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  1. I did my bushings in stages, measuring after the epoxy set, but not fully cured, until they were the correct size. I hate sanding any more than I have to and more than having to add wraps.
  2. The removable seat is for facing aft. If I wanted to face forward I would use the aft seat/flotation. It is slightly aft of perfect, but not so much that you would notice. It is located fore/aft exactly where I sit solo sailing, just aft of the middle thwart/mast partner. I wanted it to work with the masts still in place. And it works with the sails still raised, though for long distance I would take them down. Lubberly would be using an outboard.
  3. I am still pleased with the removable seat, the location and design of the rowlocks and the oars in general. I think I would make them 9' instead of the 10' Pete Culler's formula resulted in. I am still happy with the carbon fiber connection ferrules from Duckworks. I also have a canoe paddle mounted to the side of the centerboard trunk for use near the dock. It is quick and easy to access and use. That, and the fact that it is wooden and gave me another project to do after the boat was done. I find making paddles and oars very satisfying.
  4. I use my tiller extension on my Spindrift and Lapwing every time I go sailing, regardless of wind speed. The only time I remove them is to varnish.
  5. But does it float? Looks great, now the 2nd part of the fun.
  6. LOL, yeah. Was trying to condense what they do to a single sentence. This is the set I have................https://hardwickandsons.com/products/w-l-fuller-8-countersink-drill-set
  7. When I build a traditional plank on frame boat I use bronze wood screws with a frearson drive. I use my Fuller combination counter sink, clearance and pilot tapered bits adjusted to depth.
  8. Epoxy is very brittle and hard compared to wood, and it has no longitudinal strength like wood. If the stringers didn't break bending them, they would likely bend less than fair at these repairs. Either cut out the holes and scarf the pieces to get the length, or buy new wood is what I would do.
  9. 23 lbs? Mine weighs 32. Looks good, time to have fun. OK, building is fun too, time for different fun.
  10. Or buy a tapered bit designed just for screws.
  11. A pilot hole should be the diameter of the shank of the screw, not including the threads. In really hard woods, maybe even a tad larger. It not only makes puting in the screw easier, it reduces the compression the screw applies to the wood around it. This reduces the chances of a split occuring and allows the threads to cut into the wood better. It also reduces fastener fatigue. This is when screws damage the wood to the point they hold far less than they should/could.
  12. Fir plywood has few plies compared to BS 1088 Okoume, Meranti or Sapele. The plies in Fir have gaps in some layers. The wood does not torture in shape as well. There is actually quite a list.
  13. I had to make my 3 hole mast base plate for my Spindrift. I cut it out of a piece of stainless sheet stock.
  14. Kennnee, coming to another Messabout is on my list, but not this year. I attended the 1st one. I have thought about towing Uinen to one, but I don't really need that adventure at this point in my life. The internet has made the world smaller, but doesn't help us drag our boats around the country. Too bad our Lapwings are sooooo far from NC. I would love to see yours, show mine off, and compare builds.
  15. I did a couple wooden counter tops. In one case I just oiled the oak counter I made out of flooring shorts. It was now a 3 foot wide cutting board. It was still in use in my house when I sold it 36 years later. No one like varnish more than me, no one! (note exclamation mark here too) But for counter tops I use polyurhane. It is much harder than real varnish. And since UV damage is quite unlikely, repairs won't be an issue. Repairing UV damaged poly is a PITA. Some day they will probably invent the permanent bomb proof clear coat for wood. That day has yet to come.
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