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Chick Ludwig

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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.

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  1. Chick Ludwig

    Any interest in a Catspaw build? Also featuring rabbits.

    She's lookin'n good! The boat I mean---not the bunnies. Wife too! I've found that when my wife's not upset with the time I spend with the boat, we're all happier. In my house, it's kitties, not bunnies. But same idea.
  2. Chick Ludwig

    Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Beautiful job, Amos!
  3. Chick Ludwig

    Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Beautiful job, Amos!
  4. Chick Ludwig

    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    No work on the boat today. Miss Debbie and I went for a day cruise down on Lake Keowee, about an hour and fifteen minutes away from home. We had a great time. This is the first we've been out this year! Too busy with boat building and life. Not to mention the aggravation moving everything out of the way to get the great whale al-u-minium boat out of the carport. On top of moving things out of the way, Turtler had a flat tire on his trailer that wouldn't roll to pull him out of the way. Had to cram myself down between the boats to change the wheel Bagh!!! Dumb excuses of course. Speaking of "life". Between commitments with the kids at church, and relatives from out of town, I won't be able to work on the boat until next Wednesday at the earliest. To catch y'all up, yesterday I hung Mr. Tohatsu on the back to check clearances for the upcoming motor splash well and the fuel and battery stowage locker. Did I tell ya about raising the transom height---twice---to match the long shaft motor rather than the short shaft I'd originally planned on? Well, guess what. Turns out that the transom now is too high! I had to cut an inch of my additions back off! Kinda like the guy trying to cut the leg on his kitchen chair that was wobbling saying, "I've cut it off three times, and it's STILL too short!" Anyway, I found out what I needed to know, so, next job is building the storage locker/splash well. Here's a coupla pictures for ya. First one is of Mr. Tohatsu sitting as big as life on the transom, with the battery and tank in their future homes. The one inch hasn't been cut off yet. Next is the jam-packed boat storage area in my carport.
  5. Chick Ludwig

    Outboard horsepower needed for Spindrift?

    Rdubs, I'd check with Graham and/or Alan. I think a 4hp would do fine under normal conditions. Maybe as much as 6hp for heavy load or head sea. You normally wouldn't open it up to full throttle. Another consideration is the extra weight of a bigger motor hanging on the transom when sailing. Shouldn't be a problem when used only as a motorboat. Thrilsbe uses his BRS 15 as a fishing and power boat sometimes. Maybe he can give his recommendation.
  6. Chick Ludwig

    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Kinda hard to use the long board for sanding the resin coat inside the cabin, under the sole, etc. I'd love to see pics of the Tiger down inside a locker using it! Got the cockpit sole glassed on top and installed today. Picture in my next installment of this excitin' adventure.
  7. Chick Ludwig

    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Agreed, Tiger. I'm gonna wait awhile to finish. No way to slow down Mr. Sander, and NO WAY I'm gonna hand sand! WAY to lazy, and WAY too much shoulder pain to do THAT. Speaking of Knee sanding...I often sand living parts while trying to sand the silly boat. At least I haven't lost anything to Mr. Table Saw recently!
  8. Chick Ludwig

    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Today was supposed to be "Sand the poxied cabin and locker spaces day that I coated last Friday, day.", but, I tried and Mr. Sander just kept clogging his discs. I guess the slow hardener, cool nights, and whatever else just is gonna take a bit longer to cure hard enough to sand. Maybe the 120 grit discs are a little too fine? I usually use 80 grit discs, which on the dual action finishing sander work well. But, never fear. We found something else to occupy a bit of the day. Another coat of poxy in the "under sole" area and flotation boxes. Then, the cockpit sole assembly was built and poxied on the bottom. I turned the 6mm ply so the main grain would go cross ways. That meant I had to splice on a little piece since the sole is over 4 feet long. Truth be told, that wasn't so much for strength as to make best use of the plywood I had. All the full sheets have been cut up already, so the sole came out of a "left over" piece. I think that if I'm careful, there are enough left overs to finish the boat. I hope. Only one picture for y'all today. Remember the "notches" left along the tops of the cross frames that I showed ya last time? And I said that I'd explain later? Well, here ya go. The stringers attached to the bottom of the sole fit into the notches. Tomorrow, I'll flip it over and glass the top, then, if it cures enough to mess with, I'll pucky it in it's place in the cockpit.
  9. Chick Ludwig

    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    Do the spar varnishes from either of these suppliers work properly over epoxy coating?
  10. Chick Ludwig

    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Thanks Amos. But my body feels old!
  11. Chick Ludwig

    Outboard horsepower needed for Spindrift?

    The Spindrift is not designed to plane like a powerboat. The bottom is "rockered"---curved front to back---so the faster it goes, the more the bow climbs like the YouTube video. A true planing hull has straight lines.
  12. Chick Ludwig

    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    WHEW!!!! I just got in from the garop where I slopped the first sealer coat of poxy in the cabin area, and under the cockpit seats, sole, etc. My poor old back was complaining the whole time leaning over the sheer to reach all those areas. Just wait 'til YOU get old. The older we get, the more we've earned the right to whine! Last night saw the installation of the framing under the sole. Sure glad that's all done. Gonna be a lot more fun building the cockpit and cabin areas. Alan has graciously cut me out a couple of hatch kits, which are gonna be the next job to assemble. I sure love those kits. Saves cutting out lots of fiddly little pieces. So on to the pictures. The first one is the poxied cabin. Next is of the under sole framing. The notches in the top edge of the frames are to clear the stringers that are poxied to the under side of the sole to stiffen it. It's only 6mm ply, so needs the support. I can't show ya, it's not built yet.
  13. Chick Ludwig

    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    If you have green and want yellow, just strain out the blue, and what's left is yellow. Nuthin' to it! (Sorry, couldn't help myself...)
  14. Chick Ludwig

    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    A Christian's boat could be Holy.
  15. Chick Ludwig

    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    Hey, Steve! What's a "hole" boat?
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