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  1. Sue Sue was completed in October of 2006 and made a 50 mile voyage on the ICW from Charleston, South Carolina to Georgetown, South Carolina for the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show. Since that time we had our first child and I have been unable to sail her or to keep her in the lifestyle to which she deserves. She is made of marine plywood with glass cloth and system 3 epoxy on hull, cockpit and deck. Hull, Decks and Cockpit are painted with Rust Oleum Marine paint, which is inexpensive, easy to apply and has done fairly well. Cabin interior painted with exterior latex. She is currently 80-85% ready to sail, as she needs some freshening (varnish, touch up paint) and the conversion from wheel to tiller steering needs to be completed (boat comes with a beautiful wood tiller from Ida Sailor and some machined pieces for the neck to the rudder box). The boat has Harken Bullet Blocks and Mini Blocks which are included as are all standing and running rigging. There is a heavy duty outboard mount with springs on the transom. The boat comes with a trailer which is in average condition but has no title. The crafstmanship is average (this was my first boat) but Sue Sue would be an excellent starting point for someone who want to get on the water this season. Sue Sue is registered in SC. I plan to keep the trailboards as they were a present from my wife. The boat, rigging and trailer are free. I am asking $200.00 for a set of Duck Works sails (used sparingly), $75 for a Tohatsu 2.5hp short shaft 2 stroke (needs impeller replacement and carbs cleaned), $500 for a 2006 3.5hp 4 stroke Tohatsu long shaft (in running order, less than 15 hrs on motor). You don't have to buy any of these to have the boat but I am sure you will want some or all these things. I don't have any recent pics here at work. I will upload some when I get home. Please contact me if you are interested. Paul Rahn
  2. 15' 20' Kit purchased from Polysail last year. Includes instructions specific to Weekender. I've decided to buy Dacron Sails only because its taken me so long to build the boat and I would rather not add sailmaking to the project. Can you tell I am ready to go sailing? Details on the kit here: http://hometown.aol.com/polysail/HTML/products.htm#BRIGHT Their price $119.95. My Price $75.00 (including shipping to the lower 48)
  3. Wow. That heater looks just like the one I bought at Lowe's this winter. Thanks for the warning as I will check it when I get home. I was already nervous about the seal between the propane can and the heater and I guess my instincts may have been correct. Thanks again. Paul Rahn
  4. My Weekender is getting closer to completion and its time to start thinking about motors. I have an offer from a dealer to sell a used (but working with a 90 day warranty) 4hp Suzuki 2 stroke long shaft with F-N--R for $450.00 or a 2003 (but new) 2.5 hp 4 stroke short shaft Yamaha for $700.00. I am leaning towards the 4hp Suzuki as we have pretty strong tides and currents in Charleston but I wanted to see if anyone had any experience with either motor. Also, I am factoring in the mounting of the motor as a potential cost savings on the Suzuki as I think I would need the fancier motor mount with the hinge for the Yamaha or any other short shaft. Any advice on positioning the mount/placement of the motor would also be appreicated.
  5. Thanks for all the replies! Just bought a quart of Rust0Oleum Marine Coatings Primer and 1 Quart of Navy Blue From their website: "High performance modified alkyd for use above the waterline provides excellent: Gloss retention, UV resistance, Flexibility,Durability in extreme weather conditions" It was about $17/quart for the primer and $9 quart for the top coat at Lowe's. I am still sanding the hull but plan to apply primer this weekend sometime so if any one has a reason I shouldn't use this product, speak now or....
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    Saw some posts about using rust-oleum to pain the hull. Anyone have any more experience with this. Still trying to decide what to paint with so any advice to a novice is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Paul
  7. We didn't have any grass near the garage to flip the boat. Also, I wanted to have it on a dolly so I could roll it outside for sanding etc. The dolly seems to work well as it raises the boat up a foot or so which makes it easier to work on. As for the bondo, I think I will limit remaining bondo to screw holes. I've worked with epoxy in the past (Cheap Canoe) and while I didn't have any major problems, it requires a lot more thought and for a messy guy like me is very unforgiving. Also, when the wife comes into the garage to ask me a question when working with bondo, I can stop what I am doing and help her with something (like digging a large hole for one of her many plants). Epoxy application is definitely a more premeditative event which doesn't lend itself to pauses or distraction. Conclusion: Bondo is easier to work with but I won't rely on it for any serious filling/fairing. Thanks for the input.
  8. Last night was the long awaited rollover for S/V Resolve. I made some modifications to the dolly after some expert advice from Dave R1. I secured the dolly to the deck before the rollover and also added new casters with larger wheels to get over the lip of the garage entrance. We suspended the boat from the garage trusses and using medium duty tie-downs and a "come-along". I had help from 2 neighbors but really 1 helper would have been enough. The load was born by the garage, not by us. After months of delay due to: a) job, moving, c) life d) all of the above, I am very excited to be able to start on the surface prep for the hull. I will be bondoing (is that a verb?) the screw holes and doing some light sanding before the expoxy/glass fun begins. Does anyone have a guestimate as to how much the bondo will shrink? I don't want to look at my boat next year and see 1400 little dots on the finish. [attachment over 4 years old deleted by admin]
  9. June 17-20, 2004 http://www.charlestonmaritimefestival.com/ Tall Ships, Family Boat Building, Wooden Boat Exhibits and more. Also, they are building a neat Pilot Schooner The Spirit of South Carolina. Spirit's Principal Dimensions rail length 93.8 ft length: deck 90.7 ft length: waterline 88.0 ft length overall 140 ft beam 23.7 ft design draft 10.3 ft displacement ~150 LTons passengers & crew 29 They are looking for volunteers and exhibitors for this festival. My weekender will not nearly be ready. Anyone who is interest please email me.
  10. This Weekend is the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show in Georgetown South Carolina. This is a great event and worth the trip. The boatbuilding contest is amazing but it is hard to watch someone build a 14ft boat in 1.4 hrs when I compare it to the ten months I have been working on my Weekender :shock: www.woodenboatshow.com My boss has again entered his 1939 44' Elco "Frolic" Last year it one the People's Choice award and we hope it does so again. Please feel free to stop by and say hi and don't forget to vote early and often . Paul Rahn [attachment over 4 years old deleted by admin]
  11. I earned my PP SEL last June but the torential rain in Charleston has kept me out of the sky. I think there is a certain personality trait that draws us to both of these pursuits. :twisted: I am hoping to begin instrument training this winter. Regards They say money talks. The only thing it ever said to me is "goodbye."
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    Great Find

