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    Coresound 20 Mk3 #5 under construction

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  1. Aussie CS 20-3#5 "Dragonfly"

    No, that's just shade that looks like a stepped transom. My lovely wife doesn't claim to be a great photographer and got the tree et al in the shot. I will, however, take a pic of the transom area and post it. I have built the transom strong, from 3/8 ply, and have enclosed the ends of the seat back "tunnel" by continuing the transom up to that height. At the bottom panels I planed a chamfer and filled it with an epoxy and flox mix as I glassed the bottom. That way I could have a strong but sharp trailing edge on the bottom. Then, when I glassed the transom, I just carried it over the filler so that glass from the bottom and transom meet at the sharp edge. This should make for minimum trailing edge drag at the stern as well as resist damage to the ply structure.
  2. Marissa # 63

    Wow, you ARE a fast worker. Good luck with the project, your work looks neat and accurate.
  3. Aussie CS 20-3#5 "Dragonfly"

    With much fear and trepidation my wife and I slid Dragonfly 2 onto the old trailer that I rebuilt for her. With a few adjustments to the roller heights and the side supports the trailer will do the job for now until I get a purpose-built trailer. So now for a few finishing jobs, finish the ports and their surrounds and sort the running rigging. The plan is to have her launched in the last week of September in time for our summer.
  4. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Just rewards for your hard work Pete. Enjoy the sailing.
  5. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Fabulous Pete, and looking so good. I am a little way behind you, and about to put two final finish coats on the topsides, then seal all of the exposed bright timberwork. After that I will post some pictures.
  6. Your work is very precise Amos and will look great. Don't forget that if you join two sheets for the port and starboard sides of the cabin top you will probably want to use a butt strip on the underside to strengthen the join. If you do, you will need to rebate a slot along the centre-line in the top of each beam that is the width of the butt. You also need to give some thought to your carlines (fore and aft support beams) as to whether you are going to do halving joints or just butt shorter lengths in between the thwartship beams. Its easier to do the halving joints before final fitting. Of course, most of this is irrelevant if you are only butt joining the centre section and using a full sheet for the forard section. I just noticed the short fore and aft timber you have added on the centre-line. You are going to have a fine looking boat, and boats with good lines usually sail well!
  7. Aussie CS 20-3#5 "Dragonfly"

    Hi Mark. I am building the CS 20 Mk3, so am not sure about differences in height for the cabin of the CS 17. I am 6 ft, and sitting on the bunks with no cushions my head just clears the deckhead (ceiling). I have wondered if I should have modified the design to raise the cabin height a couple of inches, which would be easy to do if building from scratch and not pre-cut material. Other than that, I think that there is quite a lot of space in the Mk 3 cabins, and certainly plenty of bunk length.
  8. Aussie CS 20-3#5 "Dragonfly"

    Steve, at the moment I am just putting fixed polycarbonate ports. I would have to make special opening ports due to the shape, so that might be a future job. I put the fwd hatch over the fwd storage area. This might make it difficult for some people to use if you want to access the anchor etc through the hatch, but yes, it has allowed me to make a long main hatch which provides lots of standing room under a boom tent for camping. The hatch opening is a bit over 3ft long and the slides are twice that. Instead of a sea hood over the hatch 'parking area' I am installing an 80 watt solar panel. It will be able to be raised to an angle when at anchor, or fixed down when under way.
  9. Aussie CS 20-3#5 "Dragonfly"

    I thought I would give an update. The weather here has been a little warmer (above freezing at night) so I have taken the opportunity to apply four coats of undercoat (2 pack). Finish will be off-white semi gloss once I finish and undercoat the cockpit seat backs.
  10. Red Hot Compass Deal

    Thanks for the link to the Ritchie site Brad. Interesting material.
  11. Mast-stepping aid . .

    Thanks Chick, I forgot to mention rake and offset, both of which I have done. I decided not to enclose the bottom because I am keen to ensure no areas where moisture can remain undetected. Even with the seat backs I am incorporating weep holes and air holes to ensure ventilation and allow moisture to escape.
  12. Mast-stepping aid . .

    As promised, the tabernacle. I decided on a height that would clear the cabin top and companionway. The pic with the metre rule shows the top of the tabernacle at about 830mm above the thwart. I built it out of Pacific Maple and simply used the plans for the mainmast tabernacle as a guide. I haven't yet reinforced the area around the hinge point. The cockpit is almost ready for painting, and then I will fit the seat backs.
  13. Mast-stepping aid . .

    Half your luck. We thought we might go to LA to visit son and grandkids, so they up and go visit Rome. Go figure! Pictures of tabernacle tomorrow my time - promise.
  14. Mast-stepping aid . .

    Sorry to hear about the leak and look forward to hearing where it was located so I can watch for it when I launch in the next couple of months. Mast stepping aid looks really functional. I now have a big post (tabernacle) standing in the middle of the cockpit to manage the mizzen mast.
  15. Mast-stepping aid . .

    Pete, we haven't heard from you for a while. I'm wondering how you and Chessie are going. Have you been sailing? Have you seen any changes you would like to make? Are you travelling well? Love to hear from you and keep in touch through the forum. People who build and sail their own small yachts are a rare breed and the internet lets us form a helpful and friendly community of 'rare breeds'.