Crash Test Dummy

Crash Test Dummy

The Spaight Street Syndicate and Russell Aviation collaboration begin the testing phase of their new powered kick-sleds.

Previously: “Get On Your Bad Motor Kicksled and Ride

Much to the displeasure of the Director of Product Development, Jeff Russell, the marketing team showed up in the lab to take glamour photos, even before any product testing was conducted. Seizing the opportunity, Russell lured the unsuspecting Director of Marketing, Daniel Hearn, into a test dummy role. “Looks great, doesn’t she,“ crowed Russell. “Sure does,” Hearn replied, “can’t wait to give her a go.” “It’s your lucky day,” exclaimed Russell, with a twinkle in his eyes!

 

There being no other gas handy, the sled was filled with high octane aviation fuel. “She might go just a little faster than usual, but I’m sure a stud like you can handle it,” he assured Hearn. Moments later, Hearn was flying down the test track unable to control the speed with no throttle yet installed. Russell claimed it was on back order. And the 20-tooth front sprocket may have generated a bit too much speed. “You should audition for next Jackass movie,” Russell suggested.

 

Today, with a 10-tooth front sprocket installed and standard fuel in the tank, the sled designer was ready for a spin.

You’ll want one.

Distraction of the Day: Sail Repair

Distraction of the Day: Sail Repair

Let’s watch an old sail being repaired at the Hardanger fartøyvernsenter in Western Norway for MATHILDE, a fishing boat, built in 1884. The same techniques were probably used to make and repair the sails on the stern-steerers pictured below. William Bernard kept a rental fleet of iceboats on Lake Mendota. Imagine that!
Tip of the Helmet: Ann Gratton

William Bernard’s fleet of rental stern steerer iceboats on Lake Mendota c.1895

Fat Lady Continues Social Isolation

Fat Lady Continues Social Isolation


The Fat Lady who sings of ice-break up has not been heard in parts of Montana and the Maritimes in Canada.

Via Doug Gaudet from the Maritime Ice Boating Facebook Group:
I’m not sailing but the Nites, with Peter McLaine, Angus Orford and Scott Stewart are still ripping Stanhope Bay apart. Here’s a couple of pic’s of the Nites and the three boys at rest . Pictures are by Alex Bruce.

 

In Montana, John Eisenlohr and friends have been sailing Lake Mary Ronan and applying rigorous standards to maintain social distancing.

 

Distraction of the Day: Lake Monona 6 Years Ago Today

Distraction of the Day: Lake Monona 6 Years Ago Today

DN iceboats line up to race on Lake Monona on March 29, 2014.     Photo: Tim Stanton.

It’s been over 20 years since iceboat.org went online.  Time to take a look a back through our own archives starting with Lake Monona 6 years ago.

March 29, 2014
Spring Sailing Continues

The DNs and Renegades were able to race on Lake Monona on Saturday on what looks to be pretty decent ice. Tim Stanton was there and took some more excellent photos from his RC drone

March 27, 2020: Classic Skeeter

March 27, 2020: Classic Skeeter

This classic ice boat is ready for the ice next season with no additional gear required. The racing hull is 20′ 3″ long; the runner plank is 15′ long; the mast is 20′ 3″ long. The trailer, which is included in this very low price is 23′ 7″ long with all required lighting in working condition. Also included are, of course, three runners in a refurbished box, boom, two sails, new main sheet, all stays, new chocks, seat & back cushions and all necessary trailer tie down straps. Both foot and hand steering options are included on this boat. This sale won’t last long at this price so please contact me as soon as possible before someone else steals it away from you. Located in Green Lake, WI, additional photos are readily available if requested.
This complete ready for the ice package can be yours for only $2,200.00.
Todd@pinnacleplumbing1.com

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