Project Roundup

One harbinger of a cold winter is a bumper crop of acorns. Another is a proliferation of ice boat building and restoration projects. Deep in an iceboater’s bones there exists an autonomous hot line to the ice-crystal weather ball. These guys just know that this will be a cold winter.

Bobby Strzelewicz, on Lake Charcoccacocomanuhauccacoccchhaubunacuncamaucc (has a man and his lake ever been better suited to one another?) is building a small skeeter that will utilize a Gambit rig.

His use of blocks and wedges to clamp the bottom edge of his side boards is very elegant.

The decks are strip planked. It is Bobby’s own design; after many sleepless nights rolling the details around in his head, he went into the garage one day and in less than a week had the fuselage built. We can’t wait to see it out there on his lake, also known as Webster.

Speaking of strip plank decks, there are a number of new Mini-Skeeters. Frank Ables’s Rolling Rock #33 was previewed here back in June. He’s just finishing up the painting and promises to send photos soon. We are building one for Jory Squibb, #46, (ICYWOOD and all the gear are for sale!) which should give Frank a run for his money. Ryan Haskell has plans for #40, but is just getting started. Mike Acebo has built two, and Brian Langley one.

Over in Plattsburgh, on Lake Champlain, Andy Sajor has saved this small skeeter from the burn pile and hopes to have it on the ice this winter. He reports that it was designed by a local guy drawing on elements of many boats and utilizing a DN rig. It’s a tad smaller than a Whizz.

The CIBC fall meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, November 6 at Dave Fortier’s in Biddeford, ME. Meeting at eleven, followed by pot luck lunch. As always, the club will provide the protein on the grill; bring salads and drinks.
The NEIYA has their meeting and Swap-Meet-that-can’t-be-beat on the Saturday 11/5 at the usual location at the Nites of Columbus Hall in Westboro, MA. All the right stuff, and all the greatest folks. Don’t miss it. And the catered lunch is only ten bucks!

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Hats & Jackets

Response for the gear has been great! We met the minimum for the jackets, and are approaching the next quantity price break for the hats. Let me know what you’d like and we’ll have them well in time for the Fall Meeting, November 6 at Dave Fortiers. As always, the NEIYA will have their meeting and swap meet the day before, Saturday, at the Nites of Columbus hall, Westboro MA.

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CIBC Branded Apparel: action item

We are gearing up to get hats and jackets with our burgee embroidered. The hats are very nice Adams, with adjustable straps in the back, and a mesh liner. I never knew why iceboaters should be wearing caps as they don’t provide much heat, but all summer it’s a great way to get the word out and start conversations and conversions. Not to mention keeping the sun out your eyes.

They will cost $14.00, and the club can keep a few on hand to give as gifts to visiting sailors, like the guy from New Zealand, for example. Or like Brett from NJ who drove all night to arrive at Moosehead first thing in the morning and sail half the day.

There are various price breaks for different quantities; the above price reflects an order of 24. Please let me know if you’d like one asap, and if there are lots of requests we can order more and drop the price a couple of bucks.

Our burgee will be in the center, with “Chickawaukee Ice Boat Club” laid out like this hat. Colors will be the same, too, unless there is a groundswell of opposition.

They also have a very nice jacket, which I have tried on. Fit is good, inside pocket, outside hand warming/zippered pockets. The breast pocket is perfect for phones or cameras. No hood, but snug collar when all zipped up. Details and sizing below. Minimum order is six, and I sure want one. Do we have five others out there?
The plan is to have the burgee on the left chest, with option for your name and number. The price for this is about $70.00. An option is to have Doug Raymond’s graphic on the back. This will bump it up to about $120.00. see below.
This is an old tee shirt, it used to belong to Stu Nelson! But many of you have this on trailers and boats. We want to keep it as part of the CIBC culture and history so putting on the back of a cool jacket would be great. It will be embroidered, not silk-screened.

We can get mugs as well, but the minimum order is 72 cups at about four bucks each. I can follow up on that if there is interest. We have settled on a white mug, the burgee, black rim and handle.

Please get back to me soon so we can get this rolling before it gets too busy with chasing ice!

