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    Central California
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    Running on my feets. A lot. And the swimming.
    Wresting vegetative foodstuffs from soil with toil. Playing Gentleman farmer, as it were.
    Art is always happening here. And ukulele music...
    Making the boats.
    Using the boats. Often in conjunction with fish harassment.
    The reading of books. Preferably in the hammock under the persimmon trees.
    Apparently, now, this forum...

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  1. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Alex, No bother at all, especially as you are 100% correct. The hatch for the slot top is only for expedition type sailing, like when I expect to encounter conditions that will capsize the boat, and/or when expecting rain, and for when I want to leave the boat, and keep my stuff “secure”. Most of the time, we’ll use the boat without the cover, or with a cloth top. Which is why I wanted to make it easy to attach firmly, but also as unobtrusively as possible. The cleats I ended up using will do double duty by securing the cloth top when we use that. And they make wonderful hand holds... The stepping and unstepping of the mast will be made more difficult, as will rigging it, but those are both tiny prices to pay, because the difficulty only increases minutely. The mast hole I made has tapered inner edges, which lead into the partners, which are slanted at the right angle for the mast. Standing in the main hatch, I can set the heel of the mast on the edge of the ring, and stand the mast up. The mast really isn’t that heavy, which surprised me. I can, for example, lift it from the skinny end... Once it’s in the mast hole/partner slot, it can’t really go anywhere else but into the step, but even small corrections should be easy to make. As to the stability, despite the five panel hull and relatively narrow bottom, I’ve been assured these are fairly stable boats, and I don’t think stepping the mast should be a problem. But, if my weight and that of this mast combined will heel this boat dangerously at rest, there is no way I’ll sail it anywhere. I already dislike monohulls with their wasteful heeling, but if this turns out to be THAT tiddly of a boat, she’s gone. Peace, Robert
  2. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    One of the cleats the hatch bolts to. It needs a little rounding and painting, and then the hole drilled bigger, filled, and redrilled. Peace, Robert
  3. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    It’s the concentration and inhalation of epoxy vapors which causes it, Graham. We all get it, to a certain extent. It’s an enhancer, so sort of intensifies the latent personality. I, for example, am practically unintelligible after a session of pox huffing. I talk more in spirals than circles, and I speed WAY up. Sort of a chipmunk affair, but much less entertaining. Peace, Robert
  4. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    The sticks are well on their way, Don. The flappy cloth things, though... Actually, we were discussing yesterday that we need to roll the boat out of the garop and step the masts pretty soon, to check it all out and take some final measurements to determine where things will go, like the control lines. Exciting stuff! Peace, Robert P.S. just so you don’t all think I just nap all day, here’s a few shots of the pedal car I’m building, too.
  5. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Here’s a side/front and a rear view of the top. The hold down bolts and cleats are visible. The cleats will do double duty and hold the cloth cover when using the open slot configuration. The mizzen mast step and cockpit are almost done, and when they are, I’ll drag her out in the open and step the masts. This is getting real... Peace, Robert
  6. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    Using plastic sheet or peel ply, I never need fill coats. I use the plastic sheet especially when doing repairs, because I can see through it. The solid plastic sheet forces all the resin to fill the weave. If you saturate well, and squeegee the plastic sheet (or peelply) all over, the resin will fill the weave, and when the plastic comes off there is a smooth, flat surface. No weave to fill. Peace, Robert
  7. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    For vertical glassing, I would (have, actually, a fair bit, and between stringers, too...): 1) precut the glass piece 2) put it on plastic sheet 3) saturate and well squeegee the cloth 4) wet area on hull to be clothed with some neat resin 5) roll wet out glass onto a mandrel. A closet rod work wonderfully. 6) roll wet glass off mandrel onto transom, using a brush/roller to press it down, then squeegee like normal It takes all the drama out, and you can ensure everything is well saturated without panic and with few drips. Using plastic sheet or real peel ply over top will,ensure a smooth, blush free surface you won’t have to sand or feather before the next step... Peace, Robert
