[Homestead] More boat stuff you can't liive without

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Wed Sep 1 18:45:12 EDT 2004

Especially if you are a loner and want to live in an almost tax-free 
universe---pulling up anchor and moving on if you become bored.  If you 
have the mandatory small shipboard workshop under the forward deck, and 
any mechanical or electronic skills, I guarantee you will be welcomed 
with open arms (and cash) by the residents of small islands.  There was 
an American who repaired all the equipment of the San Blas Indians in 
Panama.  I happened to be living with them on their offshore islands 
when the American decided to move on---they were really distraught and 
completely at the mercy of thieves in Panama City who took their money 
and did nothing to repair the equipment expensively flown to them in 
little toy Cessnas.  At the time I knew Carl Kiekhafer, owner of 
Mercury  Outboard quite well and I arranged for the two sons of the San 
Blas Chieftain to go to school at the Mercury factory in Wisconsin.

http://geodesicairoliteboats.com/  (eight pound Platt Montfort geodesic 

http://gaboats.com/boats/  (other featherweight Montfort designs)

http://www.gaboats.com/tutorials/graphiteepoxy.html  (how to make, use 
graphite epoxy on dacron skin---use squeegee)

http://www.image-ination.com/sailcalc.html  (a plug-in table for 
calculating sail area as relates to overall length, waterline, breadth etc.)

http://www.bijlard.demon.nl/  (Dutch Proa---speed with resistance to 
turning turtle)

http://www.hobo.itgo.com/  (an account of building and sailing a Tom 
Colvin Gazelle.  Colvin is unexcelled in designing and building welded 
steel hulls with lug rig sails---built on the Chesapeake, forgot where.)

When I lived on a 56-foot hermaphrodite rigged two-mast schooner, I 
always hoped to replace it with a Colvin Gazelle.  My wooden schooner 
encased in epoxy-fiberglas was a fine boat in shallow water (retractable 
keel), but not something you would want to sail in the open ocean.  
Moreover, in bad weather it was impossible to single-hand---hard enough 
and not too wise to single hand in good weather.  The steering station 
was all the way aft behind the cabin, nowhere to install winches and run 
cables. I have always had a vast distrust of hydraulics and a vaster 
distrust of electrics on a saltwater sailboat.  The John Colvin Gazelle 
on the other hand was a delight to single-hand with its Chinese lug 
sails, and the welded steel hull could lay on a reef at low tide, and 
could be sailed or winched off at high tide with no apparent 
damage---something you can't do with a wood or fiberglass sailboat. The 
only comparative disadvantage is that a Gazelle cabin won't let anyone 
six feet two in height stand up, the cabin in my old wood/fiberglass 
schooner was about six feet four in height.)  Of course if you intend to 
run aground on a reef, the ideal sailboat is a twin-keeler.  You could 
lose two-feet of keel before you had a risk of holing them---and they 
float off upright at high tide---never did like a boat laying over on 
its side---I get nervous when hatches are under water.

http://www.yachtsdelivered.com/longrang.htm  (lot of good info here, 
CorTen rust-resistant steel for steel hulls, you will want in your 
below-decks toolshop a battery-powered welder to make hull repairs, and 
certainly a radar to avoid collisions in poor visibility or darkness.\
You will want to have TWO fresh watermakers---one powered by engine 
exhaust heat, and at least one solar-powered, a little one for your 
rubber raft if your boat pitchpoles in a heavy following sea.)

http://www.thomasecolvin.com/  (anyone planning to build, live aboard 
and sail outside of the pond behind your house, should read these Tom 
Colvin comments.)

Peter Dilley's Junk Rig Pages. There are 4 pages and they are hard to 
find. Click on "Sailing", on the left, then click on "Junk Sails", at 
the top right.
The Chinese Sailing Rig.  Derek Van Loan.
Bob Perry's Review of a J35 with Comments about Lug Rigs.
Differences between For/Aft and Modern Rigs. Ted Brewer.
Junk Rig Article.  Michael Kasten.
A Tutorial on Junk Rigs.
China Seas Voyaging Society. Junk and Lug Sailing, etc.

Do I like Chinese Lug Rigs, of course---what else could 100lb Mama San 
handle in heavy seas or a crowded harbor while Papa San lays catatonic 
below, surrounded by empty rice wine bottles)

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