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About Pete McCrary

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Pete McCrary

    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    No. British Racing green.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Pete McCrary

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

    Chessie now has her Dodger and is tucked snugly away in her garage just as Virginia gets ready for the last [hopefu;;y] snow on the 2nd day of spring. Just before Dave (Potomac Canvas Co.) started cutting canvas, I stood under the dry-fitted tubing and decided that the headroom [under to tubing] wouldn't be enough for me to stand in the companionway and comfortably use a hand-held urinal. So I asked Dave if he could cut me a "zippered" opening in the top that would give me unlimited headroom while standing on the cabin sole. He wouldn't guarantee it to be waterproof, but we decided that it would resist all but the hardest rain. And if the companionway hatch is closed, leaking wouldn't matter anyway. And, after final assembly, we discovered another reason to have the opening. It allows for deployment / stowage of the Dodger while on the water. I suppose that will be occasionally useful, but for the most part I'll probably sail with the Dodger deployed. I'll discover if that's the case during this summer's cruising season. Dave originally didn't recommend that the Dodger (even in stowed position) be on the cabin roof while trailering on the highway. But he made a "dust cover" for me anyway. And seeing how well it's secured on the cabin roof, he thought highway travel would be OK. In fact I hit 60 to 70 mph while trailering her home from the canvas shop without any problems. Here are a few photos: The planned "sky-light": The next two photos show the "Boot" -- which we originally called just a "dust cover": The black item is simply a piece of pipe insulation slipped over the leading edge as "chafe" protection where the canvas and tubing rest on the dodger's coaming. Entrance / exit thru the companionway hatch is slightly impeded when Dodger in stowed position.. View from the starboard-side helmsman position. I'd say the view is not significantly impeded. Skylight open and rolled up. View from aft, starboard and port. View from forward and closeup of attachment hardware. Once folded and in the "boot" the whole thing can be removed by just lining up the retainers and pulling the pins. Later, I'll post the weight of the whole thing. NOTICE the wrinkles in the top. They will be "tensioned" out when Dave sends me the "tensioning" straps which will pull the top "tight" with extra leverage much more so than the little bungee cords on the ear-flaps. The first straps wouldn't release easily. By-the-way: The skylight allows one to reach all the turn-buttons while standing on the cabin sole. Absent that feature, deployment and stowage would have to be made on shore before launch. With the skylight open -- I can launch with the Dodger in its boot and strapped to the cabin roof for road transport. Perhaps not deployed at all during a day-sail, or only at anchor (on an overnight cruise).
  12. Pete McCrary

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

    Yesterday checked progress on the SS framing bows and hardware. Canvas work starts after this nor'easter ends sometime tomorrow. The Washington area has pretty much shut down (federal government and schools) expecting wind gusts 50 to [even] 70 mph.
  13. Pete McCrary

    A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    A bunch of pieces are now together in 3-D ... Now, turn her over. Centerline cable-tied and ready to open. Viola ... Right-side-up and in her cradle. These gaps were closed with wire pulled much tighter thru a couple of new holes. Photos tomorrow. A centerline photo showing a slight "twist" raising the stbd-top corner of the transom about 1/4" high. Not enough to worry about per Alan. Another view.
  14. Pete McCrary

    A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    Today, Catnip's cradle completed. I've tried to keep it simple. It's made to be clamped (or screwed) to my work table. The table is an ordinary 8' folding table, raised ~ 7" to "workbench" height and with a piece of 3/4" x 30" x 96" plywood added to its top. For this project, I've also added a 1/2" x 44" x 96" pressed-woodchip board. This makes a heavier work table. The cradle is made of a 1 x 8 x 96 "straight back", two lengths of 2 x 4s, and 12mm pressed-woodchip hull-bottom cross-sections. I had planned to use the shipping-crate pressed-woodchip panels -- but they were just 6mm. The assembled cradle weighs in at 18 lbs. The pieces. The setup. Assembled and ready for use. But with a small problem. I made the inside dimension between the hull-bottom cross-sections at 48". However, the cross-sections require bevels: 12 & 10 degrees, forward and aft respectively. The higher (outboard) edges should be separated by 48" per the plans. Relocating the cross-members only requires backing out six 2" dry-wall screws. The height of the cross-section is set at 3.5" (scaled from the plans) which should allow Catnip's bottom (at lowest point) to just touch the straight-back. The slot (and notches) were cut to accempodate the 3/4" keel. Now, the fun part starts.
  15. Pete McCrary

    A Two Paw 7 build, "Catnip" . .

    I can't remember -- it may have been the WoodenBoat Magazine catalog. But with the patent-holder's name and Made-in-England you should be able to find it.

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