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    Countersinking into Stainless

    Don't use carbide, it's too brittle and too expensive. The best countersink for metal is a single flute counter sink, you can buy them on Amazon, multi flute countersinks like you buy at the hardware store only work well if everything is clamped down, not worth the bother. Get the fancy coated one if you want they are only a couple of bucks more. You are looking for an 80 degree angle, that will match the angle on the flathead fastener. Don't go wild with the rpm, you're not in a hurry. A large drill bit will sort of do it but it's the chamfer angles are wrong and won't match the fastener. I was a machinist for 35 years probably done a million countersinks and chamfers and more dumb boat projects than I can think of.
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    Saw this, not affiliated
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    Modified Columbia 30 info?

    Dumb question but why not just find the original owners and ask them how it all works? Boat's only 10 years old, I'd think they'd be easy to track down.
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    painting formica

    Back to the original question, painting formica. It takes paint great. I'd scrub it withe solvent first to make sure it's clean. Sand with 220 grit to get it smooth, then 320 grit. LP over the 320 grit you don't need primer. Remember that it will now be LP glossy, so super glossy. You can add flattening agent to the LP but it's finicky and just generally a PITA, I wouldn't. LP'd countertops won't be as durable as the formica. I wouldn't do it if it was a work surface.
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    Kiwi 35 v melges 30
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    Coolboats to admire

    Just screwing the cockpit winches to the deck seems odd, like they got lazy. Also makes them low and far outboard on a boat that heels a lot.
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    how fast is it?

    Wouldn't it be less twitchy? Boat pivots on the keel, closer the rudder is to the keel the less leverage it has. Put it way back little angles make big difference, put it right behind the keel and it doesn't do much.
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    how fast is it?

    Rudder looked far forward in the out of the water shots. Seeing where the tiller is really shows how far forward it it. That big chamfer gives the forward crew a nice level place to hike from when heeled. Also reduces deck size forward a fair bit, so weight savings. Looks funny having to place a stanchion on it.
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    Coolboats to admire

    The Perry designed Capaz used to live in Anacortes, always thought it was a good look. Just noticed it was for sale and the interior is as interesting as the exterior. Lots of pics to look at. IMO the dodger could use a rethink, but other than that as cool as I remembered.
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    My newest project

    My guess would be that one of those NKE displays will be showing heading and that's what everyone will look at. In the modern world put a conventional compass somewhere on the boat, just in case the electronics crap out, but digital displays do it so much nicer and are easier to read. I wonder how many bulkhead mounted compass globes have been cracked from getting clipped by winch handles trying to get to the cabin top winches? Also need to keep that bulkhead space clear for reclining against while in port. Also in the cockpit, seeing people in it, the cockpit looks really wide. I'm sure it just an illusion since Bob has done a million cockpits and would get it right, but sitting on the seat with your back against the coaming will your feet reach the opposite seat edge? Either that or you'll need seat belts to keep you from sliding off your perch. In the interior. The woodwork looks gorgeous, man what a lot of work.
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    My newest project

    Regarding the bulkhead compass location. With the compasses that far outboard, doesn't the torso of anyone sitting on the cockpit seat block the view of the compass? I guess you could look at the leeward one.
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    Coolboats to admire

    The listing mentioned that it does have a saildrive. It was repowered from the Sabb to a Volvo, the saildrive is just in front of the rudder and engine in the cockpit.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Very cool, thanks for the clarification and added details.
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    Coolboats to admire

    This is a good look. Not sure if it's a Bill Garden design, if not it's certainly influenced by him. I think it's about 6ft wide.
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    Something different for CA

    Irens sure likes that high freeboard look, so do I. Though I'm not sure why he put the worlds ugliest dodger on it.