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  1. I tried vegetable oil recently, and it worked really well. I knew about using vegetable oil to help get adhesive and sticky stuff off of glass, but i found that it works pretty well with epoxy/skin. I dab on a little oil, scrub, and then use soap & water to get rid of the oil. I think the oil coats little glue globs when you scrub and doesn't allow them to re-stick. Waterless cleaner would be my #1 choice since that's what Gougeon Bros recommend, but in a pinch, there's always some oil in the kitchen.
  2. I wonder if the schooner sail plan is just the result of someone putting up the sails in the wrong positions. I built my CS15 to have a lug yawl sail plan. The configuration works well for dinghy cruising with a clear cockpit and convenient tent poles. I'm not sure what kind of information you're looking for, but I'd be happy to answer any questions. Bob
  3. Chick is right about keeping your weight near the center thwart, at least when sailing solo. Too far back, and the transom gets down in the water creating turbulence and drag. For my CS15, I made my first tiller too short and had to reach back to get the trim right. To compensate, I made my 2nd tiller too long. Too long is when it's awkward to shift across the cockpit when tacking and jibing. Also, if you make the tiller long, its easy to make it shorter. Not so, the other way 'round, I found. My tiller pivots up like the ones above. Sometimes it's nice to just push it up and out of the way. Drill, epoxy fill, drill and a 1/4 -20 SS bolt. Bob
  4. Hi Steve, For what it's worth, this is my next build - the West Mersea Duck Punt. It's not an ultralight, but it can be cartopped and it is dead simple. There's no dagger/center/lee board or keel, and you steer with a paddle or short oar. You heel it over on it's hard chine to go upwind. https://smallboatsmonthly.com/article/milgate-duck-punt/ Also check out the YouTube channel of "lurch1e" for sailing videos. There are plans in a couple of places online - the original design by John Milgate and a an incomplete stitch and glue development by "Flo-mo." Let me know if you'd like more info. Best Regards, Bob
  5. @Thrillsbe"Toilet in a bag" by Cleanwaste. Available at Amazon, Walmart, and maybe other places.
  6. Hi Don, I'm enthusiastic about this topic. Dinghy cruising was really the adventure I had in mind when I built my CS 15. About shelter, I used fire resistant polytarp for my boom tent. I worried that if my tent caught fire, there'd be nowhere to escape to. I also bought a cheap mosquito netting shelter from Wal-Mart that I attached to the inside of the tent. I can roll up the tent walls and let the breeze flow through. I second the recommendation of http://logofspartina.blogspot.com Steve Early is a great photographer. Also Roger Barnes youtube videos. Roger has a book out, The Dinghy Cruising Companion, which you might enjoy. Nobody mentioned cooking and sanitation, so I'll add my bit on those topics. I like my 1-burner butane stove for cooking. Compared to many backpacking/camping stoves, it has a very low center of gravity. The downside is that the butane canisters don't produce enough gas when it's cold. BTW, for starch with a dinner meal, I like couscous instead of pasta or rice. Dead simple to cook and clean up. I always end up dropping a few "cousies" in the bilge, though. Sanitation: I pack the solids out, just to do my little bit for the Chesapeake where I sail. Here's a photo of my wag bag Taj-ma-John, which is made to fit under the center thwart. The inside-out bottom corner is an "oops" fix that allows me to work my bailer. Inside the box, I store a supply of wag bags, hand sanitizer extra TP and wipes. Ollie the cat stays home. As a bonus, my wife loves having it along when the two of us land-camp in our big family tent. I built an additional base to hold it upright on level ground.
  7. Congratulations on your retirement and on your new project. Keep up posted!
  8. I put a lug rig on my CS15, and the mast is 16' birdsmouth out of Doug Fir. DF is relatively inexpensive and its reddish color looks quite nice. I used too much math to calculate and measure the taper. Now I'd go with a simple bent batten to get a nice fair curve on one piece and then use that piece as a reference to match the others to. It looks like your mast tube is already installed, so that answers the diameter question. In addition to the boom attachment, a lot of forces get exerted at the deck-level end of the mast tube. Reinforce with a solid core there too. The glue up gets sloppy as Dave suggested. It can be a mess, but if you have a stay-at-home partner, an extra pair of hands can be an enormous help. The semicircle forms are a must. I used four on my bench, but I didn't get them aligned exactly right, so my mast has a slight bend. No problem. I just aimed that bend at the stern and called it a subtle rake. <wink> Good luck! Bob
  9. Hi Don, I like the ideas from Ken and Reacher. Have you thought about a glassed fillet on the underside? Most of the other joints on the boat have fillets, right? Bob
  10. I'd like to gently suggest that the number of hours spent might not really matter if you enjoy the building. In fact, hours spent in the shop might even go on the reward side of your personal accounting. As for me, I loved building my CS15, I'm immensely proud of the accomplishment, and I'm really enjoying sailing it. Triple win!
