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    Thanks John H. I have gotten all kinds of great ideas on how to outfit this boat and special details to add from your log and posts and the video of you and Waxwing on OffcenterHarbor. She is a beauty! The CIY has some similar characteristics, in a lighter, not quite as traditional hull. I have been thinking for a while on how to do a tent and your Mk III is a great design. I'll be at SRR in July, hope to meet you there.

    Clint -- not sure I will have the CIY done for SRR, but I'm working away with that possibility in mind. I would love to show it off! If not, my dory will be my ride for SRR.

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    Spring is here! And the opportunity to work with the garage door open, and take tools and timber outside to do other projects.

    I took advantage of a weekend at home and a guest with some able hands to help me out to get the last two planks on. A great feeling to get "the whiskey plank" mounted. Cleaning up goop underneath the boat after gluing is NOT my favorite job!!! Trashed some work clothes, but that's why they are work clothes. The hull is starting to look pretty good:


    so a sip of whiskey is in order



    Mediocre weather on Saturday allowed me to rip my rubrails out of some Philippine mahogany I bought recently (18 foot board - no scarfing!). Good weather on Sunday allowed me to put a first coat of varnish on all my spruce spars and oars that I made in January:





    I may get this boat in the water and sailing this summer after all!

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    Left to right on the spars:

    hollow box-section boom - solid round yard - solid ovalized mizzen mast - squarish sprit boom for mizzen - 9'9" oars made from plans/patterns from CLC. All from sitka spruce. I used Minwax "Helmsman" varnish from the local hardware store for the first coat, it's actually pretty good stuff, but will switch to Pettit Captains Varnish to finish these. I like the darker color and it applies pretty easily.

    The oars were already sealed in epoxy (except for the handles, those will get tung oil). I'm not sure whether that was a good idea or not. I wanted the blades epoxied for edge hardness, and had a little extra so covered the whole thing. It will make them a bit better sealed, but dents may cause water entrapment. It's a lot of extra work too. It I did not epoxy the spars.

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    How many clamps does it take to glue on a rubrail? As many as you own! In my case, I counted 53... Tomorrow I'll move the clamps to the other side.

    I'm using Philippine mahogany for the rails. True mahogany would be nicer, but it's too darn expensive for this modest craft. I was surprised to see that it was cheaper than the sitka spruce (spars and oars) and western red cedar (floorboards) that I bought.


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    I enjoyed my stop at Jim's to see the boat and his building space. Even as the designer, I was impressed with the volume of the hull!

    I also took note of the building space...it is tight with only a couple feet all around except at the transom where there is a couple more. I always felt that kits lent themselves to small workspaces.

    Jim's doing a great job and has hardly bugged me with questions, so I stopped by and bugged him. Thanks, Jim.

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    So Clint stopped by on his way passing by New York to see how the boat is coming. I was amazed when he told me that this was the first time he had actually seen a Calendar Islands Yawl in the flesh... and he designed it! Shows the power of computer design (in the hands of a skilled practitioner).

    Over the past few days I have gotten both rubrails and now the stem attached. The plans call for a laminated outer stem but I chose to just use two pieces of 3/4" stock scarfed in the middle. It worked, with generous amounts of epoxy putty to fill in for my less-than-perfect joinery between the stem and the hull.


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    Looking good Jim! To think that when we did the mast, the boat was still just a strong back!
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    Jim, Nice work on the outer stem. I will be using your method on future kits...simple and plenty strong. What was your approach without the stem already there to fit the rubrails to?
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    Clint, my sequence was

