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  1. Alan Stewart

    Utah OB20

    Carter, Keep on sanding. Those shiny spots (if well cured) will not stick well to the next coats of epoxy. I wouldn't worry about accidentally sanding a bit into the glass on the large flat areas but around the chine and any joints I would sand as minimally as possible to maintain the glass fibers over the joint. In a perfect world, all the glass weave is filled with coats of epoxy or slathered with epoxy+microspheres mixture while the glass/epoxy is still within the curing window but sometimes you just can't. If there is a spot where you feel the glass just isn't there anymore you can just put a patch over it and fair it in with the primer coats. -Alan
  2. Alan Stewart

    B&B's first annual "Capsize Camp" July, 20-22

    Capsize Camp 2018 has wrapped up! Much was learned and a huge thanks to everyone who attended but especially to Matt, Richard and Michele for bringing their boats and really taking advantage of the weekend and offering to capsize their boats with other people. Your participation really made this great learning experience for everyone. Here are two more videos from Saturday (day 2) of the event. The first is featuring Richard and Michele's CS-17 Mark 3 'Avocet' and the second features Taylor and Alan's CS-17 'Soutbound' using the new mast float. Some observations on the 17mk3. The main one is that the boat was very easy to right from a capsize and the self draining cockpit and tall cabin make her float very high and no bailing was required. As is apparent from the video the boat was not quite able to "self-right" with her ballast tank and centerboard alone and still needed a little help from the crew. A mast head float would be a good idea to have on the Mark 3 to prevent the boat from going turtle in the event the boat ever capsized with the ballast tank empty. We tested that righting capability with the centerboard retracted but were not able to right the boat without assistance. A small line attached to the lead tip of the centerboard would have made it possible to pull the retracted board out after the uphaul was uncleated.
  3. Alan Stewart

    Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Amos, On my Dad's boat Dawn Patrol we would often tie the sprits up with the halyard after un-tieing it from the head of the sail but only if the boat was sitting for a while and usually just the mizzen sprit to get it out of the way. The main always seemed fine just bundled up and slightly off to one side of the cabin.
  4. Alan Stewart

    B&B's first annual "Capsize Camp" July, 20-22

    Day 1 of capsize camp is complete. We had a successful test of the new mast float on Matt's CS-17. Thank you Matt! Here is a video of the two capsize events (both intentional). The mast float worked very well at keeping the tops of the mast at the surface. Matt's had some leaks in his hatches but the boat was successfully recovered both times by the crew alone in shallow water.
  5. Alan Stewart

    B&B's first annual "Capsize Camp" July, 20-22

    Andy, Great video thanks for posting. I like to see that even if you'd had your outboard installed it would not have gotten wet. Maybe splashed a bit in rougher water but not dunked. I think i'd still want a ladder to make boarding easier for any passengers or folks who can't pull themselves up but my boat doesn't have a ladder right now either.
  6. Alan Stewart

    B&B's first annual "Capsize Camp" July, 20-22

    Update: We are excited for this upcoming weekend. Scattered thunderstorms forecast for Fri-Sun but we'll all be wet anyway! Remember to bring life-jackets. All will be required to wear (as you should do anyway!) Remind to check your cockpit hatches. They should be gasketed with neoprene or foam. Leaking hatches have plagued us all. Graham's hatch design doesn't leak when it rains but when the boat is on it's side the gasket is what keeps the water out. I've had good luck with this product for gasket tape which is currently my favorite. I ordered extra for the shop if anyone needs to purchase. https://www.mcmaster.com/#93725K76 The bungee hatch hold down works ok but I've been seeking a more positive solution and the bungee doesn't have enough force to really close down on the gasket tape. I've ordered these to try out. Graham and I chose them because the latch stays on the bottom half (cockpit side) instead of the hatch side so when you close the hatch the latch isn't flopping around and wedging itself into the mechanism like other boat locker latches. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079P8VM3R/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I've started a picture album that I'll update during the event. We've been working on some prototype mast head floats that will be ready to test out. They will be free rotating and provide about 20lbs of bouancy at the top of the masts. We hope to discover how much flotation is enough to prevent a CS-17 from going turtle if left to fend for itself after a capsize. https://photos.app.goo.gl/PrmmmC54PszUWywz6
  7. Alan Stewart

    Taylor and Alan's CS-20 MK3 #15

    Steve, we've gone away from the separate module building method. It was a good idea but in practice it was harder to glass all the little compartments and limber holes etc. I'll be putting in the trunk and cockpit sides and fore and aft tank bulkheads and then glassing the trunk with nothing in it like a bathtub. then install the baffles afterward. also were trying to coat as much as we can before installing much the way Peter did. Always trying to improve the design and methods. the boat is complicated enough.
  8. Alan Stewart

