Iceboat Swap Meeet November 1st

Iceboat swap meet Nov. 1st at Sailcrafters 7450 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park, MN. 55426.
10am-2pm. everyone welcome. More info contact Tim 952-693-6089

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Test fit

Starting to look like it might actually make it to the ice by December. Today's lesson learned is apparently never try to assemble on a downhill slope. Never really thought about it because ice is usually level, but almost dropped the mast today before getting the boat level. Measurements for stays and sail are complete. Time for paint.
Test fit

Ice Boat Swap Meet: Nov 2, 2014; Williams Bay, WI.

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.

For more info email:
Additional details at the 4 Lakes IYC web site:

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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!

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Back in Black

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!!
Back in Black

Doctor wins 2014 MC Invitational

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.

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Bottoms Up.

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.
Bottoms up

DN for sale in Illinois

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,

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Whole Lotta Basswood

The sides are on. They are 5/8" thick basswood, and full length, not spliced. Pretty tough trying to keep such wide boards flat, but it worked out.
Whole Lotta Basswood

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Framed !!

All the frames are mounted to the form and all the chines are glued on. It's starting to look like an iceboat. Man this thing is small. I will have to loose a few pounds before winter.
Framed !!

Icebreaking on Great Lakes Ends for the Season

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.

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Iceboating continues into the summer! - new C Skeeter

Frames are all cut out !!

Mike Miller, DN 5369, named Western Region Commodore

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.”

Large Women Sings Familiar Tune

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.

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Lower Croix

The Fat Lady has sang for this skipper. Ice 20 ft. from shore gone, and 2-4 inches of slush.

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