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  1. FINALLY!!! Work on Joe Will Continue. It’s a little later than I had hoped but the marina guy will meet with me tomorrow morning (in his shop) to start finishing the installation of controls. I can then finish installing the decks, floor, and seats. It’ll be a couple/few months before the water around here is ready for the boat to be used. Edit — the next day — Wouldn’t ya know… a phone call to come in “tomorrow” instead of this morning. And so the can is kicked a little more down the road. ? But, I was also informed that the 5hp Honda outboard I ordered for Avocet has arrived. That’s a bit of nice information.
  2. The listed negatives of the wishbone approach came to mind when I saw them on another boat, especially the space and awkward aspects. (I didn’t think about the battens getting hung up.) I can appreciate a well-seasoned and skilled sailor being irritated by the affect to sail curves from straight sprits, even for just the aesthetic reasons. (I understand that there is actually little impact to sail performance but I’d imagine the racing-attitude sees a bit of speed loss.) Being a brand new sailing guy I don’t have the developed “eye” in which the straight sprit “offends” me. In fact, I suppose I’ll always remember the episode where it it took me a while to notice the quirky look in the sails after reefing for the first time (below), let alone wonder “what the…???” So, I’ll post the photo for humor’s sake (I’m laughing even as I write this.) ? It was my first sail last spring. I only used my new boat a few times in the previous fall and hadn’t tried reefing. So I gave it a shot while on the water, just to see what the process is like. For some reason I decided put the reef ties around the sprits. Once I started heading downwind and looking up at the sails… “what the…??? That CAN’t be right. What is going on?” Well, at least I noticed that the nice sail curve… just wasn’t there. ? These goofy errors help the learning process, I guess. While typing this post, I wondered whether one could sail without the sprits, just the sheets. Hmmm… something to try this year, likely unsuccessfully ?.
  3. That was really fun to see your boat pop up in a video within an hour of commenting on this thread. You have done a great job on your CS17. Did you design the wishbone sprits or had you found some kind of plans for them? I’d considered that project but I’ll be quite happy with the straight ones I have. Also, I liked seeing your camping tarp. ?
  4. Hey! I just spotted this boat on a video I’m watching. Is this YOUR boat, Gira Gira? ? From this video… nice:
  5. Ah… makes sense. My floats are made from four thicknesses of 2 inch (or so) styrofoam glued together (the kit pieces were CNC cut to fit together nicely.) Cutting and shaping a 4-layer block to approximate dimensions might suffice… with epoxy and/or fiberglass for surface hardness. A piece of PVC through the float (glued in) near the middle provides a pivot point and serves as a bushing for the mounting “pin”. This is how my B&B float kits turned out. ?
  6. I would think shipping costs from B&B wouldn’t be unrealistic. Maybe check on that first before just ruling it out. The kit includes a mounting apparatus. It was made to fit snugly into the top of the masts; B&B knows what that inside dimension would be since mast pieces came from their shop. Check your mast inner diameter if you procured your own mast materials. (I’ve always received helpful answers and quick responses from B&B from questions I’ve sent them.) If deciding to make a float from scratch perhaps you could ask for float dimensions from B&B. An challenge in this approach is to replicate three dimensional curves… and to build something for mounting the float.
  7. I was gone all day today… this paint and tape work on the sides was entirely The Weezer’s doing. I only offered some thoughts before going downstate on how she might try setting things up to paint a white stripe — following the line of the gunwales rather than the waterline. I had always thought she was looking for a bootstripe a little above the waterline… and only this week understood what she actually had in mind. I’m glad I caught up with The Weezer’s vision… always helpful when coaching. (Whew!) ? So, a couple more coats of white on the new side stripes and the tape can come off. The bright finished pieces (bow deck, aft mid-seat top, trunk top) need to be installed and we can then assemble and install the rudder/tiller. (Oh yeah, looking at the photo above, we need to also finish installing the five inspection/access ports.) Still lots of snow around here but this boat is getting ready to launch. ? I’m quite proud of what this kid is accomplishing. And I sure have enjoyed four months of thinking about my two Core Sound sailboats still sitting in storage… I’m getting anxious to get them out for a full 2022 season of sailing and playing.
  8. I know… not part of the B&B stuff here… but, my son has taught himself to do some beautiful crafting with wood to support his boat interests. To propel one of his 3 cedar strip canoes he made another paddle. He said it started out as a “beater” paddle from scraps from another paddle build. Then, it started to turn out nicely with his spokeshave work so he put on a nice oil finish… and then drilled holes for a cribbage board for the campsite. I wish I could “post” the soft, velvety smooth finish on the handle and shaft. ?. I know some of you folks would appreciate seeing this hand-made project. I gave him plans for a lapstrake sailboat (not B&B) that he’d like to build someday. I’ll keep nudging him toward considering the new B&B Lapstrake kit. ?. We’ll see.
