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Greetings fellow builders, ... Last Saturday I sold my Penobscot 14 ("Anna") and "Chessie's" tender ("Catnip') to my nephew. I already miss them, but at least they are still in the family. Next will be "Chessie" herself (Core Sound 20 Mk 3 [#4]). I'm still cruising her and she's available for demo sails and inspections by interested buyers. If not sold by October, I plan to bring her to the B & B MessAbout. Maybe a buyer from the south could take delivery at the messabout. We'll see. I'll be placing ad's this week. As soon as "Chessie" is sold, my plan is to order a kit for a Spindrift 10 and have her ready for the 2021 sailing season. Being only about 100 pounds, it should be much easier to launch, row or sail, and recover. This will be my 11th boat-building project. My other boats: 1 -- 1963, "Outcast,” an 11 ft 1 in sailing dinghy from plans by Popular Boating. 2 -- 1971, "Sandi," a Sailfish from a kit by Alcort. 3 -- 1972, a DN Iceboat (sail # 2141) from plans. 4 -- 2003, a 15 ft cedar-strip canoe (a Bob's Special) plans from Canoecraft by Ted Moores. 5 -- 2005, "Anna," a Penobscot 14 sailboat from plans by designer Arch Davis. 6 -- 2008, "Copycat," a 7 ft 7 in Nutshell Pram by J. White, kit from WoodenBoat Magazine. 7 -- 2009, "Tattoo," a 14 ft 10 in PocketShip sailboat, a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. 8 -- 2011, "Pluto," an 8 ft "nesting" sailing dinghy, a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. 9 -- 2017, "Chessie," a Core Sound 20 Mk3, a kit by B & B Yacht Designs. 10 -- 2019, "Catnip," a 7 ft "nesting" dinghy, a Two Paw 7 kit by B & B Yacht Designs. 11 -- 2020, "Seabiscuit," a Spindrift 10. #1329 . . . Name suggestions for the Spindrift 10 would be welcome. For the selected name -- a nice SURPRISE !! At this point I'm searching the internet for a light-weight trailer. Recommendations from other Spindrift 10 builders and owners would be appreciated.
First time boat builder here with a few questions, getting ready to build a Spindrift 10. First, does anyone know of a lumber yard in South-central Louisiana that carries 6mm Okume plywood? (I am in Baton Rouge) I have contacted a few so far. Riverside Lumber in New Orleans carries Meranti, but I was hoping to save the weight by building with Okume. I haven't found anyone else who even carries Meranti. I will be transporting the boat on top of the family van, and eventually it will become my kids' boat, so light weight is important. Second, has anyone used Cypress for the solid wood parts? It seems like it would work fine and give the boat a nice Louisiana look. And it is easy to find around here...