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Kris Cringle

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  1. I must have lucked out. My daughter, even as a teenager was the always there to help with anything, especially the boat. She's was very skilled even as a kid. Night before launch years ago, and I want to go home,...
  2. I could be off on this as it's hearsay but from someone that worked in the biz. And this doesn't include those periodic repairs that traditionally built wooden boats don't escape. After all, most of them are older than the owners. The typical work is mostly just re-coating. Varnishing and often, a coat of enamel on the topsides. You don't have to repaint your topsides every year but if you do, the cost won't be that dear. These are on-going projects for the yard that are lightly filled, faired and sanded, much like brightwork maintenance. If you paint your house every 5 years instead of
  3. It's much cheaper here. I pay $250 each way to unstep, haul to indoor storage for the winter, haul back in the spring and step for $500. I do the maintenance coat in the shed that takes me 6 hours total plus a sheet of 220 and a pint of spar varnish. The expensive step would occur 20+ year intervals when the spar had to be 'wooded'. I'd add 3-4k for that and divide by 20. There are around 20 Concordias stored in our harbor these days. My inside info is that the average year round carte blanche indoor, haul launch, a maintenance coat everywhere, runs around 20-25K for a Concordia.
  4. Sorry, I meant to describe each house side is a plank. That 1" solid plank is the structure of the house. The large ports weaken the house side so along with drifts there are other means like this laminated knee, to strengthen it.
  5. That makes sense. But I followed the lead of some boats that were done with the low filet. The reason the yard did it was to make it look like there was no joint. In fact, because it's a filet, the eye doesn't pick up the joint at all. I have a friend with a boat, wood house and plywood deck that is glassed, that done this way over 20 years ago, and still dry as a bone. Mine was different as it's a solid fiberglass deck connecting a solid plank side. This was my plan back then. So far, so good. It was surprisingly easy, especially when you compare it to servicing this joint with t
  6. 2 Solid African Mahogany plank nearly 20' X 16 or so inches wide. Last time I had a port out and checked, it was a full inch thick. It may have been 1 1/8" (5/4) in 1960. There are bronze drifts (1/4" rods) running through it from house top to deck between - and at the ends - of the big ports. They were master boat builders back then. Amazingly today, we have boat builders that can do the same things.
  7. The router has an offset base attachment. Outboard of the sleeve the router slides into is a remote mandrel(shaft with a bit collet). The remote mandrel is turned by a cogged belt running from the main router. From there, it's jury rigged with fences to keep the router straight. In fact, the cut is 5/8" up from the deck. I could have gone lower but I only wanted to cut into my fairing just above the epoxy and cloth filet, 1/2" total, that attaches and seals the house to deck joint. I did that 9 years ago and it's tight as a drum.
  8. Wooden spars, it's all regional. Here, wooden spars are common. Some are ancient, but they're built new right down the street. There's no life span that I know of only failure by neglect or ignorance. The above may have been taken down by this epoxy 'fix'. Maybe 70 years old. Yawn,...
  9. Alden had the hull and deck of my boat cast in fibre glass in the UK in 1959-60. Hallmatic shipped the hull and attached deck, along with a thick roll of blue prints, to the Poul Molich boatyard in Denmark to be finished. There, along with the cockpit, interior, spars, the Danes built my house 60 years ago. When I bought the boat, the house was already 40 years old. I was an experienced home builder but I didn't know much about these houses. We sailed it every season but the house was showing some battle scars after 40 years. Christened in the Great Lakes, it made it's way to the Bahamas
  10. What boat so we can guess spar size? The bottom line on maintenance for a clear finished spar is to at least apply one coat of varnish, annually. Two is better and more the norm. Most sticks around here are pulled out each fall and stored or covered. The maintenance work is easy then. If they stay in the boat, the work is done in a bosuns chair. I have to wood and build new varnish on my main mast this spring. I did that task nearly 20 years ago. I think it will last longer this time as I'm better at the system now. It's a good thing to do as it means removing metal fittings
  11. We stretch the fall side of sailing here. October is a beautiful month on the water. The days warm up to shirt sleeve weather, a warm dry air. The light is at it's most magnificent for a camera. Most sailors leave when school starts. Once you're in the later half of October, they're all gone. Yet, you have some of the nicest weather on the water. You need a little heat in October, that's all. And a good book.
