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    Nimrod SoF canoe, puddle duck, Core Sound 15 in progress

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  1. meester

    Mistake with stainless steel fasteners

    Geek alert! 316 stainless becomes magnetic when it's cold worked (bent, hammered, spindled, mutilated etc.) You can file a nice piece of non-magnetic 316 and pick up the filings with a magnet.
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    Booklet Charts

    Hi Don, It was great to see you at the messabout. I like those booklet charts too. I've been using them on the Chesapeake, just printing them out on regular paper and putting them into plastic sleeves in a 3-ring binder. After the outing, I draw my approximate route and keep the page as a momento. It's not as secure as your method, but I also have a waterproof GMCO chart book for backup. The one thing I don't like about the booklet chart is that the lat/long minutes are only marked on pages that cover the edges of the original paper chart. The few times I've gotten lost down the wrong creek, it was tricky to find my position on the chart from the lat/long on my GPS. Bob
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    STILL ON-->B&B Messabout 2018

    Hi y'all, I just signed up. I wasn't sure if I could make it but things look good now. Steve, I figure I'll stay on my boat, but I'll pack a tent along too. Are you looking for a shelter? Bob
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    B&B Preps for Florence

    Thanks very much for the update. New Bern has been on the news a lot, but I've been anxious for news about B&B.
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    CS15 with a lug yawl rig

    Hi All, This past weekend, I accomplished a long-term goal to go on overnight adventures in my boat. I took the Mellimac for a two-night cruise with the Shallow Water Sailors, (www.shalowwatersailor.us). This was their annual Spring Cruise, and nine boats sailed on the Little Choptank River near Cambridge MD. I wisecrack that I'm still looking forward to sleeping on the boat, 🙂 but it was really not that bad. I may never trust an air mattress again. Here are some pictures of the boom tent that I came up. But wait, there's more! It's also a boat cover! I needed a tent, and It'd be nice to keep my gear dry when trailering in wet weather. Do I really need two big canvas things? Here it is in boat cover mode at a hamburger stop on the road. ... and in tent mode. I messed up on the bow section and had to improvise with different material, and then messed that up too. The main roof and walls are flame-retardant polytarp. The roof is suspended from the boom and mizzen using 4 battens -- six-foot driveway markers from the hardware box store. The tips of the battens are held in pockets made from tubular nylon webbing and pulled downward by cords that anchor under the rub rail. I need more tension along the eaves to prevent sags, but good enough for a first shot. It makes a nice bachelor pad and the neighbor kids enjoy it too. The walls flip up to make more of a shade shelter Overnight on the water, I kept the mizzen sheeted in with the snotter tight, and the whole rig stayed steady pointed into the wind. There were light breezes and a few little showers, so the tent didn't get a real stress test. There are bugs to work out and some thinking to do, but overall, I'm happy with the design. Bob
  6. Hi "Ribs," Like you, I put some time and effort into my first fairing board. Then I realized that it'd be good to have several fairing boards on hand with different grades of sandpaper. I ended up being very happy with dead simple fairing boards that are nothing but rectangles of pink insulation foam board. I used adhesive sandpaper that comes in rolls, but it's the same idea as your split sheets. The foam is stiff, but flexes over the curves and it's very light. It worked for me to grip the boards across their edges, but I'll admit that might not be comfortable for those with smaller hands. My 80 grit board gets used a lot where I used to use a rasp for rounding off corners etc. It works faster and the big pink board is way easier to find! Bob
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    CPR Training !

    We had a CPR course at work, and my class partner (also named Luanne - go figure) saved her husband's life with CPR about a week later. Get trained.
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    Spindrift 10 build

    If the Spindrift rudder gets carved into an airfoil shape, wouldn't you end up removing some of the oily material?
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    CS15 with a lug yawl rig

    Hi Paul, There is a lot of information and demonstrations online, and lots of ways to get the job done, especially when it comes to starting and finishing off. Turns out that it's almost the same as making lace, except for size and machismo. I think I got started learning from this fellow at the MASCF a couple years ago. I didn't use the jig though, I just used a gauge card -- a thin slat about as wide as net square. https://youtu.be/HfB1XjhYPP0 You can buy netting needles, but making the needle out of a coat hanger is crafty. This video also has recommendations on the twine. Later videos in this series teach the flying dutchman method, which is supposed to be really fast. https://youtu.be/CZfWCyv1eFo My first attempts used twisted nylon twine, and it was too slippery. The knots just came loose and the net turned into spaghetti. "Bonded" netting twine has a polyurethane coating that helps hold the knot. I used a tar-coated nylon braid. http://a.co/9UIHH2c. This was too sticky to use the flying dutchman method. Much easier to explain in person, but PM me if you have questions. Bob
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    CS15 with a lug yawl rig

    Hi All, Here's a little progress on my winter projects. First, I learned to make netting and I have made nets that go under the decking to hold gear. There's bungee cord across the top and the bottom row is made with smaller loops so that it can be pulled tight. I'm also working on a tent, and I put up a rough draft mock-up to check things out before investing in good materials. The basic idea is to suspend the boom and yard in a lazyjack system between the main mast and mizzen and then hang the tent below that. In the mock-up, I just put the quick & dirty "tent" on top of a suspended spar. There are 4 x 6' fiberglass rods (driveway markers) that hold the roof and then I would add side walls. It could be a lot of windage, so I am also thinking that in a storm, I'd lower the stern end and tie the roof right down to the deck. Thanks to Steve W for describing something like this to me when we were at the messabout. Bob
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    CS 17 #191 build

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Gorgeous work. What are the rings around the bases of the masts? I'm guessing they are drip deflectors? What are they made of? Congratulations and Happy New Year, Bob
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    Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Peek. Chessie + Peek. Too cute?
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    Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    "Nip" "Caboose"
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    CS 17 #191 build

    Looks great. Those wide coamings are going to be comfy backrests. Bob
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    B&B Messabout 2017

    Thanks Graham for all the great pictures and and thanks to the whole B & B crew for a fantastic weekend. I met so many great people and I still can't believe we were all sitting around an okoume bonfire!
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