    1) When attaching each plank, extend the plank about 3/8" past the end of the inner stem
    2) fill the channel between the planks (the front of the stem) with epoxy - I used squeezeout from each planking operation
    3) when all the planks are on, fair the stem curve and make a flat/square face on the front of the bow, 3/4" in width
    4) attach rubrails to the sheer planks, with rails extending about 2" in front of the plank ends. A 1 1/4"#10 bronze screw was beefy enough to pull the tenacious end of the rubrail up tight against the stem, plus zillions of clamps along the sheer
    5) mark off the 3/4" width of the slot for the outer stem on the rubrails, and cut (carefully) along the plane of the where the outer stem sides will be with a Japanese saw to make the notch for the outer stem. Then cut to length and round off the fronts of the rails BEFORE attaching the stem
    6) Use the pattern from the kit to check the fit along the curve, and your stem stock to check the slot width
    7) Cut the pattern into two pieces with a scarf angle cut, to get decent grain orientation along each piece
    8) Trace and cut the two pieces out of the stem stock
    9) Dry fit the two pieces in place and shape as appropriate to fit the curve (that took a while)
    10) Drill, screw and glue the stem pieces in place (including gluing the scarf joint, in place). With lots of goop to fill the gaps!

    Here is the finished product. I think I will leave the rubrails and the outer stem bright, while the hull planks will be painted.



    And here is the scarf joint. Not fine joinery, but still looks decent.

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    Busy weekend working like mad in hopes of getting this boat ready for the Small Reach Regatta in Maine in July. My boat club opened for the season on Saturday -- oh holy day!!! But the weather was sketchy so I resisted the temptation to get out on the water in the kayak or the dory, and kept my shoulder to the wheel on the CIY build.

    I got the skeg fastened & filleted on,



    and starting prepping for taking the boat off the strongback and flipping it over. Next weekend I have enlisted my son and a few of his friends for a boat-flipping party where we will pick it up off the frame, carry it outdoors, flip it over, and carry it back in. IOn the plans, Clint has included very handy cradle patterns for holding the boat right side up on the strongback using two of the in-place molds. So I got out the jigsaw and hacked out one of the cradles from a no-longer-needed chipboard mold. This is mold 2 looking forward:



    And traced the outline of the second one, frame 5 looking aft, and will cut it when we lift the boat off:



    I also got the spars zapped with one more coat of varnish, got the boards for seats, inwales and floorboards planed to thickness (new Dewalt benchtop planer is a really sweet piece of machinery!) and got the first coat of paint on the dagger and rudder blade. I can almost smell the salt air...

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    Sounds like you're zipping along. Lots of work ahead of you, but the goal of the SRR can be an inspiration.
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    A flurry of activities last week and weekend -- signing an acquisition deal for a client, son's 18th birthday, Redsox game at Fenway, daughter's college graduation (!), Mothers' day -- meant taking a break from building. But 4 or 5 evenings this week of tablesawing, bandsawing, planing, routing, spokeshaving and sanding turned a board into this tiller assembly:



    The wood is ash. If it's strong enough for baseball bats it should make a nice tiller. The tiller is hinged into the cheeks which bolt onto the rudder, so that you can flip it up and out of the way when not sailing and use the aft tank as a seat or part of the sleeping platform:



    By flipping it up like this:


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    I had planned to flip the boat and finish the inside before flipping again to epoxy and paint the outside. But flipping requires more hands than I can easily round up so I'm going to go ahead and get the outside completely finished before flipping, and only have to flip it once.

    After epoxying the hull it looked so nice I almost wanted to keep it bright...



    But practicality prevailed. It's a boat, not a piece of fine furniture. After sanding the epoxy, applying 2 coats of primer (with more sanding) and rolling and tipping 2 coats of brightsides paint, it looks pretty good:



    The sheer strake will be painted red, to add a little accent (and visibility) to the otherwise haze grey (as in ... and underway) hull. Must be the former naval officer in me that landed me on that color.

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    Looking very spiffy.
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    Very slow going lately. Each coat of paint needs a day to dry and I haven't been able to get to it every day or even every second day. Anyway the hull is completely painted on the outside and ready to flip over. Rolling and tipping the Brightsides gives very nice results. I ran out of grey paint after two coats but it is pretty well covered. The red took 4 and there are still a couple of thin spots.





