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  1. Sailing Books for Children

    The marine-themed books that I remember from my childhood are THE SEAWEED HAT by Slobodkin, Louis which seems to be out of print, and Scuffy, the Tugboat which is still available.
  2. Buying a 1988 Beneteau First 285

    I sail a '89 Hunter 28. If you like, I'll write an essay on its strengths and weaknesses, but here are some comments about the 285. I've sailed against a 285 two or three times. We were rated even. I know he beat me fairly badly once in a breeze, and I think I may have beaten him in a drifter. The Beneteau is stiffer than the Hunter (which is surprisingly tender). The Beneteau has more flat sided keel area and the effective aspect ratio is higher. It should be better upwind than the Hunter, but since I never do well in a race with a long beat, especially in a breeze, that's no surprise. The folks at Beneteau are canny enough to know that what makes a good race boat is not being fast; ratings are supposed to sort that out. What's really important is having consistent performance in a wide range of conditions. That reduces the number of days that you sniff the breeze and know you don't have a chance. So I suspect the 285 will sail well in winds from 5 to 20 kts. European boats tend to have very short tillers (if they don't have wheels) compared to American boats. Length in a tiller is like a vernier - it allows a finer adjustment. I've never been quite sure if a long tiller extension compensates at all.
  3. Sailing Books for Children

    Stuart Little (E.B. White) had a boating adventure.
  4. Craigslist - Not mocking

    The Pearson 35 has "Alberg" styling which includes quite a lot of stern overhang. There is scarcely any room under the cockpit sole for the steering gear any further aft.
  5. Guns on Boats

    "His nerve-wracking job was to make the missiles swerve towards the helicopter instead of the ship." As I remember it, this is not quite accurate. He was pretty junior in seniority at the time. Let's say "co-pilot" for lack of a better term. So the anti-missile task was the pilot's job, and his job was to lighten the pilot's workload. I never saw any informed report on what anti-missile gear they had but I'm sure they had chaff and flares at least. The quotes from his commanding officer gave the impression it was the safest and least demanding job on offer and appropriate for a guy with little experience.
  6. Etchells or Star for single handed cruising?

    The Capri 22 by Catalina would be a good choice. Not blistering fast, but lively and comfortable to be aboard. Or if you demand something old school, Herreshoff 12 1/2.
  7. Guns on Boats

    Once upon a time, not so many years ago, the RC might have started a race on the Connecticut shore using a shotgun for signalling. Then when the wind died, he had to go over the NY side to take shortened course finishes with the shotgun still below. Never heard of anyone who got in trouble that way, but there is potential... Horns are the in thing.
  8. VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    I went to the library today. The big one downtown. I usually just go to nearby branch. I had some time and I was looking around, so I went up to one of the computers, typed "sail" in the "Search Catalog" box, and the very first thing that came up was this: Multi-Objective Weather Routing of Sailing Vessels Marcin Życzkowski Rafał Szłapczyńsk It's from a Polish journal. If you put the title in Google, you will find a number of places where you can download a PDF.
  9. I think what makes Bob's boat stand out from all the other small gaff-riggers is that the hull and keel are completely modern. Performance has not be compromised for trailering or for simple construction, or to adhere to some traditional model.
  10. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    In an advertisement, also show the boat at it's best. At the bottom of the ad, it gives the price as $12, but the number at the top suggests you can bargain it down quite a lot. https://newyork.craigslist.org/que/boa/d/oday-25/6505104548.html
  11. Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    I've gotten some indications that some of the links to the Bolger boat that I posted were not viewable. I know why. I saw what looked like a quicker way to get a link, but it turns out those links are not shareable. So, in penance, I'll post them again with a couple of additional pics (that I left out because they are pretty much redundant). Article: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qilfC8OWAsKwk9DnWhdJuCQHFSZ5Wzxj/view?usp=sharing Client Sketch: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eJPIXOqS_mHY-U3eXsyi6AMe7PjxTUae/view?usp=sharing Pic 1: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D_vMadtA9PhAMvnwBRrqpGCo2vBelUYT/view?usp=sharing Pic 2: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RdZyjQKzd7XTcLqRv84iVsJvXZwGRLj1/view?usp=sharing Pic 3: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kw6WhPwv7e6Ny8dqR70BtyLsq0nVJKMP/view?usp=sharing Dipping Lug Rig. This was a client request, and seems to be what what built. Bolger was skeptical about the dipping lug at this size. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H0euYfro_kMAmHVwr-TnOK-CVXXBHZuh/view?usp=sharing Gaff Ketch Rig: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1emXcNO9zvxlLli5BCxdUVn903adNPOIQ/view?usp=sharing Design Drawing, forward half: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UNxBhPDFxgCVbw0Sw3OuBGKiEw93l0Qy/view?usp=sharing Design Drawing, after half: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JeFXgoWbwMbJY-ADZBxXjmEqmrygwVSL/view?usp=sharing In response to a some comments. One reason the boat is so narrow is that it was stretched by inserting a 26' section mid-ships after the design was complete. The very shallow draft is because the client wanted to use a very shallow harbor. The reason the pilot house is so bare is that the boat is unfinished. The general profile was the client's request. This vessel could make sense for some one, or some organization, with the money to finish it and more interested in a floating dormitory than in a passage maker. That's a pretty narrow customer base.
  12. Weather Helm

    I scanned the comments and didn't see this mentioned: heel causes weather helm. One of the ways dropping the traveller, reefing, etc reduce weather helm is by reducing heel. On my boat, mast bend has little effect on a reefed sail. Flatten the sail as best can with outhaul, vang and halyard.
  13. Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    And, I managed to find it: Article: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qilfC8OWAsKwk9DnWhdJuCQHFSZ5Wzxj/view?usp=sharing Photo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RdZyjQKzd7XTcLqRv84iVsJvXZwGRLj1/view?usp=sharing Dipping lug sail plan: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1H0euYfro_kMAmHVwr-TnOK-CVXXBHZuh Gaff rig sail plan: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1emXcNO9zvxlLli5BCxdUVn903adNPOIQ Design drawing: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UNxBhPDFxgCVbw0Sw3OuBGKiEw93l0Qy Design drawing: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JeFXgoWbwMbJY-ADZBxXjmEqmrygwVSL The article should be readable at full scale.
  14. Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    I think Bolger's widow, Susanne Altenburger, had a picture and comments about this boat in an issue of Messing About In Boats a couple years ago. Aside from Bolger's long-standing preferences, I suspect the reason for narrow beam and the odd sailing rig is that the research object involved going nowhere fast on little power.
  15. Craigslist - Not mocking

    If you want to research the odd keel above, the term to search for is "tandem keel."