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  1. Thanks Popeye, Jan-Willem for checking in on the build... I used the bits manually, , much like a pin vise and everything went smooth without much concern or worry. I used one of the smaller bits in the power drill only when drilling an opening, carefully, passing the bit through the hawse hole and then drilling through the bulkhead hidden behind the bow and yes, no problem to "snake" the ropes attaching the anchors as only one bulkhead was required to drill through. Wrists better, yes... Cheers,
  2. Hawse holes... Only a little nerve racking drilling into the completed hull. I used my Milwaukee hex drill bits manually from small to large (no power tool used) to open up the holes.
  3. Thanks Nils for the compliment! I am hoping to start the rigging sometime this summer and I am certainly a "sail" type of guy. Cheers,
  4. Thanks Popeye for the greeting... and yes starting to get better but now a bit of laziness has set in. But I did this last night...
  5. Thanks Andrew for following along... I think this older Mamoli kit builds out to a wonderful Santa Maria. Though the instructions have not been great, the kit materials, both wood, metal, and other fittings have been excellent. I have lately been slow with progress as lots of spring yard work here in my “neck of the woods” plus a developing issue with carpal tunnel syndrome is limiting my work on the kit. Cheers
  6. Thanks Ian, Popeye for the compliments and recent likes. Much appreciated...
  7. And here is my most recent work... I stained the masts with Minwax Golden Oak and the spars Dark Walnut
  8. Some progress to report finally... I took a power tool to a couple of the spars that were double side and that were to be mated together. I achieved a nice clean union... The rest of the finished masts and single and double spars are depicted in the last picture. All this work certainly easier than I thought and expected.
  9. Thanks Jan-Willem for checking in on me and my Santa Maria.... it is coming along very nicely and I am pleased with the skills I picked up with my Bluenose build. Look forward to seeing some progress on your build!
  10. mrcc

    Caldercraft customer service

    Hate to open an old thread but this is very interesting... John from Caldercraft in August 2014 received my request for parts missing from a kit that I purchased and after waiting and waiting and after numerous subsequent requests, the parts were eventually received in March of 2015. Some of my crankiness is outlined in the thread above... Low and behold and pushing 4 years sine the original request, I get a package from England via Royal Mail with my missing parts... not sure if it was the first or second package that was sent that finally got delivered... I am wondering where in the mail delivery system did it get lost as the customs declaration slip looks to have the date of February 8, 2018. Anyways, its a story...

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