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Samantha Ritchie

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Samantha Ritchie last won the day on February 17 2023

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  1. Thank you all for the replies! That was VERY helpful. We have the lines now for the bottom paint, and can add the lines for the boot stripe. We want to put bottom paint on for two reasons: first, where we live, at the base of Puget Sound, barnacles attach very quickly to the bottom of boats. Second, we hope to do some lengthy cruises in this boat. (We have been cruising in a Scamp, so the CS17 will be spacious.) I'm going to look into that Devoe's Devthane 379. Mark, your boat is beautiful.
  2. We decided to put System 3 Pennant Primer on first, which is all done and looks pretty good. I think we are gong to go with Seahawk AF33 for bottom paint, and Pettit EZPoxy for top coat. The big quandary right now is how to figure out where to put the waterline, and therefore where to stop the bottom paint. We have looked at the plans, and see the line drawn on there. Our upside down boat is not particularly level right now, so we are not sure how to proceed. Any suggestions?
  3. Padre Point and Don, The boat looks fantastic! I especially like the companion way storage units. Our boat is never going to be as beautiful, but your work gives me something to aim for!
  4. We are at the point where we need to figure out the right paint for our Core Sound 17 Mark 3, which we started building a year ago. The hull is fiberglassed and sanded, and we need to bite the bullet and purchase paint. We will be sailing her mainly in Puget Sound. We have read about bottom paints and primers and talked to people at West Marine and at Duckworks, but the topic seems pretty confusing. So... what would you suggest for primer, bottom paint, and top side paint? We know we don't want high gloss, and we hope not to have to repaint too often. We would be grateful for any suggestions.
  5. We have done the Salish 100 three times on our 12 foot Scamp. This year, if our Core Sound 17 Mark 3 is completed in time, we will sail her instead. If I can answer any questions about the Salish 100, please let me know.
  6. We are trying to figure out a good way to attach the round hatch for the aft locker (lazrette) on the CS17 M3, Any suggestions?
  7. Thanks, Mark and Graham. I think we are going to go with a hand pump instead of the Venturi bailers. It's nice to know that the folks at the inspection stations were able to see what they needed to see. We are dry fitting pieces into the boat, and will need to cut the centerboard slot, which seems intimidating. Any words of wisdom?
  8. Thanks, Padre Point. I'll try that the next time I send photos. We are not ready to start the ballast tank yet, but wonder if anybody has any experience with regulations for invasive species like zebra muscles. Is it possible to inspect the tank well enough to prove you don't have any hitchhikers? Has anybody had difficulties with inspection stations? We hope to trailer this boat to lots of interesting places.
  9. I am trying to post photos, but they come up sideways, and I don't see a way to flip them right side up. They are right side up on my Mac desktop.
  10. Things are coming along slowly. We unfolded the boat about a week ago, and are putting in the transom today. Thanks for the heads up about Fisheries Supply, Mark. That sounds like an outing in the works. We have already been to Duckworks several times. B270F675-37AB-4218-8196-2CC4AF260EC1.heic F580A284-B87C-4803-938B-B5A286317408.heic
  11. We are almost done putting together the bulkheads, and the next step is working on the bunk hatches. I read a thread from 2019 about piano hinges vs other possibilities, including carbon fiber hinges. Any updates on that? And any good sources for stainless steal piano hinges appropriate for the bunk hatches? I like the idea of the cotton ball test-- thanks for posting that!
  12. Today we organized all the pieces, and started actually constructing the first part of the boat, working on the transom and the bulkheads before starting on the hull. Enjoyed learning how to round corners with the router. There is so much to learn!
  13. Thanks, Padre Point. I enjoyed reading the blog about the pink boat built by Weezer with your guidance.
  14. Thank you all for your comments. We are flo coating pretty much the way it is described in The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction. We put down a thin film of Silvertip Fast Epoxy, wait about an hour, then use the notched squeegee to put on a coat that self-levels quite well. The flo coat is meant to take the place of three thinner coats. All the pieces we have done thus far are for the interior of the boat, and it sounds like we should be particularly careful about preparing any edges that need to be bonded/filleted. It also sounds like we should do the hull in the more traditional three coat way. We have limited space in the shop, so plan to do the piece-work described in the plans while we still have a big surface to work on, before starting the hull. Thus far, I have learned the following: 1. Even if the shipper loses my boat kit for three weeks (which did in fact happen), I should not lose my cool. They did eventually find it. Alan helped encourage them to look! 2. There is an art to epoxying, and it is learnable. 3. Particularly in this time of Covid, it's really fun to have a big, interesting project. Samantha
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