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by DaveS
Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: DIY stand-up blocks
Replies: 17
Views: 9626

Sheet blocks

Sounds good to me. I have a number of blocks tied on with laniards like this so that I could try out angles before investing in something more permanent - and some have been so attached now for several years! A slight refinement to hold them up better would be to use a stainless spring rather than r...
by DaveS
Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:06 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: What should I do?
Replies: 4
Views: 3150

Sumdy did!
by DaveS
Tue Jul 25, 2006 9:53 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Avilion's summer cruise - update
Replies: 14
Views: 8308

And another update...

Phase 3 complete. The boat's now at Banavie with a fine view of The Ben, I'm in London for three days and, with a bit of luck and reasonable weather, boat, car and myself should all be back home by the end of the weekend.
by DaveS
Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:18 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Avilion's summer cruise - update
Replies: 14
Views: 8308

Further update

Phase 2 complete. The boat's now in Inverness and I'm in London for the day: down on the sleeper last night and going back up tonight. The new island tally now totals 26 and the mileage is about 650. :) On the train ticket: it was a special deal: 2 returns anywhere in Scotland for £10 each so I cho...
by DaveS
Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura
Replies: 19
Views: 13381

Can't remember without looking at the chart - which is on the boat. I'll get back to you. I was using the Lawrance pilot rather than the CCC one and his drawing seemed the same as the chart. Interesting if the CCC version is different - and correct!
by DaveS
Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:24 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Avilion's summer cruise - update
Replies: 14
Views: 8308

claymore wrote:This lack of watter wid be nae problem tae a mon in an unsinkable boat?



It wisnae sae much sinkin that wis worryin me, mair the thocht o gettin odd usefu bits o boat - like the rudder, say - chawed aff by the rocks ...
by DaveS
Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:14 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Avilion's summer cruise - update
Replies: 14
Views: 8308

Re: Avilion's summer cruise - update

and 19 new island summits reached. FFS that's more than one a day. How did you find the time to sail the 400 miles? You didn't say how long your Newcastle jaunt was to be but I'm headed north tomorrow if a lift to Craobh is of any use. Thanks for the offer, but I was planning to just leave the car ...
by DaveS
Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:18 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Avilion's summer cruise - update
Replies: 14
Views: 8308

Avilion's summer cruise - update

Well phase one has been successfully completed. The boat's now in Kirkwall, the car's at Craobh, I'm in Cumbernauld but off to Newcastle tomorrow... It's been a great fortnight: mostly good weather, over 400 miles covered and 19 new island summits reached. I had one nasty fright: the north end of Ro...
by DaveS
Wed Jun 21, 2006 6:52 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Claymore's Birthday
Replies: 28
Views: 16495

Birthday wishes

Please accept all the best in absentia. If things go to plan we should be in the vicinity of Stromness on the 29th.
by DaveS
Wed Jun 21, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Sheet to tiller steering
Replies: 12
Views: 6605

3/6:1 purchase

Second attempt! This should be the sheet: http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/DaveS_2006/msheet.jpg This should be the top block: http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/DaveS_2006/topblk.jpg And this should be the bottom block: http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/DaveS_2006/btmblk.jpg Oh, I've...
by DaveS
Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Sheet to tiller steering
Replies: 12
Views: 6605

3/6:1 purchase

Well that didn't work. Anyone see what I'm doing wrong? In words, then: The top block consists of a double block above a single block arranged at right angles to the double. The bottom block consists of two double blocks, one above the other, the lower of larger diameter than the upper. The sheet is...
by DaveS
Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Sheet to tiller steering
Replies: 12
Views: 6605

Well, let's see if my first attempt to post images works... This should be the complete mainsheet: http://aolpictures.aol.co.uk/ap/myAlbums.do?albumId=8741.1074.1150893447568.1 This should be the top block: http://aolpictures.aol.co.uk/ap/myAlbums.do?albumId=8741.1074.1150893447568.2 And this should...
by DaveS
Wed Jun 21, 2006 1:54 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Claymore's Summer Cruise
Replies: 11
Views: 6744

Summer hols

I'm planning to be away tomorrow night heading north: Loch Ewe, Summer Isles etc. then an extended spell in Orkney, coming back towards the end of July via the Caley Canal. (The latter part of this plan depends critically on Scotrail choosing to run their sleepers to/from Inverness and Fort Bill so ...
by DaveS
Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Sheet to tiller steering
Replies: 12
Views: 6605

Mainsheet

I'll take a picture at the weekend. (I've finally bought a digital camera - I think I'm what the advertisers term a "late adopter" - and I mean to play with it then.) Whether I can then manage to get the picture posted is another matter, but if not I'll describe the sheeting arrangement - ...
by DaveS
Wed Jun 14, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Sheet to tiller steering
Replies: 12
Views: 6605

Sheet / tiller steering

I might give that a try sometime, now that I've finally got the friction out of my mainsheet. :D I replaced 12 mm with 8 mm and the difference is incredible: no more need to sweat away at the last part to get it in, or overhaul it all to let it out. (It's a rather clever 3/6 part purchase, and it no...

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