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  • Gene T
    Graeme, I life near the Chesapeake, up the Patuxent River. Lots of shallows and some good thunderstorms. Off the summer season it can get cold and wet. I d
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 1, 2007
      Graeme,
      I life near the Chesapeake, up the Patuxent River. Lots of shallows and some good thunderstorms. Off the summer season it can get cold and wet. I'd like to go out for days and eventually go places. I want some shelter to sit in, with a view. The Fast Motor Sailer seems to have that but is is much less of a sailboat. That long flat bottom is made for going faster and I doubt I'd ever bother to get an engine of enough size to do it justice. SeaBird86 has a lot going for it. The plans have a pilot house version and I find it a very good looking sailboat. The draft is getting up there with this boat. Long Micro seems to be in between, good stability, not to deep. Nice displacement speed hull. And Long Micro is the easiest to build of the lot so it attracts me. The question would be to let the cabin stay as is and add the doghouse to part of the cockpit, lowering cockpit in that area or open the thing up like the navigator. I see advantages and
      security (sea keeping and lockup actually) with the two compartment approach. Gives one separate facilities which the first mate would appreciate.

      Just thinking at this point, I got a Puddle Duck Racer to finish for a bit of quick local fun...

      Sincerely, Gene T.

      "A house ashore is but a boat, so poorly
      built it will not float ---- "

      ----- Original Message ----
      From: graeme19121984 <graeme19121984@...>
      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 7:26:22 AM
      Subject: [bolger] Re: New Instant boats yahoo group

















      Hi Gene,



      --- In bolger@yahoogroups. com, Gene T <goldranger02- boats@... > wrote:

      > Now, has anybody mated the Long Micro and the Micro Navigator

      > Modification. Would the Nav Mod plans help with devising a pilot

      > house for the Long Micro. My head is spinning, Fast Motor Sailer,

      > SeaBird86, Long Micro with a house, Micro Navigator, SuperBrick.. .



      They may well mate, but as I don't have either plan I couldn't be

      sure about the ease of that. PCB&F have said that they haven't

      upgraded the LM to a Nav or whatever, as they've not had sufficient

      demand. Now they have a big backlog of commissioned design work. A

      high percentage of the LMs that are built seem to have owner/builder

      modifications, some to a high degree, but, alas, no LMNav as yet

      AFAIK.



      Head spinning? I hope that's in a "not drowning, waving" kinda way ;-

      )



      How do you intend on using the boat?



      > How many Micro/Long Micro sailors use their boats with the cockpit

      > hatch shut. Seems to me it wouldn't be very comfy and if the

      > weather were turning bad it would be required, or even if you were

      > just honking along it would be much safer shut.



      Yes that's for sure. Take note of what Rob said above in Message

      #54923: "Finally, I want to mention how important it is to add the

      specified flotation. With a lead keel, plus a motor, plus ground

      tackle and other cargo, an un-flotationed Micro will sink like a

      stone if swamped. Add those cubic feet of foam fore and aft, and

      close them in thoroughly, unless you want to see your craft go down

      fast if holed by a jet-ski, toppled by a gust, or swamped by choppy

      waters." Good point. The majority of Micros don't get their

      flotation - I've gotta plead guilty here too on behalf of mine.



      > I also have this desire for shade in my old age. I can't see

      > sitting out in the sun for long periods. A nice roomy pilot house

      > with a place to stick my legs sounds much better than the

      > alternative I see.



      Me too! I'm thinking biminis, even beach umbrellas - at the least.

      More likely a dog house: something like Roger keyes Micro "Paloma

      Blanca". I think you could sketch out something like that, send it

      to PCB&F and obtain their opinion. AFAIK that's what Roger did - had

      approval. He also commissioned the NAV upgrade. Im also thinking of

      adapting the helmstation from Michael's AS29 "Walkure" - there are

      lots more pics of that elsewhere than here

      http://ph.groups yahoo.com/ group/bolger/ photos/view/ f196?b=23

      That's kind of like the helm protection on Le Cabotin/Anemone (AS39)



      Graeme
















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    • graeme19121984
      Gene, you seem to have a clear picture in mind of what you require and what each boat will do. I ll tell you what though - I m sure I d have to get the plans
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 3, 2007
        Gene,

        you seem to have a clear picture in mind of what you require and
        what each boat will do.

        I'll tell you what though - I'm sure I'd have to get the plans for a
        Long Micro Navigator conversion myself if they were done. Just to
        have them ready and waiting. I would, though, prefer something as
        you say "to let the cabin stay as is and add the doghouse to part of
        the cockpit, lowering cockpit in that area". I like the other boats
        too, but this one seems to do it for me as far as going another step
        past "bed and breakfast" AS19 to real cruising "vacation homes".

        Graeme
        - seeking bed and breakfast with maybe a bit of lunch thrown in.
        Well, boats actually.



        --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, Gene T <goldranger02-boats@...> wrote:
        >
        > ... Just thinking at this point, I got a Puddle Duck Racer to
        finish for a bit of quick local fun...
        >
        > Sincerely, Gene T.
        >
        > "A house ashore is but a boat, so poorly
        > built it will not float ---- "
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