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Drew last won the day on June 14 2018

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    Coresound 20 Mk3 #5 "Dragonfly 2"

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  1. Lovely to hear from you Amos. Two excuses for not using the Coresound 20 of late. First is that we also own a 33 foot cruising yacht on Lake Macquarie (near Newcastle New South Wales), the second is the coronavirus restrictions which until this week restricted movement and prohibited overnight onboard. Winter here is not as severe as parts of the US but do get below zero where we live, but I hope to dust her off before too long and take her out one day when the sun is shining.
  2. Thanks Peter. I have done the trip by canoe but now you have inspired me to take the CS20#3 up the river, or at least to the limit of motoring since I don't plan on rowing it. Sleeping on board should beat sleeping with the goannas.
  3. Sending our best wishes from Oz and hoping that you all stay safe and preparations minimise the damage.
  4. I find that two of us can camp for many days in the CS20#3 just as Jay said. We are not short of room for everything we need, so if we had young kids it would not be a problem. Also, don't forget that most people take way too much stuff with them, cut down to what you really need, which doesn't include half the wardrobe. If we wanted to sleep four onboard it would mean cushions for the cockpit seats and a tent over the cockpit - no problems. If you buy a decent anchor, anchoring bow out - stern in and stepping into a foot of water is no problem. We just keep a towel near the ladder as a foot mat.
  5. Hey Robert, I've been off the grid myself lately, getting back to Oz, getting stuff done and dealing with wife's health challenge. Been thinking of you and family and wondering how boat building is going with heat, fire and all. When we went up to Yosemite the north road was closed due to the fires so we were a bit shocked to see how they spread after we came back, so we sent you a few fire fighters to help out. Stay on top of the challenges and get that damn boat in the water man!
  6. I built my Coresound 20 mk3 using Bote Cote and am very happy with the results. There are some cheaper epoxies including a company in Perth, but Bote Cote suited me and my aversion to toxicity very nicely.
  7. As a fellow biker and boater I am sorry to hear about your wife's pain and yours. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! You have inspired me to consider a Catspaw 8. I have missed whether you mentioned if yours is an 8 or a 9 foot boat. What thickness ply have you used and also, have you weighed it to see how heavy it has finished? No rush, wait 'til your lovely wife is out of hospital.
  8. Amos, your boat looks very nice. I think you have shown Graham's design to a high standard. I have found that having masts with no stays makes rigging so easy and quick. Something I didn't do when I built the tabernacles was apply a bit of extra strength near the hinge points. I am going to do that this winter by rubbing back on the outside of each tabernacle and sandwiching carbon fiber and glass cloth between the tabernacle timber and a piece of 1/4 inch ply. Not because I have had any trouble but because I want to make sure that I don't have any if caught in a sudden gust.
  9. As noted in another thread, this was my solution and it works well.
  10. Pretty boat, nice trailer, good job.


  11. And here is a shot of my spiffy new aluminium trailer. Total road weight without outboard motor or fuel is 660kg. Also I omitted the pic of the bimini folded down for travel, so here it is.
  12. As promised guys - some pics of the bimini. The sun decided to shine in the national capital for,at least half a day! Here is a shot of the fittings.
  13. Sadly the onset of winter weather has made pulling the boat out of its garage less than ideal. As soon as I have a fine day I will raise the masts and photograph the bimini in situ. Basically, I just bought a cheap three bow bimini on ebay and then shortened two of the legs until it fitted where I wanted it to go. I also removed the two short legs at the rear as they would get in the way of folding. I figured that it was worth a try and not a lot lost if it didn't work out. As it happens, on the one day we took it out on the lake it worked very nicely. I reckon that the bimini covering the aft cockpit and a "boom" tent covering the hatch and back to the mizzen mast, we could have a cozy little area when camping.
  14. We have one or two similar challenges, although a bit less challenging than the EC. One that comes to mind is the Marlay Point overnight race. The trouble is that people have become so safety conscious and risk averse that the boat has to comply with Cat5 Safety standards, be crewed by two or more and preferably have a Class Based Handicap, which I have found difficult to get for my Coresound 20. Most of our sailing here is in open ocean, so small boats are a bit limited for distance sailing. Keep up the build posts, your reports are interesting to read. By the way, I increased my cabin length and decreased my cockpit size for that very reason, to make it more suitable if and when I find myself in rough water as well as to provide additional cabin space for a small galley etc.
  15. Capt Bones sir, it sounds like you are already on an adventure challenge, whatever that is! Please define adventure challenge.
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