Saturday, February 7, 2015


Enclosure for centerboard rigging (it can be unscrewed for access)

Bow light

Stern light (below transom so that it won't interferer as much with night vision)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Finishing - Details

There are always a thousand little things to finish at the end.  I still have to enclose the area where the line comes into the cabin from the centerboard trunk (to keep the cabin dry, yet still have access) and I am building a mount for the aft nav light on the transom so that we aren't blinded at the helm.  

38 days until the 2015 Everglades Challenge.

Painted and varnished the cabin

Added gimbaled stove and tube for the end of the oars

Shelf for binoculars and odd gear

bag to contain the spaghetti of lines led aft

Mount for GPS 

Mount for lighted hand bearing compass (one mount on each side)

container for emergency ladder (I had to use one on he last boat!)

Ladder deployed

Monday, November 17, 2014

Core Sound 15 sailing with a little Mark III Footage at the Messabout

Here is footage of Alan Stewart sailing the Core Sound 15 (the first kit) that he built for a client.  Look at the acceleration!

There is a little footage of my Mark III, including sailing on mizzen alone.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

2014-10-26 self-righting waterballast of the Core Sound 20 mark III

Somehow the video in the previous post reverted to the Mark 2 self righting test.  I hope this post works.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sea Trials - the B&B Messabout

With no time on the water with wind, I towed my Core Sound 20 Mark 3 Look Far to North Carolina's Pamlico Sound and the B&B Messabout near Vandemere.  This is where her construction began almost a year ago and where, once a year, builders of Graham Byrnes' designs and interested folks gather to mess about in boats and to talk about boats and, looking at one another's boats, to contemplate the next build.  There was a lot of interest in my build since she was the first Mark 3 to be built.  Unless otherwise noted, the photos are by Michael Collins, my good friend and Everglades Challenge racing partner.

In the carport ready to go to the Messabout (Photo by Doug Cameron)

Graham Byrnes' designs (from left to right) the Lapwing, the CS 20 MK 3, and the Core Sound 15.

Afloat and at the dock in front of Joe and Sally Anderson's EC 22. (Photo by Doug Cameron)

Here is Designer Graham Byrnes in front of his fastest design, the EC 22, built and sailed by Joe and Sally Anderson.  Notice that they are sailing with the rudder up, demonstrating the ability of a cat ketch to steer with sails only. (Photo by Doug Cameron)

Here are some pictures of her under sail:

Following us is Alan Stewart with the Core Sound 15 that he built on commission.  An excellent sailor in a beautifully built boat.

Graham was pushing her hard, in conditions where we would usually reef, to see just how well his design turned out.

Here is Alan Stewart's video of us pushing the Mark 3

Then we did a "tilt test" to check out her self-righting ability.  The ballast tank was full, but the weighted board was up.

And here is a film of the test:

Somehow this video reverted to the Mark 2 self righting test, but I have succeeded in posting it as a separate post.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Final (outside) touches

After many months away (part work and part play), I have been getting a few details done so that can go to the B&B Messabout in North Carolina.

On the lake for the first time with ZERO wind.  She does row well compared with the original Core Sound 20

Non-skid added to cabin top

Rub strake added and varnished

Ready to go to the B&B Messabout next weekend
To do list - stuff that can be done after she has a few sails