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Last summer, I did a capsize test with my Two Paw 8, “Two Bits”.  I found that she floated better with the temporary floatation tanks I installed.  This spring, I’m building permanent tanks into the hull.  
 

Also, at the Messabout, I got to row Tom’s TP8.  I was amazed at how much better it rowed than mine.  His seat and oarlocks were further aft than mine, which made all the difference.  I failed to get measurements of his.  Is he on this forum?  Is his boat available to measure?

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My modifications to my Two Paw 8 are slowly taking shape.  In priority, they lag behind spring landscaping, prepping for camping in a week, and final preparations for a little messabout I’ve organized.  But I hit it a lick now and then.  I’m working on the floatation tanks at the moment.  I’ll open up the front seat area, and move storage to the side tanks.40D02E05-1335-475F-835F-C4D1BE6C0D3E.thumb.jpeg.b5e497cc8cccd21e8843bfcc82133319.jpeg

 


I’m also looking ahead to rowing seat changes, based on Tom’s Expedition TP8 at the last B&B Messabout.  My rowing position is too far forward; his boat rowed much nicer than mine.  Fortunately, I found a photo of his setup.  I’ll use that as reference.F7FB6AAE-0F0C-4DBA-8209-06F73BD2ED16.thumb.jpeg.b7cf96ea725bd266c9450a46204918ec.jpeg

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Here’s the latest on my two-bit mods.  The tanks are done.  The interior had one coat of Devthane, and should get the second today.  5276832C-81C2-4EC1-B163-01F836854F87.thumb.jpeg.d2de516b486c1bcef7aac82ca7c491fb.jpeg1F79D91D-86F3-4775-8564-CA38E2BBED4D.thumb.jpeg.27ad02239b5b1643d8a260a46776c6cb.jpeg

 

The mast and boom are done.  Eventually, I’ll paint the mast.

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I even made a little masthead float for her! We’ll see if 5# floatation is enough to do the job.  I know how to make a bigger one, now.

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I rigged up the sail for the first time.  The boom is 2” too short!  (My wife says “same old story!”). Some day, I’ll check the dims of the sail.  Maybe it’s too big.  But I’ll make it work for now, and make a longer boom later.

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During my working career, I worked in just-in-time automotive production.  It appears that the JIT mindset has followed me into retirement.  Tomorrow, we will pack ip Two Bits, and roll out of here on Monday.  The modifications cost more than two bits, but she should be faster and safer than before. Not shown is the completed sailing rig with masthead float.  That photo will appear in about 10 days.

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Needs a (large) hole, too!  Naw, it is a seat, properly positioned for rowing.  Previously, the seat was too far forward.

 

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 When I rowed Tom’s TP8 at last year’s messabout (see photo above), the difference was astounding.  There’ll be a structural support underneath that cantilever, too.

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I’m camping in Michigan now, and still working on Two Bits.  She’ll take part in a DCA rally in Traverse City in early August.  Ted Johanson and I will be cruising on Avocet, towing Two Bits behind.  Here she is, rigged for towing.EC6BCF79-F5C0-4082-981D-ABB5D5FB8F3E.thumb.jpeg.bf34f0f401fd6292afe4704dbf0f4cb6.jpeg

 

I’m also finishing up the new sailing rig.  I’ll use that next week, when we move to a campground on a lake.  (Photos to follow.)

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By the way, oddly enough, I'll be in Michigan next week, too, with the CS17 for a family week.  But at a place called Mona Lake, about 135 mi and 2.5 hrs south of Traverse Bay.  Have a good time.

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4 hours ago, Paul356 said:

By the way, oddly enough, I'll be in Michigan next week, too, with the CS17 for a family week.  But at a place called Mona Lake, about 135 mi and 2.5 hrs south of Traverse Bay.  Have a good time.

Man, wish you could get up to TC on the Saturday to join several of us.  But enjoy your family time!

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