Terrapin Tales

Musings from the land and waters


Following the theme that this is a working boat, I didn’t freak out about matching in any way.  I just got the best quality, lowest price stuff I could.  There is a variety of bronze, stainless, brass, plastic…

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I had a hard time finding a small enough fiddle block for my downhaul. This one was a used acquisition.
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Mainsail. Red = outhaul/downhaul. Black = reefing lines. White = mainsheet.
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A dog collar holds the boom to the mast. Anything works though- there’s not a lot of pressure on it. The gray clam cleat (center) and black line is for reefing. Blue line on the mast is the halyard. The mast is covered with marine leather.
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This is the aft end of the CB trunk. The carabiner holds the mainsheet in place. The trigger snap is for the unballasted centerboard. If I hit something, I can release the snap and the board will float up. Quick fittings like these make it easy to rig/clean up in a hurry.
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 This is the fore end of the CB trunk. The rope leads to the top of the CB. A cam cleat holds the board up during transit or rowing.
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The Sitka spruce oars are made by Grapeview Point Boatworks. The handles are counterweighted with lead. The oars are a work of functional art. I’m neutral on the spoon blades, but Tom doesn’t make flat balde oars- he’s a spoon evangelist!
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I use an oarlock socket with a dowel and looped shock cord as a tiller keeper. The tiller will jump into the water like a crazed dog if not contained by hand or cord!
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The mostly self-tending mizzen sheet is managed by a cam cleat. I used to have it mounted in the center of the aft flotation tank, but I found that I sat on it too much (ouch). It is now to port, but is harder to reach sometimes.
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For simplicity of mizzen set up and rigging, I chose not to have a boomkin. Instead I use a spring block mounted on the rudder head. It works fine, but isn’t as effective as a boomkin in strong winds. Note the oarlock socket (just above the “d” in Row Bird) on the port gunwale. I use that for emergency steering and sculling.
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The tiller is attached to the rudder arm with simple hardware. You can make it more complex, but why?
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Mizzen downhaul (white) with black clam cleat. White/green line is the mizzen halyard which never gets used. Messy black/yellow line is a reefing system that I have abandoned (I just don’t reef the mizzen- it is useless when tiny.)