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 on: September 06, 2018, 09:26:31 AM 
Started by Bob Gray - Last post by cuatroxcuatro
Is anymore info available for this setup? I'm tring to figure this system out, an aluminum plate with a 3/4 inch recessions to accomodate the delrin balls? Having trouble finding more infor, tore my plank off the hull last year and it did a lot of damage and this system sounds effective.

cheers, Rob

 on: September 03, 2018, 08:11:20 PM 
Started by sieglege - Last post by sieglege
Wood booms in stock, ready for your hardware. E-mail for pictures or give me a shout.

George US  5250

 on: September 03, 2018, 08:07:36 PM 
Started by sieglege - Last post by sieglege
We're getting ready to start the 2018 plank builds with Ash/spruce/Ash construction.

I have several ready to go, mostly for lighter sailors and juniors. Or can build to your weight/mast type combination.

Give me a shout and I'll send you the details. Think Ice!

 on: August 11, 2018, 11:06:30 PM 
Started by Mike Barnett (DN 5507) - Last post by Mike Barnett (DN 5507)
Brand New DN Hull For Sale, $800
Hull built to Goodwin plans by experienced DN builder
Boat is beautiful and looking for someone to mount hardware and go racing this winter
Sitka construction
I was originally planning to outfit this boat, but have dialed in my current hull and don't want to take the time and money to get a second boat up and running.
Pics available on iceboat.org classifieds
Has tiller tube, front runner tube, and forestay fitting.  Needs all other hardware.
This is a deal.  Get it before it's gone.

Located in Madison, WI
Contact Mike Barnett
mike.s.barnett at gmail.com

 on: April 26, 2018, 05:05:34 PM 
Started by Daniel Hearn - Last post by Daniel Hearn
Top quality 5/4 Sitka spruce boards in approximate 20’ lengths and 6”-7” widths. Each board hand selected from a large shipment, then weighed and deflected to document density and bend characteristics.
Located in Madison, WI.  Contact Daniel Hearn at dhearnUS5352@gmail.com or 608-692-4007.

 on: March 17, 2018, 08:19:46 AM 
Started by RANDY ROGOSKI - Last post by RANDY ROGOSKI
Houghton Lake got 4 inches of snow last night! 

Snow and wind trashed Houghton. It’s 2-3” of Styrofoam snow with some drifts to 7”. Higgins lake is worse. Elk Lake which has a little less snow but won’t be sailable this weekend (March 17 & 18).

Hope for a little rain and warm, sunny days and we might get lucky next weekend.

From the ever vigilant GTIYC ice scouts.

 on: March 15, 2018, 06:58:47 PM 
Started by RANDY ROGOSKI - Last post by RANDY ROGOSKI
Snow on top of hard ice, healed drain holes, bright spring sun, pleasant temperatures, low humidity — spring sailing at its finest.

Sounds like ideal conditions for a launch site party, the kind of day where many are content the sailing not interfere too much with fun at the grill.

“Conditions look good for sailing Houghton Lake this coming weekend. It’s reported to have about 16” of ice, the old drain holes all appear to have healed up, there is about 1” of somewhat stiff snow covering most of the lake. With the sunshine and above freezing daytime temps both days it should soften up.
The wind is forecast to be 5-10 mph both days. The launch site we’ll be using is the DNR site on old 27 just north of M-55. Hope a bunch of you show up! (emphasis provided),”
said Bob Gray, DN US 65, Grand Traverse IYC at 5:10 pm March 15.

“Just got back (from Houghton Lake), hard black ice, relatively smooth , under 90% 1 inch snow, somewhat (like Styrofoam), but boats would sail nicely.” This remark was reported Wednesday evening by Skip Stauber of GTIYC, who sails the yellow bubble-boat Skeeter named Rush.

Sunshine is in the forecast Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is now 12 hours of day light, the sun will soften the snow and vaporize it, even if the temperature is below freezing during the day.

Overnight low temperature forecast at Houghton Lake is low 20s.

The temperature high for those days will push or exceed 40 degrees. Daytime humidity should fluctuate around 50 percent. Low humidity keeps melting ice firm; it sublimates directly to water vapor. The benefit of snow cover is that it insolates the ice from the sun’s ultraviolet energy, reflecting it rather than absorbing it. The sun weakens black ice as it drills pin holes, a process known as honeycombing.

Our local ice contact at Houghton Lake provided a general description similar to Bob Gray’s summary of Houghton Lake’s ice. This ice scout, a newspaper reporter and ice fisherman, shared his first hand observations with me made from the DNR launch on the eastern side of the lake, where there is plenty of ice at the launch. That launch is on the way to Roscommon County airport from Prudenville. Gray did not say he was at our usual west launch, but with the overnight low temperatures lately, I concur that that is the place to launch

Bob Gray is a retired military aviator then airline captain who also likely consults an aviation weather web site. The aviation site I surf forecasts wind maximums of 6 mph Saturday, and 8 mph Sunday.

My view is safe ice, ready access, and beautiful spring weather make a gamble on the wind a good bet.

Randy Rogoski, DN US 4192,
A past Central Region rear commodore

 on: March 15, 2018, 07:43:41 AM 
Started by DN 5449 - Last post by DN 5449
Don,t put your gear away yet,Canada is a vast land with still a lot of Winter left.Heck I have iceboated into May on some years.We are still planing on putting on the Canadian DN Championship.Ice scouters will be out in earnest trying to find ice,there is still 30" of it here in ThunderBay just waiting to be exposed.So be on notice for further announcements.

 on: March 08, 2018, 06:09:20 AM 
Started by US5430 - Last post by US5430
Although you may be ready for a Regatta,  once again the ice is not. The Centrals remain under postponement.

Bill Cutting

 on: March 07, 2018, 05:35:23 PM 
Started by Bob Gray - Last post by keukaflyer
Thanks for sharing Eric.

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