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Coot Conyact List (was: Cals Contact Info. - also are Phone, and PC #'s -- on Coots site??) #'s

 

I'm afraid i haven't updated the Coot Contact List in too long. <sigh> Or mentioned it here. The Coot Contact List is a _Private_ list of contact info for Coots. The only way to get a copy of the list is by agreeing to have your contact info included in the List, and only those Coots who want to have their info in the List are included. You can put as much, or as little, info in your entry as you want, but it's not much use if you don't include at least your email and cell phone number. Many Coots put their home, and/or mailing address, and home phone in their entry as well. Like I say, the List is private, so only your fellow Coots will know. <g>

If you'd like to be included in the Coot Contact List, email me privately and I'll put you in, and send you a copy. I've emailed the Coots who are currently on the List to ask for updates in their contact info. Please let me know if there have been any changes -- or if you didn't get my email.

Thanks!

On Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:53:05 -0800, Cal wrote:

...
I might hope that a new coots membership direct e-mail and phone printed out list could be made available, to keep in touch when a computer is not handy, for breakdowns, or "on the road" contacts. We used to have that, and I would be happy to chip in a buck or two to make it easier to stay in touch. Old one probably way out of date, or not on web ??
...
--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
A hypocrite is a person who -- but who isn't? (Don Marquis)


Aaron Mercer Reservoir

 

New Coot David L discovered a "lake" on Rickreall Creek while talking to Old Coot Darrell at the pizza feed yesterday. His phone's map didn't show any details at all... I checked a map today and discovered it's Aaron Mercer Reservoir, the water supply for Dallas. It's up a private road that's only opened to the public during November! For hunters. The rest of the year it's a 7 mile hike to the water. You can boat on the lake, but no motors of any kind are allowed, and there doesn't seem to be a launch ramp (why would there be <shrug>).

--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you
going to speak it to? (Clarence Darrow)


RiversWest Maritime Skills Workshops for 2015

Randy Torgerson
 

RiversWest has posted the schedule for the Maritime Skills Workshops for 2015.  The schedule can be found here:  http://www.riverswest.org/workshops.html and below.

RiversWest Maritime Skills Workshops for 2015
February 28.  Bronze Casting with Michael Simmons
Continuation of the Fall 2014 bronze casting class.  Open to those with previous bronze casting experience with approval of the instructor.
Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM
Class fee is $30 members and $40 non-members; the material cost is $40 for those who did not take the fall Bronze Casting Class
The minimum number of students is 2 and the maximum is 6.


March 14. Knots 101 with Steve Mahoney
A demonstration/overview of approximately 15 knots useful to the sailor.  The class will select 5 knots for further discussion and practice.  Each student will take home rope to practice with.
Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at noon
Class fee is $20 members and $30 non-members; there is no material cost.
The minimum number of students is 1 and the maximum is 6.

   
March 28. Wooden Spokeshave and Spar Gauge with Michael Simmons and Randy Torgerson
Make a wooden spokeshave that can be used in making oars, paddles, spars, chair legs, and anything you want to make round. You will build a wood-handled spokeshave from wood blanks provided or you may bring your own wood.  You will also build a spar gauge.
Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM
Class fee is $30 members and $40 non-members; the material cost is $20
The minimum number of students is 2 and the maximum is 6.


April 25, 26.  Oar Making with Randy Torgerson
Good oars are hard to find; make a pair for your boat. We will be making wooden oars based on a R. D. "Pete" Culler design taken from his book "Boats, Oars and Rowing". We expect that you will complete one oar in class and make significant progress on the second, which you will complete at home. The plans call for nominal 8 foot oars but the basic design can lengthen or shortened to meet your needs.
Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 on both days.
Class fee is $30 members and $40 non-members; the material cost is $80
The minimum number of students is 2 and the maximum is 6.


May 9.  Scale Model Making with Art Wilson
Explore a totally new "Scale Model Boat Building" process.  We will build a large scale (1:6) model of the Catspaw Dinghy.
Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.
Class fee is $30 members and $40 non-members; the material cost is $10
The minimum number of students is 3 and the maximum is 6.


