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  1. EvaOdland

    Front Page - Retro

    You got my $10! Having been working on my own retro boats....seeing the different deck layouts and interior configurations are a source of ideas for my own projects and refits...I have scoured my home marina looking at various vintage race boats rigging when I resurrected and refit the Pearson Flyer this past summer and got it sailing again. Being able to see the layouts is not only entertaining but educational. "Lets go look at boats!" is the next best thing to sailing them.
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    Docking. When it all goes wrong.

    One design demo derby...cool.
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    what is it?

    Pearson Flyer 30 with the topsides chopped about 8-10"
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    Is the kiwi boat the most radical?

    Nah Commando Cody already nailed it 70 years ago...
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    brazilian style parking

    my guess is the line fouled the throttle as he was standing on the swim platform about to step off....ugh....that must have been a really shitty feeling....in the water helpless...watching the boat rocket off...
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    brazilian style parking

    you can see him climb onto quay and run for the rescue boat...
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    brazilian style parking

    Lone person backs in, takes out of reverse puts in forward to slow backing.. jump off back with rudder hard over and a line in hand, ..expecting to hop back on as line snugs, to put boat in reverse and set the second aft line....problem is the line he jumps off with fouls the throttle at the pedestal and away goes the boat before he can cleat it....
  8. http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/articles/lakefront-icon-jeopardy-sv-denis-sullivans-sailing-days-without-maintenance/ DS absent sailing on the lakefront this past season. Would be sad to see the ship fall into disrepair There is a gofund me link in the article.
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    Jane Honda!

    Oddly enough I broke my teeth (literally) on a Honda 50cc mini bike in the early 70s. So my relationship with this honda B75 4 stroke (2 cylinder) engine was somewhat predestined. I always was confident with 2 stroke outboards...could get them running and keep them running...but I have not had a 4 stroke recreational motor until this girl. It took me a while to figure it out. I was seen frequently leaning over the transom with the cover off and wrench in hand coaxing Jane to behave one time on a collision course in the seaway... But she is a temp solution until I refit the Flyer with an electric inboard...anywho...despite covid, it was a season, replete with sailing and drunken debauched crapulence and competition...(everyone's favorite) Peace, love and rockets!
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    Jane Honda!

    Ha! That is brilliant...Mercury Morris! My fave returner!
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    Jane Honda!

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    How long did it take to find/buy your boat?

    background I recently bought my 4th boat. (#3 and #4 are current, yes I have two boats) Did you know exactly what boat you wanted and just go buy it? Boat #1 Not a specific size or brand....I would say I knew what sort of boat I didn't want, but mostly realistic expectations of how we wanted to use the boat. In my case, daysailing, marina weekending, and coastal cruising. A simple and roomy 26 footer fit the bill. Boat #2 Yes. I wanted a S2 9.2a. (30') I found three in my area. I bought one of them. Same as above but with a little racing capability. Boat #3. Yes. I wanted a S2 11.0 (36') I found three in my region and one locally, I wanted a solid great lakes cruiser.. Boat #4. No. I saw in a craigslist add and thought it would be a fun summer project. 1981 Pearson FLyer 30' racer. As you get started I would recommend getting into a boat that is going to teach you ownership, good seamanship, safe sailing and how to have fun being a boat owner. Get into one sooner rather than later. One that is not too much or too little. 25-28 is a good size for a first boat if you have some sailing experience and been around boats. Even if you have tons of experience on OPBs as indicated, bigger boats are big expenses...and more complicated to handle solo. A few feet can make a big difference in being confident and handy to being overwhelming and a struggle. Did you buy and sell a bunch of boats until you got something you were happy with? Technically I would say yes. But Boat #1 and #2 I sailed each one for multiple years before buying up. (there was dual boat ownership overlap) Both boats I would say were perfect for the time I owned them. Each built my knowledge and experience that led to the next one. It really is one day you just go..."Lets LOOK for a bigger boat." Not Lets GET a bigger boat. I always really liked the boats I own and have fun sailing and staying on them. Did you go through a long drawn out process to find your boat? For #1, #2 and #4 I would say no not at all. It was only a matter of a few weeks. Number #3 actually took much longer. I saw the boat for sail and my partner and I were just starting to look...we were looking for a larger cruiser between 36-40 feet. We looked for comfort and shorthanded sailing ability along with stout build and price under 30k USD. The S2 11.0 was on my shortlist. C&C Landfall 38. Islander 40. Were some of the boats on my list. Actually from the first time we looked the S2 11.0 to second look and purchase was just about one year. I wasn't in a particular hurry there lots of boats on the market and I was still gathering the cash for purchase. But the price dropped and the pieces fell in place. Also I fairly good at getting good neglected boats fixed up so I did have work to do on all the boats I have bought. Having said that...I am always shopping and looking at boats online and at the docks. If you were doing it again (looking for and purchasing a used sailboat), what would you do differently from last time? Probably the only thing I can think of is to have 20% more cash than you want to spend on the purchase. This makes getting to work right away easier and faster. But I usually buy mid-late season and can save up to do the big jobs the following spring. 2 of the 4 boats were in the water. #1 I had a survey done. Later I just sort of learned how to evaluate boats myself. Boat #4 was rather inexpensive and had a lot of work to do (fitting a new/used replacement rig and repowering) I set a overall budget and was able to stay well under that and actually have fun working on and sailing the boat this past season. Also if it is any help...I am already looking for the #5, 45 foot range....I have some ideas in that area but it may take a year or so to get there. In the meantime I have two super fun cool boats to live and play with. My S2 11.0m cruiser condo and the go fast(er) Pearson Flyer 30 retro race boat. I have rather longish threads about the S2 11.0 and the Pearson FLyer re-furbs here on SA. Good Luck! Use your gut feeling not your heart and emotions and you will pick a good one that will be enjoyed.
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    So me and my dad went and bought our first boat

