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Nautaline 1971 for sale for $9,000

I have a beautiful 1971 28' Nautaline Houseboat COMPLETELY RESTORED from the ground up. Everything has been stripped from her to make her look amazing. This boat easily sleeps 6 with the ability for more if the helm underneath is finished. She's so efficient in her space as all of her sitting areas transform into sleeping areas. Two years ago, i put a new built chrysler 318 in her which now has just under 50 hours. Last year, I had the outdrive rebuilt (which lasted 42 years w/out service) so...

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How to build an adjustable tiller lock for a couple bucks

It's that time of year again. Spring Tweak time! This year's Spring Tweak is a DIY tiller lock. This tiller lock is fully adjustable, easy to make, unobtrusive, easily removed and set up, and only costs a few bucks to make. I'll show you how to make one. Tiller Locks: When it comes to tiller locking devices, there's certainly no shortage of them. Do a Google search for "tiller tamer", or "tiller lock" or something similar, and before you know it you'll have spent your entire day looking at a bewildering assortment of different types, both commercially available and home made. Don't ask me how I know that. Tiller locks generally fall into four main categories. First, you've got your on-off lever action type, like this TillerClutch for example. These usually have a lever mounted towards the front of the tiller that allows you to alternate between locking the tiller in place, or allowing it to move freely. It's always locked or unlocked, there's no in-between. Then there's the Solid Brace type. These consist of an adjustable rod that goes from the tiller to a box usually mounted on the seat back. They're designed to be rugged. The rod doubles as a tiller extender and can be easily detached to unlock the tiller. The rod's length can be adjusted as needed. Next, there's the Friction Knob type, like the ever popular Tiller Tamer. Here, a knob is used to adjust the amount of friction anywhere from very loose to a full lock. Also using adjustable friction technology are a variety of DIY Shock Cord, Rope and Bungee types. These are usually home-made and can range from a single piece of rope stretched between two cleats, to devices constructed from bungee cords, fairleads, camcleats, blocks, hooks, and various other items. Of course they all have their pros and cons. So how do you decide which one to buy or build? What makes a good tiller lock (in my opinion): Adjustability means flexability. I favor the devices that allow the friction to be adjusted from completely free tiller movement all the way up to a full lock. Dialing in just enough friction to hold the tiller in place still allows an occasional nudge to adjust the boat's course. Don't get in the way. Most devices have ropes that lead from the front of the tiller to the sides of the boat that block access to outboard motors, block seats, and so on. This can be a major drawback on a boat with limited space to begin with. Quickly disabled and enabled. I want to be able to quickly and easily disable or remove the device when I'm done using it, or in case of an emergency. A DIY solution, inexpensive and easily constructed from readily available parts. Strong, reliable, and should not be unattractive. How my tiller lock works: My tiller lock is a Friction Knob type. Tightening the knob pulls up on an eye-bolt, pinching a line against a strip of leather with increasing friction. The amount of friction is fully adjustable from very loose to a full lock. The friction between the rope and leather is smooth, consistant, and the leather will not wear out any time soon. It is not necessary to locate the tiller lock near the front of the tiller on a boat the size of mine, or on any boat with a well balanced helm. I located mine slightly forward of my aft coaming and ran the line almost straight across. There, the line is not blocking my way at all but still functions perfectly, so long as I keep the line free of slack. Two jam cleats on my coaming allow me to easily tension the line tightly. I can instantly remove the device by pulling the line off the jam cleats. A leather washer under the knob protects the tiller from damage and its friction prevents the knob from turning on its own. Materials needed: To make my tiller lock you'll need a stainless steel eye-bolt and a few other small items that you can probably find lying around the house or garage. The eye-bolt I used is a Stanley V2161 that I got from Lowes for $1.28. You'll also need a small scrap of leather, a couple stainless steel screws, a short piece of rope, and a couple small scraps of wood. You may also need to purchase a couple small jam cleats. The knob can be made from a scrap of wood by tapping a threaded hole in it or using a threaded insert, or you can buy a threaded plastic knob at a hardware store for $2.60 like I did. Or simply use a stainless steel wingnut. Building the tiller lock: The lock is very simple and building it should be quite self-explanitory. Here is a cutaway diagram of how it goes together: You'll need to drill a 1/4" hole through your tiller for the eye-bolt. Make the bottom piece from a scrap of wood measuring 2-1/2" long by 1" high by 3/4" thick. I used white oak. Cut a 1/4" slot completely through it, long enough for the eye-bolt to fit through, and counterbore a couple of screw holes in it. Round off the corners. Cut a strip of leather as wide as the inside diameter of the eye-bolt and long enough to wrap around the wooden piece. Leather from an old belt works fine. Insert the eye-bolt, then add the leather strip, holding it in place with glue or a couple brass tacks. Make a leather washer for under the knob. Drill the hole in the leather washer oversized so the eye-bolt can freely move up and down through it. Attach to your tiller, kick back and relax!

