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  • Birthday 01/30/1934

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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."
  8. 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 ??
  9. Thanks, Steve. I'm making progress and will let you know how the knee goes.
  10. 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.
  11. Thanks, Steve, for the offer. We'll see how the recovery goes. Hope for the best.
  12. Count me (and Chessie) OUT for the MASCF. Working up, down, over, under, into, and around Chessie has caused a minisca tear and/or sprained right knee that worsened this am to the point that I can't put any weight on the knee. The orthopedist injected cortisone for some immediate relief -- but I'll be on a walker and physical therapy for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Hopefully may avoid surgery. I'm determined to faithfully follow orders of the doctor and his therapist to reach full recovery -- so don't count me out for the next season. I'll also probably have to stay home for the Messabout.
  13. My trailer for Chessie (a CS20.3 #4) had three keel rollers and a pair of side bunks balancing the boat. Chessie's weight was about 1,400 lbs -- which included OBM & 9.5 liters fuel, sailing & cruising equipment (including about 7 gallons of fresh water in coolers and bladders), spars & sails, and a Two Paw 7 dinghy. Almost all the weight was carried on the three hard-rubber rollers -- which, over time, suffered damage, becoming out-of-round, and not "rolling" as they should. Inspired by Graham's "roller" design, I made a wooden "V-trough" -- which worked quite well for a launch or two. However, the concept didn't work out, mainly because the friction built up after a few road trips. Inspection showed buildup of considerable road debris in the trough. So, I decided to make a roller trough copying Graham's concept -- substituting 5" rollers commercially available instead of rollers made from 3" PVC pipe. Here are the details: Shown here is a pattern board cut with the keel offsets provided by B&B specifically for the CS20.3 keel, indexed to the forward edge of the CB slot. Chessie was lifted off [of her trailer] and the pattern board was place next to the keel [and located with respect to the CB slot] and the "as-built" keel profile was scribed -- which is shown on the next photo. Then 13 small holes were drilled at the scrib marks at each roller location on the pattern board. The board was placed on one of "cheek" boards [of the trough] and located so that the lowest roller would just clear the trough's bottom frame while the 1st and 13th roller axles were equal distant from the top edge of the cheek pieces. The axle locations were then marked with an awl -- no measurement transfers required. The two cheek planks were clamped together and the drill press rigged to drill thirteen pairs of 5/8" axle holes simultaneously. Design concept with cost data. Rollers and SS hardware. Assembled and installed. The cheeks are held to the frame bottom with 1/4" x 2" hot dipped lag bolts on 8" centers. In order to help "channel" the boat's stem for recovery, guide boards are placed between the bunks and the trough. Also shown here is the aft end of the CB "catcher" raised over the port-side guide board. Now, if the skipper forgets to raise the CB (for launch or recovery) the board will simply slide over the board. This is the position of the boat for the final "sea-trial" launch (video below). There were three previous launches -- after which adjustment were made. IMG_2088.mp4 This was the position of the trailer at recovery. The first launches went fairly well, but the recoveries required [I thought] too much cranking effort. So, I made adjustments to the bunks so that they carried much less weight. That helped reduce the cranking effort substantially. Further adjustments may be required. Originally, all rollers except #6 were in contact with the keel. After reducing the load on the bunks -- all rollers (including #6) now contract the keel. I think it's fair to say that the dynamic load on each roller has be reduced substantially -- from almost 500 lbs per roller to about 110 lbs, a factor of more than 4. The next three photos shows my method of preventing the boat from rolling off the trailer unexpectedly.
  14. I think the reefing lines should be deployed for any significant sailing, especially if overnight. For the sails' foot I keep the sails bent to their sprits with the reefing lines reeved -- then bag the sail, sprit, and reefing lines all together. Separate bags for mizzen and main. Both transported on the port-side cockpit seat. For the main reefing downhauls I leave them reeved through the pulleys attached to the hooks that will be hooked thru their luff cringules (sp?) when bending the m'sail. For transport I let them hang over Blk#1 (into the anchor well -- their weight keeps them in the well) with their lines passed aft thru bulls-eyes to a cleat at the aft edge of the cabin roof. The downhauls can be trimmed from the cockpit. The reefing lines for the foot can also be trimmed from the cockpit, but to do so I had to move their cleats near the aft end of the sprit. I'm amazed at your setup time. It takes me about 1.5 hours for Chessie! Maybe it's my senior status?
  15. To close out this topic I should report that the concept was a good one -- EXCEPT that the trough material that I used was not up to the task. The keel's SS half-oval was too much pressure on the epoxy covered soft wood. Also, the friction increased with use -- probably due to gradual collection of road debrie. I could see no practical way to prevent it. My solution was to fabricate a 12' U-Beam wooden trough with thirteen 5" x 3"-- diameter rollers based on a design suggested by Graham. I've documented its construction and proof-of-concep on "Chessie's" build. I think it's a superior solution to the problem of launching, recovery, and highway transport of a 1500 pound boat supported by only a few [like just 3] rollers.
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