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Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

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Tomorrow I will post a pic of the "bridge" that my solar panel forms across the sliding hatch runners. The solar panel forms the sea hood or "garage" for the hatch but there is a space between the forard end of the hatch and the panel when the hatch is closed, and this allowed a small spray of water to enter in a storm when towing. I am looking at ways to fix this very small problem.

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Amos, I don't plan on buying the Kit. I have the assembly instructions though, so I'd have to sort of invent my own plans. I am not sure if just the plans are available. I think for right now I'm going to wrap up the rest of the stuff topsides and flip the boat. I need to get moving!

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Here are two pics of my solar panel used as a garage for the long sliding hatch. I need to add a section between the panel and the closed hatch, or some other strategy to ensure that no water can be forced under the front of the hatch. I have made a cover for the panel to protect it when travelling and when rigging, just in case I drop a pair of pliers or something onto the glass top.

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Drew, I'm not sure what I'm seeing. Is that some kind of track (not wood) the hatches are running in? And it looks like maybe they are curved (not absolutely sure). I like the low profile. What would happen if the panel was just back farther?

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Amos, the runners are simply a length of hardwood with a track routed into each to take the side of the hatch. I simply wax it occasionally and it runs nice and smooth. The tracks are dead straight, the hatch has a curve upwards (slight dome). Across the front of the tracks near the forard tabernacle I have included a straight breakwater and the front end of the panel is screwed to that. I decided not to make it able to be angled to keep the cable run simple, although the rear mounts could easily act as hinges if I choose.

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I finished, just short of epoxy coating, the anchor locker. I bought a Manson Supreme Anchor on sale for an amazing deal awhile ago. These work pretty good in our waters. The great news is the 10 pounder fits easily through the anchor locker hatch. I my add a bit of protection along the sides where it may wear. I had already glassed the bottom.

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This morning, with the nice picture Alan posted on Drew's page, I worked out my hatch configuration. I'm making all the parts out of Spanish Cedar. Jazz hands isn't going to have a ton of woodwork, but the hatch trim and boards will be out of some Spanish Cedar I have laying around. This picture shows some scraps I laid up against the current opening and began my planning. I have almost scrap Okume to make all the hatches. 9mm is pretty rare around here, so I'll be making some myself by laminating 3mm to 6mm. I already laminated to 6mm pieces together for the main hatch.  I had just put my cement blocks away......had to get them back out.

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Fired up that Chick is back making chips, or at least planning to make chips......

 

 

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A layer (or two) of 12 ounce biax on the back of the 1/4" hatch cover will stiffen it up to rival 3/8" plywood. I'd also line that locker with some fabric too, maybe Xynole to make it especially tough, as anchors tend to be hard on things, as they bounce around and generally get dropped into place.

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Steve, I put some of that rubber mat with holes in it that you can buy from camping stores to use as a tent floor, about 3/8 inch thick on the bottom of the anchor well. I just remove it after each trip and hose it off and dry out the anchor well. To protect the top edge from the anchor chain I shaped a piece of rubber mat that I drape over the edge and hook onto my fairleads.

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Drew, I like the tip on the anchor floor mat. I already had a piece of that "foam" and it's already cut. Par. I am adding a bit of glass on the spots that will see contact on the hull side and tabernacle. And Amos, after I get the hull done (flip soon) I am going to glass the fore deck. I am just going to tape the cabin chines. If I had kids as young as yours I'd do what you did. My kids favorite saying after doing something silly (destructive) was "oopsies". I miss that.

 

Today's pictures.  More pics Monday as I think this weekend is a finish the hatch weekend. Not much going on.

 

Unlike a hair cut, you can put it back.......

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They make a goofy plastic lattice that is perfect for the bottom of areas like that anchor locker.

It emulates those lattices made from slats of wood, but in some durable injected plastic. Tough, easy to cut, drains well, and easy to remove and clean.

 

It works awesome in the bottom of a footwell, too...

 

Finish the hatch weekend? We are on the same weekend. :) The forward hatch I’m making just hinges, though, and the slider is rough and ready, so my work is WAY easier than yours.

 

Still. Hatch buds!

 

Your perseverance on this project is commendable and inspirational. This is an enormous amount of work to do around a full life, and especially a life that keeps offering “speed bumps”.

 

Thanks for this. Even if I rarely comment, I’ve been watching your build.

 

Just keep swimming...

 

Peace,

Robert

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On my DAYsailer, I have a portable LED system.  99% of the time, I’m home eating supper before the sun goes down.  But if I’m doing some twilight fishing, for example, these come out.  The mounts are already in place.  All I have to do is clip them into their mounting brackets (not the suction cups!), and turn them on.  If/when I get to doing some camp cruising, I’ll hoist a handheld lamp aloft.  I guess it all depends on how often you will use them.  Now, mind you, if I had a mark III, I might have to rethink my strategy.  But I’m trying to employ the KISS (Keep It Simple, Silsbe) method.

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Robert, I appreciate the shout out. But I think you put the jinx on me! I got the flu and had to take a break for my hatch progress while I puked and slept. This is the weekend!

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Nope. Jinxed us both. I ripped mine all apart and started afresh. It still very rough.

Of course, I didn’t get sick, but I have been this year, so we’re even. :)

 

Get better. 

 

Peace,

Robert

 

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Well my worst fear is upon me. With the announcement of Alan and Taylor's build in action, I better get moving. I'm on the three years Anniversary of picking up my kit! The race is on.

 

Anyway, I made some progress on the Hatch. I have some unique requirements. Because of the need to get this boat out of my basement, it needs to be completely removable. I decided since I was doing that I could lower the profile of Graham's design because I needn't worry about removing the "garage" top. I also widened the rails a bit so I could angle them back a bit. Yes it adds a tiny bit of weight, which I have been trying not to do anywhere, but I just like the look. I also carried the hatch retainers up to the top. My mind feels like these are a bit wide aesthetically.

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Every book on joinery I've read always talks about a "ship lap" joint. Finally I got to use one.

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I have a bit of work to do on the front hatch, but I'll be glad when this is over. I really wanted the flip to have happened by now.

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