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Nicholas Gideonse's Night Heron, Yankee #151, Dorena Lake, Cottage Grove, Oregon  
   

September 22, 2011. Nicholas Gideonse checked in with Night Heron, formerly Emily Jones' Riant (click here to go to her page). Pending receipt of pictures of Night Heron from Nicholas we'll borrow a couple that Emily sent us. Below is Nicholas' email (minor edits)

Ron:
Love the website. I have fond memories of Old Lyme from ~1972 when a dear aunt and uncle lived there. Yankee #151, ex-Riant, is now named "Night Heron", and she is now sailed only on Dorena Lake, Cottage Grove, Oregon - although I live in Portland still.

That's Catalina Island on the dinette/chart table, how "Yankee" (California) of her! I use a 30lb thrust trolling motor now as she is no longer running through those Columbia river currents; I have a four stroke Yamaha 4 hp I'll save for future San Juans sailing, but 6-8hp would be smarter. What do ocean goers carry for power? Webmaster Note: Check out Jerry Horan's setup http://dolphin24.org/210.html

I'll try to get you a fresher picture with Oregon Doug Fir woodlands in the background. She's in fine, if simple shape. I could use advice for a newer larger headsail; a local sailmaker can help. My "lapper" is fresh, but my "genoa" (maybe 120%?) is not. And what's the best rigid swim ladder set up? Webmaster Note: Good question for a Forum discussion - especially for a boat without a stern rail. This is Marionette's set up http://dolphin24.org/marionette_cruising551x.html

We sleep out on her a few weekends a year, my teenage son has had up to six kids sleep over!

Last question: Did a 62 year old lady ever sail one around the world solo? Webmaster Note: Not that I know of - but if she did, we want this story!!

Nick Gideonse

Webmaster responded by referencing links above - here's a summary

Nick

Re larger genoa - local conditions dictate. Here on Long Island Sound we can have light breezes so I have found a 170 to be a good sail to have. My workhorse is a fairly heavy 140. I like my basic, moveable swim ladder - see linked picture. Its fairly long and hooks over toe rail, and is easy to move, like when you are in the water scrubbing the waterline. Re motors - I am in the light motor, store below when sailing, camp. The heavy, permanently installed in the well, motors are great for convenience and power - but negatively affect sailing performance - its all about compromises. Where did you pick up the 62 yr old lady story?

Ron

 

 

 
   
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