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  1. This probably deserves its own thread, but things that are obvious to those of us with lots of experience are not always obvious to new folks or even those not familiar with a new different rig. I still, after 2 years find things out that should seem obvious on skeena. I helped someone sail a boat he built for the first time and he had no idea he should mark the halyards for reefing. I myself found the obvious step of loosening the snotter before easing of to a run a new thing to me. I just showed a friend that has a boat with a mizzen the joy of sheeting it in hard, pulling up the rudder and centerboard with released sheets how even in the gnarliest conditions he could make a sandwich. All would have been easier to learn with a video or manual.
  2. If the weather holds I'll be heading to MASCF next Tuesday in St. Michaels, MD and participating in the Voyage to the Vineyard on Wednesday, a new event, and then continuing to the Wye Island Gunkhole trip on Thursday, and finally heading to the festival on Friday for a weekend of messing about. This has been a frustrating season of sailing, but I'm hoping to finish strong. I hope to see some of you there. The first MASCF I went to in 2011 I made friends I still hang with. The event was the inspiration to build my 2 B & B boats. Here's a video of me and my friend Joe on the gunkhole trip. You'll see a CS20 which was the first one I ever saw in the flesh. I think his name was Brent and you'll see him crabbing while sailing, something you couldn't really do on my Sea Pearl. I hope to see some of you there.
  3. Nice article. I had the pleasure of talking with Tom for a good bit at the Messabout a few years ago. Thanks for sharing.
  4. Alan, it's good to see you chime in. So this at first seemed like a good EC boat. Could the sides be cut down like Carlita? Also, I need to weight Skeena. Take Care, Steve
  5. I'd guess those two hatches in the stern are to store oars. But putting a 5hp engine on her is a commitment to motoring and not an afterthought. I bet two rowing stations would work.....
  6. Jay, she looks amazing. Does she have a name yet?
  7. I like my Cabin, but wow. With a mice tent that could be quite the expedition machine! Fantastic! Take Care, Steve
  8. I haven't sailed as much this summer as I wish. Work and weather have conspired against me. The few times I did get out I got a bit too much sun. And I had my son Andrew sleep on the aft seats one night on Conesus Lake and in the morning the dew was so heavy it looked like it rained on his sleeping bag. I had decided not to put in a dodger as others have. I just don't sail in weather that dictates one. But at anchor shade is desirable and protection from rain and dew more so. I played around with some awning ideas and here is what I came up with. My son Teddy sewed it up for me. He left for his second year of college at Clarkson University, all I had to do was string it up. It allows me to leave the companionway hatch open at night and also keeps the dew off the seats forward of the mizzen mast. There are three poles that give it shape. It pops up in a couple of minutes and the poles are just shock corded tent poles. It folds up to about the size of a shoe-box. It can be rolled up assembled with the tent poles in and shoved below or strapped to the cabin top. I'm pretty happy with it. It will be nice to have some shade later in the day at anchor. It can also be strung low in the front if the rain is driving. Negatives: It does shade the solar panel, but my 50 watt panel seems to give me more juice than I need and the sunny times of the day I'll be sailing. Also, it will be interesting to see how it affects hunting at anchor. The good news is yesterday we had 20 knot winds and I left it strung up in the yard and it didn't seem to mind. If the weather cooperates, I'm planning to take a week off and sail the Chesapeake the last week in September, sailing to the MASCF in St Michaels. Hope to see you there! Take Care, Steve
  9. Hi Andy. A CS20 is much bigger than a Sea Pearl. 7 seems a lot on it though. But as your crew gets older the times you can get them all together will dwindle. It happens fast. Any CS is much more sable than a SP and people who went out with me once on WildCat and were uncomfortable with the tenderness have no problem on Skeena. Things I miss on my SP: Quick rigging. I'm still working to make launch faster but I don't think my CS can ever be as quick as the SP rig. Infinite reefing. The sail shape suffered, but I loved how you could dial in as much neutral or weather helm as you wanted by how many turns. The tenderness. People that grew up in canoes like me love Sea Pearls. Other didn't. Looks....it's subjective, but the SP was a pretty boat. Light wind ability. I sail with a lot of traditional boats. On light air days the SP would really shine. The rear Bimini. Hot days in the shade are superior. I haven't figured a solution for Skeena.... Things I don't miss. The Lee-boards. Tacking a Cat Ketch with a centerboard is just sort of a non-event.....nice! The tenderness. many of my passengers were not canoeists.... The center tent. Sleeping aboard was tight for one. I took each kid independently and suffered for it. Anchor rode storage. bringing the rode on deck and having the water run the length of the deck....ugh! Length. With the engine mount it's a pretty long package. Lack of pointing. The CS points much better, especially when reefed. A CS20 is a big project, but they do come up for sale once in awhile! Take Care, Steve
  10. @Thrillsbethat is exactly what I have in mind. short spars, Sail stays on rig. Quick deploy. What length is your boat?
