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  1. Pete McCrary

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

    Attention: NEWS ABOUT "Chessie" - - For an overnight or two, extra water is needed for cooking, washing, etc. So, with shelf-space available on the forward locker's top, I fabricated a bed (and hold-down strap) for a standard 2.5 gal water tank with its spigot conveniently over the edge of the locker. As a solo sailor I often wish for a helmsman to steady Chessie's course into the wind while I raise/lower sails, anchor, etc.. So, I purchased a Raymarine "Tiller Pilot." Here's the setup: Not shown is its stowed position which is along the side of the starboard cockpit coaming with its push-rod resting in a notch installed over the transom. The tiller pilot is stowed (whenever not in use) by lifting the push-rod off the tiller extension, retracting the push-rod and simply rotating the assemble aft and dropping the retracted push-rod into its knotch. Also, not shown is the "push-pull" on/off switch installed on the starboard side of the footwell. The Tiller Pilot has its own fuze protected circuit. So whenever the main on/off switch is on, the TP is available for use. Chessie has a new motor: a Honda 4 long-shaft with a 6 amp charger. The charger was considered necessary because of the considerable electrical requirements of the Tiller Pilot. Also, the battery charging from occasional use of the motor pretty much substitutes for a solar panel. The charging circuit is fuze-protected but "unswitched" so that whenever the motor is used -- the battery is being charged even if the main switch if "off." For shore-side use there is a separate charging connector (on the outside of cabin bulkhead [Blk 3] and weather-protected under the port-side cockpit coaming -- also fuze-protected and unswitched. Shown here is the happy owner on the first "sea trial" for the OBM. Also shown is the tach-hour meter installed. Its display is a liquid chrystal requiring very little energy. Its input is simply a wire (the end of which is) wrapped around the spark plug lead held in place with a very small cable tie. Switching between "hours" and "rpm" is by a "toggle" button at lower-right on the module. Cost < $50. The tachometer allowed me to discover that the maximum rpm was only about 3900 -- below the rated 4500. Turns out that the dealer delivered the 4hp with the wrong prop -- a 7-7/8 d x 7-1/2 p. We replaced that with a 7-7/8 x 5-7/8 prop. Now she reves up to over 4500, developing a full 4 hp. Pushes Chessie easily up to 5.5 knots. Next is Chessie at her slip next to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. She was attending the 35th Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival. We had a very nice sail on Friday. The last photo shows the skipper showing off (Look Ma, no hands) that Chessie balances very nicely and stears herself. Notice:: the tiller pilot was NOT ENGAGED. See youall at the Messabout on Friday.
  2. Pete McCrary

    STILL ON-->B&B Messabout 2018

    Steve,... I plan to arrive Friday am after an overnight at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast in Williamston, NC. I'm overnighting it there also Sunday on the way home. It's just an hour & a quarter from the B & B shop -- but it takes a big rough edge off the.trips to/from home. I'd welcome you aboard Chessie for the sailing activities. We could trade off at the helm -- each of us getting experience with the CS20.3. Maybe we could get Alan to demonstrate some good techniques. But I'll cancel if the weather predicts NASTY. Keep fingers crossed.
  3. Pete McCrary

    Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Amos, you and your family have created a mighty fine boat that will be treasured as a family heirloom over the years. Good lessons to learn and great memories.
  4. Pete McCrary

    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    Nice work, Steve. Have good sailing in the islands.
  5. Pete McCrary

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

    BUILDERS !!:. Learn from my mistakes . . . Chessie has always had some leak problems (rain water into the aft hatches and the bilge aft of the ballast tank), of which most have been discovered and repaired. However, the aft bilge persistently collected rain water. At first I suspected leakage around the access hatch thru the sole just aft of the mizzen step. But it was too much rain water for the amount of rain recorded. This morning (after just 0.5" rain) I did a "leak inspection" which revealed more than 5.2 lbs of water! While cleaning up the water left on the sole surface (collecting at the aft end between the drain holes), I saw air bubbles at the intersection of Blk 6 and the cockpit sole. The collected water was rapidly leaking into the aft bilge. I don't believe the building instructions [that I had] at the time covered this phase of construction, but I recall that I glued down the sole over a thick bead of thickened epoxy and then applied a fillet around the entire edge of the sole. I DID NOT APPLY a 3" fiberglass tape over the fillet. I should have. Where there is stress (foot traffic, slight boat flexing) -- a fillet alone just won't do. Here are my notes on the inspection: Presently, I'll make repairs by clearing out the old fillet and applying a 3" tape around the edges of cockpit sole aft of the mizzen. Over the winter I'll finish the job all around the sole. On second thought maybe I won't do any repair work until after the sailing season so that I can put Chessie in her garage and, with a little heat applied, throughly dry the leaking areas that presently must be fairly soaked with rainwater. Alternative suggestions for temporary and/or permanent repair would be welcom.
  6. Pete McCrary

