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steele

Member Since 12 Apr 2008
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In Topic: Brigadoon's PT Haulout

29 April 2017 - 04:55 AM

I have anchored in both hunter and mud bay, both are pretty protected in a south wind with good holding. Hunter is more scenic, but if the wind is predicted to shift to the north with much force mud bay is bigger and you can anchor tucked up against the NW side for more protection and a longer distance to the south shore in case you drag. For some reason every time we end up in either one the weather goes bad.

 

An option is catch a park buoy at spencer spit, it is very exposed to wind but the spit acts like a breakwater so if you chose the leeward side the water is flat, there are buoys on both sides and the beach is great. Passing between the spit and Frost island is a sphincter tightening experience, but it works.

 

Another very protected option for your first night is blind bay, it is pretty protected from all directions but especially from the south. If you do go read the guide book carefully about the entrance near blind island, rocks are not your friends.

 

just writing this makes me jealous, we will not be up there until late July. Have fun and report back often.


In Topic: Something different for CA

28 April 2017 - 04:31 AM

Ranger tugs is a local NW company with a lower priced approach to the cruising tug concept than Nordic. They seem to be doing well. They certainly have a much larger presence at the local shows than all the sailboats venders combined.


In Topic: Something different for CA

23 April 2017 - 03:50 PM

Most better quality anchor rollers in 316 stainless are a dull matte finish, and the thicker stock for costum work is also matte. When I re did my roller and bow plate the shiny polished stuff was special order and more expensive. Titanium would be cool looking and lighter but might be overkill for this appilcation.


In Topic: Something different for CA

14 April 2017 - 05:05 AM

So do the midship doors need to be doors or could they be lift out panels like companionway boards? The outside could be finished flush with the hull, the interior how ever Kim likes.  A simple bracket could hold them in the cockpit when removed. The only hadware would be stainless latches to hold them in place in either position, no fancy hinges or sliding door mechanisms needed.

 

I have lifted several of the compsite foam core parts of Francis Lee and they are scary light for their strength, you can lift his companionway steps and salon table with one finger so Betts should be able to make them very managable. When locked in place they could add support negating the need to beef up the rest of the structure too much, as long as you do not forget to run the boat with them removed.


In Topic: Dave's perfect sailboat

11 April 2017 - 07:54 PM

Bummer. I have really enjoyed all of your designs, but Dave's was the closest to my dream boat.  My life plan was to wait 10 yrs and look him up to see if he was ready to sell.