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  1. Thanks Popeye for checking in... Soon, soon I will be back at it. Cheers!
  2. Thanks Mustafa for checking in... just busy with work and life. I noticed this last year that I have had less time for this wonderful hobby... I have also had some wrist and hand problems related to my occupation that just does not want to seem to want to get better. We are in the midst of summer here in Canada and I am going to set a timeframe of September or October to start into it again. The other problem is I am dreading doing the rigging work... so procrastination is a big component as well. Cheers!
  3. 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,
  4. 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.
  5. 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,
  6. 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...
  7. 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
  8. Thanks Ian, Popeye for the compliments and recent likes. Much appreciated...
  9. And here is my most recent work... I stained the masts with Minwax Golden Oak and the spars Dark Walnut
  10. 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.
  11. 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!

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