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  1. Ken that's just too cool. You surely defied the odds while creating a fine craft to enjoy for years. Egbert I have not had to create any trip tracks or tried to do it. Hopefully the trip on the bay region will also be mostly poking around in the creeks and tributaries and done on the fly, where its not really needed. .
  2. FWIW, with my 115 with a three blade prop at 7 to 8 mph this is my average fuel burn. At 4,200 I am averaging 4.2 gph at 22 mph. . At 5,700 rpm. I am running 29 and burning 7 gph. This is the only picture I have showing my NMEA 2000 reading. Maybe you can convert that and compare it when you get your set up like you like it.
  3. There is indeed a trend that we all must think alike these days. But the bigger picture is who should be the final arbiter? I care not to heap scorn or judge someone as less of a seaman for using a time honored measure such as mph. or when talking distance speak about stm. Just this past week I received the new waterway guide for the Chesapeake bay and low and behold right there in their planning page of distances the miles were listed in statute miles and nautical miles. They even listed the cumulative distance in statute miles.
  4. There is absolutely nothing wrong in using mph. Running inland and thru winding rivers, streams and across small bays to creeks, where distance is measured in statured miles, and you are not transiting in a direct route., you do measure your distances over ground. So this is where numerous old pharts accept the terminology. Personally I measure my speed on all inland waters in mph. Of course I still shave with a single edge razor on most occasions. Operating in open water calls for the knot methodology. I still on occasions use dividers when measuring running distances on my charts. And yes I use "charts" in both instances. By the way the ICW charts are in STM.
  5. I know you retired from your day jobs, but as long as you own a boat you never quit working. You guys down that way got hit with the serious winds while Houston was hit with the water that was so slow to move away. My son lost two vehicles and his entire house goods. He paddled out of his house in his son's kayak with a small backpack. It was a time. Thankfully with tons of help he has fully recovered even as his lost tons of family memories. It was a time. We have been boating ourselves as my wife retired a bit early with severe arthritis .But at least we are still able to get on and off the boat on our own. Will chat again in the future and probably will be making a trip to see the grandkids in the near future,,, So maybe if you are up his way we can get together for a hamburger.
  6. Greetings its been a while since we have seen you around these parts for sure. And I am just getting back up to speed myself . I hope you get some time on the water this year without any storms. Keep in touch and give us any updates on any sailing adventures when you finally retire.
  7. It looks like Two Beers is about 16 hours ahead of Alan in the Class 4 group at the second checkpoint.
  8. I am surprised that you have not heard back from the group. Alan and the designer normally logs on here several times of day too and pretty good with feedback.. I will personally call them this morning as it gets to be our local business day. Its still dark on this side of the waters.
  9. Thanks for the info. I looked up the area and it does look pretty, probably more so in the summer time for me anyway not being a snow and cold weather person.
  10. I personally only use Kiltz as my go to primer, white can with red lettering. Its the oil base and for 25 plus years now. It is not easy to apply in any windy conditions. But I always roll it and use a small brush in the corners. I use a short nap roller and can apply multiple coats, allowing a coat to dry to touch . I normally get two coats in a day depending on the temps. And in the warmer times three coats. I then allow to cure fully for three to four days minimum and then sand. It sands very hard and properly sanded its a slick as an onion that's been peeled. And yes I use it for a primer for two part awlgrip paints and it works just fine for most all home built boats. Just make sure you wait about a week in warm weather to apply. I also wait about two weeks in the cooler times to sand and then apply. I have had no problems with lifting. And a gallon of it costs around 15 bucks or so. The oil based birds eye primer is similar in make up. Just my pennies worth anyway......And if you are unsure about it, take a scrap piece of plywood and try a sample on it using the above method before going this direction on your bigger boat project..
  11. Thanks for taking the time to revisit your boat, in particular. But a few additional comments as it relates to your shots, the boat ramp looks like a nice facility for launching. Is there a link your general region with additional information of boating in that area? Do you have any regional power boats in wood??
  12. Well lets see, you build a boat for kicks and then if you are lucky you get the cost of the materials out of it when someone wants to buy it. Right? And if someone happens to buy it you then freshen up your humble abode with the proceeds and probably return a much better return than any boat you build. Its a no brainer for this no brainer anyway. By the way I am willing to sacrifice my"wet condo" too. Want to buy that one? I also have the same disease as you do, and I also have plenty of wood left. So that's a no brainer too when I also get a "Round to it" .
  13. Yes this is the one that I had at the gathering . I am not using it and I am overdue for some work on the house and some additional stuff which has shown up on the house after the storm that's not going to be covered by the insurance bandits.
  14. This is a framed plywood skiff. Its marine grade meranti plywood. The bottom is glassed . It is powered with a 2018 60 hp. Suzuki outboard, with full transferable warranty still in effect. It has Lowrance navigator system in addition to a Garmin Striker combo depth recorder. The bow cover is used for cooler weather trips and easily removable with bow strips. I have a bimini top for the summer time. There is a ton of storage under the casting platform. The forward console seat also has storage in it. Paint and varnish is all good. The trailer is road ready and boat is water ready. Hook up and hit the water. Both trailer and boat is titled and registered and active. Asking 15,000. The boat is currently Coast Guard Auxillary inspected . I will let the boat go with all of the gear, including type one PFDs.
  15. Great detailed video of the parts for other potential builders to view, and even motivate folks to geturdone. FWIW I use vinegar for a much cheaper and non-toxic cleaning liquid for my epoxy cleanup of spreaders and putty knives too.
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