New plank glued up...

The final (and most lengthy) part of the repairing my DN after the crash on Jan. 2nd was to build a new plank.

Light Snow

This is what is covering most of the Bay

Silver Harbour Launch Site

Launch site looking East.By enlarging the picture you can see further out past the launch site is fairly new ice, with very little snow cover.It was only about 3" in thickness,so still needed a little growing.The Temp this week are showing a real cooling trend,so building ice should not be a problem.

Amount of snow in small Harbour

This is how much Snow we got Friday night.It is about 1.5 cm easily sailable in the 10 mph winds today.Nice smooth black ice under the coating of snow.

Where I sailed today

Little harbour to the right of lauch site at Silver Harbuor.About 700 yds long by 500 yds wide.Being I was the only Ice Boat sharing the ice with a couple fisherman and a buddy of mine and given the fact it is a shawllow bay with 6" of ice made for safe sailing.Further out from Silver Harbour the Ice was very smooth with just a light covering of hoar frost.Given the fact it was only 3" thick it was probably sailable but wise by myself not to.

Sleeping Giant

Few from Silver Harbor today,looking out towards the Sleeping Giant.there istill some open water about 1.5 miles out.

Hoar Frost

This is snow on main part of Lake

Silver Harbour today

Light covering of snow looking out towards Sleeping Giant

help with runners for a Spark (Norsk Kicksled

I've a Norsk Kicksled, a Spark, with rusted runner edges. Anyone know where I might get the polyrunners I've read about OR get the blades polished? Thanks!

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Lauch Site

Enough ice at lauch site to drive on.

More pics from Silver Harbour

Silver Harbour looking North.This ice goes on for about 5 miles.

Pics from Thunder Bay

Here are a few shots from Silver Harbour today after a light dusting of snow

Blast from the past...

Checkout the Bronze fleet third-race results in the "This Day in Ice Boating History - January 13, 1992 Wisconsin State Journal" item on's home page - just twelve years later things were a little different...

Plank hardware mounting jig

One of the biggest hassles in finishing a DN is getting the plank mounting hardware in the right place (and the same place on multiple hulls and planks).

Last fall when I was moving the plank attachment from external to internal on my backup hull I decided I wanted to have all my gear interchangeable. The easiest way to do that was to make a jig that locates the holes for both the hull and plank hardware so they are correct relative to each other, and the same everywhere.

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