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  1. HighDesert

    Utah OB20

    Got it. Thanks, guys. I mentioned earlier that I have completed a couple of simple, stitch and glue kit boats and have picked up a few skills, but am pretty much in awe of this OB20 project I have take on. It's going slow for all the usual reasons, but it's going good. The hull is glassed with no wrinkles, bubbles, starved fabric, runs or pooled epoxy. I'm very happy with it so far and looking forward to some serious fairing. Your comments and advice are truly appreciated. Carter
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    Utah OB20

    Hello gentlemen, I have a question regarding fiberglass fill coats. Up to now, I have been able to apply subsequent coats of epoxy twenty-four hours, or so, after the previous coats and achieve a chemical bond. On account of my broken leg hiatus, most of my project has had a few months to cure. I've read that a "light sanding" is required between coats, if the resin has cured, to get a good mechanical bond. So the question is...how much is enough? As you can see from the photos, I have knocked the tops off the resin at the bumpy parts of the fiberglass weave. It seems funny to me that it would be okay to give it tooth in some spots, but leave it shiny in others...but I'm hoping that's the technique. Any help would be appreciated. Carter
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    Utah OB20

    It's been about three months since I last posted after my fall from the loft in the garage/broken hip incident. I'm pretty much healed up now and back to my regular routine. I've been able to spend most of the last of a couple of weeks working on the OB20 and have gotten the hull glassed. A nice milestone. I noticed that during my recuperation, I was awarded "Advanced Member" status. It reminds me of the day in Vietnam that our Battalion Commander came out for a field visit and just before flying off promoted me from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant. I said, "Thank you, sir. What did I do to deserve that?". He said, "Nothing son, keep up the good work". As we all know, the trouble with amateur boatbuilding is life keeps getting in the way. This time for me, it's wildfire. I believe it may have been on the national news (Dollar Ridge Fire in Wasatch and Duchesne Counties, Utah). but it's certainly big news here and very close to our cabin, shop and my OB20. Not to mention a bunch of other people's properties. Last count was about 100 homes lost, several hundred firefighters on the job, lots of aircraft, only 4% containment, 50,000 acres burned so far, high temperatures, no humidity, high and shifting winds, etc.. Pretty scary. We evacuated yesterday (the fourth day of the fire) to our home near Salt Lake City to get out of the way of the professionals. All part of the risks we assume when we live in, or near, the wildlands, I guess. The photo below makes it look much worse than it actually is, but it's still super scary. Another, no so frightening, obstacle to boatbuilding has been a small camper trailer I have been working on. It's a teardrop trailer kit from Chesapeake Light Craft. I characteristically thought I could toss it together while I built the OB20. So far, it's been about two years for both of them and...well, you know. It's a great kit that any boatbuilder can appreciate and we're anxious to go camping in it some day. It goes together via stitch and glue in a female mold. Fun and interesting. There are some brilliant people working in this business and John C. Harris is one of them.
  4. HighDesert

    Utah OB20

    Thanks guys. I feel your love. I jammed the ball into the hip socket pretty hard, but the break at the femur is "non-displaced", so the only treatment is stay off it. Not easy, as you might suspect, but I'm a month and a half into it and hoping for just one more month. The doctor and my wife are both pretty strong willed females, so I don't expect to be cutting any corners. In my case, falling is not necessarily bad balance...it's purely bad judgment and lack of attention. Historically, I have been able to get away with dusting my self off, giving my wife a grin and telling her something like, "Heck, I was a paratrooper. We were trained to do that". If at one time she thought that was cute, or amusing, I think it's wearing pretty thin now.
  5. HighDesert

    Utah OB20

    By my standards, I thought I was making reasonable progress on my project during the colder months this winter. Slower than most, I'll be even slower now. Several weeks ago, I took a fall from our garage loft and broke my hip...top part of the femur at the ball joint. Besides a little pain and serious activity restrictions (no standing, walking, prolonged sitting, running, jumping, skipping or pretend boatbuilding), I'm in the doghouse. I broke Rule (promise) Number One: 1. Old men should stay off ladders a. Especially when no one is around I might have broken the fall by landing on the boat (Drop Zone shown below), but I missed it. The good news is it was my hip and not my ankles, wrists or head...plus, I now have a nifty camouflage holster for my cell phone.
  6. Cracked_Ribs, very nice thread. It's been interesting and entertaining watching your adventure. Obviously. not your first.
  7. HighDesert

    Trailer for Core Sound Mark 3 boats.