    I also received my sails yesterday, a very nice set made for me by Douglas Fowler out in Ithaca NY. 121 sq ft for this small boat seems enormous, but I got the mainsail with 3 rows of reef points at 2-foot intervals so I should be able to adjust to any conditions.

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    And lest I forget, a whole set of cycles spent varnishing the big beautiful transom:



    The transom is extra large because it extends very high ... the slot is where the tiller fits in. I won't get "pooped" by following seas in this boat!

    A little of the red paint for the sheer plank added some character to my oars as well:


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    Jim, looks grand, love the red accented sheer...I love it when my customers do a great job.

    FYI that boomkin hole is likely going to need a little rasping to get just the right fit.
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    Looks great, I love watching your progress.
    I think you said you were using Interlux Brightsides; is it Kingston Grey?

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    Lovely!
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    Quote Originally Posted by galleywench View Post
    Looks great, I love watching your progress.
    I think you said you were using Interlux Brightsides; is it Kingston Grey?
    Yes, it is Brightsides Kingston Grey and Fire Red. The red is a little brighter than I would ideally prefer but it still seems to look pretty good, and will certainly help make the boat visible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clinton B Chase View Post
    Jim, looks grand, love the red accented sheer...I love it when my customers do a great job.

    FYI that boomkin hole is likely going to need a little rasping to get just the right fit.
    Thanks Clint. Question -- do you think it is important for the boomkin to be square-sectioned where it fits through the transom, or could I go with it round and just square off the tip of it that fits into the holding block on the aft tank top? Also, I am thinking that it should be a hardwood; I have some ash left over from making the tiller. If I use that stout wood, what diameter would be necessary?

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    A momentous checkpoint in the build process: today we lifted the boat off of the building frame and flipped it over so I can finish the inside. 6 of my kayaking buddies rallied to the task and helped me get the boat re-positioned. Thanks to Jean, Alex, Bea, Josh, John Andrew! Despite being pretty big, it is amazingly light, as we found when lifting and carrying it with six people turned out to be a piece of cake. I had cut cradles into a couple of the building frames (per Clint's drawing in the kit) which made it easy to drop it back in place right side up:







    Now I have my work cut out for me, for while it is looking pretty nice on the outside, the inside is a mess, with hardened epoxy globs and goobers everywhere. Out with the 60 grade sand paper and the flush-cut saw!

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    in addition to right side up have you considered a sling system so you can roll her up on her side(s) for creating horizontal surfaces out of vertical ones?

    i do a similar thing when working on the insides of my dinghies(i even stand them on their butts)





    my work tables are knee high and i can work from a mechanic's roll around stool or chair to ease the strain on this old man's back ;-)

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    Looking good!

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    Swoody, positioning the boat differently might help in leveling epoxy etc. but this is a 16-foot boat with 5'5" beam... not very practical for me to move it around while working solo.

    Now I'm in the phase where as much as I work away the progress only glacially apparent. I spent probably 6 hours just cleaning up the epoxy mess on the inside. Lately I've been working on finishing the aft tanks, which requires a lot of cutting and fitting of cleats . Also installed the mizzen mast step, which is off center in this design so the tiller can swing on the centerline. This seemingly trivial little item still took a fair amount of time, because the corner it sits in has no right angles whatsoever:



    Here you can see it in the bigger picture. The center section will be a pretty big lazarette with a hinged top, and the outer sections are the two side tanks which will be sealed save for the circular access ports. I'll have to be over-generous with the epoxy to make sure the tops are filleted in air-tight.


