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  1. Day 7: I made a very early morning start and spent about 9 hours today mixing batches of epoxy to do the filleting and taping inside all of the trunks. I also got a first coat of epoxy on the surfaces inside the trunks and up to the inwales. The keel batten will be installed tonight then I will fillet/tape/coat the cockpit area... maybe. A little time is needed for stuff to harden... providing some down time. Netflix, here I come! Post-supper: “Maybe” won out. Tomorrow sounds like a great time to continue things. Week one of the boat build is done. I’m feeling good about how things went.
  2. Day 6: Evening... Getting ready to fillet and tape. I needed to attend to some errands and family matters in the afternoon but I spent a couple/few hours tonight sanding and taping the bottom joint, sanding all the weld areas, cutting all the pieces of fiberglass tape, and doing some general straightening up of things. After assembling all the large pieces of plywood this first week, producing significant and obvious development, I expect the build now begins to move toward a slower speed of development. I will complete the first week tomorrow and will have accomplished what I’d hoped to accomplish. One week ago tonight, I was driving to North Carolina to pick up the kit. Tomorrow, I will begin filleting all of the inside joints, placing the fiberglass tape, glueing down the keel batten, and applying coats of epoxy. I hope the next photo will show the entire inside of the hull nicely darkened with epoxy. (When I returned to this post to check for typos, and maybe because it’s getting late, it looked to me in the photo above that my boat was neatly “toilet-papered” by a prankster.) ?
  3. Day 6: Transom installed in the morning. I guess, if put in the water, it’ll float now. Thanks, Graham, for the hint about using some props to help draw the bottom into the transom... it worked effectively. Everything seems to fit. The bow seems to have shaped up adequately... just a small “septum deviation” in the nose. It’ll give it character and a small story. (Isn’t that what they tell a person who experiences a broken nose? ?) I like this shot of my old fence pliers from my fence-building days in college summers. Lots of hard physical work, 50-60 hour weeks, and miles of chain link security fencing. and barbed wire. The pliers are perfect for building chain link with lots of applications... even for making a step to reach the top of the fence... very handy, but I haven’t had many reasons to tie much wire over the years.
  4. Post supper of Day 5... My body says, “It’s the fifth day... it’s like Friday night of a workweek. Relax. Take a motorcycle ride, have a beer after and watch TV.” OK, the fillet/taping begins tomorrow. ?
  5. The problem I encountered happened when I was pushing down the second inwale into place. I didn’t cut out enough wood behind the inwale joint... kinda weird angles to figure out when fitting. I thought it looked OK, but... So, I left too much wood at the bottom of the cut. That extra wood acted like a wedge and simply pushed the bow joint out. The poor little wire tried valiantly to hold, but got pulled through the 1/4 inch of plywood. User error. Lesson learned. I removed adequate wood on the next fitting.
  6. That looks somewhat similar to what I was trying to do. Mine is mostly a result of looking in my stuff for what I had around and trying a few things. Only absorbed a couple/few hours to get things so I could continue. I’m satisfied with the result.
  7. Ha... my son just wrote this to me in an instant message: Nice work. I find this is the true joy of boat building. I will completely lose my cool when something goes wrong with, say, a plumbing project in the house. But on a wooden boat, I say “well shoot. Ok, what now?” Then begins the quiet introspective creative process of working with the materials (wood is so gracious, isn’t it?) and available tools to make something work. By the time you paint, no one will be the wiser. Day 5 continued: I glued/installed the inwales. I suppose the very point of the bow looks a bit like a guy who broke his nose... slightly crooked ?... and wearing a nose cast. Next steps are to remove the wires (I’ll leave a couple in the bow for now) and begin the fillet and taping process, along with coats of epoxy. I expect it will take a while (time is needed for the epoxy to harden) and it will be a bit messy. I’ll start after supper.
