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Cheek blocks on stern or soft attach? What size blocks 40, 57 , 70 mm. ? I don't mind sheeting with some force but like to be able to ease trim ease without inducing carpal tunnel. Do the larger blocks have a minimum line size? The websites list only maximum diameters . the difference in price is not that large, but if a 70 mm block will do the job instead of 2 40mm blocks that may influence how my choice of deck rigging is laid out! Anyone?

40mm are gobs big enough. 30mm are enough.

Stern blocks are standard (I used stand up blocks) soft attach. Cheeks mid deck.

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Thanks TG, I'm ordering the 40 cheeks this week. Do the Harkens flip over or do you need to order both Starboard and Port cheeks? Knowing Harken, they probably flip with a simple mod.

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Thanks TG, I'm ordering the 40 cheeks this week. Do the Harkens flip over or do you need to order both Starboard and Port cheeks? Knowing Harken, they probably flip with a simple mod.

We used Ronstan gear on all of the boats we built. Ronstan builds clockwise and anti-clockwise switchable (on/off) ratchets so you need one of each and to put them on the correct sides. Not sure about Harken. Shop around, buy on price... 40mm from any manufacturer will be more than overbuilt for this application. Just make sure you get ones that are easy to turn on and off. I believe the Lewmars use an Allen wrench which isn't very user friendly while racing. We flip ours off during gybes for better sheet run out. The Ronstans can be flipped one handed once you get the technique down.

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Folks,

 

First posting to sailing anarchy. I am exploring buying an i550. My circumstances don't support building one, sadly. My sailing history is a lot of displacement boat sailing, some J30 ownership, and some Windmill dinghy racing. The i550 looks very fun and a trailerable 18' 800 lb boat appeals to me. Here is my likely use story:

 

Put the i550 on a commercial mooring in Salem, MA with a suitable hard racing bottom paint on. Sail it with whoever is foolish enough to say "yes". As I'm not an active race and I don't even know if there are any boats nearby, my racing would be

casual at most.

 

My guess is that the class would be unhappy to have a boat taken out of racing and my way of giving back would be to make it available for suitable loan or you-skipper-I-crew arrangements with any reasonably responsible party. Maybe a ride-along for people contemplating building one?

 

I would consider partnering with someone like the gentleman in New Bedford, if he hasn't sold his boat. I'm 62 and pretty active, bit of an adrenaline junky. Any i550's looking for a good home?

 

Jack

 

P.S. I'm reasonably construction minded, so 90% complete boats are a possibility.

 

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Jack, don't worry about the class stuff, removing a boat from class competitipn, etc. Not a worry. Just sailing the boat is a blast and not really that demanding physically, given decent hiking straps and bensons for the feets. I'm going to be 65 this year (going on 25 :-) and so far the boat has not been too punishing (AS LONG AS THE KEEL LIFT works ok--which mine doesn't, but will). But on a mooring, that wouldn't be too much of an issue. Also, if you have some coin, check out Geoff's outfit building boats in Canada at Velocity Boatworks (on Facebook). Not sure how close they are to offering a completed boat, but worth contacting.

 

And yes, there will be adrenaline.

 

Check out the class site at: http://i550class.org/

 

I think there is still a boat for sale there...can't remember. At any rate, it is a low-cost entry into a well-mannered little boat that goes really nicely, is fun to tinker with and definitely smokes off the wind.

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Hey jack, you can build the boat easily. Just start. Buying one is great, but if it's you that builds it, well it's gotta be faster than the other ones.....

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I have not been on SA, due the fact that I don't find it all that productive for the i550 itself.

 

After I address the question at hand, I won't be back on.

 

I am very close to having the first ordered boat ready to go.

Do to an unforseen issue with my Chondrosarcoma Cancer, to which I had previously lost my femur, hip, hip socket & most of pelvis on my right side just 4 years ago, this cancer has metastasis to my lungs, which unfortunately took me away from the construction of the production i550 SportBoat for a period of time. A person was hired to take my place, but later was found to not be as experienced as he said he was, which ended up causing further delays.

