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Joe,

 

I checked it out and the centerboard is a bit too wide . You could take a 5/8" slice out of the mold and glue it back together or we can just cut another one out. I will be cutting a centerboard mold, you can borrow that one.

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Graham,

Thanks for looking into the Centerboard for me. It sounds like you are sticking with the MF 234. That was my plan, but Jay told me that I could use his building jig for the MF 246. He also said he thought the extra space makes the cabin more usable.  However in the photo Jay posted of him standing inside the partially built boat there is gobs of room over his head and it looks like Carol could do jumping jacks. I do not need that much headroom. 

 

Option 1 stick with the MF234

Option 2 Build the roomier MF246 but lower the cabin trunk or sides of the hull several inches.  I do not know how much work is involved in modifying the design or what would happen to other design criteria if the cabin of the 246 was lowered.

 

Can you give me a little information that would help me choose?

 

 

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Joe,

 

You can go either way. We are going to do the 234. If you go with Jay's jigs we can work with any adjustments you might need. I think that the headroom is not as mach as that picture suggests as Carol was off to the port side and the camera was off to starboard and lower than that center line beam. It would be easy to lower the cabin by a couple of inches once you can get a better feel for it. 

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Mark, so far the only resemblance I noticed is they are both cat-ketch rigged sailboats!

I hope it performs similar to our CS20.3! 

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About time to update the Mather Flinders build.  It has been an easy build so far,  a lot of the build is done from the floor, not climbing in and out of the boat.  The kit is incredibly accurate, I have used a block plane to fit a few panels but generally it all fits perfectly.  The interior panels all have their first 2 coats of epoxy, and I have a date with my sanders after this year’s Messabout for another coat rolled on.  Most of the cleats, carlins, and inwales are either installed or are ready to install.  All the “horizontal “ surfaces are laying in place but not glued yet.  All the plumbing is roughed in and conduit is dry fit for wiring stuff.  Picking up a bunch if stuff at this year’s Messabout but there is enough stuff installed to get a feel of the cabin size, and it is “just right”.   Just realized some of the photos are several weeks of “progress “ back,  hope to be at the 2020 Messabout! 

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This is Bones.  Finished a CS 17 MK3 a year ago and interested in MF-246.  We live at the north end of ms.  We visit the Gulf Coast once in a while.  Would be interested in looking at your build.  You can email me at captbonespirate.com for more private comms.

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Well, another Messabout is in the books,  so many heartfelt thanks to Joe an Sally, Graham, Allen, Nate and everyone that got in on “THE BIG POUR”.  Heading home tomorrow with a perfectly poured lead keel for Matt, plus a full trailer of next build items.   Everyone here knows it but B&B go way beyond!!

 

now, back home and my regularly scheduled sanding. 
 

Jay

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In a former life, I ran a crash test program for an automotive company.  When I view this last photo, I think of a barrier crash sequence.  This is a big lead dagger headed forward at great speed.  I sure hope you made it home safely!

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Thanks Don, it was so “Restrained” it was only going where we wanted it to!  A neighbor has cattle and a big JD tractor with a round bale spike on a front end loader, unloading will be easier but for the next few days it is resting comfortably in the trailer.  

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Ya know building a boat, sometimes the obvious isn’t so obvious.  When I started building Matt, I had a small container of sheetrock screws,  needed more,  I bought more......if ya do this, be certain, no very certain you buy screws with the same head pattern.  Dragging my feet, the deck panels are prepared, the carlins and inwales are ready to accept the deck.   This next week I am building drawer boxes and other fiddly stuff waiting on the ah ha moment when I realize what ever won’t fit now with the cabin top or deck installed!

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