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  1. My OB20 kit arrived with 27 gallons of resin and hardener in five gallon buckets. It's taken me years to get through it and, stored in the basement, it crystallized, but a couple of days floating in the hot tub makes it good as new.
  2. Very cool, Ken. You have quite the package there. Good to hear that you and Luanne are back from California safe and healthy. Have a wonderful summer with Rosie, Rosebud and the Kencrane.
  3. I think barns are a soft spot for most of us...take care of that one. She's a beauty. It must be a pleasure working in there; whatever the weather.
  4. Yes, your work is exquisite, but so is that barn you're working in. Wasn't it part of Clint Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter" movie set?
  5. I'm not an experienced boat builder, but I have to echo what Amos, Don and Dave said. I used Interlux Britesides on a small sailing/rowing skif...it looked fabulous, but scratched easily. In all fairness, I launch mostly from gravely beaches and trailer several miles of gravel road just to get to the highway from my house, but we live where we live. B and B recommends using a two part paint on the OB20 I'm building, so I did...Interlux Perfection. At least on the hull exterior. I may go with Briteside on the interior of the cabin and cockpit to save a few bucks on the areas that don't take such a beating. I'm hoping for much better durability from the Perfection. If you want advice from a novice, the two part paint should not be intimidating. I'm a "read the directions and follow them" kind of guy, but the two part Perfection was not difficult and turned out really nice. I'm very optimistic about the two part Perfection. Good luck with it and keep up the Nice work.
  6. Jim, That is one sweet little camper. She's going to love it. I built one a couple of years ago (cheated, though...made it from a kit) and it's been perfect for my wife and I. We use it a lot. We've had friends come to visit and opt for the teardrop, over sleeping indoors. In Utah, unladen utility trailers less than 750 pounds aren't required to be licensed. Campers are, of course. I was stopped once and told the patrolman that it was just a common Harbor Freight utility trailer with a fancy plywood box on it that comes right off when I want to haul trash to the dump. He just rolled his eyes and sent me on my way. Carter
  7. Your boat is looking very nice Casey; not your first rodeo, I suspect. I enjoyed and appreciate the photos. Deck framing is the next step on my OB20 and your pictures are a big help to me. I too, am considering placing the batteries forward of the fuel tank for what I think will provide the best trim. I'm also thinking about a different type of cockpit seating from what is shown on the plans and interested to see what you do. Again, its fun viewing your work and studying your photos. Carter
  8. Pete, Thank you...for the pdf and for the delightful story of your summer out west. It must have been quite an experience. Besides being a very sweet account of a special memory of yours, the "Rawlins-Riverton Stage Coach" sparked an old memory for me. During my first winter home from Vietnam, two friends invited me to join them in an attempt to be the first to ski the Lolo Trail, the route taken by the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition through the Bitterroot Mountains in Idaho. They had grossly overestimated our skiing abilities and we weren't successful, but that's another story. Like your journey out west, my travel to our meeting and ski jump-off spot near the Idaho/Montana state line, was a multi-legged trip, eventually putting me on an old bus belonging to the "Clearwater Stage Lines". It was an overnight trip and I had the incredible good fortune of sitting next to AND necking most of the way with a really pretty young girl. Way better than a parade, I figured. It was It wasn't until we unloaded that I discovered that the people sitting in the seat in front of us were her parents! I don't think my heart rate returned to normal for two days. Carter
  9. Greetings Mr. McCray, I was delighted to hear that you have decided to sail and enjoy Chessie for at least one more season. After reading the discussion leading up to your decision, I decided to re-read your entire build log over the past several evenings. What a delightful read and a nice text for anyone building any kind of boat. Your passion for your work is inspiring and truly underscores the importance of having that kind of passion for one 's work, especially later in life I'm really fascinated by your "Owner's Manual" idea. I'm building B and B's OB20. It has been a wonderful (and semi-long term) experience for me and I look forward to the day when she slides into the water at Soldier Creek Marina on Strawberry Reservoir in North Central Utah. She will be very unique out here. I decided on the OB20, rather than a sailboat, because, although I'm not yet in my eighties, I'm getting up there and not as nimble as a small boat sailor should be. Plus, I never was a very good sailor anyway. So, back to your Owner's Manual. Eventually, my OB20 will have another owner. In my case, probably my son. I would like to turn this vessel over to him with a complete build history including photos, architectural drawings, etc. and set a of maintenance instructions. If you don't mind others doing some R&D work (as Jay calls it), I would appreciate seeing your finished manual. Thanks, Carter
  10. Beautiful...very nice work. I'm not building a sailboat, but this makes me want to build a birdsfoot (oops, birdsmouth) mast.
  11. Rswenson, As far as I know, we are the only B and B Yacht builders in Utah...if you are, in fact, a B and B Yacht builder. Where are you? What are you doing? What would you use Amos' lead for? Carter
  12. Happy New Year, Steve. I too am glad o have the forum up and running. Thanks for the photos, you have added some very tasty amenities to Skeena.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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