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by Bob McGovern
Tue Apr 09, 2024 8:40 pm
Forum: Rig and Sails
Topic: Boomkicker
Replies: 2
Views: 35443

Re: Boomkicker

I also would like to hear from Boomkicker owners. :) It is preferred to a rigid vang on our Ballad due to an additional deck hatch. K800, or K1000 model best? They are the same except for rod stiffness, so you can swap rods if needed to get the force correct. I also like the idea of quick-releasing ...
by Bob McGovern
Sun Apr 07, 2024 2:55 am
Forum: Accomodation
Topic: Interior nearly complete: Fionn (hull #18)
Replies: 1
Views: 14456

Re: Interior nearly complete: Fionn (hull #18)

Some galley stuff. tops1.jpg tops2.jpg tops3.jpg tops5.jpg IMG_20231115_115934_564.jpg frontal.jpg That ladder, BTW, is a very cheap Vevor aluminum dock ladder -- chopped down, bent, and painted. https://www.vevor.com/aluminum-dock-ladder-c_10407/vevor-dock-ladder-removable-5-steps-350-lbs-load-capa...
by Bob McGovern
Sun Apr 07, 2024 2:06 am
Forum: Accomodation
Topic: Interior nearly complete: Fionn (hull #18)
Replies: 1
Views: 14456

Interior nearly complete: Fionn (hull #18)

Some of the bulkheads have been sanded many times, so the face veneers are almost gone. I may apply PSA veneer, or just cover the burned-thru areas with a magazine rack or mirror. :lol: These photos mostly pre-date stuffing the cushions with quilt batting. IMG_20231115_115625_599.jpg main bulk.jpg f...
by Bob McGovern
Sun Apr 07, 2024 1:49 am
Forum: Hull and Deck
Topic: Deck updates
Replies: 0
Views: 20345

Deck updates

Finally took most of last summer off work to push along Ballad #18, Fionn . I still need to add a few pieces of deck hardware, but it is mostly complete. bow shot.jpg rails2.jpg IMG_20231115_111614_096.jpg Of course I ran out of one component of the non-skid paint mix, so the hatch covers are a litt...
by Bob McGovern
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Hull and Deck
Topic: Hull 612, built in 1974
Replies: 18
Views: 88600

Re: Hull 612, built in 1974

The Scampi has its fans and is still sailed hard all over the world. Nose-down trim, tho, is part of what made late-period IOR boats so terrifying downwind in a blow. As beams got wider, sterns got narrower, and CofG was raised (to the point racers were gluing lead bars to the coachroof for ratings ...
by Bob McGovern
Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Hull and Deck
Topic: Hull 612, built in 1974
Replies: 18
Views: 88600

Re: Hull 612, built in 1974

Glad for you and your family! Good luck! How would your compare Ballad to Albina Scumpi 30, for example this one ? Scumpi has a deck-stepped mast, so one problem less, fin keel and ruder on a skeg which is good. Why Ballad is more popular? As I understand the history, Magnusson built the S30 (Joker...
by Bob McGovern
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Hull and Deck
Topic: Mast step truss, inevitably:(
Replies: 154
Views: 682415

Re: Mast step truss, inevitably:(

That's really useful, to see a galvanized (later sail #) truss out of its encapsulation. It looks pretty good! Astonishing they didn't galvanize the early steel. We haven't launched yet, but I believe any mast step solution that drains away water and allows air circulation will last forever if built...
by Bob McGovern
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Hull and Deck
Topic: Hull bulging and cracking under main bulkhead
Replies: 8
Views: 56772

Re: Hull bulging and cracking under main bulkhead

There is a mild steel 'clavicle', or curved transverse beam, running from side to side almost the full width of the main bulkhead. The mast support truss bolts through it, and it is the thing you step over to enter the V berth. There have been reports of this beam failing at the center, again perhap...
by Bob McGovern
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Hull and Deck
Topic: Advice on skeg damage
Replies: 1
Views: 26099

Re: Advice on skeg damage

Hrrrmmm. Hrrmm? Looks for all the world like either the boat backed hard into something, folding the rudder to the side and levering the skeg forward -- or the rudder got bounced on its bottom a few times. Any corresponding damage visible on the rudder blade itself? Have a peek at the flat bottom of...
by Bob McGovern
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Cruising
Topic: Summer cruising in the Lesser Cyclades and the Dodecanese (part 2)
Replies: 2
Views: 38566

Re: Summer cruising in the Lesser Cyclades and the Dodecanese (part 2)

Lovely photo essay, Nick. We enjoy the playful colors you find in the Med, the Caribbean, and places like Mexico where we are going. One reason we're tarting up our boat with colors like lime, apricot, chartreuse....I think color makes cold places feel warmer and warm places feel cooler, too. The Ba...