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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

That is a sweet rig. They are way fun to be sure. A friend of mine is a major adrenaline sports guy with piles of experience in all kinds of adventuring. He once told me while in his truck in the mountains of Colorado that by far the most exciting thing he had ever done was driving trucks over mountain passes in the winter for a living in Colorado. After doing a run with him in the summer I quickly could see why.

I may be in Seattle now for the Rendezvous. Working on flights and plans now to kill many birds with a single flight so to speak.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I will try to Post pictures when I get some time on the computer.

The stanchions are 30 inches, and they follow the shear of the boat, So basically, they are anywhere from 35" to 39" off the deck level. averaging about 36" (3feet)

They are made of stainless because I am lazy, and don't want to have to paint the damn things all the time.

The bulwark pipe is also obvioulsy stainless.
I am not in any way concerned with dissimilar metals above the water.
Only annoying bit is the cost of welding.
That and the bulwark is the only stainless that I was forced to buy new.
Everything else I have found as scrap for cheap.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Alaska:
If you make it to the Rendezvous come up and introduce yourself. I'm the old, grey haired guy with the big smile.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

No longer in question! Flight booked and coming your way. Can't wait to get there!
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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If you want to stay near the Rendezvous your best bet will be in Port Townsend. It's an easy 15 to 20 minutes scenic drive away The Inn at Port Ludlow gets booked up quickly this time of year.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I've driven a truck that big a couple of times. Really pretty easy. My dump truck is a single axel job. Really not much harder than a crew cab dually pickumup! Probably a LOT harder than a subaru! A subie is looking at the hub caps of these larger rigs!

My then youngest who was about 3 when I bought my navistar, was listening to the older three who had all had rides in the new BIG truck and were arguing who was going to ride from our house to the yard I kept things in. While the older three were arguing, I see her run into the house, grab the 2nd car seat, start pulling it out of the house, tripping over it while yelling "me wanna a ride, me wanna ride!" guess who got to ride in the truck that time. A fellow in a cement mixer was next to us, looked down at Kara sitting in her car seat smiling had a BIG grin on his face watching her.

7 forward gears are not much harder to row thru than 5!

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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Mark's Volvo truck has ten gears but he can shift it without the clutch. Of course he made it look easy but I'm convinced it is not easy. I think more than the physical act of operating the machine, daunting enough, it is the mental acuity you need to keep all the elements in focus while dealing with "civilian drivers". Mark, "Never trust a turn signal Bob."

But I can play guitar, sing and smoke my pipe at the same time so you never know.
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Shifting without a clutch is actually pretty easy! I do that in my navistar, and my old GM pickup.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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I put my solid lifelines up the other day.
Welded stainless steel to the stainless steel bulwark pipe.
Man, it made it so much nicer up on the boat. I worry alot less about hitting the ground now.

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I hear ya on the safety while the boat is on the hard. I think if I had a boat with no lifelines I would at least have a provision for temporary solid lines when hauled out.

The first years of my project were accomplished with the boat parked on my lawn. The grass at least looked nice and soft. When I moved to my current home, the boat ended up on a concrete slab so adding lifelines became a priority.

I wonder if you noticed a change in the way your boat "feels" on deck. On Panope, the addition of the tall, solid lifelines made the deck space appear larger - especially the foredeck. I am not sure what is driving this illusion but more than one person who came aboard (after the lifelines were installed) had a similar finding.

I have found the solid lines to be very useful for mounting various items like cleats, seats, liferings etc...

Here are some shots of my set up. I post the photos of my aluminum work with the assumption that most of this stuff could be executed in steel or SS just as easily.

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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I am pretty sure that Bob could drive the truck, and I am fairly sure I can teach him if we have time and a big place to practice. I really enjoyed the time, and got to meet some really nice people. I love the view from Bob's place, and it was a great way to relax and enjoy some down time. I appreciate the invitation and the time you took Bob.
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