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  • Andres Espino
    Dec 11, 2012
      LMAO  thats cool yes I can relate!


      From: Martin Houston <mtnridr13@...>
      To: "Michalak@yahoogroups.com" <Michalak@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 7:07 PM
      Subject: Re: [Michalak] Oars and motors Re: Michalak Circles

      When I first rigged a sail on my dory my buddy said "Now I know why they invented sails, they got tired of rowing."

      From: "jhargrovewright2@..." <jhargrovewright2@...>
      To: Michalak@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 5:56 PM
      Subject: Re: [Michalak] Oars and motors Re: Michalak Circles

      All boatmen should be proficient at rowing.  I learned the skill by the time of 6 years and both of my boys were accomplished at 4 years.  In boot camp in the US Coastguard I was on the Company's boat team, practicing each weekday and racing other Company's each Friday.  I enjoy rowing for about 5 to 10 min. and then less each additional minute.  JIB 

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      From: Andres Espino <ima_very_cool_cowboy@...>
      To: "Michalak@yahoogroups.com" <Michalak@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: Re: [Michalak] Oars and motors Re: Michalak Circles
      Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:40:32 -0800 (PST)

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      As a boy I learned boating in Boy Scouts and our scoutmaster i Portsmouth had us build a 19ft banks dory which we boys sailed all over the harbor.  No adults aboard we were on the Buddy system (unheard of today).  Dories have long oars and a hole in the fwd seat lets an oar go down into a step and become a mast for a lug sail.  Ballast was rocks or sandbags inside on the bottom... the ides being if the boat overturns the rocks fall out and it can be bailed out and re-boarded.
      We had some lobster pots and grew bolder and I remember we would sometimes sail as far as 5 miles out.  One time we did overturn and the rocks did indeed fall out and we bailed and crawled back aboard.. But now without ballast it was too tender for the sail, so we had to row home.  Most dories support 2 sets of oars so 2 of us rowed and the 3rd manned a tiller and shouted encouragement.  As I recall we were all afternoon getting back.. finally with the help of the tide as it started in.

      I learned two things from the experience.. first that I love and trust dories and all their sharpie cousins as seaworthy boats.  Second... I hate to row!  LOL


      From: "BGN5731@..." <BGN5731@...>
      To: Michalak@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 11:55 AM
      Subject: Re: [Michalak] Oars and motors Re: Michalak Circles

      I lost any kind thought about oars when I was about 13-14 years old, and
      rented a row boat at Lake Lawtonka, near Fort Sill, OK. My goal was to row
      west across the lake, a distance of only about 2 miles.

      My mother didn't want me to rent the boat because the wind was blowing from
      the south about 25 mph, with white caps on the lake. But, you know how
      teenage's can be!

      After trying for over an hour trying to cross the lake, and being blown
      sideways north about 4 miles, I ended up being beached on a Army seaplane
      float at the north end of the lake.

      My mother had seen me fighting the waves and wind, and had followed me
      north along the shore line. I sure was glad to see her, and make shore alive
      with a water filled wood row boat!

      Did I tell you this was my first time to try and use oars? <G>

      Now I have two oars, a paddle, and a great reliable 2 HP Honda motor!

      Bill Nolen

      In a message dated 12/10/2012 11:31:42 A.M. Central Standard Time, i
      ma_very_cool_cowboy@... writes:

      Other than docking which I could manage.. the MAIN reason i want an
      outboard is to get out of the way of being run down by something big in a sea
      lane. Those of us sailing in shipping lanes have a constant worry about
      collision. Also if being driven onto a reef with damaged sails, I am not
      certain i could row my 3 ton boat to safety.


      From: prairiedog2332 <_nelsarv@..._ (mailto:nelsarv@...) >
      To: _Michalak@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:Michalak@yahoogroups.com)
      Sent: Monday, December 10, 2012 2:20 AM
      Subject: [Michalak] Oars and motors Re: Michalak Circles

      Having a small OB makes it easier to go in and out of small tight
      places not practical by sail and oars. This may be very handy to hide
      out from an impending storm. Also to make decent progress upstream on
      rivers, or against a tide.

      A yuloh can work as well if there is space to use it in the stern. Not
      all the Birdwatcher designs have the space to use one back there though.

      And of course the ultimate use if you really want to go exploring long
      distances is the one in your tow vehicle!


      --- In _Michalak@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:Michalak@yahoogroups.com) , John
      Boy <t1ro2003@...> wrote:
      > I can testify that sometimes oars just ain't enough. Â My home
      waters is St Joseph Bay in the Florida panhandle. Â There are only
      four landings on the bay and coincidentally, the only rocks in the
      bay are around the landings and the marina. Â The afternoon winds are
      usually out of the SE blowing 15-20 making it nearly impossible to get
      in to three of the four landings without a motor. Â Last winter I
      launched out of one and nearly had to wade the boat back in. Â The
      wind was out of the east when I launched and it was SUPPOSED to shift to
      the south by the time I planned to go to the hill. Â Instead of
      shifting, the winds held steady out of the east and the speed increased.
      Â An added bonus was the trees funneled the winds so we had a 20+ mph
      head wind. Â Our only hope was to get to the seawall so we could walk
      the boat up the narrow channel. Â On the first attempt, we got to
      within a couple of inches of touching the seawall before we were blown
      > downwind. Â We sailed out and tried again. Â Naturally, the
      tide was out and we were in waters less than two feet deep so the
      leeboard was pretty much useless. Â We charged the mouth of the
      channel over and over and over again, about a dozen times over the next
      hour, before Amanda was able to grab the seawall and pull us in. Â
      The stern of Looney Toon isn't ideal for a motor and I'm cheap so we're
      still swinging my 9 foot sweeps but one day, I'll have a motor.
      > BTW my Toon2 doesn't have the oar ports in the sides so I have 9 foot
      oars. Â You can really PO other boaters when you're taking up 20 feet
      of the channel rowing in or out.
      > John Boy
      > Â
      > I have a blog! Â _http://toon2sailor.blogspot.com/_
      > “Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It's the glory of the sea that
      has turned my head.â€�Â
      > Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
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