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  1. Capt Bones

    Capt Bones Core Sound 17 Mk 3 #14 Kit Build?

    Carter, What high desert is the first thing that comes to mind? I am, (was), most certainly a newbie when starting this build. Yes, we have experienced 36,000 cruising miles and I have a few hours pushing the Nina & Pina replica ships around here and there and a few more hours terrorizing Baltimore Harbor in the pirate ship Fearless, but frankly, I have no building experience nor was I prepared for the depth of this build. The motivation pure and simple was my stupidity and failure to understand the needs of my mind and body in the 2017 Everglades Challenge. I need to redeem myself by finishing the EC. That has been the relentless drive to build this boat. This boat cause it fits many of the things I wanted after learning what those needs were from sailing my wonderful Hobie Adventure Island. I have not even sailed my CS, however, I am comfortable it will best provide for my needs in a variety of challenges with a few personal beneficial modifications. Thanks for your kind words, Bones
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    Capt Bones Core Sound 17 Mk 3 #14 Kit Build?

    Thank you, still alot of sorting to do but will likely get sailing pictures this weekend.
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    Capt Bones Core Sound 17 Mk 3 #14 Kit Build?

    Chick, that whole area above the lock and dam are superior areas to cruise. We spent a month in that area during our cruise and barely scratch the surface in our exploring.
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    Capt Bones Core Sound 17 Mk 3 #14 Kit Build?

    Thank you. I look forward to some water time training.
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    Capt Bones Core Sound 17 Mk 3 #14 Kit Build?

    Chick, in part, during our 8 years of cruising we traveled from south Florida up the Tombigbee to the Tennessee river and up to the head waters at Knoxville. Later traveling the loop we did the Tennessee River again. It is all wonderful and every part of it enjoyable. If I can find my old logs about the river I will share them with you. That "if" may be a challenge. But I will look this next month. Any portion of it would be a perfect venue for your vessel. Thank you for your kind words, Bones
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    Capt Bones Core Sound 17 Mk 3 #14 Kit Build?

    We did not launch the boat this weekend as planned due to familial partisan politics. There would have been eight people involved and way to complicated. There is also a number of issues we found during rigging that I want to correct. Co-capt Kyle and I will drop her in the water next weekend and meanwhile I will remedy rigging and trailering concerns and non-sailing critical items like electrical, solar, installing the diesel engine a tuned exhaust system, running lights, auto anchoring system, nav computer and other challenges in prep for the EC. Also currently struggling with an acceptable system of pumping water in and out of the ballast tank. Kyle and I will be spending considerable time sailing the Pickwick Lake and extended portions of the Tennessee River this winter (bbrrr). While we do not plan capsize training until we reach Florida we are building in the related equipment such as kicking straps, individual safety lines, righting lines, boarding ladder, the mast head float and I am seriously considering an outhaul line for the center board as a means of pulling out the CB from the trunk if the boat is turtled. Our primary training goals are: #1 learning the intricacies of sailing the cat ketch vessel efficiently as possible in three months. #2 Attempt to break the boat to determine weak spots in our building, rigging and sailing skills. #3 Build our skills, strength and stamina. We will be working on the boat right up to the start of the Everglades Challenge for sure. The boat should be pretty beat up by the time we reach the starting beach. Today we rest and celebrate the proclaimed finish of the build if not the actual. Tomorrow the EC preparation push begins in earnest. Adelante. Bones Work like a captain, play like a pirate.
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    Capt Bones Core Sound 17 Mk 3 #14 Kit Build?

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I have been thankful for many blessings and people in my life and this year my thankfulness for the riches bestowed on me this last seven months seems very personal. Since May I have been sequestered in an 18'x27' barn with a 4'x8'×18" box and its contents of jiggery, boodily shapes, slivers, pallets, blocks and plates of wood and endless possibilities. Through a symphony of emotions, misteps, epithanies, druggery, mindless work that should have been minded, fourteen tons of good luck, Thanksgiving Day we pushed a boat out into the sunshine. I wept. Friday, a cold damp day made bright by our task, we rigged my boat outside the barn. Oh, to be sure it was a clusterf__k. But it was my mess and my boat! We rigged and re-rigged until one moment we all stepped back, my son, my co-capt, my wife, we had nothing at hand to do, we felt lost, for a moment, then realized the boat was ready for its first sail--the boat was rigged. In our exuberance, someone pulled in the mainsheet, somebody else the mizzen to better shake out the sails and of course it almost sail off the trailer down the lane and off the farm toward the Tennessee river. Almost but it did not. My thanks to Graham and the B&B staff and endless gratitude to my boat shepard Alan. He never faltered, never quit me. He was always there for me supporting, guiding, teaching. Alan is my hero. My thanks to Co-capt and friend, comrade-in-arms, Kyle, constantly keeping me focused and doing the best right thing and always applauding my efforts. Thanks is far too insufficient for my wife and constant gardner who cultivated me in every possible way and need through the seven months I neglected her and every house and farm chore in benefit of boat building. Capt Bones
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    Core Sound 20 Mk. 3 #22 - Essex Fells, NJ

    I did it the way you are thinking and being pretty simple myself I used very short screws on the retainer ring.
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    Capt Bones Core Sound 17 Mk 3 #14 Kit Build?