    Taylor and Alan's CS-20 MK3 #15

    Finally got back to working on our boat this weekend. Well, I did anyway while Taylor was out of town for the weekend. I got the keel filleted and glassed after those tack welds had been curing for a couple months just for good measure :). The large fillet went down without much trouble. I used about a 4" wide bondo plastic scraper up forward and an 8" metal drywall knife aft. I was going for about 1/4" thick fillet over the keel. Starting at the bow by the time i got the fillet to the transom the front had stiffened up quite a bit in the heat (i had the garage doors open) and i was able to put down my fiberglass right away. I had some peel ply scraps left over almost enough to do the whole keel. The last 3' or so I just put construction plastic over it to push out the air bubbles and make it smooth. I put 2x4s down to span the cradles and was able to walk on them while I worked. Have to have some ok balance to do that but I could have put down more. I also got some more bulkheads epoxy coated. A bit at a time. Trying to coat things before installing them to make the coating a smaller easier job later. The next day I mocked up the bunks so we could sit in the cabin for the first time. I also was looking at how 3 ports would look in the side panel. Since we raised the headroom in the cabin of the Mk3 I felt that we had plenty of headroom even with the bunk cushions so our current plan is to raise the bunks a bit to gain some additional storage space under them. We'll see how it goes. Next we need to finish our centerboard trunk and get the rest of the bulkheads coated so we can install the rest of the superstructure. According to the logbook we've spent about 75 hrs working on the boat so far.
  9. Alan Stewart

    Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    A very sharp looking boat and quite the sharp looking group as well. Thanks for the pictures. The paint really makes it pop.
  10. Alan Stewart

    No Boom Bang

    To the shock of us spoiled sprit boom/cat ketch enthusiasts most sailboats have booms and learning to duck in a tack or gybe is part of learning to sail. I think that the boom height is not as big a deal for smaller bodies. I would look to pad the boom instead. How about putting one of those big foam pool noodles around it like training wheels until they are used to ducking and being aware of it and the wind direction which causes it's bang inducing movement.
  11. Alan Stewart

    Core Sound Challenge Race June 28th

    From one exterme to the other today. Rowing along glass flat calm. Miserable in a totally different way! headed for cedar creek camp/marina to takeout. Nathan's trimaran was holed and he limped it back to cedar island yesterday. The windsurfer I assume made it pretty far but I'm sure he probably pulled out down near Harkers.
  12. Alan Stewart

    Core Sound Challenge Race June 28th

    Thanks for the offer. Should be fine today downwimd or drifting back, like to make it on our own I think.
  13. Alan Stewart

    Core Sound Challenge Race June 28th

    Hard earned for sure. We had a very tough day on the sound. Camped now but not planning on going any further south, we lost our anchor and after today we just don't have it in us. Current plan is to head back for Cedar Island in the morning. Kept up with the windsurfer until it got over 15kts. Spent almost all day with mizzen only in the third mast position. So much wind and shallower than I've ever sailed in Core Sound dragging our board everywhere. Had to cut the anchor free after our pit stop to reduce sail just couldn't get it unstuck. Didn't bring enough warm cloths or foul weather gear. My amazing crew was soaked to the bone all day. Quite a learning experience and plenty of gear to be purchased when we get home.
  14. Alan Stewart

    Core Sound Challenge Race June 28th

    Amos, I'll be sure to write up our experience. Taylor and I are taking our Core Sound 17. We are planning to camp on Cape Lookout tonight as we expect a hard slog down Core Sound today. Here is a link to our spot track page. This is just us, you won't see any other boats on it. https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0Mk47DBz9u4FjqtIgnVgCCoWpX5cRo9fj Will send pictures as we can.
  15. Alan Stewart

    B&B's first annual "Capsize Camp" July, 20-22

    To start off some discussion, here is a video Joe made showing how it's done on a Spindrift 10. Well done Joe! That is a bit easier than a Core Sound 17 but the principal is the same. We're hoping to get some Core Sound 17s and 20s out at the shop and see some capsize recovery practice. There have been some recent experiences by some CS17 sailors where the boat wanted to turn turtle and it caused the masts to stick in the mud and it was downhill from there. The Core Sound boats are very stable which means they don't capsize very often which just means it's even more important that we should all practice. Any dinghy can capsize and the Core Sound 17 and 20 are no different. I had my CS-17 sailing out at the shop Thursday evening and did a capsize just for fun. My dog Dejah didn't much care for it and abandoned ship (swam back to the dock) but we were only a hundred feet from our dock. The boat capsizes! oh no what do i do? Here are some quick thoughts. Lots to unpack and that is what we want to do at "capsize camp". -Stay with the boat! in strong winds the boat can sometimes blow downwind faster than you can swim! -Remember to un-cleat the sheets so you're not scooping up water. -Don't try to swim the boat "into the wind" it isn't necessary. -Make sure the centerboard is down, if it wasn't, put it down. -Swim around to the bottom and grab the centerboard. -Climb ontop of it if you can -Pull down until the boat rights. -Climb back aboard, heave to and bail out the water. Hope you carry a bucket. Sounds easy right! Well everyone will need something a little different to be successful. You may not need a boarding ladder but others might. You may not be able to climb up onto the centerboard, we're not all as fit as Joe . Will you need to have a righting line at the ready to throw over the hull instead? it would be good to know that before you capsize in a "real" situation. Do you have things in the boat that are not secured? What is going to float away. Hint, everything loose should be tied to the boat all the time! Cushions, buckets, floorboards, gps, vhf, it's all gonna go flying. What about your hatches, are they secured? How about that anchor is it going to punch a hole in the boat when it rolls around in the locker? I learned that my hatches are not as watertight as I though so i'll be working on my gaskets and latches.
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