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  2. Amos.....just what I needed. Never saw battens like that and couldn't find anything in my plans.......forgot about the vids......
  3. I have no idea if this will help or not, but Alan has a good video on battens. LINK
  4. Sounds like the water ballast saved the day. Thanks for sharing Pete.
  5. Hopefully if the weather is right I'll launch soon. NYS is slowing my registration process and that may delay me, but I'm sorting out little details right now. The latest is these battens. This one is the top main batten. The top one for the mizzen sticks out of the pocket at least 6" and all 4 at the top of main and mizzen have two grommets. The little black chafe protector I assume goes outward and I'm not sure about the length. I'm sort of thinking they tie in, but my plans don't show anything. I posted it here for future WTFers.. Help! Steve
  6. I'm glad you are OK. I second the "stay at anchor" I had a situation (micro burst) years ago that scared me. Thank you for sharing as a reminder. Steve
  7. Remaining at the anchorage was an option -- and probably the right one. The anchorage was fairly close to shore but well protected from the forecasted offshore SWS wind. But I didn't know what direction the storm winds would be. And in my limited storm experience I had never seen anything even close to what I experienced later that day. Also, I didn't like the forecast for the next day when [the forecast said] I'd have to make the trip against 18 knot winds -- so I thought "do it now" and be home tonight. Now I'll know better -- even if it would mean an extra day waiting for better weather.
  8. Pete, Thanks for the write up on a challenging situation. Glad you made it home safely. In hindsight, what could you have done differently aside from watching the forecast more closely? Could you have remained at anchor? Run the boat ashore?
  9. Last week
  10. Good advice, well taken. Promptly provided by Marc Cruder, retired Coast Guard officer and former Commodore of our Chesapeake Cat Boat Association. Pete: Glad you and Chessie are o.k. Not a good story, and perhaps poor marks for situational awareness. With a smart phone, you should be able to at least get the weather channel radar app, which will show you what is coming for 6 hours from the time you check. I use it to be sure I don't get wet when I want to ride my motorcycle. When you bring it up, it sometimes says "storms in sight"....then when you hit the future radar button, it can tell you exactly when it will be over you. Start practicing with that weather prediction routine. Alternately there is NOAA.gov, which can give you hourly chance of precipitation and wind speeds. Weather has been more extreme in recent times than we all remember. Glad you "lived to sail another day" mcc Just this past May (at a CCBA meeting) Marc gave a lecture and led the discussion concerning reefing -- and a good part of it was about being aware of the weather and the way to make use of what's available by means of smartphones. I should have paid much more attention. I'm usually more cautious -- but I had been looking forward to this cruise and the opportunity to sail with my son. Often, just wanting something so much, purely influences choices. I was lucky that the "tuition" for several lessons learned was not too high.
  11. A severe test for Chessie -- She gets an A+ . . My compliments to Graham and all at B & B Yacht Designs! With a nice weather forecast I launched Chessie on Thursday (June 13) from Leesylvania State Park for a two-day cruise. Then, when anchored at Pohick Bay getting ready to prepare dinner, a fisherman came by and warned me of bad weather expected. I checked my smartphone and the outlook was very different from what I expected. This was about 5pm and the sky looked nice and we were 10nm from the launch ramp. I decided to abandon the cruise and head for the ramp expecting to arrive by about 7pm. However, at about 1/3 the way rain and wind set in. Fortunately we were close to the middle of the Potomac where it is almost 2nm wide. Quickly the wind picked up and the heavy rain reduced visibility to the point I couldn't see either shore. In fact I couldn't read the compass or see any details on the GPS -- even the bow of the boat was hard to see. Upon launch I had already topped the ballast tank. Thank goodness! The worst of the wind was easily 40 knots, probably gusting to 50! The Honda 4 (long-shaft) was wide open and making better than 5 knots (when wind at 15 - 20 knots). But it wasn't enough to keep Chessie into the wind. The sails had been furled & sheeted midship and all made ready for the worst. But when we were blown sidways to the wind, Chessie was on her port beam and I was at the helm (starboard side) trying to hold on (OBM also on starboard). My guess is that she was (in the worst gusts) almost 80 degrees over. When the gusts eased a bit, she would come up a little and off her beam slightly. The mainsail became mostly unfurled! I thought then that she would go-over! But the mainsail didn't get into the water and the cockpit coaming never shipped any. However, the footwell scuppers couldn't keep up with the rain and water was about an inch or so deep in the footwell. It was all very frightening. I had never experienced anything like it. I felt very helpless -- all I could do was "hold on" and stay at the helm and try to bring her up into the wind. When she was sideways to the wind and healed way over, she was beyond any control. As things began to lighten up and visibility returned, I could see the lee shore in sunshine. It was much closer than when it all started. It all lasted about 20 minutes (probably less) until the wind reduced to 15 to 20 knots and the rain reduced so that I could see all shores. Curiously, there was no lightening. But all over the area the cloud formations were strange and omnimus. Into the 15 to 20 knot wind and chop, Chessie would make a little over 5 knots at full throttle (4,700 rpm). The tide was probably helping a bit. When the mainsail became unfurled, I thought that the sail ties had been blown off. But when finally on shore I found that they were all (4 or 5 of then) bunched up at the clue. That didn't happen to the mizzen. Home by 9pm. Inspection this morning shows NO DAMAGE -- and the cabin and everything that was stowed DRY! I wouldn't want to experience it again, but Chessie (and her designers) deserve an A+ !! PS -- Annie is thankful that "I'm home safe" and grades Chessie with an AA+. Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad
  12. I finally got to incorporate Graham’s concept on Local Honey. I sling them underneath, because of their length vs the distance between masts. Yesterday was the first time we drove with it. The olive drab p-cord was a safety tether. (Long family story that I won’t bore you with.) Somewhere along the journey north on I-75 the forward hanger blew way aft, to visit its brother. (Maybe I should drive the speed limit?) Thank goodness for the ugly tether! This week I’ll try the wrap-around that shows in Graham’s diagram. Other than this, I really like carrying my sprits this way.
  13. Last night, I got her all painted. I don’t like painting in the dark (artificial lighting), but I had to do it. We leave on a trip today, and I wanted to give the paint time to firm up before I do anything more. When I get home, I just need to paint my fwd hatch lid, d/b and rudder, and attach hardware. I can’t wait!
  14. Paint the inside with fresh air from the fan
  15. On the Kudzu Craft website, Jeff says that the Ravenswood model is a fast cruiser with good performance in the range of 3 to 4.5 mph; however, resistance increases dramatically at 5 mph. I believe he got that right. I paddled in a 5K race on Sunday in my Ravenswood and finished in 41:02. Doing the math, this represents a mean speed of 4.5 mph. Jeff, that's good hydrodynamic engineering! Below is a photo of my boat from a day of more relaxed paddling.
  16. looks fantastic and great colour scheme
  17. Got it. I can translate, since my sister is the master of typos. I’m always translating hers. I’m pecking away at the boat, in between “Life Stuff”. (Grandkids, chores, trips to visit family, etc) I’m “so” close!
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  20. Wow! This boat brings back fond memories for me. My parents had a 28’ cruiser along these same lines. Some of your details are precisely the same. Thanks for the memories! Your workmanship is outstanding.
  21. The first layer of white paint
  22. Thanks for the positive feedback guys. Working on the little details that are mostly fun and satisfying. Made handrails for the PH roof and forward cabin yesterday. Got the chart plotter and gauges mounted as well.
  23. Many thanks to Paul and all the other contributors for the comprehensive and probably life & boat saving ideas and thoughts. Will be adding appropriate items to my CS15 and Amanda, and practicing a lot. RickZ
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  25. 240 ping pong balls for $22 on amazon. Who knew?
  26. Docpal


    Alex, Good idea ! Maybe even styrofoam peanut packing pieces....? Someone still in the building process feel like taking one for the team here?
  27. Paul, How about filling them with ping-pong balls? I read that the Japanese filled Q ships with ping-pong balls in WWII to make them 'unsinkable'. Not as effective as all foam, but better than nothing.
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