Iceboats for sale in Maine

Bill Anderson has a couple of boats he’d
like to see back on the ice:

Older model DN iceboat for sale; includes hull, plank, mast, boom, sail & bag, runners & box; located in Casco, ME & available for review July 15 thru August 1st at this location. $1000. Easy way to get out onto the ice!

CoolCat iceboat for sail; Sitka spruce mast, fiberglass fuselage, sail, boom, plank, runners & box & trailer. $5000.
Mast has a fiberglass repair at the top; one small hole in sail has been repaired.
Boat is available for review in Casco, ME. Please call 513 374-6405 with any questions; thanks, Bill Anderson

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C Skeeter Plans now Available

Pat Heppart has finished drafting details of his awesome boat DRIFTR, and has put the plans out there for one and all. All he wants in return is a good race! The one we built here in Maine last year is all set to go, and Mike Acebo is nearing completion on another.

Gretchen Dorian photo.

Pat says:

“It seems like many people have asked me for plans for my current iceboat, which has been kind of partially drawn up for a few years. So I have finally taken the time to fully detail out the entire boat. The goal of this is NOT to profess any sort of iceboating wisdom, just simply to try to get more people interested in building and continue enthusiasm for the sport. It ended up being 29 pages on 11 x 17 paper. The plans and building guide are now posted in a public folder on Google Drive per the link below. You should be able to download the files with the link below; if you have trouble let me know. The plans are in PDF format as well as AutoCAD format. The AutoCAD format can be viewed and printed with a free viewer program downloadable from Autodesk. Enjoy:”

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Sideboards and Steering

On those days when the tide’s not right for catching clams, Bryce is making good headway on his Whizz. It’s tempting when she’s all framed up to go ahead and start the planking but it really pays to do all the inside work first.

Fitting the springboard and checking the run of the steering cables.

Check out this nifty little cut-off tool, with a guide. He used it to slot the aluminum steering tube.

The flange bases will get wood pads and the 1/8″ plate will connect to the steering cables with small cable clamps. A chain saw file makes a nice groove in the top edge of that plate for the cable to rest in. You don’t want to make these wood foot pedal pads too large because sometimes you want to scoot your feet down behind the pedals right to the bulkhead, like when you’re on a long, cold, windy run so your head is a low as possible to reduce wind chill and windage. It also helps if you’re trying to keep the other guy from passing you. In that position the wheel is in just the right place for steering, the sheet is cleated, you’re out of the wind and life is good.

And now the planking begins. An iceboat all framed up is a beautiful thing and a joy to behold, but time marches on. In less than a week the days begin to get shorter, and we all know what that means!

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Peter McGowan Remembers His First Time

You might have already seen this on the NEIYA site, but it’s really good, so read it again! We’ve all been there. Thanks, Peter, for taking the time to put this together. Very inspiring.

New post on New England Ice Yacht Association

Peter McGowan Remembers His First Time

by Commodore James “T” Thieler DN US 5224

Good article by rookie DNer Peter McGowan here- have a read and get pysched for fall!

First Time Experiences of Iceboat Racing

First Time Experiences of Iceboat Racing

Peter Mcgowan heads to the DN North Americans in Charlevoix, Michigan

James “T” Thieler

12 Channing St.

Newport, RI 02840

401 258 6230


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Whizz Building

Michel Frechette of Magog is coming along very well on his new Whizz. He wanted to feel the bounce, so set it up in the driveway on his DN plank.

The rakish nose block is a nice touch.

And just to double check the fit we’ll try it in the shop as well. Note the rugged strongback, as well as the pencil sharpener; always a sign of a good craftsman.

And now that the boat is off the strongback we can lay up the springboard with about an inch of crown.. The runner plank can’t be far behind.
Steve Duhamel is now making a bow chock specifically for the Whizz, but which will work beautifully on any small skeeter. The main difference is the longer arms, which make for easier steering, without the quickness that the DN spec chock causes. And it comes with a two inch long shaft, which means you don’t need to build a skyscraper on the end of your springboard to accommodate to long DN shaft.

Forty degrees and drizzle here in Maine today, with the scent of wood smoke on the breeze. A fine day to Think Ice!

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Whizz #21

Bernard Lavoie is making great progress on the first of two boat he plans to have ready for next season. He loaded the drawings into a CAD program, and judging by the fairness of his fuselage it was worth the effort.

He’ll have a little fancy footwork to get the side planks to fair into the stern block, but it is certainly is a nice trim little stern. Notice the temporary spreaders just forward of the second bulkhead. These will hold the stringers straight until the deck and bottom are on. Without them, there would be a bulge there caused by bending the stringers around that second bulkhead and pulling them into the stern block.

Isn’t great to have all these peeks into other people’s building spaces? It helps create a universality among those who build stuff. Workshops of the world, Unite!

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Some New Whizz

Bryce Geele, not far from the shore of Damariscotta Lake, is making good progress on his new Whizz, sail number 21. After winning the Cheapskate Championship he has set his sights on a greater challenge. The CIBC did not manage to get in the Whizz Regatta this past season, but we’ll be sure to hold it next year.

In Magog, Quebec Bernard Lavoie and Michel Frechette have started building Whizz #23, 23 and 24. Magog is at the north end of Lake Memphramagog, so you can count on sailing there next season. The Whizz is such a versatile iceboat. Light and easy to set up, fast in a wide variety of conditions, comfortable for days of long touring or hard racing, and it looks good. It’s no wonder the class is taking off.

For those guys who have been sailing the Whizz for a while, please plan on traveling to the ISA next year. Do it for the sport. That event wasn’t held this past season either, which means it’s guaranteed for next season. Would the Renegade fleet accept a challenge from the Whizz fleet? Let’s find out!

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