May 30.  Lofting the Herreshoff Dinghy Part 3 with Steve Najjar
First we will review and double-check our previous work in lofting the lines plan of the Herreshoff Dinghy.  Then, because we lofted the boat at half-length, we will expand the bow and stern of the boat to get a true sense of the shape of the stem and the stern of the boat.  This will include expanding the transom to determine its true shape.
Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 2:00 PM.
Class fee is $30 members and $40 non-members; there is no material cost
The minimum number of students is 2 and the maximum is 10.


June 13.  Steam Bending with John Whitehouse
Learn how to bend wood using steam heat, how to set up an inexpensive steam chamber to suit your project, and use various tricks of the trade including laminations and solid wood bends. This will be a hands-on demonstration: bring heavy leather-palm gloves to protect yourself. 
Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at noon
Class fee is $20 members and $30 non-members; there is no material cost.
The minimum number of students is 2 and the maximum is 8.


June 27, 28. Handcut Dovetails with John Bouwsma
Dovetail joinery is beautiful and handcut even more so. In this class each student will cut the dovetails for a small box. The materials cost includes enough material for a top and bottom for the box; most students will complete these parts at home.
Class starts at 9:00 AM and end at 3:30 PM both days
Class fee is $30 members and $40 non-members; the material cost is $10
The minimum number of students is 2 and the maximum is 8.


September 26, 27.  Wooden Block Planes with Randy Torgerson and Michael Simmons
Build a wooden smoothing plane and a wooden low angle block plane with irons (blades) to match.  You will work with O1 tool steel to make the plane irons which we will heat treat.  You will complete one plane in class and finish the second at home.
Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM both days
Class fee is $30 members and $40 non-members; the material cost is $40
The minimum number of students is 2 and the maximum is 6.


October 10, 11.  Birds Mouth Spars with Craig Bryant
We will build a hollow wood mizzen mast for the Hall Templeton using the Birds' Mouth method. We will work cooperatively, switching tasks to give everyone an opportunity to learn a task. The first day will get us from raw stock to a glued up mast. On the second day, we will go from an eight sided mast to round (or as far as time allows).
Class starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM both days
Class fee is $30 members and $40 non-members; the material cost is $10
The minimum number of students is 2 and the maximum is 4.

October 24.  TBD


October 31. TBD


November 14.  TBD
 
RiversWest Demonstrations Schedule for 2015
Demonstrations will take place on the first and third Saturdays between 10 and 11 AM, although the demonstrations could run longer. There is no fee for attending and no sign up.  Just show up and enjoy.  If you would like to present a demonstration email education@...; there a several date still available in 2015.

No demonstrations in January
February 7
February 21 - Hand Plane Tuning, Mike Fesenmeyer, 10 to 11 AM
March 7
March 21 - Oar and Paddle Making, Randy Torgerson, 10 to 11 AM
No demonstrations in April
May 2 - How to Leather an Oar, Mike Simmons, 10 to 11 AM
May 16 - Selecting a Block Plane, Mark Ramsby, 10 to 11 AM
June 6
June 20 - How to Spice Double Braid, Chuck Stuckey, 10 to 11 AM
July 18 - Global Warming on Forest Management, Dick Dewey, 10 to 11 AM
August 1
August 15
September 19
October 3
October 17
November 7
November 21
No demonstrations in December





Cals Contact Info. - also are Phone, and PC #'s -- on Coots site?? #'s

lendercal@...
 

Calling all coots, I'm just setting up a new 7" HP tablet for trips, and not packing the big laptop base -- so i'm not always getting mail recently.  My centurytel mail will NOT get to the new operating system.  Centurytel does not support that new format as yet -- so i had to go to gmail for a working e-mail address. 


The only person to use the new tablet so far is La Verne, (and Jay Lenos garage) so all mail is welcome to help me get this correctly set and identified.  I still try to keep each account isolated for security.  The coots web is not as often checked, I try, but if  it is time sensitive or important that I respond, please use a direct link ---  or call my land line at -- 541-895-2679 -- and just leave a message.


I might hope that a new coots membership direct e-mail and phone printed out list could be made available, to keep in touch when a computer is not handy, for breakdowns, or "on the road" contacts.  We used to have that, and I would be happy to chip in a buck or two to make it easier to stay in touch. Old one probably way out of date, or not on web ??


