Four New DN’s In The World

After a big push at the end this afternoon, we managed to complete one boat: plank, chocks and all, ready to go except for paint. Number two is just a day away from about the same. Number three went out the door with wet glue from putting down the last section of deck, and number four just needs decks and hardware. It was an amazing group. Everyone pitched in to help where needed, offering guidance to those a few steps behind.

For all of them it was the first time using a table saw, band saw, router, and for some, the cordless drill. Happy to report all eighty fingers are still intact. At least one of the boats will continue to be worked on; the fate of the others is unknown. This course might be offered again next year, but MIT can’t just start stockpiling un-finished DN’s. Keep your eyes out next year at the Swap Meet for some bargains…

All the engineers loved looking at the bob-stay.

Maria and Thatcher setting up to fasten the stud plates.

Squaring up the plank.

Let’s go sailing again!

Speaking of which, how far will we need to drive in the near future to find ice? Snow and crap forecast everywhere. No word from Ramblin Roger, but Roger, if you read this, know that we will follow you anywhere at this point so go get it!

Lastly, if we do ever get a chance to sail again, take along these wise words sent in by Bobby Able:


Many of us have yet to see any ice this season and we are
all eager to get out there as soon as possible. Due the the
late start you will probably not be alone. I found this from
someone who obviously is wise and experienced.
These are not my words. They really gave this some thought.
Thank you, whom ever wrote down these words.


Just some thoughts on etiquette and safety for this up
coming season. Pass it around, let’s have fun.

1. When I get to the launch site, I’ll unload everything
quickly, without lots of chatting with other folks.

2. If there’s someone else unloading, I’ll offer to help
with boats, since sometimes two people can sometimes
get two boats on the ice faster than they can set up
one boat each.

3. As soon as I’m done unloading, I’ll move my car away
from the launch point/ramp/whatever. THEN I’ll finish
assembling the boat(s). I’ll do this even if I’m one
of the first people at the site.

4. If I see someone who looks new to the ice, I’ll
introduce myself, and mention our club, even if it
means I’ll spend a few minutes less on the ice myself.

5. I’ll ask others about hazards before I hoist my sail.

6. I’ll pause for a moment each time I sail to think
about the risks, about safety, about who’s on the
ice and how safely they seem to handle their boats, etc.

7. I’ll stay “two mistakes away” from danger — my mistake
and the other guy’s.

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