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    Re: And the winner is... J2

    Thank you, Mike. I would like to add that ordering directly from Iain Oughtred turned out to be cheaper than ordering from the other sites that sell his plans, and that Mr. Oughtred is a real...
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    Re: And the winner is... J2

    That boat is nicely done. Thanks for posting the photo - John
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    Re: And the winner is... J2

    My J2 plans have arrived. They are a work of art. I'm glad I ordered them directly from Iain Oughtred. I am thrilled!


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    There are still some things I need to do before I...
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    Re: Is there a perfect boat for me?

    Check out Boat Plans at Duckworks Boat Builder's Supply. You will find a good number of suitable designs there - John
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    Re: Is there a perfect boat for me?

    There are a great many designs that fit your criteria. The "perfect" boat is the one that most readily brings a smile to your face and stirs something in your imagination. Sailing is all about...
  6. Re: Should I lose weight, or am I "gonna need a bigger boat".

    You are not too heavy for the boat. The more important question is can you sit comfortably in the boat. That has more to do with physical condition than weight. I toyed with the idea of building...
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    Re: Small Daysailer Camp Cruiser

    There is a glued lap option for Meadow Bird. You can check it out at Chesapeake Marine Design - John
  8. Re: Small sailboat that can be comfortably sailed

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    When I saw these Paul Fisher Highlander 12 pictures, especially the...
  9. Re: Small sailboat that can be comfortably sailed

    http://www.selway-fisher.com/NCoble9p1.jpghttp://www.selway-fisher.com/coble9p2.jpghttp://www.selway-fisher.com/NCoble12p8Randall.jpghttp://www.selway-fisher.com/NCoble12p12.jpg


    Your original...
  10. Re: Small sailboat that can be comfortably sailed

    There are quite a few designs that will meet your specifications. Here are some of my favorites:

    1. Whilly Boat and Whilly Tern by Iain Oughtred
    2. Anything else by Iain Oughtred
    3. The...
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    Re: solo beach cruiser

    Karl Stambaugh has three designs that might work, his Windward 15 and Windward 17 based on Maryland crabbing skiffs, and his Catbird 16 sharpie. All three are beachable and have sleeping space for...
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    Re: Hanna agaist Gillmer..

    I will concede that Chapelle studied and admired traditional working craft. Designs of his, such as Corsair and Glad Tidings were based on fishing schooners. He still moved in different circles...
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    Re: Hanna agaist Gillmer..

    Good choice, Peter. I'll bet you could build it, too! - John
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    Re: Hanna agaist Gillmer..

    I would like to say something else about Hanna. He designed boats that just about anyone of his time could build. This was at a time when my grandfather and his brothers, like so many other ordinary...
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    Re: Hanna agaist Gillmer..

    I believe Hanna did not credit any particular kind of craft, but my memory is a little sketchy there. Hanna was very much a blue collar kind of guy while Chapelle and L. Francis Herreshoff were...
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    Re: Hanna agaist Gillmer..

    I believe the debates were about the boats of Florida that were used by sponge divers of Greek decent. They had a strong resemblance to Tahiti. Other designers insisted that Tahiti was based on the...
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    Re: Hanna agaist Gillmer..

    They probably debated while they were still alive, lol. Please forgive me. If Tahiti is the boat you really want, then by all means build her. There are, however, newer designs that are easier and...
  18. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    Hey, Kenjamin. A thought on your sunshade. You could make detatchable curtains of the same fabric used for sunshades on cars, the fabric that blocks 70% of the sunlight but still allows you to see...
  19. Re: Sailing Dory, opinions on contemporary designs?

    Btw, a ballasted dory, like the Lark, is much more stable than an unballested dory - John
  20. Re: Sailing Dory, opinions on contemporary designs?

    I like Paul Fisher's designs, and the Lark Dory appears to be a realistic project for the home craftsman. It is heavy enough to leave on a mooring when that is convenient and light enough to tow...
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    Re: And the winner is... J2

    Thank you, Edward. It sounds like a good idea to use water as part of the ballast. I will be using the balanced lug rig as I think it adds to the "Viking" look and it should work well for me. Wooden...
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    Re: Dark Harbour 17

    I believe there are digital download study plans available from the Woodenboat Store for $.99. Be sure you are choosing "digital dowload" and not the actual plans as the difference in price is...
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    Re: And the winner is... J2

    Thank you, Mike. The convenience of building in strip and the ease of rowing are well worth the extra attention the boat will demand. It will certainly be fun to sail! I plan on daysailing with my...
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    Re: And the winner is... J2

    Thank you for the word on the scantlings, Edward. That is helpful. I am aware of J2's reputation as the "hot one" of IO's beach cruisers. I am planning on adding a 12mm rub rail at about where the...
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    Re: And the winner is... J2

