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  1. Hunky

    Transom ladder conundrum

    Thanks for that Zonker! A sister ship to mine (same design) instead of having one big net up front, divided it in two with a center boarding ladder such as your pic. Sort of with I had done that now. And it would help sort out how I'm going to get an anchor onboard.
  2. Hunky

    Transom ladder conundrum

    Thank you - I had not ever heard of these. Perhaps a bit rich for my blood, though.
  3. Hunky

    Source for j-bolts? (L-bolts, really)

    Thanks for that! There's not yet a hole in the spar so I could choose location and size. I'm not set up for TIG but do have a MIG welder.. I've seen videos on using one for aluminum - just not sure about it. Guy down the street though has a good set-up.
  4. Hunky

    Source for j-bolts? (L-bolts, really)

    Thanks cyclone - I love this idea. I do see unthreaded (on lower L part) L-bolts for sale various places and considered just threading that part myself. I haven't tried threading on stainless, but I suppose if I take my time with lots of oil it shouldn't be difficult.
  5. Hunky

    Transom ladder conundrum

    Yeah I'm only 160 but with warm clothes and sodden with water I could be 200 lbs or more. (Well, maybe after a big meal). But crew/guests come in all sizes. So I suppose building my own design is what I should do.. I have a welder buddy who seems to work for beer and I hesitate to take...
  6. Hunky

    Transom ladder conundrum

    Something I could look at, definitely. Thanks for the idea. Early on I had acquired the ladder in the image thinking I could get that to work, but turns out not without some troublesome epoxy and remodel work on the transom. I did find a use for it - I mounted brackets up on the aft beam by each...
  7. Hunky

    Transom ladder conundrum

    THanks for that suggestion. It has been a question in my mind if the ladders are built strong enough to support the bending stresses at the transom edge, since it would be splayed out at that transom angle. But if so, that would definitely work.
  8. Hunky

    Transom ladder conundrum

    Trying to figure out a boarding ladder in case someone falls in the water or otherwise goes for a swim. Living up by latitude 64.5 so probably not a lot of use of a ladder, but I need something. I've considered a rope ladder and am aware of its disadvantages. This transom is on a catamaran and...
  9. Hunky

    Source for j-bolts? (L-bolts, really)

    Will do, thanks!
  10. Hunky

    Source for j-bolts? (L-bolts, really)

    You are probably right. But it would be a bit of hassle to get the mast over to a welder (he isn't mobile).. but doable. thanks!
  11. Hunky

    Source for j-bolts? (L-bolts, really)

    I'm building a mast head and since I am not able to weld aluminum - thought I would attach the head via bolts like in the picture. Been googling, but maybe some yard has some used ones around. I do have a buddy that can weld, but I think it would be easiest to fabricate the head for use with...
  12. Hunky

    NEW ROTATING MAST STEP

    Thanks KONeill, I had seen those and figured they were 304 stainless rather than 316L since they don't say the grade. How is it holding up for you?
  13. Hunky

    NEW ROTATING MAST STEP

    Old thread but I'm finally trying to get my boat launched within a year. Amgpuma: where did you source your ball? I'm looking for a stainless trailer ball hitch in the 1-7/8" size..  I'm thinking of using Kurt Hughes's design, which is water-catcher mode.. maybe not the best but he likes it so...
  14. Hunky

    CHEAP 3D CAD ANARCHY

    Ha! Great idea on the ladder. How do people come up with this stuff.. I looked for windsurfer masts when trying to find rods to go from tiller to rudder heads. Found only one and it was local, thank goodness, and I ended up making a tube of carbon fiber for the other. Not quite as nice as the...
  15. Hunky

    CHEAP 3D CAD ANARCHY

    Hey Zonker, nice plans. I like the 11' as a possible future build. But that aside and off the subject, I took a look at your 10' study plans from this link and the first photo shows a dinghy held in an arch structure that looks like fiberglassed pipe. I was thinking of building a similar arch to...
  16. Hunky

    bowsprit retrofit

    Hope I'm not violating nature by responding to an old thread. Apologies if so. I'm getting close to launch of my 30' KHSD cat and have an undersized used mast at the moment, yet to be installed. I've been advised I could add a small bowsprit with a wire for hanking on a genoa or other sails, in...
  17. Hunky

    Mast for KHSD 30' cat

    Thanks SMJ, I just saw that as well. Hmm.. still a bit undersized but maybe better than what I have.
  18. Hunky

    Mast for KHSD 30' cat

    I'll assume you are asking Zonker, as I have no idea. Unless you would like a measurement.. I'll have to figure out what a panel is on a mast.
  19. Hunky

    Mast for KHSD 30' cat

    thanks kruiter, you sort of nailed it I think as far as what I might be up to for the first bit with this new boat. I'll research adding second set of spreaders, but the existing ones are welded on and probably screw up proportions for adding a second set. I don't know. I'll have to take a look...
  20. Hunky

    Mast for KHSD 30' cat

    Thanks for the comments! I appreciate it and will figure out my next steps.
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