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  1. I have a Suzuki long shaft 2.5 on Skeena for all the economic reasons presented. I also run a 50w solar panel that runs the ballast water pump, charges my phone and for nav and anchor lights. But I run my house (heat and ac plus everything else), one of my cars on 13kw Solar. I am on track for an $80,000 dollar ROI over it's lifespan. The times they are a changing. I am hopeful to someday run my boat on solar charged by the sun. The quiet instant power of electric is hard to beat. My ICE car feels like the flintstone mobile (google it kids) when I drive it.
  2. Alan, I didn't see where in Canada you were, but here are my free thoughts having built a CS20.3. When I built Skeena, the only thing you could get was the kit, which bummed me out. But once I started building and saw how many pieces there were and how well things fit together, I quickly got over it. I also realized the extra time would have really added up. Ordering stock these days isn't easy and then having it sitting around at the ready takes up space. For me, who fortunately has more money than time (not retired yet!), jumping in the car and driving from NY to NC to pick up the kit was a good financial decision. It would be the same even if I lived in Vancouver. As for the headroom, nobody has mentioned a person's height isn't a good measurement to use for this. I am 6 feet tall and I can sit on the back of the bunks and I fit just fine. A friend who is three inches shorter can't sit as his legs are short and he has a long torso. I'd go with the 20, but I'd either simulate a cross section just forward of the cabin bulkhead for consideration before I spent all that time building a boat. I can't wait to watch your progress.
  3. What boat? I worked super hard to do exactly what Captain Tim says above on my Coresound 20.3 and it was perfect for a bit, until the first time I went forward under power the prop came half out of the water. If anyone needs a Suzuki 2.5 short shaft I still have it. Less than 20 minutes of use! Replaced it with a long shaft and all is well. In short, think it completely through!
  4. Just a couple of thoughts. I'm in reasonable shape, but not a powerlifter and I have no trouble putting the mainmast up with one hand, mostly lifting with my legs to get things going. The key is to be farther forward than you think. I stand on the cabin top at the ramp, which is pretty high up. With my shoulder holding the mast forward I reach down and add the levered nut. I am 6' tall with long arms which helps. I think the only challenge is a rolling sea. The mast is only really captive in it's seat and there would be a lot of leverage on the pivot bolt. I think the mizzen would be pretty easy. I have an interest in this as I plan on doing a trip down the Erie canal and I'll need to switch to a sail rig at Cross and Oneida and Onondaga lakes.
  5. Alan sent me an email asking if I had any good pictures of Skeena to provide to SCA for a story Marty Loken was doing on "camp cruisers you can build". I sent a few pictures to Marty, including one that was taken by a photographer from CLC that was on a support boat on the trip to Cox Creek winery. My longtime friend and sailing partner Joe was with me. This trip was a new event at the MASCF. I got an email from Marty saying that that pic had been chosen for the cover, which has been quite a thrill for me. Building Skeena was a long process but having her is such a joy. I've been singing "when I get my picture on the cover, gonna buy five copies for my mother" who sadly isn't with us anymore, but was the one who instilled craftmanship into my life. Thanks Alan, Graham, Carla and all the fine folks at B & B, and to all those who showed me the way, and answered my questions. Barring catastrophe, I will see you at the messabout with covergirl Skeena.
  6. Knight Assembled Labor Of Sweetness! Fantastic!
  7. Awesome. My least favorite part of building, but part of the journey. On a side note, there is no chance that everything you are wearing doesn't get paint on it. My kids (and my) confidence in their abilities to stay clean is way higher than reality. That looks like a nice sweatshirt. Enough dad talk. I'm looking forward to the day you are rewarded for all your effort.
  8. I have a light grey hull and I thought everything would show. I added some eye straps to attach fenders and the halyard/backstay when I fly my mizzen staysail and they don't show hardly at all. especially from more than 10 feet away FWIW. Have you seen any of Roger Barnes videos?
  9. Wow Jay, No Name is a beauty! I can't wait to see her in person!
  10. There is a thread here that has a lot of info on trailers. Continental makes a series for skiffs that are perfectly suited for CS and similar boats. Lightweight and low to the ground. Here's a link their their page: https://www.continentaltrailers.com/galvanized-bassboat_jonboat.htm I bought a 1812 for my CS20.3, but it may be too big for your boat. But these trailers are sweet. I used Uship to get one delivered here in NY as they have no dealers, but all the other trailers I could find were way too heavy. It hauls like it isn't there.
  11. I bought a trailer for my Sea Pearl made by continental. I bought a similar one for Skeena. Low to the ground. The right springs reasoably light weight.
  12. Skeena ais hibernating. I'm bored so I'm gluing up a new main sprit. Me plan is to replace the old main sprit and repurpose it to the mizzen, making each a bit longer. I saw somewhere in a post where there is a way to change the snotter so it doesn't need to be eased as the sail gets let out. While I'm back in the shop fooling around I'm interested in this change. Take Care, Steve
  13. I had some from duckworks before I bought some from B & B. I liked B & B's better with almost non-existent blush. The 2:1 ratio seemed pretty much the same and I decided that is the pumps were close enough the chart was too. I've never wound up without a good mix. what I like is that mixing even a tiny amount is possible with this approach.
  14. FTR, Harbor freight sells electronic gram scales that make mixing even the tiniest amounts really easy. I got to the point I'd not ever count squirts. I still pump the right amount of resin, look at a chart and pump the hardener to the correct amount. Perfect every time! I use this chart for all my 2:1 epoxy, which has almost all been B & B: https://s3.amazonaws.com/duckbbs/supplies/epoxy/epoxy_weight_ratio.pdf
  15. Nice. I like boats named after people. After all that work you know the namesake must be pretty special. Steve
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