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About Chick Ludwig

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  • Birthday 12/24/1946

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    Hendersonville, NC
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    Building/using power and sail boats. Usually go on 2 or 3 day cruises.
    Built prototype Princess 22, Outer Banks 20, and CS-20 Mk-2, CS-17 Mk-3, and Turtler. have also built moccasin-1, moccasin-2 canoes, and mini-paw dingy---all from B and B plans.

    Used to be professional fiberglass boat builder and repairer. Also worked in production design for several sailing yacht builders in Florida.

    Messing about in boats, boat building, Building r/c model planes. Turtle collecting. Working on our new home in the mountains.
  1. Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Ooh-ooh, I LIKE!!! Great job! I like the red and white "barber pole", too.
  2. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Graham. You know me too well. But, maybe I've gotten 'hold of some good' ol Southern sweet tea that was sitting in the sun for too long. Hey, wait, WHAT Sun. Maybe Tiger's answer is closer to the truth. Also been breathing too much cyanoacrylate glue (Super glue to y'all.) that I use in building my models.
  3. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    William Atkin said it's bad. Only good for drawer bottoms. Son, John, not so much. Works fine for interior bulkheads and "furniture' in fiberglass yachts. At least until water gets in and wicks up from the bilge.
  4. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Yeah, lots of comebacks to replace the interior of those boats! Maybe one reason they went out of business. I worked at Heritage yachts when Charley started that one, too. After opening my short-lived drafting and design office, I did work for Charley when he was doing some designing from his home. Also got his son, Charley Jr., into outboard racing while I worked at Morgan Yacht. In my office, I was blessed to do a couple of designs for Irwin, but Ted wouldn't allow me to take credit. Only lasting "fame" is my design for Southern Yachts, the Skipper's Mate, that became the Sanibel 18. Still in production by International Marine. http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?CLASS_ID=33 I never switched to computer design and drafting. By then I'd started building yacht dinghies, canoes, and small outboards.
  5. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Oops! I was just a draftsman back in those days. No design. But my first job in the boating industry was with Morgan Yacht. I worked on the Outisland 46, and some others---don't remember what now. Oh, I did some of the drawings for the Disney World boats that Morgan built. Charley sold the company to Beatrice Foods while I was there. He and they came to a "parting of the ways" over quality issues. Beatrice brought in the "bean counters". One thing they did was to use particle board for the interior components. Guess what happened next....
  6. About LWL line on plan

