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  1. 3 points
    The weather here has been very lousy. I don't have the boat waterproof enough to leave outside, so work has been a bit slowed because I need to roll it out of my garage to put the masts up. But my dumb mistake on the mizzen tabernacle is almost over. My son Teddy helped me tip up the mast and mark it's proper location. I made a little template to rout the mast step into the base and routed the base last night........it came out nice. If fits snug and I think by this weekend we'll be past this self made problem. Unfortunately I'll be gone for a week on a family vacation out west and momentum will stop until I get back June 3rd, but I'd like to get past this before I go. I have a trip scheduled to go to Lake Champlain. At the rate I'm going it might be with my Sea Pearl, which is frustrating. Between work, HS track meets and honey-do's, time has been scarce. On a real positive note my good friend Doug bought me a oil lamp. Here it is hanging in the cabin. Up in Maine last year on his Cornish Shrimper we used his lamp to take the chill off the cabin. I'm super excited to have this aboard. Last night I snuck out in a totally dark garage to light it and it really makes a cozy cabin. I know y'all southerners don't need any heat in the cabin, but up here the evenings get cool and on a small boat this is the ticket. Thank you Doug!
  2. 2 points
    Thrillsbe, looking great. I may retrofit the Suzy J with the new joining hardware. Looks pretty slick. A t trick for the next person.....They sell craft foam at michaels that is about the same as the kerf on a handsaw. It supports the bulkhead gap but can be cut like butter when doing the magician's trick.
  3. 1 point
    I can report back that I got the green angle stuff in the mail a few weeks ago, and it seems to work great. As predicted, its a little heavy, but has clean edges, easy to work with, and glued up nicely to the members that would go inside the ballast tank.
  4. 1 point
    Have made some progress in the last few weeks. Glassed the keel (inside), broke and then fixed my hanging knees, made several other errors and recovered, attached the transom, framed out the centerboard trunk and coated the inside with an epoxy / graphite mixture so it will hopefully have less friction with the CB. Also have attached approximately 800 cleats to the top of interior members, almost ready to dry-fit the inside components of the boat.
  5. 1 point
    The curves you put in the aft end of the coamings look great; it really compliments the lines of the boat. I wouldn't be surprised if future builders duplicate them.
  6. 1 point
    Whatever the longest piece is is what i was going to make. I think its about 36"
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  8. 1 point
    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.
  9. 1 point
    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!
  10. 1 point
    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.
  11. 1 point
    Beautiful oil lamp! I’m jealous. In my old engineering circles we used to jokingly say “Get it right the second time.” You’ll be glad you made the modification long after the one week delay has been forgotten.
  12. 1 point
    That is fair. And remember, I've sailed a Sea Pearl 21 for 12 years without capsizing and there isn't any chance of recovery if I go over. I'm not worried.
  13. 1 point
    I repeated myself a little bit but it's worth repeating since this is an area that you will not be able to ever work on again without much difficulty!
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  15. 1 point
    Broken windsurfing masts (scavenged from shops for free) have been so useful for me over the years. Have used them for dingy masts, booms, support posts, outrigger and VHF aerial bases and now bulkhead penetrations. Ready made carbon fibre tubing - and having a tapered shape - there is always a section which is the perfect diameter for a particular job. Hoping to have the decks down this week. Seems to be endless opinions on aluminium fuel tank installation. I have just tried to eliminate the possibility of water trapped between the tank and another surface. Have gone with twin tanks so I can play with boat trim. Have managed to route the tubing without need to cut into any longitudinal stringers. Motor wiring and hydraulic steering lines will be up underneath the starboard gunnel for access purposes. Depth sounder (transducer) cable will be port side to avoid 'noise' interference from other wiring.
