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Mark Baumgaertner

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  1. Ahhhhhh just what I need some moral support! Alan your timing is impeccable.
  2. How many people does it take to flip your CS20 MK3, I'm almost ready to flip mine too.
  3. Lovely video! Is that a jetboil stove?
  4. Beautiful name Amos. I am curious to know if you have rowed your boat much, I'm not as strong as I used to be and trying to figure out if it's worth leaving the cockpit coaming open for oar storage or just closing it off permanently for added buoyancy and storage up front for misc. gear? A imagine a 20' boat would not be easy, I've rowed a 16' Aluminum boat about a mile when I was in my 20s now I'm in my 50s and it doesn't sound like fun! I've been combing the internet for pedal powered propulsion system and found a couple I might try. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I've just started fitting my inwales and cockpit sides.
  5. Haha Steve I feel your pain, my wife Linda will come out and help me only when I ask her to hold something etc. But no volunteering to lay a fillet or sand.
  6. Extremely informative videos Alan, keep them coming I'm right behind you in the build of my CS MK3. I just fitted my anchor locker deck and cut my forward inwales and cabin top stringers.
  7. Very nice looking boat on your video! What type of paint did you use on the hull sides and what color is it?
  8. Pete, Nice job on all your boat alterations! I'm particularly interested in your OBM and motor well/mount. I've read and studied your pictures and plan to build something similar. I haven't purchased an outboard for my CS 20 MK3 yet, I was hoping to get by with an electric trolling motor since I'm not fond of the noise and mess of gas. But I am coming to the realization that if I'm going to venture into near coastal waters and safely navigate high currents and shipping traffic I will need to be able to maneuver when the winds die. I am at the stage in my build just prior to installing the hatches and stringer material for the cockpit seating and I wanted to get my motor well mounted, my telescoping Garlick ladder mounted and backing supports for my eventual windvane. Therefore I will need to purchase an adequate outboard. I was wondering if your OB was a Suzuki 4 or 5 hp ? I think they are basically the same overall dimensions? And if so does it fit and store inside your cockpit locker? I think I remember you saying it was a short shaft 15"? Is the wash plate below your transom? What are the dimensions of your well and height of OB mount above transom? Thanks, Mark
  9. I sure love that you thought about us big guys Graham !!
  10. I'm jealous! I'm also a big guy at 6'5" 230 lbs and I'm building a CS 20MK3 hoping it will be big enough for my wife and me, probably more me than her (hehehe). Time will tell, I've had bigger boats and wanted something that was easily trailered and stored for the winter, yet still provided some protection from the elements and seaworthy enough for some coastal sailing. But this new design sure looks sweet! would love to see more drawings and will be watching your build closely.
  11. She's looking good! I've been trying to decide what size to make my motor well on my CS 20 MK3. I don't have a small gas motor yet, I have a trolling motor which I hope to use mostly but on longer trips I think I may need the extended capability of the gas engine like a Honda 2.3 or something. So I need to make sure I make the motor well large enough for that. I also will be mounting a ladder from Garlick that fits in a tube and deploys out the transom. Apparently Amos and someone else installed one too. My dilemma is I want to install Graham's wind vane too, I'm just not sure there is enough room on the transom for it all to work as designed, LOL.
  12. Yes Alan, I appreciate your very helpful insight on how to sail the cat ketch rig with a spinnaker
  13. I also love the green color, I have been thinking about painting my CS 20MK3 with green sides and a yellow pin stripe and maybe beige topsides.
  14. Which GPS plotter do you guys like for small boat sailing?
  15. Interesting how you guys refer to it as VMG instead of what most Mariners at least on the west coast refer to it as SMG (speed made good) or CMG (course made good). As a licensed deck officer and 23 years as a Coast Guard rescue boat operator I had never heard of VMG. Anyways thank you for your explanation. After looking the term up on google search it is a sailing yacht term to describe upwind sailing as you guys previously stated, which might be why I wasn't familiar with the term, even though I'm no stranger to sailing either. Learn something every day!
  16. Good info, trying to figure out what vmg means though?? LOL
  17. Thanks for the good ideas guys! I'm not sure what the best method is as I can see how each of your ideas makes sense. I guess I'll have to think on it some more.
  18. That sounds like a fantastic setup Jay. So what is the mfg. and model of the pump? I think that might be something I would do except not sure if the intake outtake should be the centerboard trunk?
  19. Alan, how much of the race were you able to fly the spinnaker? and what additional speed were you able to make because of it?
  20. Your interior is looking very nice Steve! where did you find the step bracket? that looks like the perfect addition.
  21. First off, I would like to thank the designer/Alan and all the builders of the CS boats for sharing their advice on endless topics. I am making good progress on my CS 20 MK3 #21, I've almost caught up to Alan on his CS 20 MK3 and am feeling a bit uneasy since I've been following his build on google photos and soon I won't have any visual reference other than the construction manual. It shouldn't be a huge deal but Alan's pictures sure have been a nice reference. Not to say that all of your pictures have been very helpful too, because they have. My question today is what is the best way to add and remove water from the ballast tank? I like simple, but at the same time convenience of operation at a the time of need is an important consideration as well. I liked the idea of using two andersen bailers one forward and one aft, but the dewatering of the tank at a minimum speed of 4 kts is a problem and having to open and close the armstrong hatch I guess is a little cumbersome. Personally I would think that the most common time to remove water from the ballast tank would be during low winds and thus slow boat speed and one wanting to row an empty boat. So I was thinking of using a bailer for filling and a manual pump for removing water, however the thought of taking the time to pump while trying to maintain course etc. when sailing short handed does not appeal to me. So I'm thinking an electric bilge pump to remove the water and a bailer to fill the tank. I haven't been able to find a reversible 12V bilge pump either which certainly might be the most convenient method for adding and removing water as long as one had the 12V power available. I went to the local Marine store to look at the Andersen Mini Bailer and due to the design of this unit I think it will only bail not flood?? It has a little flapper door on the front of the scoop permitting water from only exiting the unit not entering it. I guess maybe one could force the removal of that door now that I think about it? As a side note I have also been contemplating what type of auxilary propulsion to use, I am planning on having the oars available as a last resort option. I've been searching the internet for a pedal drive system too which really interests me especially since there are a few non-motorized raid races I hope to participate in. Anyways, I was curious as to what all your thoughts were on the ballast tank operation was? before I make my final decision.
  22. Hey guys I'm unfolding my Boat this evening and I was looking for the measurement for the centering of the boat on the Cradle?? I can't find it anywhere. Maybe its not critical initially? I"m thinking its not but if anybody has any info I'd appreciate it.
  23. Hey Guys, My name is Mark Baumgaertner, and I've been looking for a micro cruiser for a few years now. I almost bought the CLC Pocketship Kit recently until I ran across the B and B's CS 17 MK3 which I quickly fell in love with the design. I live in Port Townsend, WA and have been wanting to downsize from my Clipper 33' Cheoy Lee. One question I have is how much space is in the cuddy cabin and will I be able to move my 6'5" 240 lb 54 year old body around? I know it will be small and the space is for getting out of the weather and sleeping primarily. Can any of you guys shed some light on my question?
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