 

I am now back and very soon the 1st Production i550 will be finished, with others to follow after that.

 

I post to our Velocity BoatWorks page on Facebook.

 

Our website is www.velocityboatworks.com

 

My email is geoff@velocityboatworks.com

 

If anyone has any questions, please email me.

 

I hope this clears up things.

 

Cheers

Geoff

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Geoff has quietly shown singular determination with this "raison du vivre" (pardon the spelling if its wrong), speaking about his enthusiasm and belief in this small boat during our conversations over 3 years. His dedication is remarkable. He has my admiration.

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I have a broken Viper640 carbon rig if any I550 guys are interested. It's broken right at the spreaders. Would work great as a boom or spin pole. There are a couple of guys that have even sliced these things back together.

 

PM me and we can chat if you're interested.

Cheers!

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I am gearing up to pour a ballast bulb. I've a safe stable set up, sometimes I worry about safety of the setups used. Is anyone else interested.

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Are you building one for yourself?

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Are you building one for yourself?

 

Yes, building one for myself. I am shaping the plug on the lathe. symmetrical, about a 63-00xx or 64-00xx section, 150 lbs. minimum 3.5" cross section to keep within the rule. I think that since the Brett Murray LCG bulb has a cross section greater than 6 inches at about 34" in length that my bulb plug will easily be fatter than 3.5". Also my lathe will accommodate about 38" between centers so that will be a limiting factor and determine max diameter.

T

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I used a lathe for my bulb pattern, worked great. Bulb weight was 160# before drilling for mounting bolts from the stock drawing. My boat is sealed in glass epoxy and I am working on the keel and rudder mounts before I paint it. There is another island I550 at Royal Vic , that sailed last summer. I haven't caught up with them yet , but others have told me it sails in their fleet races

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There is another island I550 at Royal Vic , that sailed last summer. I haven't caught up with them yet , but others have told me it sails in their fleet races

Royal Vic?!? WTF?? Where in the hell did that boat come from?!?

The PDX mafia is ready for another road trip to terrorize the locals!

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Not quite ready for a launch yet, but would enjoy entertaining the portlandian fleet any time

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Hey, I forgot to tell all y'all that I have the beavertail plug, if anyone wants it. Stealth spent a lot of coin to send it back to the USA from Singapore. PM me if you are interested. I also have a turkey fryer (I think...have to check, it's possible the spousal-unit got rid of it) and some rolls of sandpaper and a longboard too if anyone is building and wants it. I'll take a picture of all this stuff and you guys can decide.

 

Sorry for the late notice.

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So, five sold in the lower mainland and four on the Isl. Any sailing yet?

 

 

....really? Id be interested in some details if a local fleet is forming.

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So, five sold in the lower mainland and four on the Isl. Any sailing yet?

 

 

....really? Id be interested in some details if a local fleet is forming.

 

 

Time to get 'Team cobbled i550' back together?

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So, five sold in the lower mainland and four on the Isl. Any sailing yet?

 

 

....really? Id be interested in some details if a local fleet is forming.

 

 

Time to get 'Team cobbled i550' back together?

 

 

 

...you talking 'bout my knees Laddy? :mellow:<_<

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So, five sold in the lower mainland and four on the Isl. Any sailing yet?

 

 

....really? Id be interested in some details if a local fleet is forming.

 

 

I think the post was referring to plans sold and boats possibly in the build phase and NOT fiberglass boats from velocity.

As far as I know for BC there is just one fiberglass boat on order going to Deep Cove YC that was promised in spring of 2015 and is yet to be delivered. The rest are just plan sets. If there's any info to the contrary please post as we need to get the race circuit figured out for this summer!

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Send out the itinerary, I will try to meet the 550 in royal Vic and pass them some info. If there are any regattas around puget sound area, I may head down for a look....

