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  1. Chick and Paul, Unless the plans have changed (and they may have) the stringers that Batman is talking about are installed parallel to the center line of the boat. The straight stringers that are installed on a diagonal are forward of the forward bulkhead. The ones Batman is having trouble with are aft of the forward bulkhead. Batman, I wish I could remember how I dealt with that part of the build but it's been too long. I remember looking at it and thinking about it but I don't remember how I did it. Most likely I scribed the curve onto a straight piece of lumber by cutting the straight piece to length and sitting it in place so it was only resting on its ends. If you use a spacer or a compass that is set equal to the largest part of the gap you can scribe a line that tapers from cutting nothing in the middle of the piece to cutting a lot at each end. The spacer follows the bottom of the boat so you'll automatically compensate for the bump where the thin forward panel meets the thicker bottom panel. That might get you most of the way to a piece that fits but you may have to knock a little off here or there. I wish I could remember if that's the way I actually did it.
  2. So... Did you at least enjoy the swim?
  3. A lower towing point will usually result in less wandering of the dinghy under tow. If you've got a bow eye for trailering that will probably be the best point for towing, too. Having said that, if Graham has recommended a deck-level painter for towing, listen to his advice instead of mine. He's towed dinghies a lot farther than I have.
  4. Now that's a masking job!
  5. Never say no more canoes
  6. I couldn't believe it when you let that boat go!
  7. I haven't been up in a biplane - That must have been a blast! I didn't see the lower wing on your shirt (I might have been distracted by your expression) so I thought the plane was a parasol. I've had the pleasure of brief flights in the front cockpits of two Pietenpol Aircampers on pretty much opposite sides of the planet (North Carolina and Western Australia) but I haven't had the fun of flying behind a big radial engine in an open cockpit yet. I'm entertaining the idea of returning to the US long enough to get a private pilot license because I could probably get it for less money (including travel) than if I get a license here, but for now I'm having a good time playing with boats. There are some really beautiful classic planes near here but there aren't many airstrips to fly to. There's lots of water to sail, though.
  8. Hmmm... Nope - I'm specifically NOT addicted to bunny suits and respirators (and sanding!) What little progress I make in life is made in spite of things like that. If you don't believe me, you can ask anyone who's seen my work. Is that a Pietenpol on your shirt?
  9. Congratulations on the new acquisition! I'm a true believer of having a boat that is easy to get on and off the water. If you can launch and retrieve the boat quickly and painlessly you'll go out more often. It's a good feeling to throw the boat in the water after work and cruise around for an hour without having to work too hard. On the difficult storage situation: There are some powered tools that are used for moving small airplanes - A three-second search turned up this one: http://www.powertow.com/Buyers-Guide_ep_28.html I'm not suggesting you buy aircraft tools because they are invariably expensive, but the concept might be good for a home-built project. You could probably come up with something similar that has a trailer hitch on it.
  10. I'll agree that a slick white finish is faster than a pebbly yellow finish but that's as far as I'm willing to go! Some slight credit is probably also due the captain and crew - Congratulations Taylor and Alan! Unless Alan has made a change, the sails have luff sleeves and no battens. From your description of the weather, that first beam reach along the North end of Cedar Island may have been a blast or a real pain (smooth water, lots of wind blowing from the beach?) I hope Alan adds some detail.
  11. I think my last post was incorrect. I was talking about the difference in magnetic declination between Germany and North Carolina but that's not what those compensation screws are for. They are to compensate for compass readings that deviate from magnetic North due to magnetic fields on the boat. They aren't to compensate for the difference between true North and Magnetic North in a given locality. If I've still gotten it wrong, somebody please correct me!
  12. Don - If that compass was set up for Germany it will be something like 12 degrees off in North Carolina.
  13. 3D printing has come a very long way. They're even using it to make rocket engines these days: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/missions/commercial/rocket-lab-electron-rutherford-peter-beck-started-first-place/ I'm looking forward to the story of "Jazz Hands", too.
  14. The Honda also has an extension to convert a short shaft into a long shaft. The Suzuki engine bracket (like the Honda) has an adjustable tilt. If you can't get enough tilt with the adjustment you can add a pad to the transom to adjust the motor angle so there won't be interference when you try to reverse. I don't think (and I'm prepared to be jumped on over this ) that the angle of the motor is incredibly important when we're putting along at four knots so why not adjust the tilt of the motor forward far enough to get rid of the problem?
  15. When I get a file clogged up with aluminium I clean it by running a piece of copper pipe along the teeth of the file (not across the teeth in the cutting direction but along the teeth - sideways to the cutting direction). I haven't tried that yet with a grinder but it might work.