The tablet is ---  calboats9@...  


The laptop is -- h20dragon@...


Phone & messages  ----  541-895-2679


Thanks, all mail is very welcome,  Cal


Thanks Coots and John K -- Great Party

lendercal@...
 

Great pizza party last night, many thanks to John for the ride.  Gotta love that Toyota at 42 or so average mpg, and quiet on most parts of the freeway.  Constantly impressed, and we rented one for a recent trip for a couple thousand miles, very pleased..

Good to meet other new coots, looking forward to good boating situations this year. Now that this winter doesn't have much for me to do, I'm looking for some decent weather boating options. Too bad most are busy during the week, but we are kinda spread out.. 

 Wish I had known some older two stroke OB's were going away to lon, a while back.  I still needed one to fit my other motor, but will now do the stinger project.   If anybody has a 1 to 2 (or 3) gearbox, I might be able to get my 2400 rpm electric motor to a better power range.

Good stuff,  Cal



Pizza Feed Tonite!

 

Don't forget the Flounder's Day pizza feast tonight at Walery's Pizza in West Salem. Starting about 5:30. There should be a table reserved for us:

http://www.coots.org/mb/Feast/

--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
(Robert A. Heinlein)


Re: [MessaboutW] Calling All Dillabaughs!

 

Here's part of an email from Lon, that I don't think he'll mind me sharing with you...

My maternal grandad, Dr. Horton, may have fixed Clyde's teeth when he lived in Baker. <g>

On Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:27:16 -0800, I wrote:

Lon W is working on a big research project about the boats built by Clyde
Dillabaugh, and other builders using kits from Dillabaugh....
I have been doing research on Clyde Dillabaugh and his various business's including C.R. Dillabaugh Boats. Dillabaugh was a interesting man he was 5ft-3inches tall and weighed 130 pounds. He grew up in Baker City Oregon where his father was a gold miner, his first jobs were as a house carpenter and then a patter-maker for Blue Mountain Iron Works in Baker City Oregon. Before professional sports, there were regional or town sports teams. Dillabaugh was a compitive miler for the Baker City Track Team which was a major sports power house per the 1910 Oregonian. He moved to Vancouver Wa. opened Inter-State Pattern Making and also did Mechanical Drafting and Blue Prints, he took up competitive rifle shooting and went to Camp Perry Ohio with the Vancouver Washington Rifle Club for the National Competition. Later he took up competitive golf, sailing and power boat racing.

I think he is a major unbeknown player in the recreational wooden boat world. Motorboating Magazine referred to him "C. R. Dillabaugh, leading Pacific Coast designer and builder of small racing and sailboats". Dillabaugh referred to himself as a wholesale boat builder. He was the supplier to both Sears and Montgomery Wards for completed and kit boats. He supplied the major department stores like Meir & Franks with boats for their sporting goods departments to sell under their brand or his brand. He would sell"short kit" boats to lumber yards across the nation, the kit would include plans, hardware, frames everything minus plywood and paint. He ran small ads in the back of Popular Mechanics and Popular Science where he offered a business opportunity to people to start a business buying his kits wholesale, then building and selling boats in their town. He was a very astute business man. In his hay days he was selling between 100 to 150 boats per
month. Dillabaugh built boats for about 40 years starting before 1930 to the late 1960's. In 1939 he designed a line of boats for M & M woodworking a large Portland plywood company that had just came out with a water proof glue (Resnprest, odd spelling) using phenol formaldehyde (today we know phenol formaldehyde is a carcinogenic, use that with some good lead based paint plus some anti-fungal bedding compounds and name your boat love canal, A boat, I would die for <G>) OK back to Dillabaugh. Dillabaugh owned Portland Pattern Works and Atlas Manufacturing. He was a member of the Portland Yacht Club and agreed to build a group of 15, W. A. Crosby designed, Snipes for sailboat racing against Astoria Yacht Club back in 1931 by his company, Atlas Manufacturing.

I came close to buying a 1959, 16 foot Dillabaugh with a 60 Hp Evinrude. It was in fair shape but the name plate was missing and the owner could not find it. I had spoken to Jeff Smith at the Columbia River Maritime Museum and they would accept a Dillabaugh for their collection. I was going to name the boat, "The Jim Ballou" . What are your thoughts about the Coots taking on a project like that?

