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  2. Thanks for the reply...had already gotten all the forms printed and ready to go for registering a home built vessel...saw a thread where a guy got his inspected by USCG and passed.....got me thinking about those type regs...sure enough there are pages upon pages of different flotation specs depending on the type boat you have....your answer was what I was expecting but thought I'd ask the question just in case to make allowances in my build.
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  4. Title and registration efforts in Florida are pretty easy for a home built. Contact the "Fish and Wildlife" department and arrange for them to come out for an inspection. They'll send an officer, who'll look her over and go over the paper work that'll need to be sent to Tallahassee. With the paperwork filled, you'll eventually receive a registration and title. USCG flotation testing has nothing to do with home built units, unless attempting to meet class and/or commercial certification requirements - read lots more paper work and yes, some testing, though usually a (NA supplied) stability booklet will do instead of incline testing. Where (part of FL) are you receiving this information?
  5. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Very impressive Pete. I think you have set a high standard with some very practical ideas.
  6. A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    I'm getting ready to glue on the gunwales. I decided to use faux transom braces so that there would be a solid purchase into which to screw the gunwales, fore & aft. The photoes show packaging tape on the ends of each brace. The bevels (matching the extension of the sheer lines) were easily cut with a hand saw before dry-fitting the gunwales. The bow transom brace and closeup of the starboard-side interface: The transom brace and port-side intersection: On the starboard-side closeup you can see where the laminates are bolted together. After breaking her wrist [ice storm Dec 2016] my Annie doesn't have the hand strength to be my mixer. So, I'll have to mix and spread thickened epoxy all myself. I'm going to take advantage of the next few days which should be fairly cold. That should give me a little more "pot life" for the epoxy job. Annie will be able to hold up the aft end as I start the glueing and screwing from the bow.
  7. Did you have to submit to a Coast Guard flotation test???
  8. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Ooh-ooh, I LIKE!!! Great job! I like the red and white "barber pole", too.
  9. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Graham. You know me too well. But, maybe I've gotten 'hold of some good' ol Southern sweet tea that was sitting in the sun for too long. Hey, wait, WHAT Sun. Maybe Tiger's answer is closer to the truth. Also been breathing too much cyanoacrylate glue (Super glue to y'all.) that I use in building my models.
  10. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Some folk have also been imbibing in the strange stuff along with Chick.
  11. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Chessie now has her Dodger and is tucked snugly away in her garage just as Virginia gets ready for the last [hopefu;;y] snow on the 2nd day of spring. Just before Dave (Potomac Canvas Co.) started cutting canvas, I stood under the dry-fitted tubing and decided that the headroom [under to tubing] wouldn't be enough for me to stand in the companionway and comfortably use a hand-held urinal. So I asked Dave if he could cut me a "zippered" opening in the top that would give me unlimited headroom while standing on the cabin sole. He wouldn't guarantee it to be waterproof, but we decided that it would resist all but the hardest rain. And if the companionway hatch is closed, leaking wouldn't matter anyway. And, after final assembly, we discovered another reason to have the opening. It allows for deployment / stowage of the Dodger while on the water. I suppose that will be occasionally useful, but for the most part I'll probably sail with the Dodger deployed. I'll discover if that's the case during this summer's cruising season. Dave originally didn't recommend that the Dodger (even in stowed position) be on the cabin roof while trailering on the highway. But he made a "dust cover" for me anyway. And seeing how well it's secured on the cabin roof, he thought highway travel would be OK. In fact I hit 60 to 70 mph while trailering her home from the canvas shop without any problems. Here are a few photos: The planned "sky-light": The next two photos show the "Boot" -- which we originally called just a "dust cover": The black item is simply a piece of pipe insulation slipped over the leading edge as "chafe" protection where the canvas and tubing rest on the dodger's coaming. Entrance / exit thru the companionway hatch is slightly impeded when Dodger in stowed position.. View from the starboard-side helmsman position. I'd say the view is not significantly impeded. Skylight open and rolled up. View from aft, starboard and port. View from forward and closeup of attachment hardware. Once folded and in the "boot" the whole thing can be removed by just lining up the retainers and pulling the pins. Later, I'll post the weight of the whole thing. NOTICE the wrinkles in the top. They will be "tensioned" out when Dave sends me the "tensioning" straps which will pull the top "tight" with extra leverage much more so than the little bungee cords on the ear-flaps. The first straps wouldn't release easily. By-the-way: The skylight allows one to reach all the turn-buttons while standing on the cabin sole. Absent that feature, deployment and stowage would have to be made on shore before launch. With the skylight open -- I can launch with the Dodger in its boot and strapped to the cabin roof for road transport. Perhaps not deployed at all during a day-sail, or only at anchor (on an overnight cruise).
  12. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    It’s the concentration and inhalation of epoxy vapors which causes it, Graham. We all get it, to a certain extent. It’s an enhancer, so sort of intensifies the latent personality. I, for example, am practically unintelligible after a session of pox huffing. I talk more in spirals than circles, and I speed WAY up. Sort of a chipmunk affair, but much less entertaining. Peace, Robert
  13. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Whoa Chick. Has that cold mountain air gotten to you! If I did not know you better I would be wondering if you have gotten a little close to some of that moonshine.
  14. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    There are some materials that just shouldn't be used on a boat and particle board is one of them, as is Masonite. Even encapsulated, they'll just piss you off in the end.
  15. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    William Atkin said it's bad. Only good for drawer bottoms. Son, John, not so much. Works fine for interior bulkheads and "furniture' in fiberglass yachts. At least until water gets in and wicks up from the bilge.
  16. About LWL line on plan

