Re: BOW FILLER
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jason Stancil" <jasonstancil@h...>
> never really checked out the bow of a windermere or it's drawings.Jason,
If you go here:
and scroll down to the group of photos posted 11/08/03,you'll have a
pretty good idea of what a Windermere "bow filler"(actually,Phil
calls it a fillet piece) actually looks like. A bit more evolved
then the nose pieces on the AS-39 and 29 and sexier then the Topaz
I am enjoying the progress on your MICRO NAVIGATOR but fear that
your entire mainmast assembly and mast is...a..er...let's just say
over built.The whole assembly apparently will weight in excess of
80lbs(?) and you are considering adding 25lbs. of lead to the heal
of the mast?! while hoping to compensate by placing batteries aft?
I can't think too clearly now but I recall reading that weight
placed in the ends of a boat is generally not good for a boats
performance since these weights are located as far from the cental
axis as possible blah,blah,blah.......
Anyhow,what happened to a basic wooden mast? Surely less weight
and easier to get it to "key" into the tabernacle,no?
Hopefully you'll enjoy a Fall launch,2004 Fall that is :-) and
post lots of pictures!
Have you a clear idea as to how you will be doing your ballast
Peter Lenihan,burning the candle at both ends between my work time
and play time on Windermere ie;7 days per week along the banks of
the busy St.Lawrence Seaway..............
> Peter LenihanI hadn't looked at those photos for many months,
and wow, I am reminded of just how magical
the transformation of flat plywood into a
beautifully curved boat hull can be.
Makes me want a Windermere, or at least,
it makes me want bow fillets on my
I also was looking recently at the Kingson
Messabout photos of Han Van Pelts Champlain
and remarking to myself just how tricked out
he made his boat, literally with a bell and a whistle
[bull horn], boat hooks on hooks, BBQ, the luxury
of a small cottage afloat.
- --- In email@example.com, Bruce Hallman <bruce@h...> wrote:
> > it makes me want bow fillets on myIndeed! Han Van Pelts did a superb and intelligent rendering of a
> I also was looking recently at the Kingson
> Messabout photos of Han Van Pelts Champlain
> and remarking to myself just how tricked out
> he made his boat, literally with a bell and a whistle
> [bull horn], boat hooks on hooks, BBQ, the luxury
> of a small cottage afloat.
Bolger Champlain.Of course,the lucky devil is a cabinet-maker by
trade,and it shows.He is also a very proud owner who takes the time
to wipe down the dew each morning,from top to bottom.
It was a real treat to visit on board while in Kingston and an
excellent reminder of how well Bolger does interiors,from an
ergonomic point of view, for at no time does one ever feel
pinched,squeezed or otherwise forced to assume an un-natural posture
while taking repose in the cabin.Tasks best accomplished while
standing,like cooking and dish-washing,have the standing headroom
even for tall folks while other tasks like eating or studying on the
throne have also the required clearances.
It surprises me that there are not more Champlains around since for
a 22 footer they do offer an amazing amount of useful interior
volume yet need only the miserly out-put/gas-consumption of a 9.9hp
outboard. When I think of the many marinas packed with runnabouts in
the 20 somthing foot range,sporting big horses on their transoms and
virtually no accomadations relying on a small cuddycanvas work over
the cockpit for shelter,there is clearly a need for a Champlain.Too
often I've heard the lament about how so and so would have enjoyed
spending the weekend at anchor but it was too windy,rainy,cool
etc.....and they did not feel like being cooped up inside a litle
cuddy.The Champlain,with its' great capacity for all of ones
creature comforts,seems like the best possible route for extending
ones pleasures out on the water. If there is a down-side to
Champlain,it would have to be all the missed Mondays at work since
no-one would ever feel the need to rush back to the weekday rat-race.
As for those bow fillets,Bruce, you'll have to get a Windermere,for
having seen the plans for Champlains fillet piece,they appear to be
more in the order of simple wedges,à la V-bottom, then the
curvatious hand-magnets installed on Windermere. Not a day goes by
when I don't stroke,pat or otherwise simply sit and stare at the
boat,end-on, and marvel at its existence......or perhaps it is just
me since everytime I look at her fillet pieces I simply cannot
believe that I actually built them.So many curves,too few hands to
fully appreciate the fullness of them :-)
So,hurry up already and get your Navigator launched before
Jason"Fall or bust" Stancil beats you to it ;-) Besides,once the
Navigator is launched and"out there",you and yours will be able to
appreciate and more easily envision just how much roomier a lovely
Champlain will be and that regardless of the weather( not a terribly
big concern,I suspect, for folks in sunny California) you can always
count on being comfortable. You could even tow/carry a number of
your smaller boats along for entertainment while out cruising and
calling in sick on Mondays :-D
Peter"What!Me sick?" Lenihan, who came THIS close to doing a
Champlain until PCB cracked my dream-scape wide open with
Windermere...just a wee bit bigger then her baby sister but clearly
from the same father.............