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Old 07-19-2016, 10:08 PM   #3541
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Why would anybody w even ultra basic skills need a grapple to make a landing. Most of the time it's almost as easy as point her at the float and cut power w a tiny bit of judgement and it's done. The bull rail even makes it easier yet. Tie anywhere and stepping onto the float is easier too as the bull rail makes like a stepping stool. Baugh ... The grapple is just a make a buck gadget for those w/o skills to make something really useful.
Al, just motor up to the float and tie one on!

Re the FB Al that's OK but I ain't putt'in it back on for you. You can have the open carry too.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:30 PM   #3542
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Here are photos of an interesting boat I spyed back about 10-years ago in San Pedro.

Never took a super close look at it but I thought it looked pretty clean.

The name may be Frank K.

Perhaps its already been posted here or someone knows of the boat???
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:17 AM   #3543
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Quote:Here are photos of an interesting boat I spyed back about 10-years ago in San Pedro.


Up here in Alaska, these are recognized as 'Cannery Tenders' wonderful sea kindly coats. Not so many left but those that remain are being taken care of in reasonably levels.





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Old 07-20-2016, 01:27 AM   #3544
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[QUOTE=Nomad Willy;462117]Why would anybody w even ultra basic skills need a grapple to make a landing. Most of the time it's almost as easy as point her at the float and cut power w a tiny bit of judgement and it's done. The bull rail even makes it easier yet. Tie anywhere and stepping onto the float is easier too as the bull rail makes like a stepping stool. Baugh ... The grapple is just a make a buck gadget for those w/o skills to make something really useful.
Al, just motor up to the float and tie one on! {quote}

Well Eric, I suppose given the challenge, I can single screw, no thrusters, handle a boat as well as any,yet, if I have an advantage that proves to be, then a sensible person would take it. I don't employ the grapple on every occasion, only those that address unique landings or spacing issues. If those make me w/o skills, so be it.
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I've never seen a grapple used for docking, but sounds like a great idea! A heavy rubber coated with dull points can grab a cleat, especially for those of us who are bad at lassoing.
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I've never seen a grapple used for docking, but sounds like a great idea! A heavy rubber coated with dull points can grab a cleat, especially for those of us who are bad at lassoing.

Not to bead a dead horse The grapple works with dock 'Bull Rails' not so much where cleats are involved. As past post have indicated, Bull Rails are common to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
This is not to say that given a finger float application with the opposite side unoccupied, would present a use of a grapple.
There are grapples on the market as you describe. other posters have posted pictures of same.
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:10 PM   #3547
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I can grapple that Al.
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Old 07-21-2016, 09:00 AM   #3548
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ɡrapəl/
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1. 1.
engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons; wrestle.
"passersby grappled with the man after the knife attack"
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I was hvy weight Greco "Grappler" in my younger days! Guess grabbing a bull rail with a grapple fits in there some where!


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Old 07-22-2016, 10:05 PM   #3549
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Saw a few interesting boats in the past few days. The first is a boat I saw going through the Locks with us about two weeks ago. Couldn't get a shot of it then, but saw it yesterday in a small marina next to Fisherman's Terminal. It looks much better than my picture. Don't know what it is, but it was a really nice looking boat.

The second was a small boat tied up at the Pacific Shipyard in Ballard. A very beautifully made little wooden boat. BTW-if you are ever in SEattle, stop by Pacific Shipyard, it is an amazingly cool place. The owner collects old business signs, so the whole place is covered with old signs from businesses long gone in the Ballard area. Plus, the people there are really nice.

The third? Everybody here say to keep the water outside the boat.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:50 PM   #3551
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At the float plane dock in Ganges this afternoon, as I was picking up my daughter and Grandkids, there was an interesting boat; 1971 DeFever 54, wood construction, lots of brightwork and nicely kept. I didn't think to take a picture then, but found this on Yachworld: 1972 DeFever Offshore Pilothouse Trawler Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
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Here are photos of an interesting boat I spyed back about 10-years ago in San Pedro.

Never took a super close look at it but I thought it looked pretty clean.

The name may be Frank K.

Perhaps its already been posted here or someone knows of the boat???
This tender looks familiar and is much the style of PNW and AK boats. Very nice, house looks rebuilt as this is a pretty old boat. Hull style is from the early 1900's, at least pre war WWII.
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:46 AM   #3553
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Why would anybody w even ultra basic skills need a grapple to make a landing. Most of the time it's almost as easy as point her at the float and cut power w a tiny bit of judgement and it's done. The bull rail even makes it easier yet. Tie anywhere...
Ahh, if only it were that easy. With my freeboard, I can't reach a bull rail. Just how would someone standing on deck, arms 7 or 8 feet above the water, thread a line through a bull rail down on a float 1 foot or less off the surface?

Even with my ultra basic skills, I can (usually) stop the boat where I need to. That's not the problem. Once stopped, the wind and/or current takes over. Unless those forces are 100% in my favor, someone needs to get at least one line over, fast, or we start drifting away.

I'm not saying I'd want to be tossing an iron hook around a marina. Just that I hate bull rails.
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Old 07-23-2016, 08:26 AM   #3554
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Saw this interesting boat today at the marina fuel dock. I had never seen a cruising " Shanty Boat " , the owners built it three years ago and are cruising down the Tennessee river from Knoxville headed for the Ohio river.
Marty if they dock at your marina you will see some very interesting wood work.
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...."Forget the Mekong…get whatever rig you want and stay on any of the many rivers in Thailand…I just sold a raft I lived on for four years on the Mae Klong River (think up and down from Kanchanaburi (Kwae Yai, Kwae Noi))…loved it, miss it…needed the dough or I'd still be there…many photos at:

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Art a Greco grappler is one that consumes great quantities of ouzo.
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Art a Greco grappler is one that consumes great quantities of ouzo.
Two best moves one of my Greco Wrestling coaches taught me:

1. On the matt: The "sit out" for getting away from initial bottom position!!!

2. At the table: The "push away" for reaching weight before a match!!

3. In general: The "walk away" for when too much "ouzo" (or other imbibes) are in play!

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Well now, that just looks all sorts of pleasant.
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Taken in English Bay yesterday.
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Old 07-23-2016, 03:14 PM   #3559
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not for me!!

on the ways next to me in Sointula
extra flotation and bow thruster??? but the tube is empty

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After all this silly stuff Ted this is a VERY interesting boat .. or should I say modification.

That thing probably acts like a bulbous bow lengthening the boat wave permitting higher speeds. Requiring more power to be sure. Do you know this boat and know if it was specifically for trim or is it one man's bulbous bow?

This looks like a marine railway ... not a grid .. Right?
Perhaps I should come up and paint my hull?
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