Browsing Archive: December, 2009

Just the Sea and Me

Posted by James Maxwell on Thursday, December 31, 2009,
Someone recently made a comment to me that sailing between far flung points on Flathead lake alone might get lonely. And that is exactly the point. To be alone and commune with nature and reflect on the moment at hand. It's just that I happen to be on the water when I do it. On the other side I can find fellowship and community while doing the same thing.
If I told people I was planning on hiking the Bob Marshall or the Appalachian Trail the looks might not be as bad. But I tell them I'm saili...
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Cruising Rudder

Posted by James Maxwell on Wednesday, December 23, 2009,
The S/V Wawona will be constructed with two rudders. A beaching rudder, the type found in the plans and a cruising rudder designed after the one found on R.M.S. Titanic. It was said that the design came from the sailing ships of old and I have always liked the look of it. The worst that can happen is the rudder won't work and I'll turn it into a conversation piece. For short jaunts and general sailing the beaching rudder will be used. But for longer transits it will be switched with the cruis...
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A Symbolic Gesture

Posted by James Maxwell on Thursday, December 17, 2009,
    I've been reading off and on Small Craft Advisory by Louis D. Rubin, Jr. It is the tale of his quest for his perfect wooden boat. It's a great read and I highly recommend it. He has some excellent points on the difference between those that own a powerboat and those that own a sail boat. If you want to really get the full meaning of this, buy the book, but as he boils it down, "Sailing is not merely a kind of boating; it is a stance, a face with which to meet the world, an attitude toward...
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Site Work

Posted by James Maxwell on Monday, December 14, 2009,
Just reworking and updating the site. I've corresponded with Andy Linn who has built a Harley 8 and was kind enough to share some more insights. I think his most telling comment was "It has taken me a while, but I have discovered that boats need to be of some size to be practical. Too small and you are just a hole in the water - and it takes a lot of power to move that hole." Good thing we're not trying to be practical here! But in all seriousness this flight of fancy of mine is to simply bui...
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Because I Like the Word Sloop!

Posted by James Maxwell on Saturday, December 12, 2009,
So I've started referring to S/V Dauntless as a Microsloop. I'm not sure if that's techincaly correct but I like to say I own a sloop abeit a small one. Tonight I've been drinking cocoa, listing to music of the sea, and drawing the fleet. Different textures, fixtures and sail layouts. I stopped at two on Dauntless. I think I've nailed it. She'll carry a bowsprit and Jib forward and some sort of yet to be determined cabin. The colors chosen are those of the former White Star Line. Dark hull, r...
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The Slow Sailing Manifesto (From The Firth of Forth by Sail and Oar)

Posted by James Maxwell on Friday, December 11, 2009,

This is the kind of sailing I’m looking forward to. When I’ve finished Slow Boatbuilding…

Whatever your craft, whether a rowing boat, or a luxury yacht, it’s your realationship with your boat and the sea that matters. Regardless of length, price and equipment, your craft isn’t just another of your many possesions but rather an agreeable travelling companion with whom you can learn about the sea and, more importantly, about yourself.

Spend time aboard your craft even if it’s ...


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Design Considerations

Posted by James Maxwell on Friday, December 11, 2009,
As I sit her, scouring the internet for clues on how to build this boat, a few things strike me. It's a wide open field. Yes the plans for the Harley 8 are very detailed and straight forward but what if I want to do something different? No one is saying I can't. For instance I'm thinking of building the boat with a jig as opposed to true stitch and glue. I'll still use the fore and aft rig for the mainsail but I think I need to add a jib. Not only does it look better but it will provide more ...
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Welcome!

Posted by James Maxwell on Thursday, December 10, 2009,
This will serve as a place to update the world at large of the progress of the IP&NCo. as we work on the mighty fleet of the IP&NCo. If things of interest in the microyachting community come up, we'll post them here as well. Happy Sailing!

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Voyages Taken and Yet To Be


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