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  1. 2 points
    After having fun 105 hours with building the Vardo, it was time to have another kind of fun paddling with it. It was only +3C°, but i had to try it out before winter!
  2. 1 point
    I case you haven't already been doing this - I liked to sail with the mizzen sheet cleated and the main sheet in my hand. Having the sheet in my hand allows very quick sheet adjustments and (for me, anyway) greater confidence. I wouldn't recommend sailing in wind that you don't enjoy. It's supposed to be fun and with experience you'll find that you are comfortable in more and more varied conditions. And towards that end, when you find a comfortable day with a moderate, steady breeze, play around with angles of heel. Sit up on one rail and see how close you can get the other rail to the water before you get uncomfortable. Don't go so far that you feel like you're going to roll the boat, just lay the boat over a bit. I found that my CS17 seemed to sail best when it was pretty upright but I was surprised how far I could heel the boat without bringing water over the coaming. I actually did get the coaming under water a few times without rolling the boat (and once I did roll the boat but that's a different story).
  3. 1 point
    I saw a variety of holes cut in the seat comings and decided to go for my own look. I made a paper template and decided on a look.The top of the opening follows the radius of the top of the coming. It looked goofy until that change. Then I made a template (becomes a backing plate) and taped it to again make sure it looked good. I also maybe want to put a way to put a drink holder somehow in there and tested that. I thought they looked great but was reminded how simple this probably is on a CNC machine and Alan or Graham could have done the design, looked at in a model, adjusted it if necessary and "printed" out the part in short order. But it was fun. I made a second one with a pattern bit and the router table and then gang cut the two openings on the real coming. Next I put a small radius on the two backing plates (formerly templates) and glued them on to the backside of the comings. this may not be necessary, but they stiffen things a bit and allow a bigger radius (1/4") and give a more robust (thicker) appearance to the opening. And a morning was used up. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
  4. 1 point
    Forward 2/3's of the ceilings planked, and glassed, and rough faired,
  5. 1 point
    Well until a new "sailing attributes" thread comes along I will keep on posting my sailing adventures. All comments will be appriciated and hopefully, to those who have not finished there build, the posts will add encouragement to finish by next sailing season. I'm not a big cold water enthusiast but i think we have some more good sailing days comming. The weather is forcast to improve.
  6. 1 point
    Sailing report for yesterday. The wind was 10-12 kts from the SW to start but then moved to the south. This gave a confused chop of 1 to 2 feet. I sail the very eastern end of the albemarle sound so there is a long fetch and even in light wind it is always chopy. With both sails up full it was a very pleasent sail up wind at about 4-5 kts. Looking up at the main, I noticed that my topping lift was too tight. I sheeted in the Mizzen, centered the tiller and let out the main and just like you'all said, sandy pointed into the wind, stayed there and slowly sailed backwards. This gave me plenty of time and stability to go forward and fix the problem. Back at the tiller I angled it and presto, I was sailing again. On the downwind run home she did a little surfing (not planeing). Since that was so much fun I played a little too long and and then had to make my way back up wind. This is a fun boat to sail.
  7. 1 point
    I put the Curlew in my pool to see how well she'd keep the water out. After some additional attention the seam in the stern, she was ready for "open" water. Here's a picture of her on our 14 year old minivan. And here she is where she belongs...finally in the water. It's been a long trip but totally worth it. Now I have to decide which Kudzu Craft to build for my wife!
  8. 1 point
    I will give it a try Don. I was out on our local pond today in very little wind, which gave me a chance to play at balancing the sails to maintain steerage. After years of sailing sloops I am learning new things.
  9. 1 point
    Just finished listening to it. It's 31 mins. but well worth it!
  10. 1 point
    Couple more pictures. Shows the kayak closer, so you get better idea how it looks. Deck rigging is going to get done before spring.
  11. 1 point
    Impressively straight seam for a first timer!! Impressively straight seam for a first timer!
  12. 1 point
    Thanks Alan, that is helpful. I have been considering whether we could start a thread (unless it exists somewhere) on sailing tips for the Coresound ketches. I wonder if others would find this helpful?
