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Everything posted by Jknight611

  1. Me too Steve, that is my plan and I am looking forward to seeing your boat! The outside is ready ( and has been for several months) to prime/paint. The fiddly stuff takes time, as we all know! I probably should quit changing my mind on things, several areas have been remodeled even before I finish.
  2. Well, I have completed my B&B designed windvane prototype for the Flinders. Take a look! Still got some clean-up and priming and painting to do but the basic structure is completed. It will kick up both if it hits something and can be manually pulled up to reverse around the docks. The horizontal link from the bellcrank to the rudder trim tab has a magnetic connection so it can be disconnected when the vane rudder is retracted. The main rudder is fixed (doesn’t fold). The disc on the lower end of the vane tower is for steering adjustment lines. May just cleat them to the coaming initially but after all the adjustments and general tinkering is done might consider running them around the perimeter of the cockpit just for some added bling!
  3. Hi all, might want to consult the web site “the ultimate hang”. As some may know, I motorcycle camp quite a bit with a homemade hammock. There is a calculator on that site that give the angle and the weight exerted on the tree (or mast). I think I would consult our favorite marine designer before I subjected my masts to a point load. It is more of a load than I thought!
  4. The overhead will have another coat of (not shiny) varnish. I looks kinda red in this photo, but it is actually white oak, much lighter than it appears in this photo. The cabin sole will soon have Plasteak, but I think I will wait till MOST of the paint, varnish and even epoxy blobs are dropped. Still have several more electrical items for the motor bay, house batteries are in the stub keel, so there will be still mo wires!
  5. Just letting the world know....still at it! Really enjoying the build. This is the overhead at the nav station and galley area, radio installation is completed and the motor bay, not much to see there. The blue bundle in the motor bay is the Torqeedo battery, just layed a old yoga mat over it so I don’t short out as I crawl in and out. Soon I will be starting the disassembly project for final coat of varnish. Boy, there are a lot more wiring projects than I initially thought! May have gone “overboard “ on some of it!
  6. Congratulations Alan an Taylor! Henry is starting a wonderful adventure! and I hope you guys are all caught up on your sleep for a while! Fun times!
  7. Congratulations Alan an Taylor! Best wishes to the family addition!
  8. Hi Todd, boat is looking good, I really like the colors you chose! I had the same problem, I couldn’t get the “form” out of the layup. I think my problem was the plastic sheet was too thin, when I pulled it did the “Chinese fingers” trick. I had to cut a thin relief cut to get it off. Boat is almost 5 years old, and I still have shards of light plastic inside my tube. I made another for the Flinders project with the same weight plastic that the contractors put under a concrete slab and it pulled right off.
  9. I tried twisting the wires with a pair of safety wire pliers left over from my workin days. Good idea but it was more fiddling than just grabbing with this type of pliers. These work just fine!
  10. Yea, Russell not Larry Brown, that is what happens when I post my “first thoughts “. The boat really is looking extremely nice! Late reply, we are traveling.
  11. Hi Don, just catching up with your build, that method surly looks like it cuts sanding, which on my current build is the “prime directive “. If you have access to the videos on Off Center Harbor Larry Brown has some good videos, but by your description, looks like you got it going on. I have used his technique on some sub assemblies with good results. I am absolutely sure the person that commissioned you to the build will be super happy with the results!
  12. Well Joe, how is the Torqeedo working for you? My Core Sound 20.3 may get one when Project M is completed.
  13. Thanks Joe, as we discussed, The Joerails are nice!
  14. Completed toe and rub rails today! Laying out water line soon, then on to primer. I have a lot of the fiddley items “prefabricated “ and assuming they fit.......
  15. I know I speak to my boats and boat projects, sometimes in a manner not to be published in this forum, but in my favorite anchorage with the winds blowing through some tall pines they speak to me.
  16. The lead was cast at “The Mothership “ right after the 2019 Messabout. A perfect fit! The boat is “All Electric “ just like some of the home kitchen advertisements from the early ‘60’s. The Torqeedo drive system battery was originally intended (by me only) to provide the house loads in addition to the drive system but the good folks at Torqeedo explained that wasn’t a good plan so it will have 2 independent electrical systems using 2 Battleborn batteries and the associated clutter.
  17. About time to give a brief update on the Flinders project. It is back upright and the 1800 poundish lead keel shoe is attached. The last few months I have been a sanding dervish, not much exciting to see there, those who have built boats know, and if you haven’t not wanting to dissuade anyone of the glamor! The interior and 71.2% of the wiring is completed or at least on the floor. After multiple mind changes I settled on a Kildwick composting head. But this was after installing all the required stuff for a traditional marine head. I gained an extra anchor locker in the space from the holding tank. Attached is a picture of the “roll team”. You may recognize some of the actors! So many thanks for their help.
  18. Just leaving the B&B Headquarters, a great time was had, Saturday had some good sailing with lots of boats. Everyone learned something from Graham’s talk on how to get the best from his designs. Thanks to Graham, Alan, Tom, Nate, Bobby and Randy for making it a great Messabout.
  19. Our Core Sound will be at the Messabout, take a look at our keel strip. It is unidirectional glass fibers set in epoxy (with some graphite powder). 5 years and holding up ok. Abrasion isn’t a problem but as I mentioned earlier point loading might be not as good. I think you will like your keel strip Don.
  20. Another vote for the “pull type saw”. I can cut a bit of wood as fast and accurate as my miter saw. The rasp is nice, VERY aggressive, and I suggest a small block plane, I have a Fox brand and it has served me well. I am blessed with a large air compressor so a pneumatic nailer with tiny plastic nails (Talon brand) as been a big help. And I absolutely defy anyone to have enough clamps!
  21. Lou Sauzedde (tips from a shipwright) did a YouTube video a while back on the difference in red/white oak using rubbing alcohol. That being said I trimmed my boat’s cabin with red oak, has enough epoxy to protect it from a nuclear blast. I find white oak is ridiculously expensive in our area, and the quality is suspect.
  22. I think I did my keel strip totally different from anyone else on my CS20.3. I clamped a packing tape covered 1X4 to each side of the keel, the filled the gap with unidirectional glass with epoxy and graphite in the epoxy slurry. I wanted to experiment with a keel strip with no screws. So far it seems to be working, although I suspect it would/may crack it point loaded, but sand an shells seem to have no problems. All a compromise, I suppose.
  23. Great to have that continuity with your boat. We have owned a 27ft cutter for 18 years, and I hope my Matthew Flinders build (and me) has as much longevity!
  24. Looks really good! Guess you are too far to make the Messabout? Hopefully there will be a bunch of the MK 3’s
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