My goal is to have a research paper to give to the Columbia River Maritime Museum and the Oregon Historic Society plus place it in a on-line research archive. I am looking for additional information about CR Dillabaugh.

--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to
narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. (Booker T.
Washington)


Calling All Dillabaughs!

 

Lon W is working on a big research project about the boats built by Clyde Dillabaugh, and other builders using kits from Dillabaugh. If you've got ANYTHING about Dillabaugh boats -- advertisements, old photos, articles, stories, photos of your own Dillabaughs (especially those showing construction details), or anything else you think Lon might find useful, bring them to the Messabout at the Multnomah County Library January 10th, or send copies to Lon (email on the Library Messabout page). I'll have a scanner at the library:

http://www.coots.org/mb/Library/

Jim Ballou was a big Dillabaugh fan (the picture in the 2015 Coot Calendar shows him in his favorite one). Lon's paper will be sort of a tribute to Jim, I suppose...

If you have any questions about getting your Dillabaugh stuff to Lon, just ask me and I might be able to help. I'm pretty computer literate, and know a bit about imaging and files. <g>

--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure
defense. (Mark Twain)


Re: [MessaboutW] Flounder's Day Feast in Salem

Andrew Linn
 

I'll be there.

On 12/26/2014 12:28 PM, 'John Kohnen' jkohnen@boat-links.com [MessaboutW] wrote:
I hope you all had a good Christmas, or whatever midwinter holiday you
celebrate! I got to see my new twin grandnephews, which was quite a nice
present. :o)

But there's one more holiday before the New Year -- Flounder's Day on
Sunday, the 28th. Flounder's day celebrates the day in 2001 when the
Coots.org InterWeb domain name was registered. We celebrate with a pizza
feed at Walery's Premium Pizza, 1555 Edgewater Street NW in West Salem.
Starting about 5:30. Don't miss it!

http://www.coots.org/mb/Feast/


Flounder's Day Feast in Salem

 

I hope you all had a good Christmas, or whatever midwinter holiday you celebrate! I got to see my new twin grandnephews, which was quite a nice present. :o)

But there's one more holiday before the New Year -- Flounder's Day on Sunday, the 28th. Flounder's day celebrates the day in 2001 when the Coots.org InterWeb domain name was registered. We celebrate with a pizza feed at Walery's Premium Pizza, 1555 Edgewater Street NW in West Salem. Starting about 5:30. Don't miss it!

http://www.coots.org/mb/Feast/

--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. (F.
Scott Fitzgerald)


Re: [MessaboutW] Our friend, Mike

Roger Padvorac
 


Andrew,
Thanks for sharing this. While there is very little chance I will ever make it to a Sail Oklahoma (or any other events away from the Pacific Northwest), I enjoyed Mike's enthusiasm, and it reassures me that large and very inclusive boat events, for small inexpensive boats, are going on out there, somewhere.
 
I consider Sail Oklahoma a sort of religious pilgrimage because its so central to small inexpensive boats that even Jim Michalak (who I have a huge amount of reverence for) shows up at it.
 
I was kind of wondering about Mike, not having seen any email from him for months. I'm real sorry I won't see any of these emails anymore.
 
I'm not in the Sail Oklahoma group, so I can't send emails to them - if you'd like to share anything in this email, with any boating people, that's okay with me.
 
* * * *
Is what happened to Mike private?
 
I'm in these groups
 
And this is the first I've heard that Mike is doing badly - its a bit of a shock because just a few months ago he was sounding so robust.
 
* * * *
You are right, we all eventually die. Its amazing how many people are in denial about this.
 
Sometimes I get really depressed because the long-term outlook for a 61 year old person, severely disabled by PTSD isn't good at all - PTSD is a lot like a slow cancer and in the long run it is really hard on your physical body.
 
However, given all that has happened to me, its kind of amazing I'm still alive. Lots of people younger than me die all the time. So I'm working on the view that each additional year is a bonus, and another opportunity to make the best use of it.
 
