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  1. Hi Pete, Cropped the picture so as not to show too much and steal your 3D thunder but inquiring minds want to know...
  2. B&B's look good flying along at the bottom of Texas or sitting still at the top of Texas. A couple pictures from BOOTS at Texoma.,,, Merry Christmas
  3. Its a question I have wondered about a few times. The Belhaven Design does not seem to be so popular. Maybe many have been built but they are not so public about it, but the only one I've heard of is Scott's. With so may CS being built why don't we see more Belhavens? I love my Cs-17 but the belhaven is on my list to build. Is it because the the CS 20 with a cabin has replaced the need for this design? I see a couple advantages of the Belhaven over the CS 20 with a cabin. First there is safety. I like that Graham really thought about safety in this design. I don't see the Belhaven going turtle very easily. The extra width has to give a little extra room too I see you can get a kitchen sink in there. I probably would not do this and mainly use it instead of a tent. The other thing is it looks better than the Cs20 with a lid in my opinion. Maybe not as traditional looking as the Princess Sharpie or even the weekender. But much easier to build than the Princess Sharpie and a much bigger boat than the weekender. What I think are drawbacks are the 7ft beam not sure if towing something that wide is any problem. The ballast, what are the options here how much lead is required? It looks like there is alot of freeboard also compared with the CS. I guess that is part of the safety in this design and required to have the head room and self draining cockpit. Any other thoughts on the Pros and Cons of this design?
  4. Yeah I tried the vinegar without any luck. I had a fairly large area so I scrapped as much goo off as possible with a paint scrapper. It was impossible for me to get it all up. So then went back with another coat of epoxy with a little extra part B in it since I figured that was what was short on the gooey batch. Hard as a rock now.
  5. I agree with Gordy on almost everything. In fact I built my boat based on his reports. But on this one I think I agree with Ray. The big chop hitting up high on the hull seems to give the most spray or more like buckets of water flying up and coming down in the front area of the cockpit. I got to watch this for several hours as we beat across two bays in the Texas 200. I sat up front most the way as the dinghy racer, Pete, drove it hard. But who needs foulies? I never once felt cold. We docked just behind the EC22 and I immediately told Graham "That's a wet design" ( even though the hot air had already dried my clothes). He replied that at least its a fast design as we were the third boat in behind only the EC-22 and a Hobie 18. Some boats including some production boats never made it across and decided to stay in the protection of the ICW. I only brag because I was not at helm; if I were we would have had a more cautious and slower trip across. One thing I need is the Anderson balers and better hatches in the seats because I had to bale for long time after we arrived even though we baled during the trip. I think Graham mentioned something about a record amount of water in a CS.
  6. Here's a picture of Traveler heading up the channel and another one of Southern Skimmer cruising in the ICW having just passed a barge that was going 8 mph. We had some boat problems too as we bent the mizzen mast at a speed of 10.6 mph on the first day with the stay sail in use while trying to catch the CS20. Don't worry guys it is not a design issue; mine is not the specified material and we didn't have the best angle on the back stay nor did we have the halyard pulled up to the stop knot. Nevertheless Graham bent it back into shape for me and gave us some instruction on how to use it better. If your going cruising, it's always good to cruise with the boat designer. Cheers, Tim
  7. My grandfather built a plywood boat in Grand Rapids many years ago before we had such good design and material choices. You want to sail in some wind and with 4 people on board so the CS15 sounds like the way to go. Its just a little larger, with a few inches more beam, a newer design, and designed primarily for sailing. You might want to look at the CS-17 again if your going for the big water. Everyone always thinks they should have gotten just a little larger boat. But I think the 17 is not too large for most. One person can handle the 17's masts and it can fit in a standard garage or carport. A little harder to row and more cost of materials to build- thats true. Enjoy the journey- Tim
  8. It's so nice looking that it's tempting to me and I already have one. If I bought it then no one would come up to me at the boat ramp and say "Did you build that yourself?" or "Is that a Bolger instant boat?". Nice work Charlie. It's fun to follow your work pieces around. My first boat was really rough and someone was able to hold it together for a trailer ride all the way to Colorado where he sailed it. My kayak was given away and well used in the rivers of central Texas for few years and then came back to my home again when the family I gave it to moved back to Plano.
  9. I would really like to go but have no experience in this type of sailing. When we get together with the BOOTS crew I consider it a major feat to sail to a point 5 miles away in a lake and make it back without a tow. I've sailed farther in better winds but all of my sailing has been daysailing normally for 3-4 hours at a time. I think I need to study the requirements some more and maybe try sailing for 10-12 hours straight before signing on for such a trip. The salt water would be good though because Travis told me I need to get some more rust on my trailer.
  10. Hi Ken, It is not a good idea to keep the sails rolled on the mast because if you lose a mast on the highway you will lose the sail also. . One time I took my boat to show someone, it was the inspector for the title, I took the mast off the boat but I forgot that the mast helps to hold the hatch in place at highway speed. In the rear view mirror I saw it going flying into tall grass on the side of the road but never could find it. I do keep mine rolled up on the mast never wory about padding and never have seen marks from the PVC crutch. Tim
  11. Hej Rune, How's the weather in Sk
  12. Hi Tom, Will you write instructions of your combined method for those who follow behind or do you suggest we buy both books? Thanks, Tim
  13. Terry, glad your Ok. I'm sure if I sail enough it could happen to me. Jeff, sometimes if your on a broad or even beam reach it seems like its best to release both sheets in a strong gust because you don't want to try to make a 90 degree or more turn into the wind when you already riding near the rail. Also something I learned by letting someone more experienced at the helm in wind. He always held the opposite side sheet. Then he never had to reach behind another passenger (sitting near the twart) and always had the sheet in hand.
  14. What Charlie said -I'll only add one thing don't forget to put the board down. If you launch from shallow water, sometimes you don't have enough hands fast enough and suddenly you forget the board, try to steer into the wind and you can't. I've beat myself up over this before. :oops: Enjoy your launch; It's a real high to pull in the sheets the first time on a hand made boat.