  8. Day 5: Inwales... oops, a glitch. Alan suggested in a video that installing the inwales by yourself was “tricky.” (Tricky has become a fun word for us since our granddaughter recently wrote her name on a letter we received... and she thought the B was “tricky”.) Using Alan’s suggested approach I was able to dry fit them... juuust about. One more little nudge down on the second inwale at the bow (it was still a high) and... Kkraaack! Dang. The top double wire in the plywood pulled out and the first four inches of the seam split open. So... what to do? I left the well-ordered B&B boat building techniques and had to just figure out some way to pull things together. I bolted a couple pieces of wood on the sides but it didn’t pull things in enough. I added a carriage bolt to squeeze... better. (can’t get this photo oriented.) Then, I dry fit the second inwale but the extra tension pushed the points apart again. Hmmm... how to pull things in tight? I put a c-clamp on the heads of a couple lag screws that I put into the inwales. That pulled them together, holding the tension so I could tie the inwales with a double wire. Then, through a couple new holes below the plywood rip-out, I placed another double-wire tie (with a couple washers, just to perhaps avoid a second tear.) Now, after a couple hours of Jerry-rigging, it’s time a bit of coffee and lunch before installing the inwales. (All that extra stuff will get cleaned up at some point.)
  9. Day 4: Things were accomplished but with less apparent progress. Longitudinal bulkheads are installed, inwales are getting there, there seems to be no twist in the hull, joints are tack-welded so wires can come out tomorrow, and I finished sanding the centerboard and rudder.
  10. Day 3... continued: The Fold! I took care of the lawn waste runs and then had time to sand both sides of the centerboard, one side of the rudder, glued the transom, loosely wired the bottom seam, and readied things for the next significant step... tomorrow’s folding. So, after supper, still with some energy, I decided go ahead and fold the boat. I mean, “Why not? It’s ready to go.” It’s loosely wired right now and I will tighten things tomorrow. I’m not exactly sure how the first few gears in the bow are supposed to fit together, but they must have to transition from the first gear (which is only engaged because the chine is flat) to actually enmeshing as the chine angle begins and increases moving aft. I’m satisfied and very appreciative of having purchased this quality kit from B&B Yachts. Things are seeming to fit together very well and the processes (especially as portrayed in the video series) enable me to progress through the building steps. After the fold and loosely wiring the chine I placed the longitudinal bulkheads to envision a bit more of its shape.
  11. Day 3: Getting ready to fold the hull tomorrow... likely. The city finally opened its yard-waste center, so some yard cleanup is in order while I wait for new newly glued areas to cure. The center must have 40-50 people in line (only four at a time) so I am sitting here and writing this entry... I don’t have anything else constructive to do at the moment. ? After a few more yard-waste runs today, I will keep doing some of the boat’s independent projects (maybe sand out the centerboard, start assembling the hatches, etc.) I know, the pictures are not boat building photos. I hope that the next photo will be showing the hull after being folded.
  12. Day 2: Cleaning up the finger joints did not take as long as I thought. I glued the bow joints and now I need to wait for curing. Time for lunch. I will get started on some “independent” projects this afternoon while I wait for curing.
  13. Day 1: My goals for the day were: a. Make the cradle b. Organize a bit more, and make a shelf for the epoxy stuff c. Start working with epoxy... the last time I did something like this was in 1969. I decided that the first task I’d tackle would be the two finger joints of the longitudinal bulkhead; they have the shortest finger joints. The various videos I’ve watched bolstered my confidence in this very unfamiliar process. I managed to do all six finger joints today as I’d hoped. I’ll see the results tomorrow. There will be some cleanup and sanding, no doubt. These joints were about as concerning or intimidating to me as anything I see in the boat project, kinda nice to get them out of the way. I made one dumb blunder. When I laid the second side atop the already glued opposite side for, I’d foolishly left a countersink bit between the two sides. Instead of a perfect match of all the edges, the two sides became slightly off at the aft end... a 16th inch or less... I can live with it. It’s sort of like getting your first dent on a new car... good to get it over with right away... kinda breaks the tension. Tomorrow, connect the bottom/side joint and install the side cleats to prepare for the folding process. The pictures show the preparation for the first attempt with epoxy on the bulkhead finger joint... and the completed bulkhead glueing. The last picture are the six newly glued joint. (It looks like my motorcycle is looking on nervously wondering if it is being displaced by this new... THING.)
  14. While driving home, I decided on the colors I’d like to paint onto the hull and inside the boat. I... suppose... I still have a few things to do first. After unloading the van and getting the parts put in the garage and my downstairs workshop, it’ll be time for first steps... building form/cradle and glueing finger joints. Tomorrow!!
