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  1. Since I made the last post, I went to the MASCF and then I trailered Skeena to Amos's place near the start of the Dismal Swamp Canal. We went in tandem to the Messabout and it was so much fun I'm hoping to repeat it this year with maybe a modification of the route. I had promised a few people I'd write up the 2023 experience, but I've had some things going on at work that have taken all my time. I will get to it. I have moved into a house with really no place for a workshop while my wife and I are working with an architect to design another house that will be built over the next year suitable to our retirement. I feel like I have another boat in me. But this means my ability to modify Skeena has been limited. This morning, while it was snowing, I attached cleats to the cabin top like I saw on Amos's Larissa. I also added a table below which is really going to be a nice addition. I'm getting close to retirement, but for now there are times when it will be necessary to work and laptops aren't that great in your lap. The table top uses this mechanism: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09H7J9KQL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I need to build a tabletop at a friends who has a shop, but I installed the mechanism and made a thick carboard temporary top and I think this is going to be a nice addition for day I'm stuck below. The neat part is it can be easily removed and stowed. One other thing I'm doing is adding a bigger outboard with reverse. The 2.5 Suzuki I have has plenty of power, but reverse would be so nice. Unfortunately my custom motor mount which works perfect with my 2.5 doesn't work with the Suzuki 6 I purchased. FTR, the 4 was the same weight/size so I went bigger. I'll be adding an extension to the current mount. If anyone with a setup like this posts a picture for R & D purposes, I'd be much obliged. Take Care, Steve
  2. Great videos. I said often "80% done with 80% to go", but I think you are a bit past that.....
  3. Brian, I built an 11N about 11 or 12 years ago. Your build is bringing back a lot of memories, so thank you. Also, I noticed my link to pictures of my build was not correct so I just updated it for future posts. Here is the link: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMlU_1VC8tTkcQQrtwHpU0YSOjUznp0Kz2C0tbHR0uaWbor3cClQKHbcb_cIcCbGw?key=Q3JhMGRjeHpOMjFOakR6VnNpbXd0bVFxTHUyVGNR
  4. That looks roomy! But how does it behave at anchor in a wind? FTR, my core sound 20.3 does a bit of hunting at anchor......
  5. FWIW, here is a video with a Honda 2HP long shaft. Knowing my boys I'm sure that was wide open. I have a Suzuki 2.5 now and the performance is similar.
  6. That looks pretty similar to my CS20.3. Having a tabernacle on both main and mizzen is fantastic. I can put each masts up with one hand.
  7. Not many things would be different if I built Skeena again. I like the offset anchor mount that others have done and may change mine at some point. The gear shelves now in the kits are awesome and I'm adding some. But most everything else has already been through an iteration. I love that these boats can be changed at any time.
  8. Here's another idea. During the build I was looking on the inside of the anchor locker and noticed the cover didn't seat on the inside. The arrow below is the lip that the cover seals on. I measured and realized I had enough room to make a disk/screen and pop it in there without affecting the sealing. It's a snug fit that can just be pushed out from the locker side for any reason. I leave it right there when I put the cover on. Oyster is right. The Messabout is costing me money! I already ordered some cleats that Amos had on Larissa. I also realized a table in the cabin would be a nice add so I'm working on a plan for that. My bug screen for the forward cabin hatch needs improvement. Some of the trailers had walking planks, the list goes on.
  9. I saw a video from offcenterharbor.com that showed how to grab fallen bristles easily by poking the fallen bristle with the bristle end of your brush. It's like 100% that it picks it out where it can be removed with gloved hand or wiped on something. Hard to explain, but a good technique. When I epoxy the next time I'll record this trick.
  10. Amos, It's funny that you mention that pump system. On the Thursday we sailed to B & B as you were heading up the river I was wondering why I felt like I was standing still. I turns out I'd not properly dogged my Andersson bailer (I only have one) down the day before and it had leaked all day/night and the tank was filled to the waterline. A quick flip of the valve and electrical switch and it was empty pretty quick. I'll make a quick video this weekend to show how my son Teddy and I set it up.
  11. I made it back to NY today. I had such a great time and I appreciate the hospitality from B & B and my sailing partner Amos. I took quite a few pics and I'll be writing up a full account of our trip from Chesapeake.
  12. Good sail this morning but wind died. Currently motoring. Boo.
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