thanks everybody..


thanks to all the Minnesota iceboaters in who helped me get up to speed. With out their help it would have taken me ten years to get where I am now, if at all. It's really the best part about iceboating, racing around with your friends trying to figure out how to go faster. It's funny because I really like the solo part of the iceboating... but you really have to work in a master/apprentice/tuning partner team type way to get going and to figure out what is fast, and that was pretty great getting to know everybody, the enthusiasm is really infectious. In fact everybody involved in racing DN's have been very helpful with all the questions/problems that I've had.

blokart on ice

New Years day was the first day of use for the new blokart ice kit. Ice was fantasic, 4" to 8" and mostly black, but wind left something to be desired.

Had some video taken which has been posted to the web in its first rough cut. Click below if you are interested in taking a look. (NOTE: Video is commercially oriented.) (recommend broadband internet connection for best viewing)


1/1/2004 Lake Pepin -Awesome

What a way to start out 2004. 8+ inches of smooth Black Ice on Lake Pepin with SE winds 15-20mph all day. Need I say more?

Used mast and sail needed

I am looking for a used DN mast and sail. Aluminum mast preffered but wood is acceptable. Sail doesn't need to be first rate.
I am in the Mpls/St. paul area and will drive quite a ways to pick up.
Dick Navratil 651-638-0793

DN Western Challenge 2004 Planning Blog

Several areas to discuss w the members...

1: Corporate status... right now we're probably an unrecorded general partnership, from a legal entity perspective... given the size of the fleet attending our western challenge event, perhaps we should consider incorporating the organization.

2: It's a royal pain to try to score boats, and my understanding is, this is thought as a good thing to do... even if we insist there are no "bragging rights" that come from this event. One thing that would simplify the process is simply registering boats that wish to sail. Capturing name, home town, sail number, etc.

storm troopers at buffalo lake

this shot looks sort-of storm trooper-ish


I had a great regatta.

My last two races put me down in the score board, but this was the first regatta that i put it all together for a couple of races and was rewarded with 14th and 15th places. The good news is that I know that i can get quite a bit more speed out of the boat. I have to work on a number of different problems.

Regatta Plans - Western Challenge

- JD will update the trophy, engraving DN Western Challenge for name, and prior winners, such as they are.

- Stephanie will append housing list & prices by noon today, forwarding for posting to this site.

- Additionally, a site for the saturday night clambake will be determined today for posting to the site.

- Dr. & JD will confirm locations of marks & starting blocks & flags prior to Friday.

- Gaps remaining: Race officer(s) of course we expect we may have to split the fleet, due huge turnout expected. If this is the case, we can split the administration... in the alternate, we'll use the "maine plan" for self officiating, using either a toss or average points awarded for the scoring competitor.

chock alignment take 2

Well i got out on the ice and put the alignment plates on my runners and eager to find out how i did in the basement..
not very good.

way off
Doctor turns to me and says, sorry dude.. Way out of alignment. (well not way, way out, but still)

Then we check out Mike's new, but older dn, and his are way closer then mine. And I tried to align mine in the shop! It's times like that, that I realize my shop skills really aren't that good...

So back to the drawing board, unglue the chocks, and realign with a better alignment method.

Surprisingly, after less then five minutes of a heat gun and a thin scraper the chock's popped right off. The epoxy had hardly stuck to the chocks. No reason not to glue when they come off that easy. A little sanding and I was good to re-epoxy.

some people are really using the site.

I love it that people are using the blogs and the site gallery. I never know how people will react to the site, but so far i think it's been really good.

It would be cool to get some of the more experienced sailors to do a couple of pages on things like, a racing tack, runner profile and alignment, modern mast tuning, driving in partial snow cover, essential gear to bring to the regatta, etc..

Another thing I'd like to do is to load up all the IDNIYRA scores in a database, then you could graph your ranking, and compare yourself to your archrival, or see your ranking over history, etc..

Swede Lake ice

I had my maiden voyage on the DN I bought from Dave Onan Friday. The ice was reasonable with 2-5 inches, only one small open spot and 10-15 MPH. Jim McDonough, Mark Christenson, Steve Kennedy and an assortment of ice boarders and one kite, made for a small crowd. The DN went together with Jim and Mark's help. Even the runners were in close alignment. Only problem after 2-3 hours was a sore neck! Not the most comfortable position, but enjoyed the speed and jibes. Looks like another great day coming with sun and wind.

"Black Ice" is ready to go

It's been two busy weeks in the basement.
I've replaced the rusty nuts and bolts on
the "B.I." boom with stainless steel, cleaned
my stainless blocks, made assembly
stands for installing runners on the ice,
repaired the sail (last week), made a new
braided sheet line (still not sure there).
Aluminum (w/insert) runners are cleaned
and sharpened, may get painted later...

glued the chocks to the plank today

I tried a couple of different methods to make sure they were parallel. I did it with the plank off of the boat. The theory is get the chocks straight and then fine tune with the runners.
we'll see.

first i had 2 48" drywall tees hooked to the outside of the chocks, and then a 5' level to line the to up. I wrapped bike inner tubes around the level and the tee.. and wha-la i had a jig.

But then after i was done i put the level on the chock fore-aft like an runner and then measured each end of the level- back through to the inside of the opposite chock's axel hole. That worked better i think. All and all it took me quite a while.

inline url link filter

that works good...

I relaunched the site.

Today I sent out emails to the previous users of I also posted a message at the idniyra bbs

The relaunch looks pretty sucessful.

We got two new users, welcome aboard icesailr, and yankeeboyc152,

One super cool picture post. Dan Clapp at 2003 ISA

And I found a boom. It happens that quick.
I think a dozen users out of seventy logged back in, not to bad.. Maybe more later, i hope i didn't alienate anybody by having the site dark for so long. At one time I think we had 30 guests..

Image gallery is going..

We can now post pictures, or I can batch load a bunch of pics. The personal gallery is a bit funky. No folders on personal gallery pages.. but that's okay.

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