    Thanks Steve, This is a subject almost everyone can appreciate. And having all the comments consolidated on one thread is a great idea. For the the couple of small boats I have built, finding an appropriate trailer has been a challenge. I have several miles of gravel road (yup, warshboard) just to get to the highway, so any trip is rough from the get-go. The comments about rollers, bunks, etc. and their placement are helpful. I haven’t removed leaves from any springs to make a softer ride yet; but that’s something worth trying. I’m not all that close to putting my OB20 on a trailer (it’s still upside down), but it’s fun to think about it. I’ve always thought i’d buy a used trailer and modify it to fit the boat, rather than having a new one built for it. Comments on that plan please. Carter
  8. HighDesert

    Outer Banks 26 #1

    Very nice, Ken...amazing, actually. You're gonna love her for a long time.
  9. HighDesert

    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    I envy and appreciate the knowledge stored up by you and PAR and all the others. I may have started late and progressing slowly, but I have no deadline and there's nothing else (most of the time) I would rather be doing. And who knows, when this boat is complete, Utah might be a sea again.
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    Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Wow, you've been building boats for fifty years? Believe me Chick, it shows. Fifty years ago, I was in Viet Nam. Boat building was not part of my universe then...or for forty nine of the fifty years since. But I'm hooked now; and you're my guru. Late at night, when everyone is asleep, I sneak into a dark room, turn on the computer and drool over the photos of your OB20 #1 on the B and B website. My goal in life is to complete a boat that is somewhat recognizable as the same kind of boat. Carter
  11. HighDesert

    Midnight wondering from the Ch. Mate

    Pretty, pretty boat. A follow-up question to his #5. I have a friend in the millwork business that gave me tons (literally) of Sapele. It's tailings and off-cuts from a huge project. Not very big in dimension (1x1 and 1x2, or less), but most of it is sixteen feet long. Is there any reason not to use it anywhere on a boat? So far, I have steam bent it and used it for ribs on my OB20 build. It seems to split, if my screws aren't right in the middle, but that's my fault and would probably occur no matter what species.
  12. HighDesert

    Utah OB20

    PAR, thank you. I understand and I'm on it. Ken, mental health services? Up until a few weeks ago, all I needed was an hour or so in the gym, or maybe a little Pickleball with some other old people. Now I sand.
  13. HighDesert

    Ocracoke 256 hull #2 Build

    I just looked at your rowing wherry...It's incredibly beautiful. Love following your OC256, too.
  14. HighDesert

    Utah OB20

    You rate it for sure, but I think sending it to you might be considered bootlegging in Utah. Strict laws here, otherwise I'd be making gin. You just might need to make the trip...for the beer and the boat ride. A better route than the one I mentioned before would be to head west until your smell weed. That's Colorado; keep going. I'll talk you in (down?) from there. More seriously, on your blogspot, you discuss leveling and smoothing as the two parts of fairing. You also talk about using a spray can/sanding technique to help with leveling. I'm guessing that 95% of the leveling should occur before any epoxy/fiberglassing and the spray can/sanding trick comes afterward. Correct, or do you do the spray can trick during the earlier leveling on raw wood? I probably should be too embarrassed to let anyone see the photo below, but I guess I have no pride at all any more. After installing all the hull panels, I identified all of what I considered to be the "hard" spots and went after them with my random orbital sander to "save time". Holy Hell, what a job I created for myself. My wife asked if we were going to name this boat Mr. Potato. The second picture doesn't really tell the story, but after days with the longboard, it's much better now. I love this hobby.
  15. HighDesert

    Utah OB20

    That settles it; no Peel Ply for this guy. Well cool. When "we finish up your boat", can we get free beers and the occasional ride too . . . PAR, this may be a good deal for you. I've been brewing beer for a lot longer than I've been building boats. I'm easy to find. "Just head west, until you get to the Rocky Mountains, then turn right...Pilgrim." Not exactly accurate, but I've been wanting to say that for years.

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