  11. I have the auto-release cleats on both the CB and rudder on my CS15. Going aground is no big deal. There's a "click," I recleat the CB half-down and head for deeper water. The auto-release cleat would also forgive the unraised CB mistake and nobody would notice. Belt and suspenders: floating tenon inside and fiberglass on the outside. Go for a strong joint. I think KevinB's point about capsize recovery is a good one.
  12. Hi Amos, I love that organizer. I have been using a backpack with lots of internal pockets in different chambers, and it's awkward to find stuff. That looks like just the thing. It looks like there's about a half-inch pleat tucked into the side of each pocket to give volume. Is that right?
  13. “A spouse who will go camping on a boat with you is worth her weight in gold.” - Brian Forsyth We arrived at the ramp just before sunset, and I was nervous. My previous two overnight cruises were trial and error, with lots of little mistakes, lots of learning. But this cruise was special. This cruise would be the first for my wife Melanie, and I wanted her to enjoy it. This Spring Cruise was the big show, the final exam. Or at least that’s what I thought. When I asked her to marry me, I was pretty sure she would say “Yes,” but I had doubts she would put up with the little discomforts of sharing a 15 foot dinghy. There was nothing about that in the vows. Even the “for better or for worse” clause doesn’t cover sleeping in a dinghy. Husbands doing dumb stuff are on their own. "What about bugs?” she asked. “Oh sure, there are mosquitoes, but the tent has netting.” I didn’t mention that I had been repeatedly pierced by Maryland’s most ferocious, wild, man-eating animal on the previous trips. What if there’s a thunderstorm?” “We just anchor in a little cove where the trees will protect us from wind and the land will protect us from waves, and we wait it out. If there’s a big storm in the forecast, we go home.” But what if the trees fall on us, I wondered, or if the tent blows off? Or lightning? Lots of stuff to worry about. Then she asked the Big Question. Are there places where we can stop to go to the bathroom?” Oh crap. “Oh, sure. There are a few places. Here and there… Maybe a porta-potty at the ramp… maybe… Not really, no. Not any.” “But check this out!” I showed off my custom-built, wag-bag-based, okume and epoxy, personal comfort and hygiene facility with an understated modern design and natural wood grain finish to delight both the modern boater and generations to come. “Won’t that be great?” My customer made a funny face – the one with the pursed lips and the wrinkled up nose – and said “Hmm.” Sensing defeat, I deftly changed the subject. “You know, there’s a pizza place in Queenstown that we might sail to if the wind is right.” Genius. So after struggling through DC’s rush hour traffic and a brief delay at the Bay Bridge, we arrived at the ramp, I hustled through the rigging, and we launched as the sun disappeared over the horizon. I had picked out Deep Cove as a possible anchoring site about a mile away, and we sailed, then rowed into the cove as the last light lingered in the western sky. Melanie loved it. I set up the boom tent, turning our boat into a bedroom. Melanie loved that, too. “It’s like a popup camper on the water!” Melanie slept well, woke up smiling, and she was still smiling later. I didn’t sleep much. Our breakfast of oatmeal and coffee was rocked by an enormous wake that burst through the narrow entrance to Deep Cove. For the sake of objective reporting, I should mention the possibility that maybe I just lost my balance a little, but that report has not been confirmed. A little later, as we sailed out into Langford Creek, we caught sight of Norm Wolfe’s tanbark lug rig and green hull making haste to the ramp. We gave chase, but we weren’t able to catch him. I think it was probably Norm’s wake that I had felt earlier. Or did I imagine that? Like I said, I didn’t get much sleep. We sailed across to Town point at the mouth of the Corsica river, stopping to chat a little with Mark and Ed in their Dovekies. In 2016, when the US kicked the Russians out of their compound at Town Point near Centreville, I was hooked. I have read enough Tom Clancy novels to have a really vivid imagination about the shady activities that would take place in such a shady facility. When I found the place on Google Maps’ satellite view I noticed two things. First, a lot of trees – definitely shady. Second, it was on the shore, with a view of the water. I felt immediately