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  1. Wind Indicators

    I like the fact if you put your mast up and forget the put the indicator on, you don't have to panic and fly blind.
  2. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    Ok, I made a mizzen tabernacle awhile ago. I've got a weekend to work on stuff while some goop dries, so I have a question. On the forward tabernacle, because it;s glued to the ply bulkhead I have no questions about it's strength. On the mizzen, I'm thinking of wrapping 10 oz glass around the sides and forward face to give the side joints more resistance to coming apart in lieu of the lack of ply bulkhead. I did glue in wedges like shown on the plans for the main. What do you all think? And my daughter Helen caught me in the act last night. We were listening to a podcast while I filled a few seams that had some gaps.
  3. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    "If you wanna fly with the eagles......" HA! Coming along nicely and thanks for the pics.....it's timely.
  4. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    I'm going to lay out what I got from B & B tonight and see if I have enough. If I do I'll use it, if I don't I'll order 60". I have many other projects that will use the cloth if I buy more. It's not that expensive and I'm in a hurry now. I finished fairing the hull last night and radius-ed the centerboard slot. I got some gaps in the roof stringers I want to fill so I have some work to do while it's upside down.
  5. Flying S9N

    I think we need pictures.
  6. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    I can only add that modern motors are so much better than the motors of only 20 years ago. Quieter, cleaner, and smoother in every way.
  7. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Thanks Chick. I like this piecemeal approach. I'm even thinking I could rotate the boat a little when I do the sides to let gravity work less on the resin. My big issue is that darn inverted stern. If I was to put my input into the design, that would go.
  8. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    Now that she is flipped, and the holes filled with pass #1, I have a few questions after watching Alan's glassing video. I bought the fiberglass cloth from B & B. I didn't realize it wouldn't go from center-line to over the top of the gunnel like in Alan's video. What did your layup look like? Do you run it across in sections and then let it overlap a bit? Do you run fron the C/L to the edge, and then trim and then do the sides as a second step? It seem overlaps lead to a lot of fairing. What about the transom? Is that done by itself? And how do I defy gravity with it's reverse-ness when I apply the glass or was I supposed to do that first, or should I wait until I flip it back? My centerboard fits easily, maybe too easily. I have about 3/16 - 1/4 inch of clearance. I'm guessing this is better than the opposite. Should I shim it when I put the bolt through so it is snug? The slot for the centerboard seems enormous. has anyone ever fitted a slot gasket or is it not worth the trouble. Thanks in advance!
  9. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    Thanks to all that went before me. That was pretty uneventful. #Amosmethod https://youtu.be/I_AqWrqTtJ4
  10. Chick's Micro Power Cruiser Project.

    Awesome. I need to hurry.......
  11. Outer Banks 26 #1

    My wife says that "Jazz Hands" is my last boat. But maybe if she saw this............outstanding!
  12. Capsized abandoned retrieved

    Glad you and the boat are OK. Scary. I had a similar situation many years on a Snipe. She barely floated and I had to swim quite a ways to get to shore. Anyway, 20-30 with full sail is probably where things got dicey. I sail a Sea Pearl (while I am building my CS20.3) which is not self recoverable after a capsize. So I learned to sail it a bit conservatively. From that I've learned that performance with the right amount of sail area actually doesn't degrade and can actually increase performance. I'm often surprised how well it sails with significantly reduced sail area. My guess is a reef or two would have led to a different outcome. Again I'm glad you are OK.
  13. Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Jazz Hands"

    Last couple of weeks have been crazy. My two boys finished 3rd and 4th in the NYS Nordic (cross country) Ski Championships up at Gore Mountain. This was after my son Andrew one the local regional championship. And my daughter got inducted in the National Golden Key Honor Society at college. She's way smarter than me (Yes I'm bragging a bit....they are great kids). Being a supportive dad and a productive boat builder are sometimes at odds. But there is progress! My hatch is kind of like Grahams, but with some liberties taken. I went with a different solar panel to keep weight lower and angled the "rails" a bit. This is partly because my hatch need to be completely removed to get the boat out of the basement. The lower solar panel also allowed me to taper the front hatch a bit. There is a bit more radius to be added, but her is what it looks like. The screws that came with the piano hinge are 3/4" and so once I get some 5/8" I'll be ready to call it close to finished. I just have to cut the coming pieces and fit them in. I'm going to steal Grahams secrets and make dogs live he did to keep it shut, but that is for a different day. This hatch project was by far the most tinkering. I should have bought the hatch but I was thinking "How hard could this be?" But I learned some stuff and I think it came out quite good, so all is well. I still have to figure out what to do for the windows in the hatch boards, but that can wait. Tonight hopefully I can route the solar panel wires, and remove the whole thing. Time to flip! Any advice before I do this is appreciated.

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