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Fuselage designed and built by Dickie Saltonstall, modified for DN rig but also includes new Whizz sail with aluminum mast, boom and dedicated rigging. Pedal and wheel steering, Sarns plates, DN full size and storm sail, composite mast, nice hardware. Very strong, light and able boat, ready to go. Includes enclosed trailer.

See it sailing by in this video: Fast Piece of Furniture: sailing America’s first 15-meter ice boat – YouTube

Contact Jory Squibb: 207-236-8962 or jorybrenda Twenty-five hundred firm.

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DN For Sale

If you are a loyal follower of the CIBC then you probably already have a boat, show up for events, and sail as much as possible. But there are others out there who just need a small nudge onto the ice. We all know folks like that, and in an effort to grow the sport we all need to evangelize as much as social decorum allows. I know I’ve had more than my share of blank stares at parties when the subject of iceboating comes up. It’s not the greatest way to “break the ice”. That said, I did mange to employ a new spy for Alford Lake at a recent Democratic party fundraiser. Since Dicky left we haven’t really sailed there.

So, back to getting folks onto the ice and into a boat. Here’s a fine DN being offered by Fred Kircheis. And don’t forget that Fred Wardwell still has his old DN available.

Built in 2001 according to the “International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association” official plans.
Kenyon sail with DN number 3472. Reef points on sail.
spruce mast
ash plank
3 sets of wooden battens (light, medium, and heavy air)
Sarns Runners and slush runners.

Asking price $1,500.

Interested parties can call me (207-848-3797) or email at fred.kircheis.

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Renegade for Sale

> To all,
> My old Renegade “American Eagle” which I had sold a few years ago has come up for sale. Sadly she needs some attention, but is complete and with a suitable trailer. Some TLC and you’d have a nice boat. Contact Matt Hager at >
> Bob Strohm

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Thinking Ice, Building Masts

Down by the lake early the other morning I became fascinated by the small creatures dashing across the water. I think they’re called water spiders, and they have something that allows them to disconnect the surface tension from their little feet and just dash around as if they were late for work. As I became mezmerized, and because the water was so calm, it was easy to imaging them as us, running across the ice, pushing iceboats and having a grand time. It was clear black ice, of course, the stuff we begin dreaming of these dog days of August as the nights become cooler.

Eventually the wind picked up, scattering the spiders to who knows where, and the lake began to display sun pennies. There are many names for this effect of how small wavelets reflect the sun in a chaotic display of scattered light-shots, but we’ve always called them sun pennies. They snapped me out of my black ice reverie and I realized that on hard water we have the same display, but you only get the effect if you are moving: the pennies are frozen. In summer you just need to sit there on the dock and they do all the work; in the winter when the water is hard you gotta go get it. As long as you’re sailing fast the ice pennies dance before you in a psychedelic display.

Then we come to a tale of two masts. One, for Tom Nichols’ front seat C Skeeter and the other for one of the Whizz gang on Nantucket, also a C class. Why is one mast 20′ and the other 18’10”? The longer mast sits on the deck behind the skipper, so nearly the whole length is devoted to the luff. We back seaters need room for our heads, so the luff length is quite a bit shorter. But how is it that the Whizz steps a mast 18’10”?
Way back when, the A Skeeter gang in New Jersey was building masts in the summer, the time we all do our building and repair. The days are long and warm, the epoxy flows nicely and the livin’ is easy. So these guys took a new carbon (read black) mast outside on a sunny summer day to check the flex, and spent so much time shooting the breeze that the poor mast took on a good charge of solar gain. By the time they actually got around to bending the mast the resin had approached gel stage and when the weight was applied the mast snapped.

By some iceboat social magic the mast found its way to Steve Lamb, who planned to use the long part on his Renegade, El Diablo. But right about that time Doug Sharp gave him some bulkhead patterns for a small skeeter design that had grabbed his fancy in an old Popular Mechanics Magazine. Son James Lamb was outgrowing his DN, (usually this happens much later in life…) so Steve finished the little skeeter for him and rigged it with the broken stump of Danny Clapp’s A Skeeter mast. The usable length of that stump: 18’10”. So is born the Whizz C Skeeter, of which we now have seventeen.

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