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Skate 15 CNC Cut Foam Panel Kit

Overview Product Videos Product Description Skate 15 CNC Cut Foam Panel Kit Design by Brandon Davis (Turnpoint Design) with Josh Colvin (SCA/Duckworks) Length: 15' (4.6m) Beam: 8 feet Draft: 5.5"/ 4' Weight: 400 lb Sail Area: 220 sq ft/ 357 sq ft with screacher on furler Click HERE to download a design brief for Skate thanks to www.proboat.com Original Design Goals: • Distill a Mini Transat down to its essentials to create a trailerable pocket-racer raid boat. • Keep boat affordable to build and race • Make boat quick to rig and launch from trailer • Keep weight as low as possible by using water ballast and lightweight construction • Incorporate as many of the latest Mini-Transat features as possible with adding too much cost or complexity • Make it fun for sailors of all levels • Make it as safe as possible and seaworthy enough for something like the Race to Alaska • Include comfortable cruising cabin interior for two crew. "A modern Racer/Raider/Cruiser designed for kit construction offers high performance for a cash-strapped middle class." —Dieter Loibner, Professional Boatbuilder magazine Design by Brandon Davis (Turnpoint Design) with Josh Colvin (SCA/Duckworks) Original Design Goals: • Distill a Mini Transat down to its essentials to create a trailerable pocket-racer raid boat. • Keep boat affordable to build and race • Make boat quick to rig and launch from trailer • Keep weight as low as possible by using water ballast and lightweight construction • Incorporate as many of the latest Mini-Transat features as possible with adding too much cost or complexity • Make it fun for sailors of all levels • Make it as safe as possible and seaworthy enough for something like the Race to Alaska • Include comfortable cruising cabin interior for two crew. Features: • Twin rudders • Code Zero screacher on retractable bowsprit with furler • Uses standard Hobie 16 wing mast. • Watertight Lewmar companionway and transom escape hatches • New model features single kickup centerboard and rudders for beachability Skate Update: As most of you know, the prototype was completed and we've been out sailing it. The verdict? Skate is incredible! Easy to sail, responsive, weatherly, and fast. We think she’s on her way to becoming a well-known adventure-racer/ performance beach cruiser. In fact we even had a chance to test her beach-cruising capabilities recently when Brandon and I took our daughters for an overnight. We sailed over to Marrowstone Island, pulled Skate up the beach on inflatable rollers, and made camp. The huge cockpit handled the four of us easily under sail and the kids loved crawling around in the big cabin and watching the water through the transom’s escape-hatch glass. (The boat has since been cruised with four sleeping aboard for a week cruising in Canada) One of the last boxes we wanted to tick in our prototyping process was a capsize and recovery test, and we did that a few weeks ago. Once again Skate did everything we'd hoped. With her beam and water ballast she was difficult to knock over (even with two crew hiked-to-leeward with sails sheeted tight in light air, she was hard to knock down—the sailors failed several times then eventually put her on her side.) Once knocked down she sat incredibly high—water was nowhere near the cockpit or companionway—and one crewmember was able to right the boat by grabbing the centerboard. And finally, when we knocked her over again and tried to intentionally turn her 180º, she resisted mightily. Because of the sealed Hobie 16 wing mast, Skate was nearly impossible to invert. It took several minutes of both crewmembers walking on the mast from the tip toward the hull, pulling on shrouds as they went, to force the boat upside down. And once inverted, two crewmembers pulling on the righting line were able to right Skate easily. As I say, everything we could have hoped for. And just recently we had world-class sail designer Bob Pattison from Neil Pryde Sails out for a second time to go over Skate's rig and controls, so those systems are also pretty well dialed. We're trying to do this right so that we create a solid class sailboat right out of the gate, with perfect off-the-shelf sails available. We just recently added a so-called Code Zero or screacher sail on a furler. The Code Zero—which is sort of a cross between a genoa and asymmetrical spinnaker—is easy to manage and appropriate to use over a huge range, making it a perfect fit for Skate 15 adventures. Some important notes: The kits are made of foam core, not plywood. While the prototype was constructed in plywood, during the building process Brandon and crew kept seeing ways the assembly could have been simpler and resulted in an even better boat if foam core had been used instead. Consider that in addition to sheets of foam core being lighter than plywood, they can also be stiffer, so the foam kit wouldn't require much of the support structure and extra parts required on the plywood version. Foam-kit builders will receive a stack of sheets (Divinycell) with pieces cutout by CNC nested in place. The builders will simply glass one or both sides of the panel (depending on schedule) and begin typical stitch-and-glue style construction, eventually glassing the one or both sides again after assembly. The result is a completely composite boat with no wood aboard. This has several advantages: Lighter weight of course, but it also eliminates concerns about rot, delamination, and maintenance. And maybe most importantly, composite boats maintain vastly better resale values than plywood boats. The foam kits sell for $3500. Even if you estimate spending three times that or more to build your own Skate, how much would have to pay for a new similar production boat? $25k? $35k? This is one of the few boat projects we've been around where it seems like a builder could actually make money along the way. We think this design and the foam-core construction represent the future of this sort of project. In keeping with this modern approach, we've taken the Skate 15's builder manual on-line through a special on-line manual service. There are many advantages: 1. This open-source approach allows builders to add their own comments and ask questions within the manual format. 2. As developers we can update the manual in real-time with builders seeing each update and not wondering if they've got the latest version. 3. We can add photos, drawings and videos as needed. Builders can read manual on computer, laptops, iPads, phone and other devices, but they can also save individual pages as PDFs for printing. Kit order includes all CNC cut foam panels. $3500. Shipping varies. If you're not planning to pickup kit we'll contact you with a freight quote once we have an estimate. Off-the-shelf sails and complete epoxy & fiberglass cloth and rigging kits will be available shortly.   Builder's manual illustration examples Skate Press (Port Towsend Leader Newspaper and Professional Boat Builder magazine) Product Videos Videos Hide Videos Show Videos Skate 15 Sailing Down Wind in 12 knots Skate 15 is getting into full planing mode as the wind is in t... Skate 15 Laminating your foam panels Short video that shows how to laminate fiberglass cloth onto b... Custom Field Product Reviews

