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  1. I have used this feature a number of times. But today I saw my first like by someone else. I can't say no one else uses this feature, but as thoroughly as I read this forum I can't imagine too many likes got past me. The most common reasons I have for using the like feature is to show support for a good technical post without saying the same things again when some one else has already said them well in the first place. Also I use it to simply provide a positive reply for cool pictures and acknowledge that I enjoyed them. Anyway, I just thought it strange how little the feature is used. N
    9 points
  2. I just got the wood, plans and epoxy for my boat build! I plan to read over the blue prints and watch some videos about building the boat and make myself familiar to it. And plan to start mid to end of January!! I can’t wait to get started!
    5 points
  3. So, this is what I’ve been doing of late. It’s a digital drawing with “colored pencils”. Sorry for taking the initiative to draw it without asking, but here it is. Peace, Robert
    5 points
  4. I have been designing the Mathew Flinders for myself for more than a decade off and on, long before we did the Mk3's. What I was trying to achieve was to design the ultimate small voyaging boat that could easily be trailed behind a reasonable size vehicle and yet be be capable of crossing any ocean. She had to be built tough and live well for two people with room for a third person. She is not intended to replace the mk3's as they are great boats, but for anyone who wants to go up to the next level. I went through hundreds of iterations till I finally got it and I am very pleased w
    5 points
  5. I think I have found a novel way to self quarantine oneself.......mention to your friends that you are doing some sanding and getting ready to lay fiberglass. All the sidewalk engineers have disappeared😃
    4 points
  6. Here is the current photos of the Mathew Flinders, we have been working intermittently for about 3 weeks, all the bulkheads are fileted and taped into place, the head bulkheads are just sitting in place (well almost in place!). A very gentlemanly way to build a boat, standing on the outside reaching in! The “rollbar” is part of the building jig, the inner skin of the cabin will sit on top of the jig, so at 6’3” I have an incredible amount of headroom. To show scale, Carol is standing in the galley.
    4 points
  7. 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
    4 points
  8. I had the new wind vane out in fresh conditions yesterday. I think that this is the one, it took everything that I could throw at it and it did the job. I had a reef in each sail and had the rail down a number of times. She went up wind and down as well as a couple of planing reaches. As Alan said the first vane took up too much real estate in it's place and the only place that I could find to stow it was in the cabin and lashed along side my berth. There were other gripes, the clutch was too complicated for the home builder to make and was awkward to use requiring two hands at the
    4 points
  9. Hi everyone, I'm new here but purchased a Marissa 18 kit back in July. I was finally able to get started and will try to post progress updates as regularly as I can. I'm liking how everything came out from Graham, I can already see the thought and planning that went into it. I'm so glad I got the cnc cut plywood kit, it saved a ton of time already and there's no question on how precise the fit is. So far I have about 20 hours into this project, although quite a few of them were spent visualizing and thinking! Decided to dry fit to see if anything need adjusting and mainly to see the shape
    4 points
  10. When applying goo and fabric overhead, a builder with a significant bald spot has the advantage of using it as a squeegee, to hold and smooth the cloth, without the usual bad hair day. Apply a PVA first for easier clean up afterward.
    4 points
  11. I may have missed other posts relating to future plans for B&B Yacht Design, but I noticed this entry from Graham on another thread and thought that it deserved it's own thread. I want to applaud Graham and Carla, first for their commitment and innovation to boat design and building, and second for their foresight and good fortune in bringing Alan and Beth into the business. I also want to thank and congratulate Alan and Beth for keeping this wonderful enterprise alive.
    4 points
  12. I talked with Carla yesterday. She is doing MUCH better. She is off of anti-biotics now and the infection is gone. She has 5 sets of plates, screws, and rods in her neck, but---this is hard to believe---she has a full range of motion!. And NO PAIN! She is able to eat normally now, and it "all comes out the way it is supposed too." She has lost a lot of weight through her ordeal. She feels good but is still very weak. Her main job now is to build up her strength and endurance to the point that she can begin physical therapy. She still has more surgery to come on her lower back. (Still pain in h
    4 points
  13. Here are a couple of newer pictures. We are hoping to be sailing at the messabout.
    4 points
  14. Completed toe and rub rails today! Laying out water line soon, then on to primer. I have a lot of the fiddley items “prefabricated “ and assuming they fit.......
    3 points
  15. Elegantly simple solution Dave. Also it packs up small when not in use. I made a light bar as part of my mast carrier. Connects to the trailer harness at about the axle, but I have made them with wire running to the connector at the hitch. Goes in the truck when not in use.
    3 points
  16. ...or they just get a leaky bottom.
