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  2. Don- You will have to try harder to offend me. I don’t take opinions about manufactured products personally. It is entirely possible that the van is not up to standards but until the transmission failure it has been one of the most reliable and functional vehicles I have owned. Graham and others have pointed out my mistake and I own it. Read the manual in 2015 and should have remembered to push the button in to keep it out of overdrive. Expensive lesson but the sting is gone and the van is back. Enjoy your travels! Cheers, Ken
  3. Don- Are you sure you have the correct thinner? It is clearly drying to quickly. I am no expert but have done a bit of painting with LP. The hardest thing is not to overwork it when applying. It seems like magic to me if do a light tip and let the brush marks shrink up. Maybe enjoy your trip and try again in the Fall when the temps are cooler.
  4. Hi, As far as I know the website was taken down and the plans are not for sale anymore. Egbert
  5. Yesterday
  6. How ‘bout: “I think the brush marks are kinda pretty.” Hey, I’m tryin’.
  7. I just finished modifications to my Two Paw8, including painting her with Devthane 374 2- part polyurethane. It came out a horrible mess. I’m hoping that someone can tell me what went wrong. I mixed the paint 4:1, and allowed it 20 minutes induction time. I then added 20% thinner (Awlgrip reducer). I used a mini velour roller and a 3” Corona Urethaner brush to tip it off. Halfway through the process, I even added about 15% more reducer, to make up for evaporation. It’s hot and humid, here in the Carolinas— 90+ degrees and about 80% humidity. But it never laid down. The brush marks are horrible. I had simply rolled the first coat, and did not tip. The orange peel was so bad, I sanded and tipped the final coat. “Final” is the operative. We leave for a 4-week vacation in 7 days. There is no time to amend my sinful ways. I will be using her as-is, and putting my shame on display to the world. What did I do wrong? I need a mentor to begin spraying these boats. That’s what they deserve. Am I stuck with this until then?
  8. Your boat looks lovely. Speaking of brush marks, I just finished painting my Two Paw 8 with Devthane, and it came out horrible. It is worthy of a separate post. But here’s a horror photo. Sorry if I came off snarky about Japanese vehicles, but it is how I feel. I do believe that Graham is right. In my Ram and a friend’s GMC pickup (as well as my minivan) we have a Tow/Haul button. It drops the transmission out of high gear, and revises the shift points in the computer’s logic. We both pull heavy travel trailers. Once, he forgot to switch on his Tow-Haul mode. It cost him a new transmission.
  9. Thanks, Ted, for checking the level ess of the bunk. This past week, I watched the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”. When I got to the bedroom scene (between John Candy and Steve Martin), the thought of sleeping cheek-to-cheek in Avocet was making my nose twitch. LOL. It takes many times to learn the ins and outs of a new boat. I’m looking forward to our cruise next month!
  10. Ted- Thanks for the compliment. The home stretch always takes longer than we expect and those frustrations you mentioned are certainly there. That said, making the trim pieces are my reward for all of the “sticky” and dusty parts of the build. At this point I am ready to move on from lot’s of epoxy work and getting to fit and shape wood is my happy place. The bandsaw is my friend! Cheers, Ken
  11. A Bit More on My First Overnight Sail My first overnight aboard my new boat, and doing so with a friend in his own new boat, felt a little we were a couple kids sleeping in their new tents in the back yard. Gotta keep feeling young. I posted some photos in my earlier post that I wrote while at anchor (above) and, of course, they were only of my friend’s boat. He took a couple photos of Avocet and I just received them: In the morning (I slept well, by the way) I decided to head over to Dennis’ boat. He anchored a ways out. Because I didn’t know if my battery-powered light would burn all night (first time it was used) I wanted to be within 200 feet of shore where, in Wisconsin, an anchor light isn’t required. Dennis had been visited by a DNR person last month while at anchor and this is 4th of July weekend… busy. (Also, the registration numbers had just been delivered and I hadn’t placed them on the boat yet… just didn’t want the attention.) Another first… I “motored” over to the other boat with my — also just arrived — drill powered outboard. “What is that?” you say? Quite a while back, in a thread about electric motors for propulsion I suggested tongue-in-cheek another option powered by a cordless drill. It is a funny looking product, cheap, and it looks like it kinda works. After letting that drill-powered device swim around in my brain for a year or so, and thinking that it might just work for my neighbor girl across the street who has just finished her Spindrift 10 build, I bought one, thinking that if nothing