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  1. Hi, Wife and I finally getting to finish our Amanda #50 we started in '14.  Skipped glassing the hull (just taped seams, 3 coats epoxy and fairing) as I'm terrible at glassing and didn't want the mess. Taping all the seams was challenging enough.  Now finish sanding the interior for epoxy coats and find floor is flexing some (normal?).  Our first thin ply bottom boat so flex a concern?  Should we add floorboards on stringers with cedar slats to spread the weight or are we overly concerned?   Many thanks to B&B Yachts and all who've shared their knowledge, skills and ideas on this site.  Mick n RickZ 

  2. Hi, Acquired an older Oughtred 11'9" x 3'11" Acorn Skiff, built at The Landing School, on a good deal for mostly rowing adventures.  She came with a brand new gunter sailing rig and 48 sq. ft. sail that were never used. Have rigged and sailed sprit rigs some but never a gunter.  Guidance on available gunter sailing videos, articles, books, etc. appreciated.  Tks, Rick 

  3. I chose the Amanda after rowing her at a Messabout years ago, and I'm currently about 1/2 through the build as a winter FL project over the past 3-4 years.  I saw the Amanda as more of a utility boat with good sailing & rowing, and thought her to be a bit more stable for 2-3 as I'm a poor sailor, ok rower, but enjoy the quiet travel.  Also think I'll like the simple lug rig with maybe a boomless sail.  Both may be available at Messabout.  Had a CS15 too but too much rig for lazy me.  Have an Acorn Skiff in NC with a gunter rig but haven't had her in the water yet.  Just thoughts, Rick 

  4. Also believe hull rocker, trim underway, and expected sea conditions need to be considered to ensure prop is consistently under water.  That's why I like electric trolling motors with adjustable depth. Also read once that an outboard prop (gas) running too deep can put extra stress on the transom. Sounds like a fun adventure coming up musicmanx. Just thoughts, R  

  5. Thanks Dave, Challenge is to find a small efficient waterproof (and not too $$$) solar panel/charger that will keep maybe a small 5ah lithium battery charged for the pump. Boat doesn't leak yet, just worry heavy rain, until I can have a proper cover made that I can easily set and remove from one side from the dock. R

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  6. Hi, Just acquired a neat Acorn Skiff, built at the Landing School, for rowing, and occasional sail. Want to keep her nearby in the water at a small local lake. Any knowledge of a home made or commercial solar/battery powered portable auto bailer the pickup of which would fit into the 5" wide slot of the removable floorboard section behind the daggerboard slot, to remove rain water? Have found a couple of self-contained units but their ~10x10 boxes too big to submerge in the bilge. Had plans for a home made battery powered "bilge stick" once but can't find them. Tks, Rick 

  7. Friends :-).  I cradled my Amanda on a couple of lines from 2 ceiling hooks in my garage and rotated it in the "cradle" but your build room looks too nice for this method.  Build is looking good. Alan has some great taping tips this B&B site.  I've been using "Quick Fair" on taped seams and coming out ok for a impatient amateur. Where in Scotland?  We spent 3.5 yrs at Edzell Base, near Brechin with a U.S. Navy operation '76-'79.  Best tour in 20 years of travels. Great Folks. Have a safe fun build! RickZ

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  8. Hi, Interest growing on electric propulsion.  FYI There are some new discussions on the B and B Forum in recent days (Nov 2020) and pending applications for 10-12' small craft. As these plans hit the water hopefully we'll gather more data on different (and maybe new) brands/models, configurations, speeds and ranges.  Be Safe, R

  9. I used a 55# Minn Kota with a 27 Deep Cycle AGM on your CS15  and it worked well in windless calm lake water for a few hours messing around, and very little battery use.  Couldn't drag a swamped 14 and skipper very well to the beach that day though.  I'd try to borrow some 35-45# MKs/MGs to try on one of your similar small craft and see how they do.  The 27 AGM is very heavy though, and I'm thinking a much lighter 50ah (17#) -100ah Lithiums with the 55# MK for my upcoming Amanda 12 this spring.  Or, maybe 2 55ah for our paddlecraft (with their small MKs), that I can wire in parallel for the Amanda.  Just thoughts.  I have read good reviews on the EP,but not much data on actual duration/performance in wind and waves, and I think its battery is only about 10ah. Ok for short trips between dock and moorings, etc. I plan to experiment a lot more in FL this winter.  Enjoy your notes on family sailing the CS15. Great of you to help the young builder/sailer.  Just thoughts, Be Safe. R    

  10. Good Old 12' Generation III Porta-Bote with plywood seats. Handy utility boat/explorer. Had small crack in one upper transom fold so sealed all transom folds with flex tape in and out. Foam flotation on interior sides and seat tops, includes original aluminum factory oars, kayak-style dolly, & home-built floor panels. Folds flat to about 7" with seats removed. Easy to assemble. Hull weighs about 75# with seats removed. Well traveled, then In storage many years.  No telling how many folds/unfolds she has left.  Google Porta-Bote for more details.  Now assembled.  Sold as package only. Still located near Washington NC for now. In mid Feb probably to Lake Royale near Bunn NC. 

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