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  1. I copied Don's idea for my CS 17, but with a smaller lip. Even that much of an edge to push against makes a big difference. So far I'm ok stepping the mizzen. I've found that the real challenge is pulling the mast out. I put some marks on the mast portions that are buried so I know when I have 5, 3, 1 inches left so I can be ready for the foot coming loose. Again, even the small ledge on the foremast tube makes a big difference in giving something to wedge the foot against while bringing the rest under control. No tabernacle on this design without major redesign..
  2. For the heck of it, I looked up the weather at Matagorda Island for today: A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 85F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. I think that's typical for Texas 200, or maybe even a bit on the cool side.
  3. As noted, sails up in the driveway, and I now have most of the final mast hardware installed, along with the leads aft along the deck from the main mast to the cockpit for the downhaul, main halyard and snotter. Still a few nuts and bolts and cleats and mast crutches and registration numbers away from final.
  4. Got the sails up in the driveway Friday! Very close. Hope to sail this week, or at least if the wind stops nuking. Thanks for asking, Lennie, much appreciated. Life seems to have a habit of getting in the way, even in retirement. Who knew. On the other hand, some of those interruptions are the happiest ever. Here's 7-week grandson come 1,000 mi to help.
  5. I got lost on the paint debate about, oh, 10 posts ago. Whatever you did looks terrific.
  6. Ours: "Miss Q". Runs great, but still worried about the hydro lock flaring up at the wrong time. Hoping it'll earn a better name.
  7. here 'tis
  8. very slick.
  9. I'm in Milwaukee. Would love to show off. I'm 99% done (and as the guys on the board would say, have 99% to go.) Seriously, hope to be in the water as soon as next weekend. It's a matter of nerves now, I think!
  10. I faired the cockpit tapes because I wanted the interior to look smooth. It was a pain, but I like it now that it's painted.
  11. a great day
  12. At last, cockpit paint and varnish are done (for now), as is deck varnish. Motor-mount brackets are installed and bracket adjusted so outboard will fold up and stay put. Keel half-rounds are installed. Now it's finally time for the fun stuff, like installing the centerboard and all the hardware and rigging for sailing. My aforementioned drop-dead, do-or-die, swear-on-a-dead-cat May 20 launch date was tied to a family event which has since been postponed, but I'm not far off. It feels great to be done with the cockpit paint. Don't look too close or you might see a few runs in paint/varnish.
  13. A guy in Good Old Boat wrote recently that there's never a final coat of varnish, only the most recent coat waiting for a sanding before the final coat. I'm with him.
  14. re " 1" 10 PH screws"... As Alan said, 1" is the length, "10" is the screw shaft diameter size (vs 8 or 6, both smaller), PH means pan-head (head above the surface), as opposed to FH or flat-head (countersunk, head flush with surface). Thanks for fotos, Alan.
  15. Probably not what you had in mind, but I stopped my rub rails short of the bow and just tapered them off. The bow will have to fend for itself, I guess, literally. The main reason was that I had 16-foot stock and the boat is 17 feet long. Looks fine, but I think you're going for a different look. Radius your outside corners?