The 29th annual Skeeter Ice Boat Club Swap Meet is scheduled for Nov 2, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to noon, at Lucke's Cantina, Williams Bay, WI.
Put this on your calendar! This is the "Grand Daddy" of swap meets. Anything and everything related to iceboats will be for sale. This is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your DN program or to purchase that must have piece of equipment that will move you up to the Gold fleet.
Two North DN sails from the Detroit loft-
The first is a North ABSS sail, built 2012, always stored dry and cool, battens never tensioned unless racing. Windows in great shape. Cloth still crispy! Great all-around sail. Medium amount of depth. Includes battens with custom adjusters, can adjust batten tension without removing mittens!
Carbon fiber is soooooooooo pretty! It makes me wonder why we put paint on these things. Considering leaving the bottom natural carbon fiber look. But hopefully nobody ever sees that side of the boat. Next up - Canopy!!
Congrats to Mark "Doctor" Christensen (US 4824) for racking up another soft water victory. The Doctor continued his winning ways in the MC fleet by taking top honors at the 2014 MC Invitational.
The bottom deck is 3mm Okoume ply from Midwest Boat Appeal in St. Bonifacius. If you have never been there, it is definitely a great boating resource. They stock about 10 different marine plywoods, Sitka Spruce, and Mahogany. I asked why they have Sitka, and it is basically for the hydroplane and homebuilt aircraft guys. Now on to mounting hull hardware and steering.
Two DN's , gougeon design, 2001,carbon reinforced rocket or aircraft Sitka,Carbon,glass strip mast,polish t runners, f01 Doyle sail, $3000.00 also 1999 Goodwin design, winder glass mast, 3/16 stainless inserts, Doyle F01 sail. Optional Sarns plates($400),stainless angles($200), Doyle speed sail (300), call Tim Dixon, 217-529-7414,email@example.com
Maybe the season really is over.
Duluth MN and Superior WI news outlets report that icebreaking on Great Lakes has finally ended. May 15 was the final day. All totaled, there was 160 days of ice breaking this past winter and the cutters assisted with nearly 950 commercial vessel passages.
This winter is believed to have produced the thickest and most expansive ice cover on the Great Lakes in the past 35 years.
It’s official! Mike Miller, DN 5369, is the new Western Region Commodore!!!
Thank you, Commodore Miller, for your willingness to serve the DN fleet.
And to echo Deb Whitehorse: “Many thanks to outgoing WR Commodore Julie Jankowski for her unwavering dedication to the DN class during her three years as Commodore.”
Today’s temperature is forecasted to reach the 70’s. That’s a far cry from the below zero temps we all complained about at the Great Western Challenge! Still, after today, the snow that prevented us from sailing on Tonka since last December will finally be gone.
Unfortunately, even though the snow may be gone, it does not mean we have regatta quality ice. Far from it. I walked out onto Crystal Bay last night and boy was it slushy. The slush is a good 6 to 8 inches deep. And, of course, with warm weather comes the dreaded drain holes.
The Fat Lady has sang for this skipper. Ice 20 ft. from shore gone, and 2-4 inches of slush.
I don't know if anyone is around the St Cloud area besides me, but, I am heading to Grand Lake near Rockville tomorrow to give it a try. Probably be there late morning at the public access. This evening, about 3/4" crunchy/slushy on top. Middle of the lake doesn't get fished much and looks to me that there are at least a few clear paths that shouldn't be too bumpy.
I looked at Buffalo Lake on Friday and appeared to have shell ice and generally looked rough as hell to me. I am a bit of a newbie to spring sailing, but I don't think I'd want to try Buffalo.
Tonka is not sailable. 5% shell ice, 25% old hard drifts, 30% old hard snowmobile tracks, 5% old plowed road and fish shack piles. What's left is a nice smooth re freeze. No way to steer around all the crap. Need a better Zamboni job!
My Pepin report last night sounds much better. They only had rain with no wet snow on Thursday eve!
I hope to get a walk on and photo report today, in case anyone is interested in a day trip on Sunday.
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