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  2. Well done. I like the beach ball for flotation great idea
  3. Prepare for deck equipment
  4. Thank you Ken, you've seen the website and am impressed
  5. My camera does some optical illusion, but trust me, finally parallel masts. A great day of gardening and other stuff yesterday. This morning I got the mizzen tabernacle faired and tonight I'll check it for smoothness and prime it.
  6. The main problem we had with this year in the EC on Southern Skimmer was with the torque line. We were just using a twisted pair of 3/8" double braid line to transmit the torque to the top of the luff the problems come with furling in higher winds it takes a lot of torque to get the sail to start wrapping and then when the sail is half furled the torque required is much less so a lot of twists are built up in the torque line and then they are relieved inside the rolled up sail which causes a bunch of wraps in the wrong direction at the top so then when you go to unfurl it gets all fouled at the top until you can shake the twists out. Part of the problem is that the free standing mast can't generate as much tension in the torque line as a stayed rig can so the torque line is never really super taught even with the backstays full on. So if the torque line doesn't have enough tension it can more easily twist leading to the above scenario or even worse it could pigtail. I don't know what it would cost to have a piece of proper top down furling torque line made up for the boat but I think it might be worth it. They make fancy braided and wrapped torque line exactly for this.
  7. Finally got a quote back on the fiberglass epoxy bonding angle mentioned above https://photos.app.goo.gl/WRCfHXduXu3szT4Q6 It came out about $6 per foot so at this point I think were going to pass on it.
  8. Launch day at the Yarra river. We call her phosphorescence. Found a canoe launching jetty on the river with the carpark only 60m away. I was first out as I figured if it is going to sink then it should be the captain who goes down with the ship. Well it didn't leak a drop nor did anyone capsize. The canoe is an absolute delight to use. Light, fast and stable and turns OK. I can see it part of the family fleet going on camping trips. Four of us had a go from 50kgs to 100kgs (I was worried about my seat but it didn't break with 100kgs) The seat is very comfortable though I will have to fashion a thwart/backrest as the skinny temporary one digs in to the back. I will make one that extends up level with the top of the gunnel and maybe a little lower to give about 100mm of support. The only other negative thing to say is the white fabric being white and uncoated inside is prone to getting grubby particularly as the Yarra river is mud and bird shit on the banks. But I am really happy with it and am keen to get some more water time. A great design Jeff. I have just made a greenland paddle and am working on a hoist system in the garage now.
  9. well the stonefly is finished. I will add the remaining construction photos here then post in the launch section. The final job to do was to coat the fabric using oil based exterior grade clear polyurethane. I put on 4 coats which is slightly yellow/green but overall not a bad look. I was a bit disappointed to notice s few wrinkles in the side after a few days. Nothing really bad but they show up and would look better without them. I did try a little heating with the heat gun from the inside, but I was so paranoid of melting that I don't think I heated it enough to do anything. It was possibly that the weather got a bit cooler and damper which didn't do anything to help. Anyway after that I screwed on the side strips which is a pleasing finishing touch and added a couple of rubbing strips on the bottom. I decided to use rubber balls for buoyancy but I couldn't lash the back one in so used a few plastic bottles. I will have to work on that as it looks a bit crap. I lashed in my leather upholstered seat and we were ready to launch. My rear thwart is just temporary.
  10. Thanks Egbert. I took 5 months off for some travel and sun and Rosie didn’t finish herself while I was gone. I returned on April Fools day and have made some good progress since then. The motor is installed and a bit of the wiring is done. I have thought if you a number if times as I have been running wires. Your electrical system is awe inspiring. I will get some pics up soon. Ken
  11. I'm not an expert in anchoring. Since I need to be able to do things alone I'm using a winch. I jut got an 8 plait 200 ft rode with 15 ft chain. The winch was jamming up my 3 strand rode. The anchor is a 14 lbs Lewmar delta anchor. The actual anchor to use depends on the bottom structure. The plow anchor seems to work in our mud hole. I get it to set a lot easier than the West Marine fluke anchor that I started out with. We had to anchor in Beaufort NC after leaving the boat show there and getting caught in a bad storm. There was a lot of wind and current but it held good. Must be exiting to getting close to launching. I am looking forward seeing more pictures of your boat, the ones in the past looked astonishing. (Just found some pictures on Google) Egbert
  12. Alex- Thanks for the suggestion. I am planning to mount everything on the pilot house roof. For me that works better than mounting it on the cuddy roof. Ken
  13. I have always thought that it would be better to have a dorade vent at the base of the windshield of a pilothouse boat rather than the roof. You might make a brace from the mast to the pilothouse roof to run the cables to the radar.
