Re: Potters and high altitude
Mon, 16 Aug 1999 15:48:13 EDT

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West Wight Potter Website at URL
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In a message dated 8/16/99 12:12:41 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> Does anyone know of a higher lake with a launch ramp in North America that
> can be sailed? I'm beginning to smell some record setting fervor. Maybe we
> can set off some of those self inflating life jackets and have our own
> Macy's Day Parade.

Having been busy with the Tahoe gathering, I haven't been following this
thread too closely. One thing I haven't seen mentioned is the use of
outboards at higher altitudes. Depending on the altitude and the motor, there
are modifications that must be made. The outboard is especially a needed
piece of safety equipment due to the unpredictability of high mountain

Some motors will not even start at high altitude without re-jetting. Most
will run like poop without rejetting and possibly changing props to a
different pitch.

If anyone really cares to hear my experiences with the Tohatsu 3.5 and the
Honda 2 at 6,200 ft., I would be happy to share.

I'd venture to say there's a lot of exhausted Potter sailors out there today
after a weekend at Lake Tahoe and a long drive home. Be forewarned: As soon
as they get rest, they'll be hitting the 'puters. That's after they get a
chance to read the 40 or so postings that appeared while we were away!

Oh, yeah! Another pearl of wisdom: A lot of people asked my why Lollipop, at
over 8 years old looks so shipshape. Besides the fact that she lives in a
garage when not taking Dillon and I out on the lake, there is one other
factor I forgot to mention. When I come in after a day of sailing, I scrub
everything, the hull, the cockpit and cushions, everything top to bottom,
with Simple Green. I never let gunk dry on the boat. It's such a habit, I
don't even think about it. Sometimes that makes for a really late arrival at
home, but I know if I put it off it''s twice as hard to clean later.

It could be worse. I remember a fellow a long time ago had asked, on this
list, if it was OK to iron his sails. I'm not that much of a fanatic. I've
never felt too self conscious about sailing with wrinkled sails! Of course,
I would never sail with a wrinkled Potter Yachter burgee. Makes me shiver m'
timbers to think of the injustice.

P-15 Lollipop
N. Lake Tahoe, NV