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  1. Mike, Make the top flush and let the bottom hang over. The reason is because we are anal. The transom rakes and the keel centerline rises making the bottom joint an obtuse angle. We intended for you to bevel the bottom overhang after it is glued together for a closer fit requiring less epoxy in the joint. We could have made those pieces to the exact height of the transom and just let you to fill that large gap with epoxy. The end product will be the same either way but we cannot help ourselves.
  2. Steve, I put my stern eyes as far outboard on the transom as I could and fairly high up. I also angled them to try to make them less likely to snarl. With my boomkin it never happens but I did get one mizzen sheet foul around the prop while out yesterday.
  3. Dave, it cleans up okay. I put mine down with Awlgrip which is easy to clean anyway because nothing much penetrates the coating. I will have to look at the container to check the brand name. The soft sand rubber that Paul found looks like it. We found the sprinkle on the wet paint, sweep off the excess before top coat method gave the neatest results. Another point in favor of masking the nonskid into smaller areas is that if you tear up one section or have to make a repair or alteration, you do not have to repaint the whole deck.
  4. Dave is right. You definitely need non skid in the cockpit. When it is wet, which is often it will be lethal. One slip and you will pay for it. You do not need aggressive non skid. The paint stores sell non skid powder which is micro spheres. Some have three grades, the medium is about right and is comfortable and will give a positive grip and is comfortable with bare feet and to kneel on. Once I tried rubber grindings from a tire re-treader. After it was sieved and sprinkled into the paint and painted over I had excellent non skid. Like most "great ideas" there was one issue. They only make tires out of black rubber and after a while I had black spots showing through the paint. The year before last while at the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic there was a vendor selling granulated white rubber for non skid. When I showed excitement and told him of my many non skid adventures he asked me for my card.. I do not know if he felt sorry for me or he hoped I would recommend it but he sent me enough for Carlita. I really love it, I think that it is the best yet. It looks good, is comfortable and very positive and is holding up so far and no black spots.
  5. Hi Drew, Alan has sailed out to Cape Lookout for the weekend, so I will answer your question. His wife asked if they could go sailing for the weekend, he dutifully obliged. He took the CS17 Southbound, the one that Ken built. My Grand daughter Marissa came home for Easter from College and I am under orders to take her out on Carlita this afternoon. I measure horizontally 20 1/2" from the aft side of bulkhead 4 to the middle of the eyestrap. It measures 37 1/4 back to the next one.
  6. Carlita’s Ocracoke cruise Part 2 I forgot to post this. I chose the south side of the Portsmouth pier to go ashore in the morning. The tide was fairly high and drove the bow onto the shore and tied a bow line to a piling. In case the south west wind got up before I returned I put out a stern anchor to make sure that the boat could not get blown on to the pier. I got the bike out of the port hatch and put on my knapsack loaded with water, sunblock and insect repellent. There was not a sole to be seen as I worked my way through town, trying to imagine what it must have been like when about 700 people lived here. By my best guestimate the land was no more than 3’ above the water in the creek as I crossed over a wooden bridge. It must have been horrifying to be here in a hurricane as I have seen the water rise 8 ½ feet in Vandemere only 35 miles away. The last two residents, elderly ladies left the island in 1972 after the last male died. Now a National Park, the Rangers have done a great job of preserving Portsmouth. All of the buildings are in good condition and the grounds are well groomed. As I was leaving I saw a Ranger some distance away, we never communicated. The expected south westerly had not yet arrived so I ran the motor at a brisk idle to give me a little over three knots which was fast enough as I picked my around the shoals. Once clear of the shoals a hint of wind appeared from the south east. With the sails up wing and wing we just had steerage. I must have had about 50 dolphin sightings that morning as they came over to investigate the boat. Unfortunately our wake is barely perceptible at three knots and they soon left. Life must have been boring that morning in dolphin land as they or others kept coming back. Just after noon I decided to go below for lunch and get out of the sun for a while as we were barely moving. I noticed that the GPS was showing .8 and then 1.2 knots on course. I looked out and by happenstance everything was trimmed just