Thanks for that memory!Can't resist another Robin story...
As you may know, much of the revenue for Robin's clinic was from cosmetic surgery. At some point "Tits by Tats" was a battle flag created by the crew. This is one of the reasons (in addition to being a known brilliant sailor) for his familiarity with many of the Rich & Famous, who would go on "vacation" in the BVI and visit Robin's clinic while there.
Anyhow, after one of the races in the 02 Classic Week, we were on Diva rafted next to a big schooner belonging to a friend of Robin's. 1.5 ft of freeboard next to 5ft... A thinly clad beautiful and well-endowed young female crew member was washing off the extensive varnish work.
Standing on the deck of Diva in our soaked foulies, we couldn't avoid a moment of mutually admiring the view on the schooner. That's when Robin looked over to me (and down, being about a foot taller) and stated "You know...not even I can make them that nice"
Yes indeed. Birds of a feather. Such happy days.Lets spin off a Tattersall thread. But then we would have to do one for Joel Byerly...
That might just take us down the rabbit hole!
Apropos of nothing... if you're looking for bodies to pitch in with the renovation, count me in. I have a day job, so I can't commit full-time, but I'm only an hour or so from Betts and would love to contribute some weekend time to Improbable's rebirth, if I can...Have some projects planned already however will be assessing how far the renovation will go.
Sledracr, you have a deal. I'll be in Birch Bay on the 15th and getting Improbable to Anacortes soon after. Will track you down and coordinate.Apropos of nothing... if you're looking for bodies to pitch in with the renovation, count me in. I have a day job, so I can't commit full-time, but I'm only an hour or so from Betts and would love to contribute some weekend time to Improbable's rebirth, if I can...
Built-in 'water ballast' yes, that would be a bit far. Nice strong racks where you might mount some containers of fresh water in various locations, however...In my case, I'm gravitationally challenged...not heavy enough to have any meaningful effect on the righting moment! So yes, I've thought of adding water ballast tanks.
But I know that would probably be crossing too far the over the line into "mod" territory...so I do draw the line at certain points!
No. Just no. 10-5gal water jugs is about 400lbs...not enough to even barely affect stability on a boat that size. But if they come loose in a knockdown they're gonna hurt someone. The boat is not a daggerboard-era internally ballast IOR boat...stability should be perfectly fine.Built-in 'water ballast' yes, that would be a bit far. Nice strong racks where you might mount some containers of fresh water in various locations, however...
Great pic, great thread, GREAT opportunity for someone in that area to partner with one of America's best sailors. Holy Moses but could the right guy (or girl) get an educational boating experience. Best luck finding a good core crew that can look after things while you're away - I'm confident you'll figure it out.
We'll, agreed, although the rudder iterations were never quite right, even the iconic transom one. The angle of the transom and unbalanced design made the 2-driver mode necessary when powered up.Bruce, in my opinion, this is such an iconic yacht that it would be a shame to butcher her too much. Certainly some deck and running rigging enhancements, and it would be wonderful to see a modern rig on her. But for the rest, less is more.
Any thoughts of a new transom-hung rudder? Now that would be most cool. My old mate Hugh Welbourn would be delighted to help on that, as I believe he sailed on her back in the beginning in the Solent a couple of times.
Ahoy JBE,Yes, great thread, getting subscribed.
Our boat is a 45 ft Davidson designed in 74 and influenced by the Mull designs of the period.Kauri cold moulded too. I walk past Tequila every time I go to the boat and I cruised with a Whiting on another Whiting 47 last year, so quite a lot of the thread resonates with me. Thanks for the thread and love the input.
I could look back through the old sea sprays for an article if you'd like too.
I think I once knew that, but had forgotten. Don't know the planking config. FWIW, on Improbable there are two 1/4" diagonal skins on the inside (well, outside of the longitudinal stringers), and one 1/2" fore/aft skin on the outside. If it had been me, would have put the diagonals on the outside....but it is what it is.Zamazaan's a woody? Who knew!
Hi Haji, hundreds... but in the meantime I snapped this one of Tequila for you walking past on sunday ,as her name came up earlier as a great competitor of your boat earlier in the thread.Ahoy JBE,
Have a pic or two of your cold-molded Davidson? Not many kauri boats on this side of the Pacific!