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#82505 Carla Byrnes

Posted by Chick Ludwig on 19 September 2014 - 04:47 AM

I talked with Carla yesterday. She is doing MUCH better. She is off of anti-biotics now and the infection is gone. She has 5 sets of plates, screws, and rods in her neck, but---this is hard to believe---she has a full range of motion!. And NO PAIN! She is able to eat normally now, and it "all comes out the way it is supposed too." She has lost a lot of weight through her ordeal. She feels good but is still very weak. Her main job now is to build up her strength and endurance to the point that she can begin physical therapy. She still has more surgery to come on her lower back. (Still pain in her lower back, That was where she was originally supposed to have the surgery until tests indicated a very dangerous situation in her neck.) This will happen, maybe, in December.

 

She is back in he office trying to get everything back on track---including Graham. Her computer went down just as she got back, and they went through a period when the phone system was "off line". Who did I just hear saying "When it rains, it pours."? Beth was a great help in getting out plans and such.

 

Carla is very thankful to all of of you for your concerns, well wishes, and prayers. She said that there were literally thousands of people, church groups, and friends praying for her, and she credits this for her recovery from a very dangerous and trying situation. Thank you to all of you. And most of all, thanks to God!




#70696 CS20 mk.2

Posted by Designer on 22 August 2012 - 09:01 PM

Here are a couple of newer pictures. We are hoping to be sailing at the messabout.Attached File  CS20 2 20.jpg   86.59KB   146 downloadsAttached File  CS20 2 tabernacle.jpg   131.12KB   139 downloads


#82135 Carla Byrnes

Posted by Designer on 04 September 2014 - 09:26 PM

Thanks again for every ones wishes and concern. Carla was released on Monday and tonight she looked the best that she has been since the surgery. She has been up and down before but if she does not slip back over the next couple of days I am confident that she will be past the worst.




#82107 Carla Byrnes

Posted by mcdermitt on 03 September 2014 - 04:35 PM

I talked with Graham this afternoon.  Carla is back in the hospital with what ever the infection is she has.  It is making it rouph on Graham.  You can tell in his voice he is worried about his wife.  He is a awfully good man to help us build our boats and take time to talk to us.  We need to pray for him as well as Carla.  When ever I go work in the boat I just stop and pray for both of them and I can not wait till I hear she is home and on the mend Stop for a moment and pray for both of them

I DO NOT THINK GRAHAM WANT TO BURDEN US WITH HIS TROUBLES BUT WHAT ARE FRIEND AND CO-WORKERS FOR.
Thanks




#81889 Carla Byrnes

Posted by Designer on 25 August 2014 - 07:13 PM

Thanks again for all of the well wishes. Since yesterday there has been quite a turn around. She is starting to eat again and able to keep it down.

 

We are quite optimistic.




#80084 Converting "Fly Fisher" into a sailboat.

Posted by Action Tiger on 08 May 2014 - 11:36 AM

I will second those Core Sound boats. Lots of boat, there.
Also, Richard, people DO build SOF sailboats. They also build sailboats from plastic bottles, and concrete.
Dave is right about a good sailboat. It makes sailing fun. So do good sails.
I have built some turds.

Don't break too many rules until you learn them fairly well.

That pointy triangle boat looks like a death trap. I'd want my buoyancy further forward.

Then again, what do I know? I never listen. Just ask my mom, or wife, or kids...


#79250 CS17 mk3 and CS20 mk3

Posted by Designer on 19 March 2014 - 08:46 PM

I have just about finished making the first CS17 mk3 kit, I made the centerboard today. I am working on final tweaking and finishing up the plans and should have them available soon. There is a lot of detail and it takes time to get it all together.

 

I have been sneaking in a few duplicate parts so that I can have one.




#78489 Epoxy Tricks

Posted by PAR on 14 February 2014 - 09:03 AM

Long boards come in various shapes, lengths and sizes, usually geared to match the job. A 1/2" plywood board is too stiff for most boats, except in large expanses of relatively flat areas. I've got a number of boards, one of my favorites is made from 1/8" Lexan. It's 4" wide, about 20" long and fairly flexible, so I can work compound curves. I have ones that are 1/8" and 1/4" plywood too and even one made from 14 gauge aluminum sheet. I buy paper on rolls and cut to length, using a spray adhesive to mount them, though you can just as easily use a clip or slot at each end, to hold the paper to the board.

