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In Topic: How to turn one aluminum stick into three!

28 July 2014 - 07:33 PM

I think BJ's analysis is likely correct, the boat is stuck in the side channel, not where the bridge opens.  It is hard to imagine getting a boat in that spot on purpose, and the current there is stronger than the center.  On my last trip out of the locks a large ketch got sidways at the end of the lock and spun down the channel towards the same bridge.  The skipper finaly got it all sorted, but the current when the lock opens, especilaly durring an ebb can be pretty fast.


Now why they did not pull the boat over on it's side to get it out is another question.

In Topic: Quickstep 24

28 July 2014 - 04:06 AM

A Thunderbird would check a lot of your boxes for a whole lot less than the modern day sailors, although most had the traveler in mid cockpit.  They might be kind of rare in your area, but good glass boats can be found and several in my area (PNW) have been for sale recently on trailers.  The racing ones usualy have almost no interiors, but as a kid the family had one with a built out interior and short cruises for 4 of us worked ok.  I recall it being a good light air boat, but I am sure others can chime in with more information.


I sail a Tartan 30, it also meets a lot of your criteria, but is more of a mid weight cruising boat than a day sailor.  Sailing well in light air takes a big jib (a 130 is average) which can be a handful.  The aft traveler is nice with guests on board.

In Topic: Buchan 37

26 July 2014 - 04:51 AM

My neighbour growing up in Seattle was John Day who did some of the original work on the fiberglass versions of the 37, and owned one himself that I think he also built while he worked for the Buchans.  I don't recall how it sailed, but it was a realy tough boat.  He and my dad used it for fishing crabbing and all manner of non-sailing activities, often involving lots of cheap beer.  The mast on his was a hollow rectangular box section wood spar that was replaced with an aluminum one years later.  I do not know if was drainage pipe or not, but it would not surprise me if it was.  It suspect it is still out on the water.

In Topic: Bumpy water very shallow cruiser/racer?

17 July 2014 - 04:32 PM

Since it looks like you can not have it all, here are 2 options,


Dana (pacific seacraft) 24, built like a tank, shallow draft, slow but the weight, near full keel and inboard power might end up being a great option in your chop.


Re-consider the Cat 27, the benefit is they are cheep, have inboard power, and are easy to fix with lots of parts and advice available all over.  You will break stuff, but will be able to get back out for less $ than most other options.  You said it is too cruisy, but with 20 kts of wind every boat you will look it will be way overpowered anyway.

In Topic: bought a unicorn, but need a barn

05 July 2014 - 10:56 PM

I have no ideas for a new slip, but you are moored about 10 boats down the dock from me so welcome to the neighborhood. Mine is the tartan 30 with grey canvas, if you walk by say hello.