  9. Hmmmmm…. That could be a plan. ? I’ve seen your wheels turning before. ?
  10. Samantha, your thread already has about 100 views. See! People are interested. ?
  11. Yeah, she’s been really fun to mentor through the process. And, I’m glad she finally decided to do her own painting instead of hiring it out. (I think it will enhance the pride she takes in the project.) I find this cute and endearing… and probably very important… Throughout the process, I always let her know that she needs to be the one to decide if and when something is done to her level of satisfaction. While her level might be different sometimes from what I’d hoped for in my own work, I didn’t want to project that onto her. She always seemed delighted whenever she brought a step or process to whatever level of completion she decided. And the results are really satisfying to her. It also helps to start with such a high quality kit. SUMMER’s Comin’ Kid!! ? It’ll be a gas to sail our boats together.
  12. Congratulations on getting the CS17 Mk3 kit (eventually) and taking on the project. I skipped the building part and purchased one that popped up on the forum as being for sale. I haven’t used it yet, since it went right into winter storage. Maybe you’ll sail yours before I sail mine. ? My two “retirement” boat-build projects (during COVID) have been great to have and provided LOTS of hands-on activity. Even more fun for me was using my stimulus check to help “stimulate” some business for B&B Yachts. My wife and my mom also tossed their stimulus checks into the B&B project and that mostly took care of the rest the kit’s expense. It was a GREAT way to use stimulus checks. Be sure to let folks know and see your progress on the build. Photos are always appreciated. A couple times during my build I received some very helpful and timely advice just because the Designer noticed things in my photos. Oh, and be sure to check out Alan and Taylor’s video series on making their Mark 3. The most helpful information for me was gained from watching Alan’s 20-video series on building the CS15. I have enjoyed making “build-blogs” on this website almost as much as the actual building. Most nights, after getting some things done on the project, I’d take some photos and do some writing. A primary reason was that it provided me a way to share stuff with my family and friends. I concur with your three “learnings” above, except that I drove my Toyota Sienna to B&B’s to get my kit.
  13. It’s in the water… and the Designer tries it out. He gives the new SR20 a glowing review Here is the link to his thread (below):
  14. I loved what I saw in this design when you B&B guys described it on a thread started by Andy B. Here’s the link: (Whoa… I didn’t expect to see this photo of my family pop up like this when I pasted the link above — it’s my family’s first sailing of my just-finished Norma T, a CS15. Maybe the photo came up because it’s the first photo on the thread.) Andy B had posed questions that immediately caught my attention. Then, seeing Graham’s and Alan’s responses and their descriptions of their emerging SR20 design, together with the excellent photo gallery depicting the building of hull #1… oh WOW!! ? Here’s the link for photos of the SR20 hull #1 build: https://photos.app.goo.gl/74WXsZVnrM9mAXkv9 The photo series begins with the “Kit in a Crate”… love it… and great work was done in this build, it’s worth going through the photo series. I know that I chose the right boat for my first build, the CS15 from a full kit that I named Norma T. I’m now finishing my 2nd retirement build: a ski boat to be named Joe that I’ve wanted to build since my high school years. I’m so very satisfied and have substantial attachment to both boats. But, the SR20 turned my head last fall. “Boy… should I?” And I hear, “You really should… you KNOW you want it.” Must… resist… musssst……. resist… (I used my parents’ names for my two builds… I’m out of parents for a third build… Hey! I could use Norma 2!!!) ? What a tempting design. I love my CS15… and the SR20 has a lot of compelling additional features. I did decide I would at least buy the SR20 plans when they become available. I’m glad to see Graham’s responses to trying out hull #1. Will I build an SR20? The future is always open… one never knows for sure. Perhaps my attraction to the SR20 helped to push me into purchasing Avocet (CS17 Mk3 hull #6) a couple months after seeing the SR20 in Andy B’s thread. Avocet has been in winter storage since I bought it, so I’m looking forward to NOT building anything next summer and concentrating on enjoying my three boats. Future build? We’ll see. A set of plans for now. ?
  15. Excellent. Nice work and the hull has a beautiful shape.
  16. My wife helped me design the fish faces. She then decided they each needed a soft plushy bag to hold them when transporting or stowing them. She quickly sewed up a couple bags on a recent afternoon and gave them ribbons to tie the ends. The little bags should help prevent gouges and nicks. And, they have a good ol’ northern Wisconsin look to them. ? Thank you, Buddy. (Maybe I will be able some day to enlist her sewing skills on a couple tarps for the boats.) Bruce is peeking out of one of the bags. Finally, I just learned why fish are so trim and sleek… they eat fish! ?
  17. They were fun to make. And, I like their happy look… that’s good for the grandkids and amusing to me. And, they might just help prevent a disastrous turtling in case of a capsize.
