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Everything posted by ricknriver

  1. Thanks Alan, I think we all appreciate B&B going the extra mile to help with challenges and create best possible experiences for the B&B "Bunch'. R
  2. She really looks great! Nice work on the features you created, and she really seems to like the water :-). Special family attachments too. Happy and safe sailing, Rick
  3. Many thanks for the information, pictures, and performance data on the Epropulsion and battery mounting. Seems like 3-5 kts is about normal for light small sailboats/skiffs with easily portable E motors. I also believe at least some of the E motor claims are exaggerated when comparing them to gas OBs. I also have the 2.3 Honda, reliable, but too noisy for me. What sailboat do you have it mounted on? I've heard one option for less expensive extension cable wire is a heavy set of auto jumper cables with clips cut off and new terminals put on as needed. What size/type battery are you using? 10 kgs is only a bit heavier than the dual 7 kgs, 50ah each, Lithiums I'm planning to use. From your pictures, it looks like props are easy to refit in different sizes if needed, but don't know if pitch alternatives are offered by Epropusion. Will check around.
  4. Really nice build Scott. My first boat was an abandoned 14' strip planked ob skiff my uncle "rescued" from Jamaica Bay NY in 1952, hauled to NJ, and I spent winters caulking, sanding & painting to have a good boat for the summers with an old 7.5 hp Elgin OB that you had to hold a button down on the recoil starter to engage it. Lots of fun days on Jersey's Metedeconk River. Happy new build!
  5. Would really like that Chick. Will ring when we get there. Rick
  6. Hope all are well and keeping safe. Going to treat myself to a 50 ah, 15# weight Battleborn LIPO for Wife's yak and old 16# thrust trolling motor on her 50+# Hobie Mirage Sport. Hopefully get 3-4 hrs exploring/charge. Motor gave me 3-4 kts last winter on choppy river with a heavy, too heavy ?, AGM deep cycle. If it works ok, will get a second 50 ah LIPO for my very light solo canoe and old 10# thrust trolling motor, then tie the two batts in parallel to power a 55# trolling motor on our 12' wood sailing skiff. LIPOs not submersible, and couldn't find a proper sized/shaped waterproof plastic box, so plan to put the 50 ah one in a Watershed submersible dry bag I have and add wproof wire glans through the bag. Will keep all posted, and welcome similar applications/experiments/results. Tks, Rick
  7. She looks really sweet Chick like all your builds. Probably copy your bimini and mount for my Amanda "winter project" in FL, but with addition mounts so I can still row her in calm with top up. W'll be at Lake Lure 14-19 Jun and maybe catch up if you're around then. Rick
  8. Great looking build. Graham shared this mast & sprit storage/trailering alternative a while back. Keeps the foremast/tabernacle clear for just running rigging. Also have you considered a alternate mizzen step in the forward thwart to stow the mizzen and clear it for rowing from the mid thwart? I had one on my BRS15, and I'm going to add one to my CS15. Just thoughts. R
  9. Neat restoration, especially with its family ties! CS15 coming along very nice too. R
  10. Scott Dunsworth (BH19 builder) in SW IN may be able to help too.
  11. Hi, Not to hijack, & Amanda plans in FL, but on the tank hatches, is an interior reinforcing ring (1/4" ply?) needed/desired to screw the tank face hatch ring into? Thought could drill it a bit to recess the locking nuts a bit to keep stuff in the tanks from snagging on the mounting screws? R
  12. Must have been a good solid build as Son believes its worth restoring. I'm sure your CS15 will be super too. Kid-ish is good. Safe travels. R
  13. Thanks for the tip Oyster. Guessing the Kilz will adhere ok to the epoxy sealer coat & S3 quick fair ok on my Amanda. R
  14. Great little video Alan and some additional items I'll add to my similar PFD, especially the little backpack. I also stuff an energy bar or two someplace in case I have to wait overnight. One challenge I've had is having too fat/full front pockets hanging up on the rail when trying to remount my canoe/yak or similar small craft over the side. The backpack will help a lot to smooth our the front of my PFD. Thank you and be safe, RickZ
  15. I have also seen similar aft extensions used for live wells with some mods to create a more boxy, sealed shape, and a bit of plumbing with a small pump. Happy safe building Chick, R
  16. Hi, Wishing you a fun build. I have the CS15 #153 that Alan built for the DVD, and sailed in their CS15 website video doing figure 8s. Fun and easy to sail even for a easily distracted, very short attention span, klutz like me. Not sure if Graham and Allen have one at/near by the shop, but I'll be in Washington NC for the summer after Apr 18. About a hour NNE of B&B on the Pamlico River east of Washington, if you want to detour and check her out. I have a trip planned 12-21 Jun but otherwise plan to be at NC home at the moment. Safe travels. Rick
  17. Hi Wommasehn, Thank you for the information on your ePropulsion spirit 1.0. I started reading about it on the internet today. Some nice features, and some good reviews so far. I'm waiting for more information on a U.S. dealer. Seems they are more expensive than the Torqueedo 1003 here, by almost +$1,000 US but that could be a "marketing" experiment. Will do more information searches. We were stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany 1966-69 and really enjoyed our stay. Please send us your impressions/reviews of the motor & battery when you have had a chance to use it for a while. Enjoy your boating and please keep safe, especially with the virus challenges. Rick
  18. Thank you Alan & Others for the thoughts/ideas. Would it be practical to have a thread that would capture in one thread/place all the possible/tried additions/modifications etc. for safely releasing sheets, etc. to slow/stop the boat, practical trailing lines, and deep water re-boarding for solo sailors/crews, especially seniors, of the variety of B&B boats members have, with pictures if possible? Then follow-up with the capsize drills/camps to practice their use. Just thoughts, R
  19. Sounds like a really neat mod/application Rick. Be great if you could share a pic(s) here of the mount when time permits. Thanks, and happy, safe, sailing, R
  20. Looking good Scott and appreciate the thoughts (and Graham's/others) as I'm about finished fairing Amanda's bottom, and considering paints. The BH19, you built so fine, & I enjoyed for a while, is still sailing in WA state. R
  21. Considering same challenge for my Amanda build. A lot of the marina tenders I saw in New England had a double row of "sausage"? fenders strung along each side, stretched tight (possibly with a turnbuckle). I've been using old 2' flea market fire hose with old garden hose insert for dock piling bumpers. Works well & probably last forever, but haven't figured out how to use it "neatly" on the Amanda. Think I like the look of the 3-strand line best & maybe route a cove into the existing rails and mount with 5200 and some buried screws.
  22. Very nice of you to offer the base to another builder. Hope your build is going well. See you on the river. RickZ Sunnyside near Swan Point, Washington NC
  23. I've used a vibrating tool with one of the coarse grout grinding/cutting blades on hard dry excess epoxy. 40 & 60 grit available for ROS too. Fast but have to go easy. Then Quikfair for filler and easy sanding, and an epoxy overcoat(s). R
  24. Thanks Taylor and Alan for great videos and building/finishing tips. We're back on that "Amanda" you Graham and Beth helped us construct a few yrs ago in Washington, and hope to finish her this winter in FL where we have a garage, and bring her back to NC in April. Bottom almost faired out. Happy building and kit making. Stay warm and safe. Mick n RickZ
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