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  1. Not an expert by any means, but we do have a Honda thread going on over on TSBB - smaller versions though, 8-10hp. Someone over there just commented after cruising for a whole year, that they see more Yamahas by far than anything else, followed by Mercury. Again, they may be referring to a little smaller motor as auxilliary for sailboats.
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    homemade jib furler

    Good links. Should pics up a tip or two from them. Thanks
  3. Seems to me I read where someone had made their own furler. I think I'm going to give it a try as well. My jib will be 15-18 sq.ft., and this is a build on the cheap, so I don't see the need to spring for $2-300. I'm thinking I can take a hole saw, cut out a "hole", epoxy a couple of pieced of 1/4" ply cut into circles onto the "hole", get a couple of swivel shackles, couple of pad eyes, a length of ss wire, a furling line, plus a few other odds and ends and have at it. Anyone here done anything like this? Am I correct in my understanding that some furlers just furl the sail around the wire? Or are they like my CDI furler on my Macgregor that has a foil (I think that is the correct term) that runs along the forestay that the jib wraps around?
  4. a little more work on the mast I glued up the mast yesterday. Used the twisted rope technique to tighten the staves. Got some glue on every screwdriver I own. Now they're all a bit roughed up. Here she is set up. Piece of packaging tape under each piece, baggey over the end of the srewdrivers then they were tapped in place. I actually added two more loops of rope after the pic was taken after about 2 hours of sanding and 4 belts later most joints were pretty tight but I did have a few gaps I've filled the gaps with thickened epoxy. Now I need to sand that and do the final sanding to get the smoothest, roundest shape I can get. This will not be a "perfect" job, but one that I believe I will be pleased with
  5. Time for a quick update. Wound up having an unexpected surgery on Aug 16. Put me out of commission for a week doing anything and 2 any heavy stuff. So, I decided to tackle the sail. had ordered a kit from Sailrite. To make a long story short, the project went ok. Never sewed a bunch and never a sail. biggest difficulty was sewing through 6 layers of cloth while dragging sail up off the floor at the same time. Fixed the problem by putting a second table next to first in a "L" shape. Here's finished project (minus a couple grommets on luff) a 45 sq ft sprit sail Still laying a bit low so I decided the mast might be a good project. I've cut the staves, cut the birdsmouths, and tappered the staves for a tappered mast per designers instructions. I bought a piece of clear fir (from a locally owned lumber store) type unknown. The 2x6x10' cost $30. Here's the lower, larger end view and the tappered upper end and the view of the whole mast dry-fitted
  6. Barry, Help me here. What's the difference between a furler that's designed for reefing and one that's not? And a homemade furler... great idea. I may have to try that.
  7. Re the swaging tool, I bought one at Lowes and turned out didn't have the right size for the wire on my boat. Double check that before you buy.
  8. If you have a self-tacking jib, I'm not sure about furling. I've had two boats though, one with a jib furler and one without. I love a jib furler. If it wont work with a self-tacking jib, you might want to consider rigging the jib with a traditional set up where the jib sheet goes to both sides of the boat back to blocks - one on each side of the boat. Here's link to a Harken small boat furler: http://www.harkenstore.com/uniface.urd/scpdinw1.showProd?B4RPMEB9Y9CLEO Dont want to appear to know more than I do - I've never actually seen a downhaul, but it is a line that pulls down your jib from the cockpit. I've always wondered what happens to the flapping sail once it's down though. Someone with more experience may be able to help. In fact, some Weekender owner/builders may be able to help with these issues more than I. Have you been on the BYYB forum. Many Stevenson builders there. Here's link: http://www.byyb.org/
  9. Those kinds of experiences can sour a person on sailing for sure; especially family and friends. Best advice, take it easy and start slow. Read a story once of guy who spent 10 years building a really nice cruiser and the day of the scheduled launch was horrible. He was so anxious about sailing his work of art that he went out anyway. He was washed overboard and drowned. You might want to think about a furler on your jib or maybe a downhaul.
  10. Now how about that! WTG! I've looked at that site numerous times. Curious; what kind of wood, glue and paint did you use?
  11. Another 30 hours and 3 weeks put into build. Few pics: Bow seat being installed. Clamps are holding cleats for making it a flotation chamber. More cleats on sole. Here I've installed breasthook, knees and I have the little blocks of wood (that create the "vented" look) taped while epoxy sets up. You can also see the bow seat with plywood installed with hole for deckplate. Here is daggerboard trunk being epoxied into place. I glassed the inside. Mast partner installed. I had to partially take the inwale off to make it fit. Will cut hole for mast after I build it. And the boat as she sits now. Next I'll glass the botttom and epoxy coat all the plywood.
  12. Re canoe Mark, That's a Selway-Fisher Wren (http://www.selway-fisher.com/Opcan16.htm#WREN). Turned out pretty nice for a simple build. I love the profile. I actually sold it to a guy who came by a yard sale we were having. As I recall it weighed around 50 lbs. I built the narrower version of before I even realized the plans came with two versions. Plans have imperial and metric versions. Was little confusing to me at first. I would build the wider version next time. I only took it on one trip and I carried some ballast to steady the canoe. I'd also think about a double paddle (kayak type). It took me about 50 hours. Someone with experience could do it a bit faster. As I recall, website said it was a 20 hours build.
  13. It's like tools. If you're going to use it every day, you buy the best; if once every great while, go cheap. As much as I love sailing, I just don't have time to do it a lot. So boat will not be used extensively. Should last a long time, especially if stored out of the weather.
  14. BTW: here's are some links to CH builds - http://www.woodsmithm.com/new_page_2.htm; http://picasaweb.google.com/capehenry21.izmir
  15. Nice sketch. Love the CH 21 and the Cape Cutter 19; both on my favorites list. I'd say the Cape Henry is quite a bit more boat than the Weekender though. I have been boating/sailing since 1999. Owned a Kells Coaster, a 23' fixed keel sloop and now own a Macgregor 26C. Sail mostly lakes though I have done two trips, one on the Chesapeake and one on Tampa Bay. Built two vessels, a self-designed dinghy and a Selway Fisher canoe. The Kells: The Macgregor: And the two builds: And the current build:
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