Its a sobering thought that many people don't have this opportunity - so this can be a useful motivation to not fritter away the time we do have right now.
 
What is great is that "making the best use of it" is hugely open-ended and encompasses a rainbow of different personalities and inclinations.
 
I think that might be part of what attracts me to these groups focusing on small boats - so many of the participants here are busy making the best of it in interesting, fun, creative, and helpful ways. Supporting this culture would be a great way to honor Mike.
 
May  your day be filled with clarity, grace, strength, insight, balance, cooperation, listening, keeping faith, and warm laughter,
Roger
 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Linn alinn@... [MessaboutW]" <MessaboutW@...>
To: "Duckworks Forum" <dwforum@...>; <MessaboutW@...>; "Michael Monies" <m_monies@...>; "Sail OK" <sailoklahoma@...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 3:28 PM
Subject: [MessaboutW] Our friend, Mike

> Ladies and gentlemen, it is with very heavy heart I bring you news of
> our friend, Mike Monies. I'd received a voicemail from Mike's phone, but
> I couldn't hear any words. I called the number back, and Jackie picked
> up. She is in the hospital, at Mike's side, here in the final hours of
> his life.
>
> Jackie wanted me to tell you all two things:
> First, Jackie wanted me to let you know they will be removing Mike from
> life support soon, when his son-in-law, Brandon, is able to join them at
> the hospital. Brandon is one of us. He's even a veteran of the Texas 200
> when he and Mike completed it in Laguna Dos, Blue Laguna.
>
> Secondly, it is Mike's wish that Sail Oklahoma happen in 2015. This will
> be a memorial to Mike, a chance for all of us to pay our respects for a
> man who has been an inspiration and a focal point. If you have been to
> Sail OK!, you know what it is. If you ave never been, this will be your
> chance, and you will not regret it. Mike's ashes will be spread in Lake
> Eufala as part of the ceremonies.
>
> Friends, I have a favor to ask of you. Death is the inevitable result of
> life and is one of the very few certainties we all face. Even though we
> all know this, the death of a loved one is a terrible thing to go
> through. I ask you to do a great favor: Please write a word, a sentence,
> a paragraph, or a story, of what you know of Mike, and send it to
>
sailoklahoma@...
>
> these simple words will give comfort to Jackie and her children for
> years to come.
>
>
>
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alinn@...>
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Re: [MessaboutW] Our friend, Mike

 

That's terrible news, Andrew. Though not unexpected. <sigh> As if losing Mike in this horrible way isn't hard enough, when Mike went to the hospital his wife, Jackie, and her mother, Pauline were there to be near him during this difficult time. The the other night Pauline died suddenly right there in the hospital. <sigh>

On Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:28:28 -0800, Andrew wrote:

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with very heavy heart I bring you news of
our friend, Mike Monies. I'd received a voicemail from Mike's phone, but
I couldn't hear any words. I called the number back, and Jackie picked
up. She is in the hospital, at Mike's side, here in the final hours of
his life.

Jackie wanted me to tell you all two things:
First, Jackie wanted me to let you know they will be removing Mike from
life support soon, when his son-in-law, Brandon, is able to join them at
the hospital. Brandon is one of us. He's even a veteran of the Texas 200
when he and Mike completed it in Laguna Dos, Blue Laguna.

Secondly, it is Mike's wish that Sail Oklahoma happen in 2015. This will
be a memorial to Mike, a chance for all of us to pay our respects for a
man who has been an inspiration and a focal point. If you have been to
Sail OK!, you know what it is. If you ave never been, this will be your
chance, and you will not regret it. Mike's ashes will be spread in Lake
Eufala as part of the ceremonies.

Friends, I have a favor to ask of you. Death is the inevitable result of
life and is one of the very few certainties we all face. Even though we
all know this, the death of a loved one is a terrible thing to go
through. I ask you to do a great favor: Please write a word, a sentence,
a paragraph, or a story, of what you know of Mike, and send it to
sailoklahoma@yahoogroups.com

these simple words will give comfort to Jackie and her children for
years to come.
--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up,
snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad
weather, only different kinds of good weather. (John Ruskin)


Our friend, Mike

Andrew Linn
 

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with very heavy heart I bring you news of our friend, Mike Monies. I'd received a voicemail from Mike's phone, but I couldn't hear any words. I called the number back, and Jackie picked up. She is in the hospital, at Mike's side, here in the final hours of his life.

