Let me introduce myself!

Discussion in 'All Things Boats & Boating' started by BriggsMonteith, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. BriggsMonteith
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    BriggsMonteith Junior Member

    Hi my name is Briggs,
    Here's a little bit about me: as a kid I grew up sailing sunfish laser 420 y-flyer hobie 16/18 and crewing on whatever kind of big boats I could get a ride on. Later in life I've owned and sailed E-scows, Y-flyers, classic moths, snipes and a thistle. I went to boat building school in Wilmington NC. since boatbuilding school, I've done tooling at various places, been a yard carpenter at several places, I built cabinetry at a production cruisingboat builder(hated it) I've freelanced as a shipwright and a rigger also I've worked in pretty much every aspect of boat repair as well. the closest thing I've done to yacht design is modifying my moth boats (like modifying my tortured ply mistral moth to having a hard chine in the last 4 feet), more tweeking by eye and feel than by ratios and coeffecients. As for cruising boats I've owned a Westerly Centaur, Southern Cross 28, and an Alberg 30. I've recently had an interest in building a cruising multihull.

    Look forward to being part of the gang
    Briggs Monteith
     
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  2. Doug Lord
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    Doug Lord Flight Ready

    Welcome, Briggs! I had the great pleasure of crewing on an e-scow as a kid-gave me a taste of what speed under sail is really like.
    In Pensacola there was a great rivalry between the 28' E-scow and 20' Shark catamaran. At regattas like the Fiesta of Five Flags it was a little distracting when I was racing my Windmill-they were very close and the racing was exciting.
    I hope you enjoy your experience here.....
     
  3. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    Welcome. I too was a thistle owner. What a great ride. Unfortunately had to sell it (too long a story to explain) I hope you enjoythe forum.
     
  4. BriggsMonteith
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    BriggsMonteith Junior Member

    thanks for the warm welcome guys!
    Doug, the E-scow is an incredible boat, I've never sailed anything more exhilerating, I remember watching hobie 20 and an E-scow going head to head in charleston harbour during the maritime festival about 15 years ago in a portsmouth race after an olympic triangle 3 times around the hobie won by about a boat length( not bad for a 90 year old design).
    Ike, I didn't own the thistle very long because of stressed circumstances, but it was a hot molded D&M boat that I partially restored, it was the most beautifull boat that I have owned.

    Thanks again I look forward to being part of the group!
     
  5. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    Mine was also a D & M #267. I also had to restore it because the previous owner had neglected it for years. (but I got it and the trailer and two sets of sails for $300). I had it for about 5 years but sold it in California. I was facing a transfer to Wash DC and I would have had to trailer it across the country, and it was pretty fragile so I left it behind. I hope the new owner took care of it.
     
  6. dskira

    dskira Previous Member

    Hi Briggs,
    Thank you, very nice of you to introduce yourself.
    Quite a nice resume, congrat.
    Cheers
    Daniel
     
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  7. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    Hi Briggs, nice of you to be here.

    I'm afraid you have to have a psyco doc declare you insane first ! No one in his right mind spend so much time and money on anything :D and then is prepared to do it again and again - almost like you are going to live forever ;) which is a good possibility... so far so good. You do get to certain stages in life - a while back it was 'so many wiemen and so little time', then when that didn't work out it gets changed to 'so many boats so little time'. Well, at least boats doesn't talk back and it probably is a LOT cheaper :D

    Not sure if there is any 'group'. Ok there may be a few, I have my own and it's mine. No one else allowed :rolleyes:



    Please tell us everything you know. Thanks.
     
  8. BriggsMonteith
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    BriggsMonteith Junior Member

    I'm here to suck the knowledge out of you guys, as for me I'll probably just make an *** of myself.

    Thanks for the warm welcome Daniel and Fanie.

    Cheers Briggs
     
  9. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    All I know is I don't know everything. Just pretend to :D

    Daniel on the other hand, being sooo ooold already :D knows quite a bit, but pretend not to ;)
     
  10. MikeJohns
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    MikeJohns Senior Member

    Welcome aboard


    You'll have some great discussions here, just roll up your sleeves and wade in.

    Those E scows look like they would be wet at times, I'd never heard of them before.

    As for a cat, Why build 2 hulls when you can build one? :D

    cheers
     
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  11. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    You don't get empty handed out of a divorse... ? :D
     
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  12. MikeJohns
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    That's a good one :):):)
     
  13. Boatguy30
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    Boatguy30 Senior Member

    Have you started your cat? I tried to email you, but you have disabled email. I am goin got be the first Woods Vardo builder in St Augustine. I was on Romany a few months ago and generally happy with the size of the boat and I feel the Vardo will be a much better concept for a family cruiser.

    Cheers,
    Jeff
     
  14. Yobarnacle
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    Yobarnacle Senior Member holding true course

    Welcome Briggs. I started with classic Moths and eventually owned an Escow, too. Other boats along the way. Moths were great in those days. Experimental class. As I recall, 11 ft long and 100 sq ft sail qualified as Moth. Anything else goes. I had discovered a 3 page article on designing developed surfaces for plywood sheathing in a annual compendium of Motorboating and Sailing articles. Simple process. Got me started designing, building, racing Moths. Welcome
     

  15. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    Great to see old threads being resurrected!

    -Tom
     
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