How about a 'MN connections' catagory just for MN folks?


I just got into this sport last winter, albeit
with a VERY crude "ice boat" (note the quotes) I
bought for $100, minus mast and sail. Bought a
large windsurfer with 2 sails for $120, and gave
the board away to friends to float their lift out
of the lake in the fall and back into lake in spring.
It had 20" chain saw bars for the side runners,
which actually worked quite well, except were too
limber. So, last summer I bought a 14' Hobie Cat,
whose mast and sail I intend to adapt to a all-new
redesigned iceboat.

I'm located in NC Minnesota by Hackensack, and have
yet to encounter anyone else interested in this

Building Aluminum Boom

I need a new boom for my DN, because my wood boom is done. Any thoughts about building an Aluminum boom?

Will of NE Mpls

DN boom

I am making an aluminum boom for my DN. Other booms I've seen have alot of ability to adjust the blocks. Why is this? It seems that because the blocks on the hull are not adjustable you would set the blocks on the boom to them and be done. What am I missing?

Sell dn 60 club boat

For Sale to a good home...dn 60 club boat in great shape. has not been on the ice in 15 years. all there with sharpened steel runners, mylar sail, battens and "power" early geougeon tiller. A must see that was built in the late 60s. lots of fun. In Utica Michigan (my children are not interested) Jon Crane 248 650 8000

Extending the cockpit

I've always wanted to extend the cockpit on my DN and this year I was able to do it.

JD opened up his garage to the iceboaters. The shop is great. It's been recently insulated (thanks gang..) and JD put in a kickass heater..

Hot Dog

JD and his skeeterThis took about 5 lazy trips out to the shop, (shop night is monday & tuesday). JD was working on his new skeeter, but took time out to help me with me project.

So first step is too check the rule book, and mark the location of the new bulk head.
checking the rule book

I didn't go to the max cockpit length, because I'm not that tall, and there is DN stearing gear in the way.

dn sail wanted

I am looking for a good condition DN sail. I'm not a racer so I just need a good all around medium air sail.
Dick Navratil

'04 Nite Nationals are scheduled

The '04 Nite Nationals are scheduled for December 4th and 5th, best ice in Wisconsin/Minnesota. Final location will be posted by noon on Thursday, December 2nd. Alternate date will be the following weekend.

The '05 Nationals will be scheduled for sometime in January, but the official date has not been selected yet as we're trying not to conflict with the Northwest and/or DN worlds.

Ice Boat Swap Meets

Other than the William's Bay swap meet in November are there any other swap meets in the southern WI area? I custom make DN iceboat parts to Sarn's specs. Also have several sets of 30" steel side runners, 26" front runner, blunt nose profile available for sale. For parts list:


alumium mast sections

Newbie looking at building a DN and needs info on where to get a bare aluminum mast extrusion to fit the Sarns hardware. Is it a Dwyer section, Kenyon section etc. Where to source would be a great help as well!

JK - Madison WI

Wanted DN Mast

I'm looking for a used aluminum DN mast is good shape, I'll use for cruising not racing. E-mail:

Western Challeng Regatta


Western Challenge Regatta is scheduled for December 3,4,5. Friday is set aside for scrub racing and is almost always the best day. Racing Saturday and Sunday. We are expecting a large turn out this year so Get ready!

First ice check is friday November 26. We will post our findings here.

It's Time!

Shop is insulated furnace is operational and the Skeeter is in pieces. Thanks to the efforts of John Loomis and Pat Hutner the shop is isulated. Not a fun Job but they stuck with it until complete. The regattas are gong to happen early this year so we're getting on it. The Skeeter restoration is in full swing. When I figure out the picture posting thing I will put a couple of progress photos up. Shop is open Monday and Tuesday nights from six to ten at my house if anyone is interested in stopping by.

(phone)612 840 9855

"Trust Me" Renegade Rennovation

About a year ago (July 7, 2003) I bought a "fixer upper" Renegade. During most of the (ongoing) rennovation/restoration project I took many photos. As I upload them here, I'll try and provide a running commentary in both the blog and in this article.

Summer Projects?

Hi all,

There's a pretty active year-round builders group here in Madison:

In Jim Nordhaus' shop there are two Renegades under construction/rennovation, along with a DN modification, a slew of insert runners, and a bunch of minor repairs/upgrades. Bill Mattison and Paul Krueger are hard at work on their Skeeters, Jerry and Greg Simon are building a new Renegade, and Doug Kolner is building a new DN.

I'm curious about what off-season projects other people are working on. Post some photos!

Runner Oiling

Summer is fun, but with the onset of humid weather, I remembered over the weekend that it was time to check the runners for rustproofing. The WD40 that I have used in the past never did a very good job of protection for anything but short periods, so I decided several months ago to try something longer lasting. Grease was the first thought, but that is to messy. After cleaning three sets of steel and one set of stainless with a scouring type pad, a coat of 90 weight gear oil was applied. Well I was pleasantly surprised this past weekend to find them all rust-free and still very well coated with the heavy oil.

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