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  1. I think you are right Don,anyone who can steer a small boat in a seaway at better than 5 degrees is doing very well. All that ultimately matters is track made good - am I going in the right general direction to see my next waypoint? A hand bearing compass, however, needs to be a little more accurate than this if one is going to take sights and fix a position on a chart (or we can just cheat, use a GPS for Lat and Long, and hope the batteries don't go flat).
  2. No, not snarky Don, many people get the terms confused. I teach aeronautical navigation (having served as a navigator in the navy and being a pilot) and students constantly wrestle with the concept. Variation, otherwise known as declination, is of course the difference between True and Magnetic, even in the land "down under", Deviation should remain constant on a vessel due to magnetic interference, although it might be slightly different for each cardinal point of the compass. Hence the need for a correction card and swinging the compass to check the deviation occasionally. I generally find that compasses built in the northern hemisphere need correction to operate in the southern, although I still have not figured out why. I have one that is unusable because it has no adjustments but reads about 30 degrees off.
  3. That red and white hull is certainly eye-catching. Looks like a great event to be part of.
  4. It looks like Graham has now arrived at Mud Island. Well done! Hoping for more pics of Texas 200 and Carlita underway.
  5. Great Story. The scroll-work in the cabin of my boat is a tribute to my wife's family, as I cut it out of a favourite old piece of furniture that had belonged to her grandmother but had become derelict. The name "Dragonfly" is a tribute to our years of flying an aircraft that I built called a Dragonfly Mk2. When I was a boy my father operated a small coastal cargo vessel called the "Briscal" - it operated mostly between BRISbane and CALoundra. So it just proves - every boat name has a story.
  6. Which proves once again that Kiwis really can fly!! Steve, all names have an interesting history, and "Jazz Hands" looks quite unique. Looking forward to the back story.
  7. Today I fiber-glassed the cabin top and am happy with the results. I was able to do each side in one full length up to the fwd tabernacle (the dark patch is a join in the plywood) and add a small section for the bow area. Tomorrow I will fill the weave using a wet mix of micro-balloons. Cockpit hatch tops are also done and nearly ready to paint. I just have to give the cockpit a final sand and mount the mizzen tabernacle before painting.
  8. Good luck Pete. Chessie is looking really great. I'm liking the sail covers.
  9. Amos, I haven't used that particular product but my experience with 2 packs is that you don't need to sand between coats unless it has fully flashed off and cured. If you leave it past the curing window, you need to sand to provide mechanical adhesion and generally dull the surface. If you have prepared your substrate well, and not got any lumps in your paint or airborne pollution, you shouldn't need to sand out imperfections. If, on the other hand, you end up with runs, you will need to let it cure, sand out the run, and start again with the coats. The beauty of painting multiple thin coats within the window is that they will chemically bond and give you a consistent and tough finish.
  10. The portholes really set off the uppers nicely Pete. Well done. The perseverance paid off.
  11. love ya sense of humour Chick - oh, and the motor canoe is looking pretty darn good too!
  12. Apparently the mizzen mast for the NIS 26 has similar dimensions to our masts (so I am told) but I haven't been able to find any info on availability or cost. In Sydney (Aust) there is a manufacturer of carbon fibre equipment (CST composites) who also does yacht and dinghy masts. I am waiting for them to get back to me to see if this is an affordable option.
  13. Great idea Jay. I will give it a go. Crazing is one of my concerns since polycarb doesn't like some sealants. Its a bit more flexible than acrylic plexi and less inclined to shatter but no screw holes has got to be a good thing.
  14. Very nice Len. Especially the curve at the stem.
  15. Peter, your portholes look so good. I have chosen to go for non-standard shapes so I am simply covering with 3/16 polycarbonate bedded on sealant and screwed in place. The vertical lines in between the ports are where I added a section because I had cut the cabin sides to the plan before I decided to extend the cabin length. No one will know when I am finished.