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Chick Ludwig

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  1. Cool additions. I love the way you made the round corners in the cup holders. I'd do it, but the solid blade supports on my antique Craftsman band saw won't keep the bladd running true when opened up high enough to fit this thick of a piece in.
  2. I was out messing with Old Codger yesterday and happened to look down at the bottom of his transom. There was a CRACK! It actually didn't look like something had hit the corner. Maybe the shock of the momentum of the motor moving forward when the rest of the boat stopped suddenly when we hit the dock fractured it somehow. I dunno. Anyway, it's repair time. I had to grind a lot away to get past de-laminated ply on the transom, and under the bottom to be able to wrap new glass around. I poxied on 5 or 6 layers of cloth but didn't take a picture of that.
  3. I didn't know that a dog came in the kit! Welcome to the forum. Take it one step at a time and enjoy the journey!
  4. I loved your story about Skeena. I'm a cat person and have had them all my life. Many have come and gone over the years, with many different personalities. Two are sitting on my desk with we right now waiting for breakfast, and a third, my "personal" cat, Mitty Kitty, is rubbing back and forth past my face, in front of the keyboard. I gotta admit a tear or two as I read your story. Your boat will be "blessed" with her new name.
  5. If I didn't have our anniversary with Miss Debbie Saturday, I'd be there!
  6. Don's going Thursday and will be camping Thursday night. I think he'll be there through Sunday. I'm going Thursday. A couple of others will be there for the weekend. Launch and park at Buck Hall Recreation Area. $5.00 per night parking fee. The ramp at Garris Landing is daytime only. Fine or tow away if you leave your vehicle and trailer overnight. Check our Southern Appalachian Messabout in Boats Facebook page for the latest and to see what other folks are planning. https://www.facebook.com/groups/401422193348393/ (Graham, you are a member of that group.)
  7. Don Silsbe is the "main guy" in this. I'm watching the weather reports. I have to come back Saturday to head back out with Debbie for our anniversary trip, so Friday would be my only full day at Bull's. If it's gonna rain a lot, I probably won't go. A big part of the trip would be to explore Bull's Island by walking. Not much fun doing any of it in the rain.
  8. I've managed to get a couple of small projects done between cold, rain, sickness, wind, life.... First. I attached a couple of "feet" on the bottom of a bass boat seat I had laying around. They extend back behind the seat to hold the seat away from the sides. The feet are padded where they contact the cockpit seats. I can move the seat wherever I want it. Mainly it will sit about where it is so I can steer. Later on, I'll make a big, comfy seat, but I just needed something to take to our Bulls Bay messabout in a couple of weeks. Next is a support to hold a spare gas tank out of the way. It's off of the footwell, and far forward where the weight is out of the stern. The support just sets in place and is padded where it contacts the cockpit seat and cabin face. A bungee holds everything in place. The support folds flat to store it when I don't need it.
  9. Hey Kenneee, why grow up, I never did! Lemn, ...what Ken said. It looks REAL good!
  10. My dad, who was an accountant, always told me to "check and double check" my homework. To this day, I try to check over what I write before posting it, but, after posting I'll go back and read it and almost always find a misspelled word, word not capitalized that should be, bad grammar, or... So I edit it, check it, and re-post it. Then when I look it over again, guess what! And this is WITH spell checker. I just don't understand it cawse I alwaze spel gud, and mever nake misteaks.
  11. Ain't technology wonderful. You slave away at recording your deepest thoughts and pictures of the most interesting details, and, "POOF", a slip of the finger, momentary lapse of concentration, and it's GONE forever. I often do it. Dang. Never happened with the old typewriter and camera negatives.
  12. My problem is the OPPOSITE of perfectionist tendencies. Trying to reconcile the two extremes was the reason for my little essay on How Good is Good Enough. For me, it comes down to doing my best to do it right the first time, fixing it if it'e TOO bad, and walking away from it when it's done, but without taking extra time fussing with it. But, let's not start the debate all over again. Now, I gotta head to the shop to finish some li'l projects on the Old Codger. Quickly.
  13. So sorry ya had to put up with that nasty Florida Sunshine and warm breezes, rather than staying home working on Little Bit* in the cold and rain..... *Little Bit? I have no idea where that name came from.
  14. You musta had a litter of these puppies. Didn't you bring me one a few years ago?
  15. Thanks Frank. You're the best!!!!
  16. How can I change the title on a topic that I have previously posted? I want to change Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project to The Building of Old Codger.
  17. When I mix my filler, I use mostly Cabosil with a little of the wood flour. It seems to stay pretty close to the color i want. You can also use Q-cell with, or instead of the Cabosil if you want it to sand easier.
  18. I mix wood flour from my sander with cabosil and epoxy to make putty. Of course the wood flour comes from sanding the same kind of wood that I want to match.
  19. Just gotta toss my thoughts in here. Because of roller problems on plywood boats, I decided years ago to carry most of the load on the side bunks rather than keel rollers, I mount the bunks on edge and cut them to match the rocker in the hull. They span several bulkheads so the bunks can't stress or deflect the bottom. Since the hulls float on and off the trailer, there is no need for the weight to be carried on the rollers. I've done this now with several boats, both sail and power. I'm not criticizing the trough idea. It sounds like a good idea. Just offering another way to solve the problem.
  20. I'm waiting on "chat" with the Buck Hall Recreation area to get information on launch fees and overnight parking fees. Been waiting for 10 minutes so far. I tried sending a message, but it wouldn't go. Plan- C is a phone call. It's gonna be great fun exploring Bull's Bay. Especially Bull Island and Boneyard Beach. Finally called and got some info. The fee to launch/park is $5.00/day. The campground is currently closed for water issues. They had planned on opening this month, but looks like it won't happen. They SHOULD be open in time for the messabout, but didn't seem to sure. They said to call first. We'll keep you posted! The ramp IS open.
  21. Welcome Dimitri, and thanks for the kind words. Graham is right that I'm pleased to hear of your plans for the Breeze. I look forward to reading about your adventures together.
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