  11. Pete, congratulations on the Peep hen. That rig is very easy to handle and is why so many of my friends up in years sail boats with similar rigs. I just got back from sailing my 11N in the 1000 Islands while on vacation. It's performance is fantastic, and probably why I picked it, but handy it isn't. I sailed out into Eel bay and the wind stiffened. I found reefing on the water was very difficult. I've been thinking about seeing if one of the rigs from the Catspaw rig might be more appropriate from my use.
  12. I think the discussion about main-sheets proves everyone is different. I like the look of a clean transom as much as the next guy, and if I lived in an area where long runs out of a marina down an inlet weren't reality, I'd stow my motor. I'm with Jay. Where I sail I like having the motor at the ready just in case. Also if that thing is really $615 bucks, I'd pass. My mount cost me a sheet of luan to make a pattern and some southern yellow pine reinforcing. I can leave my Suzuki 2.5 long shaft on and just as easily put it away. I trailer with it hanging on the transom with no worries. Best two pics before I put the rear deck on: And finished with motor up:
  13. FTR, I went with just a 2:1 on Skeena. I sailed Pete McCrary's CS20.3 at the Messabout and the 4:1 drove me nuts, both in the extra length and weight of line when the air was light. I feel like if the sheet loads are that great I should be reefing. If you want to make the sail go forward the mast you are going to need even more line! I will admit the line that Alan speaks of that came with the kit is nice. I got white and it works fine, although shows the dirt...... Steve
  14. I'm curious why you want a removable mount like this......do you plan to stow the motor when sailing or maybe use the boat a lot with no motor?
  15. Looks great. I didn't paint the lockers and regret it. I didn't think of doing it first until Alan's video and I should have. What is your plan for a motor mount?
  16. Thrillsbe, I was apprehensive about the latch, but it's far enough forward not to matter at all. I did alternate the 7 pairs of button magnets! On another note, wooden boats are just so easily modifiable. I added what my friend Andy calls "beer fiddles" to the mizzen support as shown. My Yeti mug sits right in there like a champ, with the sheet holding it captive. Being only half circles solves the drainage issue. I's all about the cup-holders.....
  17. Is that mizzen sheet double ended? If so, I like that, When hiked up on Skeena, it's tricky to adjust the mizzen sheet, but that would solve things......
  18. Nice! FTR, those elastic hair stretchy bands they sell for girls to tie their hair up are better than rubber bands and work here. I also have a bunch on my spirits to tuck the reef line coil under.
  19. I've tried using a sharpie, but it hasn't lasted. I'd like to pre-mark the main and mizzen to good spots to make reefing quicker. Anyone have a long term solution. This is thin line, either 1/4" or 3/16" and is white with black flecks.
  20. Today I finally got Skeena out and about. She's a great boat. It was frustrating not getting much helm time, but when you have two of the three kids along, it's a great sacrifice.
