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  1. Having someone who is a "pro" is a nice asset. My son is a much better seamster than me, but design is on me. Experience is valuable and saves paralysis by analysis. I think I'd take inspiration from the excellent tents available to figure a more boxy or hooped encloser. You have some advantages as the anchor points can be fixed and tension can be higher. I love this awning. We made it with collapsible shock poles, but I found out it would slip into the cabin rolled up and lay along the hull on the bunks and I never take the poles out. On my sun shade I use this to tension the ridgeline. It is easy to both setup and tension (like a piano wire!). Facing aft with my back to the cabin with a cold beer under that thing after a long hot sail, waking to no dew on the forward part of the cockpit or or standing up or sleeping in the cabin hatch while the rain sheds over the side is fantastic. I like the Dodger idea, but for now this works and is simple. I might also add it's good so far in 30 knot winds. I haven't had it deployed beyond that.
  2. Nice work, but here's an opinion.........the high sprits help, but not making these tents more boxy really makes them tight inside. It's a bit more work to run a spreader or a hoop, but they are a game changer for comfort. If you are going to go through that much work, I'd drape a blanket over the sprits and imagine if I could live with that first. When I watch Roger Barnes videos, I get claustrophobic......
  3. I may be biased, but I spent a lot of time getting the holes just right in the comings on Skeena. They look fantastic. As for upwind performance, I have the early design with the c-board back. I felt I couldn't reef the mizzen to the second reef point or the boat would have way too much lee helm. Late this summer I realized I could never get the mizzen on the center, which is where it wants to be. To do so with the stock rig requires so much downforce it goofs up the sail shape. On a few occasions I rigged a line from the aft upwind corner to the sprit to haul the sail up to center and it changed the whole dynamic of the boat in the limited testing I did with it. My next plan is to make a triangular bridal that puts the center point up near the sprit centerline and then up through a block and then down. My challenge is where to go from there as the tiller is on centerline. I'm trying to avoid moving the centerboard. That looks like a crazy big messy job. Steve
  4. I am finally starting to feel better. While you were all having fun at the Messabout I was down in my basement with what I'm guessing was the flu. Here is a pic of all my stuff packed up and the boat waiting to be hitched. All is still sitting in the exact same spots. It was a tough sailing season as I didn't get sailing as often as I wanted and what would be my final sail adventure of the season I got robbed of. I logged onto FB and saw some footage and it made it even worse. Next year I will be retired, making this much easier, but I've learned every day is a blessing and nothing is guaranteed. But damn, I'm especially sad not to have seen Jay's new boat and talk to Graham about his Delmarva adventure. I love the pics and vids and I'm sorry I wasn't there. Tomorrow I'll be packing Skeena into the barn for hibernation.
  5. If you are just wanting to add a place to clamp a motor, I shared my process for I used to design this on my "Skeena" thread. Graham did something similar on Carlita. The main reason I did this was so I wouldn't need to ever remove my motor for traveling. I have a lock on it and just leave it. I never felt comfortable with any extended mounts, but this thing is rock solid. I will mention that I thought I had it perfectly figured out until the launch and when I went forward the short shaft motor pulled out of the water. I now have a long shaft and it works perfectly. Info here:
  6. Well, it's official. A nasty cold is keeping me home. I've been all packed up since Sunday with plans to leave Wednesday evening, but got sick Tuesday. I decided I could even leave this morning at 4am and make diner, but I'm still feeling lousy. Super sad to not be coming. MASCF was lousy weather and it looks like you guys are in good shape. Here I'll be lucky to get out sailing again. Please take lots of pictures and video. Steve
  7. So I got a chance to use my float. It was blowing hard Sunday when I tried sailing to windward on Sodus Bay (Lake Ontario) to get to a bar and watch my Buffalo Bills annihilate the Steelers. I put the float on the mizzen for the first time, and frankly forgot it was up there. It didn't seem to have much affect on sailing but as windy as it was it was the right thing to do. I only have it painted white right now while I think of a better scheme. The new mount worked great.
  8. I built the bigger mast head float for Skeena. In the process I realized my trailer prevented me from attaching the spindle on top of the mizzen permanently as it would hit my car or at least come very close. Alan was machining up some alternative mounts which he sent me. These saddle mount as shown: you can see the pic is rotated. The shaft fits in tightly and I'm sure wouldn't budge in any capsize, but I intend to make it fast someway to be sure. The mount works great and is unobtrusive. This mount would work great on many other boats. I did have to adjust my mizzen staysail halyard mount t a slightly lower location as shown. Take Care, Steve
  9. I've pulled Skeena (CS20.3) off her trailer twice now. I used a hill on my yard and dragged the boat backwards on the trailer until there was no tongue weight. I then undid the hitch after blocking the wheels. I lowered the stern to the ground onto a moving blanket laid under the trailer. Using only gravity I dragged the boat into the soft grass. I then put up the mizzen up and with moving blankets protecting the hull pulled her over on her side with the mizzen halyard and a bit of lifting by my two adult boys. I think you could do this about anywhere. These boats aren't that heavy. If I had to do it in my garage I'd put the stern on a furniture dolly and roll it off.
  10. I saw some pics on FB of some forward shelves on the CS 17.3 that I'd like to put on Skeena. The challenge I have is that Okume around me is impossible to get locally. I'm thinking since it's interior use I could use 1/4 inch plywood and epoxy coat it. Here is a screenshot from the page.
  11. Jay, my software company has a "Nerd King" award we give out with pride. Just shared this with the team and you are this weeks honorary winner. I can't wait to see you at the Messabout!
  12. I'm with Captain Tim. The 24" is good. If you are keeping your boat on a dock or mooring, invest in a good cover.
  13. Weezer, I am very impressed and proud of your build. I built an 11n years ago and appreciate how big a project this is. For someone as youthful as you that's even more remarkable. I hope you have as much fun on your boat as I have on mine. I will warn you that this boatbuilding thing is a disease which I have a medium case of but folks like Chick and Pete McCrary are fully gone. Be careful. And keep posting pictures! Take Care, Steve
  14. I think you are asking about this: https://messing-about.com/forums/topic/9419-core-sound-20-mark-iii-3-skeena/?do=findComment&comment=105308 After living with that bungy closure for a few seasons I wouldn't change a thing. I keep fenders in their mostly.
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