    Some of us don't have this. A simple method is a "water level". For this purpose, a clear hose with water almost filling it works fine. Hold one end of the hose just above where you want the water line at on end, then lift the other end of the hose until the water comes up to that mark. The water at both ends will be at the same level, so as you keep the water at your mark, move the other end of the hose to the other end, or wherever where you want to find and mark the water line. You'll need two folks for this. Water always seeks the same level. Gosh, that sounds complicated, but is really very simple. This will make it easier to understand: Here is a video of someone using it to mark the waterline.
  7. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Cool peddle car creation. Keep the pictures coming of that, along with the boat stuff.
  8. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Well, y'all, youins, you guys, dude, man, etc., etc., I grew up in St. Pete., Fla., where people came from everywhere and almost no one was actually born there. My mom was from Bristol, Va. and I was born in that town. My brother was from Bristol, Tenn. My dad was from Brooklyn, NY. You can see how I may be a bit confused about accents. Don, I don't have ANY idea of what you're talking about! Actually, folks I grew up around woulda said, "I'm agonna git me a...". Tom, I have containers full of various sanding dust. Poxy, poplar, occuome, mixed. Handy for making "hucky-puck". Plenty of all get carried home, too. Through the door from the garage to the house. Miss Debbie does NOT like for me to bring it home with me. Maybe I'd better explain "hucky-puck". It may not be spelled that way, but I never saw it in writing. Back-in-the-day, when I worked for good 'ol Charley Morgan when he still owned Morgan Yacht Corp., putty to bond deck to hull joints, and to fill the cavity where the led keel casting was bedded into the keel cavity of a shoal draft boat, the putty was made from asbestos powder and polyester resin. By-the-way, the shop folks called Charley, Charley Morgasm. I worked in the engineering department. Charley would come in first thing in the morning and loudly say to the guys, "Hey stud...", and to the girls, actually we only had one girl, Sally (Not his wife at the time, also named Sally.).---He'd say to her, "Some day I'm gonna get my way with you!" What a colorful character he was. Here's an article about him. He's still goin' strong. http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/for-sailboat-designer-charley-morgan-lifes-still-a-breeze/2196366
  9. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Today's progress report. All edges are feathered, a weave filler coat applied. The transom will be finished bright, so I used plain 'ol poxy on it. The rest of the hull will be painted, so I mixed some of my "mostly Q-cell" filler into the poxy for that. I mixed a "sloppy" thin mixture. First I tried applying it with a 4" foam roller. It just made a lumpy, uneven mess. Then I squeegeed over it to even it out. That worked much better. It seems to fill the weave well. I'll let y'all know after sanding it. That will be Thursday. "Life" stuff to do tomorrow and Wednesday. Dentist Thursday afternoon, but I'll have time to try it in the morning. Come on back and see how we're doin' then. No pictures today. I've definitely settled on a motor. I'm agona go with (Southern for "going to go with".) a 20hp Tohatsu tiller steer, 20 inch shaft, electric start, power tilt and trim. It weighs 118 ponds. That's a slightly bigger motor than I'd planned, but weight and price is not much different from a 15hp. And the 15 doesn't come with tilt and trim. My old back is gonna appreciate it. The lakes we'll be cruising on have lots of interesting "skinny water" coves to explore. Here it is if ya wanna check-it-out. https://onlineoutboards.com/tohatsu-20-hp-outboards/tohatsu-20-hp-mfs20eeftl-outboard-motor.html Power trim will also help with lifting the stern with so much weight aft. Me, the motor, battery, and 2 - 6 gallon fuel tanks. I'll try to find a place forward for at least one of the tanks. Not much room to play with in this cockpit. Another option is a "Whale Tail" or "Doel fin". That would trade off about 1 mph of top end speed for greatly improved trim at slower speeds.
  10. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Gettin' excitin'!!! I'm starting the filling, fairing, priming, and painting on mine, and am a LONG way from where you are. .....and Summer's COMING! Can't wait to flip the dang thing and starting the fun part!
  11. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    PAR, -----HEY!!!!!! They's BETTER leave my turkles ALONE! Tom, I don't think the finger will grow back, even if I live a LOT longer! Anyway, the numbness is not from the damage to my hand---actually caught a bit of the other four fingers, too, but it's the nueropathy I've got in my hands, and mostly, feet. The doc says it's from too many years of breathing styrene and MEKP fumes. Not to mention practically bathing in acetone. No one worried about that stuff back when I started building boats. Fiberglass boats with polyester, not good 'ol wooden boats with 'poxy. Standing on concrete floors didn't help either. Plantar fachiitis kinda hurts, even with the numbness. Graham, I tried to raise my salary, too, but Miss Debbie says I make too much already. Enough whining for the day. After taking Miss Debbie out for shopping, and for lunch at Daddy D's Soul Food, I took a little time to glass the transom. I know you're getting tired of seeing the under belly of this thing, but I need to prove that I actually got something done today. If ya think it's been boring so far, wait to see how dull it is filling, fairing, priming, painting....
  12. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Yeah. I was watching a fund raising program called Rock, rhythm, and doo-wop on PBS last night. Took me back to memories of the days that girls were a part of. Why is youth wasted on the young? HEY, wait, I thought we were talking about boats on this forum. At least us old fogeys can still mess around with them! I did get the keel and "hole-in-the-transom" filler stuck on yesterday. I'll run on out and get a couple of pictures for ya in a few minutes. I'll edit them onto this post. I'm BAAAACK. Here they are. It's a keel, y'all. All clamped together. Look Ma, no clamps. I'll purty it up later. The udder side. These guys followed us home from our morning walk yesterday. They wanted to know when we could go for a boat ride
  13. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    I remember girls...
  14. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Here we are back at the 'puter again after a days work in the shop-garage. Shoprage? Garop? Anyway, sides are done. Probably won't be cured enough to feather the edges for the transom laminate tomorrow. Besides, now that I've decided in a long shaft motor, I gotta raise the transom height. That will be tomorrow's job. Well, that and making the keel strip and installing it. Meanwhile, here are today's pictures. The feathered edges. My favorite feathering tool lying on top. Works great, but ya gotta keep it moving or you'll dig in and make a mess. Another view. I also feathered the center line seam. Here's the 6 oz. glass hung on the sides ready to "resinate". "Epoxify?" Little bits of duck tape hold it from slipping off. Hmmm, I musta wiggled as I took the picture. Sorry 'bout that, y'all. The lap at the bow. I like to have both sides ready to go right at the beginning. Tools for the job. Oops, forgot Mr. Squeegee. And I didn't use Mr. Brush. I like the little roller. A full size paint roller would be faster, but I like the control I get with this little guy. And, I can dip it right into the butter tub. Here it is---all wet out and squeegeed. I'll go out later tonight and---hopefully---trim the overhang. No special reason for this picture. it's just the glass wrapped around the transom. But ya can see that big ol' notch for the short shaft motor. It'll be smaller after tomorrow.
  15. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Well, here I am back inside. Letting my poor nueropathic fingers warm up. It's all the way up to 49 degrees in the ol' garage now. Almost 11 o'clock. 45 when I first went out. Got stuff moved and ready to start feathering. You know, gettin' ready to get ready. Don would be in his shorts and t-shirt about now. Complaining about the heat. Pain's about gone now in my 9 1/2 fingers. (Remember my argument with Mr. Table Saw back when I was building Summer Breeze?) They're at the numb stage now. About ready to get back at it. See ya later, alligator.

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