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  • I agree with Nels. Adding a pointy bow will really not do much. The pointy bit will end up being way above the water and not really helping much. I also think people think they will be out in bigger weather than what they end up sailing too. If you are not an experienced sailor, or have spend many years reading about boat design and reviewing plans, I would stick with the plan as...
    chrisc@... Mar 10, 2016
  • Hello Tom. I recently bought a finished sail from Dave. His sail was beautifully cut and assembled. I found he was very helpful when I had questions to ask (even before the sale). You may want to just pose your questions to him directly and see what happens. If you had planned to order his poly material, that would be a good time to ask too! Chris Curtis ---In Michalak@^$1, wrote...
    chrisc@... Mar 7, 2016
  • I don't actually have a correct figure, but I think its closer to 10 feet. Chris Curtis ---In Michalak@^$1, wrote : Wondering about the cabin length of Caroline? Looks like about 8'.
    chrisc@... Mar 7, 2016
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  • I recently bought a finished lug sail from Dave Gray. In every way the sail looked to be professionally made. A number of persons saw it and all commented on how well it looked. When I told them it was a polytarp, they had to touch it to confirm and some were amazed. The 76 sf sail drive my heavily built, heavily loaded PDR with ease once I had the sail set correctly (my problem...
    chrisc@... Feb 19, 2016
  • I don't think you will regret building a Gorf. I may just chop the top off my PDR when I get home and convert it to one. All the potential problem I thought the design may have melted away once I saw it. Id like to add its an ideal boat to toss together. I think the more basic and plain you make it the better. No worries about scratching this thing. Chris Curtis
    chrisc@... Feb 19, 2016
  • It’s been a busy few weeks, much without a good internet connection so I had planned to post an update tonight anyway. The very short story was that my boat, and therefore myself was not really ready of the trip. NOTE: what follows is a long, and likely very boring post. You have been warned! Shane (my son) and I arrived in Everglades City late in the afternoon on the 9 th of...
    chrisc@... Feb 19, 2016
  • ...and just got her flipped for paint last weekend. tom tom sorensen tdsoren@^$2 mailto:tdsoren@^$3 On Feb 17, 2016, at 2:59 PM, chrisc@^$4 mailto:chrisc@^$5 [Michalak] wrote: This is a bit of a late reply because I have been in the Everglades with no real connection...
    chrisc@... Feb 17, 2016
  • This is a bit of a late reply because I have been in the Everglades with no real connection(s). The gent I had traveled with for a few days (before multiple gear failures) built a paraduck version of the PDR called Gorfnik. One of the MANY genus ideas he had was he had the chines and bottom covered with truck liner. This costs about 6 a sq foot in North Idaho, and will effectively...
    chrisc@... Feb 17, 2016
  • Hello Rick. I am supposed to meet Andre on Monday, mod day or so at the Norther Eastern Everglades park headquarters. I expect between actually finishing my boat, re-provisioning, and shuttling cars to Key Largo (which we still have not figured out!) we wont leave the Glades headquarters until Tuesday late, or even Wednesday. We plan to sail until close to the end of the month at...
    chrisc@... Feb 6, 2016
  • I love both JB, and JB Jr designs and have the plans for both. My 87 year old father who grew up in Memphis always wanted to take a Mississippi river trip. I have thought about building the JB often to take a river trip with him. Many (most?) will likely think its not a good match but I think a person or two could make a Great Circle Loop trip in a JB with an appropriate motor. It...
    chrisc@... Feb 5, 2016