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  1. water in CS17 mast

    Anyway, that's what I did. Just drilled a whole into the bottom plug and all the water drained out. I'm not sure why I thought that was so complicated.
  2. water in CS17 mast

    Hi. I just took my CS17 out of the water up here in Minnesota. I noticed that the mizzen mast had a fair amount of water in it. What do you think is the best way to get all the water out? My first thought was to just drill a 1/4 inch hole in the bottom wooden plug, drain out the water, and then plug it back up with something. What do you think?
  3. sail trim

    Also, if I can add to this question, the baggy appearance near the clew looks ugly to me. Should I be doing something to make this "look better"?
  4. sail trim

    The picture below is from a newly re-rigged c17 that I converted from a sock-style sail plan to a sail track plan. I'm very pleased with the way it sails so far. I don't have a lot of experience with sailing a cat ketch like this with the sprit sail design. My question is this. Does this look right for the main sail. It has one reef set in and there appears a prominent vertical crease in the middle of the sail. I tried to increase the snotter tension, but it seemed fairly tight as is. Maybe this is normal for such a rig when the sprit is on the lee side of the sail? The breeze was maybe just above a gentle breeze. What do you think? -Tom
  5. Thrillsbe, yes, I just ordered a couple more of the soft shackles. I'm using one already and I really appreciate its weight and flexibility. Thank you. -Tom
  6. Yeah, that cheek block is on backwards. I think it is an easy fix. Thanks!
  7. Thanks for the heads up about the cheek block. It very well could be on backwards since I didn't know there was a backwards or forwards to the cheek block to begin with. I will check it out. Thanks!
  8. I've just (finally) finished re-rigging an older CS 17 (#218) from a sock-style sail to the new new sail track. I have new sails and am very happy with the performance of the boat thus far. Thanks to everybody who gave advice along the way. I have a more basic sail question that I need help with. In the picture below, you will see two grommets on either side of the clew where I have affixed a snap hook. What is the purpose of those grommets?
  9. reefing with new sailplan on CS 17

    Thank you all for your help. I was away from this forum for awhile and am just now getting to your answers. Before seeing all your helpful suggestions, I had already installed the ring setup as shown above. I expect, however, that friction might be a problem, so I will look for something that might employ a check block. Thanks again for your help. -Tom
  10. What do you guys think about this approach to reefing hardware? The plan calls for the use of cheek blocks, but the particular sprit I am using is very rounded and the check block might rock sideways after it is installed. This simple use of eye bolt and ring seems like it would get the job done and the eye bolt would more easily be installed on the round end of my sprit. What do you think? Thanks.
  11. Thank you all for your help. I can see using the through bolts on the snotter end, but I will likely use just screws otherwise. I will drill oversize, fill with epoxy, and then drill again, an d coat the screws when installing. Thanks for your help. -Tom
  12. I'm mounting cheek blocks and eyestraps on the main and mizzen sprits as I adapt my CS 17 to a new sail plan that incorporates a sail track. My question is should all of the cheek blocks and eyestraps be through bolted on the sprits, or is this overkill? Thank you.
  13. Hi, I'm almost done adapting my CS 17 to the updated sail plan using the new sail track. Under the new plan, the mizzen sprit should be 108 inches; the main should be 118 inches. In order to adapt my old spars to the new plan, I built a new main sprit and then planned to cut down the old main sprit (is that the word, or should I just say spar?) to the correct size of 108 for the mizzen spar. The old main spar was 116 inches. My question is: Should I cut it down to 108 inches (from the present 116 inches) or just leave it be? I keep reading that it doesn't hurt to have the spars a little longer. Thank you.
  14. advice on stock for sprit

    I went with douglas fir too ---taking the idea of using douglas fir flooring from Home Depot and laminating together. Worked well. Your idea of epoxy + varnish makes sense to me too. Like the idea of a color band too. Thanks!
  15. advice on stock for sprit

    I"ve made the sprit. How do you guys finish them? varnish? epoxy then varnish? Tape ?

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