  15. (Home) Ok, all you finely cut pieces and parts. Ya’ll wanna get into that nice garage space (vacated for a while by my wife’s car)... and PULL YOURSELVES TOGETHER?
  16. (Regarding my 1968 boat mentioned above...) It was made with prescarfed 4x12 marine plywood. For glueing, I used some reddish resin, mixing in some powder stuff (sorry about using all of this technical language here ?) and all joints included screws (I sort of overdid the numbers of screws.) My dad was a lab chemist and brought home a number of things for coating the inside surfaces. He also supplied me with fiberglass and resin for the bottom (it’s my only experience so far with working with epoxy... that’s about to change.) I used whatever marine paint was available at my local Sears store. The last time I did anything with the boat was in 1994 when my son (8th grade) and I did some small repairs and added another layer of paint. He asked me last week what kind of paint we used. All I could say was, “ white paint... oh, and some red paint. My boys learned to kneeboard and ski with it... but we soon had the chance to buy “Miss Tuhla” (first post above) and the 11 foot boat sat upside down in the backyard until my son reclaimed it six years ago. Then it sat in his shed for a few more years before he began to rebuild it. Oh, and the 30 hp motor that was in a metal shed for 20 years, then outside for five, was just full of chipmunk stuff: fluff, seeds, and acorns. ? After new ignition, carb, lower unit housing, and a few other misc. things this winter, we will soon try starting it for the first time in 25 years. Cute story: last summer, my son replaced the boat’s decking and a few small places that had rotted. He used cedar strips cut from wood he removed from his basement walls. Then he covered the boat (right side up) with a tarp for the winter. Lots of snow pushed the cover down into the cockpit. Then a mid-winter thaw and rain filled the cockpit with water... which then froze into solid ice for a few more months. ? Well, experience teaches us a lot of stuff. I’m writing this post at my last rest stop before arriving back home with the new CS15 kit.
  17. Almost back to Wisconsin on my 2,400 mile pickup trip (I think it was worth it). So... some day, I’ll need to buy a trailer just to haul around this little pile of wood??? ? My first impression upon seeing the pieces of this kit laid out on B&B’s worktable is how neatly cut out everything is. I know what things look like when I cut shapes of plywood with a saber saw — sure, usually close to the lines, assuming I even drew the lines accurately — but with varying “shades of waviness” along the straight or curved lines. I just thought that the pieces looked like they were expertly made and I’m even more appreciative that I bought the full kit, “the works.” It is a great investment for my family. (BTW, not everything in the kit is pictured above.) This kit is could be sort of like an IKEA project... I’ll understand what and how some of the oddly shaped pieces contribute to the whole as the assembly process takes place.
  18. I leave tomorrow for the 1,200 mile trip from central Wisconsin to Bayboro, NC to pick up the CS15 kit. Timing with gas prices seems ideal... I never thought I’d see 95 cents/gal. again. I must admit I’m feeling excited... sort of “kid-ish”. Meanwhile, my son is working to fix/repair the 11 foot boat I built in my sophomore year of high school... 1968 (he sent me this photo today.) This winter, we had started to get the boat’s 30 hp 1956 Johnson back in running condition. So, 52 years since my last boat build... It’s time!!
  19. I know... I don’t have one piece of the boat yet, but, remembering a tidbit from my three/day cruising course on Lake Superior and being that the grandkids are a significant part of my taking on this particular project, I picked up this item for my eventual CS15.My course instructor, Captain Dave, who takes lots of first-time kids and timid people on experiential sailing ventures, calls this the boat’s “Fun-Meter”. ”The higher they number the more fun you’re having!” ?
  20. My wife’s car has vacated the space... until fall, she says... (that might provide me some “motivation”.) I moved the kayaks from their cradles on the ceiling to their summer storage rack outside. A couple new shop lights went up to augment the four ceiling bulbs (much better.) The grey floor mat will be rolled up and put somewhere. The motorcycles might need to be on the back patio this summer (I have covers.) I have been procuring clamps and other tools/supplies that come to mind. I’ll soon get some boards for the building form. Forum reading and video watching will continue. And, MAYBE, the kit will be ready for pickup at the end of the week. ? I’m feeling ready to start. I’m setting the end of July as a target to have the hull ready for “Gramma Camp” in August. Sails,, mast, rigging, and painting might wait until later. Will I make that goal? Maybe it’s too optimistic, but I’ll give it a shot.