    The trailer is a nice find. What makes it sweeter is the amount of hardware I was able to take off of her, including cam cleats, blocks, cleats, battery box, swim ladder and it turns out the the boom is 11 feet long with a nice gooseneck. I wonder where I can use that!
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    Great Find

    Most recent predictions put Charleston South of the cone of danger. Besides, I paid my optional flood insurance premium for this year so it is highly unlikely we will be hit. Now if I hadn't paid my insurance premium the forecasters would be predicting the path right down to my street address!
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    Great Find

    This weekend I found a trailer for $60.00 which just happened to come with a 1962 16' Peterson Petrel sailboat attached to it. The Sailboat was actually in better shape than I thought it would be but I am not ready to undertake another project right now. Besides, the hull had many nice fittings that I was able to remove and it looks like the boom very close in length to the Weekender plans (it also has a nice gooseneck attachment). In any case, the hull is going to the happy sailing ground in the sky unless it finds a true optimist to take it off my hands (sans trailer of course!) [attachment over 4 years old deleted by admin]
  15. This is my first post in this forum but I have to admit I've been reading for quite some time. I started my weekender around Christmas and have deduced that the design is so named because that is the only time I can find to work on it! In any case, last night I attached the starboard bow side panel with the help of my wife. The boat has been ready for the sides for about a month but it took me that long to find the courage to move forward. If I could spend 1/10th of the time working on the boat as I do thinking about working on it I would have finished in the "3 months" I've heard about. In any event, I am planning on installing the aft panel this evening and then going to work on many of the "small" projects before I close off the port side. Any thoughts on the next step?
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