  8. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Well, I was very concerned my boat would compliment Oaracle. That’s a pigment joke. Joke, I say. About colors. Harhar. Peace, Robert
  9. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    There is the perfect amount of room to hinge the hatch all the way flat against the deck, and secure it with the same hold downs that keep it closed from inside. On the second try... Peace, Robert
  10. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    There will be a halyard “crane” on the aft side of the mast with an athwart ship sheave. The yard and boom will go on on the outboard side of her mast , which will JUUUST allow the downhaul to be lead outside the main coaming to a block on a pad on the house top. Yeah, I plan on lazyjacks, which with the tiny mizzen should allow easy reefing of the main. From either hatch, the mast is easy to reach, should the need arise. I am afraid the hatch makes her a bit too “normal” but we’ll only use the hatch cover when adventuring, same as the mizzen. I’m hurrying! Peace, Robert
  11. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Alex, I thought long and hard about that. Obviously, I’ve studied Gary’s boat a bit, via the web, and have read and watched most of what I could find. His adventures actually inspired the boxed in cockpit, and sort of hardened my resolve about the cover. I decided, rightly or wrongly, that when the cover is on, I want it ON! Hehe. Seriously, though, I don’t want ANY chance of it coming open during a potential capsize. We will probably use the boat as often without the cover as with, but when it’s on, I want it on. It won’t have any draconian bolts or weirdness, but some double duty straps that will accept hold down bolts and/or bows to hold up the soft top. That’s why the substantial boot ring, large gutters around the fore hatch, and the turtle deck type companion slide. I want the cover to perform as much like a “normal” boat as possible. The hardest part, so far, is getting drop board slides that will work for the hatch, but not be overly intrusive when the slot is open. The hatches will both be acrylic, by the by, to allow in light. It’s dark and spooky in there! Hehe. By the by, I think it would be super cool to sail in company with Oaracle, especially as mine own Frolic is so orange. Haha. Peace, Robert
  12. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    Alex, The boat has a “birdwatcher” style slot top, as designed, which is, essentially, an open hallway down the center of the cabin. For adventure sailing, I wanted to have a solid cover for the slot top. To whit, this slot top hatch was built. When in use, it will be solidly bolted down, acting as a “normal” cabin top. The forward end will have a hinged opening hatch, and the aft will have a sliding hatch that slides into a turtle hatch or “garage” (both acrylic, to keep it light below decks). The mast will be stepped through the hole on deck (the offset square hole) and a boot will be tied around the mast and collar on deck. The mast itself will stay stepped the entire time afloat, no matter what, but if need be, it can be lifted out of the mast hole. The main mast isn’t all that heavy, really. Without the hard top, the mast will simpler to step, for sure, but not too much. Peace, Robert
  13. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    The inside with new hatch cover that needs finished, the slot top cover that ain’t quite done, and the boom outhaul roughed in... Peace, Robert
  14. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    What did you call me? I did build a proa once, actually. I kept being in the wrong place, though. Ahem. Now I aim to build a canoe with two training boats. Them I can just stay right in the middle. Haha. I need to get some pictures of this new top and the inside hatch, but it’s cold and wet out there. Peace, Robert
  15. Action Tiger builds sailboat. With epoxy!

    The kids want a trimaran. Who am I to say no? They were after a certain model, but we’ve since decide not to build that’un. Well, some really smart boat designer told us to not to, but in so many words. Some kid who sailed some canoe somewhere or somesuch. Yeah, were doing one from scratch, Dude. A little mouse and I are designing one. Really, I am doing the work, and the mouse runs the computer. I don’t get along with computers, but those softwares are handy little blobs of blips. Now, mind, too, almost all these boats I fart around with are just silly little additions to our armada. Or go live with the somone who really wanted a boat just like that, but wouldn’t ask... The “action” comes from one time when I actually did stuff. I’m sure I never mentioned the footy sailboats, right? Peace, Frozen Tiger

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