that it was my patriotic duty to sail by in my little wooden boat and make some intimidating display of defiance. Maybe dump out a bottle of vodka or some caviar to show contempt. But no, that wouldn’t be right. I was raised by a couple of recovering depression-era farm kids, so no, that plan would be too wasteful. Maybe I’d make some rude gestures, or maybe I’d even moon them. Haw Haw Haw. The sixth-grader in me liked that plan. Economical, too. When the time came for decisive action, we were anchored 100 yards or so off shore from the red brick mansion of the former Russian compound, and the adult in me had regained control. We were rafted up with Brian Forsyth sharing a little lunch and enjoying a good chat, so I was in polite company, and I refrained from rude gestures. Anyways, the Russians were long gone, and the State Department employees that keep the place now don’t deserve any grief from me. The water turned glassy smooth as the forecast turned rough. I rowed a little and then we sailed a way up Langford Creek on occasional puffs. When the wind filled in a little, Melanie took the helm and sailed on a reach back to the ramp with enough speed to make Mellimac chuckle and splash through the water. Later, Melanie said that “sailing fast” was one of her favorite parts of the trip. We cranked Mellimac back up on her trailer, cutting our trip one night short to avoid the incoming weather. On the road home, we stopped in at the Queenstown Pizzeria. For future reference, there’s free docking on the end of the Queenstown dock, and the Pizzeria is about 4 blocks away. Good pizza. By land, there’s room for a couple of vehicle & trailer rigs at in the Queenstown Commisioner’s office across the street. Melanie drove the car, Mellimac trailed obediently behind, and I slipped in and out of awareness in the passenger seat. “We didn’t need reservations or anything, did we?” “Nope.” “So we could just – go? Anytime?” “Uh huh.” “When can we go again?” Zzzz.
  14. Hi David, Are you asking about huge skegs that would keep the boat upright at low tide? I have seen dinghy cruising stories from the UK that involve sailing up a river on the tide, drying out overnight and then sailing out on the next high tide. Looks like fun. Here's my philosophy. The purpose of the boat is to give you joy. It follows that the best boat design is the one that gives you the most joy. If you want to explore gravely beaches, and if fear of hull damage is taking the joy out of it, then go ahead and add skegs. You'll give up a little speed, but much joy are you getting out of that fraction of a knot? Are there other ways to solve the problem, say with fenders wedged between the keel and the beach? If you do decide on skegs, permanent, tough and durable? Cheap and replaceable? Cheers, Bob
  15. Hi Tobias, Your Muckla is a handsome boat. I guess I just like dark-colored hulls. The Diablo and CS20 hulls seem similar to me. Anything beyond the effect of length of water line on hull speed is too subtle for me, but the CS hulls are known to be fast. The biggest differences I see are in the sail plans. Going upwind or on a reach, the sail is acting as an airfoil, and long, thin airfoils are more efficient (lift / drag). Gliders and airliners need high efficiency, and they tend to have long, narrow wings. Going downwind, the sail acts as a parachute, providing drag. Parachutes (like spinnakers) tend to be fatter. Since the Diablo has this tall bermuda rig, I'd guess it might beat the CS20 going upwind, and the CS20, with its sail area split between two shorter masts might have an advantage downwind. Is speed your only criterion? The CS20's cat ketch rig offers advantages in ease of use. Tacking involves just moving the tiller. There's no jib sheet to winch in, and there's no boom to duck under. Speed is good, but I think stopping is often overlooked. The ability to stop and rest, think, and adjust is important for safety in my opinion. With a mizzen rather than a jib, you can haul in the mizzen, loose the main and the boat will weathercock right into the wind while you take a break. If you are interested in getting into the technical details, I can recommend a couple of books. In my book pile, "The Nature of Boats" by Dave Gerr describes a lot of the tradeoffs that go into boat design. "High Performance Sailing" by Frank Bethwaite is a technical treasure covering everything from weather to foil shapes. Having said all that, the best boat is certainly the one you can sail. Bob
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