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jim lee

Darts #4 & #5 build log.

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The cat is gone. They sold it! The parts are gone, the molds are still rotting out there.

 

Got some shots of the Cat molds on this..

 

 

Landlord is planning on putting another building there as soon as its cleard out.

 

-jim lee

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I'll post 'em but not here. Most likely I'll set up a blog for the build. I really doubt there's a commercial fisherman forum.

 

But then I never looked.. Maybe I should do that?

 

-jim lee

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Here's the link to the current entry to the build log . I fear its going to be a couple months before we get back to the Dart build.

 

There's a link to the commercial crabbing boat blog at the end.

 

-jim lee

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No, no real interest. We have all the bits so we figured we'd stick 'em together while we were waiting. Easier to store that way too.

 

-jim lrr

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Just saw the Facebook with hull #5 is out of the molds, Great news and lets hope it sells if not already and

all these skills and experience keep producing a very neat boat ...... into the future

Might need a couple of updates from those sailing them

seeing the feeds again brings back memory of of the great culture of building a contempary design cheers huey

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It IS a great boat- we've made a few modifications for our trade wind sailing conditions. The other owners have done a few things along the way, too. Anyone interested can PM me. Jim, Tim/Tom are great to work with you not only get a boat, you get new friends. If you're lucky, you even get a cheeseburger off Jim's barbecue.

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Hey - I'm just curious.

Now that the first 4 have different masts it seemed a fair question what the new one would get, ya drama queen.

 

:lol:

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Just saw on FB that the Dart tooling is going on Ebay.

Sorry to hear Jim bailed.

Really fucking tough to make it building boats. Even very good ones...

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Saw what I believe to be an LCD at the Waikiki YC, JL.

Fit/finish is superb!

Enjoy #5

It is indeed a Left Coast Dart. It's a fun boat, and quick, even with the fluffy cushions. So what's next up on Molly Road, Jim?

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Hey - I'm just curious.

Now that the first 4 have different masts it seemed a fair question what the new one would get, ya drama queen.

 

:lol:

 

 

Funny ? Funny how ? Like a clown ? Do I amuse you ?

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Jim, sorry to see the end, #5 looks like a great boat. I hope there are better things in your future and you should take pride in what you created. Regards from Texas.

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Here's the last entry to the build-log.

 

http://leftcoast.biz/iWeb/Left_Coast/Dart_build_4%265/Entries/2016/7/22_The_end.html

 

-jim lee

 

A rather common discovery:

 

I find that although we can develop a product, we have no ability whatsoever to market it.

 

 

Anyone ever wonder how brilliant artists die in poverty, only to be "discovered" later and have their work sell for ridiculous sums? This is how it happens. No one is ever discovered. Marketing is what happens, and it's an active thing, not passive like "discovery" implies. Art, boats, and every other product gets sold and figuring out how to get people to part with their money is indeed difficult.

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So now I've got a limited edition collector's item? Cha-Ching! The value is skyrocketing as we speak. In all seriousness, the Dart is a fine boat and probably more sporty than anyone else recognizes. You built a fantastic machine, Jim/Tim/Tom.

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So what next Jim? Do you want to take a look at my R2AK One Design concept. The way that race has taken off, it might be a viable project and you are right in the heart of the action. There might be a set of nice steak knives in it for you...

 

Sorry to hear that you have thrown in the towel on the Dart, you gave it your best and it is a fine craft. I just hope the riggers take care of the molds so it might get revived when the market improves.

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Jim- IMO far and away the most impressive aspect of LCD was your dogged commitment to build quality. This is the stuff of personal integrity and pride in product. Another "builder" north of you delivered a different boat type, one significant component of which had problems in the mold process. In contrast to your cutting up the compromised deck of #5, he chose to try to hide the mistakes. Over time flaws in the build telegraphed nonetheless. Badly.

He built four; you, five.

You deserved better.

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Jim- IMO far and away the most impressive aspect of LCD was your dogged commitment to build quality. This is the stuff of personal integrity and pride in product. Another "builder" north of you delivered a different boat type, one significant component of which had problems in the mold process. In contrast to your cutting up the compromised deck of #5, he chose to try to hide the mistakes. Over time flaws in the build telegraphed nonetheless. Badly.

He built four; you, five.

You deserved better.

 

Totally agreed; the whole episode is a testament. Very nice boat, sporty but not extreme. It's a shame the market did not support it.

 

FB- Doug

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Well thanks!

 

I donno' what's next. We let the lease on the big building go. Tim/Tom would like the rest of the summer off. So would I. We bought a smaller old, nearly falling down building. ( With tenets ) So I guess the next chapter will be Left Coast slum lords. At least there'll be a chance of having some income.

 

It was pretty neat that Ogopogo was able to beat the Sierra at WIRW (and win the class). I'm quite proud of the Dart being able to compete with those machines. Pretty funny that both builders are neighbors with each other. :)

 

-jim lee

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Well thanks!

 

I donno' what's next. We let the lease on the big building go. Tim/Tom would like the rest of the summer off. So would I. We bought a smaller old, nearly falling down building. ( With tenets ) So I guess the next chapter will be Left Coast slum lords. At least there'll be a chance of having some income.

 

It was pretty neat that Ogopogo was able to beat the Sierra at WIRW (and win the class). I'm quite proud of the Dart being able to compete with those machines. Pretty funny that both builders are neighbors with each other. :)

 

-jim lee

Sorry it worked out this way, Jim.

 

Probably doesn't help, but when we tried to sell Amati, our 40er, which in many ways is a bigger version of your Dart, the silence wasn't deafening, but action was. We still own her thank goodness :) but I still scratch my head about it. The only thing I can conclude is this type of boat is beautifully rational, but for some weird reason, not desirable. Bitter pill.

 

Find some happiness going on? The Dart was a thing of beauty, on many levels. With any luck, that will bring you a smile once any bitterness you may be feeling goes away.

 

Or a few beers.

 

Paul

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