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  • wayne_nicol
    hiya all has anybody built a Surprise ( is this two different boats-surprise and big surprise??) i would like to start one this winter. any feedback would be
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 17, 2010
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      hiya all
      has anybody built a "Surprise"
      ( is this two different boats-surprise and big surprise??)
      i would like to start one this winter. any feedback would be awesome
      thanks
      wayne
      --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "Dennis" <pseudodion@...> wrote:
      >
      > Rob, Surprise might look pretty good built as an open boat and the
      > motor left at home. If a Sharpie was suitable for these waters around
      > here, I could out run the storm, just like Capt Munroe.:-) I have
      > only had to outrun one storm in the 5 years I have been sailing here.
      > Unfortunately, that system sucked all the wind out of the air and
      > caused me to row two miles to the ramp before the devil broke loose.
      > Barely made it, too:-O. A motor would have been nice on that day.
      >
      > Dennis
      >
      > --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, Rob Rohde-Szudy
      > <robrohdeszudy@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hey Dennis,
      > >
      > > Roger is exactly right that L Michigan is rougher than the ocean.
      > It's only like 500' deep at the most. That's under half the length of
      > many of the freighters on it! Shallow water means vertical chop.
      > >
      > > The suggestion of a Chebbaco is a good one. They're rather heavy,
      > though. For taking on that kind of water and still trailer well, I
      > think you could do no better than a Michalak Caprice. 900 lbs empty,
      > water ballasted. Chuck Leinweber of DiwckworksMagazine.com built the
      > prototype. It looks to me like a good match for L. Michigan. At least
      > as good as you can get while trailering. You can read about Chuck's
      > adventures on the above site.
      > >
      > > Now, if you're stuck on building an Atkin design, I'd consider
      > Big Surprise. A sailboat, but if the horizon starts looking dark you
      > can jump up on plane and run for it at 18 mph. That's a damned nice
      > feature. 'Course you have to build it in lapstrake.
      > >
      > > --Rob
      >
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