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Kris Cringle

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  1. Its one of my favorite. Almost bought one about 5 years ago. It is a good looking boat. Who can know what will be appealing 50 years on, maybe it will have the retro look of a Jag SKE then?
  2. That is a beautiful space, that must be a fantastic home to live in. I love great design, it's timeless. The restoration I've been working on for the last couple years is directly across the street from my old house. Our old house(from where this photo was taken), was a 4 unit apartment house before lying vacant - on the market for over 10 years( locals said it was haunted). The old house with attached barn(so unique in this village on the ocean), was vacant for the last 30 years(owners just sitting on it). This harbor was very poor up until 50 years ago. That helped preserve man
  3. Here are two popular sailing anachronisms: The Concordia yawls designed in 1938 - 103 built, and the Hinckley B40 designed 20 years later - 200 built. Both as popular today as the day they were built, mostly due (I believe), to design. I'm told by people I trust(that know more about wooden boats than I) that the Concordia yawls were lightly built, to race. They weren't expected to last forever. I'll predict, after following the care of a dozen or more over 15 years, that they WILL, last forever. Many of the happy owners(they are dedicated), have passed that traumatic day, whe
  4. Why is it necessary to argue material if the boat sails well and looks good? Isn't that the whole reason to own a sailboat? Agreed, you summed it up faster. There sure are, Bob. My glass hull and solid glass deck is starting it's 56th season, this spring. It hasn't shown any signs of having reached even a half way mark. That alone is an amazing feat in materials, no matter what type of boat you own. I'm just imagining the time when a typical glass hull like mine reaches a state that it makes no sense to continue sailing it. I'm imagining a loss of rigidity, maybe? If
  5. I think it's impossible to separate our experience with boats and their aesthetics, our mental catalogue of forms and their associations with time, place, building and materials technology, from our views on boats. That Friendship sloop is poignant, moving to anyone familiar with the Maine coast and its history. Without that context it could easily be awkward looking. The NY40 says "70s race boat" only to those that have those boats in their mental catalogue, and the association with that era and reverse transoms, which seem faddish to many of us now. To me historically there have been
  6. Speaking of wood: Living and sailing on the coast of Maine for nearly 20 years now, wood - when it comes to boats - has become innocuous to me. At one time, as a fiberglass boat owner, I looked at wood suspiciously(as most fiberglass boat sailors still do). Full of ignorant cliche's, wooden boats to the uneducated, were (are) reduced to lame generalizations. There are similar generalizations about fiberglass boats that I've heard from wooden boat snobs that are just as ignorant. I got educated here with a world class wooden boat builder in the village and friends with wooden boats. An
  7. Beautiful. Apparently her crew found your boat picture-worthy too. Thanks, KDH, but I know what they were shooting. The most memorable sunset I recall(2012). I took the shot above of DOG STAR at 6:44pm. Good light on them but the sun was still above the horizon. I took a series of shots during this time. At 6:46 I took this shot. I found a good angle: putting an opened hatch between me and the sun allowed me to get something. This sunset was so amazing that the dog acted strangely while the drama of light was unfolding. Just 3 minutes later, the sun finally went below the horiz
  8. There is another Rhodes double ender around, Bob. TIDAL WAVE. I think it's even older than Dog Star.
  9. DOG STAR, 1930 Rhodes ketch. On the Eggemoggin Reach in Penobscot Bay, Maine.
  10. Beautiful harbor. That is congested, I give you high marks for sailing in there, Ed. Are those boats swinging on one mooring or are they moored fore and aft?
  11. I admire people who sail where others don't and do quite a bit, myself. And this guy does know his boat(as I recall and see from the exhaust outlet in his counter, the engine wasn't running). I grabbed an aerial of the harbor and drew the route (I know the thoroughfares in Northeast H). Besides that this photo was taken during a less crowded time, it doesn't show how visually blocked the tight boats make the sailing. With a J-105, I imagine the turning is faster. My boat is similar to the Loki in the amount of room and time it takes to turn. I took the photo of the Loki at p
  12. I took this photo (not my boat), in Northeast Harbor on the coast of Maine, a very tight little harbor - full of boats. I remember the scene (I know the owner, a very good and experienced sailor). They had just tacked, a shaft of wind had found them and the old Loki yawl was really beginning to power up. All onboard went rigid,... Does the photo make you nervous? If so, you know the feeling.
