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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. This is Alan’s solution. The wear strip discussion starts at about the 9:30 mark.
  2. It is my understanding that traditional wormshoes are expendable, sacrificial pieces. They do not get glued down, but are screwed into bedding compound. When they wear out, they are replaced. If I used wood instead if Dynel, I’d bed it in some polysulfide, and screw it in place. I’d paint it, too. But what about Dynel? Anybody? Eric Blake from the Brooklin Boatyard recommends it for sheathing hulls when abrasion is an issue. I thought it might be a candidate for keel strip abrasion.
  3. @Pete McCrary— I just learned that that is called a wormshoe. I thought about that, too.
  4. I finished the sliding seat. It was a kit from Angusboats.com. It was definitely cheaper than a Piantedosi drop-in unit. ($299 vs. $650). Not shown is the outrigger and Concept 2 oarlocks. Stay tuned...
  5. There has been an interesting thread within a thread going on. I thought this topic deserved its own separate thread. The subject is how to adequately protect our wooden keel strips. I hope we can share our own experiences and thoughts here. They might be easier to find, when we get to that point on our next build. On my Bay River Skiff and Two Paw 8, I have chosen the “no protection” approach. My TP8 is showing wear. I expect the BRS might as well. I’m currently working on a non-B&B boat, which is posted on the general boatbuilding forum. Alan has taken an
  6. In case anybody’s actually following this build, I’m here to say that I have applied my second coat of white on the interior. I’m using Devthane, an industrial two-part polyurethane. It cost as much as Interlux Perfection, except the you get a gallon for your $80 instead of a quart.
  7. The best advice I ever got about sailing a cat ketch was from Graham— If you get a big gust, and are concerned about capsize, release the main, not the mizzen. Releasing the mizzen actually encourages the dumping process.
  8. Flaking your sails adds years to their life. So happy to see sails in Norma T. She looks extra fine now. When I lived in Michigan, I would sail through October. I was usually one of the last to haul their boats out. Those fall days are golden. Most boaters are gone, the water temperature is a whole lot warmer than April or May, and the fall colors are the bonus. If you want some cat ketch sailing tips, send me a note on FB Messenger. (Don Silsbe)
  9. I’m pretty sure they are not intended to be separating sections. Waiting for the shop to weigh in on this one.
  10. Congratulations! Enjoy your new toy. I love the blue.
  11. Sorry, but I must ask— what is a BJ 24?
  12. These photos remind me of one of the last lines to the play The Crucible— “More Weight!” (I don’t typically memorize lines from plays, but this one somehow stuck.) You have inspired me to get up off my backside, and glue up my stem. Thank you.
  13. One factor here is that I love rowing, and Chick hates it. The question I should have posed y’all is: When you’re out sailing your Spindrift, what do you take along for auxiliary power? Oars? Paddle? 5hp outboard? (Chick’s choice. LOL)
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