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    Exploring waterways between Seattle and Alaska. Also interested in avian critters and recording nature sounds (mostly birds).

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  1. Thanks Graham - really appreciate your responding with sound advice. I love the taper idea, and will just stick to glass and forget the kevlar.
  2. Thanks Paul - it was really a drifting non-event that was more embarrassing than anything else.
  3. Peg and I attempted to sail out of Boat Harbor, Port Townsend a while ago with Deluge (CS17.3), which involves negotiating a very narrow channel bordered by a jetty, in our case, with the wind on our nose and no outboard. Short story is we foundered and hit the jetty - and retreated, (which involved me jumping overboard and pushing us back out into the channel). After a quick review of the boat, I figured our egos took the worst of the damage. The CB leading edge had a few scrapes, but the hull seemed fine. I've since had the boat out in a 15-20 knot crossing of Puget Sound through some nasty chop in which the hull took a real pounding. Again - all good. Today though, I just discovered some delamination on the cabin sole, and a hairline crack on the outside of the hull - hopefully discernible in these photos: About 4 " to the right of the keel you can see a hairline crack. The inside, 2nd photo, shows the delamination and broken fibers. My plan is to sand about 10" square around the crack on the outside, then layup a 6-8" square of 10" fiberglass cloth, feather the edges, and paint. On the inside, this may be overkill, but I'm thinking I'll sand out and patch the delamination, then layup a layer of kevlar over the entire, exposed, cabin sole. We were drifting when we hit the rocks, never really able to get way on. I suspect the damage occurred when the keel, which must have ridden up on a rock, slipped off of it, bringing the weight of the hull down on the rock. Pretty sure the ballast tank was full, so that's a lot of weight. Does my approach seem reasonable? Better ideas? While I was under the boat, I also discovered this: I haven't gotten the board out yet, but this is definitely a failure of the butt joined centerboard segment I'd added to bring the length up to current specs. More on this after I get the board out, but for now, my plan is to sand it back well beyond the segment and tip, and lay it up possibly with a light weight kevlar and a light weight glass over the top of that to keep from going crazy managing the kevlar. If this happened during our jetty mishap it certainly wasn't visible. But perhaps we weakened it? I embedded several carbon fiber rods I had laying around the shop before laying up the board - I suspect they're what's holding it together at the moment. Again, let me know if you have any thoughts or advice on my repair. I'm not really in a mood to build another entire CB unless Alan or Graham think I need to. Fred
  4. Wow - thanks Alan. That is a ton of great information. I'm going to copy the whole reply to my OneNote notebook. You set up most or all your waypoints before the race, don't you, so you're just selecting the next point along the route, or are you actually creating new points as you sail the course?
  5. I loved seeing Southern Skimmer flying her chute. Alan, presumably as you sail away from the rhumb line, your VMG decreases, and your 'turn field' values increase. I haven't raced. Using these values, what's your rule of thumb for when it's time to tack? And when you say you're often entering or changing waypoints to avoid obstacles, are those obstacles things like sand bars, etc that weren't on your chart?
  6. Orienting the glass on the bias to get it to wrap those curves also helps a bit. Here's another thought re the tabernacle. I've wanted, on occasion, to flex the main mast horizontally more than once when it's down and in it's crutch, or as I try to maneuver it around stuff. Thing is, at that distance from the tabernacle, a pound or two at the mizzen thwart exerts lots of pounds of twist on the walls of the tabernacle. I filleted the inside corners, but I'm not sure I was careful enough to wrap the glass across the corners and completely across the inside back wall, but I kind of wish I had. Fred
  7. Hi Steve, Yes - just an ordinary, metal, drywall blade. It gives a much cleaner, more even float than a bondo or plastic spreader.
  8. Hi Steve, Virtually everyone on this site knows more about this stuff than I do, so I'm sure you'll get some great advice. Paint IS humbling, and I totally feel your pain (and disappointment). It is -- not that you'll hear this -- wayyy better than it looks to you. That said, you might think about floating the seams with quick fair, or epoxy w talc and microballoons before laying on another prime coat. QuickFair is much the better option if you haven't tried it. I've become a convert. Then block sand, of course. Personally I don't think it needs to be a long board. I floated stuff like this with a 4-6" drywall blade so I could really get it to feather out. You could blast on high build primer which would eventually do the same thing, but quick fair is a bit more direct and quicker. ('Floating' makes it sound like you'd be laying on gobs of epoxy, but it'll more likely be 1/32" or so, feathered out to nothing, unless you used very heavy cloth.) Fred
  9. I'm curious what the starboard foredeck bracket and pin are for on Carlita (always curious to hear what Graham's latest invention is). The material appears to be star-board. It looks like Graham's rebuilt his sprits? Also wondering if the wind vane plans or kit are still in the works, or maybe available? Thanks, so far, for posting the great pictures - they're really fun to look at.
  10. So cool, Amos! Your boat just looks so wonderful on the water - it's beautiful, and so fun to see your family enjoying it so much.
  11. Yeah - I'm too new to all this to know for sure. We definitely got a pretty clear boost, and the boat just felt like it was on top of the water, and not so much plowing through it. The centerboard (or maybe rudder?) was humming like crazy also - which may mean I have some tuning to do? In any case, we had a pretty fun sail.
  12. Alan and all - thank you so much for the update. We're really relieved to hear things went as well as they did. We watched the storm on Windy and radar make land fall and were glad it veered south, but it still looked like it could be pretty bad for you and the shop. Great job doing such good prep! All the best from Seattle.
  13. Woops - bound to have had to do this I suppose. 17 mph, in fact, is wildly crazy. In fact, after more closely reviewing my GPS, top sailing speed was more like 8 mph - or 7 knots. Sorry about that.
  14. Just a quick update now that we're back from the boat festival to say that there seemed to be quite a lot of interest in the boat and design. We were in the courtyard, and likely most people who went to the festival walked right by the boat. Several folks independently gushed about what a perfect design it was, and we couldn't stand by the boat for long before people wanted to talk about it with us. On another note, when I reviewed my GPS tracks from our first sail, I noticed that the top speed was 17mph. 'That's a laugh,' I thought - 'the GPS must have somehow gotten confused,' and blew it off. As I thought about it this morning, I realized we were in the middle of Lake Washington - a 20 mile long, 2 or more mile wide lake when, several times, we popped up on a plane. How could GPS get confused about that? So now I'm incredulous, but actually starting to believe it's true - 17 mph - nearly 15 knots!
  15. Hi Alan, Just echoing everyone else's thoughts and concerns from the west side. It sure looks from the maps I've seen that it'll be a direct hit. We're hoping for the best, and will be watching closely from here. All the best to everyone. Fred
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