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  1. I am leaning towards a tabernacle on my Lapwing 16 build. Years ago I dropped the mast on my Flying Scot when I was stepping it. Wanting to avoid that unpleasant experience, a tabernacle seems like a good idea. Anybody want to chime in to talk me out of it or give 2 thumbs up. Thanks. Ken
  2. Murray- I agree. The fir is definitely a prettier wood. I did all of the trim in my house doors and the kitchen cabinets in fir. I like it. Ken
  3. I have been doing some work on the masts. The 10:1 scarfs worked out well. I cut the birds mouths but made a rookie mistake on the mizzen. Thought I could get one mast done before dinner the other night and rushed my set up. Long story short, the staves are slightly narrower than they should be but I am pretty sure it will be ok. Woodworking has a way of keeping me humble. The next is tapering the staves. I gave it a lot of thought and decided my track saw would be the best way to do it quickly and accurately. The set up took some time but then each taper takes less than a minute to cut and yields a pretty perfect taper. I did one mast so far and will do the other one later today. Well, maybe I should do it tomorrow as it is getting late and I should learn from my mistakes! I put the mizzen together without glue to check the fit and it seems pretty good. Years ago I built a 20’ strongback on wheels for my strip boat builds. It has been really handy for building these masts so far. I have been noodling on the best way to glue up the mast and the strongback will be a key player in that step as well. I am waiting for some epoxy to show up here before I can do the assembly. Won’t have it until mid week so I might start cutting wood for the centerboard. The weather here has been pretty lousy or we would be doing some short trips on Rosie. Glad to have this project to work on in these wet British Columbia days.
  4. Yes, the Kendrift did well also. The mast is light and easily removable. I intended to remove it when not in use but I never do. It stays mounted all of the time. It lifts out from the top. I put pelican hooks on the end of the stays so they are quickly removed. I have to remover the STB one to get my paddle boards on deck. Once they are in place I put the stay back. I hope that make sense.
  5. Dave- If you have a picture of your mast head block and snotter attachment I would love to see it. No worries if you don’t. I have my stand up wardrobe for sloppy epoxy work. The pants will almost stand up on their own. I have quite a pile of pants and shirts that should be tossed since they are more resin that cloth. I look forward to being “amused” Steve- I think once you put a boat together with CNC cut parts it is hard to go back. Yes, I am a lucky guy. Hope your sabbatical ends when you get to choose. Ken
  6. Dave- After looking at your build thread for your Lapwing, I have a high bar to come close to that quality. Glad you paved the way. Not that many years ago I could buy beautiful vertical grain fir here for a song. It has gone off the charts as far as price these days. There is a great guy here on the island that sells AYC very reasonably. He often throws an extra board or two into my pile when I visit with him. It would be far more practical to make aluminum masts. Practical is not what this project is about. I have never done a birds mouth mast so why not, eh? B&B are making all of the planks. Similar to the “Lapstitch” technique. I guess Lula will be the beta for this new kit. My guess is this is will inspire a few more Lapwing builds since it takes the most intimidating part out of the mix. Do you have any detail pics of your masts? I have not decided wether to mortise the mast heads for a sheaves or to hang blocks for the halyards. I like the way you think (enable) when it comes to boat quantity. Ken
  7. My Outer Banks 26, Rosie is done. Her tender, a modified Spindrift 9 is also complete. A couple of months back my wife Luanne AKA Lula asked what my next project was going to be. For the first time in many years I didn’t have an answer. She suggested I build another boat! I believe she lives in fear of a Ken without a project. With 12 kayaks and surfskis hanging in my shed it is hard to justify building another one. Since a good bit of my boating life has been around sailboats the gears started turning. I had admired the Lawpwing 16 for a long time. We live most of the year on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. I have a good shop and lots of tools. In the Winter months we try to go somewhere warm and that is usually San Diego. San Diego would be a great place for a sweet daysailer like a Lapwing. Hmmmm. I now have a plan and a project. In San Diego I have use of a double car garage and almost no tools. With the idea of having a project for the winter and going south I wasn’t sure if doing a build from scratch would be an exercise in frustration without my tools and machines. Long story short, Graham and Allen are putting a kit together for a Lapwing. Before building my Spindrift Rosebud, I had never built from a CNC cut package. After having that experience, I am sold on the concept. I have cut enough plywood in my life and don’t feel short changed when the CNC parts fit together so beautifully. I believe this will be the first Lapwing built with all of the strakes pre-cut. Having the kit will make building this winter possible without having a lot of my tools. Since it will probably take more time to build than I will have when in San Diego this winter, I hope to have the hull far enough along to be able to buy a trailer down there and haul it back to Salt Spring for the final touches. Since the kit will be shipped down south I decided to get going on some of the parts that I can build in BC with the luxury of a well equipped shop. I have been saving some spar grade Sitka Spruce for 25 years or so. When I dug the boards out in hopes that I could use them for this project I was disappointed to find that I had enough for only one of the two masts. I have a local source for Alaskan Yellow Cedar. I was tempted to make one mast out of the Spruce and the other out of AYC but I decided it would look tacky. I picked up enough boards last week to build 2 masts and started butchering them up to make the masts. So, AYC all the way. None of the AYC boards were long enough for the 18’+ and17’ masts so after milling them down to the rough dimensions for the birdsmouth staves I have been scarfing strakes together. Today I finished the glue ups and later in the week I plan to start cutting the birdsmouths and tapers. Any tips or ideas always welcome. Ken
  8. Dave- Some questions comes to mind regarding construction of the masts. This is my first go at building a birds mouth spar. Looks pretty straight forward with a few bits that need clarification. Not sure if blocking is necessary where the mast meets the deck. Certainly blocking the head and butt of the masts makes sense but does it need the extra strength at the partners? Did you cut a mortise into the head of the mast for a sheave for the halyards or? Looking at the drawing for the mast construction, the taper for the main mast is obvious but I am not clear on the mizzen. It shows 6’ of full diameter for the mainmast then a taper to the head. Since the mizzen is shorter, I am inclined to use the same rate of taper which would mean the taper would start with less than the 6’ of full diameter of the main. I hope that makes sense. My guess is that it isn’t critical but would love any input. Thanks in advance. Might be time to start a thread on this project. Ken
  9. Thanks Dave. I am sure I will have more questions as I get further in.
  10. Dave- I am about to start a Lapwing build. Reading this thread it is obvious you have thought through the details of how you wanted your Lapwing to be outfitted, etc. Now that you have sailed her for years, do you have any advice on dos and don’ts. Is there anything you would do differently? Are you happy with your reefing system? I going to build wooden masts and haven’t decided on track or sleeves for the sails. How long does it take you to get her ready to sail? Any input appreciated. Ken
  11. Well, it has taken over a year but I can now call “ROSEBUD” complete. Finally got around to putting her name on the hull. We have been using her for 2 seasons and she has proven to be a great dinghy. Rows well, motors well with the EPropulsion electric outboard and is stable and dry. What does a guy do when he finishes his boat? Guess it is time to start another one soon. LAPWING will have to be next.
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