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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

  3. I like varnish, real varnish on just about everything wood!  (note the explamation mark)


    Bristol Finish is a clear 2 part LPU.  I despise the stuff for a couple reasons. It is harder to repair than 1 part polyurethanes, and they are a PITA. The gloss comes from isocyanates, like in solvent based LPU paints, so there is a health issue. Brushing it is risky, spraying it is outright dangersous without supplied air and a suit.



  4. hey Steve,

    You might want to start this thread in the B&B section of this forum.  All those who document their B&B builds do it there.  You will get lots of help and answers/ideas.


    I built a 9 Nesting, so the numbers you quote mean nothing to me.  I can tell you that the bow, when nested is above the transom. So if that is where you are measuring from to conclude it doesn't seem to fit, I would not be alarmed.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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