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Jknight611

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  1. Hi Don, Thanks for the tip! The new hardware has a MUCH higher finish, (it’s shiny) and the galling issue has abated. I am sure being stainless it is possible but with the original hardware practically every fastener was effected. Fortunately my keel on the Flinders is attached with the gourmet hardware, 2 inches of fiberglass and a epoxy bed, any one of which should make the lead arrive the same time as the rest of the boat!
  2. Thanks Mark, I have been using Grainger with fairly good results. It is has been a problem getting quality hardware! Long drive for you but the Messabout is a great time!
  3. Hi all, in building our Flinders 246 I have developed a respect for quality hardware. I had used some stainless steel bolts from our favorite point and click online retailer that would break so easily I was concerned they were made of compressed pasta. I removed all the what later I found out was sold as 18-8 stainless. Replaced all the hardware on previously installed and found this wasn’t really unusual for galling/breakage of the chinesiem hardware. I replaced all the hardware with 316 stainless hardware, (still probably imported) the strength/cost ratio is favorable!
  4. Hi Steve, we have narrowed the name down to 23 different names, but yet may change our collective minds. So, not really!
  5. Thanks Ken an Joe, progress has been a little slo lately, many different excuses! But back on track!
  6. After all the priming an sanding I couldn’t figure out a reasonable way to paint all in one shot. So I painted the hull, will give the paint a day or two to get used to not being in a can, then drape the hull then shoot the deckhouse.
  7. Sounds like a reasonable scheme to me, the “art” of boatbuilding sometimes seems to be the art of injuneerin workarounds. Brush some unthickened epoxy, followed by thickened, glass, unthickened to fill the glass, epoxy primer who would know!
  8. I like the mount, very nice! Bronze is practically the perfect metal on boats. On your plan of removing the motor, I made a multipurpose socket on the transom of my CS20.3 with the intention of removing the 2.5 Suzuki when underway. I think that happened exactly twice, once still in the marina for a week long trip. Even the 2.5 Suzuki is heavy hanging over the transom, and the chance of dropping it or gouging the deck/sole with the scag. Just didn’t work for me!
  9. Agree on sewing colored twine ( I snagged some colored tracer twine from an old halyard), that has worked fine for us. 1 stripe for 1 reef, and well you can see the pattern…..
  10. Put it on, rub it off, repeat then once more! I think I am ready for the base coat of 545 primer to give a uniform color base for the paint. Starting masts now too! A bunch larger than Southern Express’s!
  11. Had the same problem Don, on this primer I simply went to the hardware store and bought a bunch of 1/4 nap cheap rollers with the intention of changing then at the first sign of delamination. Didn’t have any problems at all! I have a bunch of the yellow foam Wooster 1/8 foam roller cover. Now, who in the heck can ‘splain to me these gourmet roller covers are 7 inch long…..and all I can find are the 9 inch frames! I tried to cut the 7 inch in half but that started the delamination process almost immediately.
  12. Hi Joe, the 545 primer is super easy to roll on, I am thinning it about 20%. Just rolled it on. It is easy to give it a light sanding over sanding scratches, kinda highlights them! Remember Carlita made her debut in gray 545 before the spiffy red/white livery. I have yet to decide if I spray or roll the Awlgrip. We rolled our CS20.3 and it came out reasonable. Spraying Awlgrip takes a lot of PPE, and it will be midsummer!
  13. On to the next phase! Awlgrip epoxy primer 545.
  14. If the Awlgrip masters smile upon my it WILL be at the Messabout
  15. Thanks much everyone, as we all know, Graham designs wonderful boats! Just want to do his vision justice.
  16. Finished the electrical system, chart table, and galley! Satisfied to see the Raspberry boot up properly. Countertops are Stonecoat, an epoxy with glitter and some color details. Shiny! now I am absolutely out of excuses not to start painting outside…./..
  17. Hi Don, I built s/n#2 and used a ski boat ballast pump, it is plumbed up with 1/2 pvc with the intake as far forward in the tank as possible. I had some concerns of mud and gunk getting into the tank being hard to clean but that hasn’t been much of a problem. We have been inspected several times but no problem with water being in the ballast tank. The pump gets all but a qt or so out, then if I want to really dry the tank out I use a sponge and jack the front of the trailer up to get the little water left to sponge out. When the boat is stored we leave the hatch cover off and I guess evaporation dries it out no problem. I put the intake/outlet in the centerboard trunk, might not be the best place because if I do any pinstripes on the bottom of the bay, I get mud in the tank from the muddy board. We finished the boat in 2015 and the pump still works fine, a little noisy till I mounted it in some rubber mounts.
  18. I built mine with the forward sliding hatch and we have been happy with it. It slides on starboard slides in pieces of B&B sail track. We have had it out in pretty rough weather and hasn’t leaked and it is large enough for me to wiggle through…….but Carol is the usual anchor deployment crew.
  19. Hi Dave, my boat, Southern Express CS20.3 is s/n2. The raising of the cabin top is quite recent, don’t know what s/n the change took place. I have comfortable full sitting head room, sure is nice to have a cozy place to lounge around after a day of sailing !
  20. They sail like magic! Although with the Flinders project I vaguely remember!
  21. Oops, you are absolutely correct, I fell for that! I guess it is a slow print week so they are recycling! There are some more current comments in the comments section of the article. In the back of my mind I was wondering why no mention of the MK3 series of the Core Sound series…
  22. Did y’all sea this month’s issue of Small Boat Magazine? Nice article on the Core Sound series.
  23. Beautiful cruising area! Like more pictures is possible, we planned to cruise this area next winter with our CS20.3, now maybe the Flinders. Can you suggest a place to launch and leave truck an trailer in a secure area?
  24. Looks super nice! Isn’t it great to use the boat a season to see what would make the boat more comfortable!
  25. Beautiful boat, and your website is really good! Takes a lot of effort to document your build, nice!
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