  13. 1 point
    "Elusive" as in difficult to achieve your awesome standard of work. I try really hard to make a well finished boat but there is no way I can approach your standard. Frankly I don't know how you do it. Very well named!
  14. 1 point
    Where I am in the Capital District, the Curtis Lumber stores carry WRC. Is there one near you? -Ben
  15. 1 point
    I just got back from looking Summer Breeze over to see if she's got a good stock of Vienna Sausages......Scratch that!!! Actually, i just wanted to see what needs to be done before our trip to the messabout. Other than lots of dust and leaves blown all over her, she's ready to go. I had pulled the cover off a couple of months ago to show her to someone and never put it back on. At least she's under the carport. I'll pull her out and give her a good bath. She's so excited that she quivered when I told her! See ya all soon!
  16. 1 point
    I got to see a few boats a the MASCF. Meesters CS15 with the Lug Rig was really a neat boat and I watched it sail really fast in the race. I took the pictures for the award ceremony and while I met most of the builders I am not sure we crossed paths. I saw Pete's CS20.3 and he was having motor troubles and decided not to launch. I'll hopefully sail on her at the messabout. Carlita was looking her fine self and the buzz around her was something. Graham and Alan did a great job as the featured speaker Saturday night and I got a lot of "wow that is what your building?" after that. All in all it was a great weekend. hopefully next year I'll have "Jazz Hands" there. The gunkhole trip to Wye Island had pretty good wind and its fun sailing in a fleet like that. As for the race, I got a new watch with a touch screen. I got it wet and it was rendered useless. So I got a really bad start in the race. My crew counted "one potato two potato" as our means of timing from the 1 minute flag. When he got to 43 the gun went off. Oops, but we had a lot of fun! I'll see many of you in a few weeks!
  17. 1 point
    With all those pretty lines and details very few will ever find that distortion you claim is there.
  18. 1 point
    One of the most sublime feelings in my life only happens on a sailboat. Picture yourself well away from land, the boat is drawing gently but steadily in a breeze, the sun warms your face and then your entire microcosm is inexorably moved up then gently let down. There is a mixture of awesome endless power and gentleness in that movement that I never get tired of experiencing yet find totally beyond any words I possess. Ocean swell. The Book says that sea can be as terrible as the face of God. But not this day - today is probably the closest I get to re-live the time of awaking consciousness back in the womb where -floating in our liquid world- danger, terror or privation had no place. Not there not yet. The silence of sails is an essential key to feeling this. Petrel is doing great. She took us on several trips and I have some pictures I would like to post
  19. 1 point
    Ok, we're coming. Road trip! Driving from Wisconsin. This 17 needs to see its ancestral roots. Planning to arrive Friday in time for the pizza. I will be hanging around until Monday, then leaving Monday afternoon or early Tuesday, probably depending on the weather. I'll be camping on the grounds Sat, Sun and poss Monday nights. My wife, Elizabeth, is making the trip down with me, then flying home early Sat, so we are in a hotel Friday night in New Bern. See you all there. --Paul
  20. 1 point
    1/4" would be my first choice and the weight of this stuff help with distortions, though it takes more heat. If you want a glass like appearance and can't invest in a huge oven, consider a male/female mold. A pain in the butt, but it does control things better. This said, I've made some pretty big ovens over the years and still have one I use for post curing. It was the other half's, but I got caught drying some oak in it one day and had to get her a new one. I pulled it apart and made a sheet metal box, wrapped with rock wool and some foam, sitting on a piece of 3/4" plywood. The two heating elements were spaced equally on the bottom and basicly the rest is the same as the stove was, (thermocouples, knobs, etc.). I have a few thermometers mounted in it and can hold temperatures quite well. This is a big deal for a single project, but the used appliance store can yield one for less than 100 bucks. Heat the oven to 350, insert the mold and plastic and keep an eye on it. It should start to "move" very quickly in an oven and if it doesn't, raise the temperature to 370. Also you might want to consider some ratchet straps, across a thin piece of plywood, to hold it flat against the mold.
