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  1. Thanks Mark. That is kind of what I thought since I did not find any definitive info. I guess any way that keeps the boat put is the right way in this case. Tom
  2. Hi all I am looking for info on how the cutters were secured or lashed to the skid beams. Right now they are sitting in small cradles. I was going to put some eye hooks on the beams on both sides of each boat and just run a rope from the eye, over the boat and then down to the eye on the other side. I would do this both fore and aft for each boat. Any possible solutions would be appreciated. thanks Tom
  3. Thanks Jim. I am in Philadelphia this weekend visiting my daughter so nothing going on in the shipyard now. Gotta admit though that spending the weekend here with her is more fun. 😁. Next week I will make the oars, secure the skid beams and then lash down the boats. Then I will take a look at tapering the stem as mentioned above. Tom
  4. Hi Allan thank you for bringing it up. I have never seen anything anywhere regarding a taper but it makes sense. It does not seem to be too late to do something. That’s why they make files and sand paper😁. If I can’t fix it, bow legged women it is! 😜. Thanks again. Tom
  5. Little change of pace. Decided to work on long boats ... a long one and a short one.😁. They still need oarlocks and some eye bolts for lifting and strapping down to the skid beams which are only dry fit at this point. My goal was to have this done in time to display at the April conference in New London, CT next year... not at the pace I’m going! Weather is too nice. Going to need more rainy days. 😜 Tom.
  6. Hi Shortgrass, Take a look at some of the pics in my build log for the Leopard. I just use 4 small blocks screwed to a piece of board. On the blocks is a pool noodle that I cut off 4 pieces about 2 -3 inches long and then sliced them down one side the long way. Placed these on top of the blocks and the boat nestles in quite nicely. After a while the foam starts to take the shape of the hull which holds it even better. You can get fancy with adjustable blocks for different widths but it really isn't necessary if you are going to be working on a single model for a while. The whole thing costs less than $5 using scrap wood I already had. Tom
  7. Hi Jim, It must have been quite an adventure tying those blocks. Creative vocabulary would have been used if it was me! At least it is behind you. She is coming along very nicely. Tom
  8. Hi Jim, Are you sure about the number of knots? I think you might have miscounted. You should count them again. 😉 Looks great. Bummer about the bumpkin but it looks like a great fix. Nobody will be the wiser. Tom
  9. Hi Gary, Thank you for the answer. That never even crossed my mind. I guess my inexperience is showing through. Always learning in this hobby which is one of the reasons why it is so interesting. Tom
  10. Can someone tell me what the function of this piece is? It looks like it might be used to help with the longboats. It is hung off the outside edge of the midship channel. There is a hook on one end and slides into a hole on a bracket that is attached to the channel. At the aft side of the same channel there is another bracket that the pole just seems to “snap” into. So it is definitely meant to be taken on and off. I made one for each side as per the plans but don’t really know why. 😳 Tom
  11. Jim progress looks great. I feel your pain regarding wiring on something for a while only to have it break near the end. Hope you hit the lottery so you can hire someone to finish up the rat lines. You will probably need most of the lottery winnings to pay the person. I am sure they don’t come cheap!😁 Tom
  12. Definitely agree with used Starrett for E-Bay. I work in the tool making industry and it is the "go to" brand for tools. I have bought the cheap ones and you get exactly what you pay for. I bought my existing pin vises as a used Starrett set from E-Bay and don't regret it for a second. Tom
  13. These are pretty good. I purchased the "baby" on amazon for a few bucks. Tom

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