 

Technique is key with a boogie board (board-'o-pain). Typically you work from one end of the area (or hull side) in a single direction, across it's full length. You select an appropriate angle, which often seems to be about 30 degrees to the centerline and stroke the board at this angle the full length of the area. All strokes are at this angle, leaving a series of angled scratches. You then come back at the opposite angle, in the other direction, netting a cross hatched pattern of scratches. The low spots will be clearly visible, not having scratches in them and the high spots will be knocked down a touch. At this point, you mark the low spots and apply a little filler in these areas. The next pass with the torture board is focused on the now filled low spots, so you can knock them down to surrounding areas. I often use a very light dusting of primer at this point to fine tune the surface and help see what needs what. Again, working a common angle, you run from one end, to the other, placing a new diagonal scratch pattern and come back on the reciprocal angle for the cross hatch pattern. Each pass will continue to knock down the high spots and reveal the lows you've missed on previous passes.

 

A pro will make three passes with the cross hatched, long board pattern. The first to find the lows, the second to knock the lows back once filled and the final pass, to even everything up. The backyard fairer, can make a career out of this process, with many passes and filling sessions. The more you work this set of steps, the fairer and smoother the hull will be. The same process is used with paint, if you want a baby's butt surface, just with finer grits, usually wet. It helps a lot to have the right lighting for this process. You can have too much light, particularly if it's directly over head. You want a low angle of light, so you can see the shadows in the low spots.

 

The biggest mistakes novices make are not using a long board, thinking a palm sander or orbital will do and over working the surface. The Harbor Freight "in line sander" linked above shouldn't be used. It will remove material at an alarming rate and it's not flexible enough to conform to curved surfaces. That particular Harbor Fright tool is a single piston design and you'll be in serious pain, with just a 1/2 hour of use. It's a real piece of crap and if you want one, get a duel action/piston design so it doesn't tear your elbows off. Try not to get aggressive with material removal, just lightly scratch the surface, so you can see what's high and what needs to be filled. On plywood hulls you'll bring the lows up to the highs for the most part, so skim coat the lows with some filler and knock these filled areas back locally at first, then with the long board passes. A jitter bug (palm sander), DA or orbital sander will not fair a surface, just smooth it. Fairing and smoothing operations are wholly different. The long board fairs. Once the surface is fair, then you can move onto smoothing operations. Fair is what you can see, while smooth is what you feel. A surface can be smooth, but quite unfair. A dent in a car door is a classic example of this. The dent can be polished and really smooth, but the light reflection will clearly show it's not fair.




#77996 CS17 mk3 and CS20 mk3

Posted by Designer on 13 January 2014 - 09:40 PM

We waved farewell to Doug today as he drove off with his new Mk3. We were happy to get her out of the shop to get a good look at her rather than being too close all of the time. I feel that she more than met my expectations and you can still see the Core Sound heritage.

 

There is decent headroom, without the trunk cabin. It is very comfortable laying back against the hull, at 5' 7" sitting as tall as I could, my head was not touching the deck. I think that a 6 footer could find a comfortable position.

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#76714 CS17 mk3 and CS20 mk3

Posted by Designer on 04 October 2013 - 08:12 PM

Rather than hijack the mk2 thread I will start a new one.

 

Chick asked that I post some pictures of the mk3.

 

I started on a cabin version of the CS17 at least 5 years ago.  I got involved in the big cat project and shelved it for a while. One night after work I was showing Alan some drawings that never made it. When we came upon the CS17 with the raised deck, Alan became excited by it's potential.

 

I cyber dusted off the oiginal drawings and imported them into Rhino and modified them a bit to fit my current thinking. Then I thought, this might work on the CS20. The CS20 mk3 was born. Here are a couple of views of her.

 

 

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#74870 Spindrift 12 Photos

Posted by Alex on 15 June 2013 - 06:13 AM

More photos.

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#74869 Spindrift 12 Photos

Posted by Alex on 15 June 2013 - 06:03 AM

More photos.

More photos.

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#69715 Princess 26 interior pictures?

Posted by Wayne Robson on 04 June 2012 - 01:59 PM

Hi folks, some pics of P26 #20 leaving the shed a few days ago after two years in the building. She now has the keel attached and I have some room to start on masts. Cheers

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#83189 CS 17 20 MPH wind and single mast

Posted by Jim Stumpf on 28 October 2014 - 06:17 PM

Third season with the boat and I have never sailed her under mizzen alone in the 3rd mast position. Works very well, what a well behaved lady this design is. Noticed a slight loss of ability to point as high as cat-ketch rigged and found I was over sheeting and causing some weather helm. Dropping off the wind a bit slacking the sheet a bit and tweaking the centerboard and she balanced right out. The video was shot earlier in the day with winds between 18-20 with the boat sailing herself as I shot cell phone video. Later in days the wind was a pretty constant 20, average speed was just about 5.5 MPH and a couple of 6.5's in a puff. Not bad for the reduced sail and very little heel, never had to jump to the rail. Enjoy the video and don't hesitate to try the single sail set up in a blow.

