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  1. Q, Thanks for the link to another build. I have just started reading it, and I'm already learning things (not surprising). Today I had planned to sand the fairing I did yesterday, but it was 40 F this morning, so I'll need to bundle up. So I'm glad I wasn't going to use epoxy early today.
  2. Patchy, Yes, with stitch & glue the panels define the shape. There are some bulkheads to add as part of the middle seat, and the front and rear seat supports will also help with the shape. The DS15, Didi Sport is beautiful, but more work than I wanted to take on. Alan, I have looked at Phil's Foils, but have never seen them offer something for the Argie 15. Probably worth an email to ask. Thanks.
  3. The CNC panels were perfect. Only "adjustment" was at the fitting of the transom, and that was described in the instructions. I can send a newer picture of its current status if you want.
  4. Thank you for resurrecting this thread from a year+ ago. I should have informed the group that I did, finally, make a decision. I am currently building Dudley Dix's Argie 15 from a kit provided by CLC. I just taped the outside seams, and today's project will be fairing and epoxy coating. I was originally hesitant to take on this project because of the need to build the mast, but after I learned that I could use one from a 420, it seemed doable. My biggest worry will be the laminating and shaping of the foils, and I confess that I would probably buy them too if they were available. So, I have
  5. I was figuring on 3-D printing the template, but hesitated to mention that. Thanks, John
  6. I have been convinced that 3-D printing is not the way to go. Thanks to all for your comments. I will get some lumber ripped for laminating and go from there. The plans/drawings show an outline for the foil cross section. Would a solid template be of value?
  7. Thanks for the comments. I like the idea to make a smaller core via printing, then wrap with glass/resin. That sounds doable. I will check with my son-in-law about his capability. Going back to part of my original question, can the information contained in the plans and drawings that came with my kit be sufficient for him to 3-D print these cores? Thanks, John
  8. I am building Dudley Dix’s Argie 15 from a kit. On hold now in my barn during winter in Vermont. I plan to buy a 420 mast and boom, so, the most daunting task will be laminating and then shaping the foils. I was wondering if I am imagining this as being harder than it really is. But I’m also wondering whether they could be 3-D printed from the plan drawings and dimensions. My son-in-law has the ability to 3-D print, but even if it was possible, is there any appropriate material to print with that could take the stress foils are subject to? Thanks, John
  9. I wasn’t scared at the time, but probably should have been. In the late ‘60’s I sailed my Sunfish from Bayville, NY to Grreenwich, CT, and back. I just looked it up, and it’s over 8 miles. Ah youth!
  10. Sorry for the misspelling, should be Lotus Europa’s
  11. I should add to this discussion that after selling the Raider, I have decided to build a 15 1/2 foot dinghy called an Argie 15, designed by Dudley Dix. More sedate, but more stable, so probably more appropriate at age 74. Incidentally, both Dudley and I have Lotus Europe’s.
  12. Yes, mine did flip at a mooring. This was on Lake Champlain, between an island and mainland, not exposed to the broad lake.
  13. Unfortunately, I know that the Raider will not stay upright at a mooring. I’m impressed that you picked that up just from looking.
  14. Just to further muddle the discussion, anyone here have experience with the Ultimate 20?
  15. Post #4 said that the Venture is very slow. I will probably be going single handed most or the time . Any other observations?
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