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Cutting some new foil delrins and doing quite a shitty job of it ;)

 

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too much rake

 

 

...at least it doesn't look like it'll be difficult to remove the rake. :mellow:

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...Heck, there'd be a series in Vancouver if 'by the lee' wasn't talking out his ear. <;~\

 

Ear? I doh'n need no stinkin' ear!

 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?ll=47.20534570875382%2C-121.88232446875003&spn=31.831031%2C78.662109&hl=en&msa=0&source=embed&ie=UTF8&mid=1p9dV_nXG3_M7XpYeOv-dhvw3l4o&z=6

 

.

 

...lol,,mebbe eyes then. The blue dots represent plansets sold. :rolleyes:

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Not sure what colour my pin should be, but I mounted the rudder Pintles and chain plates today, among other things, colour me red , I guess. While I have a chance , how much paint is needed to cover the sides ,cockpit and decks?

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...Heck, there'd be a series in Vancouver if 'by the lee' wasn't talking out his ear. <;~\

Ear? I doh'n need no stinkin' ear!

 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?ll=47.20534570875382%2C-121.88232446875003&spn=31.831031%2C78.662109&hl=en&msa=0&source=embed&ie=UTF8&mid=1p9dV_nXG3_M7XpYeOv-dhvw3l4o&z=6

.

 

...lol,,mebbe eyes then. The blue dots represent plansets sold. :rolleyes:

And plansets turn into boats, eh?

Uhhhh not very often... Eh

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And plansets turn into boats, eh?

Uhhhh not very often... Eh

 

 

 

......I'd estimate ~4-6% ?

 

 

 

,,,,,,,, how much paint is needed to cover the sides ,cockpit and decks?

......two coats should do it. :)

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your dot has just turned green sir.

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I am counting up the floating boats I know of. Every once in a while someone will send us a note about their boat mentioning that they have been enjoying it for 2 summers. so to the best of my knowledge: 605 plansets. Boats; 20 in NA, 8 in AUS, 3 Russia,

5 Croatia, 1 Brasil, 1 Singapore, 1 turkey, 2 Canada.

41 that I know of.

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It would be interesting to know how many lightning ,star , bluejay, Merlin, etc plan sets turned into hulls. My guess is that the percentage hasn't changed much over the years.

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It would be interesting to know how many lightning ,star , bluejay, Merlin, etc plan sets turned into hulls. My guess is that the percentage hasn't changed much over the years.

I wouldn't be surprised if 6.7% compares favorably overall

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From a post #2884 back in Sept 2015:

 

Squirrel,

A few updates to research for the map.

#172 Wild Child has been sold and moved to Detroit MI with #557,

#281 Hot Canary is on loan to Bill in St Petersburg ,FL (Murray Yacht) (for sale)

#286 Slight Barbaric moved from Maine to San Diego back to Charleston SC. (long Road Trip)

#573 Warren has started his build in Boutilier’s Point NS Canada

#19 The Edge splashed on Lake Pymatuning Aug 2nd 2012 (low number completed)

#87 As noted Tim is all wet…… Congrats.

#336 Has changed hands twice- Chris NC to Joe FL to Ben in Savannah GA (Dumpster Dive)

#231 Chad’s Knot Racing is racing. Got wet about two years ago.

#129 Jeff sold the boat to James Nichols in I think Nashville. Everglade Challenge.

#74 Pipe Dream is/was for sale

#108 Lunatic Fringe sold to someone near Chicago area????

#350 Lee moved to San Fran and has splashed Okey Lah Sept 2014

# Monster Inc as started (Cobble Hill BC Canada)

#472 Matt has gotten Honey wet. March 2014

#550 Time Machine goes from no pin to green pin

 

#437 Big Bad Wolf splashed in Singapore

# Des Clark in Hobart TAZ For Sale http://www.gumtree.c...boat/1085480883

#401 Steve For Sale TAZ http://www.gumtree.c...boat/1087606830

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Chris,

On our map, Peregrine is still in Houston, still red. Maybe it's a browser issue?

Jon,

Thanks for the repeat of your updates. I still have the original, but help is always appreciated.

