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  1. Still not enough wind to really sail, but motoring around a bit.  Torqeedo sez….5.8kts can motor for 6.2 hours.  Might been a little more if the solar panels were opened up!  Still monkeying around with lazyjacks for the main….


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  2. Just like to add, Awlgrip has several types of reducers,  looks like the reducer flashed before the flow.  I have had reasonable success with Awlgrip T-0005.   A quick buz with the DA sander and it is called “an extended primer coat”


    BTW,  Carol has been sick so I haven’t been to the Flinders in almost 2 weeks, it currently is in a marina in Madisonville La,  plan to post some pictures without it under sail…..well directionally drifting.   Either it is 50kts or 1.2 kts here mid summer! 

  3. Hi Amos, We have reserved a slip in a marina on Lake Katherine,  after last year’s hurricanes it’s the only travelift in operation in our area.  It’s is a 2 hour drive from home but is near our favorite cruising areas along the gulf coast.   Several family events going on for a few weeks, then getting serious! 

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  4. The game warden said he had inspected various “homemade “ boats and the general thought it is easier to conduct a “pre license “ inspection than a rescue/recovery.  He mentioned some of the boats he inspected/rejected  he wouldn’t cross a farm pond in.  

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  5. We did our “technical launch”, had a minor problem with the centerboard trunk, all good now.  We wanted to test the rigging before I paint the masts, wasn’t smart enough to do that on our Core Sound 20.3. So the boat is back home getting the masts painted and some minor additions, stuff like binocular rack, spice rack, stuff like that. Notice Carol taking a nap on the bunk behind the lee cloth.  The game warden after he completed his inspection, declaring it to be a boat!

  6. It is really not sideways!  Hope to launch next week at a friendly shipyard travelift.  Solar panels are all working great,  hope to motor around a bit and test the Torqeedo pod drive.  4-1 on the mainsheet sure makes a pile of sheet!  





  7. We have lowered both masts on my CS20.3, not hard at all, as long as there isn’t much rolling of the hull. (Water needs to be pretty smooth, just takes 4-5 minutes)   We put on a show at a water front restaurant when we lowered our masts to duck under a train bridge in place of waiting till the scheduled opening time.  

  8. And the name shall be “KALOS”. 

    In the New Testament, Greek lexicon 


    beautiful, handsome, excellent, eminent, choice, surpassing, precious, useful, suitable, commendable, admirable 

    1. beautiful to look at, shapely, magnificent 
    2. good, excellent in its nature and characteristics, and therefore well adapted to its ends 
      1. genuine, approved 
      2. precious

    And who doesn’t think their boat is all that!  

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  9. The hull is nearly completed, just some fiddly stuff to complete, another coat of varnish in the cabin, and touch up some paint.  Masts are nearing completion. A few minor trailer things to resolve.  Then on to a travelift so we can complete the Coppercoat and see the centerboard go up an down! 


  10. Just about time to update my build photos of the Flinders project.  I’ll be putting it on the trailer this week, then completing the masts.  The big solar panel on the cabin powers the Torqeedo, there will be 2 on the stern rails to power the cabin house load.  Someday I’ll take photos with all the clutter picked up…..no, that is my version of picked up!





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  11. 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! 

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  12. 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!  

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