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by bklake
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: Possible to stretch the FS14 to 16' ?
Replies: 8
Views: 5734

Re: Possible to stretch the FS14 to 16' ?

I am upsizing the FS14_ls by 10%, theoretically adding 1.4 feet, for a theoretical length of 15.4 feet. The beam will go from 60" to 66". Maybe something to consider. I've finished the measurement re-calcs and hope to re-do the nesting this week. Jeff That calculated size is almost the same as the ...
by bklake
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Long shaft versus short shaft question fs18
Replies: 4
Views: 3547

Re: Long shaft versus short shaft question fs18

I had to make this choice a few years ago. Came down to this. Very few people with a 20 inch transom wished they had a 15 inch transom. Plenty of people with short transoms wished they had taller transoms. I searched and found the parts to make my Evinrude 15HP a long shaft. Don't know if extensions...
by bklake
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Builders' Tips, Tools, and Tricks of the trade
Topic: The “Must haves” list
Replies: 54
Views: 52451

Re: The “Must haves” list

My most used tools:
C-clamps. Lots of C-clamps. Buy more every time you go to the store. When you think you have enough, buy 5 more.

Carbide paint scrapper. Nothing better for knocking down drips and runs.

Japanese style pull saw. The little floppy one especially. Use these all the time.
by bklake
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Core Materials: Plywood, Foam core and Honeycomb
Topic: Best plywood from Lowe’s??
Replies: 27
Views: 21677

Re: Best plywood from Lowe’s??

There is no "best" ply from any box store. I used some ply from Home Depot to make a console. It was made in Chile, don't remember the brand name. Anyway, I used a lot of this ply for house projects and scraps left outside never delaminated. It seemed like a good idea. It soaked up more epoxy than I...
by bklake
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: C23
Replies: 16
Views: 7805

Re: C23

A C23 would be perfect for my desires. Another vote. I am curious but why not the CS23? The CS23 is a nice design, no doubt. It is similar to designs I grew up seeing often. Used mostly for off-shore fishing which is not my thing. I do boat around the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay but I stay home whe...
by bklake
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: C23
Replies: 16
Views: 7805

Re: C23

A C23 would be perfect for my desires. Another vote.
by bklake
Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: New member, after years of researching as guest :)
Replies: 10
Views: 815

Re: New member, after years of researching as guest :)

I'm also in Va Beach. I think you should build a C19 or C21. That is a boat I would like to see on the water here. The design is most similar to the type of boats I feel comfortable going out in the Bay. If you stay inside the Lynnhaven Inlet, anything will work great. If/when you decide on a boat, ...
by bklake
Tue May 20, 2014 9:00 am
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: fish finder question
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: fish finder question

I have Lowrance and Garmin products. Lowrance is a lot harder to figure out than Garmin but I think they are better. Since you already have Lowrance, the learning curve will be shallow. Lowrance, anything HDI, is there latest. I don't have one yet but in the store they look real sharp. My older garm...
by bklake
Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Fuel water separator
Replies: 4
Views: 942

Re: Fuel water separator

Tight enough so it doesn't leak, loose enough so you can get it off next time. Every manufacturer is a little different. Some filters have that info printed on the side of the filter or on the box. I do mine as tight as I can get by hand and haven't had a leak yet. Usually need a strap wrench to get...
by bklake
Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: Nautical Terms
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Nautical Terms

Somebody gave me a book titled "A Sailor's Dictionary" copyright 1981. The cover is a dictionary entry for the word Sailing. 1.n. The fine art of getting wet and becoming ill while going nowhere at great expense. You might find it on Amazon. I think it is a great book that describes terms in a way t...