  16. 1 point
    Although Chessie's maiden voyage was almost two years ago -- she hasn't been sailed much because of OBM problems that were just solved last September with the purchase of a 2019 Honda 4 long shaft. Now that the OBM is working just fine, I'm looking forward to much more sailing this season. So, I decided to fine tune the reefing system. From the sail plans I measured the distances between the cringles (tac to 1st reefing and 1st reefing to 2nd reefing). Using those distances, I marked the halyard with colored plastic tape. For each reefing position, the halyard was set first to the measured point -- then the other lines trimmed and positions marked. With sail's head full-up (no reefs tucked) and other lines trimmed -- I marked each line (just ahead of its cleat) with BLUE plastic tape. That included the reefing lines with slack taken up and the topping lifts. I chose BLUE as a reminder that fair sailing is like the "sky's-the-limit." GREEN for the 1st reefing points and RED for the 2nd reefing. On the starboard side (left to right): Downhaul (tac cringle), snotter, and halyard. Trimmed positions for the 2nd reefing. Port side (left to right): 2nd reefing downhaul (cleated), 1st reefing downhaul (not cleated, and topping lift. Trimmed positions for the 2nd reefing. Notice that the 1st reefing line position is the same for both reefing positions. Also, the topping lift shows BLUE because its trim position is the same for all. Keeping the lines off the deck. I changed the cleats on the sprits from the "jam" type, to small "horned" type. The horns provide purchase for attaching the excess lines when sailing reefed. They also help keep the reefing lines where they belong when the sail (with the sprit) is stowed in its sail bag. The red line (white with red marks) is for the 2nd reefing position marked with RED tape. The reefing line for the 1st position (white with green marks) is marked with both RED & GREEN tapes because it's the same for both. Set up with both reefs tucked in. This is the position for my take-down after recovery on the ramp. The sails are kept bent to their sprit booms with the leech reefing lines in place. The sail bags are made to hold both and they are transported in the cockpit. So, when the sails are bent to their masts -- both reefs are already tucked in. If it's fair sailing, it's easy to shake out one or both reefs. And if a reef is called for, it's already tucked in. I think it will work out ok.
  17. 1 point
    If you were not able to see the post about Old Codgers latest adventure, go to the Boating and Cruising section. It is there in a readable form. Let me know what you think of these stories as a "Picture Essay".
  18. 1 point
    Ben, The angle between the sheer and the top of the bow transom is approximately 115 deg. That would be the angle of the forward quarter knee (or very close to it). The bevel angle of the stiffener on the bow transom will not be this angle because the bow transom has a lot of rake compared to the stern transom. Measuring the angle at 90 degrees to where the side and bow transom come together (shown with a disk below) is much closer to the given angle of 127 deg. I can see how that would be confusing but that is the angle you would set your bevel gauge to in order to cut a bevel on the end of the bow transom stiffener. Let me know if that make sense. -Alan
  19. 1 point
    Todd, as a side note I would keep silicon sealant far away from your boat build. Lots of good sealants around but silicons can cause headaches then you start painting. May years ago I bought a Columbia 26 that the ports had been silicones into place, still leaked and it was the absolute devil to decontaminate that area, and apparently where the installer had some on his hands and touch random places on the boat. I installed the anchor well/ cabin vent with mosquito netting after the first long weekend aboard. Very effective!
  20. 1 point
    More mods: Installed a GPS holder using RAM mounts (highly recommend RAM mounts, the swivel balls aren't just plastic; they have an aluminum core, and the GPS mount has little roller bearings that ease insertion/removal of the unit). My awesome wife sewed up an organizer for the cabin bulkhead. It was so useful last time we went sailing we are going to install one on the starboard side as well. As you are sitting in the cockpit with your back against the bulkhead, you can reach in and grab what you need without having to get up and go in the cabin.
  21. 1 point
    Yes, she should be a light tow. But I won't do that until I've perfected loading her into Chessie's cockpit. And because the risk of falling into the drink is higher when transferring from mother ship to dinghy -- I also want to have Chessie's reboarding ladder in good working order.
  22. 1 point
    Hey y'all. Check out the story of our latest cruise. The Old Codger and the Coves, in the Boating and Cruising section.
