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  1. Junk on the trunk

    Sure, but if you're going to carry a whole extra motor anyway, one might as well have some way to attach it. And lift it.
  2. Asym's on boats designed for symetrical kites

    FYI, Home Depot does sell an extension pole that reaches 24 feet. (My great-room windows are 22 feet high. Once in a while I get this bizarre urge to clean them.) But congratulations, in any case.
  3. Junk on the trunk

    I have to admit that I have a drawing file labeled "Arcturus COTB" in which I keep trying to draw an economical way to attach all the not-yet-bolted-on toys that I have acquired. (For sure, when I take off on a trip that actually needs all that stuff, I'll stage It at some marina a day's sail away, where nobody knows me...). That weird motor mount on Jenn's Wreck is in some ways reminiscent of a couple of attempts to draw a mounting bracket for the dinghy motor that would also slide down to provide emergency propulsion in case the inboard croaks. And also provide an easy way to lift the motor up from dinghy-level. Also spooky how that boat is painted the same colors as mine... Time to re-examine my values again.
  4. There was that time when I screwed up...

    Reminds me (for some reason) of a weekend in college when nobody I knew owned a boat, so we decided it would be a good idea to rappel down cliffs to get to some of those tantalizing dive sites on the Oregon coast. Of course, actual rock climbing was another one of those rich-boy hobbies that was out of our reach. But how hard could it be? So we grabbed a nylon waterski rope from a hardware store and headed for Boiler Bay. After getting bounced off a carpet of sea urchins by swell that looked much smaller from above for half an hour, it was time to climb back up. Just as stage 2 hypothermia was setting in. I ended up leaving my rig tied to a shrub near the bottom of the cliff and barely got my skinny ass to the top. Fortunately, it was still there the next morning when we went back.
  5. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I've had a couple of friends in desperate need of an organ transplant. The trick was to somehow hang on until spring, when all the fresh 18-y/o motorcycle donor-mobile rider organs come flooding in. Apparently the brain is the only thing not suitable for donation anyway.
  6. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Looks very Battlestar Galactica...
  7. Junk on the trunk

    The photo does not capture the full glory of that setup, since the dinghy is not hanging from the davits. However, I'd nominate that for the "mocking ads" thread. I've never seen close-ups of the flatware as a major selling point before.
  8. My newest project

    Mine always stayed in the footwell of my desk, at least in her later years. Fortified position, facing the door. Kept my toes warm too.
  9. No, there isn't a way to add one that doesn't look like shit (but also supplies a decent amphourage) but it might be possible to design one in from the beginning. Speaking of drift... I had to pause the Delos video I was watching today (from two or three weeks ago) and look at how their wind generators are attached to the arch. Looks like just a pipe screwed end-on to a piece of unistrut. No lateral support at all. How could that possibly work? (I like unistrut for all sorts of functional things, but it is surely fugly. Um. There may be a piece or two on my boat already.)
  10. Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Hah, that's what I was thinking. How the fuck could Mr. Howell look my age? BTW: They were all black and white seasons for some of us. I remember being at a wealthier classmate's home one time and being totally stunned that some of those shows even had color. One of those things that you don't miss if you don't know about it...
  11. Junk on the trunk

    Ah. I think you're right. But that still looks to me like the guts of a laundry machine dangling off the back.
  12. Junk on the trunk

    At first glance, I thought "big ice chests," but - could those actually be a clothes washer and drier lashed under the solar panels? This could be an all time winner! I mean, even the tuna tower was somewhat nautical...
  13. My roommate played lead guitar for a production of that show in college. I sat through, like, a zillion rehearsals. So I've probably heard it done wrong a thousand times more than I've heard it right...
  14. Junk on the trunk

    Excellent! Wooden fence post/radar mount. Is that... the guts of a washing machine dangling off the back?
  15. Longshot? Sailomat 3040 Docs / Advice

    So, Jud has supplied a copy of the manual and we are both (occasionally) busy refurbing our old Sailomats 3040's. We thought we might (occasionally) put our progress and questions up here for posterity and input. One obvious issue as these two units do not look the same! The differences are in the air vane and the its pivot mechanism. Mine looks like this: and Jud's looks like this: At first I wondered if this was the difference between the "M" (medium boat?) and "L" (large boat?) models, but google results seem to show both configurations referred to as both models. The manual suggests that the main difference between M and L is the lengths of the various shafts. E.g., that top photo must be an "L" because there is a lot of shaft showing on the rudder, while mine has barely an inch of shaft exposed between the coupler and the blade and is probably an "M". Perhaps these are "early" and "late" models, but which is which? My serial number is 743, which seems like it would be fairly far along in the series. Unless "74" means 1974, in which case it would be one of the very early ones. Another issue is that the vanes came in "standard" and "light air" sizes. The dude in the top photo appears to have both sizes - looks like the difference is not large. One of us has the "standard" and the other has the "light air" so we are both curious about the exact dimensions of the opposite size. Of course, it would end up that we have these two different styles of vane which may not be directly comparable. But this is something that could be fun to experiment with. Both models have adjustable counterweights to compensate for different vanes. So here's a vane-building question: how important is it likely to be that these air vanes have nice foil shapes, given that many other vanes just have flat paddle-like surfaces? Especially since the air vane flops back and forth, rather than turning into the wind? Anyway, the originals have nice foil shapes to them that might be tricky to replicate. Finally, to answer a couple of my questions in the OP: No, there are no shear pins to protect the mechanism. Instead, the couplers for the rudder and the oar have grooves machined into them that are actually supposed to break in two when overloaded. So one needs to carry spares of these complicated couplers (or a reasonable replica) instead of spare pins. And always make sure the safety lines are attached to the rudders, in case they get separated. (And no, the groove is not where the safety rope attaches, as shown in many web photos - it's what breaks!) There does not appear to be any explicit provision for a sacrificial anode, but surface corrosion patterns on my unit suggest that one might not be a bad idea. As well as generous application of nylon washers and TefGel around all the fasteners, especially the mounting bolts. Meanwhile, I started out to repair a couple of dings in the auxiliary rudder and ended up spending a week stripping many layers of poorly applied paint and taking the whole thing down to bare fiberglass. Now I need to start some completely different project that can share a small can of IP2000, before I can progress farther. It could be a long winter...