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49956Re: [bolger] Re: Micro's seagoing ability

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  • 9buck crowley
    Jul 1, 2006
      I would watch the weather and plan carefully but I would not hesitate to
      take my Micro across the English Channel and I have made the crossing in a
      small boat.

      A Micro by the way has alot of storage space and it's easily accessed. As
      for the cabin it is much roomier than the Chebbacos'. If you do decide to
      build one stick to the design as Phil has drawn it. I have seen a micro on
      the internet built with a cockpit instead of a simple hatch. Don't do this.
      A "normal" cockpit would reduce available storage be more difficult to build
      and make access to the remaining sorage difficult. I really like the
      designed cockpit anyways. I often sail the boat standing up in the hatch or
      sit on the edge facing forward. If I feel the hatch cover needs to be on for
      safety the deck is very secure and comfortable and should the boat getted
      knocked down on its side ( it's never happned to me ) your better off with
      your feet up on the deck if you want to stay in the boat.
      I do have two complaints about the boat however. One is that mine doesn't
      point very high although it could be my sails and two even very small waves
      make for a noisy cabin while at anchor. Other than that I love my boat.
      One more note of caution. Don't build a boat with the idea that it is
      economical. In this country old boats are available for much less than you
      could ever build one of similar size That being said I would still encourage
      you to build your Micro if you have the time and patience to do so..


      >From: Philip Ridenauer <akula151@...>
      >Reply-To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      >To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: Re: [bolger] Re: Micro's seagoing ability
      >Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 15:52:47 -0700 (PDT)
      >I was referring to http://microcruising@yahoogroups.com since they focus on
      >the "veeery" small aspect.
      >Thomas Schmidt <largethomassails@...> wrote: Thanks Greg,
      >Jamie and Bruce!
      >In fact I was told (by Paul T. Hobber, if anyone knows him) to rather
      >build the Chebacco, but I'm determined to take the Micro, as it really
      >looks like fun and space (which the Chebacco has all the more, but...)
      >AND because I think it will be way faster to build and cheaper... The
      >price of building the boat would be one of the central reasons, along
      >with the simple fact that I love the looks of the Micro.
      >So do you think it could withstand some more "open sea"-like crossing
      >like the English Channel in good conditions?
      >@Philip Ridenauer: The microcruising group you mentioned... is it this
      >one: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Microcruisers/
      >or that one:
      >----Original Message----
      > > Hi Thomas
      > >
      > > Let me say up front that I am biased -- I sail a Chebacco.
      > >
      > > There is a Micro sailor in Australia who has done some lengthy ocean
      > > trips, I forget his name but someone will surely supply it. I've
      > > only seen one Micro myself, and while I was impressed by the amount
      > > of space inside, the owner said it was not a great performer to
      > > windward, and he used the engine a lot in those circumstances.
      > >
      > > I have cruised my Chebacco for up to 12 days alone and a week with
      > > two aboard (that's all the time I had, I would happily have carried
      > > on for more). It performs well on all points of sail (in my
      > > opinion, of course) and is certainly seaworthy for coastal sailing.
      > > I've crossed up to 30 miles of open water several times, although I
      > > try to pick good weather for this. I would think the Baltic would
      > > be a perfect cruising area for a boat like the Chebacco.
      > >
      > > That's enough sales talk, I'll let the Micro sailors have a turn.
      > > But take a look at Richard Spelling's www.chebacco.com for building
      > > and sailing stories from lots of Chebacco owners.
      > >
      > > Jamie Orr
      > > Chebacco Wayward Lass
      > >
      > > --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com <mailto:bolger%40yahoogroups.com>,
      > > "largethomassails"
      > > <largethomassails@...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Hi all,
      > > >
      > > > I'm new to your wonderful and most interesting group and I just
      > > > stumbled in here as I'm wondering about building a Micro or a
      > > similar
      > > > - veeeery - small cruising boat. It's not my first building
      > > project -
      > > > or better will not be by the time I start with it - as I'm
      > > currently
      > > > being apprenticed as a boatbuilder over here in L´┐Żbeck, Germany, at
      > > > the Baltic Sea.
      > > >
      > > > Question about the Micro: Would you consider the design "seagoing"
      > > or
      > > > "seaworthy" enough to mostly do coastal trips in it? It's just we
      > > > don't have too much interesting inshore water around here, and I
      > > don't
      > > > want to exlusively sail on lakes.
      > > >
      > > > So I'm generally interested in your experience and thoughts on
      > > going
      > > > "out" on a Micro or a similar design, such as the Chebacco.
      > > >
      > > > Cheers
      > > > Thomas
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
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