  12. Where in Ireland do you sail out of? We spent too few days driving some of your coast and inland. I was amazed by your harbors, many were man made on exposed coasts. Sailing out of Howth Harbor looked not for the meek. A constant wind blew while we were there (March 2015) that made for gale sailing as soon as you left the tiny cut. Once the season starts Howth must be a sight on a nice day as boats sail out.
  13. The Gulf of Maine is too cold in early spring. You can enjoy a beautiful warm spring day not far from the coast in Maine. But if a Southerly is blowing (prevailing), the temperature will drop 10 degrees as soon as you see the water. Get on the docks in a 10-15 knots Southerly and you'd swear it's dropped 20 degrees. Our weather IS the ocean, mostly influencing the air temperature. I don't use a thermometer to dress, I look at a nearby flag for the wind direction here on the coast. Then in fall, the opposite happens due to the ocean still holding summers energy. Amazing place t
  14. You can pick your project, time, location and pretty much your fee, right now. I have people scheduling projects to start in 2024. If you are a licensed plumber, we'll give you a house on the sea if you'll do a couple bathrooms a year. We have no skilled labor reserve.
  15. Thanks, I put that in my Queue. The watch later library on Youtube is a good tool. I've learned not subscribe until I've seen enough work from a channel.
  16. I saw the beached boat above so this looked the place. I took it off the Wooden boat FB group and liked the words. From an Italian site of some kind, Pesce Volante: May 13, 2020 ยท Raramente mi soffermo a guardare le mie mani. Dopo tanti anni e tante cose, le guardo e mi stupisco di avere ancora tutte e quante le dita. Quante corde strette, quanti legni impugnati, quante poche carezze; sempre troppo poche. Sono mani grandi, forti, ora incallite ed ancora con la loro morsa.
  17. All the cautions are warranted. But I should say I've stopped at Isle of Shoals several times overnight (10?), and never had a problem with weather or finding a vacant mooring. Even anchored there on my first trip to Maine over 30 years ago. It's a destination itself if only for the setting. It has some bizarre history. A sullen place to me but naturally magnificent. It has a strange religious background that imposes some restrictions on where you can go ashore. As a nonbeliever, that's sort of an invitation to me. Despite an open feeling to the anchorage, we've be
  18. Remember when the great nut to crack was, "How can I cruise on my sailboat and make a living?" Answer 2021: Get a job you can work remotely. Duh
  19. Everything we 'knew' a year ago, is changed. From Manhattan to my little town on the coast of Maine, it's all in flux. Trends are no longer assured. Better to think outside of the old boxes, I think. Buy the boat now, that's my hunch. It will go up. Don't sell your house, you'll regret it. Don't buy office space. Go cruising as soon as you can. That's probably one old idea that hasn't changed.
  20. Two man-buns on a foredeck seems excessive for New England. Seattle,...maybe.
  21. Just plain lazy jacks with a regular sail cover: Mine came from the local hardware store. I thought of it just as a mock up but it has become the finish product. Ingredients: 1/4" 3 strand, 2 tiny cheek blocks, 1/4" thimbles, 2 cleats, 6 eye straps. Deployed: Stowed: The one mistake was to mount the turning blocks at the spreaders. They needed to be raised about 5' above, but I don't think you can mount that block too high with a long footed main (too low is usually recommended.) Other realizations: In use, the legs are not tightened when deployed, I lea
  22. I hate to critique the master but why not shove an egg-banjo in - first, heat, then place on the Treadmaster. All that scraping works up an appetite. The algorithm will collect views from the foodie group(plus your heat may last longer).
  23. I think so. Some must be surprised to see wood, all but doomed in boatbuilding decades ago, to now be in the cutting edge, state of the art designs. But just because wood composite is now a design tool (for good reasons), you don't have to see it to know that. But like a log cabin, somebody always wants a bright hulled sailboat. Remember FOGGY?
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