Re: Multiple groundings and other tricks...
- Hello Jack,
Thanks for the generous compliment!I owe it all to
Merriam-Webster,the OED and perhaps a big debt goes to the chaps who
toil in the better vineyards of Italy and France.
Yes,I read how you have been the lucky recipient of a tired
--- In bolger@y..., "Jack E. Bearden" <jalo@i...> wrote:
You mentioned "robust construction" of your keel. Did
> anything to make it tougher than usual? A year or so ago I enjoyed
> excellent pictorial step by step keel making process you presented
> website. However, I was not able to get to that site when I tried
For a re-fresher on the keel pictorial,go to www.duckworksmagazine.com
and scroll the articles section.
As to my keel,it is attached to a 1/2 inch bottom and made up of a
laminate of 2 X 2 mahogany,through bolted up through the bottom and
also a keelson( that little half-witted chickensh*t son-of-a-keel
which lurks inside the boat!).
This particular construction method is,I believe,more robust and
longer-lived then the original suggested by Phil Bolger.Keep in mind
that Phil designed the MICRO to a particular"wish-list" and the method
shown on the plans does work.It just ain't as tough for the repeated
abuses it may recieve from intimate contact with things denser then
I do not have any ready solution for your tidal problem other then to
suggest keeping her at a warf that has at least 20" under her at low
water or anchoring her off a bit.
Barnacles are no problem here as you state.Even green slime has a
problem in the heavy-metal rich toxic soup which passes for"fresh
water".The little Zebra muscle however,does cause all sorts of grief
for the big water-sucking,water-cooled inboards.Expensive grief!But
those little critters sure do enjoy straining out a ton of suspended
sh*t from the water and for that I am grateful for the clear view of
Sorry to read about the black fly problem.Horrible beasts!At least the
Mayflies do not haul a chunk out of ya when they take off!
Best of luck with your restoration,post pictures if you can and do not
hesitate to write if you think I could be of any help.
Peter Lenihan,playing catch-up-with-the-postings on an overcast day
off and debating with the crew whether to go to the boat or not,on the
shores of the St.Lawrence..............
> variables of a rocky harbour floor, not to mention the tidal
> rivers on the Bay and basin I want to explore, would you advise any
> attention to keel and/or bottom?
minimal "barnacle rash". I realize that
> not likely issues on the St. Lawrence (though Zebra muscles might
> jeb, sipping home brew, swatting blackflies, and day dreaming on the
> deck of Bilbo's Pocket, sitting on her even flakier trailer, on the
> where a bowshed workshop will soon be build... on the serene shores