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  1. unpainted aluminum masts

    Aging of aluminum is different from anodizing, which is a specific electrochemical process. The thing with the aluminum is to get a good substrate prep. Use one of the aluminum etchants (some are pretty nasty so ventilation and adherence to instructions is the thing) and aluminum specific primer application right afterward. Then the finish coat.
  2. Core Sound 17 Questions

    Yeah, those flagpoles are going to weight a lot more than Graham's specified construction. Like 50% more. And may not be any stronger, and you are not wrong about them making you tippy. Weight up high, on the mast, is nearly always considered undesirable.
  3. Yep, I think too many fishermen in the Chesapeake have boats more suited to running to a offshore canyon than getting to the next fishing spot on the Bay. Those brawny deep vees take a lot of hp and fuel to move, and they really toss the wakes around to frustrate small boat sailors like me! If you consider that a reasonable route from Baltimore Light off Gibson Island to the mooring field off Annapolis Yacht Club is only about 10 nautical miles, and the OB20 has publicized speed of 17 knots (20 mph) w/ a 25 hp outboard, it would only take about 35 minutes to make the trip down to Annapolis to sightsee or have dinner. Barely enough time to finish a soda and a sandwich! So if you had to slow down for a sloppy day, it still wouldn't make much difference. BTW, it'll still beat a car to City Dock from Gibson Island! And the ONLY way to take the family to Cantler's crab house on Mill Creek is by boat. Their parking lot is shite!
  4. I have been dominantly a sailor for many years, but spent a lot of time fishing as a kid w/ Dad on the Outer Banks, Oregon Inlet and Pamlico Sound. The OB20 is a refined result of designs created for those NC waters. Pamlico Sound can kick up as nasty a chop as any inland water I've ever seen. I sail the Magothy, Severn, and surrounding Chesapeake now, and the nasty chop on Belvidere Shoal is no worse than the Pamlico Sound on a breezy day. So a well built boat for the Pamlico should do well on the Chesapeake. With kids (and Mom), a place to potty and get out of the wind when tired could be very nice. We had an old lapstrake Thompson (?) 18' runabout when I was young, and my kid brother would bring comics and hide up under the foredeck on some cushions when he got bored. Worked a treat.
  5. Red Hot Compass Deal

    Indeed, nautical compasses are built for different hemispheres. Some are "universal" but may still need readjustment when changing hemispheres. Partly because the needle dip is different north and south, which can cause friction on the pivot. Ritchie calls it "zone balancing". Ritchie Compass Balancing BTW, my big boat has a 40 year old Ritchie and they rebuilt it for me a few years ago for a great flat rate and it was as good as new. Did have to reswing it, but not too hard. I race Wednesday night races on a friend's boat and we just use the compass bearings (2 identical bulkhead compasses port and starboard). His are dialed in to a couple of degrees. No GPS.
  6. Dinghy thoughts?

    Considering you can run the Belhaven up on most soft beaches, you might get away without a dinghy. But if you are at anchor or on a mooring and want to go into shore/dock for dinner, or whatever, and moving the Belhaven is a pain or means giving up a mooring location, a dinghy could be good. If you go with one, there should be enough room, even if it's awkward, to get it up on deck and tied down for a rough passage if needed. I've towed a Walker Bay in following seas behind my keelboat and occasionally it tried to come aboard over the transom, unless I used a long towline.
  7. aluminum masts

    Close fits like that will stick. You have unanodized aluminum tubing, I assume. You could send the pieces out for anodize, but either mask off the overlap or be prepared to sand the joint before putting it together, because anodize will add slightly to the material thickness. If you didn't want to anodize the pieces, you could either just live with it or paint it. On big boats, if/when the anodize coating deteriorates, some folks will paint the mast, usually with 2 part Awlgrip polyurethane. You might be able to use a wax to coat it and reduce oxide creation temporarily. I've used Woody Wax to pretty good effect. It'll work on metals and fiberglass.
  8. CS 17 # 342 camping

    Try www.campmor.com. They have replacement poles for all kinds of tents. Other places also that cater to backpackers.
  9. Introduction and epoxy question

    Also, I didn't figure it out until mostly done w/ my first S&G project, but scrape excess drips, blobs, etc. while still a bit green and you avoid a lot of the sanding dust, which is what really set me off. I don't have any nice cabinet scrapers like the pros would have, but I made do w/ sharp straight edges, a wide chisel, etc. Of course, if I hadn't been so ham-handed ladling the resin on, I would have had less to take off! Also, I finally got a clue and stopped trying to over-use the sandpaper. If it stopped cutting, I yanked it off and put on new. Spend less time sanding, you spend less time exposing yourself to the stuff.
  10. Introduction and epoxy question

    Yup, get disposable Tyvek bunny suits and a real respirator w/ organic vapor filter cartridges and spares and eye protection. I had a full face respirator from work, which takes care of breathing and eyes. And double glove. The heat sucks, but allergic reactions are worse. I used Maas epoxy and had very little trouble, but still used these, esp. when sanding the stuff. I got itchy, wheezy and some redness when I got lazy and sanded green epoxy w/o covering up. Never again. And if you still react under all that, well, there are some really neat, more trad wood boat techniques.
  11. Tacking angles?

