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    Coresound 20 Mk3 #5 under construction

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  1. Good luck Pete. Chessie is looking really great. I'm liking the sail covers.
  2. 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.
  3. The portholes really set off the uppers nicely Pete. Well done. The perseverance paid off.
  4. love ya sense of humour Chick - oh, and the motor canoe is looking pretty darn good too!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Very nice Len. Especially the curve at the stem.
  8. 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.
  9. Which will be? Welcome to the forum - it is a very friendly, if widely dispersed, group of small yacht enthusiasts building and sailing B&B designs.
  10. Thanks Graham. I will go with that and try to borrow a more accurate digital level.
  11. My garage floor is not level so I have to compensate whenever I use a level. I think my cockpit sole slopes 1.5 to 2 deg aft
  12. This is what progress looks like at my place. Cockpit decking is cut and ready to glue and trim. Mizzen tabernacle has been cut and is ready to assemble and fit. It seems to me that the cockpit sole is about 2 degrees different from the designed water line, is that what others have found? This would have implications for fitting the mizzen tabernacle.
  13. Chick, really enjoying your MC story - thanks. That just might be my next project. Regarding marking out and cutting the wrong line - we've all done it, we just don't publicise it! As a boss of mine once said - measure twice, cut once, and keep your darn fingers outa the saw!
  14. I agree with PAR. The damage looks to be extensive enough to have undermined structural integrity. If not feeling confident about removing the entire case, I would at least treat the rot, soak it with diluted epoxy, then fill with a fibrous filler and put a new piece of 1/4 inch ply over the area and bond that to the old ply with the the paint removed from the bonding area. Be sure to saturate the inside of the new ply with epoxy before attaching. The rotted joint and the crack are concerning and could fail under pressure from the centerboard. My two cents worth.
  15. I thought it might be time to do an update, but first the weather - its pouring rain. Today is Anzac Day here, roughly equivalent to Veterans Day, so being a vet, I joined the thousands in the rain with our best tie, jacket and medals, and marched in the rain to remember those with whom we served. Recovering from that, I took a few pics of the boat and cut some wood, always an uplifting activity. Below is my solution for storage, port and starboard. Runners that I will slide plastic bins into as shown in the second pic. The framework in the foreground is for the work top that will be used for nav (port) and stove (stbd). The next pics show the way I have decided to cut the aft decking and also the motor mount. I bought a long shaft four stroke and I don't need to cut a well into the aft deck. The simple 5 degree wedge works nicely. Please ignore the junk in the background. The next pics will (hopefully) show the view looking forward and the unfinished sliding companionway hatch. I still need to install coamings and drop board slides and finish the bright-work with many coats of clear 2 pack. Once again, please ignore the tools that haven't been put away yet. That is about it for now, but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.