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About Pete McCrary

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  • Birthday 01/30/1934

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  1. Brad, thanks for the suggestions. I like “Jetsam.” Presently, you are in line for the SURPRISE !! There’s a story about that sailfish. In 1959 a colleague built one and had great fun with it — and I just couldn’t wait to build one myself. But marriage, new job, and four children just kept getting in the way. Then in ‘68 living in Massachusetts with water nearby came my time to build one. But Alcort had switched to fiberglass and was no longer selling plywood kits. I called all around the Bay Area trying to find a kit. Finally, I found one at a lumber yard south of Boston. The owner said he had kept a kit in his loft for years and I could have if for his cost (he guessed about $200). Of course we made a deal. The kit had everything needed — even the bronze fittings, spars, sail, lines, fastenings, and even glue. I had to replace the glue which had gone bad. I still have some of the leftover bronze boat nails. Now my grandson has the boat — which his three kids (my great grandchildren) will soon be old enough to enjoy.
  2. Greetings fellow builders, ... Last Saturday I sold my Penobscot 14 ("Anna") and "Chessie's" tender ("Catnip') to my nephew. I already miss them, but at least they are still in the family. Next will be "Chessie" herself (Core Sound 20 Mk 3 [#4]). I'm still cruising her and she's available for demo sails and inspections by interested buyers. If not sold by October, I plan to bring her to the B & B MessAbout. Maybe a buyer from the south could take delivery at the messabout. We'll see. I'll be placing ad's this week. As soon as "Chessie" is sold, my plan is to order a kit for a Spindrift 10 and have her ready for the 2021 sailing season. Being only about 100 pounds, it should be much easier to launch, row or sail, and recover. This will be my 11th boat-building project. My other boats: 1 -- 1963, "Outcast" an 11 ft 1 in sailing dinghy from plans by Popular Boating. 2 -- 1968, a Sailfish from a kit by Alcort. 3 -- 1970, a DN Iceboat from plans. 4 -- 2003, a 14 ft cedar-strip canoe (a Bob's Special) plans from Canoecraft by Ted Moores. 5 -- 2005, "Anna" a Penobscot 14 sailboat from plans by designer Arch Davis. 6 -- 2008, "Copycat" a 7 ft 7 in Nutshell Pram by J. White, kit from WoodenBoat Magazine. 7 -- 2009, "Tattoo" a 14 ft 10 in PocketShip sailboat, a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. 8 -- 2011, "Pluto" an 8 ft "nesting" sailing dinghy, a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. 9 -- 2017, "Chessie" a Core Sound 20 Mk3, a kit by B & B Yacht Designs. 10 -- 2019, "Catnip" a 7 ft "nesting" dinghy, a Two Paw 7 kit by B & B Yacht Designs. 11 -- 200?, "?name?" a Spindrift 10 . . . Name suggestions for the Spindrift 10 would be welcome. For the selected name -- a nice SURPRISE !! At this point I'm searching the internet for a light-weight trailer. Recommendations from other Spindrift 10 builders and owners would be appreciated.
  3. Mark, ... The bottom tread on the one I built for “Chessie” was a little lower than yours — and was “ok” (but a stretch) for this (then 86 yr) old man. I agree with Chick that yours will be fine for stronger young people. You can see my ladder on page 42 (about 2/3rds down) on my build for Chessie:
  4. Jim — Have a look at my posting for June 13, 2017, on “Chessie’s” build and the various replies posted by members and myself. CORRECTION, I made a posting on June 13, 2017, but it wasn’t on “Chessie’s” build. It was on someone else’s build. You can find it by searching “stepping aid” on this forum. The little gadget described in that posting has worked well for me. The 22 lb mast weight isn’t the problem — it’s the unsteadiness! Once one gets the mast heel in (or close to) that funnel-like cup, then one feels much more in control for the rest of the job. And I like the concept in the photo you posted. I think it might just work quite well. The stub heel of the mast should be as short as possible [for its purpose of getting the mast heel (just) into its partner] — so that when fully into the partner, the distance from the pivot to the underside of the mast partner is as long as possible — keeping the leverage on the pin and heel stub to a minimum. You didn’t mention it, but the mast needs to be held upright after stepping while someone (you or crew) inserts the pin. Good luck! I’d like to see your final decision. Here are a few photos of my stepping aid:
  5. Hi Carter. Love the “High Desert” of the west. Spent the summer of my 20th year on a Shell Oil Company seismic crew working out of Riverton, Wyoming — elevation 7,000 feet. To get there from Virginia was a 2-day bus ride to Rawlins, Wyoming, where the bus station clerk said I’d have to go the rest of the way by “stage coach” — fooling with an eastern greenhorn. Actually it was an all-day ride in a big station wagon with 4 passengers plus the driver [baggage on the roof]. The wagon did have painted on its side “Rawlins — Riverton Stage Coach.” Boarded with a hunting & fishing guide and his family. All meat served (‘cept breakfast) was wild — mostly elk, some antelope. Made enough $$ to fly home (Riverton [DC-3] — Denver [Lockheed Super Constellation] — Washington, DC). Best summer of my life. Sure, I’ll send you a “pdf” version of the Owner’s Manual. It’ll be in two files. First (within a day or so) I’ll try to attach it to an email within this forum. That worked when I sent a draft to Jay. If it doesn’t, we’ll try something else. Thanks for the kind words regarding “Chessie’s” build.