  21. 1 point
    Thanks guys, a picture is emerging and I will try the suggestions. More suggestions are welcome as I would like to work out how to get the best out of the boat and still enjoy her good qualities. Having built the first of this marque in Oz there isn't anyone close by to talk it over with.
  22. 1 point
    I'll preheat to a degree, but generally I apply heat to the outside of the curve, which is in tension and needs to stretch. On small parts I use an oven, which does everything at once, but windshields I use a big torch like the one you have, start in the middle of the tightest curve and work in a spiral pattern away from it. This lets the weight of surrounding material help get the bend started and gravity can assist. I also use MAPP gas, not propane, because it's hotter. A laser temperature pointer is a handy thing, but as you get close, you'll see the plastic start to move and this is when you need to concentrate, on uniform movements and getting heat applied, in the direction you want.
  23. 1 point
    To what everyone said I'll add: Figure out how to use the VMG feature of your GPS. basically you set an upwind waypoint and beat towards it. It will show you the right speed (pointing high vs. not) to get towards the mark. Play around. I own a Sea Pearl which is also a Cat Ketch. I'm not sure how a Core Sound likes to sail, but the SP is best healed a bit to keep sails full in light wind but beyond likes to sail almost flat. I always had that "feeling" but I like measurements and this confirmed it. Fooling around with VMG has made me a much better sailor on many different boats. I also find that sailing to the wind is very effective. Again, this is not from experience on a CS, but as puffs hit I head up (never ease the sheet!) and watch my sails and keep her in the groove. But Alan will probably chime in and give advice particular to the CS. I'll be listening.
  24. 1 point
    Recognizing what your particular design can do, it one of the keys to operational successes against other boats. All boats have a "groove", learn to sail her in it and you'll do fine. Theoretical hull speed and polar plots, about how high you can actually sail are irrelevant. Technically you might be able to do this or that, but reality is you just can't concentrate long enough to maintain this, so take what you can get. Let's say your boat is able to max out at a specific speed, in a certain wind strength. Well this is great and assumes you're sailing the boat within 100% of its potential. Well, reality kicks in and the best sailors would be very proud, to maintain an average of 95% of its potential across a specific distance/time frame. Race winners are those, that can keep their boat in the groove a longer percentage of time, across the length of the race and make the least amount of mistakes. Learning what your boat likes and doesn't like in terms of speed, pointing ability, maneuverability, sail trim, etc. are all contributing factors in how long you can hold her in the groove. I used to race a buddy that was a good sailor, but tended to be sloppy in tacks. I used to beat him regularly and he couldn't understand why, until I told him "why do you think I get into a tacking duel with you on every upwind leg?". I'd get a 1/2 a second on him every time and after a dozen tacks, I'd have a 6 second lead. I knew my boat better and employed tactics to beat him, as we both had similar sail set skills.
  25. 1 point
    Paul, I've got it on good authority that VS is actually grown on a plant, so is not a meat byproduct at all. It looks kinda like a green bean plant except bigger and browner. Usually the VS grow in clumps of three "sausages" and there are two or three clumps per plant. The plants need to be fertilized with hog waste about every six weeks of the growing season. When they are soft and kinda gushy feeling, they are picked and the rotted ends cut off. Then they are soaked in salt water from hog waste ponds that have been overflowed by hurricane storm surge waters, and then immediately canned. The secret of this process was discovered by pirates way back during colonial times after a major storm had blown some of the native sausage beans into a nearby wild hog pen kept by a local Indian tribe. The pirates had been blown ashore and were searching for something to eat while they were re-floating their ship, when one of them picked up a bean that was floating past and absentmindedly popped it in his mouth. He found it YERY good! It's rumored that old Black Beard himself convinced Governor Tryon to begin canning the beans so that he, Blackbeard, could smuggle them out of the colonies to his contacts in the Caribbean. It's a little known fact that today, although sold under several separate brand names, Vienna sausages all come from two or three closely guarded secret farms that are still owned by descendants of those same Indians. And the canning plants are owned by descendants of the Tryon and Beard families To bring this back to the B and B messabout that we're SUPPOSED to be talking about, one of the reasons that the Breeze and I want to go on a mini-cruise is that I've discovered an old authentic pirate map while searching the archives of the Vienna Sausage Museum that seems to indicate the location of one of these original Indian VS bean farms not far from the Bay River. Later on after the United States came to be, a VS packing plant was built in the ruins of an old blue crab packing plant that had been built at the same spot as that particular Indian hog farm. If we can find it, we're hoping to trade our silence about the location in exchange for a lifetime supply of Vienna sausage. By now, I'm sure that some of you are asking, "Why are they called Vienna sausages? That's not an Indian name, nor does it sound like a pirate name." Well, the answer is really quite simple. At the time that Governor Tryon was beginning to try to perfect the canning of the beans, he enlisted the help from a gentleman that was visiting from Vienna. As it sometimes happens, this gentleman was a member of a famous family of food processing folks back home and was able to convey the secret of the canning process. The governor wanted to honor the man, but for obvious reasons, the gentleman didn't want his name used, so he suggested that they be named after his home town instead. And there you have it. The secret, never before revealed origins of the wonderful Vienna sausage.