else it might work for her to move her boat around if needed. So really, I did it for the kid… right? Here is my motor, ready to try… oh yeah, I was munching on some chips and cheese… just wasn’t ready for cooking up anything more challenging yet. It worked. I could easily maneuver the boat around and steer over to and alongside of the other boat for some conversation. Among other things, I learned that Dennis was in the Coast Guard and had, among other things, been on a Lake Michigan buoy tender. (I once was invited by a Great Lakes buoy tender captain to join him for dinner with the boat’s officers in his stateroom… fun connection to make.). Also, I learned that Dennis’ introduction to sailing was nine months on the Eagle. He described climbing the rigging and hanging over the yardarms to haul in sails. That’s one way to become an effective sailor. I decided to motor all the way back to the landing since my new Honda 5hp had not even burned through the first tank of gas — a 1/3rd gallon internal tank. To start, I’d see how far the drill-powered device would take me. Here’s a photo from where the battery ran out. Not bad. If the kid across the street doesn’t want drill motor, I think my grandkids would enjoy having it around to give them another job , such as getting us away or to a dock or just goofing around a little. Don Silsbe and I are planning to cruise with Avocet in Grand Traverse Bay during the first week in August. He wondered if the cabin bunks would be level, allowing us to sleep either head forward or feet forward… or rather: heads close together or some space apart. I did not try sleeping feet forward but when putting my phone level onto the bunk platforms they seemed to range from zero to one degree of tilt. I found that an impressive piece of design. While I was heading back to the landing a sea plane was zipping around the lake and around me. Then the plane did a number of take-offs and water landing. Fun to watch. I discovered what was weird with the snotter line… the halyard had caught up on the snotter’s port anchoring point, causing it to overlap the snotter and made it not work as smoothly. Sigh. Always something to not get quite right… but another “learning” occurred to try to remember. Fun little adventure this weekend… glad I did it… even if it was a bit like pitching my tent in the backyard. I’ll do this more. To close, I took an ASA 101 class at Lake Tahoe quite a few years ago. It was taught by an ex marine who had done a lot of various things in his life, among them living aboard and cruising in his sailboat. He just posted a photo of himself that brings out some of the pirate in him. Aaaarrr…
  12. I know what I said previously, but my preference for attaching the halyard to the sail is a stainless steel shackle, like this one: https://www.fisheriessupply.com/race-lite-ss-small-boat-rope-halyard-shackles
  13. Sailing is defined as hours and hours of boredom, interrupted by moments of sheer terror. Sounds like you had a defining moment. Keep on sailing and learning, my friend. I’m just glad that Joan remained calm. That’s the most important thing.
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  15. Beautiful work. As I’m finishing my ski boat I remember the frustration of final things that cause me to drip and kinda mess up what I’d gotten to where I wanted… such as onto the finished paint… or glopping onto the varnished brightwork…. BUT… this looks like a beautiful boat that will provide much sailing fun.
  16. Ok thanks went to harbor freight tool and found one similar to the one shown worked great 29.99 fair price
  17. Yes, you interpreted correctly. The caveat is, I have not had the chance to verify the fuel burn yet. Those low speed numbers bothered me too. Evinrude claimed that with 2 strokes firing twice as often generate more torque at lower rpm than 4 strokes. I took those numbers from https://www.boat-fuel-economy.com/inboard-vs-outboard-fuel-consumption They show the Etech 50 burning .5g at 2000 rpm, Yamaha 50 .9g and Honda 50 .7g. and of course the performance was the best that could I tune in flat water but it gives some idea. The problem is interpreting apples with apples, we have to convert RPM to HP. The outboard makers do not release their torque/fuel burn curves like the diesel makers do. How much HP is each motor generating a 2000 rpm? I found a way to stretch the OK24 to 28 feet and keep the same properties and fairness without having to do a complete redesign, except for the volume. The stem and most of the frames stayed the same. LOA 30'5 with bracket, LWL 26' 2". Because the beam and height has not changed and displacement has not increased much,the scantlings do not change. There will be one new frame added and some readjustment of at least 1 frame. To run 6 knots gives a speed length ratio of 1.17 which does not take much effort. Here are a couple of screen shots of the stretched hull. I hope dust off our performance prediction program next week to see if we can get some realistic numbers. We have some real life numbers from a few OK 24's to help to dial it in.
