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Chick Ludwig

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Chick Ludwig last won the day on December 3 2017

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About Chick Ludwig

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  • Birthday 12/24/1946

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    Hendersonville, NC
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    Building/using power and sail boats. Usually go on 2 or 3 day cruises.
    Built prototype Princess 22, Outer Banks 20, and CS-20 Mk-2, CS-17 Mk-3, and Turtler. have also built moccasin-1, moccasin-2 canoes, and mini-paw dingy---all from B and B plans.

    Used to be professional fiberglass boat builder and repairer. Also worked in production design for several sailing yacht builders in Florida.

    Messing about in boats, boat building, Building r/c model planes. Turtle collecting. Working on our new home in the mountains.
  1. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Trouble is, the grown up mommas guard the little ones for several months after they are hatched. An adult gator can outrun a man, or a horse, for a short distance on land! Thank God that he protects fools and kids from themselves! I'm glad that momma didn't take ME home for a pet!
  2. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    Now you're getting to my favorite part. The trim and "little" stuff. Seems to take as long as it did to get this far. I see your Mr. Zuki waiting for ya to get done.
  3. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    We kids used to go into the swamps and catch baby gators for pets! STOOPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Gosh, the only long tails I remember from Florida were attached to the gators. We had to sometimes dodge them when racing outboards down there.
  5. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    HEY Y'ALL, look what I ran across!!! It was on the Wooden Boat Forum. Re: Phil Bolger consensus? Can't remember the publication but Bolger used to have a design thoughts column featuring what he called "cartoons" - rough ideas sketched in response to various suggestions. And some he built. And some failed amusingly. Someone wanted a planing paddle wheeler. So Bolger and Dynamite Payson thought it through and built a sort of scow box with paddle wheel. The paddle wheel took a few evolutions before they hit on making it like a barrel so that it would not pick up so much water. They may have also thought about articulating the paddle blades, or maybe that was my own nutso idea reading it. Can't remember. Anyway, that helped but it still really dug its own hole in the water, just would not plane. So they added a canard out front. And that worked great. Till they hit the small wave of another boat's wake and the canard collapsed under them. What I most admired about the piece with the full out gusto with which Bolger enjoyed his failure. Not just open mind . . . fun with boats. I think he'd have enjoyed seeing me at twelve. My swamp-boy buddy and I found a floating telephone pole we played about with, eventually nailing some 2x4's at right angles to the pole so we could stand and do a lumberjack log roll, thus propelling ourselves about half way across Port Jefferson harbor before police boat put a stop to our nautical adventure.
  6. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Way back when Phil Bolger had a monthly design "cartoon" and discussion in the Small Boat Journal, he showed a proposal for a planing aft paddle wheeler! Ya outa build one, Tiger.
  7. Aussie CS 20-3#5 "Dragonfly 2"

    Jay, I HEAR ya about the spacer. Back when i was building some small fiberglass boats in my little boat company, I learned that lesson, too. With a bit of work, I got it out without ruining the boat. Back when I worked for good 'ol Charlie Morgan, I learned how to accomplish this sorta delicate task. "Don't force it---get a BIGGER hammer!" But why this reply on this post??? And Drew, I'll add my thanks for the pictures. It's not been outa the 30s most days here in the Carolina mountains.
  8. I love this solution for a cover! PAR, you da MAN! Only one addition. Be sure to leave a way for the cover to ventilate. Some kind of vent at each end, preferably near the top. I'm sure that you'll have a good suggestion on this. Paul.Plastic tarps are notorious for condensing and trapping moisture. They have rotted out many-a-boat!
  9. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    That's mighty purty work you're doin' Mr. Steve!
  10. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Dang Tiger, why doncha build a few more boats? You are one ambitious feller! I do hope you can find time to make the trip over! I should talk. I've gotta renovate the 18 ft. Starcraft aluminum boat that I bought as a family boat last summer. Build a one place canoe to mess about in. A small "super dink" type boat to run my 1947 10 hp Mercury on. And, of coarse, my mini-cruiser. Oh, yeah. I have plans for a B&B Catspaw dink that would be fun to mess about in on one of the closer, but smaller, lakes around here. Ken, I'd have to figure a way to attach that to an outboard "leg". Something within me just couldn't have an inboard with me in my little boat. Here is kinda what I have in mind for my mountain mini-cruiser. I like the general idea, but couldn't live with the vertical sides and generally ugly hull shape. The construction methods indicated in the plan are pretty poor, too. (I printed off the free plans a few months ago.) I'd like to get started when it warms up in the spring---but I gotta convince Miss Debbie that we really NEED this boat. This will be the first non B&B boat that I've built in MANY years! http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/14/designs/searover/index.htm#.Wly3_3lOnIU
  11. New Years day sail?

    Gosh, sorry we missed it. It DOES sound like fun. Everything's frozen here in the mountains.
  12. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    I know what it means! It means....it means...it means...dang, I don't know what it means either. But mine is bigger, longer, better than yours. I've got some good news, and some bad news. Bad news, Summer Breeze is going to her new home. But good news, Summer Breeze is going to her new home. Now i can afford another project. Whadaya think I outa build?
  13. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Ok, let's start making our lists. I'll bet mine is longer than yours. It all started when I was but a few months old.....
  14. New Years day sail?

    Well, Tiger, seems like I heard somewhere that "...simply messing about in a boat....". You know the rest. Hmmm, that get's me to wondering. What IS it about sitting in a boat that is so satisfying? Why is it better that sitting in a car, or in a chair at home, or...? Maybe we should all contribute our ideas about this. Maybe get a big government grant to study it. Ya know what makes the messing even better? Munching on Vienna sausage and sipping Real Southern Sweet Tea. HEY Y"ALL, QUIT THROWING THINGS AT ME!!!
  15. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    I'm one of them there introverts. Dave's description fits me perfectly. Maybe that's why I like Action Tiger so much. Hey, reminds me of something another famous tiger says. "The wonderful things about Tiggers is Tiggers is wonderful things". Oh well, I like the quote. We introverts are ALL kinda like Tigger, we are all wonderful things. Most of us introverts (sometimes called "shy guys") are "rugged individualists". We wanna do things OUR way. That really irritates them so called "normal" folks. I've had my share of them "setting me straight". So, c'mon y'all, keep on doin' whatcha do. Even if the rest of the world doesn't agree. WE know what's right!