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Core Sound 20 Mark III #3 "Skeena"

Steve W

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  • 4 months later...

Since I made the last post, I went to the MASCF and then I trailered Skeena to Amos's place near the start of the Dismal Swamp Canal. We went in tandem to the Messabout and it was so much fun I'm hoping to repeat it this year with maybe a modification of the route. I had promised a few people I'd write up the 2023 experience, but I've had some things going on at work that have taken all my time. I will get to it. 


I have moved into a house with really no place for a workshop while my wife and I are working with an architect to design another house that will be built over the next year suitable to our retirement. I feel like I have another boat in me.  


But this means my ability to modify Skeena has been limited. This morning, while it was snowing, I attached cleats to the cabin top like I saw on Amos's Larissa. I also added a table below which is really going to be a nice addition. I'm getting close to retirement, but for now there are times when it will be necessary to work and laptops aren't that great in your lap. The table top uses this mechanism: 




I need to build a tabletop at a friends who has a shop, but I installed the mechanism and made a thick carboard temporary top and I think this is going to be a nice addition for day I'm stuck below. The neat part is it can be easily removed and stowed. 


One other thing I'm doing is adding a bigger outboard with reverse. The 2.5 Suzuki I have has plenty of power, but reverse would be so nice. Unfortunately my custom motor mount which works perfect with my 2.5 doesn't work with the Suzuki 6 I purchased. FTR, the 4 was the same weight/size so I went bigger. I'll be adding an extension to the current mount. If anyone with a setup like this posts a picture for R & D purposes, I'd be much obliged. 


Take Care, 




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  • 2 months later...

I came across some video footage on my phone from back at MASCF last October. This was taken by my friend Joe right after the start which is a strange downwind leg. The last clip is right before we put Skeena back in the Slip.



I ultimately made a strategic mistake by being in the lead and not knowing which channel marker indicated the next leg of the race. I was in the lead and looked back to wonder why nobody was following. By the time I realized my mistake, I'd lost significant ground. But its a race for fun anyway and Skeena and her new centerboard performed awesome.    

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After spending so much time on the boat going to the MASCF and then on Amos and my travel to the Messabout, I got really thinking about a table. Mostly I cook and spend most time in the cockpit, but there were some times after the bugs came out and I was in the cabin I just needed some horizontal space.


My friend Doug mentioned an idea of a table mount he's seen on a camper van conversion. I wound up getting a mount on Amazon and here are a few pics. 2024-05-0512_53_46.thumb.jpg.e306d0bdff6e781704b536bfdc699f5f.jpg

The boat is named after a cat, so I added a little whimsy on the top. It's just a 1/2 piece of maple plywood with a maple edge. The top is big enough for two to eat or play cards. 



It's hard to tell from this picture, but the mount is through the bulkhead. It came with a backing plate that makes the whole rig rock solid. You can also see the pivot from the table is offset making for many options of table placement. 


Each of the connections has a built in "wrench" to tighten everything down. It's amazingly sturdy. The best part is that it pops off in two seconds and can be stowed out of the way. I sized the table so it will fit in the locker aft of the bunks, but my guess is that I'll just lay it on the back part of the bunk while sailing. 


The video shows best:


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Steve, wonderfully innovative idea and execution of design! 
This is a project I was thinking about over the winter and here you come up with a fantastic solution. Thanks for sharing the details.

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Glad you all like it. If you go this route, the swing arm needs about 10 minutes with a file to clean up the machining, followed by some paste wax to make it all slide on the dovetails smoothly.  The parts are very nice quality and once you do this, it's a great upgrade. 

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Andy, it makes me happy to see that picture. WildCat was pretty tender (wild) and the name was chosen from my daughter's reading of the Swallows and Amazon's series. I always liked that name for her. She treated my family well and I have many similar pictures.


Skeena was the name of our family cat. She was supposed to be Christina but my daughter at 4 had a hard time saying it and she became Skeena. I'm pretty happy with that name.


Tim, I bought a stamp at Michaels for 5 bucks and a stamp pad for another 6. Deciding the way cats walk was the hard part. I looked at all kinds of prints on line and finally decided to not let perfection be the enemy of good. The stamp pad is permanent brown ink and it worked great. I did practice on a piece of paper. I'm pretty happy with how it came out. Also, getting my current cat Leo to do anything useful would be problematic. He's never getting a boat named after him unless I build something useless. Here he is in front of the heater sleeping. 

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When I was finishing up Skeena, I had a lot of trouble finding 3/4 hollow back stainless rub rail. After refinishing the teak rubrails I used,  I'm revisiting this again. I made them with profile that would allow me to add 3/4 so it's a matter of sourcing. 


It's hard to find in 12' lengths (would need 4 lengths) , so if you have a source LMK. If you went with 6' sections (readily available), also LMK how that went. 


Thanks in advance!

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