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At 5:38pm on January 7, 2011, Ann and Neville Clement said…

Hi John,

     Folks have been asking about your here at Manjack.  We are now settled in where you used to anchor behind Rat Cay on a huge anchor that was dug deep in the sand for the season.  Nev is fixing a dinghy, I am doing some gardening on island, and we plan a sail to grocery shop three islands down in a few days.  I was thinking a few days ago that most nights I think back on the day and feel that I have been happy and joyful most of the time.  I guess living on the water makes it that way.  Want to come for a winter warmer?  Love, Ann and Nev 

At 10:18am on July 19, 2012, Bob Bois said…

Hi John,

I hope you are well - how goes the building?

At 4:52pm on July 22, 2012, Bob Bois said…


The book looks great, I may have to read it!

In the meantime, if you ever need an extra pair of hands, by all means, send me a message and I'll come on down.

Thanks for your message.


At 6:42am on September 2, 2012, Marc LaFrance said…

I hadn't considered that one. I'll most likely do the Wharram sliding window.

Probably use type 1 PVC for the rails. Have you ever seen Wiley ports? I have some on a small gaffer that I built. You can leave them open in the rain and still get some ventilation.


At 9:03am on September 18, 2012, Bob Bois said…


Check out Jamestown Distributors in Bristol, RI.

Hope all is well with you and your build.

At 12:55pm on February 18, 2014, Ricardo Aráoz said…

Hi John, I'd wonder if you could send me your mail address, there's a couple of things I'd like to talk in private.

At 8:19pm on February 18, 2014, Ricardo Aráoz said…

Pls take a look at your inbox

At 4:37pm on February 19, 2014, Ricardo Aráoz said…

I've already sent them. Tell me if you don't get them.

At 3:00am on February 20, 2014, Rory McDougall said…

Hi John

Bit confused by your comment.....any clarification??

Cheers, Rory

At 7:40am on February 22, 2014, Marc LaFrance said…


I like your boat. Looks good!

At 5:49am on March 11, 2014, Marc LaFrance said…

Hey John,

That's about what I have for clearance.  My beam block placements do make it tight for doing finish between them and the cabin ends though. Oh well, scotchbrite wrapped over a piece of ply for sanding in there... Can't have everything.

At 10:14am on March 14, 2014, Marc LaFrance said…

Yes, I had built all of the beams before fitting the blocks. I then used tapered spacers placed on the center lines of the decks to hold the beams level and at the desired heights. From there it was patterns of scraps for fitting before the actual blocks, but all with the beams suspended in place. 

At 6:51pm on March 14, 2014, john james said…

ahhh ummmmmmvery very interesting yes that makes great since to me now. I see there is  no denying it it's time to move out of my shop into the snow with hull2 . 

At 4:16pm on March 17, 2014, boatsmith said…

Sorry John, I never got an accurate weight on my T30. Now I have load cells and weigh anything up to 20,000 lbs.

At 12:11pm on August 18, 2014, Marc LaFrance said…


You might want to consider working room between the  blocks and cabin ends.

1/2" or so works, if you don't have large fingers

At 9:16pm on October 11, 2014, Josh said…
Ah yes.. But it's worth it, or not?!?
At 12:21pm on October 27, 2015, Marc LaFrance said…


I just decided not to make the recesses, particularly the ones between the rudders and the sterns. Thought that it would be better to have the rudders rolling over lashings rather than  fiberglassed, painted surfaces. I did take care in the holes though. I made 7/16" holes, coated, then filled with epoxy/silica and later drilled out to just about 15/64"". Drilling wasn't fun at all.  Managed to stay 1/32" within the edges of the 7/16 plugs. If you're using 5 mm line as suggested, you have get the ends so that they don't have a bulb to fit through the holes  Check out Bertrand Fercot's page fro his description .

At 6:08pm on November 10, 2015, Marc LaFrance said…

Hey John,

They made a cross grain laminate for strength, same as at the top of the mast.

I ended up laminating the whole thickness out of hydrotek ply. I covered it with some scrap xynole that I had. Two layers on the edges. Time will tell.

At 2:03am on November 13, 2015, Ann and Neville Clement said…

We miss you, John!  Come down for a visit!  

Ann and Nev

At 8:08am on July 12, 2016, Marc LaFrance said…

Ha ! So you decided on a wood mast after all. Looks great. I just finished painting mine about 6 weeks ago. Over 2 months of mornings, nights and some weekend work.

Looks like you're getting real close.

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