  14. Last week
  15. Thanks Henry. Keep me posted.
  16. Ken... On DeDe we also used a Rochna with about 15 feet of 5/16 chain ? and 200 ft of 1/2 3 strand line.. Only had one drag and that was my own fault as I did not get a good set and did not expect a big blow that night. Wife was able to pull with out too much trouble ... occasionally I had to had to assist with a little engine help to break it free.. Not close to boat at this time so can not check.. Hope we get to visit toward the end of August.. Will communicate when we are getting ready to leave Alaska.. Henry
  17. Wow! The speed and quality of your work is impressive. Love the mast you are building. I have been thinking about a mast for Rosie as well. I would also like to incorporate a radar mount and perhaps a dorade style vent into the mix. I seem to like to make my life complicated. I will mount mine on the pilot house roof. Any ideas from the forum appreciated. Keep up the fabulous work! Ken
  18. Hi Guys- I am getting close to launching Rosie my Outer Banks 26. She is similar in size, weight and windage to a Bluejacket. I am putting my ground tackle together and would love to hear from you about your choices and how it has served you. The last time I was doing this was outfitting a heavy displacement cruising sailboat. Four heavy anchors (one to use, two to lose and one for a storm). All chain rode, etc. This time around the boat is very different and so should my approach be. There is a new crop of anchors which are in vogue that I have no experience with. They sound like a big improvement over the old CQR, BRUCE, etc. I bought a 22lb. ROCHNA as my primary anchor. The charts call for 3/8” nylon for the rode. I am sure it is strong enough but wonder about it chafing through to easily as well as being hard on the hands. I intend to try using Rosie without a windlass and being able to grip the line comfortably is important. Going to large and the elasticity is gone, however. The charts also call for a length of 1/4” HT chain which seems best suited as a piece of jewelry to me. Don’t want to much weight in the bow but weight is a partly why you use a length of chain. What anchors have you used? What size and length of chain and line etc? Lots of the nylon line on the market is made in China such as the SEADOG brand. Any experience with the quality? Any input? Thanks. Ken
  19. I am considering building an Outer Banks 20. Any words of wisdom? Bob
  20. Thanks for the update Graham. I put the photo of the swivel on my phone. I could check around here to see if I could find someone who could machine them. Is it just the core that we need? Is that 2 1/2 or 3 inches long? What size are the bearings? How many would you want? Probably would be massively expensive but it won't hurt to ask around.
  21. Hi Joe, I like it. It is still a work in progress. I am happy with the deign but I have not solved the production procedures. I am now making the body out of Uhmw plastic which we can cnc cut. I made up a cutter to machine the scores for the bearings. That all works okay, the issue is the stainless steel center. Our lathe is old and it takes a lot of time to make to the precision that I want. We do not have a mill so I have to grind the flats by eye and drill the shackle holes. Maybe if I switch the center to bronze it would be easier to make and accept that it will tarnish. If we could find a machine shop that could crank out a few at a reasonable price would be good. Alan used Carlita's swivel in the EC and it held up well. Work has got in the way of play and I have not used on Carlita this year.
  22. Graham I am thinking about adding a furler to make it easier to deploy and retrieve my spinnaker. I have looked around and the top down furlers available are for larger boats. The Ronstan 60 series furler goes for around $300. but it needs an adapter swivel to make it top down. Are you still pleased with your modified Ronstan 60 furler. Did your adapter go into production?
  23. Don -- It takes a lot of thinking and trial-erra-try-again & again to "get-it-right." Or something close to it. My concept of the hook & rope rig is going to work out -- but it needs a better understanding and somelot refinements. Lifting the bow-half out of the stern-is much easier than lifting the stern-half off of the bow-half. If you have the space (overhead), it's easier to first tilt them (while nested) up with the nesting bulkheads down and level. Then the bow-half can easily be slid out of the stern-half. This weekend I'll try various improvements and post resulting photos.
  24. That’s so darn salty and nautical looking I can almost hear your boat creaking happily and wavelets tinkle the hull as a loon calls out on a cool evening! Toll 8 bells and break out the banjo!
  25. Ok Sports Fans; One time as a young Petty Officer I was asked by a crusty old Master Chief, “How would I go about eating an elephant?”. The answer, plainly enough has been incorporated into my ethos and one of my watchwords. Just the same, thank you for saying the encouraging thoughts. Although Im physically alone during this build, I can state with confidence I feel more connected to the collective consciousness of boat builders far and wide. This has been a goal/dream since a cold January day in Holland, Michigan back in 2004. Im at the point where I’m finger scarfing the sheer strake which got me started on the whole Center of Buoyancy question. I must admit I enjoy talking theories and developing scenarios to apply them. Any rate after sleeping on it and chewing on the idea I did a rough calculation which showed there’s not nearly the significant amount to affect buoyancy thus change the stability curve. I estimated 4 cu/ft of volume within the cockpit coaming/sheer strake area. The equation shows a result of 1138.5 Newton’s of force with 256 lbs of displaced fluid. Initially I found this interesting however as Alan stated earlier the water ballast however is by far the largest determinant factor. Further observation is location, location, location. That amount of force is seemingly a good thing but is it in the desired location? As mentioned above, just how would it play out if the boat turns turtle, la saman Allah. I’ve learned in other reading where buoyancy placed incorrectly had negative and fatal results. So as it stands I’m doning respirator, goggles, gloves and headphones, (PPE) and recommencing sanding ops. On a final note I’m finding the random orbital sander used together with the 1/4 sheet oscillating sander does a good job fairing the scarfs. KIWTG. No relation just a salty old Jack.
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