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Thrillsbe last won the day on October 7

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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I built my skiff outdoors over the winter. Granted, I live in North Carolina, and there were long dormant spells during the dead of winter. I worked on the smaller parts in my unheated (but warmer) garage, when possible. You can even switch to a fast hardener, if it’s cool. But in the end, you’re going to experience slower cure times if it’s cold. (I agree with Chick, of course. Epoxy is the perfect product.)
  5. Congrats on your launch! She slides through the water so smoothly. Now the fun begins. Can’t wait to see her at the Messabout.
  6. You clean up at the end of each day??? What a novel idea. I’ll have to try that sometime. You’re doing a beautiful job.
  7. I’m with Meester. I enjoy the process. I will add that it took me 15 months to build my BRS15. Please note that many days I only worked 4-6 hours on it. I was also repeatedly interrupted by “life”. But such is life. This winter, I decided to build a Two Paw 8. I figured it would only take a couple of months. Between laziness and “life”, it took six months. But I enjoyed the process, and wasn’t looking to save money by building it myself. It was fun to build, and I now have a sweet nesting boat.
  8. @Pete McCrary— maybe we can work a trade! LOL @Steve W— I plan on bringing Two Bits, too, along with her spritsail rig. Maybe we can drop the rig into your S11N... That would really be messing about, wouldn’t it?
  9. @Pete McCrary— let’s go for a sail on my BRS 15 at the Messabout. I love this boat. A Spindrift is sweet, too. I thought about building that instead, but I’m glad I chose the 15.
  10. I thought the ring was my original idea! LOL. I wanted to play with it first, though, before mentioning it. That’ll wait until later next month, because I’m off on other adventures at the moment. But my thought was not to use shock cord or any sort of elastic in the system. I was hoping that the weight of the ring and locating the other end of the ring tether would provide a good solution. Let’s compare notes at the Messabout!
  11. Some of you are aware of how I love to sail in the prone position. Two Bits has presented me with a new angle— diagonally! This is a fun little dink. I hope you take her for a sail at this fall’s Messabout.
  12. Congratulations, Pete! Happy sailing!
  13. Good to hear! An out-of-position rudder is all it takes. One of the things I love about these boats is the options you have for sail trim. When I’ve got heavy weather helm, I know that something’s wrong. Keep racing!
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