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Lady M's last day in the water till spring

Our lovely restored Herreshoff Buzzard's Bay 30 Lady M took her last sail of the season yesterday afternoon.  She's docked in the Belfast Bay harbor now waiting to be moved in for the winter.  Very quiet and peaceful in the cabin.

Aboard Lady M at her Belfast dock.  

Cabin interior   

Quest Wins Newport!


Quest wins Nantucket and Newport Classic Regattas


Over the September 1-2 Labor Day weekend, the 1930 yacht Quest won the Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island.  Quest, a Fife 8 meter recently restored by boat builders French & Webb of Belfast, Maine, also won the Opera House Cup on August 19th in Nantucket, Massachusetts. 


The two Regattas were part of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge’s North American Circuit, which also included the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta in Marblehead, Massachusetts on August 11-12th.  Each regatta typically attracts 50-60 of the East Coast’s most magnificent classic sailing vessels as well as some classic beauties from around the world. 


Quest Wins the Opera House Regatta

Quest Wins Again – Opera House Regatta 

August 20th, 2012

Our newly restored 1930 Fife 8m sloop Quest, owned by Ronald & Diane Palm of Toronto, continued her impressive 2012 racing season this weekend, at Nantucket Racing Week.  Quest not only won her own classic division race, but she also won the main event on Sunday – the 40th Opera House Regatta, and she took best overall for the racing week!  

Quest is in the middle here with sail number CN1 in this photo by the Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror:

Sea Knight - Keel, Chines and Sheers assembly

Gotta love summer time!

Sure wish I had a boat to enjoy it with ... sigh

Right, I'm supposed to be building one for these long wonderfull days of summer.  I can tell you I had a schedule in my mind when I started this of where I should be at different times of 2012 and I am quite a bit behind schedule.  Nonetheless, the overall goal is to have it ready for summer 2013. 

Hard to stay on track when the sun finally heats up Canada and starts to dry out the Wet Coast here.  Did some camping trips and an island trip (to Galiano Island) with my better half.  Spent 5 days on Saturna Island with some friends building a ramp and a deck at cottage for one of them.  I have an annual fishing derby (at least that is what my buddies and I call it) that I put together coming up soon.  All sorts of things to distract me from my project and I would not change a single thing.

My hope is to at least be able to paint the hull before it starts to get too cold which should give me till sometime in October hopefully.  I have gotten a fair amount done but I do think I need to be a bit more diligent as the days get shorter.

Fife 8m Restoration: Quest

This is a restoration project we finished up.  She's a 1929 Fife 8m we restored with racing in mind for her new owners.  Turns out she's a quick one.  She came in second in her first race of the season at the Toronto Royal Yacht Club last month.

The framing consists of Fife’s favorite intermix of one sawn frame and two bent frames.  In the restoration, we laid newly splined tight planking over those frames.  The restoration included replacing the entire centerline structure, forefoot, keel, deadwood, and horn timber, as well as the transom, sheer planks and sheer clamps.  We were presented with a typical Fife challenge in the form of lots of galvanized mild-iron floor and frame connections – all of which had to be replaced with bronze.  The restoration also included restoring the 10,000 pound ballast to its originally designed form, constructing an entirely new deck frame and decks, and creating a new interior and cockpit.  We completed the process by outfitting Quest with a new engine and new electrical, electronic, and mechanical systems.

Here's what she looked like early on -

Maiden Voyage

Here's our 37' daysailer last fall:


And here she is this summer:

Thistle 1040 - Irie sails again!

Irie in her first regatta in a long time. She's all that we could have hoped for.

Follow along as Thistle 448 is restored on her blog at

Thistle 1040 - Rigging the boat

Thistle rigging

Does that look like more than $1000 of hardware? Given what it costs to rig a Thistle today vs. the last time I did this ten years ago, I should be investing in blocks and cleats. Forget gold and stocks!

I'm keeping things pretty simple but estimate that it will take more than $1500 to get this boat sailing. And that's with a sizable discount off of retail.

All of the woodwork on the boat is finished. I'm doing some final varnishing (will this ever end?) and should have all the rigging installed this week. I'm not going to schedule a launch party though until I have the rudder hung and CB finished. My ultimate deadline is still Districts that are now just two weeks away.

Riblett Wing

The letter below is a result of discussions and research on the Riblett wing as applied to the Coot amphibian.  I am trying to select a modern airfoil for use on the long coot. I now see that I overlooked that the GA30-615 was used and have therefore looked seriously at the GA37A615 instead of the GA37-315.  I will consider scaling the 615 down to 614, but I think this is the airfoil I want for the Long Coot.  There are drag and moment reductions compared to the NACA 4415 used on the Coot and drag reductions compared to the GA30-615, with about the same lift available.   

Dear Mr. Riblett

I have been reading your book GA Airfoils and was wondering if you could help me to better understand the airfoils and apply them to my application.  I am writing you because I feel like you can see the air flow on the wings, just like Dale Earnhart was able to see the air flowing around a race car.  That type of insight is rare and I like to consult with the best. 

Progressive Vee hull

I had a discussion recently with Coot enthusiast about hull bottom design for the Coot Amphibian. I had suggested going to a progressive V hull like we talked about and using strakes to increase the lift. He warned be to be careful with strakes because they can be dangerous when landing in a crosswind. If the airplane is moving sideways when it touches the water, the outside edges of the strakes can dig in causing the airplane to yaw and roll violently perhaps resulting in an accident. He offered specific examples of this and suggested that I reconsider.

So I spent some time drawing bottom profiles at the step and hit on the idea of one-sided strakes. I have later come to realize that the progression of the hull would form a type of nested V design that could allow the aircraft to slide sideways somewhat during a crosswind landing before settling out and tracking straight. There is a sketch of this idea attached to this email.

Do you think the general idea is sound and that my proportions are about correct?
The upper drawing shows the inside intersection at 8" left and 8" right and the outer intersection at 9" left and 9" right.

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