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Scott Dunsworth

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  1. Been telling myself I was going to spend New years eve on our Islander 28 and go on a New Years Day sail. Must be getting to old for real adventures, just to cold for this old wuss. 3 degrees and 14 for the high, just cant do it.
  2. Didn't replace any ribs this week, went sailing instead. Going to have to remove the inner sheer before I start. Going slow trying to think this through before jumping in. Here's a few pictures of the condition and job ahead.
  3. Ken,Just for information, kregg makes pocket screws in stainless steel also. I used some a few weeks ago in a transom I epoxied up. They can be left in on some applications. Scott
  4. The board was flat sawed, but I cut the ribs width from that then turn them on edge and resawed each piece, so I don't know what you would call that.
  5. Thanks for more tips, I need everything I can get. I was wrong on the thickness of the ribs, they are 5/16ths not 7/16ths. Hope this helps me out a bit. Got everything ready this morning to turn it over and start this adventure Monday. Par I the new ribs have very straight grain, but I cut these out about four years ago and they are very dry I'm sure. Scott
  6. Never thought about using green wood Ken. I have about 25 white oak ribs already cut they are 1 1/4 wide by 7/16ths thick. I bent two of the easy ones a few years ago by just soaking them a few days. Hoping that they bend even easier steamed. Read somewhere that soaking them a while before steaming that they will take the bending even easier than just steaming. I have seen red oak soaked where you could just about ty a knot in it. But white oak is a different animal, doesn't soak up water real easy. Red oak does like a straw and will fill up its whole core till its water logged. The only thing that worries me right now is the bow work. I can see this whole boat would be much easier to build new, than trying to replace stuff in reverse. Anyway this is a new woodworking class for me
  7. Well got the transom dry fitted, Douglass fir keel. Cut some notches in the transom for the inside rib battens and then I think I'm ready to start replacing the ribs. Going to temporarily fasten the keel at bow and transom to help keep everything in shape.
  8. Thanks for some pointers Parr. I wasn't thinking about breaking any ribs in the aft area. I noticed when the boat was built that they cut the first three ribs in the bow section under the keel, guess there's no way to make that hair pen turn. Don't really know why I'm doing this, the boat is really ready for the burn pile. Just want to save an old boat and learn some new things that have nothing to do with technologies I guess. The planks are 3/8 x 1 cedar bead and cove. Going to try and find some cedar locally, if not, I do have access to clear cypress that I used on my cold molded 28. The wood seems pretty similar in weight and stiffness, what do you think? Scott
  9. New project, basically a total rebuild, very little is savable. 75% of the cedar planks are good, the hardware and that's about it. There are some odds and end parts like the dash, deck beams that are still usable. Here's some pic's of the general condition. I will have to re rib the whole boat, they are white oak. The inner keel is white oak also. I have made a new mahogany transom this week all it needs now is fairing to fit the boat. It came in at 3lbs heaver than the original mahogany transom that was rotted through in a few places. My plan is to install the new transom, new battens and outer keel. Then start replacing every other rib starting aft and working forward, then start aft again and replace the remaining ribs. We will see how it goes over the winter. I got this boat about ten years ago and sidelined it till I needed some winter entertainment. The ribs steam pretty easy, the hard part will be not losing the hull shape. I'm trying not to remove anymore planking then I have to, that should help keep the shape.
  10. Hope everyone has a Very Happy Thanksgiving and not to many splinters while working on these great boats!!!! Romans 8:1 Scott
  11. Hope everyone has a Very Happy Thanksgiving and not to many splinters while working on these great boats!!!! Romans 8:1 Scott
  12. Hi Peter, just saw your post. I had blinders on talking to Chic about the alpo,,,,,, I mean the VS in a can! Been busy remodeling old houses. My off time working on and sailing a 84 Islander 28. Its a old Bob Perry design. Learning how to sail a sloop makes you appreciate the cat ketch. Its not that bad though. My 28 is still sitting in the shop untouched. The whole hull glassed inside and out and no one to finish it. Wish I could find someone that had the energy and resources to finish it, such nice lines and shape. Hope you have been using your 28. Are you going to the mess about? I cant get a solid commitment from myself yet. Scott
  13. I think we need to start a boat food thread! To call VS a food is a long stretch, as Crocodile Dundee said it will keep you alive but tastes like @$%#. Chic you are not alone in this, think of the millions that stop at McDonalds and think that is food. Chicken nuggets are made in a similar way as VS. Its pressed stuff blown up with oil, fat and other stuff to make you think you are eating something of value. My brother thinks VS are related to fine steak, he's a full time live aboard boat person. But then again he thinks instant coffee is heaven sent also. Spam is at least made from pork shoulders and not parts of all the critters on the Arc. I don't care for it but my mental state has been questioned before. Cooking is the thing I look forward to when I drop the hook. Get a BBQ grill and enjoy the adventure of cooking, good book, music and the sunsets.
  14. Come on Chick,,,, Vienna sausages where made to test the flushing action of marine heads and can be used for emergency fish bait! Also make great puppy treats but if you read the small print they were never intended for human consumption. Scott
  15. I never thought the Belhaven would look good with the more traditional cabin type like the Princess. I love the looks of the Princess it looks good with that type of cabin because it match's the more traditional looking hull perfectly. The Belhaven has a much more modern looking hull so the cabin is modern looking. As for head room the Belhaven actually has more head room by a few inches. The cabin is not as long though. For its size, the Belhaven as it is will be hard to beat for comfort. The only change I would make if I built another one would to build in a serious ice hold. I use mine for two weeks at a time.
  16. 1976 Catalina 22 swing keel. This boat was sanded epoxy primed and painted with 2 part poly. Standing rigging is very good and all lines are new. Trailer was rebuilt with the exception of paint, including a new heavier duty axle. A lot of sails come with it (5). It has been sitting in covered storage for 5 years so it does need cleaned up a bit. Swim ladder, 9.9 runs great, completely rewired by a electrician, new swing keel cable. This boat has the pop top with canvas. Heavy built Bimini from Catalina Direct. $5500 Scott 812-686-8441
  17. I'm going to love keeping up with this adventure. I have spent a lot of time at Oak Island NC where Graham is at now, love the place when its not prime time. Hope he really enjoys himself on this trip. Scott
  18. The longest trip I made with my Belhaven I ever got to do was 275 miles. I loved every minute of it! I know you will love it. Take a lot of pictures and keep a log, it would make a great story for Small Craft Advisor mag. Scott
  19. Those look really nice Chick. I like the leathers, the new sail track shouldn't dig into those.
  20. I'm going to have to throw together another Belhaven so I quit missing out on these outings!
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