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  1. And that's how we learn, although sometimes not so publicly. But think of all the new, unforgettable techniques you have at hand (just drop an anchor!) for next time. Sail on!
  2. Very nice. She will be a stunner.
  3. Strap eye is usual, I think. That's what I used on my 17. I thru-bolted it. I used just #10 screws, if I recall. Plenty sturdy.
  4. One more thought. A friend uses a large umbrella for a bimini. Easy up, Easy down, easy to move if needed.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Wow, that MF is quite a boat!
  10. 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=
  11. 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.
  12. 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....)
  13. 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.
  14. In US, the bottom tube had to be ground out a bit on the inside as well.
  15. 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.
  16. Great to see. And in the middle of Wisconsin winter, yet.
  17. 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.
  18. Thanks for the photo, PP. I have yet to test the float, fortunately. I did turtle once. It was very traumatic, and that prompted me to get the float and make a some other improvements and additions (for example, sailing with safety lines rigged ala Howard Rice, barely visible in this photo. As to Nick's question, I notice just a bit of extra weight when raising the mizzen, and can feel the added air pressure if there is a breeze when raising. I don't know how to quantify it. "Half a pound"? It's not a lot, just a hair more than when it wasn't there. I put mine on the mizzen, because if I'd have added the extra shaft to the main mast, the length would have exceeded the specially sewn pocket in my cover. Like someone above, I didn't feel the extra length on the main mast would add that much to the righting moment. Adding the shaft to my mizzen makes both masts the same length. I recommend naming your float. It's good to talk to it sometimes. Mine is "Moby Turtle." It will act as a wind vane in all but very light air, which can be handy. I feel better with it up there. --pb
  19. On those small cups, System 3 sells a small kit that includes a few of those cups for mixing. You pour in, say, 30 ml of resin, then run it up to 45 ml with hardener. It can't be as accurate as a scale, but it seemed to work just fine. It can be used for far less than a "pump" worth, so good for very small jobs.
  20. NC lookin' pretty good right now. Gray, wet and 35 degrees in Milwaukee this a.m.
  21. I can't say I want to challenge Chick on anything, but then again it's warmer in NC than in Wis. I used the hot water method to uncrystallize the stuff, and it was fine, but, man, those pumps just wouldn't clean out. That little ball bearing in there stayed mired in goo, no matter what I tried. Had to get new pumps.
  22. I liked the b&b epoxy and definitely like the "special blend" thickener. I thought the hardner turned solid a little quicker than others (for example no problem with system 3 hardner) so be sure to keep it warm over periods when you're not using it. I noted the same problem with Total Boat. If you have to store it for a few months, be sure to take the pumps out and dry them or they will clog up irreparably. I used west in the past, but the liquids turned color with time and seemed brittle to me when dry. But the west publications on line are free and helpful. The b&b epoxy, in contrast to west, seem "friendly" when solid.
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