  23. 1 point
    I believe you, but then few trailered boats are that light, including the Mk 3s. And the only boat at my marina that was very light was mine. As several have pointed out, ramp angles vary a lot. One of the ramps I used at work was so steep I could submerge my trailer without even my hitch reaching the water's edge. Add LED lights and a good trailer rinse and I would choose submerging so I could float my boat on and off. I don't like abusing my equipment, but if a little extra impact on the trailer makes my life easy then I can live with it.
  24. 1 point
    Both Amos and I used the same swim ladder in our 20.3s. Pics below.I did see that Doug Cameron used the ladder you are showing, but I have a rope ladder on my sea pearl and it is not easy to use even for kids. The downside to the reverse transoms is a wedge needs to be made. Amos made a nice one out of wood and my son 3d printed mine.
  25. 1 point
    I remember having a hard time getting Carlita off the trailer while I was at Port Townsend. I have worked on my rollers since and they all turn smoothly. The forward roller is grey but it is not in contact when the boat is being pushed due to trailer flex. The next two are yellow and the aft one is one that I made out of uhmw plastic and it rolls very well. I usually launch Carlita at the shop and use the tractor where I can keep tilting the trailer until the boat has no choice but to roll off. I had a really difficult time launching Carlita at the ramp in South Carolina. I started with the wheel bearings clear of the water. It became very clear that there was no way that I could get it off without going deeper. I cannot remember how many iterations I went through including climbing on the boat twice to make sure that it was not he centerboard causing the problem. The exhaust was almost in the water by the time I floated the boat off. I had spent a good deal of the previous day on the trailer lights and hated to have to submerge the trailer. I want the boat to roll off easier than Petes trough as I am still not keen on submerging the wheel bearings. On Friday evening I refined my version of Pete's trough but with 10 home made PVC rollers. Wish me luck. I will let you know how well or bad it works.
  26. 1 point
    I used to dry launch Southbound with only three or four rollers, carpeted bunks under the hull and a manual winch - It worked quite well for me. I parked the trailer shallow enough to keep the rims dry.
  27. 1 point
    Hi Pete, our local boat trailer supplier has a spray that lubricants the carpet on our trailer. A quick spritz of this stuff and our boat glides on and off the trailer. We do have the carpeted bunks, but if friction is a problem possibly consider carpet and this lube on the carpet. Doesn’t make a mess on the boat either
  28. 1 point
    A few days ago I was able to recruit an onlooker at the ramp to take a video of Chessie's launch. This time I backed the trailer into the river with the water just about an inch below the the WL boot. That put the wheel bearings just under water. Here's what it looks like: This shows position of the rig just prior to the launch video. Next is the video of the actual launch. I just let the pickup and trailer coast backward about a foot, then hit the brakes! That overcame the "slip/stick" effect -- and she slipped smoothly into the river. IMG_1928.mp4 In the pickup I carry a can of Johnson's paste floor wax -- and before recovery give the trough a good swipe. This time the trailer wasn't so deep into the river [than the first time] which caused a little harder cranking on the winch. The last foot or so I shifted to the low gear. The winch hook was attached from the dock and the boat nudged onto the end of the trough. Once in the right place the tug of the winch cable kept her "lined-up." Shown here after recovery. I consider the modification a significant improvement for both launch and recovery -- AND a much gentler highway ride for the boat. Probably less trailer maintenance as well. Next time I'll see how it worke if I back only so far as to keep the wheel bearing dry.
  29. 1 point
    Excellent design and photos, Amos. I saved copies on my to-do page.
  30. 1 point
    That looks awesome. I really like those rounded fronts. I think I'm going to steal this for Skeena.
