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Alex last won the day on May 21

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  1. Sailing the CS17

    Comments for sailing the cat ketch in these higher winds would be great. Drop the sails and motor home.
  2. A "micro" tender for Carlita

    Not only photos, we also want video if possible.
  3. Spindrift 12 build log

    Walt, If your keel isn't installed yet you can shove it in the centerboard slot to hold it up.
  4. Spindrift 12 build log

    Painting the inside of my Spindrift was easy. Just lift the boat on its side and place a stick under the keel. Easy as. I did this for all the sanding and painting with not having to bend over at all. You don't have to leave it up, just while your working on it, so it shouldn't be a problem for the kids.
  5. Use a compass and then a jigsaw. If you can't cut a circle with a jigsaw, get a different blade. You can buy rather thin blades that make cutting circles very easy.
  6. 2.5 HP Suzuki

    All this talk about Hydro Lock. Have owned my Suzuki for about 5 years now and never had any issue at all and certainly never experienced Hydro Lock.
  7. Spindrift 12 build log

    It might be ok but I wouldn't do it. I just tilted the boat vertically and put a prop under the keel to hold it in place while I sanded and painted the inside. Very easy to do and very comfortable to work as well, without having to crouch down for hours on end.
  8. Spindrift 12 build log

    An easy way is to use fly screen wire. Just cut it out into whatever shape you want, then place where you want grip, then paint all over the screen and then remove. You are left with good grip that is as easy to sand as paint and you don't have to go looking for any special products.
  9. Carlita's EC2017

    Absolutely awesome videos. The editing was great as well as the soundtrack. What a great experience.
  10. Aussie CS 20-3#5 "Dragonfly 2"

    I am surprised that you are making your tabernacle already when you haven't even sourced your mast material. I hope whatever you settle on will fit without having to redo them. I have used 4 or 5 different brands of epoxy in Australia and you can't go past the Bote-cote system, however their water based paints are shocking. I have seen quite a few boats that have used their paint and I don't like the look of any of them not to mention the boat I half painted before realising that the paint was terrible. Their gloss is more like a matt finish. I would sand smooth the top coat without going through the paint and then roll and tip a coat of polyurethane for an awesome gloss finish. I do this with baseball bats and they look great and stand up well.
  11. Aussie CS 20-3#5 "Dragonfly 2"

    Drew, have you decided what you are going to do about the masts? Have you located any suitable aluminium sections yet? If so I would like to know where from as I am thinking of making wooden masts as I can't locate anything suitable.
  12. CS 17 water ballast

    Thanks Graham for the great explanation and also to you Par.
  13. Hi All, I will be starting my build of a CS 17 soon and was wondering if anyone has tried or at least thought about putting in a false self draining floor for the water ballast like the MK 3 models? If Alan or Graham could respond with some info on how deep the floor would have to be to be self righting that would be great. Thanks.
  14. Boat building advice from a novice

    I would only ever build from plans. Once I bought a kit only because the designer did not sell plans and it was absolutely rubbish. I sold it for about a quarter of what I paid for it. Kits are fine for those that don't have the ability or patience to build from scratch, but if a designer wants to sell world wide he needs to sell plans. I know of a few designers that refuse to even think about selling plans because they think they can make more money selling kits. Unless you have agents all around the world to make up the kits, you are greatly limiting your potential buyers.