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

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  1. Hi Thrillsbe, no worries. I look forward to inviting you aboard. --Bob
  2. An update on my CS 15 build. After a long winter, primer and sanding, I got a couple coats of paint done on the interior this weekend. The floor is still just epoxy - I'm waiting for my walnut shells. I'm going to leave the bulkhead and hatch door bright just to show off that it is a wooden boat. The square hole in the transom is for the bumkin Bob
  3. I made a birdsmouth mast for my CS 15. Aluminum will definitely be easier and faster. I d recommend to get the aluminum and get on the water before the kids grow up.
  4. Oooo! That's elegant.
  5. What a clever idea! It looks like you have most of the geometry already figured out. Have you thought about how you would keep the seat from folding up when someone is sitting on it? I think you would have to make the mechanisms really strong. The distance between the two pivots on the left appears to be about 1/10 of the length of the long bar. Just guessing. If someone sits on the front edge of the seat, then all of the parts have to be strong enough to support 10 times the weight. Would you tolerate fold-down legs of some sort? Here's an idea. The triple lines are hinges that allow the red triangle to fold up and down and the small rectangle is a block to brace the back of the strut. It's not as elegant as your design, but it won't fold up unexpectedly and it may be easier to build strong.
  6. I used Alan's simple method for scraping the groove with a sharpened screw head. Worked great. See his CS 15 video #14 at about the 1:30 mark. Bob
  7. I'm also looking forward to making a boom tent. On the "unmarked" Core Sounds, it looks like most of the living space is under the mizzen sprit and the aft half of the main. Have you considered using the mizzen sprit as a ridge pole for the aft half of your tent and then supporting the fore part with a line running from the mizzen snotter to the base of the main mast? The aft end of the sprit/ridge pole could be supported either by the haliard or by a boom crutch. I think the best advice I have picked up is to make a trial tent out of polytarp and see what works before investing in expensive "real" material.
  8. Hi Don, I'm in the same boat, well, a different boat really, but you get the idea. I'm also eager to try dinghy cruising, but until then, I've been doing some reading. I recommend "The Dinghy Cruising Companion" by Roger Barnes, and also a number of Roger's youtube videos. The UK's dinghy cruising association website, The Shallow Water Sailors mostly but not totally Chesapeake Bay club. -- Steve Earley's super sailing adventures in the Mid-Atlantic. Tidbits on staying away from mosquitoes and preparation. Safety packing checklists on the watertribe website - somewhere. Can't find it right now.
  9. Family first. Then, if working in the shop helps you to regain your wits, YES.
  10. Hi Wile, Thanks for asking your question. It's one that I have had on the back burner for a while. I looked up leaf springs on a couple of on-line sites, and they're not so expensive, especially for light springs. Bob
  11. Thanks Chick! Enjoyed your pictures and writeup. You have a way with werds.
  12. HI Guys, I sewed the sails for my boat using a regular sewing machine that I picked up used and a Sailrite kit. I didn't trust myself with designing the sail myself since shape is so critical. If I was a production sailmaker, there's no way I would tolerate the regular jams and snags that I encountered, but we got the job done. For about the first 1/2 of the project I tried very hard not to put any little white creases in the nice dacron sailcloth, carefully rolling and clothespinning sail material to pass through the gap between the needle and the body of the machine. A cardboard tube, like from a carpet roll, would have been helpful to control all that cloth. Eventually, I gave up on trying to make it pristine. Less stress, more fun. Bob
  13. Here's an update - After trying out several schemes for coamings, I settled on this simple version, just enough to deflect drips off of the deck. I came up with that strange-looking cleat after thinking about ways to support the mast for trailering and as a guide for getting the mast in the fiberglass tube/step. I think I need to make it a little taller so that the mast won't have a chance of rubbing against the tip of the bow while trailering. Bob
  14. Man, that sounds like a great time. Sailing, followed by lounging around the campfire picking bluegrass. Wish I could pick bluegrass.
  15. How about naming the whale "Humpty?" Glad you are not more seriously hurt and that Chessie is OK. I'm finishing the interior of my CS15 on it's trailer. It's a little wobbly to be on board because the central beam of the trailer flexes a bit. I don't know if this will work for you, but my boat fits better with the bow going in first. I can tuck the tongue of the trailer between things that are stored at the back of the garage and that saves a few feet. Bob