    3 points
  17. You know it occurs to me that I never gave a good update on this thread, but the little Catspaw has gotten a TON of use. I ended up moving to my summer cabin last year, which is on a tiny island with no roads or even docks. Every morning for about six months I'd walk down to the beach, pick up the Catspaw and carry it to the edge of the water, row out to my boat and leave the Catspaw on the hook, take the boat across to the big island and go to work, and every evening I'd come home and row back in. I did it in storms, in the dark, tired, injured, hung over, you name it.
    3 points
  18. I still have painting to do, but "Mo-Bear" tasted water today:
    3 points
  19. Polysulphides are the compounds to avoid when bedding plastics. Do not use 3m 101 or BoatLife Lifecaulk. They are great products, but not for plastic. I used Sikaflex 291-LOT. I have no doubt that silicone will do the job well, but the down side of the product has been pointed out.
    3 points
  20. OK, fine, you can have the weekend off to get married. Just don't let it interfere with boat work too much.
    3 points
  21. Mini 6.5s are required to paint their rudders and canting keel bright orange for easy spotting when capsized. Something to consider if you are sailing off shore or in races like the Everglades Challenge.
    3 points
  22. You cannot go wrong if you follow the waterline method that Alan illustrated for putting on the WL and boot top. It is one of the most critical cosmetic components you will add to the boat, get it wrong and the boat will look sad. The most common mistake that I see is that the boot top is measured up the slope of the hull instead of vertical. On boats that have flare forward at the wl or have a counter stern, it causes the boot top to look narrower at the ends giving the boat a frown rather than a big smile that says "look at me". If you do not get the boot top right, leave it off. On high sid
    3 points
  23. The Coast Guard has suspended their search for SailorMan, Jim Slauson. Even as the other participants celebrate their completion of the course it is impossible to forget this one that did not make it. Congratulations to the finishers and God Bless Jim Slauson and his family. Safety was one of the features of BandB boats that appealed to me. I think it is one of their strong suites. The capsize camps and development of mast head floats have demonstrated a continued commitment to safety at sea. However no matter how safe your vessel there is going to be a certain amount of risk in
    3 points
  24. 20190822_185801.mp4 20190822_185908.mp4 Okay, the trip begins. I'm in Spring Lake, Michigan, near my daughter's. Stayed out on the boat two nights, once in a corner of the lake and once under the bridge and up the bayou. Couldn't resist sailing under the bridge when I had a fair wind.... 20190822_185801.mp4 20190822_185908.mp4
    3 points
  25. Show coat to check my fairing. A couple of spots that need some work but generally OK.
    3 points
  26. Spindrift 11n onboard... Thank God she fits nicely.
    3 points
  27. I recently finished my Stonefly canoe and waiting for the ice to melt to see how well she handles.
    3 points
  28. Forgive me, Stareed, but I finally dug up these photos. Get out the Kleenex!
    3 points
  29. Couple more pictures. Shows the kayak closer, so you get better idea how it looks. Deck rigging is going to get done before spring.
    3 points
  30. I enjoyed building my Long Shot so much that I convinced my brother to buy the materials so I could build one for him. Now we get to paddle together. I started building on June 12, 2017 and finished it on September 03, 2017. The first photo is my brother, Robert, taking delivery of his blue Long Shot. I have also added photos of my two Long Shot sisters. Please don't ask me to donate the labor to build one for you. It's quite a commitment. CJH.
    3 points
  31. Here's a closeup of the final surface. This is with one coat of undiluted Totalboat primer and one coat of thinned Brightside topcoat. I'll stop applying finish at this point. If I were doing it over again, I'd thin the primer a little. There were little pinholes in the valleys of the weave, which is one reason I thinned the topcoat more than usual. This method did take a lot of epoxy to wet out the Dynel. I ended up squeegeeing out about a pint of goo, before allowing it to cure. And I did take some sandpaper to the cured epoxy, to knock off some high, sharp points of fabric. But I'm
    3 points
  32. If you want a cheap and mindless guide coat for sanding and boarding your surface, just get you some food coloring and put it in denatured alcohol and apply it with a rag onto your kilz primed surface. Yep, been priming with that stuff and binzeed equivalent since the mid 80s. or so. I apply it right over fiberglass for building up and filling finish cloth weave in particular. And yes you can use after sanding under two part parts after allowing it to cure for a couple of weeks. That's the oil base INTERIOR stuff that costs 15 bucks a gallon versus several hundred bucks for a two part gallon k
    3 points
  33. In my day we didn't even HAVE zeroes - We had to write a one and then erase it!
    3 points
  34. Thanks ... my own little mental health project! There aren't many corners left in the Internet where a group of people regularly get together without insulting each other. Must be the epoxy fumes ....
