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Batman    4

Paul, I am inspired by your pictures.  I am getting ready to order paint.  Can you tell me more specifics about the type you used for the interior and bottom?  Did you use Total Boat 2part epoxy primer or the TotalBoat topside primer (one part).....

 

Another question if you don't mind...

I read somewhere that solid stock parts such as the tiller don't should not be epoxy coated, but just varnished with several coats.  What about rub rails, center thwart, and other pieces that are not plywood?  Epoxy or not?  I can't remember where I read about that.

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Paul356    25

Hey, Batman,

 

I used Total Boat one-part urethane on the blue and white areas.  I was very happy with the result.  I used two (sometimes more) coats of primer and two (sometimes more) coats of final.  I sanded lightly between coats.  By lightly sanded, I mean sanded by hand with 220 or 320 on a block or simply folded.  I did NOT wipe the primer with xylene, as suggested, because I found it took the primer right off. 

I know a lot of folks have used the two-part, but neither my skills nor time availability seemed up to mixing batches of use-or-lose two part.  In the cockpit, I finished off floor areas with one coat of Total Boat non-skid on top of the TB color coat (again lightly sanded).  I was very happy with that result.

 

I epoxied the dimension lumber before varnishing.  Part of that is habit from previous boats, part is belt and suspenders.  I might be inclined to skip the epoxy the "next" time, based on comments on this board from others with more experience.  I have always felt, tho, that the epoxy gives me a nice base to varnish.  Works for me.  

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meester    22

Congrats Paul.  Your contented sigh at the end of the video made me grin.  Ahhhh!

Bob

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Paul356    25

Here are some more pictures as I continue to sail this wonderful design and become more and more familiar with it.  We spent a week with the family at Green Lake, a large and sailing-friendly body of water north of here.  Our place wasn't the best for sailboats, in that I had to take the masts down every night since there was no good mooring spot and the boat lift had a roof frame on it.  Nonetheless, sailing heads prevailed and we logged many miles.  Also broke in Miss Q, the Suzuki outboard, which ran smoother every day.  I still have not run a full gallon of gas through it, but the break-in period is definitely improving idle and slow-speed performance.  Enough words:

 

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Wing on wing is so easy as to just happen.

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Heading in on a beam reach.  Love that mast bend.

 

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Paul356    25

Grandson helped build the boat, so naturally he wanted to crew

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In the boat lift.  Made for a nice overnight -- except for the need to take down the masts.  We were on the south shore, so exposed to prevailing breezes.

 

Motoring = real slick    https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN9kJSIEtS_h4rGfV1WmQlTSxXwDrTFbOMNRtRZF-GdR4YiTPE0AA1cL0aD_vgggQ/photo/AF1QipNaBtuYxFrgi2DjyGrGkdzkCu3v4P6Lu4ByTlhP?key=YXM1Uzk4TE95S2EwcGR1SFNUdTc0anQySHNKWVRn

 

Speed was an easy 6 mph at around half throttle, depending on wind and load.

 

 

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Paul356    25

Off on an expedition to town 5 mi away on a broad reach.  The wind had come up a bit, so a good chance to check out reefed sails.  No problem.  With five aboard (including grandson), we skimmed right along in comfort.  Just started, so still getting the rudder down.

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A little video from the trip.  We move smartly in this boat, reef or no.  https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN9kJSIEtS_h4rGfV1WmQlTSxXwDrTFbOMNRtRZF-GdR4YiTPE0AA1cL0aD_vgggQ/photo/AF1QipONK9QdZt6QvH-OA_1ogSeBgQY5XIasv5GPd3ru?key=YXM1Uzk4TE95S2EwcGR1SFNUdTc0anQySHNKWVRn 

 

 

 

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I could have shaken out the reefs by now as the wind came down, but the boat was still moving so nicely, why bother?

 

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What we live for

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Paul356    25

Here's one for Alan, who likes spaghetti.  As my son-in-law the Thistle sailor said, "There's a lot going on here....."

 

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