For Sale: Nite # 396

For Sale: Nite #396; dark green hull, Sitka mast, “Slocum” plank, two sails w/ battens, tapered mainsheet, runners, mooring cover, mast bag, plank bag, cockpit cushions. $4,700.
Contact Mike Bloom at(612)598-3800 or

Clear Lake Iowa ice conditions?

Looking at sailing on Clear Lake this weekend.
LaCrosse WI area is snowed over.
Any reports will be appreciated.


DN 4056

Syracuse Lake, Syracuse Indiana (12/22/04) - Dated for Spammers!

Just checked Syracuse Lake, 3rd day since freeze.
2-1/2" of mirror smooth, clear, NO SNOW, ice.
Cold temp tonight should bring ice up to specs.
Looking for nearby iceboaters to sail with soon,
before the s-stuff messes things up. Skimmer skates
are razor-sharp-ready, though frame paint went bad.
"Wet Paint" DN (aka "Black Ice" last season) has:
New paint, updated sail, softer plank & springy front chock.
Refinished wooden mast w/ new stainless collar,
reworked boom w/ new jaws. All new blocks last season.
Braided mainsheet still in good shape. Let's Sail!
Happy Holidays! (Seed Ice Crystals: * * * * * * *)

The Narrows

Two questions for anyone who might know:
Is there ever passable ice under the Narrows Bridge? If so, any idea what the clearance is?

I suspect there might be too much water circulation there to allow thick ice, but I was just wondering if moving from Upper to Lower Lake Minnetonka was possible without breaking down the boats.

Michigan NITE sailors

We are attempting to put together a data base of all Michigan NITE owners. If you are one, or know of one, please forward as much contact information as posible to

Corey Hughes, NITE 341

Nites, Sunday (the 26th) , Minnetonka?

Sunday's forecast is temps in the 30's, and no Vikings game. Looking for some racing. Spring Park Bay is great, but can set up anywhere. Who's in?

Nite 559

Tonka Ice

I just got off the ice. Sailed out in front of Excelsior Bay, Guidions Bay along Tonka bay and Greenwood. Very smooth hard ice. Very clear. Some shallow drifts along the shorelines. Ice is a good 4"-6" thick.
Sailed Wayzata Bay yesterday, it was good but not nearly as smooth as near Excelsior. Also, the drifts in Wayzata are very dense. Other than my cousin and his Nite I didn't see any other boats out yesterday or today.

cut-off date for entry forms to '05 worlds


copied from the IDNIYRA bbs.

Posted by: Paul Goodwin on November 30, 2004 at 12:57:16:

The cut-off date for entry forms (without penalty) is December 31, 2004.

You can get the Notice of Race and Entry Forms for the
Worlds and North Americans on the IDNIYRA-NA website:

Wanted: Used DN runners and Chocks

Looking for some runners and chocks for a DN....


Looking for a cheap but solid DN for my first ice boat.

Located on Harrisons Bay, Lake Minnetonka

you can contact me at:



DN-Sunday Series Spring Park, MN

FUN, ICE & Wind on Sunday! 6 DN'S sailed from noon till dusk. Ample sailing area & ice is smooth from shore to shore.


Ice in Madison, finally...

Speed at Dusk
We finally got some sailable ice here in Madison. For now, it's tiny lake Wingra, but some of the larger lakes have also frozen and we're hoping for good sailing later this week and next weekend. (scroll to the "December 18, 2004" posting).


Geoff S.

Minnesota Ice

I drove from Fergus Falls to Minneapolis this afternoon...

We have abundant ice in Minnesota... there's no snow along I 94 from Minneapolis to Fergus...probably one lake for each iceboat in the state are perfect right now.


Well... How was Swede Lake you lucky bastards?

Wind looked nice. How was the ice?


I am new to iceboating and I would like some info pertaining to adjusting the mast rake according to different wind conditions. I have an older wood mast and I would also like to know if this mast should be more virtical then a whip or more set back.
Thanks for your help.

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