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  • Birthday 07/14/1952

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    Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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    Sailing, Owner of the i550 design and main hawker of all things i550.
    Furniture design and building, Greene & Greene designs, Fly fishing, uncluttered intention

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    A builder in France is having absolutely no success with the ORC there in getting a rating, even provisional one for his i550. I have furnished the ORC with files and drawings but communication has just plain stopped with the office. The builder is an amateur and a good guy. His frustration is mine as well. Just how much effort would it be to assign a provisional rating near the value of a First 18? Without it he is likely to be kept out of club competition. The non response is insulting. 2021-02-19_14-36-35.ezdraw
  2. If it has square taillights it aint a jeep. Slowly rebuilding a 1962 Forward Control 170 Dual Rear Wheel Jeep. 4 speed manual, original 6 cylinder, 5.38 differentials, 51 mph downhill with the clutch pushed in.
  3. the venerable OK Dinghy is regaining strength in a number of places. New plastic boats are available and new plywood boats are just as good. I built three in the late 70's and felt they were a much better boat than the gawd awful Laser. Even in Covid times the OK's turn out a good group For an event on Lake Como.
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    Just a "Straw Poll" about how much interest there may be about partial builds of an i550 hull, keel with bulb and rudder. The purpose is to encourage clubs, youth programs and those without tools, space and time to get involved with sailing at a lower price point.
  5. Watershed Sailboats (i550) has had a very unsatisfactory relationship with Velocity Boatworks. Money paid by customers and no products produced. Only one i550 delivered about two years late and of questionable quality, it sank.
  6. The i550 is fully powered up in 8 to 10. Planes at 10 to 12 on a close reach. A reef would be a good idea for fun conditions.
  7. We're watching. On occasion one does come up for sale. Near as we can figure there are about (conservatively) way more than 100 completed and sailing. Two contacts this last Spring are interested in putting together group builds or finishing ready to go hulls adding masts and all the other stuff. Currently I am working up a keel/bulb FRP shell so lead shot can be added to overcome pouring a bulb. CST and C-tech masts have been good for us too. But the i550 might be a bit tight for a family of five. Dad, Mom and two kids are a good compliment. On another note I have some Rhino Files that
  8. purpose built for function
  9. buy 1 tool and a second battery and search eBay for bare tools without batteries to fill out your needs
  10. I use Makita 18v. There are other good tools mentioned (DeWalt, Milwaukee, Festool). What I like about Makita is their 18v batteries 2 to 6 ah choice and when a tool needs more power doubling to two batteries for 36v. I have not had to chase new tool / battery increased voltage ranges in order to add tools to my selection. They were solid tools forty years ago when others were not.
  11. I vote for the Moore. they are tight below though.
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    I did not mean to discourage you, Quite the opposite. In the plan set on pages B4 & B5 are a set of offsets with profiles of the hull at one foot intervals from bow to stern. With these measurements a mold can be made to lay foam core into a female mold. I believe that 1/2" (12 mm) core material will conform as there are no severe curves to the hull. Heck foam core might be easier than plywood to bend and give twist to. I suggest a female mold as the B4/B5 offset numbers are to the designed outside hull surface and you can cut the panels to the dimensions given for the plywood panels as
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    Here are the i550 class rules and the First 16 pages of the detailed plan set to peruse at your leisure. i550ClassRulesV2.pdf 467687499_I55016PAGESTUDYPLAN.pdf
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    To build a foam core anything boat first an accurate form or "plug" must be made with deductions of the hull thickness of the final shape to account for the boats' class measurements. A lot better in depth explanation can be found in many books. Also I will give a shout out to the Gougeon Bros./West system epoxy for putting their boatbuilding book out for free download. The foam core boat will be intriguingly light. Keep us posted T
  15. Are they using shorter stature people to make the boat look bigger?
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