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  1. Me being me and the keel bulb being at the bottom of the boat, out of direct view, I'd laminate some planks and carve the bulb.
  2. Well I've just found this beautiful build and I'll definitely be tagging along. As for "up the coast" as a fellow New South Welshman I'd say still in NSW but north of Sydney. As Banyan said, the distances involved here catch a lot of people out. I was hiring a car in the airport at Cairns one day and the German couple in front of me were hiring a car to drive to Sydney to catch their flight home in two days. The hire car guy looked at me with a look that said "Do you they know it's 2431K's"
  3. Thanks Mark, the Gunter sloop rig was chosen for it's ability to windward and aesthetics, it just looks right. Having said that I realise it's harder to sail single handed but I'm finding or inventing ways to simplify it. One thing I found straight away is that by holding the main sheet you can feel when it's pulling well, you don't need to look at it much. The jib on the other hand will require some learning. There were two old dears out there for a picnic, both in there 80's and the used to sail a lot when younger. They took a keen interest in Miss Caroline and watched me sail her. They gave me a few pointers when I got back.
  4. Well folks, finally I have sailed Miss Caroline! I took her to Canberra last weekend and put her in Lake Ginninderra. I had my sons girlfriend at the helm for a while and my son took the pics. I grant you I need to learn about sail trim but I got her out, about and back. The last pic shows a catamaran, they got there before me but I was rigged, launched and sailing before them and sailed much better than they did but I'd say they were first timers too. I thank youtube and a good understanding of the physics for my better performance! The pics with the motor down are because I forgot to lift it! Lesson learned - be methodical.
  5. Nice pick up Michael, indeed, guilty as charged. Thanks for the compliment Michael, I take that as high praise given the source. I formed a friendship online with one of the guys from Wooden Boat Magazine and he told me to make sure I submitted Miss Caroline to "launchings" so now a Facebook encounter with a bloke in America has lead to a boat built in Sydney Australia being published in a magazine from Brooklin Maine and seen by a bloke in Edmonton Canada. Small world isn't it! On another note I've bought my Torqeedo outboard and it's working really well but how to tie an ultra modern motor in with a classic wooden boat? Well Michael may remember a piece of river red gum I used for the base of my schooner build, I said the timber was so beautiful there was no need for fancy shaping, well I realised I hadn't used any of that wood in my boat so I made the extended tiller handle from it and some left over sitka spruce. I think it ties in very nicely. Milling the red gum for the tiller head I reckon that looks pretty damn good While I'm proud to have this sticker I'm not sure I want to apply it to the transom
  6. Michael, I reckon the lamp probably looks in better condition than most real ones would by now. Well done.
  7. Mark, I have a feeling everything about this build will be elegant, especially given the lamp and engine
  8. You just stick with us mate, we won't lead you astray, fair dinkum!
  9. Very nice thinking outside the square, I would never thought of a knurling tool, I have one but it's diagonal, guess it would make nice helical gears
  10. I agree that the launch would be a beautiful model, even better in full size!

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