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  1. “Picture on the cover...”. Very nice, Steve. Congratulations, you look pretty happy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. Based upon the attached photo, it doesn't look to me like that engine is interrupting your "Happy Hour".
  8. 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.
  9. Man, that's a cool boat. It looks really fast, too.
  10. 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?”.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Nice presentation and a very pretty boat. Good work.
  14. J, thanks for asking the question and you other guys for the guidance. I was just pondering the same task myself. What is the preferred non hardening bedding compound?
  15. Yes, its a wonderful story. All the best to your mom. I feel like I know her; or would like her, if I was lucky enough to meet her. Enjoy your boat as much as you have enjoyed the build. You have a nice legacy.
  16. Be careful Dave...unless you secretly want to build an OB26.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
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