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  1. Geetings from the states! First of all, that looks like a sweet place to build a boat if that's your shop! As for the building jig, there isn't one. Take a look at the build pics below to get a good idea of what happens. Yes, therey will be a time where you need to make sure everything is square, but it's a different sort of process, unless something has changed, but I'm pretty sure they haven't.
  2. This is a great blog if you haven't seen it. Steve is a quiet but super nice guy I have met a few times. http://logofspartina.blogspot.com/?m=0 he sleeps in a bivy.
  3. I haven't got my issue yet........celebrating my building skills, not my sailing skills!
  4. I didn't have any trouble with the boat wanting to sink. It may have been interesting to see what would have happened if the hatch board was in. I think the only benefit having that forward hatch watertight was just less wet stuff.
  5. The type of cleat (CL 257) used on the rudder that releases under high strain would keep it upright. It wouldn't take much to hold it. I've consider doing this, but it's not an easy job and working under the companionway deck is about my least favorite workspace. I think if I'd had the water ballast in this wouldn't have happened. But I also know that when that C-board comes down it has a lot of force. Teddy said he didn't have much trouble snagging the C-board with the halyard......I was busy with other stuff. I was swimming and looked up and he had it extended.
  6. That sounds super fun. I've done quite a bit of this type of sail-camping out of a Sea Pearl. If you can figure a way to sleep aboard, you can increase the possibilities of trips a great deal. Sadly we live in a "Get off my lawn" society and places to camp become less and less. But you can literally drop an anchor 50 feet from a McMansion dock if you can sleep aboard. If you can't, stealth camping can work if you keep a low profile in populated areas. If you are in a remote location, the pick of spots increases, but the "safety in numbers" aspect goes down. This is exciting but a good reason t
  7. Paul, I was totally embarrassed and for awhile didn't tell many people. I didn't sail again in Conesus lake for most of the summer. It was a humbling experience that only added to all 2020 has had to offer. It's hard to believe I missed your story, but maybe I blocked it thinking it could never happen to me. Thank you for re-sharing. It was stressful to read having gone through my adventure. Funny thing is Teddy doesn't seem the worse for wear!
  8. So I capsized and turtled Skeena this past summer. It's winter and she's snug in the shed safely for the winter so..... In an embarrassing display of poor seamanship, I did about everything you could do wrong and had my own private capsize camp. But I got lucky and other than losing my GPS and my son’s phone, swimming suit, towel and a little daypack he got at USA Nordic Nationals (I’m saddest most about that) we came away lucky and the boat is fine. This happened in June and I have been embarrassed to write about it, but what I learned and may help others. The most imp
  9. On of the things I learned at the B & B messabout was how to sail a Cat Ketch without the rudders. At the time I had a Sea Pearl 21 and started going long distances with the rudder up. I'd already been thinking about a pack canoe because Kayaks are a pain when there are portages involved like we have in the Adirondacks. If I can build a light canoe and a simple sail and beam reach or better across some of the small lakes I'll be happy. I'm going to talk to my boys this evening.....we may build a couple.
  10. My wife doesn't have the water gene. She gets motion sick and isn't a strong swimmer. I sail my CS20.3 by myself or with friends or my kids. She is super supportive, so while I've thought of great journeys with her, we wound up buying a camper, which she loves. And I get plenty of weeknds apart to sail in Skeena. When camping, I insist on getting water sites so I can "messabout" in the water and everyone is happy. Anyway, this last fall we camped at a State Park in the Adirondacks. I brought a couple of plastic kayaks we had in the family and we did some paddling, but these are to
  11. I agree to a point. For some, a small motor makes the Spindrift a dinghy to go longer distances. I have fished with mine and crossed the St Lawrence to go for dinner in Clayton from Grindstone Island when wind and currents made sailing or rowing not possible. As for the bigger boats, I look at auxiliary power as a crutch for the non-retired who have to work in finite windows of time. Sometimes I can't wait for the weather and a motor has got me back when otherwise I would have waited days for favorable wind. When I retire, and my weather windows get bigger, I expect to not use it m
  12. This is true in theory. But if you go forward and the prop comes out of the water, your perfect setup suddenly isn't. It's probably not a problem on a boat like the 11N, but on my cs20.3, I had to get a long shaft after trials.
  13. I have an 11N built to spec. I put a short shaft on and it isn't long enough. I plan to cut the transom down a bit to make it work, but if I was buying new I'd go long. Here it is with a Honda 2 LS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsGBPCLJ3OM
  14. Maybe I don't have my nomenclature right. The hull looks like teal, but the above that, which I've always referred to as the topside, has no color that I can see.
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