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    It’s looking pretty boaty:
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    ‘Glassed on the outside, taped on the inside, frames in, gunwales on, front transom reinforced, rear transom still needs to be reinforced. Almost ready for paint.

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    I once built a dink out of the absolute cheapest ply I could find... something like $10/sheet, a sandwich of two softwood veneers and some some sort of suspended sawdust.
    Just like this one, I glassed the outside, taped and painted the inside. I expected to get maybe two or three years out of it.

    In this photo it's 10 years old, when I sold it (for roughly what I spent on the oars and oarlocks). It had not been treated gently, had plenty of service-life left.
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    Chris will be glad to read that post, Figgy. I think they are going cruising for just a few years. If it lasts that long they’ll be happy. I’ve had neighbors come along saying how nice it looks and how much they’ve enjoyed watching it being built.

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    There have been a couple of slightly scary developments: two craigslist purchases over the weekend. A slightly oversized sail rig and a 3.5 HP outboard.

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    3.5 HP is probably 2 too many...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robm View Post
    3.5 HP is probably 2 too many...
    Which makes it 1.5 less than what they really wanted!

    Gosh that yard & street look familiar. I think there've been some really good parties there.
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    I built a Bolger Auray punt out of Home Depot luan without coating it and it lasted a pretty long time, only fell apart—broke in the middle—a few years back, so, close to 20 years out of doors. Didn't have a soft life--for a while it had a 2hp engine, carried me, dog, block of ice, groceries, gear about 3 miles a day

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    good looking boat
    whatever rocks your boat

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    Looks ready for paint!

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    Paint? I think she should be varnished to show off the great logos...
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    Looks great! Paint sure does change things, eh?
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    I would drill a 2" hole in that skeg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Paint? I think she should be varnished to show off the great logos...

    Actually, that was considered at one point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    I would drill a 2" hole in that skeg.
    What is the purpose of the hole?

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    Been to the city hall today got her registered, found out about the new requirements that the HIN number needs to installed just like a non-home built boat... Photos must be taken and sent into the State.

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    The hole in the skeg becomes a convenient grab-handle at odd times (I didn't see limber holes, so bailing out after a rainstorm starts by tipping it over, yes?), and is very useful if this dink ever needs to get lashed down on deck.

    The state of Maine actually made you register it?!
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    The limber holes are in the corner where the bottom plank meets the garbord plank. I suspect I'll try to pull it up on deck before rain if not just bail it out. Maine requires her to be registered because we have an outboard engine. I probably would not bother with an outboard other than the tender will need to tow the mother ship when the old atomic does not start.

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    Looking good! So in Oyster Bay for the night? Tomorrow should be a bit calmer, eh?

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    I honestly have no idea, currents and wind on the lis have baffled us. That pic of gravey was taken after we gave up today. Tomrrow port Washington! Oyster bay brewery is really good bra.

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    You need to figure out the tides and currents for Hells Gate. If you time it just right you can carry a fair current all the way to Sandy Hook.

    I thought you'd be South of the Chesapeake by now.

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    Most days it seems to be too windy for us to sail Gale warnings and small craft advisory. We are in port Washington today, headed into the city to visit Sara's sister. Probably go threw bells gate on Tuesdays. Have not figured when we will go around NJ yet. We might go up to the boat basin and hang out until we have good weather. We have not seen any boats as small as ours since we left Portland.
    Our new dingy got pinched between the boat and a dock the other day opened up a couple glue joints in the rails.

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    You had to register that little boat!
    That is nuts.

    Looks really great by the way. very cute.
    I need a little thing i can stow on deck.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsie View Post
    You had to register that little boat!
    That is nuts.

    Looks really great by the way. very cute.
    I need a little thing i can stow on deck.......
    Outboard. No engine, no registration needed - though some states only require registration above a certain horsepower.

    Bummer on the damage to the dinghy. And - Hell's Gate definitely wants to be passed at the correct tide!
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    I love that camouflage paint job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Outboard. No engine, no registration needed - though some states only require registration above a certain horsepower.

    Bummer on the damage to the dinghy. And - Hell's Gate definitely wants to be passed at the correct tide!
    Kinda the reason we went cheap and dirty tenders get beat up I'll be able to fix the damage when we stop someplace for a few days that it's not raining. Probably after we get to the icw for now it seems to be holding up fine.got down threw the East river today.

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