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  1. Also forgot to mention, she has always been dry stored under our house, and she comes with a dust cover.
  2. Hellow NC Todd, This is Richard Johnson the owner and builder of Avocet. I can be reached at W10139@gmail.com. or by phone at 252 515 6599. You can see the build information on this sight under CS 17 Mk III Avocet. I'm not great with advertising but she comes with a very good trailer. I just replace the bearing, and it has a spare tire. I also replaced the leaf springs last year. She has custom made cushions which are very comfortable and serviceable. We added ports at the front of the cabin and the 4 side windows open for ventilation. We made a scoop for the front tabernacle compartment to push air in. This is a long winded way of saying, good ventilation without bugs. Nice creature comforts. She is overbuilt in terms epoxy, she is very stiff. I have dropped her off waves and she does not shiver and she surfs nicely. Finally it is much more important to me that she finds a good home than to extract every penny of value out of her. Best Regards to all, and thank you.
  3. Please see the build photos and sailing photos at B&B messabout forum for" Core Sound 17 MkIII: Avocet:. There is complete information there. We are asking $11,000 without the motor. Thank you
  4. Good morning. Avocet is for sale. We have other boats and project to pursue. Please see the pages that detail her build and our enjoyment of the boat. We are asking $11,000 without the motor. Kindest Regards to all
  5. Thank you both. The purpose of the bridle was to reduce the downward pull on the mizzen sprit when trying to center the sail going to windward. I was bending the mast and depowering the top of the sail. I felt like the boat was losing drive. Alan suggested the bridle. It does help. I can better center the sail without as much downward pressure. I think it feels better but have no way to provide solid data. The next iteration will be to make it adjustable. In terms of tangling on the motor, it is about the same as the standard set up. I tend not to tack a lot so, it is not a big worry. Funny you should pick up on that, it seems like small detail. But a good question. Once again, thank you. Also the picture was taken on January 1, thus my wife wearing all her gear.
  6. I have Great admiration for anyone who would set off on a Watertribe event. You have to be brave just to start. Getting into a boat, takes upper body strength, and that takes fitness. Even the best ladder, in a cold rough sea, would be a challenge. Retracting the centerboard once heaved to can settle the boat. The board may have been up on purpose. Kindest Regards
  7. Good evening, Alan mentioned this thread to me the other day and have just had a chance to take a quick look. A couple of details caught my attention. 1) Had the centerboard not slid into the well, the boat could have been righted. Alan's line attached to the board is one way to retrieve the board if it slides in. Another way to prevent this mishap is to use a preventer line to hold the board down. It is separate line that works opposite the lifting line to hold the board in position. This can be found on Lightnings and flying Scotts that have weighted centerboards. To do this would take some redesign and probably removal of the cover/ top from the centerboard well. In general my preference would be a non-weighted centerboard and a way to positively hold it in place. Having capsized lightnings, I am not a fan of weighted centerboards. In our boats the additional ballast does not add a lot of righting moment. In summary once a board has slid in, it is difficult, even if not weighted to get it out. Better to keep the board locked down. 2) I have had at least two friends capsize with inflatable vests, and they could not get back in the boat with the vest on. They are fine if you don't have to climb back in the boat. A proper life vest is better. 3) Jibing. When it is time to jibe, turn the rudder only 5 degrees. Pull sails in half way. The jibe is slow ark. When the sails get light pull them across the boat. Jibing like capsize recovery, needs practice. Sometimes they go hand in hand. Also, death rolling is the result of a vacuum forming behind the sails. You can reduce the vacuum by allowing the sails to go forward or to bring sails in some. The idea is to let air get behind the sail. Finally, our Cs17mk3 is a great boat. We are fortunate as a group to have designers who are willing to go back to the design board to be sure we can all sail better and safer. Best Regards to all.
  8. I remember Liz commenting on the Graphics, they were done by my oldest daughter. She did our first graphic when she was 8 with a grease pencil. It lasted for 10 years.
