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Kyle H.

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  1. A good place to practice these techniques is away from a dock, using a buoy as your marker. Less stress on the boat vs. dock if you mess up :rolleyes:

    I will look to employ some of these techniques when I get to sailing my Belhaven, since a cat ketch is a new rig to me. Thanks for all of the ideas.

  2. Edensaw is my choice. Good prices and great people to deal with. Bought mine in 2010. Okoume and Meranti ply and some excellent spruce lumber, all packaged well for shipping with very reasonable rates to Nevada, where I live.

  3. Some of us gals like gift certificates to hardware stores and boat supply stores. :wub:

    Glad to hear that the carbon paper is working. I had out my dressmaker's tracing paper to send to you, Scott, but it was pink...matches my doilies pretty well. :D

    Glad to see you are back in the building game, but sorry to see The Yellow Boat go before our match race... #3 vs. #44.


  4. I've put quite a few hours at sea on #40 since her launch and have only run across a couple minor issues. One is with the keel raising system. My cb has 60lbs of lead in the tip and weighs 100lbs overall. The designed block and tackle system requires a huge amount of strength to lift the keel. My wife can only get it to about half way. I nearly dropped it a couple of times raising it in a seaway. I checked the keel externally for binding, but it moved freely. I removed the trunk cap and checked all the blocks for fouled bearings and clean movement, but again found no issues. It's just really heavy to lift. I switched to the old style keel lift using a hand whinch and steel cable that runs to a d shackle located about 2/3 of the way down the trailing edge of the cb. This works great. The keel is super light to lift and the whinch won't let the keel fall if the handle is released. The cable doesn't hum while at speed and there isn't any seaweed here in the Persian Gulf to snag the cable. I left the internal system still set and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions so that I may go back to it, but for now it's just too heavy! Plus, having that pivot hole makes for a good back-up lifiting point if I go back to the internal system.

    The other issue is with my sprits chafing my wood mast. Was thinking of a patch of leather on the mast or perhaps wrapping the mast with 1/4" hemp line in this chafe area. Any thoughts? Trying to keep with a traditional looking solution!

    Overall I couldn't be happier with the boat. She sails beautifully in all types of conditions and when the winds and seas really kick up, she takes it in stride. Very solid and easy to handle boat. I thought about making a dodger, but even in 4-5 seas at 7.5 knots, I hardly take a drop of spray in the cockpit. She is rock solid for a boat of only 19' and really punches through waves. I included some pics from my 2 day trip down to Abu Dhabi and one of the new whinch setup.

    Good to hear from you and that the boat is living up to your expectations! Loved the photos, too.

    My Belhaven #44 is still in the works, but when I built my centerboard, Scott mentioned that he used around 35# of lead in his. I asked Graham about this, and it was felt that 35# is sufficient to weight the board down. Sounds like you have a good compromise with your winch.


  5. Quote from above poster: "Chesapeake Light Craft is a bit flaky, and their website needs an overhaul, but Sailrite, Duckworks, and a host of others get the job done promptly."

    I have also had good luck with Sailrite and Duckworks, but have never had a problem with Chesapeake Light Craft. I have ordered three boat kits from them and they all came on the dates promised and packaged very nicely. I have always been impressed with how they put the customer first, even when a question I have does not pertain to a boat in their fleet. I have also ordered sundry supplies from them with the same great service. :)


  6. Hi All ~ Building progress marches on, even in spite of our "Juneuary" weather :rolleyes:

    Two questions for the designer: is there a plan for the running rigging on the Belhaven? I have some questions answered from Scott, but wondered what options are out there...

    Also, what size plywood (6mm or 9mm) are the two little bulkheads located under the front V berth?

    Much thanks,

    Kyle #44

  7. When they return I'll go on another leak search. Might even use Howard's method, fill `er up with a garden hose look for wet spots.

    You might try using a soapy water solution on the hull to deck areas and also on any areas where hardware attaches to the hull. Swab some soapy water on, put the shop vac on blower where the removed plug goes in the hull, and Viola! if bubbles form, there is your leak. This is an old Hobie Cat trick.

    Kyle ;)

  8. Jongo,

    This is a blessing in disguise. You are very fortunate that this was discovered at this early stage. It's a shame that you're dealing with this, but better now than later.


    Jongo ~ So so very sorry for your setback, but as John said, better now than later. I sure hope that this has not soured you on the build, and you will progress much faster the second time around. Keep the faith!! B)


  9. Much thanks for taking the time to ponder this with me Graham, Ray and Scott. Looks like it will be best to leave it as is, so will do that. And thanks for the well wishes, Graham! :)

    It is nice to be able to bounce ideas off all ya'all and to see the different angles of looking at the specifics of the Belhaven.


  10. Scott and I spoke about the centerboard on the Belhaven. He thought that for his sailing, it would have been better to have it retract fully into the centerboard case. I plan to do about the same type of sailing with mine, so was wondering Graham's thoughts on making the centerboard fully retractable. I know that Ray is planning on having his build beachable with the huge tidal changes in his neck of the woods, but Nevada does not have those sailing conditions. Please let me know what you think, Graham, and what modifications I would need to do to make this work.

    Much thanks,

    Kyle #44

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