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  1. How did Alan make for all the lost time repairing the mast? I'm guessing sailing through the night and/or better navigation, but am interested in the hearing some of the details as time permits.
  2. Looking good. Are you going to install another Anderson bailer or just use one for both filling and emptying?
  3. Your centerboard trunk looks like it is not perfectly plumb; I think you should have attached a few more levels. Just kidding! You got a lot done, nice work. I like the wood floor in your shop.
  4. Nice work; enjoyed all the pictures.
  5. Just a quick update: sanded and epoxied the port locker area and installed the hatch framework.
  6. I'm sorry to hear about your father. He sounds like a well-rounded man who led a very interesting life.
  7. I'm looking forward to following the race; thanks for the update.
  8. Looks good Pete, thanks for all the detailed pictures.
  9. Here is the springback. It is about the same on the starboard side. I'm not worried about it; I'm just going to leave it as is. This picture shows how much I had to spread apart the shear strakes at the knee locations (using a temporary spreader) to achieve the design dimensions. As you can see, it wasn't much. Everything worked out well.
  10. If you give me a few minutes I'll go out to the shop and take some more pictures for you . . .
  11. 1. Yes, the cleat is left proud. 2. I am planning on using laminated cabin beams like Chick and skipping the hanging knees. I still should have temporary wired the knees in place for alignment purposes. I did hold them in place and everything looked good, so I didn't wire them in. 3. Yes, the 75 degree slant supports were the same on both sides. When I released the shear strakes from them after the tack welds dried, they did spring back away from the supports slightly. The amount of springback was the same on both sides, and sighting down the top edge of the strakes shows a fair line, so I'm not going to force them back (that would produce a slight dimple).
  12. Shear strakes are tack welded on. The battens are glued on with some material protruding in order to allow future beveling to match the curve of the cabin roof (thanks for that tip Pete!).
  13. I assume you are asking about the cleat attached to the aft side of Bulkhead 3: I beveled the cleat with a handplane to the proper angle so the seat top would lay flat on it. I epoxied it to the bulkhead on the workbench prior to installing the bulkhead in the boat. I obtained the angle by dry fitting the bulkhead using the CNC drawn lines on the side panels and using a bevel gauge placed on the longitudinal cleats and the bulkhead.
  14. I glued down the cockpit floor as well this weekend and used a lot of thickened epoxy. I almost reached in and filleted the squeeze out where I could, but was able to resist the temptation!
  15. Round two went much better. Scrap lead and a heavy duty thrift store pot: I mixed together bentonite clay and playground sand with just little bit of water. The ratio is roughly 10:1 sand to clay (by weight, not volume). My four year old was all about working with the sand (must be all his years of playground experience ). We compacted the green sand around the template. We melted the lead over a charcoal fire and poured it in. The respirator probably wasn't necessary, but I had one so I wore it. If I had to do it over again I would enlist a helper and make a two person handle as the pot was pretty heavy (but I had a window of opportunity and just had to go for it). It came out pretty good. Lead actually handplanes very well.