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  1. AmosSwogger

    Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Splashed the boat for the first time today in motor boat mode (still working on the masts and rigging). Everything went well. We put in on the George Washington Canal right off Route 17 (close to the Dismal Swamp and just a few miles from our house) and motored down to the North Carolina border and back. The boat rolled easily off the keel rollers; glad I mounted 5 rollers on the trailer (thanks Joe Anderson for that tip). We had a toast on the water with sparkling apple cider and grape juice. The kids enjoyed the cabin. The motor performed well; impressed with how it pushed the boat even at idle speeds; a testament to how light this boat is. Thank you to everyone on the forum and Alan and Graham for helping me get this far. Now I need to get back to work so we can go for a real sail!
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    Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Riveting on the mast track. I borrowed two rivet guns, one from each of my immediate neighbors, and ended up breaking both of them. Neither could be fixed. When I went to replace them I discovered they are very cheap rivet guns (costing $20-25). Basically the spring loaded wedge that separates the jaws that clamp onto the rivet shaft fail easily on these light duty guns. This gun wouldn't release the shaft and completely jammed; couldn't free it even after disassembly. When I purchased two new rivet guns to replace the one I broke, I found out why they broke. According to the back of the package they are not heavy duty enough to handle SS rivets. I opened the package on the of the new replacement guns I bought and it did finish the job without breaking, so there is that. Long story short, if you end up having to use one of these light duty guns for SS rivets dissemble it before you start and lube up the wedge and spring, and don't count it to be able to complete the job.
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    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    I came to this thread hoping for pictures and funny Chick replies, and was happily rewarded with both! I like the curve on the end of your coamings, it goes nicely with the round access hole.
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    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    Well, hopefully your basement will give birth naturally and you wont have to perform a "sea section". Provide us some pictures when the time comes; this should be interesting!
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    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    For what its worth (not much 😊) I've got about 1/4" of play in my centerboard now. I'm going to leave it as is; if it bothers me after I get some overnight time on her I may consider increasing its thickness with extra layers of fiberglass or big teflon washers. It is much easier to increase thickness than to reduce it down.
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    Spindrift 11n build in process

    Nice progress.
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    Paul Riccelli - PAR

    I read (and re-read) many of his posts and, like thousands of other people, benefited greatly from his freely shared wealth of knowledge . He is leaving behind a rich legacy having helped many people get started in boat building; he will be missed.
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    Core Sound Challenge Race June 28th

    Was the wind pushing the water out of the sound?
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    Core Sound Challenge Race June 28th

    Sounds like quite an adventure; much respect for those toughing it out. Thanks for the update.
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    Core Sound Challenge Race June 28th

    This is coming up soon, hope to read some after action reports and see some pictures. I would like to try this after I get some sailing experience under my belt.
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    Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    I used the measurements in this thread to mark the waterline, these numbers should work for you even if the boat is upside down: Link .
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    B&B's first annual "Capsize Camp" July, 20-22

    Sounds awesome, I can't commit to it yet, but I hope it turns into an annual event.
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    Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Thank you, I've been following your build as well. Drew, I agree on reinforcing the tabernacle: I fiberglassed the entire tabernacle before installing it and then fiberglassed it in place to join it to the deck. Overkill, I'm sure, but it helps me sleep at night.
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    Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Build - Chesapeake, VA

    Continuing on with mast work . . . fiberglass collars fairing the joint raising the mast for the first time.
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    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Anyone who builds boats at your pace is most definitely not old. Nice progress Chick.

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