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

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  1. CS 17 #191 build

    Looks great. Those wide coamings are going to be comfy backrests. Bob
  2. B&B Messabout 2017

    Thanks Graham for all the great pictures and and thanks to the whole B & B crew for a fantastic weekend. I met so many great people and I still can't believe we were all sitting around an okoume bonfire!
  3. CS15 with a lug yawl rig

    I just returned from the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival where I met a lot of great people and saw a lot of interesting boats. Graham and Alan were there and they gave a nice evening talk. I"ll be happy to tell you all about it, but right now, it's time to brag. Please forgive my massively inflated pride. For me, it was an amazingly fun and victorious weekend. I entered the "Mellimac" for judging in the contemporary design division, and picked up a 2nd place ribbon. (That's brag #1) A lot of people stopped to ask about the boat and the rig, and I often got asked about how the lug does against more conventional rigs. I hadn't really sailed with other boats yet, so I had to say that I didn't know, Now I know. My boat is fast! Ok, certainly not embarassingly slow. The MASCF has an informal sailing race with boats of every shape and size. Handicapping would be a hopeless task, so the race directors typically decide on the classes after the race. It's a fun, light-hearted format. This year, the director decided on sail shapes for most of the race classes, and I ended up with a 1st place ribbon in the lug sail class. But that's not the bragging point. Here's brag #2: I came in 6th out of about 45 boats overall. I'm pretty sure that no boats smaller than 15' came in earlier, and a lug rig coming in early surprised a few people, me included. As if my head wasn't getting big enough. Brag #3. Graham and I went out for a sail so that he could check out the lug rig. Overall, he seemed to be pretty happy with the rig's behavior and he gave me some good tips on avoiding the death roll and on smooth jibing. What an honor to get coached. There was one thing that he really didn't like, and that was that I don't have telltales on the sail (yet). After Graham had taken a turn, Alan came out and gave it a test drive. Alan paid me a real complement. Brag #4: Alan said, and I quote, "very cool." I'll stop grinning in a couple days. Bob
  4. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    For what it's worth, here's an oar length plot I made up using oar length formulas from Shaw and Tenney, and from Collars. I think freeboard might be another important parameter, but freeboard is not included in their formulas. Bob
  5. 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
  6. Ocracoke 20 in OZ

    The picture with the big pot makes me wonder - did you name him "Stu?"
  7. 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.
  8. An other OC20 build !!

    Gorgeous. I especially like the color scheme (grin) Bob
  9. 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!
  10. Utah OB20

    Since we're on the topic, this showed up in the newspaper today:
  11. 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
  12. CS 17

    Congrats Paul. Your contented sigh at the end of the video made me grin. Ahhhh! Bob
  13. 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.
  14. CS 17

    Oh yeah. Looks great.
  15. Rdubs -- Check out the motor canoe thread. Paint has been discussed recently. -- Bob