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  1. Ken_Potts

    CS15 with a lug yawl rig

    It's a veritable palace on the water! Looks like fun.
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    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Robert how do you know about drop bears? We're not supposed to tell any outsiders about them in the fear it will kill the tourism industry. In my case it's probably not drop bears, though, as they are mostly found in the eastern states. Aargh! what I meant to say was "There are NO drop bears in Australia. Please feel free to visit without fear. Just don't stand under that gum tree... Especially not at night."
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    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    It got to where my work area was so messy I had to move to another country just to get away from those tricksters. It's just my luck that I'd end up in a place where there's no bears but there's still somebody making a mess out of the shed. I think it may be the goannas, but magpies do have a sense of humor.
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    fun boats from the 50's and 60's

    I should have known you'd already have seen it Chick. That looks like some good fun (mostly). Hey Denny - I found this discussion from a number of years ago and I thought it might interest you. There are some links to other little powerboats and some plans.
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    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    See, this is why I don't live in bear country. You just can't trust them around power tools.
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    Speaking of heads, a decent alternative, IMO

    That's a pretty cool dual-use of space.
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    fun boats from the 50's and 60's

    A river trip? These aren't Superdinks but there's an annual river race here called the Avon Descent. There are paddlers as well as power-boaters who participate. The powerboats have flat bottoms, tiller steering and two-person crews. I'm pretty sure Chick will get a kick out of this video (although you'll have to turn the sound off and make you own motorboat noises) and hopefully you will too, Denny. Some of these boats have flat vertical sides and a pretty hard chine so they'd be easy to build and they might provide something similar to the Superdink experience.
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    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Nope. I'm not sailing, I'm cooped up in a hotel. I'm here - I just haven't had anything good to add. Go Chick! Paul, what's on the back of that boat in the picture you posted? It doesn't look like a regular outboard but maybe my eyes are just too tired to see it.
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    Capsized abandoned retrieved

    It's been a long time since I saw a CS17 up close so I'll grab some numbers out of thin air. If your mast tube is 2 feet long and it's a quarter of an inch off at the base and the mast is 20 feet long then the tip of the mast will be out of place by 2.25 inches. I think that's a difference that you will only see when you're at the ramp and looking at the boat from directly in front of or behind it. When you're actually sailing I don't think you'll see it. I bet plenty of us have sailed with that much bend built into our unstayed masts. The center of effort of your mainsail isn't going to move much with that change in position, so you shouldn't notice as much change in performance as you will when you sit too far back in the cockpit. I'd say finish the work and go sail and have fun. If the difference in angle between the two masts eats away at you once you've gotten back on the water you can always adjust the angle of the mizzen to match. It'll be easier to get to.
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    Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Ha! Mine's a home-built, too. Who have thunk there'd be so many banjo builders building boats... Err, boat builders building banjos? Mine is a little more modern. It's got some store-bought parts but I did the wood parts myself. The neck and the rim are both maple. I cheated and bought a rosewood (or is it ebony?) fingerboard that had pre-cut slots for the frets. I did penance for my lapse, though, by doing some inlay on the peg head. It's an open-back but I'll have to make, borrow or steal a resonator sooner or later because I'm playing bluegrass now and if there's any other banjos in the room I can't hear myself (course that's usually a good thing). Are you going to go full-on Appalachian with a frailing scoop, cat skin head and no frets, or will you build a hybrid monstrosity like mine? I'm all for a synthetic head on an otherwise traditional banjo but the humidity in your neck of the woods is pretty stable (IIRC). Whatever you do I know it's going to sound good and make people happy.
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    Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Paul, you're right - GDAE. Drop by for a jam any time. I'll be the bad banjo player and you can be the bad fiddle player. My neighbors will just have to deal with it. The family to our left will understand and the family to the right don't matter (see my signature...)
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    Visiting Auckland

    I've suddenly found myself in Auckland doing some design work for the next couple of weeks. I'm working long hours but I've got some time on the weekends. Anybody up for a beer or a Murder Burger (or both)? Hey Richard W - Are you still on the forum? I was hoping to bring my blushing bride to meet your family this time but she hasn't come with me (next time for sure). Is it feijoa season again, or did i miss it?
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    Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Fiddles? Well if we're gonna go off-topic we might as well go shopping! There's a chain of stores called Aldi that opened up not too long ago in Perth (they've probably been in Germany forever but they're new in Perth). Aldi sells groceries, but not all the groceries you really need. The big draw to an Aldi store is the random extraneous merchandise that shares the aisles with the lettuce and pork chops - The selection changes weekly. You really never know what's going to be there when you go so people say things like "I went to Aldi to get some canned pears and I came home with a cordless drill." Well, a few months ago I went to Aldi to get some Buttermilk so I could make some nice fried chicken or okra or, no, I think it was cole slaw actually because I was cooking some pig to go with it, and I came home with a fiddle. Not a joke. Stop laughing! It's a real fiddle. It's not a good one but it's shaped like a good one. I don't know how to play it yet, I'm sticking with the banjo for now. I'll get to it eventually.
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    Belhaven or CS 20 Mk 3

    Hi Brent, I've been aboard a beautifully built P22 (Tony's) and I felt it was quite comfy at the time. I think I've heard that the cabin of the Belhaven is slightly more roomy but the cockpit is smaller (I won't swear by that, though). I think the CS20 Mk3 may be a bit less spacious than either the P22 or the Belhaven, but I have no experience with the Mk3 design. Given the conditions in Perth I would personally build the Belhaven or the PS22 over the CS20 Mk3 if my desire was comfortable cruising (as it is these days). If I wanted to shoot over to Rottnest Island on-plane or humiliate the masses I'd go for an EC22 and I'd leave the comforts of home... At home. Get in touch with B and B. They're nice people and will help you decide which design will work best for your mission. My guess is it will be the Belhaven or the PS22 but Graham or Alan will be more help than I am. Keep us updated as things progress and please post lots of pictures.
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    To build or to cruise?

    I'm working on one boat while sailing another and I don't seem to find enough tome for either but I'm having fun with life. Once the big boat project is finished we'll put the little boat in the back yard and sail the big one long enough to decide which one we really want (the little boat is a LOT of fun to sail but the big boat will be better to camp in). We'll sell the one we like least. My best guess is that it's 50/50 which boat we'll end up keeping. I have had a bunch of conversations with people who own larger, more comfortable boats and when I tell them I'm sailing a Red Witch they mist up a little and say "Ohhh... I used to have one of those!" So we're hedging our bets by keeping one boat while fixing another one up but then again, every day I sail the Red Witch is a day I don't work on the new boat. If you're confident enough that the new boat will be better than the old boat you'll probably accelerate the build by selling the old one first. After all, only a crazy person (me) would try to maintain one boat while building another.

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