right and by the time I finished a slow lunch we doing three knots. The course started going north of track so I went out and adjusted left. Before long I had to adjust a lot left as the sea breeze started to fill in. I went back down below to dodge some more sun as the boat continued to sail itself. In the quiet conditions I could hear a propeller from a long way off. The only prop sound that heard was from a schooner that passed more than a mile across the bow. I was hoping to get across the Sound that day but as the wind continued to freshen it became obvious that I could do that easily. The PCS phosphate barge got to the mouth of the Bay River just before me. Other than those two vessels and a crabber sighted earlier in the day we were completely alone. As I did not need to be home until tomorrow I considered anchoring up in Bonner Bay but with the forecast of a front coming through in the morning with thunder storms, having a good wind I decided to press on. The wind was right at the “should I reef now point”, as it did not increase I decided to carry on but occasionally had the rail under. As the Bay River turns left at Vandemere the last four miles were hard in the wind, conditions were so good the miles flew by. I got to our dock before dark and I could see that Alan and Nat had gone home. I did not need to be home until tomorrow and not wanting the cruise to end I put the anchor down off of our own dock and spent the night on board. We covered about 80 miles on the trip and about the only thing that could have improved it would have been to have someone to share it with or to have more time spend at each anchorage and do more exploring. The good news is that I have my perfect little cruising boat that is set up just as I want it and it is ready for my next window of opportunity. I used the motor much more than I am accustomed to but it allowed me to push my horizon further than I could without it. The purist could have waited for wind or rowed a couple of miles but most people have jobs or family to get back to.
  7. Hi Rob, It is good to hear from you again and that you are still active with the boat. You must have sailed a lot of miles in her by now. I think that water ballast would be still helpful. As you pointed out, testing with sand bags is a cheap effective test. Having to put the ballast out under the side seating raises the CG of the ballast versus being on the centerline due to the deadrise of the boat. Putting lead on the tip of the centerboard would give the most righting moment for the increase in weight. Perhaps some of each method would be the best compromise. The big boats of course pump the ballast up to windward, or drain the water to the lee tank just before tacking but they usually stay on one tack for a long time. It would be tiresome on a small boat if you had to so a lot of tacking. On the last EC with the wind fresh out of the east, we would be on a port tack predominately so I put all of my heaviest gear on the port side of the boat. It might have helped if my back did not give out. I still have trouble accepting that I am not 25 anymore either.
  8. I am with Wile E , form follows function. After I make the boat as functional as I know how, I then try to make it as aesthetically pleasing as I can. As long as I do not give up any functionality. Of course beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Beside the obvious sitting headroom that the raised deck gives in such a small boat, it has another important function, it moves the center of buoyancy higher in a knockdown giving a greater separation from the CG . This gives the boat self righting with limited ballast. One of the disadvantages of the flush deck type is that going forward in difficult conditions is much harder than walking along a side deck with a convenient grab rail along the cabin top. As Dave said, "lots of designers have used the raised deck". Here is my first raised deck design. She was designed and built in the 70's and sailed a third of the way around the world before life got in the way of the owner. This picture was taken from a book published by Dave Gerr in the 80's. If you look closely you will see a familial resemblance to the mk3. I drew the original concept with a regular cabin but could not get good sitting headroom. I then drew up the version that you see and showed it to the owner who agreed that it would work for him. As has been said above, it helps to use color to reduce the visual height. My color scheme has worked as well as I had hoped and Avocet has done the same. With the decks and sheer strake, just off white, the inside of the boat is cool on a hot sunny day. I have had a few afternoon naps and have felt around the inside of the boat and the hull feels cool, especially with both of the hatches open. There is enough flare in the hull sides that when the sun is hot enough to be a problem, it is high enough that it most of the red is in the shade. Unfortunately the sheer strake with a dark color is pointing at the sun.
