Yellow Bird is a small skeeter, 16 feet long (including the spring board) and uses a DN rig and sail. Built as a 7/8 scale North Easter, she is responsive, well balanced and easy to sail. A spruce mast and fir boom carry a Shore wide range medium sail which is trimmed by Harken blocks. The ten foot airfoil shape spruce plank has nice cast aluminum chocks and oak-body tee runners with a runner carrying box and sharpening jig. The cockpit is snug and comfortable with an upholstered seat and wheel steering. Yellow Bird is in a trailer, complete and ready to sail. Located in Arrowsic, Maine. $2200.00 obo
Call Bart Chapin
C 207 841 7739
P 207 443 4116
While the CIBC didn’t manage to sign up and new members this past weekend at the Maine Boats and Harbors show, we did raise awareness of the sport and found some great networking opportunities. We have a very good lead for a more reliable spy on Moosehead Lake, and we discovered a secret stash of big stern steerers on Marancook Lake, near Great Pond in Belgrade Lakes. The folks there agreed to give us a call when Great Pond and Marancook are sailable.
The low point was when a woman asked if her child could sit in the “kayak” to have her picture taken. She wasn’t too interested when told it was actually an iceboat.
Our own Charlie Sylveius, and then later, John Stanton showed up. John reports that we have a new venue for the Fall meeting and Swap Meet, so stand by for directions. During one of the many great ice conversations my wife pointed out that “it’s only August, boys”. so we thanked her for reminding us that time is running out and we need to get right on those ice boat projects!
One of the exhibitors has an older DN for sale in Leominster, Mass. David Erickson, 978-857-8014. firstname.lastname@example.org. $400.oo
Thanks to Jim Gagnon, Curtis Rindlaub, Guy Pollyblank, Tom Nichols and Lloyd Roberts for manning the stand all weekend, and to Denis Guertin for supplying the teriffic video which ran endlessly all weekend.
The CIBC will be exhibiting iceboats at the boat show in Rockland this coming weekend. If you’re in the area please come by and say hello, and get a nice dose of thinking ice here in the depths of the off season.
Friday and Saturday 10:00-5:00, Sunday 10:00-4:00. Harbor Park, Rockland.
Looks like a bit of a project, but one never knows. Could be a gem!
See it also at www.iceboat.org in the buy and sell section. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an iceboat project down in the cool cellar at this time of year?
Anyone who has a forge and is interested in making their own creepers could copy this model from 19th century Finland. It was found in an old tenant fisherman’s cabin on a remote island. Only one was discovered, which indicates how hard life was in those days…
No velcro, no plastic, no stretchy rubber to break, just iron and leather. The addition of a heel cleat would be nice. Even with the modern styles it’s important to have the heel cleat.
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
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.
“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:”