    A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    I've been busy with Chessie, cruising her, and dealing with an unreliable Tohatsu OBM. Just dumped the OBM and ordered a 2018 Honda 4hp long shaft with f-n-r and a 6 amp gen. Major drawbacks: it's 60 lbs instead of 40 lbs and more $$. I've also ordered a Raymarine TC1000 Plus tiller pilot. That will make solo sailing much easier and safer. Hopefully I'll get back to "Catnip" in time to have her at the October Messabout -- at least in her underware. At least the rubrails are glued on. Sorry, wrong pix. Sunrise on the Corsica River. Chessie attended the CRYClub's annual regatta. Needed a tow back to the ramp at Centreville. Thamkful for the tow from a fellow Chesapeake CatBoat Association member. I was able to cancel an $800 tow from USBoats. Just that would pay for Catnip. That tow was the "final straw" re the Tohatsu lemon.
  7. Pete McCrary

    Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    I consider them essential and use them for same purposes mentioned by Chick. I think that Graham doesn't use them -- wanting to keep weight aloft and windage at a minimum. I don't know how he copes with controlling the sprit ends when not sailing. For a while I used 1/4" line for the main, but it was too "stiff" for my liking. Switched to 3/16", which is much better. I also use the main topping lift to hold the mast up while putting the nut on the mast bolt inside bulkhead #1. The shackle end is looped over my anchor roller (and belayed to itself) with the bitter end belayed to a cleat on the garage coaming within my reach while holding the mast upright. The bitter end also has a jam cleat at the cockpit above Blk 3. Note that the cheek block (at the mast head) should be a bit down from the very top. That's because if it's near the top, it can easily flip over to the "wrong" side of the sail. Mine's about 4" lower than the head of the sail (when fully raised). That seems to have solved the problem.
  8. Pete McCrary

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

    The new deck plate is made of 3/4" marine ply. I was concerned about the strength of the pine board to support all of my weight plus the mizzen mast. Here is a photo in its stowed position. With a cushion placed just aft of the companionway -- it's a very comfortable seat for crew looking forward. The battery cover is a convenient foot rest. It's also used to support one or two "feet" on the beach chairs that I carry aboard: And I've been considering how I could use one of these chairs while at the helm: It won't be a deck plate. I think I'll fashion just a 1 x 4 that will span the footwell. It'll have an edge to keep the chair's "foot" on the board -- and it'll be able to slide fore and aft over the footwell. The chair with the umbrella weighs just 7.5 lbs -- and the other one 6.6 lbs.. Easy to move about and stow in one of the aft lockers. They are very useful on shore or the dock. I gotta have some sit-down comfort with back support -- and a little shade.
  9. Pete McCrary

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

    Tohatsu 3.5 performance: I've finally got rid of the "bad gas" that was giving me fits. I've always been careful about using a gas stabilizer and draining the carb' after each use. But don't believe the manufacture's label stating that their product will protect gas "up to two years." I was using gas treated the previous season. My OBM mechanic warned me not to trust it for more than about 2 months. This past Tuesday Chessie was taken to the Potomac and launched as a motor boat [mast stowed as for highway trailering]. CB down about a 3rd and an empty ballast tank with just me aboard. Weather hot with calm to light and variable wind. The OBM started up on the 3rd pull without any problems. And the one restart just needed one pull. The test cruise was for 1 hr 23 min (1.38 hrs). Gas consumption was 1.55 liters. That's 1.12 liters/hr. The OBM was run between 3600 and 4200 rpm which pushed the boat from 4.5 to 6 knots (GPS speed over the bottom).. I think that's close to her hull speed. BTW, max rpm was 5400. That's close to its advertised performance of 4500 rpm for 3.5 hp. At wide-open her speed was maybe almost 6.5 knots. But the data is unreliable because the Potomac has a current and tide which makes it hard to know the boat's speed thru the water. According to the GPS, we traveled 12.6 nm and were underway for 2.48 hours. That's about a 5 knot average. That calculates to about 5.6 nm/liter (~ 21 nm/gal). Chessie's standard gas load is 10 liters (including the gas in the engine) -- giving her a range of 56 nm. Plenty for a typical Chesapeake cruise of a few days to a week. I had vinel curtains fabricated to shade the gas cans stowed under the mizzen's partner. They also shade two one-liter bottles of water. Looking aft: Looking forward: Here's a view of the 3/4" deck plate covering most of the forward footwell. A space is left so that a foot may be placed on the sole -- and easier access to the bailers in the ballast tank. This large deck plate provides a sturdier place to stand when stepping the mizzen mast. In the next posting I'll show another use for the deck plate.
  10. Pete McCrary

