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Thrillsbe last won the day on January 10

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About Thrillsbe

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    Don Silsbe
  • Birthday 12/01/1948

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    Tryon, NC
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    Boatbuilding, Sailing, Fishing, Rowing, Weaving, Camping, Travel, Fly Tying, Woodworking, Gardening, and Lutheran Theology. (Thank goodness I'm retired!)

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  1. Why not a 12? Here’s a photo and a video of two adults in a Spindrift 12, taken at the Messabout last fall. IMG_0053.MOV
  2. Here’s my two cents on plywood selection. I have two points. 1) A lot depends on how you’re going to use the boat. If she’s going to be docked outside for the summer, you definitely need marine plywood. If she’s going to be garage kept, or dry under a tarp most of the time, you can get away with other materials. 2) Lumberyard fir plywood checks. I would never use this on any of my boats. I did on a dinghy I built years ago. It was stored outside, under a tarp, and it checked anyway. On the Duckworks FB page, lots of guys are building with this stuff. I’m tired of warning them. Don’t do it.
  3. I love your little “touches”. All those little things really add up to Skeena becoming your personal creation.
  4. I hate it when the neighbors sneak in and scuttle my projects!
  5. Frank, I want to post a thread on the B&B page. It will be step-by-step instructions, containing photos with text in-between. When I’ve posted multiple photos in the past, it puts the photos all together at the end. Is there a way to insert text in-between them? Can I write it in Word, and paste it in? How can I do this?
  6. How far back does the casting platform go— to bulkhead #2, or back to amidships?
  7. As usual, the EC22 is hard to beat in a race.
  8. In a former life, I ran a crash test program for an automotive company. When I view this last photo, I think of a barrier crash sequence. This is a big lead dagger headed forward at great speed. I sure hope you made it home safely!
  9. Here are some photos I took. Videos to follow.
  10. And another from a windier day. 975FCF51-A2B6-4C8A-8420-F44A3233C028.MOV
  11. Here’s a great sailing video from last summer. She flies through the water! 02E54811-9660-4A24-A54D-2D64CEF3312B.MOV
  12. I used Rustoleum products on my masts. I took care to sand immediately before applying the etching primer. The paint is holding up very well after four years’ use, with one exception. The high stress areas around the base are too much for this paint. As you can see, it has chipped off. Everywhere else, it looks perfect. Not sure if any paint could withstand this stress. If I were to do something differently, it would be to not paint this part of the mast.
  13. Titebond III is a good product. The Brooklin Boatyard uses it alongside epoxy for such purposes as edge joining transom boards, etc. The main point why you need epoxy instead of Titebond III or other glues is simple. Stitch and glue boats use fillets and tape (instead of chines, for example) to provide strength at the seams. Would you thicken Titebond III, make a fillet, and use it to bond glass tape? I don’t think so! If you want to use those glues, choose a different type of construction.
  14. Too bad about the knee. At least you’ll make it to the messabout. Rest, listen to the doctors, and we’ll see you in a few weeks.
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