skins, which would both help you get a bit more out of your 4hp on plane, and should perform less like a barge in displacement mode, than the one you're borrowing. If you eventually did decide you needed/wanted more power, it could handle it fine. For a couple years, the tender for a yacht I ran was an AB 9VL. I regretted picking the 9' instead of a 10' almost immediately, but it performed and held up well enough that I'd consider the 10' version if I were RIB shopping again (and had the money in the budget). For whatever it's worth, my own RIB (the one that mostly gets used in Casco Bay) is a PVC West Marine RIB-310 Compact. If money hadn't been so tight when I bought it, I can think of a few alternatives I surely would've bought instead, two of them Hypalon. But it's served well enough over 15 years of varied use that I'm quite satisfied with the boat for what it is, and the PVC, and would consider both again. (This one gets seasonal doses of 303 UV spray, and had a diy set of chaps on it for a year in the tropics; it would never get confused for new, but still looks relatively presentable.) Considering you're happy with the way your boat performs, this one might be worthy of note to you for one main reason- it's bottom is basically a fiberglass version of the air keel you have, and it actually weighs less, so planing, displacement, and towing performance might be pretty close to what you're used to, and it might let you stick with your outboard. (I run mine with a 15hp, so can't guarantee, but if you're near by this summer, you'd be welcome to throw your 4 on it and give it a try.)
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    R2AK 2019

    Have any of you had luck with the webcams around Victoria Harbor or the breakwater? None are loading for me. Sorry to hear about your partner, Norse.
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    Help us choose an inflatable

    Nice to realize you designed those GVs, @Zonker . I spent a lot of time, years ago, thinking about building a 10 or 11.
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    Help us choose an inflatable

    @sshow bob, what is it about your current inflatable that disappoints you? Is it mainly the quality issues, or are there particular performance aspects you'd want to get out of the RIB? Are you attached to reusing the 4hp, or open to upping hp?
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Kim- First off, thanks so much for sharing this process with the lot of us. (After enjoying this thread for over a year, that was long overdue.) Second, I think your iPhone is, indeed, applying a filter to your photos. (You can see an example of them here.) When you've got your camera app open, look to the right of the shutter button (if you're holding the phone vertically) for the icon of three entwined circles. If you tap it, I believe the screen will show nine filtered versions of the view. Your pics look like they're getting the 'Process' filter. Select the center option to go back to shooting with no filter. Hope that helps. -J edit- Oops. Hadn't refreshed before nroose posted.