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139 F'n Saint

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  • Birthday 08/26/1944

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    North Alabama TVA lakes
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    Dinghy sailing

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  1. Was possibly smart not to start this edition of the Mug Race. At the start, those who happened to be on the west side of the river-wide start line soon got a puff and a big port tack lift and were GONE. By the time the folks who had gone right or middle at the start got to the first big bend in the river, the left group was out of sight around the next bend, two miles away. And it got worse, as the front group kept what wind there was for longer. I was sailing a salvaged Hunter 170. Handicap 92.7. It took until 6:00 PM to get to the midway gate bridge. Finished after 13 hours, an hou
  2. Picture is of Lin Robsen's very contemporary Mader FD.
  3. After comments from several sources, we are going with an 84 handicap for the EVO. This skipper has had three years to hone his skills in the boat since the 2018 Mug Race where he had an 83. So a little bump should make him happy, eh.
  4. Forgot about that. Nice fellow. He finished with two of the Raiders. There was a non-spinnaker Raider that finished well ahead. Won the 88-boat fleet on handicap by 25 minutes over second place, a cruising boat. Guess who. Weird wind year that had the catamarans becalmed at the halfway point. eh eh. Dave Ellis
  5. yep, it was American Eagle. I always wondered if the tug captain got a "reward." Pretty easy to figure out which of the couple of tug companies back then.
  6. My dad used to sail out to the islands that border Tampa Bay with the Gulf of Mexico. I went along until leaving home in 1963. Got to see Ondine(s), Kiola(s), Hoot Mon, Robin(s). Good times. But Dad swore to his dying day that he heard a post 1968 conversation between an SORC racer short tacking out the ship channel and a tug boat. It seems that the tugs change from pushing a barge to pulling with a long hawser while in the lumpy Gulf. It takes a while to set it up. On the VHF radio Dad heard the skipper call the tug and tell him it would be worth his while to sink that tow hawser.
  7. Does anyone have a US Portsmouth Handicap number for the VX EVO? We have one registered for the Mug Race in Florida, 38+ miles up the St. Johns River with perhaps 100 boats from small to cruising, slow to foiling. We use DPN as the wind will change during the up to 12 hours that it takes to sail the course. One manufacturers rep suggested 88. Sounds about right for the big rig. What say you??? Dave Ellis Race Committee Portsmouth Guesser
  8. Oh, and try as I may the Hunter 170 that I salvaged just will not plane. Solid breeze, broad reach, no reef, hull speed only. Does very well in light air and is embarassingly comfortable. Dave Ellis
  9. The Marlow-Hunter 18 is the answer to the Hunter 170 (17-feet). With all the bad press with the cracking of H-170 hulls due to the plastic not taking the cold, the boat was redesigned a foot longer, renamed and made of good old fiberglass. Hard to tell them apart by looking. Dave Ellis
  10. Perhaps the folks who don't think the Hunter 170 sails well treat it as a keel boat. Like any dinghy, balance is attainable. Just raising or lowering the weighted centerboard a touch changes the helm. Not putting the rudder foil all the way down causes big weather helm in all boats. Cranking the mainsheet tight closes off the mainsail, etc. The most docile boat I've owned. Cushions and two cup holders are nice for this 76 year old sailor. Mug Race May 1 in Florida. Then sell it. Next??
  11. As small a diameter as your hands can comfortably handle. 5/16? Best to measure on the boat. Remember that the 'lazy' sheet has to go all the way around and to the spin on the other side. Then add four feet so you can reach it. There were several sizes of asymmetricals on Raider Sports. So tough to give a length answer. Unfortunately the builder has retired.
  12. Just make sure its a later model Hunter 170. Or stay in a warm climate. The plastic, not fiberglass, cracks in cold weather, say under 25 Fahrenheit. I got one basically for the price of the trailer and repaired the several cracks. Won't sink, as there is thick foam and a fiberglass inner liner. But ugly. I call it Kraken and painted a giant squid tentacle over each repair. The boat really is a great design. First boat I ever owned with cushions. Just installed 2 cup holders! Beats the Portsmouth handicap number regularly. Dave Ellis
  13. Very similar to what my wife made for my open transom. Only difference was the bottom had Velcro glued to the boat and on the net. So far it has saved a Gatorade and my whisker pole.
  14. Oh, items do slide out the back of "transomless" hulls. The most grievous situations occur when something, like your beer, hat, foul weather gear, suntan lotion slides out and it is not noticed until you've sailed on. My wife sews a net side to side, Velcro on the deck, little bales on each side for the top support. Saved many a loss.
  15. Found two. A newer one for 6.5K and the original of the new jib/aluminum mast hull, using the original mold 3K.
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