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Chick Ludwig

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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. Here is how Summer Breeze holds her rudder up while trailering. While sailing, I just tuck it in with the lifting pennant.
  2. Yep, that's the idea. Gotta be light enough for old folks to cartop. Holy plans are not too bad. I'll head out as soon as I can drag the Breeze out of her warm carport Friday morning. Should be there well before noon.
  3. And some enamels won't dry properly over epoxy. I used some Sherwin Williams industrial enamel on Turtler. First coat stayed tacky. Second coat finally dried but was very dull.
  4. Mine came from growing up in St. Pete., Fla. As kids, we'd head off to the beach on the first warm spring day and get a good sunburn, then hide at home 'til it peeled. Then we'd do it all over again. By now, we had enough tan to last through summer. Every summer day in a boat or at the beach. No Sun tan lotion. Sunlight is healthy. Tan looks good. No time to smear messy goo on. Then, 40 years later, a soccer ball size melanoma tumor! Major surgery, but God encapsulated the tumor so it didn't spread. Docs said "a miracle". Wanted me to go to Duke University to find out why I'm still alive. God had things left for me to do for Him.
  5. Don, 4mm. The hull parts are marked out and cut now, along with the three temporary bulkheads. I'll be designing the interior arrangement as the build progresses. Here are a few pictures. Using an awl to mark through the pattern into the plywood. A spline is used to "connect the dots" and draw the line to cut to. Two pieces of ply are stacked together and cut together. The joints are glass taped together. Port and starboard side and bottoms are stacked together with plastic sheets between to keep the poxy from sticking them together. Plenty of weights and clamps to hold it all together. That's about all I have time for before this weekend's messabout. Summer Breeze and I hope to see some of y'all there. Next week we'll get together and wire the parts together.
  6. I've done the skin cancer thing. Melanoma in my case. Went internal. No fun at all!!! Plenty of sun screen and coverage with hat and maybe long sleeves.
  7. We're all looking forward to "helping" you with your build. Take one step at a time, keep your area organized, pull up the old "moaning chair" if you get frustrated, and rely on the good folks on the forum for help and encouragement.
  8. Robert, I couldn't wait to retire and have time to work on and use my boats. DON"T DO IT! I have less time than ever now! I don't know the physics of the matter, but somehow, the other stuff we do expands to fill the time we thought we were gonna have. To over flowing.
  9. I forgot to hit "submit reply" back when I wrote this. So sorry to hear about your Dad. He sounds like a wonderful man and father. I know how much you'll miss him. I often think of my Dad, and sometimes I'll be doing or seeing something, and I'll think to myself, "I gotta tell Dad about this". I know you'll value the memories. As for the mizzen sheet. I don't think mine would be a problem except that it hangs up on the "foot" of my motor when it's tilted. Also some times on my transom ladder. The ladder is mounted too high on the transom and sticks up.
  10. Not much to report. Between getting ready for our messabout and other stuff, all I've accomplished is finishing the building cradle. Well, actually, i also had a mess of garage clean-up/move around to get to my plywood stock. Now I'll begin cutting the actual canoe parts. Hang with me, we'll get together again in a few days. Probably after our messabout this weekend.
  11. Don, I musta missed something. Whatareya making there???
  12. Those upright guides that mount on the trailer make a "breeze" out of centering the boat.
  13. Sorry Don. Won't be ready. Dang it! But hopefully, soon.
  14. So, we're finally getting started. Well, at least it's the beginning of the beginning of getting started. Finally finished my kitchen job for Miss Debbie, built the new box turtle pen, hacked down the Winter's yard growth, caught up on our children's ministry stuff for church, got summer Breeze about ready for the Southern Appalachian Messabout, etc., etc., etc.,..... Heck, now I'm too pooped do do anything! And between Miss Debbie Saturday stuff and Sunday church stuff, it'll be Monday before I can get started cutting boat stuff out. Guess I'll just roll the paper pattern out and see if I can get a couple of pictures for y'all. Just to prove that this dang thing is really gonna happen. And maybe I can get the building cradle started before Miss Debbie calls for dinner---I mean supper.
  15. Now doggone, Graham, ya done gone and made me home sick -for-the-sound. Now I gotta plan a trip to Portsmouth. I was there several years ago in Princess, my P-22. Mainly I remember the skeeters. At first, I thought they were fighters from Cherry Point. Then they made their attack runs and I found out the truth! Hey, how 'bout copying this cruising story down Boating & Cruising Stories for future readers to enjoy?