    The Vacationer is a design I know well. Being a flat bottom boat, you only need to level her side to side, then jack up one end, until the transom edge and the stem/bottom planking joint are about as described above. A cheap single line laser will cost less than $10 bucks, though a self leveling one, that produces both vertical and horizontal lines can be had for about $30 bucks.
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  18. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    But according to some folk plywood is reported to be just as bad.
  19. Outboard advice

    A little late but my 2 cents worth. For the approx 100 hours I have put on my Yamaha 60 HP on my Marissa 18 'Salty' it has been very satisfactory. I have had zero problems. Nice smooth quiet power.
  20. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Yeah, lots of comebacks to replace the interior of those boats! Maybe one reason they went out of business. I worked at Heritage yachts when Charley started that one, too. After opening my short-lived drafting and design office, I did work for Charley when he was doing some designing from his home. Also got his son, Charley Jr., into outboard racing while I worked at Morgan Yacht. In my office, I was blessed to do a couple of designs for Irwin, but Ted wouldn't allow me to take credit. Only lasting "fame" is my design for Southern Yachts, the Skipper's Mate, that became the Sanibel 18. Still in production by International Marine. http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?CLASS_ID=33 I never switched to computer design and drafting. By then I'd started building yacht dinghies, canoes, and small outboards.
  21. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    One of my favorite demands when taking new work to draftsmen was "if I wanted it tomorrow, I give it to you tomorrow, I want it today" We had good rapport though so all was well and I never got thrown out of their space. Introduction of CAD slowed things down considerably until they and I got used to it. Took a Morgan 46 Out Island from Savannah to Nassau in the 80's. Even with a stop at West End, the whole thing was on port tack with wind 15 to 25 over the port deck. All sail controls were electric so the fact that my two crew mates were always seasick did not matter. Great run with no upwind tacking. I don't even allow particle board in my shop, much less on a boat or furniture. Bloody awful stuff.
  22. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Oops! I was just a draftsman back in those days. No design. But my first job in the boating industry was with Morgan Yacht. I worked on the Outisland 46, and some others---don't remember what now. Oh, I did some of the drawings for the Disney World boats that Morgan built. Charley sold the company to Beatrice Foods while I was there. He and they came to a "parting of the ways" over quality issues. Beatrice brought in the "bean counters". One thing they did was to use particle board for the interior components. Guess what happened next....
  23. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Well Chick, I hope you did not do the engineering on Charlie's Windmills. I saw one of them punch the mast right through the bottom in a National Championship race on the Chesapeake in the 1970's. Rough and windy but never saw that before or since. Hooray for air tanks.
  24. About LWL line on plan

    Hi Ludvik; first thank you for that your efforts. But I must say, I have not a problem how can we find waterline. My trouble is that on Vacationer plan has no a mark to show us waterline. Whatever; when the time comes I'll solve this problem. But I don't think as you. the sample that you gave us is not right way. Yes we can find straight line with hose scale but that is not show us thats point is waterline. Also you can find alot of point " LWL " on the same boat. As you can. My friends; this subject closed for me anymore. To everyone thank you very much for yours reply. Bu if there is someone who build "Vacationer" I want to discuss about the plan, and about performance of Vacationer.
  25. About LWL line on plan

    Some of us don't have this. A simple method is a "water level". For this purpose, a clear hose with water almost filling it works fine. Hold one end of the hose just above where you want the water line at on end, then lift the other end of the hose until the water comes up to that mark. The water at both ends will be at the same level, so as you keep the water at your mark, move the other end of the hose to the other end, or wherever where you want to find and mark the water line. You'll need two folks for this. Water always seeks the same level. Gosh, that sounds complicated, but is really very simple. This will make it easier to understand: Here is a video of someone using it to mark the waterline.
  26. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Cool peddle car creation. Keep the pictures coming of that, along with the boat stuff.
  27. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    The sticks are well on their way, Don. The flappy cloth things, though... Actually, we were discussing yesterday that we need to roll the boat out of the garop and step the masts pretty soon, to check it all out and take some final measurements to determine where things will go, like the control lines. Exciting stuff! Peace, Robert P.S. just so you don’t all think I just nap all day, here’s a few shots of the pedal car I’m building, too.
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