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Don Silsbe

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  1. I think the most difficult part will be matching that beautiful brightwork of the coaming.
  2. @Pete McCrary— That’s awesome! You win! Now, let me say the Man Prayer (from the Red Green Show) I’m a man, and I can change. If I have to. I guess.
  3. That was it. I was so impressed with the workmanship, I thought that it was a commercial knockoff, made by a maker of fiberglass boats. The finish was absolutely perfect. I hope somebody snatches this beauty up.
  4. Is this the one built by a machinist, or something like that?
  5. Is this the one built by a machinist, or something like that?
  6. @Oyster— I beg your pardon?
  7. I know that Graham and Carla have us beat, but we’re closing in on 52 this November.
  8. I agree with Graham about the capsize drills. I will send your neighbor Ted a soft shackle to use for that loop.
  9. I agree about using fire hose or other rub strip. On the keel, somebody here suggested gluing a strip of 3/4” nylon webbing onto the keel. You soak it in the epoxy before applying it. Wears like iron! I might do this to mine this winter.
  10. For non-skid, I mask off tje area I want it. Then, I buy fiberglass screen at the hardware store, and glue it down with epoxy. Once tje epoxy has cured, I trim away tje excess at the masking tape line. Then, I primer and paint it. It is pleasant to the touch, and looks great. I’ll show you my floorboards at this year’s messabout. In the meantime, you can zoom in on these photos of my cruising panel.
  11. Everybody at B&B uses sections of piano hinge for their hatches and compartment covers. On my rower, I just used a pair of white plastic hinges made by Sea Dog. They are working out great, and only cost a couple of bucks. (Got ‘em at Fisheries Supply.). They’re there behind the dog in those photos.
  12. Samantha, I’m thousands of miles away from my boats, so I can’t take good closeup pix right now. If it needs to be locking, there are some commercial latches that work well. Alan just out some on Chief’s new CS17.3. I think he carries them in inventory now. I used locking latches on my Bay River Skiff, since I stow some expensive electronics in my seat tanks. https://www.fisheriessupply.com/sea-dog-line-anti-rattle-hatch-fastener/222110-1 On my rowing boat, I use a bungee latch. Look past the dog in these photos, and zoom in. Mine latch down. The crude sketch I just made shows them latching up. The tails of bungee make a good handle. Maybe some of the others have better photos to share.
  13. My challenge will be to make the reefing lines easily removable, yet preserve Richard’s clever one-sided system. Note to all: Ted and I are collaborating on modifications to Avocet.
  14. That's diabolical! I like it! (So does the owner of Avocet, as noted above.) Thanks.
  15. @Chick Ludwig— Only the top two battens are full length. Avocet’s are rolled to the sprits, with the reefs already in. They are also stored in sausage bags, along with the sprits.. Ted’s sprits take up the full length of the interior of his Sienna. Since others pull with smaller vehicles, such as Graham’s VW Rabbit, I wondered where they put them. I see no evidence of sprits in the photo I posted of Carlita, for example
  16. Lula is gorgeous! Being a Chrysler retiree, I cannot let your comment "or maybe that's the reason they raised the bar and build Tundras in Texas and Titans in Mississippi" go by without sharing what I know. Nissan and Toyota do nothing more in those plants but assemble parts. Little feedback finds its way back to Japan, except as relates to assembly issues. I know. I've worked in assembly plants for Chrysler in the USA, Canada, and Austria. Plus, the only reason they chose to build them there was because it was cheaper to build them in the southern USA, rather than pay the unionized labor back home. Car companies don't chose to build an assembly plant somewhere because they're nice guys. It is a financial decision. Always.
  17. @Chick Ludwig— So, you stowed your sails separately, and rigged all the reef lines every time? On Avocet, the sails are furled to the sprits, with the reef lines all attached. Two sail bags go over the entire package.
  18. Last year, I used Top Notch 9 fabric from Sailrite.com to make a custom tonneau cover for my truck. It sews easier than cotton canvas or Sunbrella, and costs less. It is a waterproof polyester. I suggest using that for your dodger/deck cover. https://www.sailrite.com/Top-Notch-9-White-60-Fabric
  19. I just finished a weekend cruise with Ted Johanson on his Core Sound mk3. He stored his sprits in his minivan. I’m wondering about other people, like Graham. Where do y’all stow your sprits, when trailering?
  20. In traditional boats, they just used rope and a couple of belaying pins. But Alan’s solution is cleaner.
  21. Adding a dodger to your boat would be a great idea! I tried using bungee cord to secure my boom tent. It was a disaster in a good breeze, as it lifted up along the bottom. IMG_6350.MOV I suggest using Lift-a-Dot fasteners, or one of the newer attachment systems that Sailrite offers.
  22. Do you plan to sail, motor, or row? I have a Two Paw 8 I could sell you. I just upgraded the sailing rig and added floatation to the forward half. The second photo was taken before the modifications. She has the Quick Connect attachment system. I can build you a Spindrift, too, if you’re interested in doing that.
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