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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. Good idea, Paul. Now I'll just go chisel the dang things off so I can lighten them. I wonder how I can drill 'em into the backside of the bottom doubler, too? Maybe I can train some termites to eat out the inner ply of the 4mm plywood in some kind of a pattern that will leave ridges tying the two outer plys together. Boy, the more I think about it, the more ways I can see to cut some weight out! I can see how one does become anal about it...
  2. Ken, I think it should finish under 70#. You could build it lighter with a simple outwale like B&Bs other canoes and made from a lighter wood. I just like the slotted rubrail made from black walnut, which is a heavy wood. It would also save weight using a couple of stringers either on the inside or outside instead of doubling the bottom. I hope Graham and Alan will make plans and kits available for this little jewel. It may be advantageous to reduce the side height a little, too. we wanted to keep plenty of freeboard for my purposes of using the boat to motor up open water lakes to my favorite turtlin' creeks powered with an electric trolling motor with two batteries in place of the zuki gas motor. Those batteries are heavy. That and the fact that I, along with a favorite turtlin' buddy, are pretty heavy for a low sided boat. We'll see. We'll get pictures and reports on how we use Mr. Motor Canoe this Summer. Steve, I totally agree with that salesman, that our boats get heavier each year. a couple of friends have suggested that maybe it has more to do with the fact that I'm getting older. That's ridiculous! What could age possibly have to do with anything?
  3. Thanks guys. Color????? Well, I have some leftover red from Turtler. Lots of it. But, I get bored easily. And, I didn't like the way it (Sherwin Williams industrial enamel) went on. Definitely reacted to the poxy under it. I didn't use poxy primer. I'm trying to save weight on the canoe, so don't wanna epoxy coat the whole thing and prime with epoxy primer. I've had pretty good luck with rustoleum in the past. I want something that will touch up easily. This canoe's gonna get used and abused gettin' back in the shallow swampy areas chasin' the elusive turkles. Some folks suggest porch and floor paint, but I dunno if it will go over the epoxy and dry properly. The interior and gunnels will be epoxy coated, and then varnished with Captain's varnish. I know that will work well. So, what about it? What do I use on the outside?
  4. Hey Don, is the previous post about shear/tensile in the wrong thread????
  5. Graham, thanks. That walnut is pretty heavy, but I sure do like the looks of it. The amount in the gunnels doesn't amount to enough to keep Miss Debbie from lifting her end---I hope. The doubler in the bottom, along with the pxy goo that bonds it in, adds a lot of weight, though. I probably should have just used stringers instead, like I did on Turtler. At any rate, I can load it on the cartop myself if need be. Even if I have to set one end on at a time. I'll weigh it and let you guys know how close we are to the 65# hoped for. Just checked the weight. 64# as best I can tell weighing each end on my electronic bathroom scales. Here are a couple of pictures of the "under belly" with all the seams taped. It will probably be Monday before i can get back to add the keel. Have a great weekend, y'all!
  6. Gosh, Don, thanks. HEY, WAIT---"cover girl"? Anyway, here's a few shots of the finished gunnels. Still need a bit if detailing on the transom. But now, time to flip and glass the seams and add the keel. Still haven't decided on a name for this li'l covergirl. The seats are bolted in. They'll be removed to poxy coat and varnish the interior. I'm gonna try to steam bend walnut strips to cap the curved parts of the transom top so it will blend in with the gunnels. It that doesn't work, then plan-B will be considered. I'm pleased at how it all turned out. Even got some good joints!
  7. On Summer Breeze, I leave the sprits attached to the snotter and topping lift. To raise, I just lift and pin the masts in place (They are both in tabernacles.), then release the topping lift to lower the sprits, hook up the sheets, and put on the sails. a few bungees around sprit and mast when lowered secures it all. Mizzen lowers into a crutch on the side of the main tabernacle, and the main lowers onto a boom gallow. The only aggravation is feeding the sail slides (slugs) in place. The rudder is left on, but has a safety lanyard to hold the blade up. Gotta be sure that the sprits don't flop over to the wrong side of the masts as they are raised. Yes Vern, this can happen!
  8. Thanks, Drew. This is such a simple project that I gotta fill in between the sparse lines with something. Or maybe my mind is what's getting simple in my old age.
  9. Sorry y'all, been busy with other stuff, so only pickin' away on the canoe. So, here ya go. Bottom doubler is done except for glassing the center joint. I'm gonna wait to do that until after the keel is on so the glass will cover the screw holes. Inwale is on. Just gotta radius the edges and blend it into the breast hook and quarter knees. Hatch is done. No, not tomorrow. We're gonna take the Kayaks down to Lake Adger tomorrow. Comin' up next is the big flip, glass taping the outside seams, adding the keel. Won't be long now! Just a mess of sanding, varnishing, painting... Only a couple of pictures today. Lookit at all the clamps holding the inwale in place. No screws. I think the poxy will do the job. If not it'll be really excited when I start removing the clamps and everything goes...SPRRROING!!! The hatch---wow, thrillsville! Still gonna pop a chunk of foam in there to hold Mr. Zuki up if Miss Debbie or I do sumpin stoopid. Nawww... Gosh, that garage sure is clogged up. Now, just how does a fella get ANYTHING done in there. I'll tell ya. Gotta move stuff around every time another operation has to be done. And, Miss Debbie really wants to pull Red in there. What? Who's Red? Oh yeah, Red is our red Honda Fit who is SUPPOSED to live in the garage.
  10. Steve. I knew the width and crown needed for the beams. Alan supplied this info. I made a jig to bend 1/4 inch laminations around. The beams are, I think, 4 laminations. I actually added about 1/2" more to the crown figuring some spring back, and this worked out almost perfect. When I set the beams in place, one of them was slightly low, so I just used a stick down to the hull to force it up, and left it in place until the cabin top was finished. The other beams, plywood top, and longitudinal beam down the center kept everything in perfect alignment. I just don't like the knees in the cabin. to me they are visually in the way, and potential head knockers. Discussion of the beams is on page-6 of my build. "Summer Breeze - Core Sound 17, Mk-3" The center beam is on page-7.
  11. Welcome, George. We're all looking forward to "helping" with your first build.
  12. Thanks Ken. No Don. They are from Essex industries. Well, y'all, the decision has done been made. i asked Summer breeze and Turtler what they thought about stiffening the bottom, and they both said doubler. So, todays job was scrounging through the plywood cut-off collection to find a couple of pieces large enough. I didn't want to cut up a new sheet for this. Sure 'nuff, found a couple of pieces left over from a previous project, so today's job was cutting them to fit and bonding them in. Then stacking spline weights, butter tubs full of old wheel balance weights, tools, and I don't know what all else stacked in to force the doubler into contact. Oh, and sticks wedging it down from the seats. ------ah, rats, I forgot the dang kitchen sink...
  13. Don, I get the same thing from Miss Debbie.
  14. Here's the latest. Aft and forward compartments resin coated and tops installed, and class taped all around. Caned seats temporarily installed. So, on to the pictures, Vern.
  15. I wonder if you could use epoxy to fill a much larger hole, then drill it out for the mounting bolt. Kinda makes a molded in compression sleeve. Something to ask Graham or Alan.