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About kayakerlarry

  • Birthday 03/31/1949

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    Scarborough, Maine
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    Sea kayaking in Maine

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  1. John, good call. I don't see one whitecap in the harbour so I would vote for sinking or a strong tide running out the harbour as neither do I see the crew all sitting on the leeward side. Larry
  2. Beautiful boat! What a great shot in Sydney Harbor - perhaps you were sailing the day I climbed to the top of the bridge in 2003...look forward to seeing your progress!
  3. Thanks, gentlemen! Keith, no worries...I still have two more builds to complete (Gull and Falcon) to round out the fleet of 4 boats the camp had until I purchased Flying Dutchmen Junior replacements in 1967. Besides, I just purchased custom cut glass for two cases so now I have no excuse not to continue!
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  5. Oh, maybe like two pigeons sitting on a wire all in a row...
  6. FINISHED HAWK - second of four! Mounted on my 1960 camp plaque ready for presentation to Camp after Covid 19 one year delay of 100th anniversary now schedule for 2021. Glass case will be next and then onto the Gull and Falcon which I may decide to rig with sails.
  7. Mast stepped and all eye hooks in place for running rigging. One painful lesson I just went thru - the way I made the turnbuckles for the Loon had two separate eye hooks at each end (reality????) but in trying to tighten the shrouds this time the wire eye hooks came out of the crimped end of the turnbuckle. Solution was (had to do this jib and port halyard shrouds) to just make a single wire thru the turnbuckle and make eye hook at each end and attach to deck hook (which can take a lot of tension as the twisted loop is superglued into the block beneath deck - see last pic below). Then loop shroud thru top of turnbuckle and crimp off wire. If anyone has any other suggestions on how to best create tight shrouds, I'm all ears... Blocks on underside of deck to secure shroud and halyard eye hooks.
  8. Interior completed. Learning from Loon - shroud, halyard blocks, jib eyes and traveler needed more support than 1/32" deck thickness could offer so I installed 1/8" thick blocks under each location - port shroud block glued to hull at front of floorboard (first picture) and all other blocks glued to underside of deck (second picture). Also added a post on inside of transom to give a bit more support for the gudgeons.
  9. Frames, centerboard, floorboards, mast and "T" shaped boom all complete. Mast step and supports for brass posts all installed in the "bilge". Much easier to install the upper frames with the slightly wider planks. Deck and combing up next.
  10. Hull came off the mold in good shape and have started with the floorboard frames. The change in the planking process gave a bit more width at the beam so I am much closer to the true beam width of 5'1" so should not have to force the frames to widen each side. Now the Loon will have the Hawk for a dock mate...
  11. Lesson Learned...Another difference from the Loon construction that seemed to work better - rather than using carpenters glue and pinning each plank all at the same time I used CA glue and broke up the gluing process into 3 sections. That way I could better fit each section to the adjourning plank and end up with a smoother transition between each plank and avoid the excess bowing. Makes sense as these boats wouldn't have used one 15 foot plank but rather 3-4 individual planks butted together.
  12. Planking completed... but not without some challenges/learnings. I must have cut planks just a bit narrower as I need garboard + 8 vs garboard + 7 on prior model. I debated making one of the last two planks wider vs adding a spacer piece. I opted for the latter and wasn’t real happy with outcome. Looked at Underhill’s plank and frame book after the fact and see there is a “preferred” method. Maybe number three will be better! Now onto hull sanding and wood filler.
  13. Thanks all. I have started the next 3 boats in hopes of getting at least one more finished in time for the anniversary (assuming it happens this year!). I will continue with this log to note the highlights and lessons learned from my first build. I think to the extent possible I will complete the parts for all 3 at the same time to maximize my learnings. Here is the first phase of stem and keel structures for all three. I may not be as ambitious when it comes to the planks but we'll see...

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