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Don Silsbe

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  1. The easy way is a hole through the breasthook.  (Round off the edges with a router.). E9A754AC-807D-402B-9471-D7922A654727.thumb.jpeg.f1b9756c2375b70c1eeb7aa3df0f8254.jpegJust slip your line through and tie a stopper knot under.  That only works if you have some extra blue paint. I have D-rings on my larger boat.  The sheet likes to hang up on them from time to time.  Cleats would be worse.


    The Amanda is a fine boat.  I think you will enjoy her.

  2. 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.



  3. 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. 3E86F7D9-B22A-4175-863F-995DCC9BFAC9.thumb.jpeg.95c91a1636cd07d654153fc4250b88ca.jpeg4659D3BF-B2D7-4E0D-88EC-9B3162A07ECA.thumb.jpeg.65189a0ac7768d56e1a334847cb8e076.jpeg Mine latch down.  The crude sketch I just made shows them latching up.  The tails of bungee make a good handle. 5AC3B032-AEF0-42B9-BEE6-A5CA63749FEF.thumb.jpeg.c9a0848629b08ff5cb35a39bcb5d73d8.jpeg Maybe some of the others have better photos to share.

  4. On 8/17/2022 at 4:25 AM, PadrePoint said:


    The reef lines of Avocet make it tough to use this approach. Still thinking on this. 

    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.  

  5. @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

  6. 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.

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