    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    I wouldn't bother. Except when going almost directly downwind the board will be side loaded and wont flop around. When going directly downwind, you hardly need the CB and might even pull it up.
  11. Pete McCrary

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

    Well, it's been two months. Lots has happened. New stowage for gasoline. I had a gas-stowage rack inside the port hatch. I didn't like that because of the potential hazard and the hatch always had a slight gas smell. So I fabricated two racks to go under the mizzen partner. They each sit on the mizzen step and two 3/4" feet -- allowing footwell drainage under them. A shallow arc (1.5" radius) is cut into the inboard edges to fit against the mizzen [stepping] tube -- which keeps them firmly inplace. I can stow up to 9 one-liter plastic cans. If I take less cans, I can also keep two one-liter water bottles within easy reach from the helm. View from aft. view from forward. On my way to the early May cruise with the Shallow Water Sailors Chessie and trailer was weighed. The two numbers represent just the axle and the axle and the tongue. That's a tongue weight of 220 lbs. A bit too much for my Tacoma. I'll move the boat back a little -- aiming for about 180 lbs. By-the-way, the 2040 weight was with all cruising equipment. In another posting I'll give you the trailer-alone weight. On Memorial Day weekend we had a mini cruise to the Hartge Yach Haven (Galesville, MD on the West River). That's where I learned to sail at age 15 while washing dishes ($5 a week and all the sailing that I wanted between meals) at the YMCA Camp Letts. My son Jim and daughter-in-law Patricia joined Annie and me for the Sunday sail and potluck dinner. Photos show Jim on Chessie's bunk and the cabin's sitting head-room. On Monday am (Memorial Day) I had to motor from the Yacht Haven to the ramp at Back Yard Boats in Shady Side, about 4 nm. The sails were in their bags and stowed the night before on the port side of the cockpit. But we had lots of rain during the night, and because it was quite windy and I didn't have a good way to secure them in the cockpit, while motoring to the ramp, I decided to stow them in the cabin where they would need to be placed when trailering. What a wet mess in the cabin when Chessie was finally parked in the driveway. Next time I will transport (water or highway) the sails on the cockpit port-side seats -- like shown in the next photo: The sail bags will be firmly held to the seat with a line (hard to see because the line is red like the sail bags. The line loops under the mizzen partner and temporarily clamped to the coaming. For hold downs I will drill two holes next to the openings in the coaming. Their locations will be where the clamps are in the photos below. The forward tie down hole. The aft hole location. 3/4" holes just at the end of the clamps. The 3.5 Tohatsu ran just fine for each cruise. But on her next outing she wouldn't start! Turned out to be bad gas. The stabilizer label says it's good for two years. But the Tohatsu dealer told me not to trust it for more than a month or so. I'll follow his advice.
  12. Pete McCrary

    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    No. British Racing green.
  13. Pete McCrary

    A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    The port-side gunwale trimmed: Also the LWL is marked. Next I'll do the tac welding. I'm tenatively planning to paint the bottom (all below the LWL) red, topsides & gunwales finished "bright," and all else battleship gray.
  14. Pete McCrary

    A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    My Annie helped as a holder while I applied thickened epoxy to 5 surfaces of the laminates and the edge of the sheer. A total of 5 sq.ft. One mix of 3 squirts of epoxy and fixer (each) was just enough (w/ a little left) for one side. Shop temp was 50 degrees F. The whole (port-side) job, including cleanup, took 70 minutes. The starboard side took only 50 minutes. Here are photos showing three port-side laminates ready for thickened epoxy. The viscosity was a little more soupy than mayonnaise. And then both sides all clamped up. Notice the faux transom braces fore & aft. Tomorrow I'll put the clamps away, cleanup, and put Catnip away while getting Chessie ready for the sailing season.
  15. Pete McCrary

    A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    I'm getting ready to glue on the gunwales. I decided to use faux transom braces so that there would be a solid purchase into which to screw the gunwales, fore & aft. The photoes show packaging tape on the ends of each brace. The bevels (matching the extension of the sheer lines) were easily cut with a hand saw before dry-fitting the gunwales. The bow transom brace and closeup of the starboard-side interface: The transom brace and port-side intersection: On the starboard-side closeup you can see where the laminates are bolted together. After breaking her wrist [ice storm Dec 2016] my Annie doesn't have the hand strength to be my mixer. So, I'll have to mix and spread thickened epoxy all myself. I'm going to take advantage of the next few days which should be fairly cold. That should give me a little more "pot life" for the epoxy job. Annie will be able to hold up the aft end as I start the glueing and screwing from the bow.

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