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  1. Thanks for the link. I really enjoyed it as I mentioned before that I almost built a plywood Huskie before changing direction. We also have a couple of other things in common. I lived in Florida during the eighties and I lost my wife to cancer 7-1/2 years ago. I was a basket case for a couple of years afterwards. Glad you have this project as a distraction. Peace and love, Rex
  2. Robert, You come across as perfectly normal to me. And you certainly are not completely anti-social as evidenced by your chattiness. That is, unless you are glued to your smartphone in the presence of others but I doubt that is your MO. Call it anti-social if you will but one reason boaters like to get out on the water is because it affords a respite from the landbound masses and many of their rules. Anyway, that's one of the main reasons I like to get "out there" and also why I prefer countrysides over cities. You know as well as anyone humankind's inate will to keep on truckin' in the face of adversity. Despite some doors in life having been closed to me, there are so many other doors to open and corridors to explore. I am flourishing in Thailand on much, much less means. Thank you for the good wishes and the feeling is mutual. Peace and love to you, too, brother. Rex PS - What's normal, anyways?
  3. Robert, Thank you for prompting me to re-cherish my health. Knock on wood that I haven't had such a debilitating accident in my life. I can relate to the broke part, though. In my case, it was the 2008 recession and the banksters got my home and life savings. I also tend to say they cost me my wife because I believe the stress of losing everything contributed to the cancer that took her. Far from those memories, I have since taken up residence in Thailand and have been accumulating tools and materials to build a new home and boat. Also trying to pay a little more attention to the food and drink I put in my body now that retirement age seemingly arrived out of nowhere. And pardon me for not recognizing you for the prolific woodenboat poster and builder that you are. Rex
  4. There are other website options for sharing your build that feature a wider variety of watercraft. This being one of them: http://forum.woodenboat.com/forumdisplay.php?1-Building-Repair By no means am I trying to get rid of you here. Quite the contrary. I am a member of and enjoy following threads on more than one website due to the wealth of information available.
  5. Here's a plan on a similar boat, unfortunately shy of much detail. Spec is 1/4" plexiglass with 1/4" round head brass machine screw fasteners. Plexiglass is set to the outside in sealant. I suppose one could route in the lower panel and set it in UV grade sealant, doing away with the fasteners.
  6. Longtails are the small engine of choice in southeast Asia as imported Western style outboards are multiple times the cost thus not affordable for most locals. These engines can be left in place with a rain cover and little worry of theft. I believe CLP's transmission can take up to about 25hp as well (inboards, too), but I don't think they are very expensive.
  7. Sam Devlin has a new electric launch concept that is interesting. https://www.soundingsonline.com/boat-shop/solar-sal-27-the-quiet-type
  8. Paul, On the link I provided above, there is an image of the unit as well as a table for matching gearing with different engines. I can't find much about the FNR transmission on the internet, though. Next time I travel to Bangkok, I will try and scare up some more info. Here is an old promotional video about their reduction gearbox and another one on putting a their longtail setup together. Rex
  9. This one is designed for electric from the get go. http://www.mcgowanmarinedesign.com/Sulis.html
  10. CLP Engineering Company, LTD in Thailand makes reduction and shifting gearboxes for longtail and inboard motors up to around 25hp. https://www.clpe.co.th/fw-rv
  11. Here is a Thai longtail motor (mud motor) website with contact info for North America distributor: http://www.longtailboatsps.com/index.php There are a lot of videos on Youtube regarding this type of engine. Search "Thai longtail motor".
