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Murray last won the day on October 17

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  1. Well we have a centre case in now, very pleased that the pre-drilled hole for the centreboard is perfectly aligned on the two sides. But even more pleased that after far too long looking at the stem, I went out and got a $100 laser level. It showed the issue - and thus the solution immediately. So I'll work on that and post the result shortly...
  2. Dave - I'm just embarking on installing the trunk - yes, I've started again. Not quite sure from your description, but did you have the truck projecting through the hull, then trim to fit (so the bottom of the trunk is flush with the bottom of the garboard plank, or is the trunk still fully inside the boat as shown in the plans? Your photos have been a source of much help to me - thanks!
  3. I bought a new Ford Ranger Raptor to tow my boat. A little overkill perhaps, but as they say, you can take the boy out of the west, but you can't take the west out of the boy. And now they have launched a new one. So yes, I ordered one. Just in case. my wife just shook her head...
  4. Ken you've done a great job - most impressive. I'm still making excuses, but I will re-start tomorrow with the centreboard case. I've found that I have much less spare time now I'm retired - seem to be busy doing things for other people. But that's OK too. I know that when I was young, I had plenty of time, but no money. Now I'm old, (or getting there) I find I no longer have plenty of time... Look forward to seeing some on-the-water pics...
  5. That's outstanding. I've looked long and hard at these pics and I just can't fault the result.
  6. 20 coats. OK, Dave it's official, you are prepared to go the extra mile...
  7. So true - those masts are a work of art. Quite inspiring really...
  8. How about the other way around? Carbon tube (I have some prototype Laser/ILCA carbon tubes that I am considering covering in a veneer of Alaskan Cedar)
  9. Tracksaws are the best thing. Ever.
  10. Haven't even looked at the project for the last 3 months Peter. - well that's not quite true, I keep looking at the stem and I see it's not quite plumb. I should have glued up the lamination on a flat table rather than in situ. So I'm trying to decide how offended I am by the issue and if it's bad enough, what I'm going to do to correct it. Probably time I reached a decision, and got on with it...
  11. I like the way you think @Don Silsbe....!
  12. I was kinda interested to see the detail of the planking so I haven't done that yet. I probably will since my handiwork leaves a bit to be desired.... I haven't varnished the transom yet, just 3 coats of resin...
  13. I recently made a couple of new workbenches with Valchromat tops. I had a bit of spare resin at one point so I rolled it on. The valchromat soaked it right up so I put a second coat on - then just for fun a third. By then it was a bit lumpy so I got my sander loaded with 240 grit, smoothed it out quite well. If something is good, more is better, so I raked through the sandpaper drawer and went to 320/500, then for even more fun 800/1200 and finally 1500 grit. it really does feel amazing. So then a mate popped over and suggested i try that on the hull. I did, and yes it's quite interesting; no sheen at all, but super smooth. Downside is it's no-where near as hard, so probably not practical.
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