Boat Show

The CIBC has been invited to display at the Maine Boats and Harbors Show in Rockland this weekend. Anyone interested in helping to man the booth and set up a few iceboats, please call me @975-6980.

Andy Hudson has a trailer for sale in Cornwall, NY:

I have a great condition trailer which can hold up to 4 lasers, or 8 optis, or even a bunch of DN’s on the way out west. It was made by Triad Trailers. I replaced the hubs and tires when I rejuvenated it a few years ago. The 6 inch tubes can hold the spars, with additional room on the tube hooks. The hooks could probably accommodate 8 inch tubes. The plywood “floor” makes loading the top laser easy. 15″ tires make the ride smooth. $1000.oo <Andrew.Hudson>

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A “CHEAPSCOOTER” ?

Since Cheapskate sailors are not showing any interest in converting to soft water sailing in my unused Sunfish hull I wonder if the hull can be put to better use.

I have vivid memory of my only ride on a Long Island Scooter, one long laugh. The Sunfish hull is very similar to a scooter hull, just smaller. Al it needs is angle iron runners screwed, or even pop riveted to the bottom, two or three each side. Steering would be by weight shifting and sheeting. No messing around with pesky shrouds or runners, easy crossing of wide pressure ridges. There might be an amusing learning curve.

Comments from scooter skippers appreciated.

Lloyd Roberts

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Cheapskate Water Conversion

I have a vintage Alcort Sunfish hull ready to sail with dagger board and rudder. Why wait for ice when you can do the wet stuff now. Call Lloyd at 207 596-2095.

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Pursuit Of Ice

Reflecting on the world this Independence Day, these words feel well connected to the individualist spirit of iceboating and our relentless winter pursuit: on long drives down unknown highways, into small towns with remote lakes and on icy launch ramps, then to pursue the wind, the marks and each other. These pursuits nearly always capture a rich dollop of happiness.

“On July 4, 1776, “The pursuit of happiness…”  became part of the United States Declaration of Independence, a watershed moment in American history.

What an odd sentiment to have included with “life” and “liberty,” the other two things that the Declaration declared essential.

In the world as we mostly know it, the pursuit of money or power, status or even love are closer to what most of us view as essential, based on how we spend our time and energy. But happiness? What might that be?

It is said that it is the journey, not the destination, which is most important in our lives. I have always thought that this was Jefferson’s view, and that his “pursuit of happiness” was a salute to the power of deciding how we invest that most precious of commodities…our time.  

Embedded in the “pursuit of happiness” is the obligation to decide what to pursue. One of the revelations of aging is that people really don’t care what you do. They have their own happiness to pursue. 

The lesson is that living one’s life based on the perceived judgments of others is a mug’s game…one that you can’t win. And making no decision, simply following the line of least resistance, is not the thing that pursuit of happiness has offered you as an American.

In our troubled world, pursuing happiness may seem to be a sybaritic indulgence. Still, Jefferson was more of an Epicurean, which instructs that pleasure is the greatest good, but defines pleasure as something akin to a wise moderation in all things and a dutiful sense of responsibility. The Declaration might have guaranteed “the pursuit of pleasure” by this definition. As a moderate Epicurean who had a good sense of the deep strain of Puritanism in his country, he wisely saw that this would have been a step too far.

The pursuit of happiness. As we mull these words from the 18th century and how they might apply to the lives we live in 2017, it may be useful to calculate whether we are, in fact, pursuing happiness. The perennial yearning toward self-improvement, losing 20 pounds, increasing our net worth…is that the pursuit of happiness?

Is turning away from the pain and trouble of the world, in a sense, pursuing the happiness of distracting oneself and simply not thinking about it?

Is walking out of the house on a clear night, looking up at the sky and trying to identify the visible constellations the pursuit of happiness?

Perhaps that star-gazing is closest to what Jefferson had in mind.

The message of the Declaration of Independence would seem to be that, along with the incredible gift of being alive and living in a nation that is still one with genuine liberty, comes the obligation to savor the sweetness of life. Not to gorge on empty calories and fall for the rhetoric of fear and anger, but to roll one’s tongue around the joy of being able to savor life.”

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40″ Plate Runners

We are doing a run of 440c 1/4″ x 4 x 40″ plate runners, less stiffeners, and have ordered a few extra pairs. The finished plates will be heat treated to Rc 57, and Blanchard ground flat. All the holes will be drilled, the edge beveled and the profile cut out. It will be up to you to add rocker to the edge and make the stiffeners.

These are a different set just back from the surface grinder, but just give an idea of what to expect. The profile will be a bit more “modern”, and there will be a larger hole for the pivot bolt. The steel is on it’s way to the machinist for drilling and shaping, and we hope to have them done by some time in August. Estimated cost is $800.00 per pair.

The idea is twofold. There will be about as much cutting length on the ice as a 36″ insert, but with the long nose it will take bumps and cracks better, and will be much easier when crossing pressure ridges. They are heavier than inserts which, aside from the carrying down to the ice, is generally a good thing out there on the end of the plank. Write me at hilltop@midcoast.com. First come first serve!

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Iceboating Speed Record

Iceboaters are a curious lot. We tend to be a bit embarrassed by the question of how fast iceboats go. We don’t want to brag, yet we know that the speed is fairly spectacular. Then again, we’re not really in it for the speed. Racers want to get around the course sailing high and fast upwind, and deep and fast downwind. Cruisers want to drag race the boat next to them, but soon get distracted by the allure of a distant point, secluded cove or short tacking narrows.
But every now and then along comes someone with the drive to push the limit. We had Richard Jenkins with Greenbird, which was very impressive but ultimately not successful. There are unlikely fables of gaff rigged stern steerers dragging their bulk through the air at over 100 mph. And now along comes Stefan Dalberg from Alberta with his unique vision.
ICEBOAT SPONSOR KIT Non-Print Ready (dragged).pdf
The whole story is here:
ICEBOAT SPONSOR KIT Non-Print Ready.pdf
As with all high tech endeavors, we can hope that some high tech crumbs trickle down to improve the lot of the common sailor.

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News

Bill Bunting brought to our attention that this excellent video shot by Frank Henault on Damariscotta last winter was not easily accessed on the web site. It’s there now, and is just the thing to cure the blues on those long hot days of summer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?

The America’s Cup trials are under way in Bermuda. The competition is very tight, the broadcast graphics amazing, and it’s just like watching a match race of relatively slow iceboats. In spite of the tame thirty to forty mph speeds it is still thrilling, with whiplash inducing g-force rounding the windward mark and a drag race reach to the finish for the final leg. The boat design has become fairly uniform throughout the fleet, but the Kiwis have introduced what might be game changing innovation. The guys who crank the hydraulic pumps that power the winches on that boat are down low pedaling, instead of up high cranking with their arms. The aerodynamic benefit is obvious just by looking at the profile, and the extra power from the legs may prove to be significant. That said, they were beat by the Japanese yesterday…See it on NBCSN.

The Four Lakes Iceboat Club website has been made over to a wordpress format, just like ours. It now allows you to receive post to your e-mail inbox. This site is hands down the best: history, stuff for sale, breaking news and links to the entire iceboating world. Thanks Deb, for all you do, done with grace and style! www.iceboat.org

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