  12. Well then, I'll mention Tad Roberts Wedge Point 27, if you haven't already looked at it. It has the classic styling, efficient hull form, low power, and large cockpit with full roof, all fitting your SOR with the exception of the outboard. For that, there may also be propane and electric options to consider. A bonus feature of the Wedge Point is the emergency/auxiliary sail which could be used when the course is favorable and you want some peace and quiet. http://tadroberts.ca/services/small-boats/tender-launch/wedgepoint27
  13. Ken, Belated response here...wondering where your idea for a slow power boat ended up? Rex
  14. I have been lurking around the B&B Forum for awhile but I just branched out to the Main Forum and noticed your Huskie build. Three years ago I was going to build a modified Huskie out of plywood and without the tunnel for recreational use on Thailand's larger reservoir lakes. Propulsion was going to be the typical 4 stroke lawnmower type Thai "longtail" motor hung on the transom. I also planned a full hardtop for sun and rain protection. Although I never cut the first piece of wood, I did go so far as having a trailer custom built, since trailers of any type other than big rigs are a rarity in Thailand. Too bad the trailer is so far away or I would gladly sell it to you if you needed one. I moved away from those large reservoirs so my plan has changed and I am getting ready to start constructing a larger boat for coastal waters. Good you didn't notch the sister keelsons around the frames. That would have been out of plan spec and surely reduced their strength. I will look forward to following the rest of your build. Rex
  15. If you look hard, you may notice a similarity with the Aguila Colombianas.
  16. This vessel reminds me a lot of Atkin's 14' Pixie, albeit narrower and lighter. http://www.atkinboatplans.com/Oar/Pixie.html
  17. In the four stroke engine department, a 6hp weighing around 60lb would certainly be more desirable to handle at my age than the 80+lbs that the 8 - 10hp's weigh. Two strokes in the 8 - 10hp range weigh about the same as the 5 - 6hp four strokes but there are environmental issues and regulations with two strokes. An attractive alternative is the new propane models coming out. Tohatsu is offering a 5hp available this April and Lehr has been at it for a few years with a lineup now ranging from 2.5 - 25hp.
  18. Hi Scott, I am interested just not sure how to get them to Thailand. Sorry to hear about your abandonment as I have enjoyed following the build threads here. My own project is real slow in getting off the ground but my build space is nearly complete. You can email details directly to me at rex@sopris.net. Thanks. Rex
  19. Howard, This may give you some more ideas on the motor well... http://www.onthetide.net/motor-door.html I like the vertical steel channels for the motor mount to slide up and down in. I am thinking of a flexible solar panel (one that can be stepped on) on the house roof for charging the house battery.
  20. I agree with Sonke on the motor. No doubt the 5hp will get the P26 to hull speed but some reserve for bucking wind and currents is desirable.In that respect I think a 5 - 6hp is suitable for the P22 and an 8 - 10hp for the P26. Here in Thailand an outboard motor is about the only thing available to buy second hand for a boat like this and being imported they are still expensive (around $2000) So I will probably go that route. Trailers of any type are rarely seen here and again mostly imported. I could have a new one built for around $4000 or buy a new imported one for probably double that. Everything else I am figuring on buying new as recreational boating is virtually non-existent in comparison to developed countries. I will surely be importing many items. I am about halfway complete with my storage shed and covered work area...thankfully no permits required in my area. It is a sizable project but I have a new house to build along with the boat and the house is substantially larger. In my case I have more time than money so I just try to accomplish any little thing each day and eventually it will come together. I am in no hurry and get as much pleasure out of the building process as anything. Cheers, Rex
  21. I have not started my PS26 yet but have been doing some rough budgeting on new material. There are four items which I would put at around $2500 each: trailer, plywood, outboard and two sails, a total of $10,000. Next step down is around $1000 each: masts, rigging, lifelines, lead, lumber, epoxy, electrical, fiberglass and paint. Now we're up to $19,000. I think a completely outfitted boat could easily approach $30,000. Anyway that's what I'm figuring as much as I would like it to come in much less.
  22. The Wooden Boat Forum has a thread on the Mystic Sharpie where there is some discussion pertaining to its rudder design. http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?62407-Mystic-Sharpie
  23. I have not started on the boat yet...perhaps by the first of the new year. I need to finish a covered build space and secure material and tool shed that I am working on. Yes, it's those high-pitched 8-10's on Lake Michigan where I would have concerns with the Mystic Sharpie rudder. And if you are single-handing that design I would assume you would utilize roller reefing for the headsail.
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