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Re: Three River Launched!

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  • Bryant Owen
    Always liked K/W - especially the food. My daughter graduated from WLU. Any thoughts about the Kingston Messabout in September? Bryant- north of Peterborough
    Message 1 of 8 , May 9, 2007
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      Always liked K/W - especially the food. My daughter graduated from WLU.

      Any thoughts about the Kingston Messabout in September?

      Bryant- north of Peterborough

      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "bh100014" <ben.ho@...> wrote:
      >
      > Thanks!
      >
      > Launched at the Conestogo Lake in Ontario. It's a small lake where
      > we have a sailing club. That's where my boat(s) reside.
      >
      > Ben
      > --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "Bryant Owen" <mariner@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Terrific job. Where did you launch?
      > >
      > > Bryant
      > >
      > > --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "bh100014" <ben.ho@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > The Chebcaao Three Rivers was launched last Sunday with much
      > > > fanfare, under a beautiful sky with a moderate breeze. The local
      > > > newspaper even sent a crew out to report on the story (building
      > a 20
      > > > footer in ones' garage, in landlocked Waterloo is newsworthy!).
      > > > Everything went quite well. I was relieved that the trailer
      > > > launching & recovery was fairly straight forward, as the boat
      > ramp
      > > > at our sailing club has a very shallow gradient limited by the
      > shore
      > > > line. I've posted some pictures on the Photos file under Ben's
      > Three
      > > > Rivers. Some points of interest:
      > > > - I put the boat & trailer through the landfill weigh scale. It
      > > > comes up to about 2200 lb. The trailer is a heavy duty one,
      > > > including the spare tire is around 700 lb, so the boat weighs
      > 1500
      > > > lb. This seems about right, as I added 250 lb of
      > battery/ballast,
      > > > plus a heavy-duty cabin roof.
      > > > - With a cross wind of about 5 knots, the boat takes a
      > surprising
      > > > amount of effort to hold on to at the bow/stern lines. My
      > reference
      > > > is my 17 ft Marsh Hen, which has a fairly high side for its
      > length,
      > > > and the Hen takes much less effort. I've mostly single handed
      > the
      > > > Hen for launch/sail/recover, and assumed I can do the same with
      > the
      > > > Chebacco; now I am not too sure...
      > > > - The wind died (that was when the sailing photo was taken), and
      > we
      > > > puttered around with the electric motor, sometimes with a full
      > load
      > > > of spectators. I like the motor! Nice and quiet, just turn the
      > > > handle and it goes. The rudder is pleasantly responsive with a
      > very
      > > > tight turning radius. (Does it begin to sound like a sport car?)
      > > > - After a while the wind picked back up to 10 kts. She sailed
      > well
      > > > in this wind, and is extremely stable (again with my 17 ft Hen
      > as
      > > > reference). Response is slower than the Hen, which can be
      > expected
      > > > given two times the weight. Very sure-footed, comes about with
      > no
      > > > hesitation. At this wind there's a slight weather helm, just
      > about
      > > > right.
      > > > - The mizzen doesn't seem to do much, but I think I have much to
      > > > learn yet about trimming the mizzen.
      > > > - The raising/lower of the gaff takes more effort than I
      > thought.
      > > > Also, the gaff jaw rubs hard against the mast such that several
      > > > spots were stripped bare of varnish, even though the jaw is
      > covered
      > > > with leather. I think I need to sheath the mast section with a
      > piece
      > > > of SS sheet. Does anyone else have this problem??
      > > > - A hundred other small things need to be worked on, such as
      > where
      > > > to hang the fenders so they don't destroy the rub rail....but
      > > > overall I am quite happy so far.
      > > >
      > > > Cheers
      > > >
      > > > Ben
      > > >
      > >
      >
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