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11-30-2011 01:19 AM
mitiempo That will help but it was a site without a way for owners to post for so long it may be hard to change. Good luck.
11-30-2011 12:34 AM
McMikeJr
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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
Yes, he has seen the site recently. It needs a bit of work. The problem with a forum is you need lots of members to make it work well - like here at Sailnet.
We're working on that. We've got a few regular posters, and the hits are creeping up. With such a small run of hulls from a now-extinct builder it's really important we get people together!
08-08-2011 02:51 PM
mitiempo Yes, he has seen the site recently. It needs a bit of work. The problem with a forum is you need lots of members to make it work well - like here at Sailnet.
08-08-2011 02:03 PM
McMikeJr Yes and no, that photo is from the web site, and it's my boat, but it's not Ill. That's off the coast of California, where she was before Jack Bibly bought her from my Grandpa in Ventura, CA. He renamed her Rajence. Before that her name was Christy Lee. She's Christy Lee again and will remain that way. Leola is my Grandmother's name. Good find! She's a great boat, smack dab in the middle of a major overhaul. Ask your neighbor if he's see the site lately. Larry, the current webmaster, has been BUSY. I'm a moderator and try to stay as involved as I can.
08-08-2011 12:45 PM
mitiempo The Spencer 35 is a good design of the type. A neighbor lives on hull # 31. He was the person that started the owner's group.

Is this your boat - previously Leola and Rajence? It is hull #8 and was in Illinois
08-08-2011 08:59 AM
HDChopper If that puppy's center is an 1' or better thick , and you get a NICE SNUG fit on the shaft should be allright IMHO

I would add a SS ring to the spokes just because...
08-08-2011 08:08 AM
McMikeJr We'll see what happens today when I get it looked at. My boat is a 1963 Spencer 35, a traditional early-fiberglass design with a full keel and steep rake on the rudderpost. The angle of the rudderpost necessitates a quadrant system.

Mike
08-07-2011 11:33 PM
mitiempo It looks well made.
Wooden wheels on a sailboat usually but not always have an external ring of wood to prevent someone from falling into the spokes. It would suit a traditional boat with quadrant steering best probably. I have seen many like that on older commercial fishboats as well. On an Edson Pedestal a stainless wheel covered with elk hide is a good choice.
08-07-2011 10:06 PM
McMikeJr
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You might be able to have an adapter milled at a machine shop, although it will probably be cost prohibitive and not very safe. To my knowledge, ship wheels of this type are generally ornamental and are not fabricated robust enough to be used for steering.
Hmmm, interesting thought. The thing is SOLID, and very heavy, but I understand your point. I know somebody nearby that could answer that question, maybe I'll run over and have him look at it this week. Thanks for that, hadn't even considered it...

Mike
08-07-2011 09:36 PM
MSter You might be able to have an adapter milled at a machine shop, although it will probably be cost prohibitive and not very safe. To my knowledge, ship wheels of this type are generally ornamental and are not fabricated robust enough to be used for steering.
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