ecgossett

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  1. While visiting my father in Colorado, we finally started on his Moccasin 2 build with plans we've had for a couple of years. Quick synopsis of the build so far: Bought 4mm Okoume, with a tight grain 16'x6"x3/4" board of fir. We decided with the cost of the nicer lumber in the area, the entire boat would be mostly fir. Easy to loft, and cutout using a circular saw, and Japanese saw for a couple of places where the saw blade was to big. Cut two of the bow sections out together, and then made sure all four matched exactly before going any further. Had to flip the boat twice, because we should have started on the outside for initial seams. For flipping ran cross sections with small clamps securing and then a long board, with a screw into each cross section board. Cracked a forward hull panel, while wiring up bow stem. That right now is epoxied, and sandwiched between a layer of glass tape on each side. Questions?
  2. What is your eat threw rate on varnish? I'm worried about the high UV in Colorado. My mother used to leave out ball canning jars in son at our cabin and at end of summer sell them as antiques to tourists, because they had turned a shade of blue in son.
  3. What do you guys do for okoume to give it a natural look? I'm building a boat for father in law in Colorado and want to impress.. he wants entire boat to look natural. Is B&B epoxy enough, or do I need to upgrade to Silvertip? What clear coat is recommended for UV protection.
  4. @Chick Ludwig, make sure they use the pink styrofoam from Home Depot. I saw a guy use 1" with 6 ounch glass on each side for deck boards in his cockpit. Not sure how it worked out longterm. On the positive note, it was the only flotation in that classic wooden sailboat.
  5. After using my rowing pins as cleats, and holding the sheet for 5 hours (R2AK 2015) I swore I would find a better way. I had purchased a Racelite Block/Cleat combination http://www.duckworksbbs.com/hardware/blocks/d100/index.htm of which I could never find a good use.. Initially I used a softshackle, and attached the block to the loop on the mizzen downhaul hook. This worked great until I lost the softshackle. Now I use a Wal-mart 100lb rated aluminum carabiner, and it is faster and works better then I could have ever imagined. Derigging and rolling everything into my canvas grocery store bag I put the staysail in is a snap. For tacking I drop the sail, untie the sheet from sail, re-position around the mast, retie. Aft of main mast 1 foot, I have an eye hook on each side. With a quick release pin, it's easy to move the line back and forth. For re-hoisting, I have a figure eight in the halyard 12" above the sail head (thanks Graham for that advice). All I can say is that easily removable cleat system with a block is the best advice I can give.
  6. Thanks Chuck & Paul.. Running at beginning our top speed of 8.5 knots was reefed. In retrospect we should have unreefed as soon as we started running, and moved my father to back with me for more speed. We could have cut two hours off our race time. We where reefed because of strong wind and beginning, and variable stuff from helicopter down-wash going past. Later in the light wind switching around it sucked for an hour or so. We had enough wind to move at knot and half, and where paddling to add another knot of speed in middle of race. Coming back in the 10-12 foot waves with 32 knots behind us really sucked. As Randy pointed out, it's a testament to the boat design that we survived without capsizing, or major problems. At the time and for several hours afterwords I did not feel like that after four hours in that weather. I believe my first thought upon getting back was that I should sell the boat to who ever offered me anything. It was exhausting running with big waves 3 seconds apart, and every 7 seconds having a bigger wave coming at an off angle to the other waves. I wasn't counting seconds, but it turns out my father was logging it, and watching his watch. My mother crossing on the Blackball ferry which passed us, heard wave heights from the Captain. For me the hardest part of boat ownership is kids who want more boat. My daughters loved riding in Randy's Belhaven 19 the other day, especially the cabin, and the ability to pop up through forward hatch. Also, I didn't realize how much I missed having a cabin. For shooting video, the worst part is editing. I took 30 minutes of decent video, and my goal was including photos for under 5 minutes of video time. There was lots of beautiful long shots of just sailing, and looking around, but most people don't want to sit and just watch that. Maybe I should post those as other videos. Also, giving credit to those who supported you or gave expensive knives as promos.
