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  1. I get the impression the Amanda was designed for its simplicity in building, specifically for the build your own exhibit at the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport. The participants can build the basic shell in the 3 days of the show, and finish it off at home.

    Unlike the Spindrift, there is no torturing plywood to shape. The folding process of the Spindrift can be tedious and difficult for first time builders. The down side to the Amanda is the bow entry.  A Spindrift will handle sloppy waves better, will pound less as it can cut through waves better than the Amanda. Even with the same rig, I would think the Spindrift would sail faster, especially to weather. I would think the Amanda gets up on a plane under power quicker and easier, but will pound more in waves.


    All around, I think the Spindrift is a better boat, but that opinion is some what subjective.

  2. On 9/16/2022 at 10:24 PM, Paul356 said:

    Yup.  Mine was very similar.  I also doubt you could get actual jackstands low enough to fit under the 20 with the keel on the ground.

    He wouldn't need to. With some finagelling and jockeying around, he could use the jack stands to lift the boat off the trailer and keep it there. Then do the reverse and slide the trailer back under the boat. 4 Jack stands, with padding on the plates, placed at bulkheads where they meet the chines, in 2 pairs, would be where I would put them in the end for storage. Give me a lever long enough, and a place to stand, and I could move the earth.

  3. As a kid in RI, they were called Elvstrom bailers, after the designer, the great dinghy sailor, Paul Elvstrom. I have one in my Lapwing, definitely use it.




    No matter what you use for bailing, there always seems to be a little water in the bilge.  Even when you sponge it dry, it reappears. I installed floor boards in the aft cockpit of my Lapwing.  I keep a small bucket on a tether, and a nice grout sponge handy.

  4. knee n. an angular reinforcing structure used when 2 members come together at an angle "Nautical Terms, Thompson Lenestey with Capt. Thompson Lenfesty JR

    I think that makes both of us correct Chick. Quarter knee is a little more specific in this case.

  5. 1 hour ago, naf said:

    Only problem so far is I can't figure out where I should attach a line near the stern to have a second tie off point to the pier while I deal with the trailer at the launch. 


    I suggest puting holes in the middle of your transom knees.  This gives you both stern quarters to add lines, and no hardware to snag on things or bruise oneself on.

  6. No, the trunk does not pass thru the slot. I did a couple scribe and fits until it fit well, both to the hull, and have the top come out flush with the bulkheads. To avoid removing too much, I started by removing too little and fitted and scribed in progression till I got it just right. The trunk, and steps/partners require very exacting build and fit.


    I never thought about running the trunk through the slot and then trim. I haven't really pondered this idea, but off hand it sounds pretty clever.

  7. The first thing I ask a new builder, no matter what building process we are discussing, will you have fun building the boat?  The answer must be yes.  You don't really build your own boat to save money, certainly not to save time. It is a very affordable way to get a boat, but only if it is fun.


    We can debate building techniques, but I see no point.  I built a dory skiff the old fashion way, with all bronze screws and copper rivets.  The result was a nice boat and I had a lot of fun, I win.  I have built 5 Kudzu kayaks, and had fun there too, and I still have mine. I have built 2 stitch'n'glue boats, and a glued lap boat. I enjoyed all 3 builds and I am particularly fond of my B&B Lapwing.


    I have watched total novices document their B&B plywood boats, and Kudzu fuselage frame boats here in this forum.  If you have the patience, and are not shy about asking questions, you will find all the support you need to build right here.

  8. 3 hours ago, Aphers said:



    I'd be very interested to hear what people think might work best, and especially any similar projects that people have already done.

    I'm living on my yacht now, using the Spindrift as my tender, so I have very limited access to workshop facilities etc. My best bet is to keep my ear to the ground as I travel, and hopefully pick up useful stuff as I go, e.g. from dinghy schools.



    It doesn't take much of a shop to build a Spindrift mast to plans.

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  9. When I have to use epoxy in really hot weather, I place the cans/jugs in a water/ice bath before mixing.  This at least gives me a head start. It may be a bit thick in the cold state, but warms very quickly as I spread it out. I don't know if some variation on this cooling idea would help.


    Another thought is to become 2 people, one to roll and one to tip. ?


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  10. I used slats (short pieces of stringer stock) instead of plywood for the bottom. I might change my mind for long trips, but I find them comfortable with no padding.  Each slat gives according to the pressure on it with no hard spots. I have also tried a replacement seat/back rest intended for sit upons.  The seat part is quit thin and the added height to the back rest (over just a back band) is nice for coasting or just sitting to enjoy the views. Unless low makes the combing to high to comfortably paddle over, low is my choice.

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  11. On 6/26/2022 at 11:23 AM, zumwaltd said:

    Graham, I had been tying the halyard to the headboard with a bowline.  I will learn the buntline.  Thanks for your ideas and thanks PadrePoint for the link.





    Quote  from PadrePoint's link:  Disadvantages: The Buntline Hitch knot cannot be tied under a load and, after being heavily loaded, it is more liable to jam and be awkward to release than two Half Hitches.

    While a bowline cannot be tied under load either, it is virtually impossible to jamb it up so tight it can't be untied. I will always use a bowline for halyards and sheets.

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  12. 4 hours ago, Chick Ludwig said:

     The two coats that took so long have plenty of dust settled on/in them. I just ignore it. Maybe later I'll go back and sand it all and add another coat. Looks good from a few feet away. I dunno.

    It's called a non-skid surface.

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