Current Builders' Status

Welcome to! This bulletin board is for builders of the Chesapeake Light Craft-John C. Harris "PocketShip" design, a 15-foot micro cruiser sailboat built from a kit or plans.

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Re: Current Builders' Status

Postby BillR on Wed Feb 22, 2023 10:41 pm

I'm way behind all of you!

I ordered the first kit at the beginning of February. Then after exchanging messages with Drew, I decided to add the Timber package to my order, which delayed my shipping date until the end of March.

As Drew pointed out, it will give me time to reread the manual three or more times.

The family and I are excited to get building!
Apparently I'm a boat builder. I will have to wait to find out if I'm a sailor.
Greenville, SC
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Re: Current Builders' Status

Postby Dmitriy on Thu Feb 23, 2023 3:39 am

BillR wrote:I'm way behind all of you!

I'm sure there will definitely be people who will start building after you as this boat is very popular. Additionally, I think you are the FIRST aviator in this community who start build a boat )))
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Re: Current Builders' Status

Postby Hooky on Sat Mar 18, 2023 1:34 am

Hi guys,
Floorboards are Finished

After coating with 3 layers of epoxy and 5 layers of polyurethane I finally installed the floorboards for the last time. I ran two electrical condutes under the floorboards for any electrical gadgets and covered up all that hard work with cardboard.
Time to mill up some cleats and start the cockpit area.
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Re: Current Builders' Status

Postby Hooky on Sun Mar 26, 2023 4:56 am

Time to start the next stage.......The Cockpit.

I am considering four mods to this area:

1: A wider footwell.
2: An enclosed buoyancy chamber beneath the cockpit footwell in the lazarette area.
3: Built in flush timber hatches replacing the plastic ones.
4: A small storage area built into the footwell space at the transom. (Considering making this insulated and can be used as a cooler)

The cleats have been milled ready to install.
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