Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Other groups

Supporting Member

HighDesert last won the day on December 4

HighDesert had the most liked content!

About HighDesert

  • Birthday 04/18/1947

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  • Interests
    Hiking, skiing, fishing, hunting and ranch life.
  • Supporting Member Since

Recent Profile Visitors

2,277 profile views

HighDesert's Achievements


Enthusiast (6/14)

  • First Post
  • Collaborator
  • Conversation Starter
  • Week One Done
  • One Month Later

Recent Badges



  1. It’s that time of year again. Sometime around Thanksgiving, the Small Boats annual magazine arrives at the newsstands. Barnes & Noble in Cottonwood Heights, Utah only brings in six copies, so Joan gets there early (not that there’s a big demand for them around here) to buy one, wrap it and put it under the tree. I usually intercept it at the door. I was delighted, though not surprised, to see Ken Katz’s article about his OB26, Rosie. She’s a beauty; to be sure. Realizing I hadn’t checked in on the messing-about forum for a long time, I took the time to review many posts, including his...the Spindrift (Kendrift) 9, Lapwing 16 Lula (love that name) with hollow bird’s mouth masts, and Cat’s Cradle, a 33’ steel sailboat. I learned of Cat’s Cradle a few years ago, but I didn’t understand the magnitude and complexity of that project until just now. I also learned that a longer article with more photos of Rosie appeared last February in the monthly addition of Small Boats. Ken, your work is amazing. The Outer Banks series is a wonderful design and you did right by it.
  2. Thanks for the comments guys and especially for noticing the ‘swoosh’, as you called it Andy. I wrestled for a long time to come up with a design that I liked to conceal the plywood scarf on the wheelhouse. Echoing the curve in the coaming was the final solution. This winter I’m looking forward to doing some electrical, engine and engine controls work that I had hoped to do last winter...or was it the winter before?
  3. A few weeks ago I was on the phone with my ninety-something mother-in-law when she asked how that boat was coming along. I told her, "Mary, its looking more and more like a boat every day'. She came back with, "Carter, it looked like a boat three years ago". She's right, of course, but I'm getting closer. And having more fun now, than when I started. I'll post a few pictures, but don't have much in the way of captions...it's pretty obvious where I'm at and where I'm going.
  4. “Picture on the cover...”. Very nice, Steve. Congratulations, you look pretty happy.
  5. Thanks Graham, I appreciate the tips and the encouragement. I'm sure you have noticed I'm loving building this boat. Over time, I have realized (accepted) that it's not really a "project" at all, but a hobby, which makes it more fun for me. Apparently you're on Carlita's Next Adventure just now. You seem to be a guy in the right place in life to do some of the things you've wanted to do for a long time and still have the motivation and ability to do them. Good for you and good luck on those adventures. That's a nifty little inspection glass you've made for the gas tank fittings. I have decided to stick with the 25 gallon tank I have. I plan to install the battery(s) in the aft locker, but ran conduits and made accommodations for them up just aft of bulkhead #2 just in case it looks like she'll set better on her lines with a few pounds forward. I was just beginning to fillet and glass the bilge compartments when I last checked in. Since then, I've added some rigid foam flotation and installed the side decks, cockpit floor and the aft seat/locker. I just ordered the steering gear and wheel and will dry fit the engine soon. I have a fairly new Mercury 4 stroke 40, which will go on initially. I'll attach some photos.
  6. Oh, the recreation and fitness centers are open out here, but like you (and Don) I would rather be out doors. Thanks for the 16th year field report. Good to know these boats will be around for a long time, when built correctly. Several years ago, I built an Annapolis Wherry, which I love and which is my (sometime, but not often enough) exercise machine. You guys are awesome.
  7. Dave, that's a great looking boat and you row it nicely. Good exercise plan, too. You're lucky to have the pond so close...beats going to the rec center, huh?
  8. I have a couple of items I could use your comments on. The gas tank is installed longitudinally beneath the cockpit floor of the Outer Banks 20. The plans call for a 35 gallon tank, but based upon the way I intend to use the boat, 25 will be more than enough. After taking delivery in the 25 gallon model, I learned that it does not have baffles, but the 35 does. Should I expect the boat's handling be effected by gas sloshing around in a 25 gallon tank with no baffles? Enough to bother with shipping it back? I used Interlux 2-part Perfection paint on the hull exterior and planned to use Interlux 1-part Brightsides everywhere else. I'm now second guessing that idea, particularly on the decks, cabin and cockpit tops. Any comments the long-term durability of the Brightsides in this application?
  9. Steve, you managed and recovered from that episode amazingly well. Some mistakes perhaps, but you knew what to do, kept your head and did it. Plus, you and Skeena are even better prepared now.
  10. Based upon the attached photo, it doesn't look to me like that engine is interrupting your "Happy Hour".
  11. Holy smokes! Perhaps I'm niave, but I'm shocked that one of these boats would show that much rot, no matter how old it is. I have a few home-built boats of that vintage that are still in nearly new condition. Admittedly, not all boats live in the same conditions, or get the same amount, or intensity of use...but still.
  12. Man, that's a cool boat. It looks really fast, too.
  13. Utah OB20 update. I have been able to move several things forward since flipping the boat many months ago, but last spring Joan and I decided to take the time to visit as many of Utah’s highest mountains as we possibly could. We’ve always been pretty avid hikers and had been on most of these peaks at least once already, but this was special, and we felt very fortunate to be able to do it. So, we did. We hooked up to our little CLC teardrop camper and spent most of the summer camping and hiking…rather than boatbuilding. Along with the boat photos, I’ve included a few pictures from those hiking trips. Please forgive me, if they are too far off subject: I realize this is a boatbuilding forum. Once upright, she revealed (the boat) two or three dozen bilge compartments needing glass and epoxy to make them waterproof. Somewhat difficult work, as it’s all about bending over and working below your feet. Next, the bunk tops went on and were painted and I faired, sealed and painted the interior. Fairing the hull exterior was the hardest job for me so far, but building and fitting the foredeck beams was the trickiest. But they’re done now and so is the kingplank and the carlins. The decks will go on soon. The other day a friend who had never been in my shop, or knew anything about my boatbuilding project, visited and after studying the boat with fascination for several minutes finally asked, “Are you restoring this boat?”.
  14. Hey Ken, Wonderful photos of a magical summer. My favorite picture is the one of Luanne rowing Rosebud. You absolutely nailed it. You're a knight in shining armor. Carter
  15. Hey Casey, Your boat is looking really sweet, as expected. I like your battery compartment, along with everything else. How about that rebuild/restoration project (Lion) of yours? I showed my wife the photo of it. She gave me a dreamy-eyed look and said, "You're going to need a bigger boat". Words of love, right? Keep up the good work...I'll continue to drool. Carter
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.