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    Dawn & Paul’s CS-20 MK3 #16

    Dawn and Paul, hope you can repost the build pictures that were deleted!
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    Lead ballasted centerboard cs17 mk1

    Acreew, You probably saw this post re lead tip for the centerboard: http://sailnaway.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-little-side-project.html. Thanks to Alan for doing it. The weight is about 18 lbs. I can see that it's not enough for ballast. Like you, I would like to know how much lead would be required. I have used a centerboard with 15 lbs of lead to keep the board down. Raising it is not an issue because the flotation of the centerboard makes the lead surprisingly light when it's in the water. The ballasted centerboard still needs a hold down to keep it from slamming back into the trunk in case of capsize. If you need to shape the lead casting so it's fair with the centerboard, I found a router with a carbide bit was effective.
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    Ocracoke 24 #7

    Nicely done! Please tell more about the foam. Can’t tell how you laid it over the frames. It appears you used some relief cuts to bend it. How did you fair it to get the smooth contours? Thanks.
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    Battery set up on CS17

    20 hours ago, Reacher said: A boat typically has a thru-bulkhead electric connection to allow plug in to a 110v line. The 110v then goes inside the boat to a battery charger which is connected to the battery. Hirilonde replied: "That would be extremely dangerous. Only a proper shore power system should be hard wired in a boat for AC, including a reverse polarity switch." I don't think I described anything dangerous. Typically a boat will have an electrical connection to the outside. The shore power cord is plugged into the connection and that is how electricity is brought into the boat. However, I did describe a system that is more complex than Acreew needs. I was thinking the topic was a CS17-3. Sorry. A USB port in a car is protected with a 5 amp fuse. This could be done in the boat with a simple fuse block or an in line fuse. I agree that easiest charging on land is to use a portable charger on an extension cord.
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    Battery set up on CS17

    A boat typically has a thru-bulkhead electric connection to allow plug in to a 110v line. The 110v then goes inside the boat to a battery charger which is connected to the battery. The battery is then connected to a fuse/switch panel, such as Blue Seas makes. For a CS17 this panel might have six fused switches for masthead light, nav lights, radio, charging outlets, cabin lights, gps. You then run wires from the panel to your outlets, etc. Whenever you want to use something you flip the appropriate switch. To keep it simple you might omit the thru-bulkhead and just lead an extension cord in to the cabin to plug in the battery charger.
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    CS20mk3 for family camping?

    I've sailed Georgian Bay and the North Channel. In my opinion a dinghy won't be necessary. You can pull up to shore and step off. You can drop the anchor and pull the stern close to shore and step off. The rocky islands mean you have to scout for a good level camp site.
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    Core Sounds Racing with the Big Boats

    Paul, thanks for the good write up on the race and describing how it works. It was great to sail along side another Core Sound. I don't know how the committee arrived at the PHRF rating. I won't complain because it was fair to generous to me, but I think the CS 17 was rated a little high in comparison and deserved a better standing. I don't think Paul gained anything by being one of a few boats to go the other way around Green Island, but it was a good strategy. If there was a big wind shift it could have paid big dividends over the rest of the fleet. It was too bad that the wind settled in the second half of the race. After 8 miles of tacking and sailing close hauled I was looking for some good reaching to make up time. As it was, the racing ended for me at the windward mark because my position didn't change. I passed one boat, and one passed me, a North American 40. I was pleased about the pointing ability. Paul took the lead off the start and I could see he was making good progress upwind. I tried to match his technique. My tracker showed us tacking through about 95 degrees. And, even though the wind didn't allow us to demonstrate the reaching strength of Core Sound boats, I was happy that in light wind the boats still out performed their length and held off the longer keels. It was a blast, and, as the only centerboarders in the race, we felt that we represented our class well. A 15 mile race on the waters of Green Bay is a good test.
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    Racing advice in light air

    Tfrei, What races are you in? Do you have a rating? What boats do you compete against? Re tacking on light air, all I can add is to keep your weight to leeward prior to the tack, then move across to the "new" leeward side as soon as you start the tack. Rock the boat over as you tack. Agree with Designer about starting the tack smoothly, but then push the tiller over all the way. Make sure to lift the tiller to clear the combing if necessary so the swing isn't blocked. I'm still not sure how much to heel the boat in light air to make it point. I've heeled enough to start bringing the centerboard out of the water. It feels right, but I'm not convinced it helps. I would like to hear comments from others. On August 11 I hope to race a bunch of keel boats.
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    B&B's first annual "Capsize Camp" July, 20-22

    My previous post was 85% tongue in cheek. It is a valuable thread and kudos to the organizers for hosting the event. I learned to sail on a 12' tech dinghy with one sail. It resisted capsizing unless you assisted it, but then it turtled. Righting the boat wasn't a problem. My interest in capsizing a CS 20 is to know how far it can go under real sailing conditions before it goes over. And I'd like to know how fast it will turtle and how it recovers from that. In the meantime I will look for ways to better secure all the junk aboard.
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    B&B's first annual "Capsize Camp" July, 20-22

    This is the worst thread ever. Before, when I sailed my CS 20 I was only concerned about keeping the mainsheet at hand. I believed Designer's assurance that releasing the main would prevent a capsize. Why prepare for a capsize when it won't happen? Yesterday when I went sailing I was looking at all the loosely stored junk on board the would go overboard. I didn't capsize, but I was afraid that the topic was so much on my mind that it would be a self fulfilling event.
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    Sail Battens

    Joe, the battens that came with my CS 20 sails were 5/8 inch. I believe that is a common size, also used on your boat. When I inquired about a new batten BandB said they have gone to 1 inch on CS20.3. the batten pockets are large enough for at least 1.25 inch battens. I don't know enough about battens to advise you on size. Maybe a change to 1 inch would help. I am playing around with wood battens of different dimensions. Anyway, Sailrite has batten end caps of different shapes that might help your battens stay in place.
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    This would have saved my batten. It was a full length, 80" batten that was velcroed into the pocket. In the middle of a 25 mile long windy, wavy broad reach I noticed the batten protruding 6 inches from the leach. It seemed stable, but I lost it on the takedown. A hint I got re wood battens is to wrap them in filament strapping tape. Some extra strength and you can get the pieces out if they break.
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    I need to replace a batten. The original was 5/8" untapered fiberglass. I can replace with same, but am curious is anyone has gone to tapered wood battens. The pocket will take a 7/8 batten, maybe 1".
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    Core Sound 17 Outboard well (short shaft)

    My experience with my CS 20 is that the notch has to be cut deeper into the transom than the shaft length would indicate. The transom lifts in swells and waves and brings the prop up. In flat water it's ok, otherwise I have to keep the boat stern heavy. I don't want a bracket but I may end up doing that.
  15. Thanks for the picture. There aren't enough pics of CS's under way.

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