  31. 1 point
    I've made major progress since the last post and I'm close to launch. Pluss "Jazz Hands" officially has a new name. It's a bit of story, but I'm not making you read this......so here goes. 14 years ago I relented and got my daughter two cats. We went to a neighbors barn, overrun by feral cats and found two females that looked to be about 7 or 8 weeks old and brought them home. Very entertaining these two were. Bootsy was the dominate one, a great hunter and general tough cat. Skeena was supposed to be "Christina" but my youngest couldn't say it and would call her "Skeena" and it stuck. She was skittish, one day loving and the next day giving you that look like she had never seen us before. She sometimes would disappear for many days and I'd fear a hawk or fox had got her, and then she would show up, covered in burrs and ticks. We would hold her and pluck them off her and she would then stay for a month or so and then pull the same stunt again. She was always thin and smallish. In the winter she would wait at the door, and head out and then come back after ten minutes and then give us that look like "Why did you let me out in the first place?" I'd play my guitar and she would head butt me relentlessly. Did I mention as cat's go, she was beautiful. She tolerated our dogs even though you could tell she didn't have much respect for the tricks they did just to get a treat. After she was about 10, she started to transition into more of a house cat. Helen had developed allergies for her but she still let Skeena stay in her room each night. Skeena would be lay on her head and they would sleep. When Helen went off to college three years ago, she would still stay in her room, coming out during the day to grace us with her presence. I'd never been a cat person, but she just grew on me. A couple of weeks ago when Helen was home on break, she told me Skeena seemed thin, but I didn't think much of it, because she had always been scrawny. But the day after Helen went back to school, I picked her up and she was clearly very thin under that beautiful fur. Suzanne and I took her to the vet and they gave an ultrasound and she had many tumors and you could see that she was in trouble. Steroids were prescribed to give her some weight gain, but that was all they could do. This past Thursday when i got up she couldn't get up on the couch when I played guitar without me lifting her, but when I did she went through her usual routine, head butting me until I just layed on the couch and let her lay on my chest and play. After I went to work Suzanne said she layed in a sunbeam on the rug, walked by the dogs and actually acknowledged them. She went outside and stayed out for 20 minutes and then came in and retired to Helen's room. That night when we checked in on her she had passed. She just crawled into a cozy spot and looked like she passed without distress. I didn't realize how much she meant to me (yes I cried). We decided not to call Helen as she had two finals the next day at school. We decided to go visit Helen in person that night and tell her. I googled "Skeena" and besides being a river in Canada, the Urban dictionary had this to say: skeena back-up; "i've got your back." when you're a gangster and some jerk is going to jump you, you ask your closest gangster friends for some skeena and then they jump in to assist with the butt kicking. I laughed as read this as she was really Helen's sidekick. And I thought that sound like what you want in a boat. Something that has your back. We've bought a new camper and I can see the Core Sound won't have my wife aboard much ( I love her, but she doesn't have the water gene) so changing the name didn't seem like a big deal. And being the boat is grey like Skeena it all made sense. Here when I am really close to launch a Cat-Ketch, the name just shows up. I made a card for Helen with the urban dictionary definition and a picture of the Core sound line drawing and the word Skeena displayed with the same cat paw as I have on Wildcat, my Sea Pearl. Suzanne and I had a big dinner with Helen. There were tears and stories and a bottle of wine (Strange when your little child is 21). When we got to the realization that we were all just lucky to have her for 14 years, I gave her the card. She was so excited about the legacy of Skeena living on. So there you have it. And here is Skeena today: The spirit of Skeena lives on. Windows are in. The hatch will be on tomorrow. Masts and Spirits are done. There is work for sure, but I can see launch is closing in. I'm taking this Friday off and I'll have three full days to focus this weekend!
  32. 1 point
    Another update ! Upholstery ready
  33. 1 point
    I've ordered 40' of the green stuff and will report back once I see if it works. After shipping ($22) and cutting fees ($60!!!) it came out to about $4.15 / foot, and I'll have 15' left over. The cutting fee was a little surprise that basically doubled the cost. If its really fantastic, maybe I'll use it all up in place of some other cleats that are specified as wood. And if it stinks, I'd be happy to sell the extras to anyone that wants some for a good price!
  34. 1 point
    When I was at the Messabout, the trailer I liked best was Michael's. It was the lowest to the ground and the simplicity of the wide bunk boards supporting the swing keel made sense. You can see the dent where his board was resting on the left bunk board. I don't see why the keel would be stronger than the vertical bulkheads directly above these bunk boards, although I wouldn't hesitate to rest it on the keel. I thought because it was so narrow in support it would be "tippy" but it wasn't. Being that I am mostly in fresh water, I find dipping the trailer to not be a problem, whereas I can see if I was in salt water how the keel roller would make sense. Is there anything I'm not seeing?
