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  1. Don- I have been lurking along with your build. Looks like a sweet little boat. When I get ROSIE in the water (“the last boat I am going to build”), I will need a dinghy. Might have to get started on a nesting dingy like yours. As far as names go, in the 80’s I built 2 nesting dingys designed by Danny Greene. The first one got stolen the first time I used it. The design was called 2 bits. Since my sailboat was called Cats Cradle, the logical name for the tender was Cat Box. Ken
  2. Chic- I want to be more like you IF I grow up. Dave, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my madness. Lemn, back on subject, your boat looks beautiful! Ken
  3. Having perfectionist tendencies, I find this pretty interesting. It is so easy to make our builds hard. The motivation to build our own boats is pretty complicated sometimes. Is it to save money? Nahhhh, we know that is a delusion. Is it to get out on the water and have pride in what our efforts created? Maybe. Is it to work out some psychological disorder? For me sometimes I think so. After having a serious life changing event in the middle of building ROSIE, I have given all of this a lot of thought. When I got out of the hospital my first instinct was to head to the shop and look at my boat. I had cut a bunch of parts before I went down for the count. When I got up to the shop and couldn’t remember what the parts were for it gave me pause. Were they really that important. Later, I came to my senses, my memory returned and of coures they were! Anyway, I realize how ephemeral all of this is and is perfection really serving me. We all know that to get that extra 2% improvement in quality might mean 20% more time. I guess it comes down to how you want to spend your time. My current mantra is “PERFECTION IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD”. I have to constantly remind myself of that when I fuss over something for hours that won’t be important in a month. Ken
  4. Having perfectionist tendencies, I find this pretty interesting. It is so easy to make our builds hard. The motivation to build our own boats is pretty complicated sometimes. Is it to save money? Nahhhh, we know that is a delusion. Is it to get out on the water and have pride in what our efforts created? Maybe. Is it to work out some psychological disorder? For me sometimes I think so. After having a serious life changing event in the middle of building ROSIE, I have given all of this a lot of thought. When I got out of the hospital my first instinct was to head to the shop and look at my boat. I had cut a bunch of parts before I went down for the count. When I got up to the shop and couldn’t remember what the parts were for it gave me pause. Were they really that important. Later, I came to my senses, my memory returned and of coures they were! Anyway, I realize how ephemeral all of this is and is perfection really serving me. We all know that to get that extra 2% improvement in quality might mean 20% more time. I guess it comes down to how you want to spend your time. My current mantra is “PERFECTION IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD”. I have to constantly remind myself of that when I fuss over something for hours that won’t be important in a month. Ken
  5. She is a beauty! Nice work.
  6. Hi Guys- Came across and thought some if you might be interested. Looks like a fun and beautiful event. https://www.threesheetsnw.com/inaugural-salish-100-small-boat-cruise-ready-to-set-sail-in-june/
  7. The used vinegar makes a great salad dressing.
  8. If you plan to use Never Sieze or Anti Sieze look at the formulation. They are not all the same. Some have more zinc, some more cooper, etc. When I have used a lot of that stuff I tried to find the highest zinc content. My guess is the formulations have gotten more sophisticated since the time I looked into it. Read up on Lanolin and see what others have to say. My experience is that it is amazing stuff and easy to work with. I would smear it on stainless screws before screwing then into aluminum. There is a spray that I would use in hard to reach places and inside of rivet heads, etc. Another advantage to Lanolin is it keeps the sheep employed to create more wool for my wifes obsessive knitting habit. This is my experience and there are probably many others good solutions.
