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  1. You might want to look at a folding boat instead of an inflatable - http://www.porta-bote.com makes one.
  2. Mike - I've got pictures of my Weekender that I can send you - how can I get them to you?
  3. I know of a number of MiniCups built with wooden spars. The mast is actually pretty short - it's the gaff that is the long one. Depending on how you want to balance looks vs ease and getting out on the water, there's no reason why you need round spars for the gaff and boom. I'd suggest rounding off at least the base of the mast so that it will rotate in the mast box. I believe the instructions also suggest you could use PVC pipe if you stiffen it by shoving in some wood to stiffen it. Just sayin ....
  4. Try an industrial metal place and make sure you call it tube, not pipe. 11 years ago when I built mine it was $2.63/ft plus another $2.00 for them to cut it to length. I bought it from a branch of these guys: http://www.metalsupe...INUM/TUBE_ROUND
  5. For instructions on proper handling of rum and rum corks - I strongly recommend Farley Mowat's book - "The Boat that wouldn't float" - http://www.amazon.com/Boat-Who-Wouldnt-Float/dp/055327788X
  6. While you're there, you may want to consider installing a cockpit drain. Mine is made from a couple of pieces of galvanized pipe run through the keel and glued into place. For a drain plug I use the cork from an empty rum bottle when sailing. With the drain at the transom I can still get a few inches of water in the cockpit as it pools at the front of the cockpit when the boat's on the trailer. Putting the drain at the front of the cockpit might be a better option. I also get some water that will sit on the seats. Last winter I invested in a good heavy-duty tarp and had hardly any water in the spring.
  7. The "plan" that I have is to use a pair of 6 volt lantern batteries wired together for 12 volts to power the nav lights etc. I have this in place with the batteries mounted in a small box in the forepeak and it works quite well for me and was dead cheap. For potential future electric motor I've run 6 gauge wire from the forepeak to the transom (reclaimed battery booster cable). I'll put an appropriate battery in the forepeak for this and use a relay kept in the transom that I'll activate using the smaller batteries and a switch to turn it on and off. I still have to save up the money for the motor yet and in the mean-time I use oars and hope for a calm day or the wind to blow in the right direction.
  8. I used "tarp tape" - which is different than duct tape to put an "X" on both sides of the tarp when I was going to install a reef point. I then hammered a grommet in the middle of the X. Seems strong to me but I haven't used it too much.
  9. Hurray! My request got played - he picked a Pirate Jenny song that I hadn't heard before but fit the spirit of the request well. I haven't listened to the whole show but he's keeping mostly with the "pirate Christmas" theme if you want to get into that sort of spirit - I got a bottle of rum as a Christmas present that should help me out with that. The show's available off his website or from ITunes
  10. We all enjoy boats and I'm sure many of us enjoy music. Quite some time ago, I discovered the weekly online/podcast of Bilgemunky Radio - http://www.bilgemunky.com/ (show link is on the right under http://www.bilgemunky.com/radio/ Every Monday evening (US time) he hosts a 2 hour show dedicated to "pirate" music. The criteria he has usually requires some reference to boats, booze, or wenches and he has to permission from the copyright holder to broadcast (read on the site if you care). Some of the music is quite horrible (to me), but there are quite a few gems in the mix too (to me). He also does reviews of books, "pirate gatherings", and of course Rum. I download it every week and listen to it while I drive. Why am I sharing this? Well, in part because he's a small business that has a product we boat-builders might be interested in and would be happy to have more listeners. The other reason is that I'm trying to get a request played so if I get him more listeners, he might be more inclined to doing it without me sending a hefty bribe (which he accepts).
  11. My wife tells guests when they use the upstairs bath to be cautious of my collection of "knotty books" 8-). My well thumbed copy of Ashley's Book of Knots has been my friend for many years. Vince - a nice little pamphlet. I find Turks Heads to be a bit challenging for myself but I still think of myself as very much a novice in this. Wall and Crown knots are nice decorative ends that are easy to tie and you might want to consider including them. I have a few personal favourites that aren't in yours such as the bloodknot - mostly because of the "magic trick" way it seems to come together and it makes a dandy cat toy. I also have my own variations of some of these. For my Monkeys Fist I first tie Ashley's "Oysterman's Knot" in the end of the line and use that as the core. That way I only have a single line leading out from the finished knot. I actually almost always use the Oysterman's Knot instead of a figure 8 these days because it's a much bulkier stopper knot. It's a shame it's not more well-known.
  12. For the last few years I've been dressing up myself and my Weekender for Halloween. I had a great time as did the kids who came by for some of my "treasure".
  13. DAMN! My daughter's boyfriend is serving on an aircraft carrier ..... I'd better put a stop to that pronto!
  14. A lot of people will install fairleads on the deck for the jib sheet. Personally, I like having my blocks attached to my turnbuckles - less holes in the deck. If you have a thimble on the shrouds though, you should be able to put a quick-link or shackle there and just move your blocks up.
  15. I noticed you put the chine logs on before you bent the sides. I've always done it the other way - which is a bit of a pain. Do you find that method works well for you or do you hear ominous cracking sounds?
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