  35. 1 point
    Well, after 18 months of indecision and general waffling, Southern Express is luxuriously lounging on her new aluminum frame trailer.
  36. 1 point
    Continuing development : Addition of bridle for mizzen mid-sprit sheeting: Tom Lathrop' s idea A friend pointed out that in the effort to center the mizzen, I was bending the mast and putting a lot of leach tension on the sail, which effectively de-powers the sail. That is good when it is really windy not so good in light air. I came up with some very complicated solutions, contacted Alan and he suggested this as a first step. It is simple, and works well. This photo is only part of the story. I am willing to go into further detail if anyone is curious. The result is as follows. We participated in a New Year Day Regatta, with about 30 to 40 boats all in the 30' to 40' ranges. Winds were 9 ish to maybe 12 with some 15 later in the day. So very pleasant. I had two astute sailors on board and both agreed we were able to point with the big boats. We could not drive with them, which is no surprise. Average speed for the race was 3.9 knots, with two legs upwind, so pretty good for a small boat. The improvement was probably more in feel than in real performance. The impression was that we were pointing higher and there was more drive. That is what we wanted to achieve. It cost me two blocks from B&B and I was able to move hardware on the boat to make it work. In other words marginal additional expense. It does complicate rigging a little but I think the performance is worth the extra 3 minutes fiddling with lines. Regards
  37. 1 point
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I have been thankful for many blessings and people in my life and this year my thankfulness for the riches bestowed on me this last seven months seems very personal. Since May I have been sequestered in an 18'x27' barn with a 4'x8'×18" box and its contents of jiggery, boodily shapes, slivers, pallets, blocks and plates of wood and endless possibilities. Through a symphony of emotions, misteps, epithanies, druggery, mindless work that should have been minded, fourteen tons of good luck, Thanksgiving Day we pushed a boat out into the sunshine. I wept. Friday, a cold damp day made bright by our task, we rigged my boat outside the barn. Oh, to be sure it was a clusterf__k. But it was my mess and my boat! We rigged and re-rigged until one moment we all stepped back, my son, my co-capt, my wife, we had nothing at hand to do, we felt lost, for a moment, then realized the boat was ready for its first sail--the boat was rigged. In our exuberance, someone pulled in the mainsheet, somebody else the mizzen to better shake out the sails and of course it almost sail off the trailer down the lane and off the farm toward the Tennessee river. Almost but it did not. My thanks to Graham and the B&B staff and endless gratitude to my boat shepard Alan. He never faltered, never quit me. He was always there for me supporting, guiding, teaching. Alan is my hero. My thanks to Co-capt and friend, comrade-in-arms, Kyle, constantly keeping me focused and doing the best right thing and always applauding my efforts. Thanks is far too insufficient for my wife and constant gardner who cultivated me in every possible way and need through the seven months I neglected her and every house and farm chore in benefit of boat building. Capt Bones
  38. 1 point
    Fantastic pictures and report. I wonder if there can be a spring messabout, next year. This will give some from the north a jump on their boating season by coming down during a more predictable weather while even wondering out a bit further. We have a great region for poking around so many undeveloped regions.
  39. 1 point
    Then there was the time that I launched my catboat. My son climbed aboard and asked, "Is there supposed to be water down here?"
  40. 1 point
    Thanks for your thoughts Graham. The decision to sell has not been easy . The Princess has been a wonderful boat. She has seen plenty of miles these past few years. This boat has become well known along the Chesapeake. We are often greeted by curious boat lovers when we drop anchor in a new place. We have been introduced in social circles as the people who own that fast cat ketch...
  41. 1 point
    Very nice work Amos. You can not have too many kid pictures not if they are working on the boat, or sailing. Your laminate layup looks so clean. I think laminated beams are one of the best combinations of epoxy and wood. Beauty and function. Nature and Chemistry.


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