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In Topic: CrazyProa. The flame suit is on.

Today, 02:36 AM

Go the Crazy Bolshevik! Damn the haters, full speed ahead... at least until you go back the way you came as only a proa can. Can't wait for a proa to complete EC or even R2AK, dare to dream. 


Really appreciate you showing up for the first Okoumefest and running the CP. We anchored near you after midnight, and left soon after dawn on a very slow circumnav of the Wye River... the next year was much quicker. Hope the best of yesterday becomes the worst of tomorrow. A couple of boat bucks in your kitty from Badger and Corsair, along with best wishes.


Skol: way to reevaluate, and I purchased plans for the Strike before starting on Gary D's Va'a motu. Mr Woods is a class act, and his designs make a great deal of sense. He is a great resource and was quick to reply to questions. Couldn't do better for a starting point. Good luck with your project!


ZTH: I respect your tribal instincts and second your voice of appealing for the best/chastising the jerks. Nice job with your Challenges. Hope we meet at Ft Desoto some March.

In Topic: Proa question

07 April 2017 - 12:06 AM

A bunch of the Harryproas have had Balestron rigs, uni's and schooner rigs (double uni?). In fact, I don't remember seeing any go the route of 2jibs. I like the effort made to minimize complexity during maneuvers the Harry's embrace.

I'd love to see a pairing of Dennys "intelligent infusion" concept with a boat manufacturer willing to go out on a limb with his designs. If the Bucket List series worked out it could stimulate interest if the cost could be kept to a minimum with speeds good enough to attract those not wanting full foiling craziness with helmets & crash boats required, but quicker than most other watercraft.

Also, who else (other than Chesapeake skipjacks) regularly have the dinghy provide auxiliary power? Wonderful example of multiple purposes for necessary equipment avoiding duplication of heavy items.

Then there is the upstairs "living room" on the windward pod... that's got to be the most gorgeous sailing galley I've ever seen. (Presuming it's kept cool). I've worried, though, that someone cooking would fall down into the sleeping cabins, so would have to see pics of a finished build of the larger designs.

He's got provision for carrying chain in an imaginative fashion, to facilitate easy anchoring, and combines that element with a long "toy box" to hold SUPs or windsurfers. Few other designers show such imaginative to facilitate fun cruising use of fast boats.

Rob's got some cool ideas, but I'd have to see them on the water before I'd commit.

In Topic: What to use to coat the rudder?

03 April 2017 - 02:53 PM

Can add carbon powder to epoxy, slap it on, gives UV protection and allows easy sanding, slick finish. It'll be black of course.

In Topic: Will the Grand Wizard Go Down Next?

12 March 2017 - 01:20 AM

Couple of questions.


First, Pence knew that Flynn was acting as an agent of Turkey during the transition period. As acting head of the Transition team he vetted the General, and surely that information would have been immediately available. Also, Flynn's lawyers notified White House attorneys that he had been acting as an agent of Turkey, and should he register that status? The WH lawyers told him that he should do "what he think is best." Finally, there were reports by AP and others documenting Flynn's work for the foreign government. 


Why did our VP allow a man working for a foreign government give and receive national security briefings of the highest order? How does this comport with his relentless attacks on others (albeit horrible DemocRATS) whose security lapses pale by comparison?


Secondly, has Wilbur Ross divested from that Cypriot Bank linked to all those Russian oligarchs yet? I know that he resigned his chairmanship after he was confirmed as Commerce Secretary.


Third, will the Trademark Rights that Chinese courts suddenly granted be seen by Republicans as possibly, kind of, maybe being, well, emoluments? Many experts in Chinese intellectual property rights say these were granted in surprisingly efficient fashion, and that Trump's being president of the United States influenced the decision. But it isn't what is true that is important, it is what is perceived to be true that counts, in this case, by the GOP.


Fourth, if the current administration is shown to be actually staffed by folks who suborned Russian involvement in our electoral process, using Russian hacking laundered through Wikileaks as a way of disseminating propaganda as part of a quid pro quo to loosen US & EU sanctions on Russia, how might America deal with the scandal? Will the racists and haters see the grand bargain as just what was required to keep Hillary and her dykes out of office and continue to support the administration, perhaps violently? Or would patriotism win out, and spur a moment of shared disgust at those who would sully our nation by such measures? Would the GOP continue to support gerrymandering and blocking minority voters, or would they begin to see the folly of such divisive moves?

In Topic: Getting a small keelboat off its trailer

05 March 2017 - 03:50 AM

I had to get the trailer worked on. So I built two saw horses in a V shape with angled cuts in 4x4s tied together with 2x6s & carriage bolts. Carpet remnants on the upper face with s glue gun. Tied the back of the boat to a hardpoint in the garage, untied the bow tie down, and drove the trailer forward. As the boat became suspended, slipped the rear sawhorse in place. Repeat for the front.

Don't forget to untie the front tie down!