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Everything posted by Ken_Potts

  1. Chick, you better batten down the hatches, too. The mountains aren't used to the kind of rain a storm like this can bring. My first hurricane was Hugo and although it was fun in Raleigh, it left scars on the mountains for years. My very favorite mountain biking trail ran through a bunch of Hugo damage (but maybe we shouldn't talk about why fallen logs are fun for mountain bikes because there might be youngsters listening). It may be time to buy 30 gallons of milk and all the bread Harris Teeter can supply (wink wink)... I won't mention the tea, sugar and viennas because I know you'll already have them in good supply. I hope New Bern, Vandemere, Morehead City, (and everybody else) don't take too hard a hit.
  2. Chick, I like the way you refer to Tiger and your "other reader" so we can all assume we're the other one. It makes us all feel special.
  3. 90f glassing? Welcome to North Carolina - Work fast and mix tiny batches. If you're going as far as Canberra you might as well make a stop in Perth. Canberra's beautiful but Perth has Quokkas (and salt water). There's a bit of bluegrass happening here, too.
  4. One way to anchor when camping is to put an anchor well off the beach and put another one on the beach (or tie a sling to a tree or something). The two anchors are connected by a long loop of line which is tied to the boat. The loop is free to run through its connection to the anchor points but it tied securely to the boat. Drop the first anchor when you're approaching shore. Feed out the anchor loop as you continue on to shore and secure the second anchor on land. Unload gear and pull the boat back out like it's on a clothesline. when the boat is where you want it to stay for the night, secure the "clothesline" with some prusik knots or something. The first few time I did this it seemed like a confusing mass of spaghetti when I was trying to deploy everything but it became second nature. This is not a good way to anchor a boat during a really good storm but it has worked well for me in camping weather.
  5. Nic - I'm in Perth too. The Amateur Boat Builder's Association of WA is meeting Saturday (1st of Sept.) for a final visit to a project we've been following for years (it's the final visit because The builder is about to launch and sail away). It's a 14 meter modified Herreshoff Mobjack ketch built in aluminium. It's well worth seeing even though you'll have to drive down to Wungong to see it. There will be a number of people who can direct you to good sources of Bote Cote or other epoxies. It'll be good to meet you if you can make it. If not, I can put you in touch with people who can talk intelligently about epoxy sources (not me ). If all else fails, talk to Gary Martin at Fremantle boat paints. He's a wealth of information on composites and knows pretty much everybody. A link to the Amateur Boat Builders of WA website: http://abba.org.au/calendar/
  6. Have a look at the B and B Marissa. The design won an award for fuel efficiency and (I think) it's small and nimble enough to handle some interesting weather. If you're wiling to dress for the occasion you can save fuel by staying small and light.
  7. Careful, Tiger! That 200cc motor might have more horsepower than the original. I still want one, though.
  8. Poor things... You really ought to build them a coffee table or something now that you've stolen their boat shelter.
  9. Hi Frank, I fully support your efforts to find ways to pay for this community and I've sent a donation in the effort to be a responsible member of the community. I understand that advertisements are a way of life these days but maybe there's some fine tuning that can make it work better. Here's a screen shot that shows two consecutive posts that can't be read because the ads cover the text. Hopefully this can be corrected with some fine tuning of the code. The ads don't need to go away, it's just that the posts should be readable, too.
  10. I think I like the Plan D ports the most. The proportions seem right for the cabin sides.
  11. Chick, I think Graham is trying to extend the life of the rollers by doubling them up.
  12. With Graham at the tiller it'll usually go over gracefully and come back up almost immediately. With me at the tiller the crew will be launched a few meters downwind (Woo!) and the recovery will take some time. Practice, practice, practice...
  13. Chick - I for one am not bored at all. Thanks for bringing us along on this trip.
  14. Beacher, Don't let this thread take the fun out of it for you. Make it an excuse to go out properly prepared and roll the boat over in warm water and a good breeze. You might have a lot of fun getting really, really close to rolling without quite going over. I have had loads of good times almost, but not quite rolling my CS17. They're quite trustworthy boats and the more you play around at the edge of rolling, the more confidence you'll have when you find yourself in unexpected weather.
  15. I build ugly boats so I can go have fun sailing and so I can see all the beautiful boats that other people build. I'm always grateful that there are people who build beautiful boats for me to look at and I hope they don't mind too much that they have to look at my ugly boat after all their work. Really, though, the prettiest boats out there are yellow... Even if (in my case) they need to be viewed from a distance.
  16. I really like the portions of the video where Alan shows off the mast float. In my book he gets serious style points at 4:55 when he climbs over the boat the wrong way to right it
  17. Topmast and all! Excellent. You've built quite a head-turner.
  18. Alan, I agree that a ladder is a good idea but don't put too much stock in the motor staying dry. When I barrel-rolled Southbound everything happened quite fast and the boat went 180 degrees. That put the motor under water. If events had evolved more gradually as in the video I would have eased the mast into the water slowly and stopped at 90 degrees, thereby keeping the motor dry, but accidental capsizes by definition aren't controlled events. The boat went turtle as I was catapulted through the air (comically apologizing to my crew before hitting the water ). I was unable to start the motor afterwards and we had to sort things out without it. everything was fine, but we were in protected waters and in reasonably close proximity to a beach. I was (and still am) amazed at the stability of the CS17 Mk1 (it seems to hit a wall and stop rolling just before the coaming goes under) and it remains my favorite design ever, but I did a number of things wrong all at the same time in a stiff breeze and the motor ended up inverted in the lake. So yes - It's good that the motor will stay dry in a 90 degree roll but don't forget the possibility of a 180. It doesn't really matter all that much, though because a CS17 can be sailed out of trouble without having to resort to the motor anyway. I miss that boat :)
  19. I was talking on the phone with a colleague today about quality control (yes, I am that boring in real life). He related a tale about a local engineering firm that I will name "Jones Engineering" in order to protect the guilty party. My friend said someone had told him once that being off by a few millimeters was tolerance stackup, being off by 20 millimeters was a design mistake, and being off by 500mm was Jones Engineering.
  20. Ya know, Chick, that's pretty generous of you to go to all this trouble just to make people like me feel better about making this kind of mistake. I'm pretty sure your fix is going to look a lot better than mine would, though.
  21. I'll take the bet on getting through the door (I'm betting in favor of success). The very worst case is that you'll have to take the door frame out and reinstall it afterwards. That's pretty easy for someone who can build a whole boat. Also, it's what I did.
  22. I think Moby Dick is the only book I've read that has an entire chapter devoted to a color (white). Other than that I really enjoyed the book. It seemed to me to be more of a text book on whaling with the occasional foray into Victorian morals. Who wouldn't gravitate to that? after all, we're a bunch of people who sand things for fun!
  23. I prefer a light shade because I prefer to live in hot places but other than that... Green is as good as it gets if you can't get yellow.
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