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Old 24-04-2014, 14:23   #256
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Re: Happiness is a Warm Spool Gun

Autopilot motor Blister.

About 3.5 hours of work.

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Old 24-04-2014, 14:45   #257
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Floating work of art

Your work is an ongoing inspiration
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Old 26-04-2014, 16:54   #258
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Rudder Position Indicator.

For every big job that gets crossed off the list, I do another 10 little detail jobs that I stumble upon.

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Old 26-04-2014, 19:25   #259
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Nice Rudder indicator, man.

At some point I have to give serious thought to a keel position indicator, for a keel which both swings and has a draught-extension scabbard which telescopes.

The latter motion presents a bit of a challenge - I even idly toyed with a series of spikes of differing lengths which were self- plucking as the keel telescoped, so they played a musical scale.

Modified of course by the speed of sound in water ...


Is your blister tube oval (as supplied, eg mast section) or squashed oval by you?

or it it the lens which makes it seem oval ?
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Old 26-04-2014, 20:22   #260
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I like that musical note plucking idea but instead of a scale I think a song would be better. How about "close encounters of the third kind" (only five notes - maybe not enough)?

Many aircraft use a strategecly located mirror (as a back up to electric indicators) to verify landing gear position. I'm having a hard time visualizing how that would work on a boat without putting another hole in the hull below waterline.

The blister tube is round. I guess I need to back away and use the telephoto for the close ups.

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Old 27-04-2014, 22:51   #261
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Not all stepmothers are evil.

I did the foam cutting/gluing and pattern making for the covers. Stepmom doing all the sewing. Her work is very professional looking. I could not have done it without her help.

The rough ($) estimate I received from a marine cushion maker was shocking. I am saving a ton of money by DIY.

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Long, productive day.

Pic #1 - Got the boat pulled out of its parking spot a few days ago in preparation for the road trip.

Pic #2 - My father showed up this morning a 4:00 am to help with the move and launch.

Pic #3,4 - By 8:30 am we had the mast stepped.

Pic #5 - Main sail being bent.

Pic #6 - Splash at 1:00

The boat haven was swarming with commercial fishermen preparing their boat for the upcoming season.

I finally got to sit back and savor the moment.

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Old 02-05-2014, 00:50   #263
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Well, Steve, I have to say she looks a perfect treat. What a fantastic effort!

That's quite some 'trailer sailer' ... (hope you didn't have to travel on too many public roads !)

And very moving, seeing you finally able to relax and 'savor the moment'

Here's wishing you many flashbacks of that special sense of achievement, over the years to come, as you continue to reap the rewards of your ingenuity and foresight, sometimes unexpected ...

(do you find instinct causes you sometimes to do things for reasons you don't fully understand ?)

and possibly the occasional wry and self-deprecating chuckle as you realise how you 'should' have done some small detail !

I only open a beer myself on very rare special occasions, a few times a year - one of my 'incentive schemes' until I launch the boat I'm still only partly through designing! -

but when I flicked through your awesome photos, and got to that wonderful last one, I realised that, even at this distance, tonight has to be one of those occasions.

Muchos kudos, hombre !
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Few people in the world can appreciate the satisfaction that you must have felt drinking that beer. In a world where too many of us just cut a check and step aboard our new boat, you will enjoy sailing her in a way that most never will. Congratulations!
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.....I finally got to sit back and savor the moment.
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Steve, congratulations! A dream accomplished. There must be such sweet satisfaction in that.

This was a fantastic project and one I have followed with interest.

Happy sailing.
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Congratulations, and fair winds!
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Fair winds Panope. She looks beautiful
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:50   #268
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Many thanks to everyone here for the encouragement.

Just got home from a couple GREAT days on the boat with family.

On Friday, the trip from Port Townsend to Pleasant Harbor was a 6 hour motor passage. Here, we have just passed under the East span of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge.



My Daughter had a blast.



The Fore deck hatch/seat proved to be a VERY popular place to hang out.




My wife is going to be a fine yachtswoman. She took to the boat naturally. She did all of our shrimp pot pulling by hand. 4 pots about 250 feet deep. Got our 3 limits for the day in a single 1.5 hour set. Great shrimping.



About half way through our shrimp-feast-lunch for 7 (the saloon table worked great), I got a cellphone call from an old grade school friend who was out on the water with a dead boat engine (failed electronic engine control unit (Andrew, there is some more ammunition for you)). He was lying to his anchor on a lee shore about 4 miles away. We cleaned up the galley and made our way over to lend a hand. I built that post to look like a tug boat towing bollard. Did not think it would get used as such on the first trip.



The "rescue" of my friend took about 5 hours to get him (and is shrimp pots that had to be pulled) back to HIS harbor. By the time we were free to start the 2 hour trip back to Panope's harbor, the weather picked up quite a bit. We had solid hour of 25-30 knots on the nose with spray frequently passing over top of the pilot house. We were able to make 5 knots at about 60% power. The boats interior stayed completely dry.



In summary, it was an action packed and very busy couple of days. The boat got a pretty good workout and performed flawlessly. The crew had a great time and nobody got scared or sick.

My only regret was that in all the busyness and commotion, I did not have time to finish rigging/lacing the mainsail. I'll have to wait till later this week to get time under sail.



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Cripes, mate, does this mean I'll have to have Another beer?

I've only just finished the last one!





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I was down at the dock while you were out there, it really did kick up. Too much rain to sand, too much halyard banging to nap. Congrats on the successful refit. See you out there!
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