  18. Luanne (AKA Lula) “inspecting” her namesake. I cajoled her into helping me install the rub rails and trim yesterday. Sure is easier with another set of hands. I am laminating a Sapele coaming. The upper strake and deck, interior, still need paint, nonskid, etc.
  19. First Overnight on the Water It’s a nice evening on Lake DuBay in central Wisconsin with enough wind to make it interesting, and with favorable direction for the few miles up the river to an anchor place. It’s my longest sail on Avocet and my first time to anchor it to sleep in the cabin. The cushions are splendid. All went very well with the setup… well, I didn’t quite put the snotter and halyard in the best position relative to the main sprit… but no problem. Dennis, an active leader of the local sailing club, also took his boat out tonight’s got and, after we sailed together, is anchored nearby. He completed building his Bolger Chebacco last year… beautiful workmanship. I mostly kept pace with him, then he unfurled his jib and moved a little faster. He will likely send a few photos of my boat from his and I’ll post them. After anchoring I got both sprits up and out of the way along with the sails. I am now trying out a fold-up camp chair in the cockpit to write this while also munching some corn chips and queso. Yep… it’s a fine evening.
  20. The shoes will be retired (along with a bunch of shirts) when I finish my second boat and the kitchen project of new counter tops. I stuck my foot into the picture for a bit of reference in terms of riveter size.
  21. I got this from Menards fairly cheaply (don’t recall exact amount.) I needed to grind a little off the nose to make it fit some fittings. I didn’t have the handy little extension piece mentioned in the B&B video but Richard (from whim I bought Avocet) gave me the one he used in his construction. (I fashioned one that mostly worked.). If you don’t have one I could let you use it… or perhaps B&B has one to borrow. It lets you get down into the sailtrack.
  22. Mini-boat Post #8 (7-1-22) It's PICTURE DAY! First pic is of the steering cable coming though the fairleads. Next is of the boat so far. Then the hatch coaming, next two are of how the "doubler" is made to stiffen the edge of the cockpit. Then the hatch being assembled. Can't forget the bow handle! Steering attachment to the motor. Now it's time to modify the trolling motor for the remote PWM control unit. (Pulse width Modulation). First is how the wiring is on the handle of the motor after you remove the top of the control head of the trolling motor. These will be un-hooked. Last picture is showing how the shaft has been cut down. I used a tubing cutter. If you use a hack saw or saber saw, be careful to not hit the wires! The big wires, red/black and black are the power supply to the motor. They will be attached to the PWM motor terminals. The yellow and blue wires will be cut off and the ends stuffed down the tube. They are for the forward/reversing with and aren't needed because that will be done through the PWC. I'll show this all in the next post. Post #8 (7-1-22)
  23. Hello everyone its been a while since my last post I have since put my masts together and now in the process of installing the sail track I need some help those ss rivets are a real pain in the stern I have just destroyed my heavy duty pop rivet gun and could use some ideas as to the brand to buy that will hold up to pulling these rivets any sugestions
  24. Other than some frustration… it really was a funny chain of events last week. Then again, I like slapstick comedy. I had taken Norma T for a sail yesterday… first chance this year. I “planned” a flawless setting up process and raising of sails… and mostly achieved that… until I pulled the halyard for the mainsail and noted it was hanging up at the snotter… which had a line crossing over and stopping the hoist. It was a second halyard I use for a pig stick or topping lift. I had lugged-on the sail to the wrong side of the line. I pulled the halyard out (not needing it) and the problem was fixed. I do find these silly errors to be funny… eventually. And, I try learning from mistakes. For instance, I DID THROW AN ANCHOR this time. Tomorrow: A First Overnight With nice looking weather (and one or two guys also heading out tomorrow for an overnight on the lake) I plan to try my hand at sailing Avocet into the evening and anchoring out for the night. I wonder if I’ll LEARN anything.
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