Obviously we are still behind on the map and I am working on a new website. I finallyhad a major surgery in July and am still dealing with breathing and neuro

complications. Tim had kidney surgery last month. Not excuses, just realities of liferight now. The map is the first priority. Even if I could find a kind soul to help usout with the map, I need first to compile all the info into an understandable format.

Again, thanks for your patience. Best way to communicate changes is to email us at

i550watershed@yahoo.com.

I know you builders in Antarctic are getting chilly!

Latest plan set is #611 in Northern Ireland.

Thanks & Cheers,

Susan

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Are you building one for yourself?

 

Yes, building one for myself. I am shaping the plug on the lathe. symmetrical, about a 63-00xx or 64-00xx section, 150 lbs. minimum 3.5" cross section to keep within the rule. I think that since the Brett Murray LCG bulb has a cross section greater than 6 inches at about 34" in length that my bulb plug will easily be fatter than 3.5". Also my lathe will accommodate about 38" between centers so that will be a limiting factor and determine max diameter.

T

 

 

Timber, Now that you have started a build, when will your pin color change to red? Also your building the i550 #42, moose and squirrel blog may have been hijacked. Remember, without posted pics it did not happen.

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I was referring to just the bulb build. I will turn a symmetrical shape on the lathe and measure its volume with the water displacement method of determining final weight in lead of 150 lbs.

As to the moose and squirrel hijack I think it was Boris and Natasha following the orders from fearless leader.

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I am counting up the floating boats I know of. Every once in a while someone will send us a note about their boat mentioning that they have been enjoying it for 2 summers. so to the best of my knowledge: 605 plansets. Boats; 20 in NA, 8 in AUS, 3 Russia,

5 Croatia, 1 Brasil, 1 Singapore, 1 turkey, 2 Canada.

41 that I know of.

1 South Africa hull 535 launched 2016

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Sorry Deon A flub of epic proportions. does that make me a Phatass?

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As mentioned above, I have the beeve. Anyone building a bulb is welcome to use it and pass it along. It's like a tradition, or something.

 

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Sorry Deon A flub of epic proportions. does that make me a Phatass?

Dare I say, a great name for an i550.

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As mentioned above, I have the beeve. Anyone building a bulb is welcome to use it and pass it along. It's like a tradition, or something.

 

attachicon.gifTheBeev1.jpg attachicon.gifTheBeev2.jpg

 

Hey Time,

Isnt´t there a real cad file for this, to program a CNC router?

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I don't know! In all honesty, I've forgotten who designed The Beeve. Someone will chime in...maybe it was Chad? At any rate, I don't have files, sorry!


In other news, looks like there will be at least two boats at Screwpile this summer. Come on, east-coasters, think about it.

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Brett Murrie designed the bulb at Tokyo's request.

Brett is a naval architect in Brisbane with a real working business and a web page.

I think a fund for rum was kicked about at one point by a couple of us punters but not completed.

I have the PDF if any of the cult wants a copy.

T

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The original bulb design has a pointed tail and making the flat beaver tail versions was documented on Chad's blog.

 

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Hey Dawg, why not trailer that thing up to Solomons in July?

 

6-7 hr drive to infinite fun!

 

My crew (I hope they read this) is skeptical I can get the boat there intact and race ready. They don't know me.

 

Hell, I dont even know me. And I'm glad.

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Thanks Dawg,

 

Found the info in Chads blog. No cad-files though. The bulbprelim2-pic(nice shape) seems taken from a 3D-program though.

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Hey Dawg, why not trailer that thing up to Solomons in July?

 

6-7 hr drive to infinite fun!

 

My crew (I hope they read this) is skeptical I can get the boat there intact and race ready. They don't know me.

 

Hell, I dont even know me. And I'm glad.

Oh Pooh-bah, perhaps knowing they are as am I that i550 boats are very breaking easy to me. The keel is so small and light I can carry easily to the boss man but only receive a small roti it for.

 

I am Rajinder, breaker of boats. I can break that.

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Hey Dawg, why not trailer that thing up to Solomons in July?