  18. Don, Rip stop nylon is the kind of thing I would want, being light and compact. And, anything I’d make would not be used all that frequently anyway. I’ve got a decent occasional overnight set-up for the CS15 (yup, the platform and tent, as I worked out last fall.) The CS17 has a cabin. A tarp/tent for either boat is, at this point, a fun sounding challenge to see what I could do. Being that both boats are in storage for three more months means I really can’t do much more for now than use my imagination, which I enjoy. Well, I guess I DO need to work out effective rain covers for Avocet and Joe next summer since they’ll be outside, like Norma T. I look forward to seeing what you come up with in your project. You have great ideas and do exellent work on things.
  19. Roger Barnes — New Dinghy Cover Video (About 20 minutes) Some thoughts from watching: Hmmm… adding weight to some of the seams, like chain or other, could be helpful. (Curtain weights? Weighted cord?) I still want to NOT have permanent hooks or eyes around the sides but the video sparks more ideas. End flaps still seem challenging, to say the least; some value, I s’pose, in making them overlap. And remember, cold water can cause… shrinkage. (Fabric choice.) I still plan to play around with making a tarp/tent for both of my sail boats… ‘cause I’m retired and enjoy these sailboat hobbies. Here’s another video that just popped up from viewing Barnes’ video above: Interesting and simple way to make a sleeping platform, and the vestibule extension (without a floor) could provide a space to sit with feet on the bottom of the boat. Interesting.
  20. OK… the two mast floats are done!! I will name the red one Bruce (for my late brother.) It will ride on the mizzen mast of Norma T. The yellow one, yet unnamed, will ride on my newly purchased boat, Avocet. I’m asking my three grandkids to name the yellow one. I planned to let them name both of the floats, but as I got the color on the red one I began wanting to use my brother’s name, Bruce. If you know the movie Finding Nemo you might remember the friendly shark, Bruce, who led the “Fish are Friends, Not Food” support group. Yup, my family thought about my brother, Bruce, when they saw that part of the movie. ? (Film Clip:) And the funniest experience we had of watching Finding Nemo was on a Disney Cruise, watching the movie in the large theater with hundreds of kids… what a gas. My kids had chipped in together and surprised my wife and me with airfare and the cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary… (AND their being grown up and able to gift us in this way… I’m starting to think about another Disney adventure when my wife and I treat everyone for our 50th.) And the best part of the cruise is that they ALL came WITH US on the cruise!! It was the best gift we’ve ever received. The funniest part of watching the movie happened at the end, when the great pathos moment occurs, making the theater all somber and quiet and sad… and a four year old cries out, “DON’T WORRY, HE’LL BE OK!!!” The mom replied, “Spoiler alert, sorry.” Nemo is dying… and the audience is splitting-gut laughing. A great moment I’m enjoying skiing right now… but I find myself thinking about using my three new boats (Norma T, Joe, and Avocet) as I head up the chairlift. Usually I’m alone, but a friend joined me a couple days ago. Cheers!
  21. Just to remind myself… this is last April. Hopefully in this coming April both will be ready for usage. Joe needs to have controls installed (the marina will do this in the next month or so) and then I need to finish the boat with the floor/seats installation and top decks And to add to the boating fun this year, I also bought Avocet in November, putting it right into storage. Avocet meets Norma T in storage.
  22. So, I’m in Chicago’s IKEA a few weeks ago with my wife and daughter when I walk by a bin with those big 99 cent shopping bags… in PINK. Yep, I think The Weezer needs to have a pink bag to hold her life jackets (for herself and friends ?) along with some snacks and such when she heads out for an afternoon of sailing next summer. How could I resist? So, some time today I will head over with it and check out her painting. It’s been a few days and I’m guessing she’s getting close to having the pink paint where she wants it (3 coats on top of 3 coats of primer.) The next step will be adding a few white stripes and the brightwork for some contrast. ? Oh, and the magazine in the background… this morning I’m reading my first copy of Small Craft Advisory, featuring Steve’s Core Sound in the cover.
  23. For what it’s worth (I more or less said this above)… I really enjoyed the quick and efficient building of my CS15 from the kit. More, however, I enjoyed having time for sailing it even in my first year of retirement. And, since my new acquisition Avocet has only been in storage since my purchase, I’m anticipating a LOT of sailing this coming year, and especially to broaden my sailing experiences to a bunch of other Wisconsin lakes… and perhaps a couple of the Great Lakes. I’m glad you were able to connect directly with Alan. Whatever you decide to do… Enjoy!
  24. About all I’m doing these days is to walk across the street to look at what The Weezer’s been doing, and to take a picture of her progress. It’s 8:30 am, I finally dressed and ate some breakfast. She already sanded the hull and nearly finished applying a second coat of primer. Clearly the morning schedules of an active high school kid are different from a retired guy. ? This is where things are as I “interrupted” her morning work. Edit: 15 minutes later, The Weezer sent me this ?: Now, having done all my morning “work”, I am going skiing. ⛷
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