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Paul356

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  1. Frustration. The dimension lumber is driving me crazy. I don't know where you guys are finding such good looking fir, etc., but Wisconsin, contrary to its lumberjack heritage, seems berift. I may have to drive to Mass or NC. Nonetheless, I found some relatively straight No. 2 doug fir 16 footers. The grain isn't much and there are a lot of knots to work around. I also had a lot of trouble trying to rip the sticks for the centerboard, and I'm not looking forward to making stringers. When I finished gluing up the sticks, I realized my CB blank was badly cupped. Tacking to stbd would be easy, getting back not so much. I was about ready to call it firewood, when ... Remedy. I made a very simple milling jig for my router, and now the blank is at least flat on both sides. I can shape, fill and glass it now. Phew. It's not perfect, but the board will be. Here's the jig:
  2. Same for me as the guys above. I made a movable framework. I'll put some panels on it for a flat surface to glue up the long scarfed pieces. Then I'll add frames at the bulkheads to hold the hull, probably with some reinforcement as well I've already used it as a trailer to haul a bunch of lumber up the driveway to the garage, and as a sawhorse for working on some of that lumber. Having used it just that little bit so far, it is incredibly handyl.
  3. A bit of progress: the centerboard blank is glued up, rudder pieces in the background. Shaping to follow.
  4. I've seen that on this blog. One of the guys wrapped some grit paper around a wooden cylinder and chucked it and used that to ream out the inside of the larger tube a bit.
  5. Still waiting on the bill for mast and track. Planning to paint. Yup, my dad bought that table saw new in the 50s. A friend, amazingly, had the extension tables but no saw, and put them on permanent loan. Had to take some time off and sail Lake Michigan for a while. Back at it in a few days.
  6. I think if you're planning to say something on your own business cards about the CS17, you should see what Graham would want you to say and make sure to give him credit for the design.
  7. Not needing to find the right material on my own was a big factor in ordering from Graham. I got epoxy, tape, pumps, filler, mast tubing and sail track from him as well as the benefit of his precision cutting equipment. I just kept saying, "send me what you use." Another way to take advantage of his expertise.
  8. They had said mid-July, so it was a couple weeks after that, but they had also warned they were having a busy summer, and there were some unexpected blips along the way. In "boat time," two weeks is right on time, so no worries. The side panels are marked for the stringer, but the stringer isn't part of the kit. You could probably ask them to make it and include it (you'd scarf it together), not sure. I spent quite a bit of time online yesterday looking for places within a couple hours that might have long doug fir or even mahogany, which I used for stringers on an earlier boat and really liked. Hard pine doesn't show up much this far north. Now that the kit is here, I know just what I'll need, and the search begins.
  9. The kit arrives! The box weighed 250#, but I think 75# or more was the box itself. The truck had a lift gate and the driver had a dolly and rolled it right up to the garage for me. I'm very impressed with the kit. The plywood cuts are clean and precise. The deckbeams have rabbets and bevels cut, very clean. Many pieces are marked with pencil for location of stringers, beams, bulkheads, etc. Scarfs are all made. I could never replicate this kind of accuracy; then again, I don't have a CNC table. Well worth the $$. I also received epoxy, tape, "special blend" filler, mast tubes and sail track. All that said, the plywood pieces are stacked for now, and I'm going to make up the the centerboard blank and rudder first as a way to get smart with this epoxy.
  10. Getting ready.... Carla says the kit is on the truck. I made up the building frame, at least for now. It's on casters. I can use it to move the box if needed, and later, with some plywood on top, as a work surface and, finally, as a cradle to work on the boat once it takes shape. I didn't view any of the dimensions as critical except to get the two cross pieces for the cradle parts parallel. It's 12' long. I can beef it up as necessary. I also made a table for my saw. It's been mistakenly named a "table" saw for the 40 years I've had it and the 15 my dad had it before that. It was always actually a "garage floor saw" or a "sawhorse saw." At last, it's a "table saw." I made the height to match a couple of Stanley sawhorses that were on sale and calling my name. That way I'll have an outfeed support at the right height. I'm lucky to have an attic in my garage, which is now the workshop. It's a pretty neat space, although very hot if it's warm outside. I plan to make the smaller pieces there. Boat will go together on the ground floor.
  11. I had some of that once. Didn't work too well. Replacing is called for. Good idea.
  12. The Bluegill was an incredibly handy boat, under power (up to 9 hp), oar or sail. I built it as a motor skiff first, added the centerboard and sailing rig the next year. There have been some more recent builds, documented on the Woodenboat site. To Chick's question, I'm in Milwaukee. We have a 36-footer on Lake Michigan. I'm looking forward to sailing the CS 17 on our inland lakes here and up north, as well as down south when those lakes turn hard. I'd also like to do some camp cruising on places like Lake Superior or the North Channel (or the Carolinas, or just about anywhere), and will certainly be looking forward to sailing the 17 on Lake Michigan from time to time as well.
  13. The 17 kit is being cut and will be here in a bit. The first step in getting ready for the new boat was getting rid of the old one. I built it 26 years ago, a Redmond Bluegill. It was a terrific boat for inland waters and messing about in any fashion, including with kids of all ages. But it's been sitting outside for the last 10 years, unused, neglected and, finally, beyond repair, or at least beyond anything short of a near total rebuild. So, it tore me up, but it was time to say goodbye.
  14. I really enjoyed the video. It seemed to capture all phases of the competition, from the fast sailors to the persistent kayakers and everyone in between.
  15. Well, since you asked, here is a picture of the boat shop of the future (and a practice try at posting photos) ....
  16. I'll do my best, as soon as there's something to photograph. Maybe a picture of the garage space in the meantime.
  17. We had a very nice visit last week with Graham at the shop in Bayboro, and left him with an order for a CS 17 kit. Construction planned to start mid-July. I'm looking forward to it.
  18. That's great reading. Inspiring to potential EC'ers. Thanks for taking the time to give us your story.
  19. Roguepaddler has excellent photos and description of the mast assembly in his book on making the 20. See chapter XVI. http://www.roguepaddler.com/coresound20.htm
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