 

6-7 hr drive to infinite fun!

 

My crew (I hope they read this) is skeptical I can get the boat there intact and race ready. They don't know me.

 

Hell, I dont even know me. And I'm glad.

Oh Pooh-bah, perhaps knowing they are as am I that i550 boats are very breaking easy to me. The keel is so small and light I can carry easily to the boss man but only receive a small roti it for.

 

I am Rajinder, breaker of boats. I can break that.

 

Rajinder! Look at you writing in (rather bad) English! God bless your slum-dog little heart.

 

The keelbox has been shredded and I just need to pop in some slippery delrins and we are good to go. So be patient my small, sub-moronic, little friend.

 

Oh and,

 

बेकार इंसान

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yea, what he said

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The original bulb design has a pointed tail and making the flat beaver tail versions was documented on Chad's blog.

 

attachicon.gif-80kgbulbprelim2 (1).jpg

 

 

 

I'm sure if you have that drawing in cad format it can be updated to the beeve design.

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Brett Murrie Low Center of Gravity ballast for the i550

 

first leading four sections are 25 mm (1 inch) each, the remainder are 50 mm. 80kg-bulb.pdf

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Hey Dawg, why not trailer that thing up to Solomons in July?

 

6-7 hr drive to infinite fun!

 

My crew (I hope they read this) is skeptical I can get the boat there intact and race ready. They don't know me.

 

Hell, I dont even know me. And I'm glad.

Oh Pooh-bah, perhaps knowing they are as am I that i550 boats are very breaking easy to me. The keel is so small and light I can carry easily to the boss man but only receive a small roti it for.

 

I am Rajinder, breaker of boats. I can break that.

 

Rajinder! Look at you writing in (rather bad) English! God bless your slum-dog little heart.

 

The keelbox has been shredded and I just need to pop in some slippery delrins and we are good to go. So be patient my small, sub-moronic, little friend.

 

Oh and,

 

बेकार इंसान

 

 

Sahib, I know not how to read or write but I do know how to break boats. I also a little know how to sail from those boats with the training wheels. I would be glad to come to the land of the Solomons in July. My land is hot and muggy and has no wind so the Solomons land will be a great improvement, yes Sahib? If I could find just one more boat please to break I would have the money to come and sail with you and eat beerdidclams in the cool and balmy Solomons breezes.

 

मुझे तुमसे मोहब्बत है

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Hope somebody finds that useful....

Also contains a bonus - a 100 kg bulb

 

The file has patterns for making a plywood full size model (to be filled with foam or whatever)

 

Please note:

80 kg bulb - all frames are 4 mm thick, backbone is 12 mm

 

100kg bulb - all parts are 9 mm.

 

DXF has theoretical lines too, sort of.

 

Both 80 and 100 kg version had been produced, both used on i550s...

i550-bulb_to_share_v2.zip

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I have built a plug of the 80kg bulb, we are using it on the Leech650. It is two halves which I then popped a glass mould off of and bolted it together and put it in a sand box. I have put a post up on the i550 Facebook page .

 

On another note what is the point of the beaver tail being added to the original bulb design? It just looks like pure drag to me?

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Beavers became popular back around 2010. I know knot why. Something to do with something.

 

I think they look cute. But I don't have one.

 

Breaker, that's funny as hell...the Hindi and the sig.

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Something to do with tip vortices forming off the pin tail. The small beaver tail disrupts them, and is also easier to fair straight than a needle tip

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Beavers became popular back around 2010. I know knot why. Something to do with something.

 

I think they look cute. But I don't have one.

 

Breaker, that's funny as hell...the Hindi and the sig.

There are no beavers on your boat? That makes me so sad Sahib.

 

The Antrim 27 bulb sported a beaver tail 20 years ago.

Nothing new here

I am Rajinder; breaker of boats. I can break that.

 

I can not break that Wild Oats thing. They break it so fast it can not even finish a race anymore. It would never make it here for me to break but send the crew if they like Roti. We have jobs for them.