  6. Joe, There isn’t any “if” about loosing a fraction of [our] strength! It will happen, and in a major way, as we age — most noticeably approaching the 80s. Although I consider myself physically fit [for my 86 years] my strength has very much diminished since I started building Chessie 5 years ago. I haven’t actually measured it, but [for example] it is now impossible to standup from a squat (or even from sitting on a low stool) without arm assistance. So, for example, taking two-stair steps at a time requires [for me] a railing, preferably one on each side. Although I’m sailing Chessie solo for at least another season, I’m consciously approaching it at a slower less demanding pace. Sailors, especially skippers, should perform in-water re-boarding practice early each season. Without that, an full understanding of the physical challenge is not likely.
  7. Thank you all for the kind words. Of course I’ve informed the few people that have shown an interest in possibly buying Chessie that she is now “off the market.” They also have had kind words of understanding and expressed a continuing interest in Chessie. And the whole family is happy about my decision to not [presently] sell Chessie. I’ll keep all up to date.
  8. Jay,... I’ll be happy to share it with forum members. I’m up to page 10 with about maybe 15 or so to go. It’s being drafted in WordPerfect format — which I’ll convert to a “.pdf” format. I don’t know if our forum platform accepts anything other than photo “jpg” files. I could always forward copies by attachment to email requests.
  9. Friends & fellow builders: Some of you know that I’ve been trying to sell Chessie. And to promote the sale, I’ve been drafting an “Owner’s Manual.” However, the further I got into drafting the manual and choosing the illustrations, I kept remembering the challenge and joy of constructing her and lamenting to Annie that “I wish I didn’t have to sell [her]!” I think Annie got tired of hearing it — so she said: “Well don’t sell it — just yet.” That, and my confidence that I could safely sail her for another season — is my reason for taking her “off-the-market”! I just can’t stand to part with her [just yet]. I’ll keep-on-sailing her one half-season at a time. Hope to see some of you at the MASCF in Saint Michaels. Maybe, at some point, we’ll be able to sail together as a fleet of CS20.3s! I’m nine pages into the manual. Here is the cover-page:
  10. Thank you Graham, Alan, Carla and all at B & B Yacht Designs for hosting these annual MessAbout. It was a really good dinner! Looks like everyone’s having a good time. Amos used my smart phone to get this photo of Chessie under sail. Did I have too much tension on the snot tear? Or, maybe not enough on the down haul? Combination of both?
  11. You and Skeena sure had a fine sail at the MASCF. Wish i could have been there with Chessie -- but I'm recovered enough so that I will attend the massabout. Leaving Thursday and overnighting in at the Hampton in Williamston. Be at B & B mid morning on Friday. So sorry to hear that you and Skeena won't be at the massabout. Having been self employed myself for 25 years I fully understand -- you must "take care of the business so lthat the business will take care of you." I was looking forward to three CS20.3s sailing in formation. Maybe another time, but I'm hoping to sell Chessie soon.
