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Kris Cringle

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  1. The Bialetti's center of gravity is so low I wouldn't think it would take much. Maybe 3 small cable clamps around one burner? Simple wire ring with a couple legs? On a gimbled stove, I'd say a Bialetti is good to force 8.
  2. Our boat came with one of those but mounted on the inside of a hanging locker door. It was likely a popular accessory for the first 30 -40 years of the boats life. I haven't stuck a line on a chart in 10 years but a pencil sharpener is still nice to have, a couple times a year,...
  3. If you've come into the coast at NH or southern Maine, Jewell Island is a good overnight spot. It's one of the outer islands of Casco Bay so not too far off the coastal line. Quite a bit of room and well protected from prevailing wind. Stay in the middle, best holding (a little rocky around the edges).
  4. Wooden boats and white knuckles at the boatyard: My friend was waiting for a freshly launched wooden boat to 'swell up' so it could move to his crane for mast stepping. It was his last step of the day and although he'd been waiting for an hour as the boat hung in the slings - all pumps blowin',...., he wasn't worried. He knows wooden boats. Pretty nerve wracking, boats waiting for the travel lift to launch at a wooden boat yard. It's go time for boats right now. But one leaker is in the slings. What to do,....what to do,...A lot of head scratching, quiet c
  5. When there's a lot of boats anchored - especially mobos, there's always entertainment.
  6. Ajax, we've cleared the decks for your journey.
  7. UNCAS, that I believe was built with an E aux. several years ago. Off set shaft and prop.
  8. We like Portland too. It's an old city so it gets a bye. We've been around, mostly to some of the lakes and ski areas. An eye opener was driving up through Jackman and to Quebec City. Big trees, big lands, sparse. I have a great friend that grew up in Gardiner. He still talks about his raw potato slice sandwiches he took to school for lunch. Mmmm,...
  9. After living here more than 20 years, I see the local reasoning for not recognizing Southern Maine as part of the state. Sure it's tongue in cheek but rooted in some reality. The real divide to me is inland from the coast. There are great areas of course but it's hard to ignore that the population is shrinking in the 'county', which makes up much of the inland area. There are reasons for the exodus and it's a sad problem of poor economics (not the peoples fault), and education. I grew up in mid state Vermont so I'm used to rural life. It's really rural just off the beaten path in VT
  10. If it won't lay a pound of rubber, don't bother.
  11. 20 miles may be running with scissors,...
  12. Fantastic advice, really. I do intend to do some ghost docking along the way in safe areas. And I've told the owner we'll need to be a week outside of the move day before we can begin to confirm the weather. They have a dock that will often require a port side to; due to the prevailing southerly winds. We'll be practicing on that. There's plenty of free space around the dock. I'm already running docking scenarios in text for him. The boat has nice stout mid ship cleats. Helm is starboard but with the shape of the boat I'm hoping it will lie nicely for a few moments, an aft and mid
  13. I've been asked to deliver a friends first motorboat. It's a 1961 Brownell Bassboat. I helped select it for my friends (and clients). I really like it for a first boat on the bay. It looks safe, able and perfect for taking a handful of people to explore a new world to friends. I was first looking at glass boats. Then a woodie that belongs on Golden Pond caught his eye. Face it, some people have an eye for pretty boats. But the CC looked half restored, suited for more protected waters, original 40's engine, a potential project. These people don't need a project: I manage their projec
  14. Hugging the jagged green coast, the west wind barreling over Beech Hill, compass heading 000, we are bound for home.
  15. Stonewall Kitchen is also a great lunch stop. If you want to shop, Freeport is the place to go.
  16. If this helps: Camden is an hour and a half -3/4 drive from Portland this time of year. Most of the restaurants are open around here (Camden Rockport area), especially weekends. But check every one, online. Hours and openings are changing daily right now. I can't think of a specific but hotel/motels are mostly open but check and confirm any you're planning on. I just 'bought' a boat in Brooksville for a friend and client. Their first boat, ever. I selected a 60 year old wooden power boat for them. It was love at first sight. They don't feel compelled to see it. Th
  17. A soapstone stove/fireplace. This may be a Luke? Good low install.
  18. Hi Jim, we burn bone dry hardwood. I cut down typical hardwood splits of about 16" long, into thirds. These 5" or so chunks, are perfect for my firebox. It sounds like a lot of work but in fact this only takes a few minutes (I have a bandsaw ) to fill a canvas bag with enough chunks for several mornings, evenings on the anchor. I add pieces of dry pine kindling (shop scraps). A bag of fuel rests in the bottom of a hanging locker all season. Chunks of hardwood (door is removed for photo): I don't burn it underway because I could easily burn the boat up as this is more
  19. I put one of those on our last boat. When it was cold and wet on deck, it was loved. Should be perfect in your new boat, Phil. You can do the math on the BTU's in a gallon of propane and the burner input, and know what you're usage will be. With all radiant heaters, the lower you can mount it, the better.
  20. That is our favorite farmers market. Another plus for boats staying in Rockland: https://www.mainstreetmarkets.com/ If you don't have a car, this grocery / take away foods, is convenient in the downtown.
  21. The way I understand it, this process has nothing in common with particle board; sawdust mixed in glue and pressed. The structural make up of the wood cells in the board are unchanged. Resin injected under pressure is then baked dry. It hasn't caught on over here yet, I would have heard about it from our boatbuilding community.
  22. I don't know, the jury is still out on fossil.
  23. On wood in general, especially yacht decking, here's the new product, Lignia. Claims to put most every argument anti wood to rest. From what I gather, this modified product starts with clear softwood (not one species), that can be sustainably grown with all the carbon locking properties. It is then modified by impregnating resins into the wood and baking. This produces not only rot resistant qualities beyond what nature can produce but increases the density, hardness of the decking for a long wearing surface, stability limiting movement, fire retarding, non slipping bl
  24. Lignia. A new product, sustainably grown, from Wales. I think a softwood that is treated not only for rot resistance but perhaps, hardness too. Outrageous claims for lifespan I recall. Spirit Yachts seems fearless in experimenting. Must have a lot of $$ backing them.
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