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  1. Pete - just realized you’re nearby - I live by Leesburg, and built my Spin 10 this spring. Might have to visit with you! Here’s Puddle Duck after a long beat upwind on out local reservoir. The down hill ride was much easier.
  2. I got one of the trailer ones for my Spindrift, super solid trailer. I figured it’s big enough that I can carry the dinghy, or a long kayak, or a canoe on it with minor readjustment.
  3. I have one of those, and have used the hell out of it. the teeth inside eventually crap out, but that takes a lot of riveting.
  4. Swam it in, got it drained and went back out for a bit. That thing holds a lot of water......
  5. Took it out for a sail and (unintentional) capsize test. Oops. Lesson learned, I need a bailer bucket. 8 knots, gusting the gust got me, I guess. What a blast. Once I dragged it to shore I walked it about a half mile to the landing.
  6. That’s my dad’s barn, a mile from my house. Quakers built it, pegged post and beam, about 150 years old, we guess. Gets cold in the winter, hot in the summer and photographs really well. He has a pretty nice wood shop downstairs, so the commute from cut,, test, and recut is pretty easy......we’re in Virginia, used to be a dairy farm.
  7. Mast is done, epoxied and coated with petit sea gold, boom as well. The boat has 3 coats of paint, I want to paint the bottom blue. Finished my sail that I sewed from old scrap sails. So yeah, pretty close to done! Thanks for the compliment, it looks great from a distance, lol.
  8. On my 10 footer, I ripped 3 strips as well. My dad and I went slow, so I glued them one at a time. 3 up would be doable with good help, but 1 at a time went really well. I second the call for scarfing - it’s really easy to do, all in all, and you’ll likely need to scarf something else up anyway......
  9. A late lesson I learned, it seems that a great time to epoxy all your plywood is before it’s all glued up. I know the wharram kits come pre-epoxied. Lots neater to epoxy it flat.... I’ll bet you make massive progress.
  10. Oh yeah, that worked pretty well. The taper could have been longer, but it works okay. There’s a little bend on one side, I’m putting it forward so that tension on sail will straighten it. Used your saw jig advice Joe Anderson. Made some frames to hold it up. The glue wasn’t nearly as hard to do single-handed, I just laid one stick after the other, then strapped with packing tape and clamps. The core goes for a foot above the boom, so feels solid.
  11. Thanks! Guy I read mentioned using waxed twine to hold them tight while gluing. I’m totally doing this next week.
  12. The spindrift plans call for a solid mast at 2.75 inches, taper to 1.25. A duck works article says to scale up 10%, so I’m shooting for 3 inches which feels large. The birdmouth wasn’t too hard to cut on the table saw, and I’m thinking the taper would be done with a power planer, in sets of 3 or 4, not sure. I’m thinking I’ll go 3 inches down to 2, which means my 1.25 in slats end up at ~5/8. I’m thinking clamp them down and take out the material over a run of ? 6 feet. Seems hard to imagine, but I’ll see. The article also mentions putting a solid core in for the bottom section, up to around w
  13. Lost a job in May, so I decided to build a boat. Got my wood last December, spent a while deciding on a set of plans......Anyway, thanks to the Covid, all I got is time on my hands, and credit cards to run up..... im getting close to final epoxy and painting. im thinking of making the mast using the Birdmouth technique - has anyone else done that? Here’s a proof of concept, it’s too big, I was using easy wood on hand. Now Virginia has ramped up the Stay at home rules, I think I can take this to my lake, but may stay off the sailboat it was meant to be a tender for
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