  13. Hi Jim, I believe TI is at the Baddeck Marine Boatyard. She's a 36' Alden Mistral. http://www.baddeckmarine.com/
  14. I read about the rescue, CL. Nice work! After the race, I met the owner of TI in Maine. I have a near sister ship and know quite a bit about them. There were some strange design/construction techniques employed in the late 50 and early 60's with the 'new' fiberglass revolution. One of those techniques was the Top Hat Frame to secure the rig to the hull. After the race, TI showed rust stains around the topsides. We (owners of these old boats), know what causes those rust stains. Anyway, the boat went into the sheds that fall for exploratory surgery. They found the dreaded rusted backi
  15. Drone footage in the online vid industry has the WOW factor pinned. This Enrico, has mastered the tool. That piece is a great lead into an epic story. The story is in his business by the looks. Amazing! That's what I like about your vids, Dylan, you tell a story along the way. You were never in the wow factor race, anyway. Speaking of Italians, I've watched a few of this Italians vids. Marco D'Alba. (Did I learn about him here?) They're good. His technique and gear is simple. Sometimes there's no music(and it works-for a little time), but he captures good small boat sailing footage. Plus
  16. Ok, you guys finally got me to click the vid,... A skim was all I could do(I've gotta get to work). They're good, nice kids. I give them credit for fearlessness. I like that. I don't know the genre but I'm glad to know,... I clicked the best of it. Thank you. Want some sailing? This amatuer vid is by a son of the owner of the Alden Mistral, TI. The kid caught some great footage (just a Go-pro?) while this crew of large old guys won their class and overall in the Marion to Bermuda race a couple seasons ago. They made the old boat, go.
  17. Very nice. Loved the music, no children masquerading as sailors. Wonder who the singer is?
  18. Varnishing lowers my blood pressure. I took a 54 year old mahogany plank from my cockpit well (I replaced the old cockpit), and ripped it in half(arrow). I wanted to test some stains. A few minutes with a heat gun, a few minutes with an RO sander and 80 grit (no finer) - Interlux stain, sealer, just 4 coats of cheap varnish - NO sanding between, just a quick rub with a Scotchbrite pad. The results: 54 year old wood, renewed.
  19. I can't 'click' any of these sailing vids. It's like walking past the romance novels in a book store. Babe or Fabio on the cover, I don't open them to read a few lines.
  20. This Tancook Whaler (100 year old fishing design), sailing into Pulpit Harbor was something to watch. It nimbly tacked through the dog legged entrance just off the granite ledges. I've posted these before but in the interest of an easy sailing boat - that is pleasant to watch, this is a good one. At least in this guys hands. He sailed her in threading through the moored boats, and onto an anchor for the night(she has a small cabin forward). A pleasant break from the crisp white yachties that frequent this harbor in season, the owner/captain was so pleased when I ran
  21. Here's a pic of my dog sailing our boat. Our favorites winds, 5-6 knots of wind, flat water, telltales fluttering, good speed. Not much to do but keep a lazy watch.
  22. Niels Hellerberg was such a great source of info for those of us that own old Alden boats. He was actually working at the Molich yard in Denmark, where my boat was finished in 1961 and remembered the building. On the phone or email, he'd take the time to recollect and research any question you had about an old boat, even after he went on his own. He was extremely helpful and supportive when I was restoring my 1961 Alden Challenger. My wife stopped into the Alden design office in Boston a few years before they closed up shop to pick up some sheets of the original drawings for our boat
  23. I'm no pro either but a little history makes me think that the W-Class has some design style and elements set by Joe White(the 'W' in the name is for White(Joel), 20 or so years ago(he's diseased of course). The W-46 might be a collaboration of Joel Whites vision, Stephen's interpretation, and Steve White(son of Joel) input. I think the stern on the W-46 might be traced back to the beginning. The keel,...I like to think a boat designer/builder in Maine that's seen a zillion keels slam granite ledges,..gives some thought to that. Here's a short history: http://usharbors.com/image-g
  24. Might as well throw in the latest W-Class. The 22'. Two were built recently in Rockport (Artisan Boatworks). A different keel direction: Stub keel with centerboard. Pretty boats for racing or daysailing in shoal waters.
  25. Here's another W-Class keel. 8' deep, I'd have to be too careful with this boat.
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