  21. I’m hoping to soon pick up the available kits I ordered from Alan at B&B Yachts for a Core Sound 15. Becoming retired at the end of 2019, I now have available time and hope to be quite devoted to the build. It is perhaps way too optimistic to expect having a “functioning” boat by the time of “gramma-camp” (with the grandkids) in August 2020. But, I will give it a shot. And, as Alan suggested in an email update, the rigging, mast, and sails might not be complete, but rowing or motoring around (with the grandkids) in a new hull will be quite satisfying... for now. I’ll see how things are as we approach the end of July. ?
  22. (This begins a boat-build-blog for spring and summer of 2020.) I just received through mail my plans for the Core Sound 15. My Background: I built two small boats as a kid. ==> an 8 foot Glen-L three-point hydroplane (Tiny Titan)... I chose this as a project in 8th grade since my dad had a 5 hp Sea King motor. With some effort (letting go of the tiller and sitting up on the bow deck) I could get it into a plane. To use it in a nearby lake I built a little trailer with a 10 foot 4x4, a 2x4 cross piece, a broom handle “axel”, and a couple wagon wheels. I’d push it down the road a couple blocks and spend a few hours tooling around the lake. ==> an 11 foot Glen-L runabout TNT)... I chose this boat plan since, with saved money from bagging groceries, I had bought a 12 foot aluminum boat (with a 1956 30 hp Johnson motor and a trailer... I sold the boat but kept the motor and trailer.) I finished the TNT and started using it after finishing 10th grade. It did over 30 mph and could pull me waterskiing. (By the way, my son recently claimed my boat after it sat in the back yard for a couple decades. He had built a three cedar strip canoes and applied his skills to rebuilding the TNT. We then worked together on the 1956 Johnson that hadn’t been used since 1996 - but it did serve as storage compartments for chipmunks - and we will try firing it up soon.) Then came college, marriage, grad school, four kids, and a career. I’ve had many and various woodworking projects scattered among the years. No boats, though. After moving back to Wisconsin In 1995, my two sons and I were each paid $100 for playing in the summer city band. My brother-law-law (a boat dealer) called me about boat he took in on a trade... $300... an 18-foot 1978 Lund tri-hull (aqua blue... named Miss Tuhla... quaint) with a 180 hp Mercruiser in perfect running condition. My boys and I bought it. It was a fun family boat until the kids got married... and great for waterskiing. During the empty-nest years, I took the ASA 101 and 103 sailing courses plus an independent three-day cruising course in Bayfield, Wisconsin (Apostle Islands area in Lake Superior.) Fun, but chartering a 35 foot sailboat is just not within prudent budgeting. I retired as 2019 ended. Hmmm... time for something... what to do? I somehow stumbled onto the B&B Yachts website. After brief research, I decided to purchase plans for the BRS17... only $85. While looking over the plans and feeling rather intimidated (not really understanding the B&B building approaches and all the little unknown details) and having then also done more research, I decided to call in an order with Alan at B&B Yachts for a CS15... the entire set of kits: THE WORKS. I must say that Alan’s comprehensive set of 19 YouTube videos on building the CS15 is what gave me the confidence to make the full investment. I chose the kit route to have a finished project by late summer or fall (hopefully... my wife will want the garage back.) I think that the kit approach will provide me sufficient challenge. My CS15 kits are being assembled in April 2020... I’m looking forward to making the trip to B&B Yachts to bring “THE WORKS” kit home... I am ready for the boatbuilding project to begin. I decided that the speedier “end result” of a working sailboat, that I could call my own and enjoy with my family, was more important than taking on the laying out/cutting/fashioning of all the pieces... along with the fact that making the masts/rigging/etc. was beyond what I thought I wanted take on. So, from me to B&B Yachts... a big thanks for making this project available and (likely) making it possible for me to succeed.
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