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Pat Kelly

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  1. Sailing through the sawgrass

    You are welcome, Tom. I'm glad to be a part of the B&B community, still loving my boat after 8 years.
  2. Sailing through the sawgrass

    Try that link on Vimeo, the resolution is better, same clip. Should be able to cut and paste the web address from the webpage.
  3. Sailing through the sawgrass

    I have been thinking about and planning this trip for almost a year. There is only a small window of opportunity to make a run like this, you need enough water in the slough and a good north wind. In the summer there is plenty of water but no north wind, in the winter there is plenty of north wind but the water levels drop so that it is not passable. Fall is the only time to do it. The park service post real time water depth readings from several stations along the route to help with the planning and we were just waiting for a nice cold front to come through to blow us down wind. There really is no turning back once started as it is too far to push and you need a N to NE wind of at least 15 knots to make it work as the grass can be quite sticky and the friction slows you down. We launched in the L67 canal on the South side of Tamiami Trail and sailed down that for a few miles before portaging through 400 feet of tall sawgrass and cattails to get to a park service airboat trail. You can follow the airboat trail all the way down to the headwaters of the Shark River and the run is almost all in a Southwest direction with the exception of a couple miles where we coaxed the boat into a beam reach with only a couple inches of centerboard and rudder in the water. The inland portion of the trip was all in water no deeper than 2'. Once in the creeks, it was a nice fast sail 35 miles mostly downwind and across Whitewater Bay back to the boat ramp in Flamingo. Two full days, sunup to sundown, about 75 miles, lots of sore muscles
  4. Sailing through the sawgrass

    I think this youtube video link will work...
  5. Sailing through the sawgrass

    If you clink the Spot page you should be able to toggle from map to satellite view that will give you the google earth look. This trip was most likely the first of its kind in terms of the size of the boat that has made it through Shark River slough, at least in modern times. Here's a couple more pictures
  6. You all might like this trip. Tony Pernas and I just finished an amazing run through the everglades in my Core Sound 20 number 17. I found out that a CS20 can do a broad reach through 4 foot sawgrass in 18" of water. That was the fun part. I also found out that it is possible to push her through 6 foot sawgrass in 8" of water for a mile or so but it ain't easy. That was the hard part. I'll try to paste a link to our Spot track as well as some photos, still waiting for more video to download. The boat performed flawlessly, I love my Core Sound! http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0vnyuhJz64ekpjAoP8GCIr912oKQ3AYlC You have to open all 5 pages to see the whole trip.
  7. B&B boats in south florida?

    I have my CS 20 in Key Largo and sail her when I can. I just saw a new CS 17 in the parking lot of the Miami Yacht Club, can't remember the owners name. Yes, great waters for sailing here, long season too. Pat
  8. Expedition Planning

    I've not done any sailing outside of coastal Florida but can certainly recommend the area for some fine winter sailing. I just recently moved to the Miami area with my CS20 in tow and having the boat here has been a saving grace. My wife and I have explored many areas within a short drive of the city and while Miami in my opinion is an overcrowded and frustrating place the near shore waters here are still clear, warm, and shallow. I particularly like Florida Bay around the upper Keys for fishing and birdwatching and Whitewater Bay which is brackish lake within the Everglades Park. It's a bit of a drive from just about anywhere but the bugs aren't bad, it's not too hot, and we have some fair winds this time of year. Pat
  9. CS17 keel

    I ran a planer up the seam where the two bottom panels meet a few times to make a flat surface to mate with my keel stock. Then I sheathed the entire hull in fiberglass before bedding in and screwing down the keel. I don't remember how the plans read on this one. Pat
  10. Core Sound 20 sailing performance

    I have been sailing my CS20 for about a year and a half. While I've only single handed her a couple times, I am always thinking along those lines as I trailer, launch, retrieve, rig, reef, dock, and sail. Trailering is a breeze, the boat is light and easy to tow and though my trailer is 8' wide it doesn't need to be that way in fact it would be easier around town with a narrower trailer. I put those plastic bunk covers on my trailer so I can launch the boat with an easy shove. Sometimes I rig the masts in the parking lot before I launch, sometimes I step the masts while floating. Stepping the masts is the trickiest part for me, I leave the sails furled around the masts and lift the whole rig off the boat, spin it, get it vertical, and ease it into its step by myself. The difficulty factor increases with windage and boat movement. The sprits and sheets rig in a couple minutes, drop the rudder into place and you are off. The boat is as simple to sail as Graham says docile on all points of sail, fine in light airs best in medium strength wind. I think it performs well on all points of sail because of its light weight and with its beam it feels stable. I've never tipped it over but I know it will go as I buried the rail and let some water in over the coaming one day.(the rudder had kicked up and the helm didn't respond as I put it over) I've had it planing on a beam reach with four guys on board. I've never been out in even moderately rough seas but I think the boat would handle a pretty good chop well. I would like to make arrangements so that in a reefing situation or in an approaching thunderstorm I could tend the mainsail without spending too much time standing on the forward deck. I love my Core Sound, it's a great design that sails fast and easy and looks good doing it.
  11. Alaskan Invite

    I will be on the Kenai Peninsula for the last half of July and the first half of August. I would love to go for a sail during that time. If you are trailering south at all, let me know via email. I may come up to the interior also. Pat
  12. Spindrifts

    Wow, With all this talk, I found my way back (again) to the B&B site and had a good look at this little tender. She looks great and her racing history says a lot. Now I am thinking of building one myself. After my modest success at putting together the Core Sound 20 and with my confidence in Graham's designs and assistance, you might just see me at the next B&B messabout with a couple of B&B winners in tow. Pat
  13. The Tin Bin pics

    Styge, Those are an incredible group of construction photos. It looks like you did a great job turning the Core Sound into an aluminum boat, tape and tack I guess. Did you work with Graham on it much? I love it, got any photos of the tin bin on the water? How's the salmon fishing this year? Pat Kelly CS 20 #17
  14. CS 20 PHOTOS...(what engine to get too?)

    Rob, That's a good question and one I have been thinking of for quite a while now. I am thinking along the lines of the Honda 2 four stroke. Super light weight, air cooled, integral gas tank, etc. Probably too small to move the CS20 upwind or upcurrent all that well but as an auxillary it might be a good choice. I will mount mine on a lightwieght bracket off the transom. For me the weight is the deciding factor. I am interested in what others think. Pat
  15. Graham. Your designs are beautiful and the individual boats are satisifying to build and sail. You said about the core sound boats that they are not designed to be racing boats but I appreciate how you design for speed. Keep up the good work and thanks. Pat