Mast Repair (Part II)

Oct 26, 2015 | | Say something
Closer inspection shows that it is merely a groove where the Spectra line is digging into the soft sawdust/wheat flour/paste concoction that the top of my mast is now comprised of.

A few weeks ago, I repaired the top of my mast.  The fix was pretty straightforward, I took a bit of Titebond II, some sawdust and some wheat flour and used it to replace a big chip out of the top of my mast.  I then wrapped the whole thing with Fibatape and glued that […more]

Bird Island II

Oct 19, 2015 | | Say something
We only stopped on Bird Island long enough to take a picture.  Abby had fallen and hurt her hand, and all of the kids were wet and cold.

I really wanted to get in one more sail boat outing before winter set in.  And so when the opportunity to go sailing presented itself on Saturday I jumped at the chance.  Even better, most of the Earl crew decided that they wanted to go with me.  KaeLynn (my wife) doesn’t like small boats.  Of […more]

Mast Repair

Oct 14, 2015 | | Say something
Fixing the mast would have been much easier if we could have recovered the chunk that fell out.  Unfortunately that piece must have fallen out of the trailer.  Luckily the lag screw did not fall out.  I could have bought another screw, of course, but there would have been a sharp metal bit out on the road somewhere waiting to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting.

As I mentioned in my article on the camping trip to Scofield Reservoir, I broke the top fitting on my mast in the trailer on the way up to the camp site.  It was, of course, my own fault.  I was in too big a hurry packing up the trailer.  We were behind schedule and […more]

Scofield Reservoir Scout Campout (Wed Aug 29 to Sat Sept 1, 2015)

Sep 22, 2015 | | Say something
Overview of Scofield Reservoir with the approximate locations of our campground, Cort's cabin, and the island where most of our nautical adventures took plance.

I had some camera issues this trip, so this post will be mostly text.  That is unfortunate, because there were a lot of really cool memories that probably need a picture. First of all, some background.  I had been planning a trip this particular weekend for over a year.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised […more]

My Phone Walked the Plank

Jul 17, 2015 | | Say something

OK, the title of this post is perhaps a little misleading.  My phone did not actually walk the plank.  It just got a little wet. Perhaps an explanation is in order. I have a Michalak-style rowing box to go with my Michalak-style oars.  I created a cinch-down strap for it, and a tether that I […more]

Deer Creek Reservoir

Jul 6, 2015 | | Say something

Yesterday (July 1, 2015) we took the young men and young women of our ward to Deer Creek Reservoir to goof around in the lake there.  We borrowed a three small plastic kayaks from Brother Barsdorf and I took my mouse boat and PDRacer.  We threw all of this gear in the back of the […more]

About Time — Sail Report June 23 2015

Jul 2, 2015 | | Say something

I had mentioned before (in passing) that my wife was pregnant.  Well, now she isn’t pregnant.  Samuel Hyrum Earl was born just before midnight on May 20th.  It was a pretty exciting day.  KaeLynn had an emergency C-section and everything.  On the bright side Sam is here now, and everyone is safe, and I have […more]

Puddle Duck Racer Build — Spars

May 7, 2015 | | Say something

First of all, let me apologize in advance for this post.  This should be a trip report, but between the weather and the fact that my wife is nearly 9 months pregnant I have not been able to go sailing.  So instead I am going to write about building spars the Earl way. When you […more]

Nephi’s Courage — Design Notes

Apr 29, 2015 | | Say something
Drawings of the finished rig.  This is pretty much exactly what I have today.  Although, I will admit that I haven't had time to put in all of the reef points yet.

Like most small boat builders I spent a fair amount of time agonizing over which boat I would build.  In fact, I came very close to building a Rebel Cat, and I still think that a multihull would be pretty fun to build.  In the end I decided on a Puddle Duck Racer, mostly because […more]

Bird Island

Apr 14, 2015 | | 2 comments
Sailing to Bird Island

Even before I started building my first boat my girls were fascinated about the stories I told about visiting the various islands of Moses Lake, Washington, where I grew up.  Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around paddling, rowing, or sailing to Goat Herd Island or Marsh Island, and my girls were intrigued by […more]