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Steve Day

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  1. After giving it a bit of thought, I think we will be going over to the Mandeville show this year as spectators. It's a little late to get the boat into the show, and I need to get an idea of how that show works before I plan to exhibit the Rescue Minor. I assume you are rather busy "battening down the hatches" at the moment with Florence bearing down on your neck of the woods. Praying for you folks to ride it out well with minimum damage.
  2. Hadn't really given it any thought. I might be able to do it, but it depends on whether I am supporting the Coast Guard Friday night. Are you coming over?
  3. Yeah. I finally got a round tuit after selling the big boat and changing some priorities. We are doing quite well. Loving the good life here in Alabama.
  4. Well, after considerable time, we finally decided to stop messing around with old, mostly worn out, engines to power our Rescue Minor. We bought a new, 0 hour, 20 HP Yanmar diesel engine and installed it in the boat. We have about 5 hours on it now and the boat is running great!
  5. Hey Folks, I just entered the Wooden Boat Show at Pirates' Cove in Josephine AL. This is the 20th show and it is being advertised as the LAST show. The dates are May 6 & 7, 2017. Take a moment to come visit us. There are always lots of interesting boats and folks there! If this truly is the last of these shows, this needs to be the best show! I'm a little sad about this, but I intend to have a good time there. this is a shot of a couple of the boats in the 2009 show. Steve
  6. Oyster, I would like for that fellow building the sport fisherman to contact me. It would be nice to see that build as it progresses. Steve
  7. I think Ivan is planning to keep this one where he will not have to step and un-step the mast very often. I get the impression he wants to use it to mess about in the general area of Cedar Key most of the time with an occasional trip to other areas. I also have the impression that he intends to day sail with the cabin used like a cuddy shelter as opposed to a living cabin. We will have several discussions about this as Graham's designs fulfill most of those needs in a somewhat lighter and more nimble design (not to mention stitch & glue vs. plank over frame construction). I don't want him jumping off on a given design without a lot of thought, as one has to live with his decisions for quite some time. It's nice to be contemplating construction of another boat. I'm not sure whether this one will be attempted, but the mental excercise is good anyway. It's also good to be back on the forum again. Steve
  8. PAR, At this point I don't know. I talked to him this morning and he will be getting the plans back from where they are stored sometime next week, or the week after. Somehow, I'm thinking it is a Monroe. However, that is just a guess, based on what he told me. I will be patient as this plays out. Blessings, Steve
  9. Hey Guys, It's been a long time since I was up on the forum. Lot's of other things cluttering up my life lately. I was at my 50th High School reunion this past weekend in Delray Beach FL and one of my classmates approached me about possibly building a 28' Egret Sharpie. I don't know a whole lot about the parameters of the contract and/or build, but I was intrigued enough to do a bit of research on the boat design(s). He wants to do it with marine plywood and that is a medium I happen to have a bit of experience with. He tells me that he has a set of plans. We'll see where this all takes us. It could be a lot of fun. In any case, I'm going to try to get on the site now and again to see how y'all are doing. Anybody have an Egret (derived) Sharpie out there? Steve
  10. Larger prop is not a possibility! There is about 1/2" clearance to the hull. The fairing did not increase top speed measurably. There seems to be less vibration, but that is entirely by feel and not verifiable quantitatively. We are not going to be able to increase her speed without more horsepower. We will continue to look, but we are going to use the boat as she is and enjoy it. It is really cool to go across the shallows where no one else goes. We have more fun watching peoples eyes bug out when we do that. Steve
  11. When I trimmed it this time, I was running into air on the inside of the hull at the forward end of the stern log. I figured that was probably far enough to go on this attempt. I made the necessary repair and applied epoxy and cloth to strengthen it and fair it as much as practicable. If I make progress with this modification, we'll look at what to do next, if anything. The prop does not have a whole lot of clearance between it an the hull, but larger diameter may be a possibility.
  12. Hey Jeff, I have not been able to establish a contact for marine plywood in the area. Every time we have gotten a bunch of plywood it has been from World Panel over in North Carolina. My partner in the Minor, Wally, has found a source for mahogany wood that he is using in the Gar Wood project, but I'm not sure where that is at the moment. I will ask him when I see him Sunday (if I can remember to do so). However, I might be persuaded to take the kayak down from the garage ceiling and paddle a bit if you come down. Steve
  13. Just haven't been near a scale near water to weigh the rig with and without the boat. We'll get around to it one day. The plywood is 3/8" vice the 3/4" called for in the plan, but we left the frames in. The weight is probably around where it should be. The fairing may help. If not we'll use it as is. Another option is to put more horsepower in it, but we don't want to go there right now. Besides, it's kinda fun to try different things to see what helps and what does not. Gives us something to do in the off season. Steve
  14. Got quite a bit done today. I took all the wood I dared to take off the stern log and shaped it the best I could. Got it smoothed out and the first layer of glass on it. Here are some shots of where she is now. You will note the cross-section at the stern is reduced a considerable amount. I hope it will help our speed.
