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  1. One more thought. A friend uses a large umbrella for a bimini. Easy up, Easy down, easy to move if needed.
  2. I have a dodger, if that's of any interest. I put it up mostly when camping, but it's possible to sail with it up. Let me know if you'd like any details.
  3. I'll say -- Close hauled all the way. At least you two finished. Not sure where/how we lost our steam, but we had some great sails and an even better experience. Made it to Goodland and called it a week. I think about it every day.
  4. Thanks, Joe. Still recovering, I must say. I'll try to jot out a little report when my head settles down. Good to hear from you.
  5. I love this video from the Everglades Challenge. It shows you what a Core Sound can do. Credit John Hippe, who took it from our "buddy boat," the Sea Pearl 21 Nordic Breeze as we were heading upwind in the Gulf about 3 mi offshore. Thanks, Graham, for an amazing design. cb on the wind2.mp4
  6. Wow, that MF is quite a boat!
  7. I have had good luck with Jamestown's total boat non-skid. Roll on two coats over primer. It grabs but not too much. it's one part, so it's easy to use. I used it for my CS17. https://www.googleadservices.com/pagead/aclk?sa=L&ai=DChcSEwja_M_23oT2AhUNEbMAHdM3CccYABAOGgJ5bQ&ae=2&ohost=www.google.com&cid=CAESWOD2uoiuTIOk9buuRWmm74PkbwL7hLg2Eyg4uTTQ3-Di0l8p9sPcsDLsKYUiDLU3lT_jBm3ffAo9_3aQ2RCPNiFaH9vcSrQPBaJ8o5guLfbOMUDuyXwr8ck&sig=AOD64_2dblmiEz5Um5f3Bsf_AyYfG3CC3w&ctype=5&q=&ved=2ahUKEwjvicT23oT2AhVSkYkEHa2IDJQQ9aACegQIAhBJ&adurl=
  8. The trick with that kind of ladder is to keep your feet under you. It requires some strength and concentration but it can be done. It's a different activity than climbing a ladder, more like balancing on a slack line. Work your way higher until your waist is at the funnel, then flip foward into the boat.
  9. Piano hinges worked very well on my exterior hatches (CS 17 Mk 1). They called for what seemed like very tiny wood screws, No 4 or 6 if I recall, but they hold amazingly well, because they go in about every inch. I believe I ordered the SS hinges from Defender or Jamestown. I gasketed with stick-on material from the hardware store sold for car windows. They have stayed very dry, even in full submersion (we'll not get into that....)
  10. Another option, depending on your personal level of finickyness, is to raise the bottom paint level as noted and then paint a boot stripe above it, using bottom paint for the boot stripe. That way you have protection well up the boat, plus a boot stripe, to boot, ha. Of course you also have to mask about 3 times, or have a really steady hand. Up to you whether it's worth all that. I just run the bottom paint on my big boat up higher.
  11. In US, the bottom tube had to be ground out a bit on the inside as well.
  12. I've used an Anchor Buddy, which is based on shock cord, and like it a lot. I prefer it to the problems I can imagine with a wheel that spends time under water.
  13. Great to see. And in the middle of Wisconsin winter, yet.
  14. That Lapwing is certainly a beautiful boat, and I love seeing any video of B&B boats on the water. They look so good. Thanks. And I'm glad it's summer somewhere.
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