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

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  1. meester

    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
  2. 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
  3. meester

    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.
  4. meester

    Spindrift 10 build

    If the Spindrift rudder gets carved into an airfoil shape, wouldn't you end up removing some of the oily material?
  5. meester

    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
  6. meester

    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
  7. meester

    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
  8. meester

    Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Peek. Chessie + Peek. Too cute?
  9. meester

    Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    "Nip" "Caboose"
  10. meester

    CS 17 #191 build

    Looks great. Those wide coamings are going to be comfy backrests. Bob
  11. meester

    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!
  12. meester

    CS15 with a lug yawl rig

    I just returned from the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival where I met a lot of great people and saw a lot of interesting boats. Graham and Alan were there and they gave a nice evening talk. I"ll be happy to tell you all about it, but right now, it's time to brag. Please forgive my massively inflated pride. For me, it was an amazingly fun and victorious weekend. I entered the "Mellimac" for judging in the contemporary design division, and picked up a 2nd place ribbon. (That's brag #1) A lot of people stopped to ask about the boat and the rig, and I often got asked about how the lug does against more conventional rigs. I hadn't really sailed with other boats yet, so I had to say that I didn't know, Now I know. My boat is fast! Ok, certainly not embarassingly slow. The MASCF has an informal sailing race with boats of every shape and size. Handicapping would be a hopeless task, so the race directors typically decide on the classes after the race. It's a fun, light-hearted format. This year, the director decided on sail shapes for most of the race classes, and I ended up with a 1st place ribbon in the lug sail class. But that's not the bragging point. Here's brag #2: I came in 6th out of about 45 boats overall. I'm pretty sure that no boats smaller than 15' came in earlier, and a lug rig coming in early surprised a few people, me included. As if my head wasn't getting big enough. Brag #3. Graham and I went out for a sail so that he could check out the lug rig. Overall, he seemed to be pretty happy with the rig's behavior and he gave me some good tips on avoiding the death roll and on smooth jibing. What an honor to get coached. There was one thing that he really didn't like, and that was that I don't have telltales on the sail (yet). After Graham had taken a turn, Alan came out and gave it a test drive. Alan paid me a real complement. Brag #4: Alan said, and I quote, "very cool." I'll stop grinning in a couple days. Bob
  13. meester

    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    For what it's worth, here's an oar length plot I made up using oar length formulas from Shaw and Tenney, and from Collars. I think freeboard might be another important parameter, but freeboard is not included in their formulas. Bob
  14. meester

    Core Sound 20 Mk 3 -- #4 "Chessie" . .

    Hi Steve, I'm planning to camp at the museum, but I won't make the Wye Island trip this year. Bob
  15. meester

    Ocracoke 20 in OZ

    The picture with the big pot makes me wonder - did you name him "Stu?"
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