Jackie wanted me to tell you all two things:
First, Jackie wanted me to let you know they will be removing Mike from life support soon, when his son-in-law, Brandon, is able to join them at the hospital. Brandon is one of us. He's even a veteran of the Texas 200 when he and Mike completed it in Laguna Dos, Blue Laguna.

Secondly, it is Mike's wish that Sail Oklahoma happen in 2015. This will be a memorial to Mike, a chance for all of us to pay our respects for a man who has been an inspiration and a focal point. If you have been to Sail OK!, you know what it is. If you ave never been, this will be your chance, and you will not regret it. Mike's ashes will be spread in Lake Eufala as part of the ceremonies.

Friends, I have a favor to ask of you. Death is the inevitable result of life and is one of the very few certainties we all face. Even though we all know this, the death of a loved one is a terrible thing to go through. I ask you to do a great favor: Please write a word, a sentence, a paragraph, or a story, of what you know of Mike, and send it to
sailoklahoma@yahoogroups.com

these simple words will give comfort to Jackie and her children for years to come.


San Francisco Bay Scow Schooners

 

At Jim's boat turning a few weeks ago Charley was talking about the SF Bay
sailing scows, and the surviving one, Alma. There are some of old photos
of SF scows listed on this Antipodean search site:

http://trove.nla.gov.au/picture/result?q=scow

--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no
God. (Thomas Jefferson)


A Christmas Poem

 

It's time to trot out this old poem again. Be thankful we're safe and
warm! <g>

A Seafarer’s Christmas Poem
by Robert Louis Stevenson
First published in the Scots Observer in 1888

The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand;
The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could stand;
The wind was a nor’wester, blowing squally off the sea;
And cliffs and spouting breakers were the only things a-lee.

They heard the surf a-roaring before the break of day;
But ’twas only with the peep of light we saw how ill we lay.
We tumbled every hand on deck instanter, with a shout,
And we gave her the maintops’l, and stood by to go about.

All day we tacked and tacked between the South Head and the North;
All day we hauled the frozen sheets, and got no further forth;
All day as cold as charity, in bitter pain and dread,
For very life and nature we tacked from head to head.

We gave the South a wider berth, for there the tide-race roared;
But every tack we made we brought the North Head close aboard:
So’s we saw the cliffs and houses, and the breakers running high,
And the coastguard in his garden, with his glass against his eye.

The frost was on the village roofs as white as ocean foam;
The good red fires were burning bright in every ‘longshore home;
The windows sparkled clear, and the chimneys volleyed out;
And I vow we sniffed the victuals as the vessel went about.

The bells upon the church were rung with a mighty jovial cheer;
For it’s just that I should tell you how (of all days in the year)
This day of our adversity was blessed Christmas morn,
And the house above the coastguard’s was the house where I was born.

O well I saw the pleasant room, the pleasant faces there,
My mother’s silver spectacles, my father’s silver hair;
And well I saw the firelight, like a flight of homely elves,
Go dancing round the china-plates that stand upon the shelves.

And well I knew the talk they had, the talk that was of me,
Of the shadow on the household and the son that went to sea;
And O the wicked fool I seemed, in every kind of way,
To be here and hauling frozen ropes on blessed Christmas Day.

They lit the high sea-light, and the dark began to fall.
‘All hands to loose topgallant sails,’ I heard the captain call.
‘By the Lord, she’ll never stand it,’ our first mate, Jackson, cried.
. . . ‘It’s the one way or the other, Mr. Jackson,’ he replied.

She staggered to her bearings, but the sails were new and good,
And the ship smelt up to windward just as though she understood.
As the winter’s day was ending, in the entry of the night,
We cleared the weary headland, and passed below the light.

And they heaved a mighty breath, every soul on board but me,
As they saw her nose again pointing handsome out to sea;
But all that I could think of, in the darkness and the cold,
Was just that I was leaving home and my folks were growing old.


--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.
(Albert Schweitzer)


Happy Thanksgiving!!

