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  1. Thanks Casey....im thinking of starting another build as I transition into retirement in a few years. Going to need something to keep busy.....you looking for an old but nimble deckhand
  2. Thanks......The boat has been more fun.... and performs better than I ever imagined.
  3. I looked at those flat bottomed designs before deciding to build my Classic 17 from Bateau. Came to the conclusion that a shallow v bottom would better suit my needs. Not a lot more work....way better ride imo.
  4. Bacon first plead not guilty...then changed his plea to guilty. This is part of a recent article in the ctpost. Prior to the collision, the defendant failed to take precautions required by the ordinary practice of a seaman,” according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office release. “Bacon did not post his First Mate to lookout, did not make proper use of radar, and did not himself see the powerboat in time to avoid the collision. As a result of his failure to see the Peggy K, Bacon did not make passing arrangements, sound the horn, change course, slacken speed, or stop or reverse propulsion to avoid a collision. “After the collision, Bacon failed to make proper use of the VHF marine radiotelephone by notifying the United States Coast Guard of the emergency.” Krupinski died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries sustained when the 67,241-pound yacht ran up and over the open cockpit of the powerboat. Bacon’s guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., to seaman’s manslaughter was announced by United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch; Admiral Steven Poulin, Commander of the First Coast Guard District, United States Coast Guard; and Richard Cox, Special Agent in Charge of United States Coast Guard Investigative Service, New England Region. Bacon is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 17.
  5. Unions suck. I represent myself and have always done my own bargaining with employers....I leave when they cant meet my requirements. Forty five years working construction, and having dealt with many union carpenters along the way, I can tell you their skill level is seriously lacking. But they know tons about "union rules"
  6. My take is ..... even if the owner of the mooring is not using it at the time...it is not okay for anyone else to use it without permission Use your anchor....or look into a gps controlled trolling motor to hold to a spot if anchoring is to much trouble.
  7. I have been in the home construction business for over 45 years.......never....ever been busier. We are selling new houses to first time home buyers at a rate that is hard to fathom. I attribute this to consumer confidence and optimism...but I'm just a simple carpenter.....not an economist.
  8. Yamaha....because I bought a used one for my boat and it has performed flawlessly. Also see a lot of dealers, mechanics, and parts availability for Yamaha in my area. Also for whatever it's worth, out on the water I must see 9 Yammis for every one of the other brands.
  9. I am very happy with the design and performance of the motorwell on my home built 17' CC. Keeps water out the cockpit with following seas. Valuable storage space in those stern lockers too. I have not had any problems related to fighting or boating fish with this arrangement. The motorwell bulkhead, sides and transom, all mechanically bonded together make for an extremely strong stern.
  10. Best to find plans that you wont have to make changes to the basic hull design. Building a boat is challenging enough and a lot of work, be a shame to put all that effort into an unproven design. This one has a beam of 36"
  11. How about a Tango skiff?
  12. Stitch and glue is one good method...very good but requires epoxy @ around $100 a gallon. My S&G center console build took around 15 gal. and a lot of fiberglass cloth and tape. The jon boat "big mama" was just screwed together with exterior grade screws and glued with pl premium glue...... cheaper, faster and easier for a novice imo..
  13. Two full weekends.......and a few hours during the week in between. In contrast...the 17' center console build took almost 2 1/2 years...due mostly to a limited budget.
  14. Search the gator boat website...... Plans for the boat were $25 ,instructions were easy to follow..... $200 for some cheap plywood......$100 for glue screws and paint. We had a blast with that boat...we kept it tied to a dock at a summer cottage where it got used everyday.
  15. I have built a few small boats including the 17' cc mentioned above. It was a ton of work to build but well worth it.....unfortunately it won't fit into the back of a pickup...lol Years ago I built a "Big Mama" by Gator boats that I did carry in the bed of my pickup...... great little boat that was very easy to build. Powered it with an 8hp outboard....had live bait well under the center seat to keep our shiners in.