    Thank you Amos for your insight. Not sure I have the patience for what you described, but I do have a couple of brand new drill bits and taps that are just beggin to be tried out on the masts. I am guessing most people install their center board while the boat is upside down. Since I have three chain hoists (see picture) in the boat barn, Bumpkin suggested we install the CB at our leisure after the boat is turned right-side up. Looking at it we both agreed it looked easier to do that way and fit our timing much better. So we raised the boat until the CB fit between the cradle and the hull, slide it in, and let the boat down. It went pretty quickly with Bumpkin sliding the board fore and aft to line up the hole while I stood upside down with my head in the battery compartment. I was amazed the CB slide back and forth, with no lateral movement, like it was cinderella's golden slipper or a greased pig through the arms of a ten year old in a catching contest. Further, though I knew it should, it thrilled me the CB recesses all the way into the hull. I was disappointed there was no way to take pictures while doing the install but we did manage to take a photo of the uphaul line hauled up. I got annoyed at attempting to manipulate the Gordian Knot of lines from B&B and was thankful they were all labelled and tied together. Never-the-less, I managed to get them all tangled together. I separated the lines and hung them on my clamp rack, which I need less and less for clamps. See Pic. While messing around with the boat on the hoists we decided to bring in the trailer for a fitting to see what would need to be done to get it ready for the boat. The trailer is at the shop for a bit of welding and my checkbook is making the rounds of Amazon for Trailer attachment parts. The sprits are rigged with the first of many pieces of boat hardware. Amazingly, I did not get one hole mis-drilled or out of place. Yippie Kai yea, cow patty. The paint finally dried enough to sand the inch high looking ripples here and there. If I say it I know you will feel the pain with me. SANDING SUCKS! If the weather holds I will paint the uppers tomorrow allowing me to get on with setting the cockpit, boomkin and coach roof hardware in the not too distant future. It would be comforting if I could get all the masts and boat hardware set this week. What KNOT is good to use for lashing hardware together? I dislike knots, for some reason, almost as much as sanding. I think over the course of my life I have learned to tie the Bowline at least 9 times only to forget it for the next series of events calling for the bowline. If you dare respond bowline, I will send all my fittings for you to tie. I prefer non-esoteric knots like the fisherman, the figure eight and the square knot. I can tie a real good square knot. Enough silliness.
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    Core Sound 20 Mk. 3 #22 - Essex Fells, NJ

    There are a lot of wet looking leaves in your photo. North of the Mason/Dixon? Look forward to watching your progress. Good Luck. Bones
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    Capt Bones Core Sound 17 Mk 3 #14 Kit Build?

    Pictures, Miss Lynn, my wife and Capt Kyle aka Bumpkin in photos
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    Capt Bones Core Sound 17 Mk 3 #14 Kit Build?

    I have really enjoyed all the pictures and videos of the Messabout. Thank you all for sharing. Wow! Not sure where the time between my last post and today disappeared. I do know all the hatches have been re-sanded as I did not care for so much varnish trim. I felt a need to do a little bow shaping, well, maybe a lot by some standards. I have installed a sliding hatch handle, epoxied and sanded the new oars from Canada and applied a carbon fiber on the blade edges. They are ready for paint and for smacking gators down in the Everglades. The mizzen tabernacle thwart is installed, tabernacle insert cut, the heel installed the tabernacle glued, properly, in place. The main tabernacle support and tabernacle glued into place. The masts pieces glued together and fiberglass transition wraps completed and shaped. The sprits are ready for hardware install. I also learned from capsize class and have installed a hand hold on the stern rail and one further in, on the aft upper face of the cockpit well. Once the forward hatch paint drys, I will mount the solar panel that came yesterday. Some time ago a person on this forum ask with what was I painting the masts. I said I wasn't. But it got me thinking and finally I bought and applied rattle paint. I chose a titanium color that looks like aluminum. Rattle, because I can touch up easily, though I understand many would prefer a variety of coatings from this right up to a two part. I chose having been informed. Perhaps another controversial decision was to use my main paint and colors as a sanding primer. The first coat, two colors, is on the boat. There is good news and bad news. The good news is the color combination looks good. The bad news is I did not keep good control over the sanding technique of others who may have helped from time to time. There is a considerable amount of edge sanding marks exposed by the primer on some vertical surfaces. Yeah. OK. Friends and family. meant well. I did not monitor properly and too much in a hurry to get done. Reminds me of a song: "...slow down you move to fast...." Sigh. Back to sanding. But the boat looked good for a moment. Back to work. I have a trailer, of sorts. It looks like it has spent time in a third world rendition location for way to many years. Working on it. Yesterday and today we set the sail track, drilled the holes, and popped about a jillion rivets. Tomorrow it is either sanding or start attaching hardware which brings the following questions: Which is better to use for attaching hardware. Rivets or taps? Obviously rivets will work. But if tapping turns out to be better can it be done on these mast metal thicknesses? Its getting exciting here, well, except for the new sanding needs. Looking at pictures of forum members boats together, Bones & Bumpkin notice there seems to be a trend toward a great deal of pride of ownership or more specifically pride of buildership. Most seem to take excruciating care and effort in their build and enjoy reaching for perfection. We understand that desire, that need, and its value, though we have taken another approach that meets my needs. Function over finesse. We think of this boat as a tool. This tool is dedicated to getting my sorry ass from St. Pete's to Key Largo next March alive, and preferably in one piece. Especially after wandering the edge of the Everglades in waist deep water talking to those who inhabited my hallucinations for several hours in 2017. Bumpkin, my co-capt, has been assigned as my spirit guide by my wife to protect me from myself. This I must say. We like our new tool, my boat and just because it is a tool does not mean it will be ugly. In fact we expect it will turn out to be rather handsome, with a little more sanding. Pictures to follow Bones
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