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17' Lofland Picnic Sailboat

Feb 20, 2020
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Lofland Picnic 17' Lake Lanier, GA
Hey everyone! - SO glad this thread has recent posts!!! I'm one of the few and proud team of co-owners of this unique and RARE sailboat - so HELLO to my fellow owners!!!
@Geosailor Hey! Welcome to the exclusive club!
I'll be able to get you some photos and measurements of the tiller assembly this weekend, when I go back to my boat .
Rvharvey.com has dimensions for the original sails.
 
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May 6, 2020
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Lofland 17 Picnic Palatka, FL - St. Johns River
Welcome @Geosailor glad you found the thread and that we have more knowledge to go with these boats, I believe my Jib and tiller are both original, but I’m currently away sailing, once I’m back in a few weeks I’ll try to send some measurements for them. Unfortunately I can’t load the photos you posted due to poor cell service, do you currently have a jib?
That would be great! - whenever you can share. The boat I bought did not come with a jib and has no furling hardware. I believe the mast is original so there is a halyard and pulley/block that can be used for a jib. I have purchased 3 different jibs on eBay over the years that were affordable for me. One is very small (from a Hobie 16 I believe) and 2 are medium sized. One of them has the correct Luff (from bow to mast pulley), but I think it has a shorter foot than original - as the sail does not extend past the side-stay when up. Hoping to go out this weekend - will get more pics of everything to share.
 
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Mar 4, 2020
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Catalina C 30 4292 Vancouver
Haha still alive! Nyssa is looking fantastic! Sorry mate I must have missed your last couple posts! But congrats on the progress. Catalina is coming along well, was working on it out of a marina for a month then hauled it out for a bottom job which turned into 5 weeks on the hard, pulled the inboard, new transducer, new water system, new head, the list goes on and on. But today is our 3rd day out on the water, we’ve gone 46 miles and seen a tiny bit of what B.C.’s coast has to offer, we’re just waiting for a few more parts and we’ll be on our way to princess Louisa inlet (a marine park). Unfortunately the picnic has been moved to the back burner for now, but I’m sure throughout the summer I’ll get that new rigging sorted and ready to go sailing!
 
Feb 20, 2020
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Lofland Picnic 17' Lake Lanier, GA
Haha still alive! Nyssa is looking fantastic! Sorry mate I must have missed your last couple posts! But congrats on the progress. Catalina is coming along well, was working on it out of a marina for a month then hauled it out for a bottom job which turned into 5 weeks on the hard, pulled the inboard, new transducer, new water system, new head, the list goes on and on. But today is our 3rd day out on the water, we’ve gone 46 miles and seen a tiny bit of what B.C.’s coast has to offer, we’re just waiting for a few more parts and we’ll be on our way to princess Louisa inlet (a marine park). Unfortunately the picnic has been moved to the back burner for now, but I’m sure throughout the summer I’ll get that new rigging sorted and ready to go sailing!
@smkinna that sounds amazing. Can't wait to see some pics of the adventure and new boat.
Now that there's 3 of us in this picnic group, maybe we can all plan on doing the Florida 120 run next year. It's a group that takes an annual coastal cruise in pocket yachts!
 
Jul 4, 2020
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Lofland 17 picnic lofland aurora
Hi Lofland 17 club.

I bought my lofland for 500.00 3 yrs ago and had to redo the cabin. The boat was stored nose down and filled with water rotted out the bed only. Looked like carpet was glued all over. Ran through a harbor freight grinder to the cabin to remove much of it. Next acetone to get the the fine stuff left over. Hull on my boat seemed very thin before grinding. I added 1 layer of chop strand.

Then got hit by a jet ski in cherry creek dam aurora Co 2018. The one layer of cop strand acted like a thin liner. It pulled away from the hull but kept the water out. Back to the 2ND grinder and a respirator mask. I repaired hole and added 3 layers of chop-strand inside after re grinding down the inside of the hull. I used a laser line and placed tabs along hull at the bed level Made a frame with cedar down center and Y cross supports to the bulkhead. I used the left over gel coat to repaint the inside of the cabin. I found that with just a little sanding of the gelcoat you can repair the fiberglass over it. You can not do that with paint.

Next I found ADVANTEC PERFORMS.COM Flooring tongue and grove . This is stiffer and more water proof then marine plywood. I put a sample piece in hot boiling water and let it cool for 8 hrs. It swelled 1/16 in but kept all of it's strength.

FYI- the lofland 17 only needs one sheet of wood to do the cabin. This is tongue and grove. It took days to think out the best way to do this. I made card board template held togtther with wing nut blots pushed through to help with adjustments . The front 3 feet was a triangle and and side parts like a H-bottom then removed a v center for lift out storage. The v center on the bulkhead was cut out at a angle so that it can not fall through .To hold down the 3 front parts only 3 screws are needed. all the tongue and grove matchup. The cuts at the hull were cut out at an angle to match the hull. I added foam play mats to cabin in the same shape as the wood so you can lift out the V, and Velcro lights.

Flotation in this boat was due to the front cabin being a air tight bed and two side foam floats behind the seats. I had to add flotation because my bed now is not air tight. Also added sand in the front bilge for stability. I made a new fiberglass top for the cabin. It came out almost perfect. Did the boat come with a fiberglass top? I also made a deck top deck cover from fiberglass. Haven't shined that up yet, you can stand on the thing. The only thing now is to make is a fiberglass door with air vents.

If anyone needs a better description or photos contact me.

Now for a few photos inside cabin before, my anchor, my horn form a vacation in St Lucia, inside cabin after.

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Feb 20, 2020
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Lofland Picnic 17' Lake Lanier, GA
Hi Lofland 17 club.

I bought my lofland for 500.00 3 yrs ago and had to redo the cabin.
Nice job on the rebuild. Looks great.
I went a bit more complicated on my cabin rebuild, with a hideaway stove and head.
Still not quite finished yet; as you can see the toilet.
I'm also going to be incorporating some raised cabinetry along the hull walls for things like canned foods, toilet paper, etc, etc.
And a 7" TV/Radio in the middle where the cabin slopes down, and adding a shelf to span the rest of the width.
 

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Jul 4, 2020
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Wow! I like your seats and the fridge. I need to work on mine. My toilet is a 5gl bucket with a foam seat and 13 galbags to toss out. Never had to use it but but can if needed. Did you cut down the bulkhead ? Its kinda a pain to have it a different height then the bed. My hatch is about 36in by 38 in I have not found a good way to attach my home made fiberglass hatch.
I Want to be able to lift it up and k eep it open.

No going out Saturday because it will reach 98deg and no wind but I am going to work on the boat.
See ya
 
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Working on mount fot mini kota 55lds thrust. For the port side of the transom. Just Got to say I need to patent My two t designs as I have not seen a good way to mount across a1.75 inch transom that has a lip. You think Kota would have come up with a matching ridged plate to mount with that you can cut down to fit your trasum. So that the Motor wont twist off at speed. Dam, it
 
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Lofland Picnic 17' Lake Lanier, GA
Working on mount fot mini kota 55lds thrust. For the port side of the transom. Just Got to say I need to patent My two t designs as I have not seen a good way to mount across a1.75 inch transom that has a lip. You think Kota would have come up with a matching ridged plate to mount with that you can cut down to fit your trasum. So that the Motor wont twist off at speed. Dam, it
There are transom mounted motor mounts you can buy for a trolling motor. They're generally just a plastic square shaped u-plate you mount up to the transom