  12. Greetings to all. I've got the okay from physical therapist for attending the MessAbout. So, Chessie and I will be at the B & B shop Friday morning and plan to leave either Sunday or Monday am -- depending on how much interest potential buyers have in inspecting and sailing Chessie. Yes, I've definitely decided to sell her, her tow vehicle, and tender. The MessAbout is the first major effort to find a buyer. I'll also be looking for a downsized daysailer -- something like the Spindrift or Amanda. Or even a Bay River Skiff. Something I could bunk in with a "boom tent" over me. Hope some of those boats are available for a look-see. There may be some followers of this build on the forum that haven't checked the B & B's "classified" on their web page. So, I'm duplicating the FOR SALE ad here: FOR SALE, boat & trailer -- $18,900. This is close to but LESS THAN the cost of items (listed as included), but not including my fun in building her over 27 months (Mar 2015 -- May 2017). "This offer is a complete "Turn-Key" package -- offering everything needed to hook-up and go sailing and cruising. Also offered [for those who may need it] -- is her tow vehicle; a 2013 Tacoma 4D pickup w/ cedar strip cap) with just 36,000 miles (at the NADA "Clean Trade-In" value -- presently < $23,300). Both Chessie and the pickup have been garaged except when sailing. Owner has built 10 boats since 1963, Chessie was his 9th. His 10th (a nesting Two Paw 7) is also available. Owner is 86 and downsizing to a much smaller sailboat. "Included: 2019 Honda 4hp long shaft w/ 9 amp charger; Raymarine ST1000+ Tiller Pilot; Rocna Anchor & rode; spare anchor (navy style) & rode; Dodger w/ transport cover; mooring lines; dock bumpers; bunk cushions; sail, engine & rudder covers; life jackets (a 4pac); and MORE! Chessie & owner will be at the 2019 MessAbout." The following photos were included in the ad: Mast raising at the ramp -- showing the tow vehicle also for sale. Chessie at her slip, Higgins Boat Yard, Saint Michaels, 2018 MASCF -- showing off her Dodger. Chessie's Reboarding Ladder in stowed position. Not yet properly lashed (see dangling cord). Here the ladder has been deployed -- which can be easily done when in the water, neck deep. Here she's almost "road-ready." Note that the aft hold-down strap hasn't been deployed to the starboard side. Also note that (1) the sails and sprit booms are stowed on the cockpit port-side seats, (2) the nesting dinghy (a Two Paw 7) fit nicely in the cockpit, and (3) her oars stow in the cockpit coamings. Chessie, her trailer and tow vehicle nicely stowed in her garage when not on the water (or launch-ramp parking lot). The trailer has a folding tongue which allows all to fit into the 22 foot garage (door closed) in the off season. For that purpose the masts, anchor roller, OBM, and rudder assembly are removed and stowed in the garage attic. Chessie's tender is also available FOR SALE. Here are two photos of her: Nested and launched for her maiden cruise. Notice the 13-Roller keel trough and the Center Board catcher. The rollers match Chessie's keel profile. The loading on each roller is only appx 100 lbs — not almost 500 lbs as when there were just 3 rollers. Anyone interested may call or email: Pete McCrary 8751 Weir Street Manassas, Virginia 20110 pkmccrary@verizon.net 703-369-6100, primary 703-592-6620, cell (only used when "on-the-road."
  13. Twice weekly Physical Therapy is working miracles -- plus daily exercises. Just signed up for the MessAbout -- tentatively arriving Friday with Chessie, leaving Sunday am. I also hope to bring her tender, "Catnip," a Two Paw 7 dinghy. I"ll be making both available for inspections and tryouts for anybody interested. Here are a few pixs: Raising the main mast. Note that [when separated] "Catnip," her tender, will fit in the cockpit for road transport. Catnip showing her "all-around" bumper. Here she's nested. Ready for her "maiden" voyage on the Chester River, Maryland. Hope to see you all at the MessAbout! ?? keeping fingers crossed ??
  14. Thanks, Steve. I'm making progress and will let you know how the knee goes.
  15. Thanks, Todd, for the kind words and offer to crew. Progress report: Yesterday Dr injected cortisone into the knee joint. PT evaluation Monday. Improvement already. Although I'm not likely to bring Chessie, I'm hoping to come to the MessAbout by means of AmTrak (free 1st class) RT transport from Quantico, VA to ?? in NC -- car rental and stay at Bayboro House Hotel. Hope to see you all then.
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