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    Thanks for all the response! Keeping us motivated and glad to hear keeping others motivated as well. On working with epoxy and cleaning up with acetone. I've tried vinegar in the past and for me it doesn't do the job. For skin contact with epoxy we use denatured alcohol when we have to followed by just a hand washing with soap. We are working in an enclosed garage since it's cold out so we wear 3m organic vapor respirators at all times when working with epoxy. If you smell acetone vapors, you're doing it wrong! And the epoxy vapor coming off a coated surface can be pretty strong too. We're also wearing gloves when working with epoxy so dipping a brush when finished into a jar of acetone to clean it and blotting it into a rag while wearing a respirator and gloves we feel is not a health issue. Getting acetone on our skin is not what we're doing here and should be carefully avoided. For cleaning putty knives we use a chip brush to clean the knife with acetone while holding it over the jar. Knife in one gloved hand, brush in the other. All the acetone falls back into the jar and the brush and knife are cleaned and then wiped onto a rag. It's quick easy clean and minimizes contact with everything. (the rag eventually gets stiff and is tossed). Once the jar of acetone is too dirty it will solidify into a solid and the whole thing is tossed. Jars are plentiful and found in abundance in our recycle bin. We like pickles! Working carefully we rarely get any epoxy on our skin. Not trying to brag and yeah it's impossible not to get covered in sticky when you're laying down big long pieces of cloth or tape but there are ways to avoid it as much as possible like laying everything down dry and then apply the epoxy instead of wetting it out and then trying to move it. And keeping extra gloves in your pocket so if you get it on your glove you can swap it out instead of getting it on the tools you're holding. I treat my gloves like they were my skin which keeps my tools from getting sticky and helps teach clean working habits. Finally, mixing sticks are basically free, cups are cheap and brushes are pretty cheap so if you are REALLY messy I can see how your best bet would just be to toss everything after each batch. I think everyone's got to come up with their own system and this is ours.
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    Steve, I think that I figured out why the enlarged view gave the 4" measurement. The enlarged view was scaled by 2 and the dynamic dimensioning turned the 2" into 4". We have had some issues with sprits being too short. We have been adding hardware along the way to make rigging quicker and each link we add requires a few inches more sprit. Because the sprit slopes down aft at about 30 degrees, if the snotter is higher on the mast or the sail is not hoisted to the top, it makes the sprit angle down more which requires a longer sprit. I think that we had lengthened the sprits by the time that plan sheet was drawn. I would finish rigging the sprits as you have them and go sailing. If you cannot flatten the sails enough, I would just scarf some wood on the aft end.
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    The used vinegar makes a great salad dressing.
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    If you can't change your mind, how do you know you have one? 😉
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    Frank, this is a good opportunity to say thank you for all the work that keeps this forum going !
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    Lokos great! Anxious to see the finished product.
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    Just make sure when you buy SS fasteners, that they are passivated per QQ-P-35, ASTM A967 or equivalent standards. Cheap SS fasteners, including most of those sold by West Marine, etc., are not passivated and will rust much faster. I often buy parts and fasteners from McMaster-Carr because they are very specific about the standards for most of their fasteners and they are fast.
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    How can I update my boat build knowing he won’t comment? I miss that dude. Peace, Robert
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    Just a shout out to Paul. I read of his passing while on a trip but I didn't have time to fully acknowledge how much his experience and advice has meant to me. I was just posting something on the B & B forum and realized if PAR was around it would be his advice I'd pay very close attention to. All of the tributes here show I wasn't the only one who felt this way. Rest in Peace.
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    Dad would like to clarify that it was 75 C-Clamps, and that doesn't include bar-clamps and pipe clamps.
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    Ken, thanks for the kind words. I think we all are obsessed with looking at pictures of other folks' builds. The wonderful things about pictures is that all of out "goofs" don't show unless we choose to point them out. But, trust me, they are there! NO body is perfect! Not even the Master. Well, looks like you're pretty close, though! We'll continue to follow so WE can be inspired by YOU.
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    It is turning out beautiful. The attention to detail in the trim work looks amazing. I hope to see it for real someday. Egbert
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    Carter- We are in San Diego and are planning to spend most of our vacation time here. When we left BC the weather was getting wetter and colder and the sun and light here make it hard to go home. I put boat building out of my mind for a few weeks and now I find myself thinking about what I will do next when we get back home. It may be awhile, however, since we having a great time down here. Didn’t pass anywhere near Utah on this trip. If you make it to Seattle let me know and I can advise you on the best way to get to Salt Spring Island. Been wondering how your healing has gone. Back on the OB20 yet? Pics? I took some pics of ROSIE the day before I took off. It was a gray drizzling day so the pic quality is not great. She looks a bit like a mangy dog without the nonskid on the deck. Should be able to cure that pretty quickly. Got more paint and varnish work done, stainless rub rails, mocked up steering station and seating. The sliding PH windows, ports and windshield are in place. I made some HERESHOFF inspired windows for the aft PH bulkhead. Pretty happy with them. They allow for easy ventilation and are quite simple. I am starting to think about a radar/antenna/masthead light mount for the PH roof. Anybody in the brain trust have ideas?? My brain is maxed out so any help appreciated. Only 6,421 details to go! Cheers, Ken
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    Jan, I like that thin layer of glass on the inside of the planking. It helps to prevent water from getting into the ply and it adds stiffness to the skin and adds to the impact strength. Yes the 120cm wide fabric will be perfect. Hightechmarine brings up an important point. I do not know what radius your fabric will wrap around without bubbling so I would do a test sample. I tell everyone that the round of a pencil is the minimum that you need. It is really annoying to see bubbling on either side of the chine corner. If it does happen, I have been able to save it with peel ply. If you do not have peel ply some clear plastic is worth a try. It does not always work but when it starts to bubble there is nothing much you can do but repair it later and wished that you had made a bigger roundover. The down side is that the sharper you can make that chine edge the more efficient and drier it will be. I build the rounded over chine corner back to a sharp edge with colloidal silica thickened epoxy. If you have any milled fibers, I would add some to the mix. The rounded corner allows the water to wrap around the chine instead of breaking away clean. Dave, My guess is that being about half the weight and thickness, the ding resistance will be about the same as 10 oz glass. While we are on the subject, sheathing the outside does not add much to the stiffness to the planking. Glass on the inside does and adds to the impact strength but does nothing for ding resistance. The reason is that the forces are generally inwards putting the planking under tension. Glass fibers have much more tensile strength than wood fibers. Sheathing on the outside will be in compression and the thickness of the glass is quite thin so does not add much extra thickness to the planking. Thickness increases stiffness in all materials.
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    I can't begin to tell you how cool that is! Beautiful work on the boats, and the outrigger idea is brilliant. When my kids were little, we used to tootle around in a big double kayak with a center hatch. Good for distances on the ocean, but your setup looks more fun. When they got older, I built them stitch-and-glue kayaks, but that was before I knew aboout Kudzu.

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