 

Jim

http://youtu.be/tIVk7jEcTPE

 

 




#83177 2014 Mess-about

Posted by Doug Cameron on 27 October 2014 - 07:59 PM

Designer Graham in front of an EC 22

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#82156 Marissa 18 Eco Build ~ PHOTOS~

Posted by Dale Niemann on 05 September 2014 - 10:47 AM

Mike,

Here are a few photos of 'Salty'.  See attached.

 

Hope this answers your question about the steering system.

 

I apologize for the poor quality of the port side shot.

 

dale

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#82091 Marissa 18 Eco Build ~ PHOTOS~

Posted by Mike T. on 03 September 2014 - 09:30 AM

Hi all,

 

I'm in the process of building my Marissa.  I went to Graham's shop in July and picked up the kit.  His operation is very impressive.  He's building a huge power cat and I have no idea how he plans to get it to the water.

 

My 'small' project has been going pretty good, I think.  Over the Labor Day weekend, I attached the first of the 2 bottom panels.  Graham has been very helpful when I had questions but so far, there hasn't been too much that wasn't made clear by the plans and the photos supplied.  At first, I thought I would need a step-by-step instruction book but as I study the photos and plans, I'm starting to think an instruction book would have been less helpful.  The photos that are sent when you buy the plans were chosen very carefully and are very helpful.  As the B & B website mentions, this is not an introduction to boatbuilding type project.  This is the first boat that I have built but I have quite a bit of woodworking experience.

 

As of today, I have about $6000 invested in the project.  That includes everything that I have purchased (all the wood, extra sheets of marine ply, all the glass and epoxy, etc.) including a few special tools and some hardware that I want to accommodate during the build.  I suspect I'll have $10K into it by the time it's ready for the motor and trailer.  By the time I'm on the water, $20k is what I'm thinking (50 hp Honda, galvanized trailer, hydraulic steering, etc.).  That's not including electronics and other 'options'.  I guess if you don't like making things with your own hands, you could spend another $10K and get a new fiberglass setup.  I like the idea that, although there will be other Marissas out there, this one will be unique and I'll know every inch of her.  When someone at the boat ramp asks, I can say 'I built her.'  I like that.

 

I can tell you this much.  I'm very glad that I bought the kit instead of trying to cut the wood myself.  It's not a shortage of tools in my shop but just the sheer number of parts (some quite large) that would make the prospect of cutting them seem daunting.  The other upside to the kit is that all the parts fit... the first time.  There's no scarfing necessary as the CNC machine has already taken care of all that.

 

So, I'll post from time to time with more pictures.  I'm not in a rush to complete this project so the pictures may be a little slow coming.

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#81995 CS17 mk3 hull #3 "Carlita"

Posted by Designer on 31 August 2014 - 06:43 AM

I am at the stage of personalizing and customizing. I just made an outboard well. I did not want an ugly bracket permanently on the back to foul lines for the rare times that I might use a motor.

 

The mount was made for the 2- 2.5 hp range of motors because that is plenty of power and they weigh only 27-38# and easily fit through the cockpit hatches. You can see a wedge on the transom to get the outboard leg vertical on the forward raking stern. The cutout had to be made low as the small motors do not have reverse but rotate 180 degrees and the exhaust fairing now just comfortably clears the lower transom. I tried an old 6hp Johnson which does have reverse just to compare, it will fit if raised 3/4" or the lower motor housing will hit the upper transom. All of the components weighed 4 # which is lighter than most brackets, plus it moves the weight a little bit forward.

 

I like the idea of being able to stow the motor in the cockpit locker. A motor sitting on the stern seems to be begging for someone to take it

 

With a few adjustments any reasonably sized motor should be made to work.

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#81983 New t-shirt

Posted by oldpropfan on 30 August 2014 - 04:54 PM

I like it except for the "piraty" Me. Not into the whole pirate thing myself, maybe some other options on the wording.

 

55 Lashings and stronger for it - just popped into my head, maybe with a graphic of a bare frame.

 

Al




#81262 Carla Byrnes

Posted by Designer on 22 July 2014 - 06:20 AM

I want to thank everyone for their support and well wishes. Carla got out of surgery at around 5 pm yesterday. The doctor said that everything went well. Marissa and I drove home after they moved her from the post-op to a room. She as alert and able to communicate and all of her vitals looked good. Beth is staying with her. She can come home in three to five days depending on her recovery rate.

 

The bad news is that they were originally going to repair the upper and lower spine at the same time but decided the the upper was so bad that they addressed it first and she will have to go back for a second round once they deem her to be ready. She will be convalescing for a long time.

 

Marissa is home from college and will be running the office as best as she can. I want to thank everyone in advance for their patience.