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  1. 2 points
    I have stated this many times that I prefer to leave my lockers unpainted. I like the look of the natural color and enjoy it when I open them. If there if any deterioration going on with the wood I will see it immediately rather than being masked by the paint, not to mention that it is one less job to do. I have never noticed that it is too dark to find my stuff. This is a subject where there are no right or wrong answers.
  2. 1 point
    I think our primary thinking for painting my "locker" (singular for now) was as you said, to make things easier to find plus it makes the space look bigger. We plan to paint the entire inside of the cabin white also.
  3. 1 point
    Here we go again, y'all. I just gotta keep building some dang boat! The reports will be kinda sporatic. I just ain't gonna go out in the "garop" on cold days. i hope this boat will meet our needs for a boat to carry with us when we go camping. The last plan was for the B&B design motor canoe. We found it to just be too tender for us old folks out on the big lakes with the big stink-potters cruising by on half plane and throwing up big "rollers". It will be for sale if any of y'all are interested. If it weren't for the need to use it on the big lakes, we would be very pleased with it. Here’s my report on building my Tango Skiff 12. I’ll stray from the plans a bit to make the boat a “take apart” boat to allow me to stack the two sections in the back of my truck so I can still pull our camper. I’ll also use thinner plywood for the hull construction to save some weight. The bottom is 6mm okoume 1088 marine ply. The sides are 4mm. There will be some stringers added to the bottom to stiffen it. And also, I’ll join the panels with butt joints rather than scarphing the plywood. To top it all off, the ply I’m using is actually 8”-2” long, so I’ll utilize the longer pieces to make the hull a bit longer. There will be some minor changes in the interior layout, too. So far I’ll cut my hull panels and laminated the transom. Today I have the basic hull wired together. Obviously, the outline of the bottom panels where they join the sides had to be modified to account for the added length. A minor change. The hull is out of shape until the bulkheads are installed. Here is the website for the design. http://www.tangoskiff.com/ First picture is of the panels butt joined with glass tape on both sides. Laying out curve where the bottom will join the sides. Second picture is with the panels wired together with baling wire. I like it because it can be twisted to tighten the joint. I made a slight miscalculation on the length of the side panels so the afterplanes will need to be cut back a bit. The transom is moved forward the same amount.
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    Exactly, like shelves. And you are correct, they won't work well in the forward section, but then the aft ones should do the trick. If you can build the boat, and you can imagine the shelves, you are well on your way. In light winds sitting in the bilge works fine. But as the Spindrift is a tender boat, being able to get one's @$$ out of the bilge to a desirable location for gusts is required some times.
  5. 1 point
    I'm in upstate ny near Rochester. My 11N is available to see. Also there is a lot of video in my signature. Great boat , especially for your situation.
  6. 1 point
    Finally the great day has arrived . The highly modified Ocracoke 20 named Elusive 20 hit the water for the very first time ! My first impression is that she is a little bit bow heavy , by the way she sits on the water . All the rest is superb !! If I shift the 2 battery backward and put the auxiliary motor of about 50kg ( that is still unavailable ) at transom she might be leveled correctly. At the moment the batteries are located inside the cabin under the 2 steps to step inside. Some performances data are as following in choppy water of about 1 to 1.5 " waves. 800 rpm ( idling) 2-3 knots 2000 rpm 7 knots and 6 liters per hour 3500 rpm 20 kts and 17 l/hr 4000 rpm 24 kts and 21 l/hr and 6300 rpm 41 kts and 70 l/hr in very calm water (47 miles !! ? ) I liked the best cruising speed of 21-22 knots ( 25 miles ) at around 3600 rpm . She cuts trough bigger chops like knife into butter with no splashes and slamming sounds and a very dry ride all thanks to Graham and his hull designs ! The boat rides much more stable with the trim tabs slightly trimmed down at speeds of 18 kts and over. This may be because of a heavier bow that can be addressed with a better weight distribution . The propeller is a 16" diameter by 20"pitch attached to a Suzuki df200ap and think it is under propped as the engine is revving up to 6300rpm that is its limit. May be a 21 or 22" will be much better all over the rpm range . But don't know how this will effect the fuel efficiency !! Over all I am very happy and satisfied with the results and the whole project ! Would like to say a big THANKS to Graham for all his help and patience answering my questions ( a lot of questions !! ? ) and also all members in this forum that contributed with their comments ! THANKS again !
  7. 1 point
    Thanks Paul! I'd probably go with some different art for a permanent workshop, but in this case, what I have works fine. Speaking of (unintentional) art, I've been appreciating the interlocking of all the different parts and layers that make up the aft corners of my dinghy:
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    Here’s my two cents on plywood selection. I have two points. 1) A lot depends on how you’re going to use the boat. If she’s going to be docked outside for the summer, you definitely need marine plywood. If she’s going to be garage kept, or dry under a tarp most of the time, you can get away with other materials. 2) Lumberyard fir plywood checks. I would never use this on any of my boats. I did on a dinghy I built years ago. It was stored outside, under a tarp, and it checked anyway. On the Duckworks FB page, lots of guys are building with this stuff. I’m tired of warning them. Don’t do it.
  9. 1 point
    Nice boat, and I'm sure you get the price for the best décor in a workshop.
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    Well, the cabin is coming together, the insulation is in place an looking good. I am in a quandary on the hatch on the cabin top, originally I wanted a butterfly hatch simulated, I mean it would look like a butterfly hatch when closed and open similarly to a regular hatch, but after visualizing the cabin I am leaning towards a “store bought “ hatch. One of the funs in boat building is you have choices! My remedial hatch frame is completed, and the one I built backwards sure looks good, other than being...... well who hasn’t built 2 lefts an no rights. Glassed the rudders ( a big un an a little un). The core is Airex PXC is super strong, light, rigid, waterproof, chemical proof, nuclear weapon resistant and the absolute work of the devil! I sanded the mill marks and rounded some areas....... I will be scratching for a week! Never imagined it was that nasty to work with.
  11. 1 point
    HAPPY NEW YEAR well it’s a new year and a the beginning of a new decade best wishes to everyone and hope all of your dreams come true and your projects get completed as you want them to turn out .Good health to all and your loved ones. KEEP ON BUILDING , CALM SEAS, AND FAIR WINDS from my family to yours HAPPY NEW YEAR Mark Rendelman Hull #24
  12. 1 point
    My boat is in indoor storage and my shop tools and equipment are stored some where else. So building and sailing are on hold for a while. Not a complaint as I am spending the whole summer Dec. - March in Africa, most of it in Cape Town. Miss them both but doubt I deserve any sympathy ? Happy New Year all!
  13. 1 point
    Thanks Mark. I have a lot of plans to sail this year. I've been running a business for many years and I think I can take Fridays off this summer if all goes right. And I want to do the EC in 2021. Lot's of excitement. I hope everyone has as much fun as I'm planning!
  14. 1 point
    @Alan Stewart I have a half sheet of 1/4 maple ply and it’s pretty darn smooth, no knots, etc. I was thinking using something like that and once coated with epoxy, primer and paint, no one would be able to tell. As for tinkering, I have a limit? I’ll do a mock up in cardboard and share pictures in a few weeks. I’ll then decide how I want to proceed. Thanks and Happy New Year to the B and B community!
  15. 1 point
    Thanks, Dave! I know you guys don't mind when things have to be done, but I always hate miscalculating how long it takes to complete it!

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