  21. Ok Graham, you've been back from your amazing journey for a week.....I hope you are working on the novel! I think there was a lot of people following your adventure. My wife, who thinks I'm nuts watch the EC map every spring thought I was more nuts until I sat her down at my computer and showed her your trek and we went to Google Earth to click on photos to get more of an idea that what Alan had posted. About half way in she and my son Teddy were asking "where is Graham now?" You are an inspiration. In one of Alan's write-ups he mentions you deploy the anchor from the cockpit. Can you tell me about that? I have a anchor roller similar to yours and I'd like to rig this on Skeena.
  22. Back in 2015, I purchased Core Sound 20 Mark III boat number 3. It's turned out to be a great boat and I've had some wonderful adventures with Skeena. At the time I purchased the plans, the only designing not quite done was the hatch. There was a lot of discussion back then. Graham and Alan eventually finished the design, but I'd already proceeded with my own design, which was sort of like Graham's, which I'd seen I think at the MASCF. The sliding aft part was excellent, but I was never quite satisfied with the front. To open, I had to un-dog it on both sides with screws. And then open it and tighten the prop hardware. I liked it as it provided a nice fresh breeze when cracked open at night, but I didn't like the speed of opening and the fact it opened into the sail path. It was awkward to get out to use the anchor. A few times on the Chesapeake this spring I sent my daughter forward on top of the cabin and it was then that I decided to change it. I had seen Jay, Amos and Chick's sliding designs, and I decided I liked the safety of a slider. In order to keep my solar panel, and because I'd already cut a hole for the old hatch, here is what I came up with over a few beers anchored on the Myles River near St.Michaels a month and a half ago, while talking to some of my friends. She's a slider like Chick designed, but there is a garage over the middle part to hold my solar panel. The hatches run in a full length groove. There is a stopper cleat on the aft of the front hatch and the fore of the aft hatch. There are six weep holes that let water exit from the rails. I made it out of Mahogany, which is a bit heavily that the pine I used before, but I used less of it, so there is that. I hate bright-work, but it sure looks sweet. The rest is Spanish cedar. You can walk on any of it. I trimmed the old hatch coming down using a sander, to a line. For that I had to clear the cabin. In this picture you can see the inset magnets I used to latch the slider. I bedded 7 pairs of strong magnets I bought, on both the hatch and it's slot. Sliding the hatch forward snaps it shut. I didn't love the idea as I thought it would interfere with my compass, but my son Teddy told me it would be fine and he was right. I won't shoot a mark with my handheld compass up there. If there is a downside, it takes a bit of strength to pop it open. I have a actual latch to use for security I'll install tonight. I can reach the anchor gear easily from here, and get the sail lugs started, etc. Nice and secure. Open. Amos mentioned he was surprised his hatch was waterproof. We had a torrential rain storm and the lid pooled over a half inch. No leaks! I had some doubts, but I even dumped a five gallon bucket over it. No ingress. Inside. My bug screen still works with no mods. I routed a pull into the hatch. Solar wires. I like that the wiring is now fixed to the solar system. My son Teddy 3-D printed me a cover for the old setup but it won't work so he's printing another one to protect the wires. Aft. Pretty similar to the old design, with the addition of the recess to push/pull when the hatch board is in. My favorite part. If you shove the aft hatch forward, it closes the front hatch, and the magnets latch it. I suspect my kids will sit up there on the edge, or poke their head out like a tank commander. The only downside is the lack of ventilation. I have an idea, but let's test what I got first. I noticed in Graham's epic journey, he had figured a way to deploy his anchor from the cockpit. I'm curious to hear his solution. That will be next. I have a lot of trips planned and it's good to get this small project that took way longer than it should have done. I love this boat. Take Care, Steve
  23. Pete, that looks like a great improvement. I find the rig on my 11N to be excellent in performance, but frustrating in my inability to switch from rowing back to sailing out on the water if I don't have a partner in the boat. As soon as I move my weight forward to reach for the zipper, things get awkward. I've been thinking about keeping the standard rig, but creating a smaller lug rig for quicker deployment and more useful when screwing around fishing/sailing/rowing.
  24. Best advice I ever got: Don't let perfection be the enemy of good.
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