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  1. If you're coming from sailboats, especially something like your Alden, docking a powerboat requires a different mindset. For the sailboat, when you slip out of gear, the boat basically will continue in the same direction at the same speed. You have a lot of momentum, a lot of boat in the water to resist the wind, and you have a big rudder and reliable steerage without propulsion. The name of the game is to glide into the slip or up to the dock slowly enough to stop the boat quickly, and you regulate that by switching in and out of gear. For the powerboat, you have a small rudder, a
  2. I've seen her sailing around the bay for years. Desperate Lark has always struck me as a first class boat name.
  3. If you want to do any real traveling, you either need a car you can sleep in night after night or you need to plan to stay in hotels/motels/airbnbs/friends couches/etc. If you want to avoid the expense of finding lodgings, I guess a minivan would probably be the cheapest approach. You can fit a queen size mattress into the back of most of them. A proper camping van could be fun, but that's not a small investment. That said, camping in a van is a lot less pleasant than an equivalently sized sail or power boat, in my experience... it's much harder to find nice places to park, etc. If y
  4. That puts it in some perspective. An offset companion way with a static flood angle of 100 degrees is a different kettle of fish. Offset only matters in so much as it affects the down-flood angle, but unfortunately that's not an easy metric to determine without stability calculations. A boat of "normal" proportions with a center-line companionway won't start flooding until around 110 degrees of heel, usually. Could be substantially higher if she's beamy or just large (the companionway width becomes smaller relative to the beam). Offset can be fine if the geometry works out.
  5. His bolts may have been a higher performance alloy than the ones on your boat. Silicon bronze or 316 stainless, which are the most common materials for keel bolts, have a yield strength of around 175 MPa (25k psi) while Aquamet 22 and Monel K-500 will be around 725 MPa to 800 MPa (105k-115k psi) respectively.
  6. Speaking of wooden schooners for northern latitudes,there's BOWDOIN. She was designed by William Hand and built at Hodgdons in 1921 for arctic explorer Donald McMillan. She was specifically conceived for freezing in for the winter while research was conducted. The bow has an 1800 lbs steel plate to aid in crushing ice. She has a crows-nest for spotting growlers. There's a 5 foot wide section of her planking at the ice-line made of Australian greenheart for abrasion resistance. Her entire hull is designed to be lifted by compressing ice instead of crushed by it, as can be seen here.
  7. You could spiral-wrap a spinnaker halyard around the sail, I suppose. Although, the idea of standing on the foredeck and attempting this in dirty weather seems unappealing. I would love to know what percentage of the time unfurling is due to user error and poor maintenance vs. gear failure. I think the answer is that you don't "assure." If you use quality, well maintained, gear correctly unfurling shouldn't be a problem. Like every system on a boat, the roller furling system could break. But it seems like the consensus among people who sail regularly in ugly conditions (like Pela
  8. Glad to see that the Shilshole 27 finally got launched. I was following the build blog for a while, but it tapered off. Was a little worried that it was going to end up another unfinished project in someone's backyard/garage. Neat boat! Kind of reminds me of the Ben Seaborn thunderbirds: small, easy to build, and good for both family cruising and racing. Hope everyone's pleased with the boat and that the shakedown is going well!
  9. The refleks stoves look great. Only thing I've heard against them is that they don't like being heeled over more than 15-20 degrees. Has that been an issue for you?
  10. Some more info on COURAGEOUS. It's interesting to compare her to the NY32 designed 10 years earlier. Same waterline length and sail area. 7 inches less beam and almost a foot more draft, though.
  11. Amen. The boat seems a bit of an odd duck. I'd be curious to know what Beneteau thought the target market was.
  12. To add to this, since sailing is ultimately a leisure activity, the nature of the economy has a lot to do with it too. How much disposable income and leisure time the middle and upper middle class have has a lot to do with what kind of boats and boating are popular. It's hard to sell someone on the virtues of an offshore cruising boat when they get two weeks of vacation per year. Interestingly, the wealthy in the US are working longer hours and taking less time off than ever before. That doesn't mean they're going to give up the sailboat, but it probably changes what is appealing to them in
  13. Do you ever respond to people's main points, or just side comments? Whether reality has moved on or not, you clearly have. God bless, man.
  14. @Borracho, You're ascribing an opinion to me which I am not saying. I am not arguing that there has been no technological progress since the 1960s. That would be ridiculous. This is what you initially wrote: My response was that development in computing is on a different scale than in naval architecture. I offhandedly pointed out (and I'm starting to regret it) that one could, in fact, learn a great deal from engineers of the 1960s. This is NOT because the engineers of the 1960's know more than the engineers of 2021. It's because they did, in fact, know something about boats,
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