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  1. BTW, single sheet of 1/2" Marine Grade cost me $83. ACX, $30. If I am going to encapsulate it, I think I'll go with the ACX next time and just make two for less than half the price of one.
  2. Ok then, so: 1) Drill holes oversized 2) Fill holes with thickened epoxy 3) Glass inside and outside of all rudder box plys 4) Glue (epoxy) and screw the pieces together 5) More epoxy to fill any gaps, etc. 6) Drill out holes to correct size 7) Clean, Sand, and Paint Sound good?
  3. Ahhh right. I remember this from the Hull and Deck repair book. That works for the bolts, but then there is still the wear from the rudder itself against the inside of the rudder box. Is this enough to cause concern? The reason I ask is that I am building two rudder boxes... one for my weekender and one for another sailboat which has an aluminum rudder. The aluminum rudder will be a lot harder on the inside of the rudder box.
  4. Since the rudder box is constantly in the water, and has holes which could allow water to enter, I am planning to simply paint it. My thinking is that varnish or epoxy would keep water in and encourage rot. Also, for a boat left in the water for long periods, would it make any difference to go with marine quality plywood for the rudder box -vs- acx? Seems like a painted rudder box would be wet all the time anyway so would the voids in ACX make that much of a difference? Thanks.
  5. Thanks, that is something I hadn't considered. I'll sail it a couple of times and then register it.
  6. Well, after talking to the tax office I was told I do not need to register the boat since I am not installing a motor (at least not for now) and it is under 16ft. If I decide to install a motor, I'll register it. I just want to get sailing before I put it off any longer. Thanks.
  7. Hi everyone... yes I know it's been a long time but I've been stuck in the "finding reasons not to launch" stage. I finally broke down and decided I am going to launch within two weeks ready or not. I called the Dept of Fish and Game and they told me I do not need to register my weekender if the length is under 16 and I do not have a motor. I asked if length meant Length on Deck or overall length including rudder, bowspirit, ladders, etc. They did not know. They asked an officer who said if it doesn't have a motor then don't bother registering it. Naturally my weekender is 15'9" on deck or thereabout, until I install the bowspirit and rudder. So, I just thought I'd ask if anyone else here in Florida had to register their weekender or had any problems with the Marine Patrol before I launch without registering. Question is: Length on deck may be 15'9", but what about the keel under the bowspirit. Doesn't that part count too? Thanks -tom St. Petersburg, Fl
  8. My weekender has been out covered by a tarp for a couple of years now. The quick poly finish I put on the mast has worn and the wood has blackened under it. I don't really care much about the appearance of it, but I would like to prevent further damage. How sould I re-finish it? Should I sand it and use 5 coats of spar varnish? I plan to launch in a couple of weeks! Thanks
  9. Oil based porch paint and thats it...
  10. Ouch! Fortunately my weekender building mishaps were less damaging. While wrapping the cord around my (unplugged) jigsaw the blade caught my forearm and made a nice deep gash. i still have the scar 3 years later. Plenty of 2 inch splinters buried deep, a mishap with a handsaw which slipped out during the stroke, and a few scars on my head from working in the cabin. Finger into spinning router blade. It makes me sick just thinking about it. Fortunately it wasn't a table saw. My shop teacher in high school was missing part of his thumb.
  11. Excellent, thanks. Peak is also the word I was looking for... wasn't sure what to call that part of the sail. I expect to finish sometime this week, get her registered and launched before the end of the month. Thanks -tom
  12. Dave, I would like pics or even just a good description would do. I have the three holes in the clew of the jib, I wasn't sure how to tie up the two jib sheets. I thought maybe a short length of line to go into the sail clew holes, with a stopper knot, and then the jib sheets tied to that. :?: I also have a question about the clew at the head of the sail where it attached to the gaff. Is there supposed to be an eyebolt in the end of the gaff as an outhaul to keep the sail from slipping down the gaff towards the mast? There is no mention of this in the plans. thanks! -tom
  13. Just a quick test to have a peek.... I originally set her up for two jib sheets but I think I may go back and install a jib club-foot instead. Seems like it would hold sail shape when heading straight down wind a little better.
  14. Well, I now own two boats but I have not sailed either! A friend of mine offered up his AFC 2+2 (17' boat) for sale and I couldn't pass it up. The sad part is that I have not yet finished my weekender. The weekender is my first sailboat... which I have been working on for 3 years. The 2+2 will be my 2nd boat.. and first commercial sailboat to insult my weekender by sitting in the same yard, gel-coat blazing away. The good news is I finally got around to ordering the rope and blocks to replace the cheap hardware store rope and pulleys which refused to play nice on the weekender . The new rope and bocks were purchased from woodenboat.org and are a great deal. Buff poly and 3/8" pulleys. They are of very good quality and I have no doubts that they will work much better than the rusty, sqeaky, hardware store pulleys and horrible home depot rope. I am planning to launch the weekender in may! I have it on the trailer and ready to go. I just need to finish the rigging, get some oars, and get the boat and trailer registered. My plan is to sail the weekender through the summer while restoring the 2+2 as my next project. It needs some minor work (some damage and a small hole through the glass in the bow when the boat hit the dock), but compared to the amount of work involved in building a boat, it is small potatoes. This boat is going to be for more serious camping and weekend cruising with the family as there is more space and the boat is much more stable. While it is still only 17', it was designed with camping in mind and has a wide beam and plenty of sleeping space. It says 4 comfortably but what I think that really means is 2 with some elbow room or 4 with some complaining The weekender will become my fun day sailing boat.
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