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  1. New Build. Bay River Skiff 15

    If weight isn't a big issue for you I would suggest Hydrotek 1088 Meranti. It weighs a bit more than okoume but my understanding is that it is much more rot resistant. Over the two years that I spent building my CS20, I left scraps of it laying out in the weather. A few pieces lived in a bucket that repeatedly filled with rainwater for many days. These same samples also went through several freeze/thaw cycles. After two years of this abuse they only showed some ragged edges but no signs of rot or delamination. Very impressive stuff. Of course your mileage may vary, but I've been very happy with the stuff. The only issue I had was that the bending characteristics are a bit different than okoume. Hydrotek is a bit stiffer and the bow sections took a bit more coercion to get things into the right shape.
  2. CS17 - New Sails

    I built my sails from a kit designed by Sailrite. They are not square-topped, but there is a fair amount of roach. The kit was very complete and went together easily. It takes about a weekend per sail if you have friends who are willing to drop everyting to help you. The sails set well even in light winds. The battens are not full but rather just long enough to hold the roached leech steady. Here is a time-lapse of part of the process: http://goodfootsailing.blogspot.com/2012/06/blog-post.html And some pics of the final product here: http://goodfootsailing.blogspot.com/2012/09/launch-day-pics.html Of course, these are for a CS 20, but I'm sure scaling them for the 17 would be no problem. Good luck, and post some pics of your new sails whatever you decide on. Cheers, PeteB
  3. CS 17 vs CS 20 The Real Story

    Thanks for sharing the video Alan. It's great to get a course-side view of the EC. I'm thinking of adding a bowsprit like yours to my boat. Do you have any pics showing the details of how you installed that? Pete B
  4. PHRF - CS17

    Thanks Lynn. Yeah, one of the advantages of Texas are the mild winters. This year has been especially so. More years than not, we have great racing on New Year's Day. Should you ever find yourself down this way in the winter, give us a shout. However, by the time August rolls around and the temps are regularly hitting triple digits, most of our sailing is a nighttime. Pete B
  5. PHRF - CS17

    We just raced in a reverse-start pursuit race with a PHRF of 261. The fleet of 8 boats was quite varied with a number of cruisers rated in the 200s as well as a couple racers in the mid 100s. The lowest rating was 120 for a J80. Over a course of 2.5 miles we had about a 5-6 minute head start on the J80. They passed us in the last 100 yards of the race. A Holder 20 also barely edged us out at the finish. So, we finished a close third with the remainder of the fleet well back. Winds were light, about 4-6 mph for the majority of the race. There is a short video summary at: http://goodfootsailing.blogspot.com/2013/03/nothing-says-springtime-like-wednesday.html Happy spring to everyone. Here's to a good sailing season. Pete B
  6. EC 2013 start photos

    Great pics Tom. Man, I really feel for Randy Smyth. That is such a cool looking boat and he keeps tweaking it each year to make it better suited for the event. I felt like this year he was going to crush everyone else. But sailing a light multihull in these kinds of conditions is a matter of riding the razor's edge. Push a little too much and things can go south pretty quickly. But what a performance from the Core Sounds, eh? Graham, you better print up a bunch of sets of plans. I bet you get plenty of orders in the next few weeks. PeteB
  7. Everglades Challenge 2013

    Howard, Dawn Patrol IS a Core Sound 20, but with a cabin added. Your point on curved sprits is well taken, but in my experience it has not been a problem. One thing to consider is how light and easily driven Core Sound hulls are. The forces necessary to bend the sprits to any significant degree seem to be well beyond those that would either accelerate the boat off the wind, or heel it significantly when going to weather. Either way, on my boat something other than the sprits is going to be an issue well before they are. Now perhaps that means they are more heavily built than is warranted. When I build the next set, i will try to go much lighter and with the straight sections as you describe to achieve the same stiffness with a lighter build.
  8. Everglades Challenge 2013

    I decided to build laminated wooden wishbones for GoodFoot. It wasn't very difficult, and I'm very happy with the sail shape they give. They are a bit heavy tough. I will probably take a stab at making some out of carbon fiber at some point, but these are great for now. One thing I did was use sewn nylon loops and shackles to attach the snotter and sheet blocks. This way there is no hardward bolted or screwed into the spars themselves. You can kinda see what I'm talking about in this pic. This is the snotter attchment loop for the main.
  9. Princess Sharpie from 1867!!!

    Very cool pics and article. Thanks Garry!
  10. Princess Sharpie from 1867!!!

    That looks an awful lot like Egret, the famed Commodore Monroe sharpie of the Florida Keys. But that boat wasn't designed until 1886 I believe. If you have any additional info on this photo, I love to have more details. Pete B
  11. Has anyone tried Hydrotech Plywood

    I used Hydrotek on my CS 20. It is indeed a bit heavier and does not bend quite as well as okoume, but it is very resistant to rot and delamination. I left several scraps out in a bin for over a year They went through multiple soakings and freeze/thaw cycles and long stretches of time in moist hot conditions and are still in pretty good shape. Worth the added weight in my opinion.
  12. PHRF - CS17

    I'm dealing with this very issue right now at my club for the CS 20. The consensus seems to be to give the boat a rating somewhere in the 200-220 range to start, and adjust after each race until we have a number that most can agree on. Personally, I'm not hell-bent of getting such a favorable rating that I will be competetive with the fastest boats in the fleet. A rating that puts my corrected times in the same ballpark as well-sailed Catalina 22s and Pearson Ensigns would probably be about right. In my experience, boats with ratings under 150 will on average beat those with 200+ ratings. But this probably is because the most competetive and exacting sailors tend to be on those boats. I will report back after a few races on where my number ends up. Cheers, Pete
  13. Sail Oklahoma is just around the corner!

    I think I'll be there unless anything crazy happens with the work schedule. Pete
  14. Launch of new Core Sound 20

    This was my first stab at making wishbones and I agree that there is probably too much camber in them. Mostly this was just to start getting an idea how they would work out and what issues I would face rigging and sailing with them. I think my winter project might be carbon sprits.
  15. Launch of new Core Sound 20

    I'll get some measurements on the wishbones next time I'm at the boat. If I had to guess, I would say 30 inches or so. plenty of clearance on the sails. they could be narrower without any problems I'd guess. One issue is how they can rotate about their longitudinal axis. This is especially true when a motor boat wake comes along and gets the hull rocking. I worry about the sprits putting a ding in the mast if they get enough power behind them. I'm trying to figure out the best way to put some kind of stabilizing lines on them to tame this motion. I'd love to hear any thoughts anyone might have on this. Pete