    I must have made a mistake. I don't care much for posting with my cell phone.
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    Re: And the winner is... J2

    Yes, that is Mr. Oughtred in his J2, black hull, tanbark jib, and acre of varnish. I won't be using quite as much varnish, but I believe I can give her a nice finish. Thank you for posting - John
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    Re: And the winner is... J2

    Thank you for that information, Edward. It is consistant with what I saw in Paul Fisher's description of his Casco Bay Canoe Yawl, a 16ft boat of similar weight. I like the idea of the second layer...
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    And the winner is... J2

    I have been hanging around the forum for a number of years, drifting in and out, wanting to build an Oughtred beach cruiser but having noplace to work. That is now changing. I will soon have a...
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    Re: Dauntless again

    Hello, Phil, and welcome to the forum. Do you know who designed Dauntless? The designing firm would be of the greatest help. You might see if there is an organization in the UK for the preservation...
  30. Re: Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    [QUOTE=Yeadon;5318623]For planking, six sheets of 9mm occume at $70-$90 per sheet. A couple more sheets of 12mm for bulkheads, a few sheets of 6mm for decks, centerboard case. A sheet of 15mm or 18mm...
  31. Re: A 1959 43' Stephens Bros Yacht named Firebird

    Great looking boat. I'm sure you will enjoy her thoroughly. Congratulations! - John
  32. Re: Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    Thank you Edward and Garth. I have taken a couple of days away from the forum to clear my head and make my decision. I have decided on a Paul Fisher canoe yawl. At least I had. I read your last post...
  33. Re: Muri-Maru, a 17' 5" birdwing Yangtze Pelican microcruiser

    I like it. The elegant masts with the tanbark sails make for an exciting look, rather like an exotic beauty before and after she dresses for the evening. Thank you for posting. - John
  34. Re: Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    Garth and Dan, thank you for your suggestions. The plywood cost is a concern to me as I am getting ready to move and needing to acquire furniture, appliances, and take care of a number of other...
  35. Re: Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    Thanks, Garth. My biggest concern at the moment is the plywood because of the crating and shipping charges. I can buy quality wood for everything else as I need it locally. Epoxy, rigging, sail cloth...
  36. Re: Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    I live in the Kansa City area. The only marine quality ply here is either Douglas fir or MDO, both in the minimum size of 1/2 inch, much too heavy. I believe I have found a lumber yard out of state...
  37. Re: Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    Thank you, Dan. Now I am back to maybe! I will wait another day or two before my final decision. - John
  38. Re: Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    Thanks, Doswell. That is good advice. I am eager to get started on a build after years of being stymied, and so it looks as if I will be building in strip. I will be watching the forum for a picture...
  39. Re: Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    Thanks for the response, Mike. I like the look of your boat. It seems I will be building in strip. Good luck with your build. - John
  40. Re: Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    I hope the silence is because it is a lovely day and everyone else is out on the water :confused: (crickets).
  41. Re: Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    Guys, here is my dilemma. After years of frustration, I will finally have a place to build a boat. The main difficulty now is the cost of good merranti or okume plywood. It is not available locally...
  42. Plywood question for Oughtred beach cruiser

    Does anyone know how many sheets, and what thickness, go into an Oughtred Tirrick or an Arctic Tern? I am trying to estimate building costs. - John
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    Re: Good Book for Strip

    Dave, Jim, and Sproggy,

    Thank you for your suggestions. The first thing I did when I decided to build in strip was order the Gougeon book, as I know it is extensive I also know from experience in...
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    Re: Good Book for Strip

    Thank you for the suggestion. The Redbird is a sweet looking canoe. I like the word "forgiving". That is just what I need. - John
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    Re: Good Book for Strip

    My first build will be a CLC NED, a boat I can build in my living room if I must and can even overnight on now and then. The next boat will be my bucket list boat in that it is the only thing on my...
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    Re: Good Book for Strip

    Thank you, David. It seems I will have a good selection to choose from. - John
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    Re: Good Book for Strip

    I had not even heard of these books. I am constantly surprised, pleasantly so, by the resources, methods, and ingenious solutions to problems offered by forum members. Thank you. - John
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    Re: Good Book for Strip

    Thank you, Thom. It is on my list. - John
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    Good Book for Strip

    Dear friends, my situation is changing, and I am about to begin my first build. My question concerns the second build that I am already planning (fantasizing☺). I am particularly interested in the...
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    Re: Keyhavenpotterer has passed .

    I have only just read of Mr. Person's passing. He always had something interesting to say and added to my enjoyment of the forum. My condolences to his family and friends. - John
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