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

    Looks great Drew. Again i like the colors. I am looking for a trailer myself. It's not easy. I can't wait to hear you shakedown reports.
  2. Spindrift 12 build log

    I can't speak for that exact trailer but I have my 11N on a PWC trailer and it works great. Mines a little different and I built a rack above it so I can load a Sunfish we have and haul the two to the water.
  3. Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Thanks for the forward. Tonight I'll start this!
  4. Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Amos, did your plans include offsets for the bending radius? How did you get that?
  5. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Pete, fantastic is all I can say.
  6. Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Can anyone else see the pictures?
  7. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    I stopped home for lunch today and waiting by my garage was three big boxes of stuff from B & B. Sails (Main, Mizzen, Mizzen Staysail) and battens, the new style mast track and rivets, the oval port lights that Carlita sports (these look really great), and some of that sweet B & B epoxy filler that makes all others seem lame. While I work on the cabin top , I'll also start assembling the masts and look for stock for the sprits. I just had a bathroom remodeled and am forced to build closet organizers out on my back deck because there is this giant project in my shop! One question for today: Is that 4 part main sheet necessary? It sure seems excessive.
  8. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    That is great news that it works, and the simplest of all is a bonus! I was worried that bringing it down was going to be hard, but apparently not!
  9. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    I spent a little time in the basement sorting through this dilemma this weekend. I'm not getting any stronger as I age, so it's worth thinking about now. I till manhandle my masts on my Sea Pearl and have even done it underway, but it sure was easier 10 years ago. I used the line drawing and standing in various locations to try and work through some stuff. Since the goal is to not stand on the cabin top to erect or bring down the mast, the options are tough. I imagine the elusive trench hatch would have made this point mute, but I spent two years thinking about that and don't think there is a solution for that style hatch that doesn't have compromises. So that said, I ultimately think that simplicity after safety make this a problem. I like Ken's design, because if that tabernacle can't hold 200+ pounds of force, something is wrong. The way it's designed, I just can't see it being a problem. It's safe on the way up and down as it's always under tension. At best it may need a couple of side stays to keep the mast centered. And making the extension a bit higher makes the loads less. The downside is taking the mast down while underway and for me that is desirable. There are lots of grade A skinny sailing water accessible only be getting under a bridge where I live. Anytime you have to store gear like an A-frame aboard and take time to rig, it just creates complexity. For me complexity subtracts from enjoyment. I think PARS idea makes a lot of sense and would be the safest, but you would have to put a slot on the anchor well bulkhead and then figure out a way to seal it when underway. I would foresee the winch as a removable affair that could be stowed in the forward deep locker but braced against the bulkhead behind the tabernacle in use. I hadn't thought much about Chick's forward sliding hatch but I can see the wisdom now of it in being able to just push the mast up with your legs from a step stool. But how would this work coming down? It will be fun to see what the final outcome that works best is. As disappointed as I am to not be as far along as I want to be, there are some good things about following the trailblazers.
  10. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Ken......exactly what I was thinking, except if you unhook the trailer winch and take it through a turning block, you have a good purchase with a ratchet lock.
  11. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Pete, that is a huge post to digest, but first of all.....congratulations! I remember my first sail in "Suzy J" and how excited I was and this is a much much larger accomplishment. Thoughts: 1. I like PARS idea of a roller, but there are a few things you can also start out doing that can make a big difference. Since the back wheels of your truck are close to the hitch, a drop hitch of 1 or 2 " or so wouldn't effect the clearance much of the tongue, but would probably raise the back of your trailer a similar amount. The downside would be a little deeper launch, but I bet you have no trouble as low as Chessie sits. You could also maybe move the hitch post forward or move the axle back a bit depending on weight distribution. I have the same problem with my Sea Pearl and I have the winch post forward enough I can't slip through between car and trailer, which is a pain, but it gives me the clearance to get her out of the barn without hitting. I just load more gear back a little to keep tongue weight correct. 2. Kens idea is a good one. You can also easily add a chrome D-ring to the extension to act like a turning block and actually use the winch strap itself tied to the halyard to pull it up. I'll also add I used to have a Capri 18 with a very heavy mast. I had an extension attached to the rudder that allowed me to get the mast tipped pretty far up and it held it there while I went to my winch and pulled it up. This "pre-raising" got the angle right for that 2nd step with the winch. 3. How much time do you attribute to the actual rigging? I wonder what an experience Core Sound Sprit rig sailor could expect with a bit of practice getting into the water. Keep the reports coming!
  12. Motor Canoe project

    Awesome looking boat. I really can see the utility of it. I had an Old Town discovery Sport which is as close to a production equivalent as there may be. I found that the motor tilt was critical. If the motor is tipped forward a bit, the drive will lift the aft end a bit and prevent the behavior you speak of. I bought one of those plates that sits clips on the cavatation plate (I know that isn't really what it does) that made the motor into sort of a trim tab. A huge help. Second, a tiller extension that allows you to use the twist grip throttle (I'm cheap and made mine) from a bit forward is the ticket. When I soloed, I would use a small bucket upside down to sit on and get my weight forward, or if I was going through the rougher stuff, just sit on the bottom with a cushion.
  13. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Thank you for the update Pete. I can't wait to here about your sailing trials. I sure hope my Suzuki works. Mine is mounted a bit forward and maybe a bit lower, but we'll see. I was concerned enough to make sure my Honda 2 long shaft would work if needed. Please take many pictures and videos. If all goes well maybe we'll be down at the MASCF and get a sail. I just returned from a week in Germany, and Jazz hands already has some spider webs on her. I may get after her this weekend, but I'm not rushing.
  14. Aussie CS 20-3#5 "Dragonfly"

    Mark, somewhere there is a pic of me (6'0") sitting in Doug Cameron's CS20.3 #1. I drove a long way to get this question answered. I just fit. Things you could do would be to raise the cabin, but I think boxing out a section of the bunk to lower it with a filler might work depending on if that height is from legs or torso. As for sleeping, I am making a filler board that just fills about 15" between the berths. I slept in the boat one night (it's in my basement shop) and I felt the width is just a bit narrow. The length will easily accommodate you. Pete M built a pocketship before Chessie so maybe he can give you his thoughts. I have a Sea Pearl as my current boat and love the cat catch rig.
  15. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Pete, if you haven't posted in awhile, the way posts show as I have things configured, your thread drops. I always get excited when a Mark I I I post shows, especially ones like yours that are always detailed. And you have been pretty proloific.....so to find you all the way on page 3 was a concern. I'm glad you are well. Did you get Chessie back from B&B? As for the motor......I put my Honda 2 in which is long shaft, and that is my fall back. Do you think the light weight of the boat and your anchor on its mount so forward was a factor?