Originally Posted by Eben
Owning and sailing a vessel like Taleisin comes with an implied contract
stating that you have to talk to those familiar with the boat and be polite to them. It's part of the deal... we don't mind, we get to meet interesting people, it's part of the fun.
Where are you sailing at the moment?
Good Morning Eben (or perhaps Good Evening where you are),
I hope I did not come across as impolite. I woke up this morning thinking about my suggestion of rigging
an outboard mount of the stern, and in hindsight, I think that's a pretty lame idea (I can't really fault the Zinfandel. It was just resting in the bottle, minding it's own business...) Anyway, I'm not particularly inclined to hang an outboard of the back of my own dilapidated vessel; maybe, but only as a backup or temporary measure. Or have I not read your thread closely enough? Are you currently using a 2.5hp?
In answer to your question, I'm not actually sailing anywhere at the moment. I acquired my vessel in poor condition. The Atomic 4 gasoline inboard had been submerged in rainwater due to a broken fitting in the cockpit
drains. I've taken steps to extract the water and lubricate the inner workings. The engine and transmission
will turn over. I'm reworking the fuel
line. The fuel tank
is completely empty as was disconnected from the system. I see that as a plus. I anticipate a carb overhaul
, but hope I don't have to tear the whole engine apart down to the crankshaft.
If the Atomic 4 is unsalvageable, I'll probably look into following John Vigor's advice given in his The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat
(p.72), "there's nothing more reliable than a hand-start, raw-water cooled, single-cylinder diesel
with good big fuel
filters." But who knows, Mr. Zinfandel might think that the space occupied by the engine might make a great wine cellar.
My particular slip is the least accessible in a relatively tucked away small marina. It would be more prudent to have a working engine, even if it is a temporary one. There other obstacles to setting out as well. I'm inclined to completely redo my rat's nest of an electrical system
. And the more I look at the mast
, the more I think it came off another vessel...
Anyhow, I'm really intrigued by Taleisin's sculling oar. I definitely want some sort of sculling apparatus. A long oar with a fixed blade probably makes the most sense in my case (gotta make oars for the tender
, too). Or I might try improvising some attachment so my whisker pole can serve double duty. Maybe I could make a butt cap for the other end, use it as a push pole, too!
This yuhol with an angled handle looks pretty cool:
Yuloh, sweeps and getting into the dock without a motor.
I'm not quite ready to scull to Hawaii
, but I like this fancy rudder
Did you ever post an image of Taleisin's sculling oar? I think I've seen an image of Lin using it, but I can't seem to find it. Basically I would like to know if is asymmetrical, and if so, what shape?