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    Another keel goes astray...French sailor survives 16 hours in an air bubble inside his capsized boat off Spain

    This is before we had the keel grid bead blasted, they look much nicer now.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    We had an extreme low tidal condition these last couple days here in Blakely Harbor. FRANKIE managed to stay floating free even at a minus 4.26 tide. But I doubt there was much more than 6-8" under her 10 foot deep ballast bulb. Fortunately our beach has a steep drop off once we get to zero and...
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    Sailors Powerboat

    Having engaged him for the engineering on The Sliver Project I can attest to how clever Tim Nolan is when it comes to marine design. He is my go-to guy for everything marine engineering.
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    Coolboats to admire

    One of my previous vessels. She was a lovely mistress.
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    Impractical commuter boat

    I don't think I could have lived over here if I had to rely on the WSF system. Using my own commuter boats saved me HOURS over the WSF system.
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    Sailors Powerboat

    Similar to Tim Kernan's 2005 design known in Southern California as DRUMBEAT 
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    Roger C. Taylor, 8 bells

    Sad to hear, I met him once at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle where he gave a talk about LFH. My bookcases are overflowing with books he is responsible for creating.
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    Sailors Powerboat

    I would think this boat would be pretty efficient…..wish I had more information about her.
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    Sailors Powerboat

    WHITECAP comes up on plane around 14-15 knots, you can really see the reduction in her wake when she makes it up. She does not have much bow raise when she makes the transition. I run her at 16-18 knots because Paul Bieker and Eric Jolly told me that was the most efficient speed for her kind of...
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    Sailors Powerboat

    I think WHITECAP LWL is closer to 44’ her hull is 48’ LOA.  1.74 nautical mile per gallon is real per my data (I keep a log.)
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    Sailors Powerboat

    For an interesting comparison let’s check the Tim Kernan further development of SARRISA. My WHITECAP (ex DRUMBEAT) was designed by Tim as an updated SARRISA and Michael Peters was involved (Peters later actually owned her.) I lent WHITECAP to our son Brent last year and sent him off with a full...
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    Sailors Powerboat

    Well with a beam of 10’ she might need it!
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    Sailors Powerboat

    Rumor has it that the original “sailor’s motorboat” is for sale. George Griffith’s SARRISA the ULDB designed by Michael Peters. I will try to get more details.
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    Impractical commuter boat

    Well for what it is worth I did the cross Puget Sound water commute for 17 years all year round. More than 7000 one way trips (yes I kept a log.) The only time I used the ferry was when my commuter was being serviced. Worst conditions were 45 knots of breeze and 5’ square waves (had to slow way...
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    Installing a composting toilet.

    The Bob Perry designed Sliver Class Daysailer FRANCIS LEE has been using a C-Head since she was launched in 2014. We found Sandy was very easy to reach by phone in 2014, maybe he has been swamped with business as his very simple straight forward composter appeals to those of us who want...
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Shortened spreaders of course and non Farr 40 boom. We do use the Farr 40 mast jack. Never had a Farr 40 mainsail. Had the Schattauer Sail Loft in Seattle just make us some standard Dacron sails. Our “E” and “J’ are both longer than on a Farr 40.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    62’ loa x 9’10” beam x 10’ draft. 19200# displacement with 48% ballast (much of it in the bulb under the fin keel.) Fractional 1185 sq ft rig. Tiller steered. Simple, narrow, light and a joy to sail.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Steve was here just the other day. Not only is he a very clever guy, he is a really very nice clever guy. Great friend to have. I will ask him if he is willing to drag my house around to test which anchor to use for it. (I think the big Navy will be enough.)
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    I think my 3000# Navy Anchor would be enough to hold the house…..
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