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  1. Thanks Ken. Nope, still a boat with no name. I was thinking it would be presumptuous to be considering names this early and could possibly tempt the boat building god's into sending another obstacle my way. I love the photos of Rosie, especially the ones of her cursing up through the islands. Besides beautiful, she looks safe, capable and cozy. You have created a real treasure there.
  2. Thanks Paul. Your comment is appreciated. The fairing and finish came out much better than I expected or hoped for. The flip was a nice milestone, too. The after-flip celebration was cut pretty short, though, as the reality of the rest of the work left on this project became apparent. A couple dozen bilge compartments are staring at me with lots and lots of nooks and crannies to fillet and glass. Sure wish I had been a little more diligent (and agile) in crawling under and cleaning up squeeze out during the side planking. Plus, time to start thinking seriously about fuel and electrical systems, flotation, engine, etc. The actual flip went quick and easy. I studied several different approaches and finally went for simple. I inserted large, loose fitting eye bolts at each end of the boat where I guessed at the balance points, cut it loose and hoisted it from the jig, spun it and set it back down. Long straps fastened to the shear clamps and tossed over the boat helped us control the rate of rotation. Once set up, it took only a few minutes. Drilling into a freshly finished hull was a little unnerving, but one hole will be filled and covered by the engine and the other will probably be one of the drill-fill-drill holes for the bow eye. I'll post a couple of photos; one is actually a video, which I'm not sure will open. It's not too good anyway. My sister took it and I didn't brief her on what to do. Really enjoying this build. IMG_1039.mov
  3. Your boat is beautiful, Steve. And she looks great on the water. You'll have some good times with her. Well worth the time and effort.
  4. It's been a long while since I've posted. We see that comment frequently on this forum, don't we? That's life, I suppose. I tried not to say it again this time, but it has been. Actually, I've made it to a couple of nice milestones over the past several months...hull paint and flip. Since I'm fairly patient and persistent, but not super creative, I've had a tough time imagining an OB20 in any color than the dark green of Chick's Hull #1. I was thinking that dark blue might be a good alternative, but thought that a dark hull might be less complimentary to my fairing work, than a light color. Also, I was undecided about whether to include waterline marking. Alan convinced me when he said that he thinks waterline paint makes a boat look lower in the water and more elegant. I brainstormed a bit and came up with what I thought was a simple and brilliant tool to help mark the waterline...a pencil attached to a level stick . It may, or may not have been brilliant, but it was simple and it turns out has been around for a long time. I was fooling around with my "invention", when a buddy dropped by and said, "That's pretty cool, but why don't you just use my laser level?. Duh. The laser was a smart idea and made fun work of it. My buddy is a concrete contractor and thought I was being a little picky when I complained about the thickness of the laser line on the boat. Joan won't help me sand, but she takes her paint "tipping" very seriously...and does a good job of it, even with the unorthodox cross-over footwork. It wasn't until it was all painted that I realized it was "red, white and blue", which I like.
  5. Really nice, Casey. Your work is neat, fast and precise.
  6. Absolutely beautiful, Jay. Really, your work, your boat, the launching and your life. You're clearly doing things right and you are an inspiration. I hope you and your wife live long and healthy lives to enjoy that wonderful boat you have bui!t. I know it's not likely that you would ever find yourself in Utah, but if you do, I offer a safe harbor here and some good fun. Carter
  7. Wow, very nice. It looks libht, but cozy down there.
  8. "Okay Ken, I did not want to hijack this string, but you goaded me into it." I don't believe there is any such thing as "hijacking" on this forum, especially with a great story like that.
  9. The pontoon shoes reference was a joke, but then I thought the snow shoe story was too. Actually, when I was a kid, I was pretty sure I could strap some foam slabs to my feet and walk on water...pontoon shoes. I have a lot more experience snowshoeing than I do boat launching. Like everything else, technology has changed snowshoes a lot over the years. Modern snowshoes are much smaller, lighter and easier to use. The older ones were built way too big and designed for much lighter and deeper snow than most people ever encountered. Maybe I'll take a pair to my muddy beach spot after all.
  10. It's a thin line between passion and obsession.
  11. Snowshoes in the mud? I'm pretty gullible, but I'd need to see that one. If you had said Graham used pontoon shoes, then I'd believe you. Conceptually, snowshoes and my chain link fence fabric launch ramp are pretty close cousins, though. The bank dries out all the way down to within a few feet of the water, so the tricky part is getting the boat in and out of the water and me in and out of the boat. I don't see snowshoes making things any easier and would almost certainly cost me any dignity I have left. This muddy beach story makes the place seem awful. Actually, it's beautiful, full of trout and infrequently visited; probably on account of it's defensive perimeter.
  12. Oops, i must have hit the Send button accidentally. Downhill seems like a good thing, but that's not how canals work, is it? After realizing that my canal would need to be seven or eight thousand feet deep at my shop to get water from the Sea of Cortez, I gave it up and decided to go back to being a trailer sailor. Not only that, building an inland waterway from Mexico to the center of the USA might create more problems than I'm prepared to handle
  13. Jan, Your boat is looking amazing. You've pretty much caught up with me in as many months as I have spent years. I underestimated you from the beginning...thinking you'd be slogging along like me. Wishful thinking for a compadre, I guess. Not the first time I gross!y underestimated someone, though. Keep up the good work and don't stop posting. Sometimes when we post something and no one responds, we think no one is reading, but we are. Carter PS. Hey, I have given your "canal through the desert to the ocean" idea some thought. It's less than a thousand miles from my shop to the Sea of Cortez shop...and it's downhill all the way!
  14. "I have carried a piece of scrap carpet to lay on the beach." Cool idea for the gravely beaches, Chick. I'm going to use it. One of my favorite rowing/fishing/sailing spots has the opposite problem...mud beaches. The kind of mud that sucks your shoes off and needs to be coaxed off the bottom of your boat (and everything else) when you get home. And, as summer wears on and the agricultural use of the water continues, the shoreline recedes and the mud follows it. I've thought of deploying a bit of chainlink fencing (or carpet) to create a launch pad, but haven't tried it yet. Any thoughts on making boat launch from a mud beach more pleasant?
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