Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pilot House Door handles

From Peter S. Reich. 
"Teddy Bear"  LNVT37 #15

Moved sailboat out of garage and brought in Teddy Bear parts to varnish.  Inside of pilot house doors need to be stripped. One set of door handles came right off and other backed off 1/4" and then stuck hard.  Didn't want to pry and risk damaging wood and came up with following idea.  Tied one handle to my vise, other handle to come along.  Cranked it tight as I dared.  One light tap of hammer and BANG, they were apart!  Easy and no damage.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Northwest Winter Dinner

The NW Winter Dinner was a great time for LNVT owners to get together.  fabulous food and great friends, what could be better?   
A special thank to Randy and Yvonne, Hiaqua 37VT03, who hosted this year's event.  [photos from Lou Steplock, Pet Tug 37VT66]. 
In addition to some really fabulous food, we had in attendance the following:

Bruce and Margrit (ex-Equinox
Bill & Macy (Lady)
Tom & Janis (Thistle Dew)
Debbie & Lou (Pet Tug)
Ken & Pat (Polar Mist)
Joe & Laurie (ex-Hiaqua)
Randy & Yvonne (new Hiaqua)
Mike & Julie (Wally)
Dale & Diane (Brigadoon)
Jose (Carolina)
Alice (ex-Guinea Rider)
Craig (C'est Si Bon)
Mike & Barb (Raven)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 Canadian Lockage Permits

Seasonal Lockage Permit for Canada – Free for 2017!

To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, the 2017 Seasonal Lockage Permit is free! It allows passage through lock systems on all of Parks Canada's national historic canals throughout the entire 2017 navigation season.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

John William 37VT68: Running AC ducting

From John Mackie

The AC duct is going from under liquor cabinet to fwd port corner of galley under the corner cabinet. I had to remove the stove, the stainless heat shield and the gasket material underneath and then cut out the plywood bottom of the stove cubby hole.  I made a template for my trim router to cut a 7 in hole for the insulated hose and screwed it to the bulkheads to gain access to the unused storage areas. These needed to be close to the hull to allow room for the 30 in the drawer under the stove. 

As you can see from the pictures big people shouldn't own small boats. It took 6 hrs to remove everything and 30 minutes to cut the 2 holes, 5 ft arms would really help. Tomorrow if I can move I will start putting everything back again and then I can start on the hose running aft.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Another Jim Backus design

This boat in Indiantown was recently spotted  by Heidi and Ken Maitland, Victorious 37VT26.  The owner told them about the designer connection to LNVTs -- She was designed by Jim Backus who was the naval architect and designer of the 37' and 49' LNVT.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017 NW Rendezvous

Barb Lawrence, Raven 37VT04, is heading up the PNW Rendezvous.  She reports that it will take place July 14 to 23.  We'll  start out in Kingston and end up near Bellingham. Stops are at Holmes Harbor, Coupeville, maybe Anacortes, and Bellingham.  We're looking at adding a San Juan destination too.  Possibly Sucia or Lopez.

  There are a couple of boats talking about starting the 13th in Poulsbo to ease the journey from the South.  Kind of a pre-rendezvous Rendezvous.

  In a few weeks we'll have everything firmed up and the information posted on

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Victorious 37VT26 Spotted in Naples, FL

Victorious spotted yesterday by John Howell, Nellie D. 37VT63, on the municipal moorings in Naples, FL.