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Old Aug 21, 2010, 03:10 PM
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Old Aug 21, 2010, 04:39 PM
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Yesterday I found that the inflatable tire on my launching cart had packed up. I have also found that it is nearly impossible for me to get the Surprise back on the cart when trying to retrieve the ship if the cart did not float up under the ship. So trying to find a wheel that would not go flat yet float proved to be a bit of a challenge.

I finally found something that works! I got this from Tractor Supply but I am sure others carry a similar tire and wheel. It does not require air but it is filled with some sort of inner material that still allows the thing to float. The solid rubber tire types are nothing more than round rocks with holes in them, these work.
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 07:21 AM
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Fleet Sail 4

The fourth outing is coming up early next week. Arriving in port in Eden Prairie Minnesota for the event will be Beneteaus' Pictou, DanLs' Syren and Paratroopers' Surprise, in the picture from the first sail in 2008.
Joining this year is another 1/24th scale schooner rig by Paul O.
Guns are loaded and matches are lit....
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 07:31 AM
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The decks of Surprise are rigged for action and we have beat to quarters. The guns are loaded and primed so all we have to do now is maneuver to get the wily Syren in range.

The grappling hooks are ready.

Captain Raymbo
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Old Sep 22, 2010, 09:29 AM
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Yesterday I found that the inflatable tire on my launching cart had packed up. I have also found that it is nearly impossible for me to get the Surprise back on the cart when trying to retrieve the ship if the cart did not float up under the ship. So trying to find a wheel that would not go flat yet float proved to be a bit of a challenge.

I finally found something that works! I got this from Tractor Supply but I am sure others carry a similar tire and wheel. It does not require air but it is filled with some sort of inner material that still allows the thing to float. The solid rubber tire types are nothing more than round rocks with holes in them, these work.
If you slime your inflatable tires they will not go flat. Use about 1/3 of the tires volume with slime.
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Old Sep 25, 2010, 10:57 AM
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i finally got the courage to browse around here, and i'm totally blown away with the depth of knowledge and immaculate craftsmanship displayed.....my legs are now shaking as i go back, even more humbled, to hopefully finishing my project....driven only by desire, and shamefully, little else.....thanks for the inspiration....................................vic
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 08:01 PM
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Fleet Sail 28 September 2010

The fleet met at Staring Lake in Bloomington MN today and we have a few photos to post, but the video won't get made and posted until we return home and have time to make it.

The Day was spent trying to maneuver into position to attack Syren but the wily captain kept running away. Action was broken off in the late afternoon but attempts will be made again tomorrow to gain the advantage over this wily captain and give him grief.

Captain Don of the Pictow
Captain Dan of the Syren
Captain Raymbo of the Surprise
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 08:36 PM
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Looks like a great day sailing.
Give my best to all.
Wish I was there to join in the action but that will have to wait till after I get the Fair American going.
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 09:26 PM
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Jeff--we are looking forward to meeting you again and hopefully you'll have Fair American off the ways and in the water. G'day to you mate.
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 01:57 AM
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as allways i`m green with envy and really sorry i can`t be there and part of this awesome fleet
Seems you guys had perfect conditions, decent wind and relatively calm seas! Wondering how they perform relative to each other, in therms of speed on each point of sailing and weatherliness.
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 07:40 AM
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bomber -
Before Capt. Raymbo "fabricates" his answer, I'd would say that the Surprise is faster - she can put up alot of sail. But I think the brig is definitely more maneuverable. And yesterday, with the sail we had up and in 3-5 mph winds, though Surprise still generally faster, Syren was a bit faster at times. And remember, HMS Medway DID eventually catch Syren....
Both models very handle well and can take some pretty heavy weather.
Sail selection and sailing skill are big factors.

Though I don't believe the number, A GPS on Syren once clocked her at 12mph.

Bottom line, the SC&H hull/keel/sail plann configurations are really sweet.

We are really having a great time with these models.
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 02:38 PM
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damn... you make it really hard NOT to call Philipp and order one
Do you have Royals at all Dan ? And some more stays'ls seems that Syren could have carried some more canvas with that British ship on her heels
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 05:09 PM
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Fleet sail

Whoa... winds today were 8-15 early, then a bit calmer but still really variable and gusty. Not characteristic for this lake. But we all got out and exchanged some broadsides.
Some video and pics will be posted by Ray, but a real bummer: Ray unfrtunately got the camera a bit damp. Well, a lot damp.....
Here are a couple of pics my wife got though.
We had Ray (Paratrooper) with Surprise, Don (beneteau) with Pictou, Paul O.
(no-internet-for-me-Paul) with his totally scratch schooner and DanL with Syren - a small 1/24 scale fleet.
Sorry I don't have some more good sailing pictures.
And, Oh yeah, Surprise really kicked butt on Syren (NOT).

Bomber - a drawing in a book by Samuel Leech (Thirty Years From Home, or A Voice From The Main Deck), an actual sailor on Syren when she was captured by the HMS Medway, shows Syren desparately running from Medway, but showing no royals. I have made royals, but since I made them, winds haven't been light enough to use them. Have considered a flying jib and other main staysails, but she's already complex and sassy enough.
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Old Oct 01, 2010, 12:37 PM
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.............and we all had a real good time! These fleet sails over the last three years have been lots of fun. Kudos to Ray for initiating these events and traveling over to our neighborhood to sail with us! Never imagined that I would be in for so much pleasure when I ordered this SC&H kit. These ships are amazing! Having a group together on the water like this is great! The chase and gun action was cool - Can't wait for the video...

Took some pix - Wish I had more good ones, but running the ships, avoiding collisions, and taking pix at the same time is tricky. Paul's new white schooner was so dang fast, I never did get a picture of it running! That schooner is totally scratch built, fiberglas hull and all. Check those scratch brass fittings!
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