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    hey Jim, GOING WELL

    i could not see the weep hole in the mast step in the pic

    if it'z there, bueno

    if knot, might oughta should make one, B4 you close that area in... ;-)

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    A few more hours of work, a few more details. More of the cleats that the tank tops and mizzen partner will be glued onto:



    Mizzen partner:



    And tank tops and lazarette hinged hatch:



    Also this weekend I glass-taped the stitch-and-glue seams between the bottom panels and epoxy saturated the inside of the hull. Then I spent about 15 minutes scratching my head and pondering the plans trying to figure out why 2 of the the 3 pre-cut plywood floor 'timbers' fit just right but the third one didn't fit anywhere... I finally figured out that the middle one gets cut in half and in the slot in between the halves is where a hinged strut will hide when the floorboards are down. The strut, when hinged up, supports the floorboards when they are raised to form a sleeping platform.


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    I am a bit bleary-eyed this morning after staying up way too late last night fitting one of the inwales, then cutting and fitting the breasthook and transom knees. The rail is just clamped in place for now, learning the appropriate bend. The Philippine mahogany will look nice for the rails and will be finished bright.



    Lots of compound-bevel cutting for the breasthook... I did pretty well getting the sides angled properly, but screwed up the cut on the notches where the inwale inserts. Since the pattern I had made was for the top of the hook, and the bandsaw only cuts a bevel one way (so the pattern lines were actually drawn on what would be the bottom of the hook), I had to cut 1/8" wide of the pattern line. When it came time to cut out the notches, I had a "temporary mental apparition" (to quote O Henry) and cut an eighth on the wrong side of the line. I'll fill the gap with a splint of the same wood to hide my mistake. I am not going to bother with trying to crown the breasthook... the wood is only 3/4" thick and I don't want to make it any thinner, plus I would like to finish this project before the next decade and go sailing.



    The transom knees were easier, as there are no real curves there and I was starting to get the bandsaw-table-tilted thing figured out for cutting the bevel. And I'm choosing not to notch the inwale into these, just take it all the way back to the transom and glue the knee to the inwale. I'll probably put one long screw all the way through the gunwale into the knee, if not for strength then just to help with the gluing.


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    Those quarter knees on the transom are perfect. Why not take another stab at the breasthook? It's not all that much work to make another and, once done, will be worth the effort.
    I've trimmed out a few boats in Philippine mahogany and it does look great finished bright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Those quarter knees on the transom are perfect. Why not take another stab at the breasthook? It's not all that much work to make another and, once done, will be worth the effort.
    I've trimmed out a few boats in Philippine mahogany and it does look great finished bright.
    Thanks Rich, you are overestimating my degree of perfectionism and understimating my impatience to get this boat built and out on the water! I think i can fill those little gaps with some of the same stock and with the grain aligned so that the patch will be almost invisible -- kind of like bunging a screw hole. It' a question of which test one is trying to pass - looks good at 10 feet, or 3 ft, or 1. I think that would pass the 3 foot test.

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    You really have the pedal to the metal. Moving fast!

    If you were to take another shot at the breasthook, watch the Caledonia Yawl build series on OCH. Geoff Kerr has a great tutorial on this piece of the boat.
    I followed his instructions and was pleased with the result.

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    "I would like to finish this project before the next decade and go sailing."

    Does the WBF have an official motto? I nominate this! I can picture it on coffee mugs and t-shirts.

    Boat looks great.

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    No progress on the CIY build over the long 4th of July weekend, since I was enjoying the holiday at Seneca Lake in New York's beautiful Finger Lakes region. I got lots of rowing in in my Dave Gentry-designed "Ruth" wherry, which is a joy to row. Plus it has the advantage of already being built. Yes, this is a file photo, as the astute would observe that there's no seaweed like this in fresh water:


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    Back to the task this weekend though. The rails are complete, along with quarter knees and breasthooks. They came out pretty nice.

    Quarter knee:


    Breasthook:


    And the whole assembly:




    Plus I spent a lot of time yesterday sealing planks, seats, tank tops, pretty much anything that didn't move, with epoxy in prep for eventual painting & varnishing. A variation on the old Navy boatswain's mate's saw, "if it doesn't move, paint it, if it moves, grease it"...

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    Beautiful!!
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