  15. Here we are after a couple of hours laying out and sanding with my new 7" sander/polisher. Not quite there yet, but well on the way. Other obligations are keeping me from continuing this afternoon, but I'll be on it again tomorrow. I'm hoping to be ready for epoxy when the weather warms up on the weekend. Supposed to be around 29 degrees tonight here in Lower Alabama.
  16. Hey Guys! I haven't posted in quite some time as I have been busy with things other than boatbuilding. We have been using the Rescue Minor out on the Mobile Bay Delta and other places in the area, but we have been disappointed in the top speed of the boat. After thinking about it all of this time, I came up with the idea (duh) of tapering the stern log to better get "clean" water to the propeller. As you can see from the photos attached, only the outer part of the propeller is in "clear" water when we are up to speed. I will be working on the area to taper the area immediately in front of the prop to get better flow. We'll see what happens. Steve
  17. I was wondering what happened to you and your project. We haven't heard anything from you for a long time. I'm sorry you are not going to complete the boat, as I would have loved to see it finished. Good luck selling her. I hope you can find someone who wants to finish her and will post to this board with the progress. Steve
  18. The boat show is a success and I enjoyed meeting several of you today. I had a trip as captain of the Delta Explorer this afternoon and had to leave the show. I will be back tomorrow morning to finish the show. We will probably put the Rescue Minor in the water tomorrow, if the weather permits. Several people have asked us to put it in the water. Steve
  19. It's a good show with a great crowd. One more day, so come on down! Steve
  20. Frank, I tried (for the first time on this server) to add a photo and ran into a "brick wall." I looked for this answer before sending this note and could not find one. What is the secret to putting photos into a post? Steve
  21. I have three layers on my gunwhales (#447). It has been in service since 2004 and has taken more than a few heavy knocks against various pilings, etc. and has not had any structural failure. I would recommend the three layers. The only failure I had on the boat was from a fall that I had against the gunwhale from the inside and the subsequent dip in the water. The loads in that fall caused a "tear" in the side of the boat right next to the nesting bulkhead in the after section of the boat. The gunwhale itself did not fail in that accident and the repairs were straightforward and relatively easy, since I built the boat. BTW, I am refinishing the boat and will be showing it at the Perdido Wood Boat Festival at Pirates' Cove in Josephine, AL from April 29 thru May 1. Come on down and see us. Steve
  22. Hey Y'all, It's once again time for the Perdido Wood Boat Festival at Pirates' Cove in Josephine, Alabama. The festival will be held this year on April 30 and May 1 (Saturday and Sunday) with registration and set-up on Friday. This is a great show and just a lot of fun. Wally and I will show the Rescue Minor and I plan to show my Spindrift 10N that I built in 2004. I decided to refinish the Spindrift a couple of weeks ago as it was beginning to look a little "used" after 6 - 7 years. I'm sure there will be a bunch of interesting boats and their owners there. Their web site can be found at: http://www.perdidowoodboat.org/ Come on down and enjoy the fun. Steve
  23. Hey Pat, Great looking boat! Are you going to bring that Weekender over to Pirates' Cove for the Perdido Wood Boat Festival (April 30 - May 1)? You should. We would love to see it and get it in the show. I have yet to see a Weekender/Vacationer in this area and would love to see yours. Blessings, Steve
  24. I got out on the water early last week and ran around long enough to determine we needed to do more on cooling. The temperature got over 195 too quickly for me and I took it out of the water. While I was running around, I did get a chance to check the wide open engine RPM's under load and without load. Under load, it turned a little over 3100 RPM and about 3200 RPM without load. That indicates we probalby have the correct pitch in the propellor. We will just have to live with the speed (or lack thereof). I have since then taken the ends off the heat exchanger and have rodded out all of the tubes. Some of them appear to have been blocked, so that was a good thing. We also found a section of the hose from the heat exchanger to the mixing elbow that was "kinked" to nearly close off the flow. We have added an elbow to the mixing fitting to take the kink out of the hose, so that probably will help too. We lost one of the hatches on the after deck while trailering at 65 MPH, so we will be replacing that in the next few days. We're going to get one that has cam locks instead of slam locks. The boat is now ready to go and we are ready to take it to the Perdido Wooden Boat Festival late next month. Hopefully, some of you will be able to make it to the show. It should be fun. I also plan to bring my Spindrift 11N sailing dink and show it, in addition to the Rescue Minor. Steve
  25. Unfortunately not. I did get her in the water in early February, but it's been too bloody cold to get out recently. When it finally warmed up, the big boat was calling with maintenance needs. Had to go up the mast (53' tall) and do a rigging inspection and replace the sail chafing gear, along with a good deal of wood finish work and port glass (Lexan) replacement. Tried to go out in the Minor this weekend and ran afoul of the rough weather yesterday and today. I was able to get the lubrication water to the shaft seal cut down to the proper level and we are hoping that will move enough water through the heat exchanger to keep the engine cool. If not, we will be cleaning or replacing the heat exchanger. We've been tweaking those things in preparation for more sea trials to check prop pitch before ordering another prop with more pitch. Just too many things to do and not enough time (with good weather) to do them. Thanks for asking. I appreciate your interest in the project. More to come soon, Steve
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