  9. Tom, The photo is very nice. Also it shows your mid-sprit sheeting for the mizzen. Thank you for the photo and the idea. We have named all our boats after birds from our first boat Free Range Chickn' to our present Dinghy BlackSkimmer, and now the Avocet. I would like to build a Marissa and name it Kingfisher with a light grey hull and black boot stripe All in good time. I need to sail more now. Kind Regards
  10. Tom, Thank you. We had a very nice sail. Were you sailing as well? I just did a quick post on an idea I borrowed from you about the mizzen sheet. It worked well. Regards
  11. Continuing development : Addition of bridle for mizzen mid-sprit sheeting: Tom Lathrop' s idea A friend pointed out that in the effort to center the mizzen, I was bending the mast and putting a lot of leach tension on the sail, which effectively de-powers the sail. That is good when it is really windy not so good in light air. I came up with some very complicated solutions, contacted Alan and he suggested this as a first step. It is simple, and works well. This photo is only part of the story. I am willing to go into further detail if anyone is curious. The result is as follows. We participated in a New Year Day Regatta, with about 30 to 40 boats all in the 30' to 40' ranges. Winds were 9 ish to maybe 12 with some 15 later in the day. So very pleasant. I had two astute sailors on board and both agreed we were able to point with the big boats. We could not drive with them, which is no surprise. Average speed for the race was 3.9 knots, with two legs upwind, so pretty good for a small boat. The improvement was probably more in feel than in real performance. The impression was that we were pointing higher and there was more drive. That is what we wanted to achieve. It cost me two blocks from B&B and I was able to move hardware on the boat to make it work. In other words marginal additional expense. It does complicate rigging a little but I think the performance is worth the extra 3 minutes fiddling with lines. Regards
  12. Alan, Good morning. Have you heard if this event will repeat in 2019? Despite conditions last year, we would like to give it a try... we think. Regards
  13. I wanted drop you quick note. I was very good to meet you again. The workmanship on your boat is excellent. Please keep us posted of future trips. Kindest Regards
  14. My apologies for the very slow response. Yes I will be there. It will be fun to get out on the water as a group. I'm hoping I can talk Michele into it sailing then camping out down toward the sound. If not I'll need crew. Regards to all
  15. In order to add some ventilation to the CS17Mk!!! I stole an idea from Alan. I put in two 6" threaded clean outs. I also made a screen to fit on the outside. It was a simple install. It adds light and it does allow air to move. I do not keep my anchor forward so it works for me. I also plan to make a small scoop to push air in. I wish I could add more photos but it seems to be limiting me. Regards
  16. Kevin, I have a line on the back of Avocet that runs from one side to the other and between the rudder and the transom, above the lower gudgen. I expect that is not very clear. I will get a photo when I get home this weekend. I used the line as a step and grabbed the front of the rear seat on the cockpit. Also not a good description. I think it worked well. It would be better If I had a grab handle or ridge on the edge of the edge of the seat. Once again, this needs photos. All in all not too bad. I tend to try cheep and easy methods first. I will follow up this weekend.
  17. Alex Good evening. All the capsizes were done with the ballast tank full. I have only sailed the boat once with the ballast tank empty which was in light air. The boat seemed too buoyant. The result being the masts were rocking the sails could not draw. Even in light air I fill the ballast tank. The boat is much more settled. That is why we did not practice capsizing with an empty ballast tank. Perhaps at the Messabout we can. I Regards pS. The motor works fine. No problems from all the dunking. Michele and I have a renewed respect for it. It is excellent for docking and short trips down a creek. It would not be good for a trip where you needed to motor for hours.
  18. Alan, Thank you for the video and for setting up the Camp. It was a tremendous amount of fun. We were both really impressed with how easy the boat is to right, and the fact that no hatches leaked and the cockpit was virtually dry. ( It was drained by the time I got in the boat) When the gold fish design goes into production please let us know. We would like to have one. In rough weather, having the luxury of getting things sorted out before righting would be helpful. I hope that Capsizing will become part of the Messabout. It is a necessary life skill. Best Regards to all. I hope everyone enjoyed a good splash. Richard and Michele
  19. Alan, Good morning. Yes I will come. I am assuming I should bring my boat. I will get there on Saturday morning. I am out of town on Friday. Regards
  20. It is an amazing boat to sail regardless of revision and or sailing conditions. Keep that in mind as you go along. It has exceeded our expectations by along way. Kind Regards
  21. Don, Afterwards I thought about a gun and dismissed the idea quickly, for the same reason. I wish there was " Snake B Gone" . Regards
  22. Reefing and Snakes We went for a short weekend cruise to Swan island. The track is below. Very pleasant with a single surprise. We were getting ready to go on Sunday morning. Michele was raising the mizzen when I noticed a 3 foot snake tangled in the reef we had left in the sail. He was kind of stuck and not happy. We were anchored so no place to go. I got the paddle and helped him out . He grabbed the handle. I got him off the handle, then to the back of the boat. After attacking paddle a couple of times. He left. He did not look poisonous. Still, a 17 foot boat seems small with a snake on board. Anyone else have a similar experience? Any thoughts on prevention? Also I had spent the night in the cockpit so he could have just as well curled up with me.
  23. Good question. I plan to cut a form from OSB . I will lay out the curve. At intervals I will use a hole saw and cut hole just below the outline of the curve. I will laminate the beams. I will use the holes so I cam clamp the layers to the curve. There will be three layers of white wood from Lowes with layers of glass in between and on the outside. That will be the hard part. I will then cut front head and the tail. Epoxy and glass them together. I have never done this before so all of this is an experiment. Let's hope for the best.
  24. Thank you for the comments. Yes the idea was to reduce friction. Since the sails stays on one side of the sprit it is possible to have the reef lines on one side and not through the grommet. I attached my reef blocks on the sprit in according to B&B drawings. I co-opted this set up from my Wayfarer. We use similar kind of set up on the boom when we use it with reef-able main. I think it is an improvement, but there are always better ideas.
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