  9. I can't be sure that it was an otter because I could not see all of it at once but it looked too thin to be a seal. It was on the inshore side of me so I guess that it was not too far from shore. It was certainly within mosquito range and it was about the size of an otter.
  10. Alright Chick, because of your impatience I will give you the report in two installments. Here is part one. Ocracoke cruise part 1.pdf
  11. The weather has not been very sail friendly since our return from Florida. The weather this weekend looks great, Carla is off to a conference in DC and Beth has volunteered to look after Mandy and my back is not hurting so I am off for a little cruise. Mandy and I sailed to Vandemere this evening in perfect conditions. The only remarkable event was just after dark when the biggest cormorant that I have ever seen flew between the masts with his landing gear down heading for the cabin top. He spooked and back pedaled and fell into the water before flying off astern. !0 minutes later another one flew into the lee side of the mainsail, falling into the water and flying off into the night. Here is a picture looking west, the boat is self steering on abroad reach doing 4 knots. I am not going to announce any details because the last couple of trips have been hexed. If anyone is interested I will try to keep the Spot on and you can follow my tracks.
  12. Chick, I have to measure my oars, I think that they are 9'6" or a bit longer. Don't forget, I cut a slice out of my coamings to get the oarlocks lower. This allows for shorter oars. Don, I was well pleased with a cell phone and the Navionics nav program. I did just use it as a backup for my Garmin. The Garmin did go black one time and I was happy to have a backup. I used it at night time for planning the next days sail. I found that each map covered areas differently and it was handy to have a second opinion in areas where I wanted more detail. It worked for me every time and I am glad that I had it. I tried to download Peter's recommended program but could not find a cell phone app for it. In fact I could not get it loaded onto my computer for a test drive. I guess I need a millennial to help me.
  13. Steve, In Carlita's first EC I did some temporary stuff because of time and everything had to come back off for finishing. I had a couple of small leaks plus I found a tiny leak under my forward king post. It was a real pain to have to sponge out every time I stopped and cost me a lot of time searching for the problem. Not to mention water damage to gear. I spent enough time in this years EC to go through one of the wettest part of the course and I was delighted to report that not one drop of water entered the boat that did not drip off of me. The same went for driving rain at 60 mph on the highway. The little bit of water that dripped off of me was easily sponged out of the glassed in well between the bunks.
  14. Good point Pete. I had a volunteer fill my oil and he way over filled it. It was totally my fault as I was distracted and I did not inform him about the sight gauge or the importance of not over filling. I had a syringe from WEST on board and it did not take much effort to to bring it to the correct level. Before the EC I just drained the oil because it was easy and it is a tiny amount. I had no idea if my ground crew would remember not to lay the motor the wrong way. I taped a 6" length of blue masking tape to the cowling and marked it "no oil". I decided that it was cheap insurance and because the motor is still fairly new it would be nice to give it new oil.
  15. Drew, Another important factor in doing a mizzen tabernacle is getting the right height for the axis. I spent a lot of time getting the best compromise height for my mizzen crutch. Naturally it is good to get the stowed masts as low as possible for highway windage and garage height but the overriding factor for me was to be able to function on the boat in trailing mode. You need enough height to be able to get in and out of the boat without having to raise the masts. I live in my boat on the highway as well as loading and unloading for trips. I prefer wash boards to doors and for security I have a barrel bolt that I lock the sliding hatch shut with. It is impossible to get into the boat while I am in there without making a lot of noise. It takes a second to slide the bolt up to lock or down to unlock and slide the hatch open. For those of us that row you need enough headroom under the stowed masts to row. The picture shows me gently rowing the boat to the ramp to haul the boat. It was when my back was hurt and I decided that an easy row would hurt my back less than pulling the starting cord of the motor. As your boat is a 20, you probably do not need the mizzen to be as high. When CS17 mk3 #10 visited me at Key largo he had his masts stowed horizontal and he cursed it when he needed to get something from inside the boat. His setup was temporary but he put raising his aft crutch at the top of the list.