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Rajinder, my tiny, troglodytic friend, I am sure you have many skills that can be successfully utilized on a variety of boats. I have 31 feet of carbon fiber tube that needs UV protection. I'm sure you are a master with a spray can or a paint brush. I'm sure you know how to put a bloodworm on a number 1/0 hook (which would make you a masterbaiter). I can find something for you to do.

 

IN other news, it looks like maybe sorta the first east coast i550-thon might maybe be coming along this summer to coincide with a Total Eclipse Of The Sun somewhere in the lower reaches of the Atlantic coast.

 

Details to emerge....

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............it looks like maybe sorta the first east coast i550-thon might maybe be coming along this summer to coincide with a Total Eclipse Of The Sun somewhere in the lower reaches of the Atlantic coast.

 

Details to emerge....

 

 

...you're gonna schedule a race on a total solar eclipse?? this should be good. :mellow:

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Rajinder, my tiny, troglodytic friend, I am sure you have many skills that can be successfully utilized on a variety of boats. I have 31 feet of carbon fiber tube that needs UV protection. I'm sure you are a master with a spray can or a paint brush. I'm sure you know how to put a bloodworm on a number 1/0 hook (which would make you a masterbaiter). I can find something for you to do.

 

IN other news, it looks like maybe sorta the first east coast i550-thon might maybe be coming along this summer to coincide with a Total Eclipse Of The Sun somewhere in the lower reaches of the Atlantic coast.

 

Details to emerge....

 

Pede poena claudo, Sahib. A cutting torch is my best friend. But if insists you, learn new skills can I to assist in your problems of crabs and beavers.

 

 

............it looks like maybe sorta the first east coast i550-thon might maybe be coming along this summer to coincide with a Total Eclipse Of The Sun somewhere in the lower reaches of the Atlantic coast.

 

Details to emerge....

 

 

...you're gonna schedule a race on a total solar eclipse?? this should be good. :mellow:

 

 

Oh Buddha it is often said that sail I like blind am I so it will matter not. The matter is what means Sahib about 1/0 hookers and blow and palaces of stars 5.

 

Will you a boat bring? Because I can break that...

 

हम शाहिब की अध्यक्षता करते हैं

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I've got to say Rajinder that I am finding your "schtick" to be more than slightly racist.

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No offense intended and more harmless than that which you voted for my wayward PA soul. The only race referenced is Screwpile whatever that strange offensively named thing might be, so back to PA with you please kind Sir.

 

Or if you wish to go sailing I can break your boat too Sahib.

 

I am a breaker of boats and I can break that!

 

मैं स्क्रूपिल रेगेटा करना चाहता हूं

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Mr. Rajinder doesn't have a "racist" bone in his body. OK, maybe his one of his Phalanges once made a comment that could be considered anti-muslim (political joke - those of you in the PNW who probably won't understand it).

 

At any rate, the man can break some boats. I have seen him do it.

 

And yeah, Couch, a race during an total goddam eclipse. You got a prob with that? :P (I think the eclipse is later in the day toward the evening in SC, 'smatter of fact)

 

 

स्क्रॉल, हमें उन्हें विनियमित करना होगा

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Columbia has been scheduled for 2:42 pm local time (total 2'36") and Charleston is about 2:47 pm (on the edge total ~<1').

 

As for the nice bone crusher, a visit to SC would teach him the finer points of Southern Hospitality. Just saying when the lights go out, watch out for BUBBA.

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मैं उनकी दवाओं के पक्ष में हूँ

 

Am I right in thinking that a bubba is not like a buddha, Sahib?

 

The week last was slow; nothing was broken. Except possibly for one of my distals.

 

Is this dark place different than the place of many screws?

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I need to apply new UV protection for my carbon fibre mast and boom and prod. Anyone have any recommendations for white paint? I'm too lazy and burnt out to think about it. I used a clear-coat last year and it didn't last.

 

कील कि स्लाइड आसान मुझे गर्म बनाने के लिए

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Gold leaf them. You'll stand out in a crowd.