    Despite what you read in a lot of sailboat reviews, even with a decent sloop rigged keelboat of good design (my old Tartan 30) with a cruising bent, you should be happy with a net average including tacking angle of 95 to 100 degrees. Yes, some modern race boats with deep keels and clean foils can tack under 90 degrees, but the "groove" is often narrow and even they wind up footing off in anything other than the right wind and sea. Not only are you slow when pinching, chances are good you will suffer a lot of leeway since the foils aren't working well.
  12. I sold my Tartan 30 last fall after enjoying it for 12 years. I single handed it more often than not, performed most of the maintenance, and could jump on board w/ a cooler and bag and be underway in 10 minutes. Partly a victim of financial pressure, partly a wife who never warmed up to sailing, partly an old boat that deserved a serious overhaul that I couldn't justify. Once we know we have some house stuff done, I'm considering a build for a personal craft with some legs. I still have a set of BRS15 plans around here, but am thinking of a kit, either CS17 or another design, to speed up the process. The Chesapeake, Eastern Shore, OBX are my stomping grounds. The Tartan was a grand boat, classic design and fine performance, and I had a great deal and location on the Chesapeake. The classic S&S designs defined balanced capable design and style in my mind. Easy of motion, strong on the wind, a reaching machine and capable of ghosting in a light evening breeze on the creeks. In a slightly different world, I might well have had it renovated and fitted for blue water by now. If things improve, well, there's always more used boats out there. Meantime, a trailerable to call my own and racing on Other Peoples' Boats will suffice.
  13. You're welcome. I hope you have good times this summer. I know that a lot of folks slag off on the Chesapeake about our summer weather, but if you have the ability to pick your sailing days a bit, you can do some fine summer sailing. Most of the larger Western Shore rivers develop a thermal sea breeze at their mouths. I've heard the one in Annapolis called the "Severn Wind Machine". Sometimes, I'll be bobbing, praying for wind until I clear Greenbury Pt. The Severn channels a breeze with easterly components as the afternoon sun heats the inland areas and a thermal develops, drawing in air from over the Bay. Ditto for the Patuxent River down at Solomons. When things get too steamy, find a riverside restaurant and cool off. Downtown Annapolis is very walkable and you can find places to tie up, take a mooring, or anchor and dinghy or water taxi into Town Dock. Sailors head for Davis's Pub or the Boathouse Grill in Eastport. I like Galway Bay near the capitol. Good Irish food and they know how to pull a pint o' Guiness. Galesville on the West River has a couple of places. We've enjoyed Pirate's Cove several times. Solomons has good places. The Tiki Bar is an interesting scene and one of the original tiki bar places on the Bay. For classy small restaurant dining, the Dry Dock in Zahniser's Marina is great, and Z's (where I kept my boat for a while) is a top yard for work. The Eastern Shore has many nice spots and more anchorages than can be named. St. Michaels has the museum and much food, but is a zoo on holiday weekends. Oxford is quieter. But there's always another cove around the corner. For a shoal boat on a trailer, you might look at trailering down to Crisfield on the Eastern Shore to explore Honga River, Tangier Island, etc. rather than sailing over the bay from the west. Those waters are some of the least spoiled on the bay. If you want a spot on the Potomac, look at Pt. Lookout near the mouth of the river. A bit of a drive from DC, but a good marina and nice creek. St. Mary's City, MD on St. Mary's River is a historical town w/ a sailing-mad college. I'm from Virginia, and have cruised the bay down past the Northern Neck where there are a lot of good creeks for anchoring but not as many good boating towns. Reedville is one. Mobjack Bay down by York River has a lot of nice shoal depth potential if that's your kind of thing. We used to fish there when I was young. My brother still goes there to flyfish the shallows for sea trout with his kayak. Enjoy!
  14. If you are looking for places closer to DC, look around Annapolis and Kent Island. My boss stores/launches a Precision 18 at Fairview Marina, Pasadena, MD on Rock Creek just inside the mouth of Magothy River. This is just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It's not a very well run marina in my opinion, but is cheap, in a good location near Annapolis and w/ good water access. If you can find a spot to store it but need a launch, the Sandy Point State Park just down the road from there has a large and well appointed set of launch ramps. No storage, though. If you go south of Annapolis, the Rhode River and West River have a number of marinas. Rhode River, Casa Rio, Blue Water marinas are all on the Rhode. At least one, Rhode River, advertises $50/month for trailer storage. I don't know if that is just for the trailer, but they do "boatel" like a lot of marinas here. Solomons, MD also is a fine location and there is a state ramp as well as numerous good marinas. All these areas are cheaper than in Annapolis. They are all close to the Bay but also have river sailing, and have good access to DC.
  15. Painting my Hull CS20 104

    I've used George Kirby (old school oil base) paint on a wooden canoe for my nephew. It is an absolute pleasure to use on plain or primed wood. I've never brushed anything on as smoothly. Not as good on epoxied wood, but it did work after drying for a couple of weeks. I used it for some of the colors, which my nephew picked out. I used Brightsides for repairs on my fiberglass cruising boat. I'd heard bad things about it and it did take 3 coats to cover well, but turned out not bad. I was repairing a fiberglass hatch that ripped loose in a storm, so had to relaminate portions of it and wanted to get close to the gel coat color without too much fuss. It's an old boat and I wasn't going to great pains, but hatteras white was not far off. I put some flattening agent in the last coat because the gel coat isn't too glossy anymore.

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