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  • PatrickThank you for sharing. For those interested, the US Nautical Chart of the area is 14855 "Les Cheneaux Islands." General comments and questions:Those boat speeds are very impressive. How was the anchoring/holding in Muscallonge Bay (to the east of Marquette I., which is where I think you spent the first night). In particular, is there much traffic in the channel, and can you...
    kingw@... Aug 21, 2014
  • ...yes, anticipation of an inspiring trip report. I had envisioned an angler fish when I mis-wrote "baited breath." Patrick will hopefully report if he caught any angler fish on his trip to Lake Huron.Bill, in Texas
    kingw@... Aug 14, 2014
  • Patrick,I came sooo close to cruising Les Cheneaux Islands this August in my Long Micro, but other commitments slammed shut the window of opportunity. *frowns* We probably would have crossed paths at some point. I haven't been to Les Cheneaux yet, so I would love to hear all about your trip. In years past I have launched in Detour (MI) and sailed east into the North Channel...
    kingw@... Aug 14, 2014
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  • Dave, If your halyard is running through a slot cut in the mast (a dumb sheave), a real sheave or block would help. Duckworks sells blocks and sheaves (http://www.duckworksbbs.com/hardware.htm) which are usually sized by the diameter of the line. I imagine your using 1/4 inch (or maybe 3/8 inch) line? I don't think you'll want a swivel block since it might twist, and twist your...
    kingw@... Jul 8, 2014
  • No kidding. $15,500? That is just a steal. Big bag of peat moss onboard. Nature's Head perhaps? I couldn't tell by eyeballing the head. I hope the fluffy pillows are included too :-) Bill, in Texas
    kingw@... Apr 4, 2014
  • This is indeed very sad news. I enjoyed Bruce's posts back when I first joined this group and he had great insights on boat construction. He will be missed. Bill, in Texas ---In bolger@^$1, wrote: I've learned that Bruce Hector, prolific Bolger boat builder and messabout organizer, has passed away suddenly. I don't know any of the details, but I'll share them when I do.
    kingw@... Oct 28, 2013
  • All, There's a wonderfully written recent post by the new owners of the AS-29 Walkure. They seem quite smitten with the AS-29. http://www.simplysailingonline.com/index.php?page=ss141 Bill, in Texas Long Micro Pugnacious
    William Apr 30, 2013
  • In my experience, one of the biggest impediments to readily reefing my LM is the wave action, and not so much the wind. When I sail on a smallish, madmade lake in Texas, I can reef without much drama. The fetch on this lake is 4 miles at most and the waves never get very large. But when I'm on the Great Lakes the waves can be considerable (considerable for an LM). I've seen Pat's...
    William Feb 8, 2013
  • Pat, Laying a hull would entail dropping the main and mizzen and sitting on your hands. The boat should settle 90 degrees off the wind. I would lash the tiller, since it tends to bang around. But I do not lay a hull. The limited research on boat in severe storms indicates that laying a hull is less ideal than heaving too (boat is more likely to broach/roll/sink). I also think the...
    William Feb 6, 2013
  • The scene: A gloomy night. A searchlight flickers and plays along the low, gray clouds hanging over Bolger City. Stunned city-folk gasp as they look skyward. The lit logo on the clouds becomes clearer. "LM". Someone is summoning the reclusive Long Micro fanatics from their slumber. Their motto? Whereever someone queries things Long Micro, we will reply. Willem, I completed my Long...
    William Feb 5, 2013