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  1. CS17 #339 launched

    Thank you all for the nice comments. Thanks Graham and Chick for the invites. I will definitely take you up on it! Will
  2. CS17 #339 launched

    I live just west of Winston-Salem, NC, so....landlocked. Will sail in lakes for convenience....but looking forward to taking her to the pamlico river, sound, and brief ocean excursions hopefully.
  3. CS17 #339 launched

    Oh well... will try to download the launch later... launched in the rappahannock river in tappahannock, va where I grew up. Thanks again, Will
  4. CS17 #339 launched

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  5. CS17 #339 launched

    Hello all, after 4-5 years... she's launched. Wonderful experience all the way around. I have never built anything other than crafts for my kids. Many thanks to this forum for all of the great support and advice. Thank you also to Graham, Carla, and Alan for the excellent plans/support. She sails even better than I hoped/imagined... just amazing! WooHoo! trouble downloading... will try again IMG_0490.mov IMG_0491.mov
  6. Bumps in awlgrip topcoat

    Thanks par... you were right...much more dust than I thought despite the plastic tent....painted outside in nearly ideal conditions with much less of a problem. Some pics attached
  7. Bumps in awlgrip topcoat

    Primer was in place for several months....no air supply... in and out via a slit in the side( painted with supplied air)...of note.. initial topcoat done without the booth with same result... tipping brush = red tree 2" badger or Wooster yachtsman(didn't seem to matter) bumps are size size /consistency of dust specks but appear immediately after tipping. See attached picture....
  8. Any advice greatly appreciated: painting awlgrip topcoat and keep getting bumps in the finish. Have minimized dust(boat is totally enclosed in plastic suspended from garage ceiling), varied reducer from 15-30%, used various rollers, cleaned tipping brushes, strained the paint, wiped surface with recommended solvents, tacked the surface, ....all to no avail. the bumps appear to be paint solids when I sand them out... awlgrip rep suggested painting outside. any other suggestions?
  9. Mast hardware questions

    Thank you both for the responses!
  10. Hello, Feeling my way through mast assembly with little knowledge of hardware: 1. What does the snotter attachment look like? How is it attached to the mast? 2. I have 2 metal S hooks (with one end closed) included in the mast/Sail hardware....what are these for? 3. For the blocks at the top of the masts...the top holes are to be attached with " 1" 10 PH screws"...does the 1" refer to the length of the screw? Also... assuming these are attached with nuts/lock washers? 4. One cam cleat has the keeper....which cam cleats go where? Thanks for any help, suggestions, pictures. More questions to follow I am sure. Will
  11. PAINT!!!!

    Hello All, I am struggling with paint concerns....any and all opinions, suggestions, etc. would be greatly appreciated. (CS17 #339) Planned to paint entire boat with 545 followed by Awlgrip Snow White. After seeing the gloss of this paint (under forward seats etc. that have been painted) became concerned about glare. Now considering painting cockpit Ice Blue. Specific questions: 1) Should I be this concerned about glare....anyone run into this problem (glare) with their white paint on decks/cockpit? 2) If a less reflective paint is indicated...how should I do this? e.g., Should I just paint the cockpit the off color or the cockpit as well as the deck? Would a two tone boat look weird with only the rubrail separating the contrasting colors? Finally thoughts on painting cockpit blue, rest of boat white with large areas of nonskid on the deck painted blue? 3) Any other color suggestions/combinations that others have found particularly good looking? 4) Would a flattening agent work for this problem? Does a flattening agent affect the durability/ability to maintain the paint? thanks very much, Will
  12. Thanks beacher.... good to know it worked out... thanks again for the fast response will
  13. Thank everyone for the very detailed responses...got the centerline and will be painting the masts. Tonight got the idea to use epoxy thickened with micro balloons to fill in gap at joint of the mast around the entire circumference instead of using the fiberglass wedge. I have done only one joint and then began to have doubts.... is this a stupid thing to do.? Will the epoxy crack with movement of the mast? Any other reasons why this won't work? anyway... hoping for a reply tonight if I need to undo it.... thanks in advance. will
  14. Hello All, Any pearls for finding the centerline of the mast (CS 17) for installing sail track. Also, any insights into sequence, process, pitfalls, etc. of attaching hardware on mast would be appreciated. Also any thoughts on painting vs. not painting. thank you very much, Will
  15. Thanks Paul....Grinding it is then. I will do as you did. Thanks again. will