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  1. I try not to have adventures. As a general rule, if the weather is crappy, we don't go sailing. I have a very nice situation for boating here in Ipswich. We have the barrier island Plum Island. It provides for sheltered water. Makes a great place to spend the night. Also good for fishing. We routinely sail in 2 to 4 foot seas. I am comfortable in 4 to 6 foot seas. Anything above that, we stay in secluded waters. In the summer we often get a sea breeze going. It's perfect for sailing up and down the coast. We have been as far north as Portsmouth. South to Thacker Island, and several
  2. I might as well throw my 2 cents in. I built a Princess 22 with marine fir plywood. It was stamped 1088. 12 years later and I am still sailing her in the Atlantic waters off the northern Massachusetts coast. I didn't choose the marine fir, it chose me. I received it as payment for a garage clean out. Did not even know what I had at the time. As near as I can figure it was manufactured sometime in the early 1960's. I encountered no voids. I covered the whole outside with 10 ounce fiberglass. If the plywood is made with waterproof adhesive and there are no voids, how lo
  3. I think my issue was carelessness. I used lead weights to hold down the cockpit sole. I should have used screws. I opened the cockpit sole this summer. For some reason that corner didn't seat as it should have. Left a 1/8th inch gap about 3 inches long. My experiences with a dagger board are from a Sailfish. I can't see that being practical on a boat this size. I glassed my hull. The keel is shaped to fit, epoxied and bolted. I set the lead in 3M 4200 and bolted. I don't think I will ever remove it, but at least in theory. I don't ever beach her, and so far I haven't hit anyt
  4. I have been away from the forum for a couple years, dealing with some health issues. I am now disabled and retired. Plenty of time for the forum. I have been reading up on past posts. Mostly P22 related. I was a little surprised to read of a couple Princesses that have had some rot issues in the cockpit sole. I chose not to fill the space with foam. I cut a couple access ports so I could air out that space. The center board trunk in the cabin calls for a removable cap so we have access to the center board. But the trunk extends into the space under the cockpit sole. While I
  5. It was Labor Day weekend 2008 when she first kissed saltwater. 12 years later and I am more in love with her.
  6. On the P22 it is a fold out, "just one page". But what a page. I had read Marino's Sailmakers Appretice, so I had an idea of what I was in for. All the info I needed was on that page. I estimated materials and ordered from Sailrite. I had fun doing them. Probably not for everyone, but I had reasons. In general, Paul has it right.
  7. It is in fact the stepping of the masts. I can't hold it in the tabernacle and fasten it. There is probably a solution for one, I use my Mate. I used the specs Graham supplied for my masts. I think there is supposed to be some bend, part of the joy of free standing masts. Years ago I salvaged an old machine from a local Army National Guard armory. A little TLC and I soon had a machine that punched through anything I needed. You learn tricks for handling material feeding.
  8. Hi Greg, As you know, I built a Princess 22. Bought the plans in 2001, studied and studied and things aligned allowing me to start building in May of 2006. I launched in September 2008. Except for this past summer, I have spent the second weekend of every summer month on my Princess. For my location, and for my purposes, the 22 is as near perfect as I could ask. It's a good size boat. I could sail by myself. But I have not been able to set up and launch by myself. It looks like you have a good handle on the magnitude of this project. I did not keep track of my expenses. I guestimated
  9. My Princess called for 1208 biax so my fillets needed to be large enough to get a smooth bend. Two layers of tape (which I cut from a large roll) on interior seams over lapping an inch and then just left as is. One layer on the outside also rounded over for a fair chine. After the weave fill I took a long board to the high spots and mixed a thickened goo that a 6 inch drywall trowel feathers out nicely. After my first section put dry onto a wet fillet, I wet all the tape first. Used a shallow tray 4 feet long 6 inches wide. It sucks up a lot of epoxy, but I am confident it
  10. That doesn't look like an 8 to 1 to me. Just my old tired eyes?
  11. I am a P22 builder/owner. Sailor. Fisherman. Camper. I love my boat. I modified the transom. Put a gentle curve to it. Official measurement is 22ft3inches. Otherwise to spec as best I could. I launch in a river landing about 3 miles from my house. So while I am a trailer sailor, Not much traveling. I can launch at any tide, love the 12 inch draft. I sail in the Massachusetts Bay. My adventures are weekends that typically start with a Friday late afternoon launch. And a Sunday afternoon retrieve. My mate is an older brother. We are both 6 foot two hundred pounds or so... Plenty
  12. I remember that feeling. Then it was finding/making time to build.....every day! Now I daydream about next summer's adventures. Every day.
  13. Love your posts Paul, you give me smiles.
  14. When I poured the keel for my Princess I put half inch wooden dowels in the mold where the keel bolts were going. It made it much easier to drill through. Then when it was in position I drilled through those holes in the lead into the keelson. I agree slow is the way to go. I used WD40 as my coolant.
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