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  1. roam

    Super Wood

    Sounds cool but I'm guessing we would have to alter our building methods to use it. I don't think you could bend it to form a pleasing bow shape. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207151829.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
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    Spindrift 11n build in process

    My build log is in this thread : I've still got a few things to do on my boat like putting non slip paint down, making my improvised seats more comfortable, and setting up the reefing for the sail which I hope to get done over the winter. I'm also thinking of ways of making the boat more suitable for camping which would involve making new seats.
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    Spindrift 11n build in process

    Congrats, that's a major milestone. It took me 5 months to reach that point and I was building from a kit.
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    Spindrift 11n build in process

    Will they have any play in them after they're bolted tight? Will they still be water proof once you cinch them down nice and tight? I think the easiest way to keep a nesting boat dry is to play a gasket between the hulls. I think Chesapeak Light Craft uses a big piece of rubber on an entire external bulkhead. I'm planning on just using three pieces of bicycle tire inner tube glued on the outside of the forward bulkheads three lower mounting holes. Just need to be careful not to drag the bulkhead along the ground and pulling the gaskets off. I used a rubber gasket between the two hulls on the lowest mounting bolt and it didn't let a drop of water in. -Hugh
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    Seaclipper 10 Build has begun

    Nice build. Did you have a chance to sail it yet? I've just built a Spindrift and am thinking of building a tri also.
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    B&B Messabout 2017

    More pictures
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    B&B Messabout 2017

    I had a great time at the messabout thanks for hosting this event. Special thanks to Don for the coffee and Amos for breakfast. Here are some of the pictures I took over the weekend.
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    Spindrift 11N Build Log

    I built the nesting dinghy because living in a townhouse I couldn't keep a boat on a trailer and the closest marina where I could store a boat is almost an hour's drive away on the weekends. Once I get things figured out I plan on leaving the boat in the back of my truck under a tarp during the sailing season. The issues with banging up the boat are mostly caused by finding a convenient place to carry the mast and boom. You can see the scuff marks left by the mast and boom hardware in the second picture. The aft corners of the bow section also get scuffed when it's nesting. Some clear vinyl on those edges should solve the problem. As far as the mast and boom I'm thinking of getting a ladder rack for the truck or at least half of a rack by the cab so I can set the mast and boom in the boat and lash them to the rack instead of laying them beside the hull.
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    Spindrift 11N Build Log

    Thanks Steve. Offerings offered. Woo-hoo I'm sailing! Woo-hoo I'm sailing the other direction! Now I'm sailing away. Horizon here I come! I can now move on from boat building to sailing and of course the wonderful world of boat maintenance and fixing. Primarily I need to figure out how to transport it without banging it up and then I'll refinish it.
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    Spindrift 11N Build Log

    Tried to maiden today with the help of a friend but the winds were gusting over 20 so we decided that discretion was the better part of valor. Also noted a few things that needed some attention including forgetting my pfd and an offering to Poseidon. Will be trying again tomorrow
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    Spindrift 11N Build Log

    I still need to varnish the gunwales, but the painting is done other than a little touch up. I'll confess that it's a 10' paint job but I think it looks pretty sweet at 10'. If I get bored over the winter I can always pretty it up. I ended up buying about twice as much paint as I needed.
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    B&B Messabout 2017

    Thanks, I plan to be there Friday afternoon with my Spindrift.
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    B&B Messabout 2017

    Could you tell us what accommodations are available in the area ? thanks, Hugh
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    Spindrift 11N Build Log

    I've gotten the interior of the dinghy primed, painted, and varnished. Now I just need to finish cutting out and glassing the dagger board slot on the bottom of the hull and I can start painting the outside. It feels like the end is almost in sight. I still have over a month of summer left to finish my winter project so I'm feeling pretty good about getting to go sailing this year.
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    Spindrift 11N Build Log

    Now that I have the original seats patched up and the new seats built I've applied a final coat of epoxy to everything. Besides being held in place by the thwart there are also 'things for which I do not have a name' preventing the seats from sliding into the center of the hull. I have also added 3/4" bits of wood to the inside aft corners of the seats. If necessary I can arrange another attachment point to the original seats to stop the foam seats from moving when I forget which way is up. The seats still need another coat of epoxy but if I'm not mistaken (snicker) I just need to do another sanding pass on the fresh epoxy and then I can start painting this evening.

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