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Triple7 | Verschuur Watersport | tender, sloepen, tenders

De elegante lijn van de 777 cm lange tender is anders, anders dan alle andere boten. De uitgesneden naam en de inklapbare bolders zorgen voor de puntjes op de i. De inbouw LED-navigatieverlichting zorgt ervoor dat u ook veilig in de zomerse avonden kunt varen.

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Make a boom tent for your cockpit - Practical Boat Owner

Bob Goode shows how you can increase your accommodation by making a custom boom tent

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Barracuda Is Supposedly The Stealthy Interceptor Boat The World Needs

Safehaven Marine makes boats that can go where few others can. From Pilot Tenders to Rescue Boats that can overturn in high surf and keep on going, their products are truly hardcore. Now, the famed boat builder is setting its eyes on the law enforcement and military market with their stealthy Barracuda interceptor…

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What is a ‘jo boat?’

Although Mike Branton builds his own jo boats as a hobby, the true home for these little craft is Marksville in Avoyelles Parish. The only boat-builder in Marksville who now builds the craft is Pat Bordelon’s couisin, Dennis Decuir (who has a classified ad on LouisianaSportsman.com). [...]

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Here’s What Guys Are Pinning on Pinterest (27 Photos) - Suburban Men

It’s probably not a revelation to tell you that Pinterest skews heavily female. 70% in fact, according to a recent study. But what’s more interesting is that men and women use Pinterest for vastly different reasons and in starkly divergent ways. Women are using Pinterest in a far more inspirational and motivational way than are …

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Zephyr 16' — Classic Wooden Boat Plans

Zephyr, a 16 foot stepped Hydroplane. Reproduced from the original offsets and plans by A.A.Apel. I found this to be a very advanced design in that the stringers start at the transom and end at Frame 2. Other than its impressive deck lines, Zephyr lends itself to a variety of engine sizes through it

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