    Cheers for sharing. Now for a bit of a slap of reality.... a light slap. Eventually you learn how bad that all could have gone. As bad as that was it could have been much worse....but learn and plan. Practice at the dock. It happens...sometimes we all should have known...but made the best of it...though...sometimes not. One of my screw ups...1986...I had not sailed our old catamaran for four years. When at the lake cabin, home from the city, I had heard the the cat had been flattened in a snow storm the winter prior. The remains were given to a neighbor. They repaired it were sailing it but said we could use it any time. The lake was high that year and I went though my usual motions of getting the boat ready. I put a reef in the main in about 15 knots of wind and raised it. I would launch holding the boat near shore pointed out and I would push and leap aboard, main sheet at the ready. However this time I did not see that an overhanging branch snagged the main halyard near the masthead. I had not cleated the halyard well and as I sailed off, so did the halyard, stopping at the masthead. I was stuck. Tied to a tree at the masthead. I let the main sheet go, I jumped off the back to pull the boat back to shore but suddenly found I could not touch. I was able to swim it back under the offending branch and hold it there thanks to some small wave action on the forward quarter. So there I stood in water up to my neck, holding a catamaran tied to a tree with a reefed main up. A little kid was watching me, I said can you go get me some help. He ran off and two adults quickly arrived and surveyed the situation. None of them were sailors and so I directed the rescue as the owner was fetched. We managed to get some lines on it and pull it sideways to the dock and I tried to free the halyard. I was able to pull the main down, break the branch and free the line but the halyard bitter end remained at the masthead, which was most disappointing. So...some attempts were made with various poles but no good. It being a stayed rig, 15ish foot McGregor Venture Cat....I said we can take the rig down easy enough. It was late august and they weren't sailing any more so we went into winter layup mode (Northen South Dakota lake, northwest of Minneapolis 225 miles). I helped put it all away, wet and cold. They gave me a towel and we had a beer and laughed. I told them the time a friend and I turtled it, screwing around sailing it on one pontoon.... it went over. My friend trapped under briefly and the mast banging on the bottom, we had to undo the rig underwater. The incident became the talk of the beach for years. Most knew me when I was younger and saw me single hand it frequently....and pictures of charter adventures with my folks. II didn't sail for several years until I found myself living and working near Lake Michigan... As for your first adventure... Count yourself lucky, as I am sure you do, for others I have seen over the years were not as fortunate. One newbie lost his lovingly refurbished classic 34 footer, on the maiden voyage, late in the season to a sand bar and a northeaster that night into subsequent days. It pushed the craft well into the meat of the sand bar where towing was impossible. The entire city watched his prize slowly die through the winter, frozen in the ice until it was cut up and drug ashore. I called his grounding into the Coast Guard that day on the VHF. I was sailing and saw him in a place a sailboat should never go, when I looked again, he was caught. My friend, a shutter bug, followed it's demise over the winter. https://cascadeowners.wordpress.com/falcons-death-chinook-6/ A few years later, another gent on his first sail with a new boat paid the ultimate price, he lost his life, swept off the bow by a wave as he was freeing a fouled jib sheet forward. He went overboard on a nasty day NE winds in 6-8 foot seas. He was lost right in the harbor gap, on the maiden voyage of a hand built wood double ender...with his wife, son and friends aboard. He was an experienced professional seaman. 1st mate aboard a go fast lake ferry and captain of a restaurant river cruiser...but a beginning sailor. Grim tales. Do your homework, learn and go again, be careful and have a plan. Jeebus...it all gives me the willies... *knock on wood*
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    Best Line For Micro Block Eyes

    Oh yah! I need the dyneema on my lazy jacks because the crew is usually all jumping up and down on the boom when I let loose the main halyard...we crank the mainsail until a few inches disappears well into the masthead and jams up the main sheave. I gave up on headboards long ago, they keep you from getting the main racin' tight! ...so as they are trying to free the halyard, the lazy jacks stop the 1200 pounds of humans from hitting the deck with the boom when it lets loose...so many crew got injured before I came up with that...we broke a lot of lazy jacks...because we race hard, real hard. lol