    3 points
  35. The link to your video is broken. I believe this is the video you intended to show us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgrZZqdPcrw
    3 points
  36. Here are a couple of shots from Alan.
    3 points
  37. I felt like it would be a good idea to intentionally capsize my boat in a controlled environment so I could practice righting the boat. I also wanted to observe to see if there were any modifications I could make to insure that the boat was stable when it was knocked over and I would be able to right the boat. I kept putting this little chore off. I didn't want to break anything. I did not have anyone to help me. I did not want to injury myself or someone else. My nephew was visiting, there was no wind so we decided to give it a go. We both gained some confidence learned a few thing
    3 points
  38. You will need two long battens struck horizontally across the bow and transom at the height of the water level. They should be long enough so that line pulled across the top of them and parallel to the boat centre line will touch the extreme width of the hull. Mark the three points: where the string touches the hull and the two points on the battens. With two people - pull masking tape across the sticks and watch it pull a perfect line on your boat. With one person - I stick the tape at the mid point on the hull an pull one way and then go back and pull the other half. Take note that the upp
    3 points
  39. Missing from this discussion is analysis of failure modes. We need information on how SOF boats have failed: Did a stringer break? At a frame? Between frames? At a knot? At a joint? What species of wood? Dimensions? Did a frame break? Where? What type of plywood? Dimensions? Did a lashing or other fastening between a stinger and frame fail? This forum might be a way to collect some information of this sort. Then some ideas on where weight can be safely reduced and where to keep things robust can be developed. Paddle on, Andy
    3 points
  40. Winter Storage: Not a building tip but I thought this tip might be useful for those who keep their boats outside during the winter. When I removed the old skin on one of my kayaks to do a re-skin job I found that mice had built a nest for the winter up in the bow end of the boat and had gnawed about half way through a couple of the stringers. I remembered that when we owned a travel trailer my wife would put dryer sheets in cupboards, drawers, and corners to repel the mice. In many years of outside storage we never once had any sign of mice in the camper. Now I push a few dryer sheets
    3 points
  41. Hi everyone, Good day to everyone we are joining from south cost of Turkey. We two amateurs we start to built OC 20 and any comments negative or positive highly appreciated.. Thanks to everyone and safe voyages. I should say from this part of the world Graham and Carla they are both great people and they are very helpful.
    3 points
  42. Thanks again for every ones wishes and concern. Carla was released on Monday and tonight she looked the best that she has been since the surgery. She has been up and down before but if she does not slip back over the next couple of days I am confident that she will be past the worst.
    3 points
  43. I talked with Graham this afternoon. Carla is back in the hospital with what ever the infection is she has. It is making it rouph on Graham. You can tell in his voice he is worried about his wife. He is a awfully good man to help us build our boats and take time to talk to us. We need to pray for him as well as Carla. When ever I go work in the boat I just stop and pray for both of them and I can not wait till I hear she is home and on the mend Stop for a moment and pray for both of them I DO NOT THINK GRAHAM WANT TO BURDEN US WITH HIS TROUBLES BUT WHAT ARE FRIEND AND CO-WORKERS FOR. Th
    3 points
  44. I will second those Core Sound boats. Lots of boat, there. Also, Richard, people DO build SOF sailboats. They also build sailboats from plastic bottles, and concrete. Dave is right about a good sailboat. It makes sailing fun. So do good sails. I have built some turds. Don't break too many rules until you learn them fairly well. That pointy triangle boat looks like a death trap. I'd want my buoyancy further forward. Then again, what do I know? I never listen. Just ask my mom, or wife, or kids...
    3 points
  45. Hi Matt I have glued the last layer on my keel today, just about done. As far as the stem goes, I have as many as 3 joints in the 3 layers. As long as you stagger the joints as much as possible you should be good. I glued the doublers on the frames as they where being fabricated. I cut the transom layers from a template, then laminated the layers on the transom jig as per blueprint. I will try to attach a couple of pictures of my keel. Greg
    3 points
  46. I have just about finished making the first CS17 mk3 kit, I made the centerboard today. I am working on final tweaking and finishing up the plans and should have them available soon. There is a lot of detail and it takes time to get it all together. I have been sneaking in a few duplicate parts so that I can have one.
    3 points
  47. We waved farewell to Doug today as he drove off with his new Mk3. We were happy to get her out of the shop to get a good look at her rather than being too close all of the time. I feel that she more than met my expectations and you can still see the Core Sound heritage. There is decent headroom, without the trunk cabin. It is very comfortable laying back against the hull, at 5' 7" sitting as tall as I could, my head was not touching the deck. I think that a 6 footer could find a comfortable position.
    3 points
  48. 3 points
  49. Hi folks, some pics of P26 #20 leaving the shed a few days ago after two years in the building. She now has the keel attached and I have some room to start on masts. Cheers
    3 points

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