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Okay, last year( or more maybe ) the carbon stick snapped on a boat entered in the delta ditch, in a mere 40 knots of wind. Now your clear coat is peeling. I am really thankful that I have an aluminum viper rig. These carbon masts are obviously a fad and has no redeeming value in the sailing world... Although I did use it on my keel foil, so I guess I need to know how to protect it as well. I was thinking of starting with west systems barrier 420 additive ,then I will be deciding on clear or inter protect . Hate to cover up that CF though.

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I think I'm going to go with Cruisin's suggestion of using gold leaf. It's cheap, it's light weight and it's flashy. I have heard that "chicks dig it."

 

So yeah. Good call, CL.

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I think I'm going to go with Cruisin's suggestion of using gold leaf. It's cheap, it's light weight and it's flashy. I have heard that "chicks dig it."

 

So yeah. Good call, CL.

 

 

....sounds good,,, yer'll fit roight in :)

 

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.....try some clear two part polyurethane,,, shouldn't peel or flake ..........unless yer don't prep it roight. :mellow:

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Is it broken still, or broken no more, yet, Sahib?

Fix things I can not but my cutting torches and dremel stand ready.

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On 4/23/2017 at 4:21 PM, TimFordi550#87 said:

I think I'm going to go with Cruisin's suggestion of using gold leaf. It's cheap, it's light weight and it's flashy. I have heard that "chicks dig it."

 

So yeah. Good call, CL.

 

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Alas , maybe next year , but today I paint

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The Portland fleet has started sailing,  we have a few fixes to make after a windy end to the weekend in Olympia for the Black Star Regatta.  We are down a few boats this year and have a few for sale or charter if anyone is interested in sailing for a weekend.  We can always put a few competitive boats on the line for any weekend race in the area or around the NW.   Next year we should be back at the Once a month racing goal,  with a few more boats we hope. 

Monster, Great looking boat!  Paint that thing and get it floating!

 

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Are there two boats for sail in Portland? The complete unsplashed one looking for a home and Gladiator's "Pucker Face"?

Any plans to get the boats up to Cascade Locks?

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We have 6 boats in the Portland area for Sail, but 2 and possibly 3 are for sale.  

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And isn't Couchys' Carbon Offset also looking for a new set of knees? nod nod wink wink. what about it 

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So , a while ago I bought an aluminum viper mast. Now I am close to the final assembly, I am thinking I can run viper sails, with very little modification. The boom is a little longer. The hoist will be less than a foot different. Sail makers have patterns. The existing rigging is adaptable . The only question is whether I would be shunned by my peers in the  pacific northwest . I would post it on the 550 sites, but the North American sites are stale, as far as I can see. Does any body object to a snake rig sailing amongst them? I just want to get on the water....

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No worries from the Pacific NW Fleet.  We just need more boats on the line and want to encourage anyone to come out and race.  I believe Carbon Offset was sailed with a modified viper rig and did very well.  Anyone who has sailed i550 one design quickly figures out that it the winning  combination is crew work and tactics and not carbon rigs and new sails.  Sail what you got!  My two cents for a great boat are, lightest keel possible (150lb), use a bridle not a mid cockpit traveler (keeps weight forward for every tack), Boom sheeted main, sail 2 up (third person gets in the way), and get a crew that will sail consistently and understands-  "Get me another beer". 

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On 7/9/2017 at 6:53 PM, timber said:

And isn't Couchys' Carbon Offset also looking for a new set of knees? nod nod wink wink. what about it 

couchsurfer

 

 

13 hours ago, Lock said:

No worries from the Pacific NW Fleet.  We just need more boats on the line and want to encourage anyone to come out and race.  I believe Carbon Offset was sailed with a modified viper rig and did very well.  Anyone who has sailed i550 one design quickly figures out that it the winning  combination is crew work and tactics and not carbon rigs and new sails.  Sail what you got!  My two cents for a great boat are, lightest keel possible (150lb), use a bridle not a mid cockpit traveler (keeps weight forw