  26. 1 point
    Freeboard can be a huge consideration, plus the seat rise height and distance the seat is below the rail too. I've found you just have to climb in and try various lengths, without previous builds providing a reasonable answer.
  27. 1 point
    http://hookedonwoodenboats.com/ has a great podcast from 2017 Port Townsend show with an interview with Graham. It's about 4 minutes into it, I'm sure there will be another podcast with the full interview.
  28. 1 point
    Since there wasnt any opinions on the coaming lip i went on the safe side and made it around 1/2 inch. Vardo is now ready for the paint and i put it on the scale and it weight 15.8kg (just under 35lbs).
  29. 1 point
    I can't remember when I first read Mark's thread. It has certainly helped me get an idea of what is involved with having the desire to build my own boat - the ups and downs. A few things that stand out in my mind from that build thread is the value and skill of our Designer here and the upstanding professional builders that helped Mark out. I find it interesting and helpful to read those builders insights and tips/tricks when they do post. I think the fight club thread is well worth a read as well. When I first read that Ken used dominos, all I could think about were these - hahaha Keep up the good work Ken
  30. 1 point
    More poly. I am sure if you turn the boat over, put a light inside the boat (in the dark) you will see pins holes in the fabric that are not sealed.
  31. 1 point
    Yeah they do, which is why one of mine will never build a boat . . .
  32. 1 point
    It's good to have mini-workers. They can get i to some pretty tight spaces. And they'll remember this, for sure.
  33. 1 point
    I've gotten the interior of the dinghy primed, painted, and varnished. Now I just need to finish cutting out and glassing the dagger board slot on the bottom of the hull and I can start painting the outside. It feels like the end is almost in sight. I still have over a month of summer left to finish my winter project so I'm feeling pretty good about getting to go sailing this year.
  34. 1 point
    Since my seating area and reserve buoyancy was now greatly reduced. I decided to build some removable foam seats. I had planned on adding additional seating anyways so chopping the seats was a blessing in disguise. Mmmmm lemonade not only does it quench your thirst but it keeps you humble too. I was told that using was paper with expanding foam was a terrible idea. It's true! Mmm sanding foam is sooo much fun. It doesn't create much of a mess at all. The foam seats are going to held in place by the thwart which will be bolted to the dagger board trunk. Normally the thwart is a seat for rowing but since I'm not interested in physical exertion and I wanted to preserve as much seating as possible I got a narrower board to act as the thwart. I got a board that was symmetrical fore and aft to the bulkheads. If I was a bit smarter I would have gotten an even narrower board to preserve more seating area.
  35. 1 point
    I while back I posted some photos of changes I made to the sprits for reefing. It did not work well and did not solve the problem. Note: Please do not copy that idea. It did not work. We will play around with some other ideas. But want to be sure no one tried to follow me down and dark path. Best Regards
  36. 1 point
    Don't trust neat builders any more then your would skinny cooks . . .
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