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bmiller

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Home made mooring for small boat?

21 July 2014 - 04:10 PM

Now that I have the daysailer back on it's feet, or board as the case may be, it's been fun out on the water. Yesterday I took it out to Twin Lakes and talked to a guy who had his own, and the only, mooring on the lake. I asked what hoops he had to jump through to sink his own personal mooring and he said just permission from the local forest service office. So now the wheels are turning about sinking my own. The lake is very close to home and just the right size for a 19' daysailer.

 

My initial thought is to partially fill a 40gal plastic barrel to get the weight needed (#150?) with some sort of large galvanized eye sunk in the concrete. Then about 30' or so of 1/2" chain and enough 1/2" three strand to get a decent scope, then a nice Taylor Made mooring ball. Or should I go with the heavy chain/light chain option? Water depth should be about 30'. Anything I sink will need to be pulled in the winter. The location is exposed on a high mountain lake that has occasional micro bursts.

 

location:  39°05'21.99" N 106°19'17.04" W

 

Thoughts?


Budget sail source?

17 June 2014 - 11:43 AM

Last year I picked up, on the spur of the moment, a 1980 O'Day 19 that hasn't seen water since 1989. The boat is in great shape but the sails are shot. I have very little in the boat and need to keep it that way due to other financial concerns right now. But I do want new sails for it. 

 

I found a couple budget lofts on-line, there are no choices locally here in Colorado that I know of.

 

Any knowledge of these or others to offer up?

 

http://www.precisionsailloft.com/

 

http://www.fxsails.c...CFQOSaQodIioA-g


Pig Roaster build

01 June 2014 - 11:26 PM

Follow along as I build, and design/engineer on the fly, a homemade pig roaster.

 

For the last many years we have had an annual pig roast up here in BV. It's a blast with sometimes 150-200 people hanging around. In the past we have rented a roaster from the place we buy the pigs, we also built a masonry roaster at my buddy's place, but his wife got tired of hosting the party so it's time to build our own roaster. Notice I said roaster instead of smoker. There will be smoke but the primary heat source will be gas, so I will not call it a smoker, just to remain true to the style.

 

This will be mostly a photo journal with a few tidbits tossed in. It has a long way to go but I'm sitting here with a cold one after welding/cutting all day and thought it a good time to start.

All the photos from the project as it progresses can be found here: http://bmiller1959.s...16796&k=8FcHHnG If you click that it shows the entire process, not just the few I put in here.

 

Step one, get your hands on an old propane tank, this one is a 500gallon from 1958:

 

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Step two, build a trailer to tow it around on:

 

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Get it on the trailer:

 


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Make the first cut and some hinges:

 

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Both doors now cut and the counter balances built:

 

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Second home anarchy

28 May 2014 - 09:49 PM

Anybody have a second home, cabin, yurt, tent, is the boat your second home?

 

Here's mine:

 

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Day sailer out of Oceanside?

25 April 2014 - 06:12 PM

I'll be in Escondido for a few days and thinking about renting a small day sailer out of O'side if that is possible. Can't find anything on line. Any ideas?