Time flies. After my first sail in a ice boat, I had and exprience like never before. Speed, excelleration, G's in the turns and O yes hiking ( in a Renigade ) I had never sailed anything before. As a gear head, all this without using a lot of gas, no blown motors or tranmissions. I gotta have one of these.
Dave Fogg gave me a set of DN 60 plans and away I go, but shortly discovered the Gougeon Brothers plans and epoxy. Learned soom wood working skills. Metal Fabrication and the New England Ice Yachting association. This was around 1978 for the first Hull and home built hardware.
The reason for all this reflection is that Northwind Iceboating established in the 1991/1992 season has been at it for 25 years.
Things that were pretty much standard for years changed as the Europeans came over with own style of hardware. It was lighter but metric. There have been so many DN's built with Sarns hardware in the states that any new/ Euro style hardware would have to be compatable with existing hardware in the event there was damage. Bernd Ziger introduced me to this style hardware as he was using it on a hull that he was building at the Composite Solutions Shop around 2001ish . The steering chock alone was 1.5 lighter than the Sarns low profile. Trying to build minimum weight hull for racing made this a big deal. Fast forward to today and half of all harware I make is custom to the skippers thought process. Still have the hardware I got from Bernd.
Just and FYI. On this web site on the top of the page if you click on the TYPE box it breaks the boat down in sections. Hull, mast,boom ect. many more items than if you just scan the item list that pops up when you log on.
NEW Camber style 1D Power Gold Sails in Stock. Limited supply.
New this season is hull hardware for the Whizz. Currently NW has made up parts based on what Steve Lamb has developed and used on the hulls he has built. All parts are available please check price list under catagories. The whiz hardware can be used on other larger Hull and planks.
Stainless Steel 3x3" Double Arm Steering chock with 4 3/4" shaft for standard 3 7/8"steering bushing assebly.
Steering wheel mount with chain sprocket. Uses steering wheel from Jegg's Catolog, I will add part number soon.
Chain and steering cables for above steering wheel mount. Custom lengths
Sheet line clamp assembly that uses a peddle to clamp the sheet line, freeing hands to steer and aid in one hand sheeting.
Hull to plank brackets
Heavy duty plank stud plates for above hull brackets
Whisker stays, custom lengths. mounting tangs: front are side stay tangs and plank are s/s straps with 5//16" plank bolt and 1/4" whisker stay clevis pin.
Picture upon request, In the process of adding new section for the Whizz parts in Web site price list.
US Postal service shipping Via flat rate Priority Mail Service worked very well over the last Season. Anything that fits in the small, med. and large box ships at set rates. You can log on to the US postal service web site and get the actual shipping cost to Canada and Europe. Tracking is available with this service and based on European shipments, most arrived in 7 to 10 business days or less. Process for customs is a lot easier as packages are delivered to homes or businesses that are serviced by local post offices.
Shipping through UPS is still available on all domestic shipments. FYI shipping to businesses is still cheaper than a residence.
All credit card payments are now accepted through PayPal. You can use any credit card you want to make payments for products or service. In the past NWIB has only used Visa/Master Card. Now you can use them all. PayPal has also made payments from Canada and Europe easier. Example: You would receive a invoice from PayPal referancing disscussed NWIB products or service. Use your preffered credit card, you do not need a PayPal account. PayPal has made payments easier as it takes care of all the exchange rates. A no brainer.
Check out my milled polished pre-bent stainless steel angles. 90 degree plain and with steps milled into the edge. 100 degree available if the stock allows that much material to be machined off. Different batches of materials thicknesses dictate when 100 degree angles can be produced.
Stainless steel single or double arm steering chocks. Lighter than Sarns, can be had with press nut option. Two steering ratio's on single arm. Euro/fast and NWIB standard ratio. Race version comes with hollow 11/16" shaft
Sliding mast step. Change mast post location with out wrenches quickly.
Stainless steel Euro style steering post, (US spec) Provides lower ratchet block mounting location and positive tiller support. No more 1/4" pin to work out of steering post.
Alternate hull to plank Two stud hull plates. Allows 5.5" of travel. Take the rock out of the plank.
Helps skate alignment as plank rock effects toe in and toe out of blades.
Two stud plank plates for the above hull mounting plates. same bolt patten as Sarns. You can Swap out your existing plates and use your existing Sarns hull plates in the rear position.
Limited supply of 9" Super Chocks milled for CSI/Kent style blade stiffeners, with press nut, flat head screw & allen wrench.
Carbon chock stiffeners for CSI/Kent style chocks.
Areo side stay adjusters
Some of the above items are not currently on the price list but will be shortly. Call 781-724-0648 for more details.