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    Nimrod SoF canoe, puddle duck, Core Sound 15 in progress

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  1. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Hi Steve, I'm planning to camp at the museum, but I won't make the Wye Island trip this year. Bob
  2. Ocracoke 20 in OZ

    The picture with the big pot makes me wonder - did you name him "Stu?"
  3. Utah OB20

    I don't know if encapsulated screws actually cause problems. However, If you worry about them, that's a good reason to take them out. The boat's supposed to make you forget your worries, right? The usual method for gluing is to coat the pieces with clear epoxy, then add the thickened stuff and clamp when everything is still wet. The thin stuff penetrates the wood fibers better. If you let the clear coat cure, then there's an opening for other problems such as the dreaded amine blush and weaker bonding.
  4. An other OC20 build !!

    Gorgeous. I especially like the color scheme (grin) Bob
  5. CS15 with a lug yawl rig

    Hi Alex, I'm happy with the lug rig. It points well and I haven't experienced the death roll downwind that a few posted concerns about. I was out near Kent Island in 15 kt winds a couple of weekends ago with two reefs tucked in. Wife and I were kicking up spray and grinning. I just replaced my yard with something beefier. The old one was 1.5" diameter max at about 1/3 the length, with tapers. I realized that by the time I had enough downhaul to smooth out the creases, the upper triangle of the sail was dead flat. The new one is 2" diameter and it's much stiffer. I just rigged it today, and it looks much better, but I havent tested it yet. I think the main drawback is that when people ask what kind of boat it is, it's a long answer. Hey Graham and Alan - can I just say it's a Core Sound? Here are a couple of pictures from 1st launch day. I thought I had posted them earlier -- sorry!
  6. Utah OB20

    Since we're on the topic, this showed up in the newspaper today:
  7. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    I'll also be there at the MASCF with my CS15*. Looking forward to meeting you guys. Bob
  8. CS 17

    Congrats Paul. Your contented sigh at the end of the video made me grin. Ahhhh! Bob
  9. A few weeks ago I launched the Core-Sound 15 that I've been building for the last couple of years, and that I had also been planning and scheming for a couple of years before that. I have to say I'm really proud of that boat. I like the color scheme I picked. White on the bottom, interior and deck, dark blue topsides and a grey bootstripe. Somehow, I have always been drawn to dark hulls. Years ago, I used to get SAIL magazine, and I would lust after the alerion express 28 with that dark hull. And now, there was my boat on the water, the one that I myself had built and sanded and painted dark blue, taking on the life of the blue sky and green ripples that reflected off of its hull. One of the first parts of the build was the birdsmouth mast that I made out of fir. The fir was a super-lucky buy at a local box store: a close-grained, nearly clear 16' board with a crack and a chunk broken off that put it into the bin of shame with all the knotty stuff. I've checked back there, but I've never seen anything like it since. A skilled woodworker examining my mast would certainly notice plenty of epoxy filling gaps in that mast, but rounded, sanded down smooth, and finished bright, the natural beauty of the wood covered my sins. On the water, the rich reddish tint of the fir caught my eye as it warmed the deep greens and greys of the forest ringing the reservoir where I had just launched her. All of these thoughts came to me as I admired my work, and I felt a deep sense of satisfaction and pride. Maybe I should have taken a picture, but at the time, it was not a moment that I wanted to share or even a moment that I wanted to record. As I watched her gliding on the water in just a breath of air, I was reminded of how I got there, looking longingly out from the shore, reminded by the length of line in one hand and a life vest in the other. I really wish I had tied off both ends of that painter.
  10. CS 17

    Oh yeah. Looks great.
  11. Rdubs -- Check out the motor canoe thread. Paint has been discussed recently. -- Bob
  12. If you buy ring-shaped oar locks rather than the open, U-shaped ones, It's important that the opening is big enough to slide onto the oar from the handle end. Don't ask me why I know this.
  13. Core Sound 17 keel maintenance

    Nice job.
  14. Mast hardware questions

    Nice suggestion, Don. Will do.
  15. CS15 with a lug yawl rig

    Splash! Had a great first sail today, and I'm still grinning. I went to a local reservoir for the first sail, and I wanted to test out how much of the rigging I could do on the water, so I launched with just the main mast up. I rowed out a ways and then rigged the rudder and raised the mizzen on its mast. Pushed out the boomkin and lashed down the inboard end. Then the exciting part, when I went forward to raise the main. I thought things were going to be very tippy with my weight up forward, but it turned to be not exciting at all. Main sail goes up, downhaul tight, and we're off! I'm very happy and relieved to report that I got the sail balance right. The helm is neutral, with slight weather helm when heeling. Graham's rudder design is amazing. It takes such a light touch, it's as if there was power steering. I think that the sail plan points well and tacks through a respectable angle, but I won't swear by it. The reservoir I went to has crazy winds that change direction by the second. A couple of times I tacked through 90 deg and ended on the same tack! If I had it to do over again, I think I'd skip the Anderson bailer. It let more water in than it took out. With the bailer open, there were two little fountains of water coming in along weld seams on the aft edge. Maybe it's defective. I tried out heaving to, which means flattening out the mizzen with a tight snotter to keep it from flogging and sheeting it in. The boat points into the wind. I take the main sail down, and as I get moving just a little bit backwards, I put the tiller over to rest against the mizzen mast. The boat settles down with the bow about 30 deg off the wind and it goes very slowly backwards. The breeze was pretty light at that point (5 kt?). It'll be fun to test again in stronger wind. Gotta go. Time to roast some hot dogs! Bob