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  1. Thanks Bradley! After cleaning up the loose rope and securing it to the various cleats, I mounted the boom to the staysail and installed the rope around the boom. Next, I rigged the staysail onto the mast and installed the rope to secure it to the main mast and the bowsprit. Next, I installed the brass rings on the upper part of the staysail. Here are some pictures with the rope completed around the staysail. Once the staysail was mounted, the l
  2. I continued with rigging the repaired bow. I left some of the rigging below the bowsprit loose so that when I added the jib sail I could tighten them simultaneously with the rigging on the jib sail. Here is the jib sail completed with the rigging tightened down and secured. I’m now cleaning up the loose rope and will then mount the staysail.
  3. It’s been a little over a month since I last posted. I took a hiatus from the build after my crack up I showed in my last post. I’ve posted in the past that we also plant a large vegetable garden and we’ve been picking and canning vegetables the past several weeks, so there really wasn’t much time to work on the ship. I’m back focused and have progressed on rebuilding the bow area. Here are a few pictures. I’ll re-rig the bow area over the next few days and then continue with mounting the sails.
  4. Thanks md1400cs! I continued the rigging of the sails. Then, I had a significant setback. I turned my chair around and the armrest caught the edge of the ship, and off onto the floor it went, bow first. I haven’t worked on it for a over a week. One step forward, two steps backwards. I’ll start repairs in the next couple of days, but still pretty frustrated.
  5. I ordered some additional .045 rope from Syren. I was selecting the rope I noticed they offered 0.20mm rope. I decided to include that in my order because I thought it would be a better choice for seizing the 0.45mm line I’ve been using. Once I received it was the correct size for the reefing lines. I proceeded to use it for the reefing lines on the mainsail, foresail and staysail. Here are the finished reefing lines on each of the 3 sails. Once that was complete, I began rigging the mainsail. Here are a c
  6. I’ve been purchasing all of my rope from Syren. Not knowing how to estimate it, I’ve had to order more 3 different times. It’s a bit expensive so I was trying to optimize it with each order, and I probably spent too much on shipping trying to do that. I’m using tan and brown rope, mostly 0.45mm diameter. As I began seizing around the blocks, I used some thread that I found at Hobby Lobby for the seizing. That thread matched somewhat, but it had a bit of a gloss to it and it just didn’t match well enough to suit me. The 0.45mm rope is made from 3 threads twisted together. I realized tha
  7. I made an extra copy of the sail patterns when I made the original copy, so I was able to use those to overlay the sails. This allowed me to determine how I would handle edge, and also to locate the position of each eyelet. I decided that I would try to make a finished edge on the sails. To do this I would need to allow enough extra around the edge of each sail to allow it to overlap twice. The drawings show a 3mm edge, so I cut the edges 6mm from the edge of each sail. My wife helped me a great deal with the sails and after we worked with a couple of the sails, we realized that 6mm wasn’t eno
  8. My approach to the sails was to make a copy of each sail to use as a pattern to mark and cut the cloth, and for the location of seams and eyelets. My first step was to make a copy of the sheet with the sails printed on it. My first attempt was to use my laser printer to make the copy of each sail, however it would only print 8.5”x11”, and most of the sails would not fit on one sheet. I probably could have used 8.5”x14”, but I would still have to piece each sail copy together. I copied portions of each sail with the intention of taping the pieces together to make the full sail pattern. My seams
  9. Phil, Thanks. It's definitely been a good learning experience. I really expected a learning curve here so my frustrations are limited. I'll definitely know what things I need to do better on the next build. I'm sure that will be another learning experience too. I voice frustrations, but I've really enjoyed building this kit. Tim
  10. I have completely replaced the rigging underneath the bow. Some of the rigging came lose or was knocked lose as I was repairing the bowsprit. I wasn’t pleased with the seizing on most of the rigging in this area so I opted to replace it. Here are a few pictures of the re-rigging. I completed the rigging around the spanker boom and stern area after completing the bow. Here a few pictures of this stage made with a little better lighting. I next attached the two gaffs and finished the rigging on those as you can see in
  11. I had an issue with the bowsprit as I added rigging on the masts. When I first began the rigging around the bowsprit and the bow, the bowsprit broke loose from the deck due to the torque I was placing on it while tightening the rigging rope. This happened at least twice, maybe 3 times. At that time, I felt I did not have enough surface contact to get it securely glued, and I added a strip under the bowsprit and used epoxy rather than wood glue. When I added the rigging rope to the mast and down to the bowsprit, the torque placed on it once I tightened it up pulled the bowsprit loose again. My
  12. I have completed the shrouds and now ready to move on to the other rigging.
  13. It’s been about 2 weeks since my last post, and it’s been a frustrating 2 weeks as I’ve worked on the shrouds. This kit has 10 shrouds, 4 on the forward mast and 6 on the aft mast. My rigging seemed to go well, and I was able to get all shrouds installed, but not without issues. This sequence of photos shows the progression. My biggest concern as I approached it was to get the rope to the correct length so that each would have adequate tension. I’ve tried to follow the plans for the correct length and the correct po
  14. GrandpaPhil, very good advise to use a dowel rod. That did not occur to me. I'll file that away for future reference. Thanks!
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