  9. Hey Guys- You are making me blush. Chick, you started this whole thing with the pics I saw of Princess. I had been toying with a build for over 10 years but was so involved with kayak/surfski building and racing that I kept it on the back burner. One day Luanne said, “we should get a skiff”. Well, the trigger was pulled and within 20 minutes I had found a picture of PRINCESS online and showed it to her. Her reply was “I meant we should buy a small skiff, not build one”. Well, seeing that beautiful design and gorgeous execution put the wheels in motion. Should I say thanks?? Truth be told, I wish I had started 5 years earlier. Well, not everyday:). I don’t know if all of you guys are like me and obsessively look at other builders pictures for ideas and inspiration. I imagine I am on the far end of the obsessed scale. Oyster, your build, pics and comments are at the top of my list. When I look at your and most of the other builders work out there, I see my mistakes, and less than perfect outcomes. Maybe we all do that a bit so if we all keep the pictures and words coming we can see what we may have done well and things we can do better. Thanks guys! Ken P.S. Carter, Happy most of the time. Grateful all of the time. If nothing else I am very lucky!
  10. Carter- We are in San Diego and are planning to spend most of our vacation time here. When we left BC the weather was getting wetter and colder and the sun and light here make it hard to go home. I put boat building out of my mind for a few weeks and now I find myself thinking about what I will do next when we get back home. It may be awhile, however, since we having a great time down here. Didn’t pass anywhere near Utah on this trip. If you make it to Seattle let me know and I can advise you on the best way to get to Salt Spring Island. Been wondering how your healing has gone. Back on the OB20 yet? Pics? I took some pics of ROSIE the day before I took off. It was a gray drizzling day so the pic quality is not great. She looks a bit like a mangy dog without the nonskid on the deck. Should be able to cure that pretty quickly. Got more paint and varnish work done, stainless rub rails, mocked up steering station and seating. The sliding PH windows, ports and windshield are in place. I made some HERESHOFF inspired windows for the aft PH bulkhead. Pretty happy with them. They allow for easy ventilation and are quite simple. I am starting to think about a radar/antenna/masthead light mount for the PH roof. Anybody in the brain trust have ideas?? My brain is maxed out so any help appreciated. Only 6,421 details to go! Cheers, Ken
  11. Back in the 80’s I did a test of several products to find out what worked best to keep aluminum and stainless from welding themselves together. Took a piece of aluminum sailtrack and tapped a series of holes in it, screwed a stainless fastener into each one with a different product and torquing them all to the same level of tightness. After 6 months on the splash zone of a dinghy that was used every day each screw was removed with a torque wrench. The winner was LANOLIN. It was sold as LANOCOTE. The runner up was Silicone.Those sheep make good stuff. I have been using it ever since with very good results. That is not to say there are not other things that are as good or better. Just my experience. https://www.forespar.com/products/boat-lubricant-lanocote.shtml Ken
  12. Beautiful is an understatement! Do you have any idea how much she weighs and how much weight the foam constructions saved over an Ocume ply version? Ken
  13. Dave- Your microwave adventure sounds like a great "learning experience" I am probably one of the last humans on earth that has never owned a microwave. Years ago I wound up on the west coast of Florida after a rough passage from the Panama Canal. We hadn't been among the "civilized" in years and were thrilled when an old friend offered his fancy home on a canal for us to tie our boat to and take care of while he was away. The first night we reveled in the idea of a washing machine and dryer, the ability order a pizza and a microwave to heat up other foods. Well in the course of around 15 minutes I stupidly put something with metal in the microwave, the dryer buzzer sounded and so did the doorbell when the pizza arrived. We had a small dog and he started barking..... All of the noises almost caused us to head back to sea! Luanne likes to roast our coffee from green beans. She is quite diligent with everything she does but a few months back forgot about the coffee roasting in the kitchen and started pruning the roses. Long story short, the house filled with smoke and we were lucky that it didn't burn down. She spent 3 days scrubbing the walls, ceiling, etc. I think I might be able to use the oven for important things like annealing boat windows after that without getting any grief. Does using someone else's misfortune to my benefit make me a bad person? No answer required. Well Dave, I look at your pics and it makes me step up my game as well. Let's keep that inspiration bouncing back and forth. Ken
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