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    Off on a four month trip...coming back empty.

    BJ, when in Bayeux, be sure to have a look at the famous tapestry, it is beyond impressive and great fun to boot - check out all the little 'doodles' in the margins. By the way, what are Will's plans now he's done and graduated?
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    Care of old cotton sails

    Thankfully the rig is very simple, and the main is only laced to the gaff, which is easily removed - so removing the sails and storing them under cover is a given... Of course should I go for new sails, I'd obviously go for dacron. Thing is, this boat is already a bit more than I wanted to spend for what I was basically looking for, i.e. a toy, so new sails are not on the planning for the near future. But I'm beginning to get a weakness for these traditional type boats...
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    Coolboats to admire

    There's probably a big solid electric motor under each of those. 'Spirit' of tradition indeed...
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    Care of old cotton sails

    Living aboard is great fun, but as most well know, it does make it more difficult to go out for the odd evening sail. That's why I've been looking for a simple sailboat, that I can basically just jump in and go. I came across an old traditional Frisian Scow, with leeboards and no draft to speak of, ideal for pottering around the many lakes and rivers around here. She's 14' long, built of steel and generally in great shape. But the sails are cotton, and seem to be quite old, but in great shape - the stitching is fine all round, the bolt ropes are good as are all the grommets etc. But my question is, how suitable are cotton sails for the type of use I want to make of it? Of course they will not tolerate abuse like modern materials, but as long as you don't stretch them or store them while wet, they should last a fair while... Or am I deluding myself and I'll end up with a rotten mildewey mess in a few weeks time? What do we think?
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    Random PicThread

    Well as long at it's leaking oil, you know there's still some in it It's when it stops leaking oil that you start to get worried!
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    what is it?

    Hey this must be one of those new keelless America's Cup boats in its natural resting position!
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    Random PicThread

    That explosion is the USS Shaw - can you believe that the ship actually survived this blast? Just two months later she was on her way to San Francisco for further repairs, after having a temporary bow fitted...
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    Another Interesting Home Built Steel Boat

    This is fabulous: the guy is building a traditional composite hull - except for the fact he's putting the wood on the inside of a metal skin! He even seems to be thinking about including a keelson inside the hull Once the wooden frames on the inside are all properly tied together, the hull might actually have some strength to it?
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    How to Dock A Big Boat

    Well obviously the less you spend on docking, driving, cooking, cleaning and servicing the equipment, the more you can spend on servicing the owner...
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    How to Dock A Big Boat

    Wow, somebody just reinvented the dry dock...
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    Another Interesting Home Built Steel Boat

    What we're saying basically is that if you have at least a minimum of experience with boats, and in particular sailing boats meant to cross oceans, there really is no room for improvisation as far as basic design and structure is concerned. That is not an opinion, that is fact. So it's a bit of a shame to see people spend a lot effort on such projects without doing their homework first. At least this guy seems to be having some fun without taking himself too seriously...
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    Gorgeous boat, real shame about the characterless Ikea appartment imterior...
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    Webb Chiles buys a Condo

    I remember a specific weekend I spent on board last winter, nice and cozy with the parafin stove burning merrily, and a particular nasty headache and total lack of energy to do anything. Once I left the boat, these symptoms cleared up within half an hour. Made me think - I may have dodged a bullet there. Have now invested in a decent built in heater with external exhaust of all the combustion gasses - just as toasty and no headaches.
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    Webb Chiles buys a Condo

    Just be sure you've got adequate ventilation with open combustion heaters, or you might never wake up from carbon monoxide poisoning
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    Cabin Table

    Check out the Lagun boat table. Easy to mount, easy to position where you want and very sturdy when in use.