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Steve W

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  1. What species of wood for items like breasthooks? I used cedar for the transome stiffener, but it seems something stronger is in order for the breasthooks. Take Care, Steve
  2. The devil is in the details they say. Upon further review, I forgot to do two things when I cut the panels last spring. I got the flu, and after sort of recovering, stitched it together. I forgot to bevel the bottom panels together and so when I stitched it it was impossible to get fair. I unwired it and in about 5 minutes fixed that. While I was at it, I remeasured everything and I realized I forgot to cut the end of the side panels off. duh! I cut them and re-wired it last night and it went together just beautifully. I've had my kids helping me on all the measuring, and of course I've benn checking it, but somehow these two misses got by us. I'm sure there will be more. But I'm excited to get gluing now that she is straight and fair. Take Care, Steve
  3. She's 3-D. a couple of questions. 1. the side pnels extend about 1/4 of an inch past the stern panels. I measured three times. I'm assuming I trim the side panels a paralell amount. Anyone care to comment? 2. I'm assuming the panels are put together such that the bottom panels butt up to the sides. Of course, the sides coudl rest on the bottom, but I doubt that, and they could be beveled, but I saw no mention in the plans. 3. There is talk in the fine print (it's all fine, my eyes aren't what they used to be) that it's importnt to keep the panels fair. I can only imagine it would be possible to warp the bottom, but how is it possible to get ti all straight if I only have it wired together, and I can't flip it? That's all for now. Take Care, Steve
  4. Brent....it was great to meet you out at Wye Island. I was hoping to get more of a look at your CS20, but you vanished into the morning! I put a little together of our trip, and you and your boat make a few appearances. I hope our paths cross again. I'm back at work on a spindrift 11N and I'm hoping to bring it next year along with Wildcat.take Care, Steve
  5. I'm going, but I'm bringing my Sea Pearl 21 WildCat. I am building a Spindrift 11N and I'm going for inspiration! Hope to see you there. what kind of boat will you bring?
  6. Great fun to watch someone elses work. I'm buiding a Spindrift 11N with my kids, but unfortunately I got a late start this spring and its only at the 3D stage. Once November rolls around I plan on getting serious for a spring launch. I'll be looking to this log for inspiration. I will add that I was going with scarfs, but caved to the ease of a butt joint. Take Care, Steve
  7. I'm appalled at how many nitrile gloves, cups, paper towels I've been going through working on my 11N. any tips for economizing....I don't mind spending the money, its the amount of garbage I'm creating thats frightening. Take Care, Steve
  8. Duh.....I need better reading glasses. As soon as I saw the posted plans (I do have that sheet) I noticed the seam glass covers the holes to give them strength. Now drilling later makes sense. Thank you, Steve
  9. I've tapped an inspection cover to accept an air chuck and put a few psi on it. then run soapy water on it with a paint brush. I found my leak in 5 minutes. the other guys are right. A small hole can ship a ot of water. take Cre, Steve
  10. But if they were bolted together, they couldn't shift......hmmmm. I guess I'll go with the concencus, even though it doesn't make sense. I've been wrong plenty of times...... Take care, Steve
  11. The directions to my 11N say not to drill the holes after the epoxy has been poured. I have the two bulheads taped togther with the cardboard sawcut spacers. It seems like this would be a good time to drill the holes, put the bolts through and remve them and replace them one at a time when I'm sawing teh boat in half. If that isn't the way, what is it? Take Care, Steve
  12. Barry...I'm building an 11N and I've been enjoying your work. I'm about to go 3D. Any tips you want to share? I see you have glassed the seams and I'm nervous about that step. It's my first S & G boat and I'm a little un-nerved by this method. take Care, Steve
  13. Thanks everyone. I had some West system sitting around, so I used that for the first glue-up yesterday. I did the hot water thing after I cleaned up and it worked like a charm. I am just starting out, so this won't be my last post. Steve
  14. I'm finally getting around to buiding my Spindrift 11N. I bought 2 gallons of epoxy and the part A (not hardener) has turned close to solid on me. This has never happened before, but this is a different brand that the West System I have used before. The jugs were unopened. Are they junk? Steve
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