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  1. I had a great time at the Messabout and am looking forward to doing it again next year. Didn't take as many pictures as last year as the sailing was too good on Friday and Saturday. One day I'll learn to flake my sail. One day. More pics Till next year.
  2. Could you make the facebook messabout page public for those of us without facebook accounts? thanks, Hugh
  3. I can bring a spare camping chair and my random orbital sander.
  4. I'll be camping. I plan on arriving Friday morning or late Thursday if it's allowed. -Hugh
  5. Here is the expanding foam I used.
  6. Sorry I missed your post, I'll get you the brand this evening. I ordered the foam off the internet from a company in Florida and the next day someone used my credit card to buy $50 worth of pizza in Florida. So you'll probably want to find another supplier. I re-did the seat tops for my foam seats this spring as I had the grain in the wood running in the wrong direction. I pulled off the old tops and used them as a template for cutting out the new tops. When I went to reattach the tops I found they were too big. It turns out the foams seats had shrunk over the winter. While I was at it I also added some wood under the plywood and rounded over the edge so not the seats are much more comfortable. I've been sailing the Spindrift regularly on the Potomac this season and loving it.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Congrats, that's a major milestone. It took me 5 months to reach that point and I was building from a kit.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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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