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  1. Rigging the Mizzen Sprit

    I think David's setup is the one I remember. If there's too much tension it may be a pain when you're sailing in very light wind but using a carabiner will allow you to take the bungee cord out of the system easily. Experimentation with the amount of tension and the attachment position should be a fun way to spend a day on the water (I'd try it if I still had a mizzen).
  2. Rigging the Mizzen Sprit

    If I'm picturing it right you'll have two challenges with that: You'll put a bending force on the sprit-boom and the sheet will foul the foot of the sail on at least one tack when reaching. I think I've seen that someone somewhere has dealt with the problem through the judicious application of some bungee cord but I don't remember exactly how.
  3. WTB Spindrift 10'

    I should clarify for the rest of the world that I was just daring Capt Oyster to come halfway around the world for a visit (so he's still looking for a boat).
  4. Yes! More to follow please!
  5. WTB Spindrift 10'

    I have one in my back yard that you can have for a song, but you'll have to come pick it up.

    And where does Mr Bojangles fit in to this history?
  7. Ocracoke 256 #3

    Rather than add weight, would it be possible to add bouyancy under the swim platform?

    Huh! And here I thought sweet tea was a byproduct of making barbecue sauce. Now that I think about that theory makes no sense because it doesn't explain the coexistence of fried chicken and sweet tea.
  9. B&B Messabout 2017

    Drew - I've lived in both the ACT and in North Carolina and I can tell you that Peter's trying to help and Chick is well-meaning but he's like an inadvertent siren trying to lure you onto the skeeter-infested rocks (bless his heart). The next thing you know he'll have you eating Vienna sausages for breakfast instead of the livermush that nature intended. NC is a singularly beautiful place, even in July (or maybe especially in July, as I really love NC summer) but at that time of year it ain't for the faint of heart. These days every time one (or fifty) of those little black Pilbara flies lands on my face I give myself a black eye trying to bat them off because way back in the dark corners of my brain I remember that anything that lands on my face (in NC) is trying to eat me (many of my fellow Americans think everything in Australia is dangerous but you and I know that the Aussie flies are really only looking for a drink of sweat and I'm in real danger of beating myself to death trying to get rid of them). If it's not the mosquitoes (I love that Cap'n Oyster describes them as F-15's with mylar wings) it's the horseflies - You're what's for breakfast in a North Carolina summer. So when you visit in July, make sure to take advantage of the lovely bug repellents that are available these days and also take shelter when the afternoon thunderstorms roll through. It's tempting to sail through them because sometimes they're the only wind you get but I can tell you from personal experience that lightning don't feel so good. And ask everyone where you can find good barbecue and go to every place they suggest. If you change your visit to May or October you might have a better time (unless you get an October hurricane), but if you have to visit in July it's still worth it. Just make sure you stock up on Spam so you don't have to eat Vienna sausages (I like Vienna sausages, just not as much as I like Spam). And just for perspective - I've heard tell that the bugs in NC pale in comparison to an Alaska summer but I haven't got hard evidence to support that. Actually I'm not sure anyone's ever gone to Alaska in the summertime and lived to tell the tale.
  10. Slow power boat

    I haven't started yet. Life (and sailing) keep getting in the way. That's just a fancy way to say I'm lazy. I'm still interested in the project Graham told me about, a fuel-efficient boat designed with the Beta 30 in mind, but I'm wondering if new tech is starting to make electric power a competitive option. The biggest challenge to electric propulsion in my case is that the boat might well live on a mooring so I'd have to have enough battery capacity to sustain me for a trip and enough generating capacity (solar and wind) to refuel in-between. On the other hand, my wife has mentioned an interest in maybe sailing around Australia at some point so I might stick with sailboats for a while.
  11. Prop to bearing distance...

    You'll have to make a compromise there. The gap between the prop hub and the shaft bearing should be as small as possible to reduce the bending loads on the shaft but there should be clearance between the propeller blades and the skeg. The closer the propeller blades are to the skeg (or the hull or the rudder) the more vibration will be felt. In "Propeller Handbook" Dave Gerr suggests a minimum of 0.3x the prop diameter between the blades and the skeg, but that may be too much distance between the prop hub and the bearing. I bet PAR will give you a much more definitive (and helpful) answer than I did.
  12. Sailing the CS17

    I case you haven't already been doing this - I liked to sail with the mizzen sheet cleated and the main sheet in my hand. Having the sheet in my hand allows very quick sheet adjustments and (for me, anyway) greater confidence. I wouldn't recommend sailing in wind that you don't enjoy. It's supposed to be fun and with experience you'll find that you are comfortable in more and more varied conditions. And towards that end, when you find a comfortable day with a moderate, steady breeze, play around with angles of heel. Sit up on one rail and see how close you can get the other rail to the water before you get uncomfortable. Don't go so far that you feel like you're going to roll the boat, just lay the boat over a bit. I found that my CS17 seemed to sail best when it was pretty upright but I was surprised how far I could heel the boat without bringing water over the coaming. I actually did get the coaming under water a few times without rolling the boat (and once I did roll the boat but that's a different story).
  13. An other OC20 build !!

    It seems like that slot is going to get quite a lot of wear from the chain dragging through it. That might be another reason to make it removeable (replaceable). That anchor shape lends itself well to being stored on a roller instead of using a slot, too. I've really been enjoying this build thread - So many pretty pictures.
  14. Sailing the CS17

    I do enjoy them often. I lived in Canberra for a year. Enjoy Burley Griffin and Tidbinbilla (and Jervis Bay when you can be bothered to drive that far)
  15. Sailing the CS17

    And I'm another North Carolinian who married an Aussie. Plan A was that she'd move to NC. We're currently enjoying plan B.