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  1. I finally got to incorporate Graham’s concept on Local Honey. I sling them underneath, because of their length vs the distance between masts. Yesterday was the first time we drove with it. The olive drab p-cord was a safety tether. (Long family story that I won’t bore you with.) Somewhere along the journey north on I-75 the forward hanger blew way aft, to visit its brother. (Maybe I should drive the speed limit?) Thank goodness for the ugly tether! This week I’ll try the wrap-around that shows in Graham’s diagram. Other than this, I really like carrying my sprits this way.
  2. Last night, I got her all painted. I don’t like painting in the dark (artificial lighting), but I had to do it. We leave on a trip today, and I wanted to give the paint time to firm up before I do anything more. When I get home, I just need to paint my fwd hatch lid, d/b and rudder, and attach hardware. I can’t wait!
  3. Got it. I can translate, since my sister is the master of typos. I’m always translating hers. I’m pecking away at the boat, in between “Life Stuff”. (Grandkids, chores, trips to visit family, etc) I’m “so” close!
  4. Wow! This boat brings back fond memories for me. My parents had a 28’ cruiser along these same lines. Some of your details are precisely the same. Thanks for the memories! Your workmanship is outstanding.
  5. Thanks for the recommendation on RAM mounts. I’ve been trying to decide how to mount my iPhone to the mizzen area. I have used iSailor as my nav tool down at Bulls Bay. I just needed a righteous means of attachment.
  6. Coming along! Here’s my question— After the final coat of topcoat, do any of you finish with wet sandpaper and buff? If so, please provide me with some details. I’m using Interlux Britesides.
  7. Beautiful oil lamp! I’m jealous. In my old engineering circles we used to jokingly say “Get it right the second time.” You’ll be glad you made the modification long after the one week delay has been forgotten.
  8. Pete- now you’ve got me thinking about my Two Paw 8. The plan is to have it in the bed of my pickup truck. Now I’m wondering about that first lift— the bow section out of the stern section, while it’s still in the truck. That’s gonna be interesting.
  9. @Todd Stein— my first stitch and glue project was a Willow kayak featured in Woodenboat magazine (a three part series). I kept telling myself that it was “only” 95 simple steps. Your project has a few more than 95, but the approach is the same. Try not to look at the whole big picture. Focus on the next 5 steps. Enjoy the journey! We’re as good as there, building with you. (You’re always alone when it comes to the sanding steps, though.). By the way— I still have your military blanket. See you in October.
  10. This morning at 4:30, after the customary call to nature, I lay back down for a couple more winks. But the “ducks started quacking”. 🦆🦆🦆This is what we call it when you want to go back to sleep, but thoughts start rolling through your head and there’s no way you’re going to get those last few winks. This morning, it was more like geese. I realized that it would be easier to do the final fitting of my Quick Connect hardware now, before fitting the keel. Everything fit perfectly, except for the center fitting in the fore-aft plane. In the third photo you can see that the male part is not fitting flush with its mate. So, I spent most of the day fitting, shimming, refitting, re-shimming until everything was perfect. The third from last photo shows the final fit and my stainless shim-washers. I used Quick Fair to form a platform. I will trim it all in a little while, before it gets too hard. By the end of the day, I got pretty good at putting her together and taking her apart. These parts are going to be awesome to use!
  11. Skeg is on. Keel gets glued on tomorrow.
  12. I’m getting closer! Now, I need to drive “up the mountain” to Chick’s, to borrow a cup of epoxy (or two). I see that the slot for the center Quick Connect fitting is between 1/16” and 3/32” more open than the outboard attachments. I think I’m gonna “shim” it with a layer of glass tape (and epoxy, of course). Or should I use plastic shims after paint?
  13. I also have this ladder on my Bay River Skiff. It works great! Even my wife can get back on board after taking a dip. It is designed for a transom with a 15 degree rake. Without that, you have to do what these guys did. It’s worth it. Most of the time, you don’t even see it. https://www.fisheriessupply.com/garelick-compact-eez-in-ii-transom-ladder-19700
  14. What you see in the bottom photo of the bow (along the port side) is damage done by using a Roti-Zip tool to separate the halves. A hand saw is definitely the way to go— especially one of the new chemically-sharpened ones. Those don’t have a saw set that is wider than the thickness of the saw.
  15. The interior is faired and sanded. I’m letting the epoxy cure well, before applying the primer. So, I’m turning my attention to the outside now. I’ve got my nesting bulkheads sanded and taped. The blue tape keeps epoxy out of my T-nut attachments. They will be cut away while the second coat of epoxy is still green.
  16. I could also call her MT Nester. MT for short.
  17. Well, if I’m gonna finish this cutie, I’d better get going. Cruising with Graham got me inspired again. I glued in the seat tanks, minus inspection ports. I was so “inspired”, that I forgot to put reinforcing stringers inside my 4mm seats. Since I had some scrap 4oz glass, I thought it couldn’t hurt to beef them up a bit. I used some scrap blue poly tarp to make a pattern. Today, I bolted the two halves together, and broke out the Quick Fair. I’m hoping I can get some primer on the interior soon! Time will tell.
  18. I already have a sealable access compartment up forward for stuff like that. It’s just that I put those ports in a dinghy I built a long time ago. Always wondered why I did, since I almost never went in there. It is easier to reinforce and cut the holes now, which is why I’m asking. I think I’m gonna skip it.
  19. Thanks. I’m going light gray interior and navy (Sapphire Blue) on exterior.
  20. I bought B&B’s Quick Connect hardware for my Two Paw 8. I’m hoping to complete her and file a report “sometime” this spring. Stay tuned.
  21. OK, the lull is over. The Spring Messabout inspired me to get rolling again. I live it, when I can borrow techniques from one hobby to another; it sort of justifies both of them. Chick Ludwig introduced me to RC airplanes. Flite Test’s products have taught me the value of Adams foam board ($1/sheet!) and a hot melt glue gun. I used foam board to cut precise patterns for my aft seats. Then, I used those scraps to hold the pieces in position for the fillets. I’m pleased with the results. My big question: Do I really need inspection ports in these air chambers? PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE!
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