Dennis Macomber <dwmac69@...>
 

Count your blessings!


CJ and Dennis


Re: [MessaboutW] Another Happy Birthday to John

 

Thanks, Cal! And everyone else. I appreciate your kind wishes.

On Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:44:21 -0800, Cal wrote:

Best Wishes to you for all your good deeds and working hard on the events, calendars, shows and much more. It is a load of work, and we all thank you for your efforts. looking toward our Coots trips, and the pleasure of your company.
--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
I don't like spinach, and I'm glad I don't, because if I liked
it I'd eat it, and I just hate it. (Clarence Darrow)


Re: [MessaboutW] Making Bespoke Oars (attn: Andrew)

 

Oh, I forgot to mention that John McC thought that if one scarfed together the good bits from some knotty spruce to get the length to make oars, one should then laminate the shafts out of at least two laminations, with the scarfs staggered.

On Tue, 23 Dec 2014 02:08:06 -0800, I wrote:

I talked to John McCallum today,
...
--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes
you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the
business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily
obtained. (Jerome K. Jerome)


Re: [MessaboutW] Making Bespoke Oars (attn: Andrew)

 

I talked to John McCallum today, and he suggested ash as a relatively inexpensive substitute for expensive clear Sitka spruce for oars. Ash is quite a bit heavier, but it's also stronger, so the diameter of the looms can be smaller. As most of you know, John is the ultimate boat nerd. <g> He offered to do some calculations to come up with the dimensions for spruce and ash oars with the equivalent breaking strength, and the dimensions for oars of ash and spruce with the equivalent springiness (bending properties). He does that sort of thing for fun. <g> Of course balancing the oars will make the difference in weight less important.

On Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:39:24 -0800, I wrote:

Thanks, Denny. Not cheap! I suppose one could piece together the wood for
oars out of the good bits of cheaper, knotty spruce, as is often done with spars.

No matter what the oars are made out of they'll be better than what Bob's
got now! <g> If well balanced, the weight of heavier wood doesn't matter
so much. I hope he agrees to let Andrew and the Boathouse fix him up.
I actually still have the receipt! I Paid $142.00 for 11’ of 4/4 and
14.5 ft. of 8/4 in Feb. of 06
--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
One boat just leads to another. (John Kohnen)


Re: [MessaboutW] Making Bespoke Oars (attn: Andrew)

 

There are short oars and "too short oars." <g> I don't agree that short oars require less skill to use, if they're "too short." Probably all of us have had the experience of going to a lake and renting a "rowboat" that was just one of the livery motorboats, minus the engine. Fat, hard to row to start with, and heartbreaking with the too short oars supplied. <sigh> Enough to put someone off rowing for life! Lickily, I had the good fortune to row a real rowboat when I was a lad, so I knew it didn't have to be that way, but I didn't have the chance to get into a good rowboat again until I started hanging out with the Coots.

Within the range of usable length oars there could be merit in having shorter ones and longer ones, for different circumstances. Some skilled oarsman (which I am not, not by a long shot! <g>) will sometimes row with their hands crossed when the oars are in the middle of the stroke, to make the outboard reach of the oars shorter and lower the "gearing," then switch to rowing with their hands a little apart in the middle of the stroke for a higher gear when the going is easy...

I don't think Bob M has anything against longs oars, but the Whilly Boat is fairly wide at the gunwales, and the oarllocks are kinda high. I wouldn't be surprised if the length of oars recommended by Iain Oughtred is longer than you might expect.

On Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:25:56 -0800, Roger P wrote:

John,
I'm curious about your comment about short oars.

I understand that in wide open spaces a longer oar provides more efficient propulsion with less work. Though this takes a bit more skill than rowing with short oars, I feel the effort is worth it - why not use longer oars and get to where you are going sooner than later?

However, when messing around in cramped quarters, such as swamps, creeks, and beaches covered with a maze of large erratics (oversized boulders on top of the cobbles), then long oars are a real handicap.

I'm starting to think each boat should carry pairs of long and short oars. Besides having a choice of the most suitable length of oars for the circumstances, you would have a spare pair in case you loose an oar.
--
John (jkohnen@boat-links.com)
Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day,
rarely of what they had seen. (Louis L'Amour)

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