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Thrillsbe last won the day on January 3

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About Thrillsbe

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    Don Silsbe
  • Birthday 12/01/1948

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    Tryon, NC
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    Boatbuilding, Sailing, Fishing, Rowing, Weaving, Camping, Travel, Fly Tying, Woodworking, Gardening, and Lutheran Theology. (Thank goodness I'm retired!)

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  1. CS 17 #191 build

    Beautiful work!
  2. unpainted aluminum masts

    I used the Rustoleum Marine finishes for mine. I sanded immediately before applying the etching primer. I tipped and rolled that and the fi al coat of white. It has held up very well, except for the sections of high compression (where it bears against the deck and seat t the top of the mast tube). I would use this product again, but consider a clear coating )or no coating) for the lower bits.
  3. The date and location has been set for the 2018 Southern Appalachian Messabout next spring. It will be held at Ebenezer Park in Rock Hill, SC the weekend of April 20th. We chose the date to avoid the Cedar Key event and MASCF. We chose this venue, because Chick and I couldn't stand to track any more orange clay onto our beautiful boats. This place on the south shore of Lake Wiley has sand beaches. There are some fine campsites here, which may be reserved using this link: https://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/ebenezer-park/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=PRCG&parkId=1060700 Please reserve early, to get a good spot. I have already reserved site number 27. The cove near the boat launch is best spot for in-water overnight boat storage and boat camping. (See photos) There is also a small island nearby. The campsites contain some small pebbles; so if you’re tenting, bring a HD ground cloth. Most importantly, I suggest that you make your reservation soon, to ensure a good spot. If you want some inside info, which campsites are the good-uns, send me a note. Here are some photos. More are on our FB Messabout site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/401422193348393/ The Dixie Pig is a nearby restaurant, which serves up some awesome 'Q. There's a rumor afoot that they're moving. But we'll find 'em, cuz it's worth the effort. Also, let Chick and me know that you're coming. This is an informal event, but we still would like to know who's coming.
  4. CS17 #339 launched

    Yes! Please come to the So. App. Messabout! It'll be in Rock Hill, SC this year. If you have any questions, ask Chick or me. Your boat is gorgeous. Can't wait to see it in person. I hope you get her wet very soon. I went sailing just yesterday. (Near Tryon, NC.) Sure, it was a light air day, but it was so fine to be on the water in late November. Oddly enough, there were no pontoon boats, jet skis, or water skiers. Get that white beauty wet!
  5. Tohatsu 3.5 hp longshaft . .

    I think you're on to something, Chick.
  6. Marissa # 63

  7. Spindrift 11n build in process

    I love the first time jitters associated with the butterfly step. My friend and I had hours of discussion & debate about it, before we finally “just did it”. “Oh. That was easy!” Enjoy your build. It is good to see the family getting (occasionally) involved.
  8. Tohatsu 3.5 hp longshaft . .

    I only use non-ethanol fuel in all my small engines. It is just not worth messing with. And after the break-in period, my little ‘zuki runs like a top.
  9. Rigging the Mizzen Sprit

    This is a very interesting solution. I wonder what it would look like on a run, with the sprit to port.
  10. Spindrift 10 build

    Forgive me, Stareed, but I finally dug up these photos. Get out the Kleenex!
  11. Utah OB20

    The advantage to giving her a sealing coat is that some areas if the surface will soak up more epoxy than others. Sealing it first prevents these areas from being starved of epoxy during the bonding coat. The disadvantage is that you need to sand the entire bottom before bonding. Still, this is the best way. Thanks, PAR!
  12. Spindrift 10 build

    One last thing on the subject. My “boy” is now 39 years old. The boat is in the back forty, unused, and checking badly (fir). I thought we might give it away to someone who might get some use out of her final years. He wants to keep her, even though he has no place to store her. So there is some deep connection there that I will never understand. Keep it up— you’re building more than a boat.
  13. Utah OB20

    Part 18 is the prep work, and part 19 is the glassing. Offcenterharbor.com has a great video on glassing technique, but you would need to join.
  14. Utah OB20

    Laying the cloth down on a wet hull would be a disaster. It is better to put it on the dry hull, and scootch it around to tease out the wrinkles. Lay enough resin on the cloth to thoroughly wet out the cloth. Then, squeegee off as much of it as you possibly can. This is very important for the first layer of resin. If you don’t remove that resin, the glass will float up and away from the hull, giving you an uneven surface. It is a waste of epoxy, or so it seems. But this is critical. Watch Alan’s CS15 build on YouTube. His technique is beautiful.
  15. Spindrift 10 build

    Years ago, my son and I built a boat “together”. His involvement was mainly for photo the ops. That all changed, when it was painted a pretty color and went in the water. Keep the faith. It’ll be different when it’s a real, fun little boat. Just be sure to let them go out in it alone, and goof off. Even your forensic accountant might turn the corner!