  7. Video of race to alaska.. Some great shots of staysail flying, and yes I had it up in way to much wind, as you might be able to tell once or twice from the water whipping past.
  8. Back in Us. After helicopter almost capsized us at start line (read the news), we started race reefed. Maybe running we should have unreefed, but we hit 9knots reefs and dug bow in a couple of times. Went west before shipping lane convergence zone we where told to avoid. About the time we started north, wind died for a couple hours.. a card game out two later, we got some wind and made it to Victoria. Coming back today was rough, accidently cursed on radio while reporting position to vessel traffic, because it has gotten so rough at 32 knots of wind, we wanted to update our location. Mid broadcast, got slammed between waves, and sails kissed other wave with water coming over side.. We stayed pretty dry until motoring into the wind tunnel in the protected Anchorage at port Angeles. Water and spray constantly over bow and dripping.
  9. Back in Us. After helicopter almost capsized us at start line (read the news), we started race reefed. Maybe running we should have unreefed, but we hit 9knots reefs and dug bow in a couple of times. Went west before shipping lane convergence zone we where told to avoid. About the time we started north, wind died for a couple hours.. a card game out two later, we got some wind and made it to Victoria. Coming back today was rough, accidently cursed on radio while reporting position to vessel traffic, because it has gotten so rough at 32 knots of wind, we wanted to update our location. Mid broadcast, got slammed between waves, and sails kissed other wave with water coming over side.. We stayed pretty dry until motoring into the wind tunnel in the protected Anchorage at port Angeles. Water and spray constantly over bow and dripping.
  10. Tent worked, reefing systems excelled, we beat the Scamp including a one on one rowing, and dodger dodger kept boat dry!
  11. #Foggysailing on Twitter or Facebook. Nice warm summer day. Time for a lineless tan
  12. Dodger, tent, and improved tiller tamer are complete!! Boat goes a lot faster with my much improved centerboard and rudder. I faired, sanded, graphited, sanded etc. I attached a photo showing the tiller tamer.. We plan on purchasing a small SS s-hook and closing one end, to make removal faster then the carabiner. It's straight up bungee cord, and we tried a plastic/aluminum cleat the aluminum grabbed the bungee much easier.. No need to hook in a piece of rope to it. Having the big screw in hook right behind where I grab the tiller, versus further back means the tiller can turn harder, and less chance of scraping top of boat. Boat still doesn't ROW worth crap in HEAVY wind.. Once broadside to wind with board down, very hard to turn boat using forward rowing station, and rudder all the way over.
  13. http://www.concept2.com/oars/related-products/oarlocks Great prices, comes with bushings to adjust blade angle into water, and provide your own pin.. I used half inch SS bolt 7 inches long. I will never have another bronze oarlock break.
  14. Finished sanding foils, while wet with 320grit. Process was 4 coats of graphite epoxy with 80 grit in between. Then 120 grit, 220 wet, and 320 grit wet. Still a couple small areas of epoxy that could be a little flatter, and a few raised spots from filling in minor imperfections, and a couple of touches or primer showing through. However, I think I'm at the point of diminishing returns and will be skipping any more coats this time around. The other side is almost perfect!! The difference was I went to 120grit before applying the first coat of graphite epoxy.. It seems to have made everything easier for later sanding.
  15. My 10' 4" hollow beachwood oars with douglas oar locks are awesome. I found some old sculling oars at the boatshop in need of repair, scrapped/bleached/glassed/epoxy tips, and reused for some awesome oars. I have tried a paid of 10-11' snap together oars with carbon fiber blades intended for whitewater rafting; my only complaint was they felt heavy when rowing, both where extremely durable and folded up great in the bottom of CS17 or trunk of my car. The curved spoon blades are the beachwood oars handle great moving the boat at 2.5knots and if I try hard 3.5knots.