Core Sound 17

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    Dale Niemann’s Core Sound 17 – Lively

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Sails like a dream

LOA……………17′ 0″

BEAM………… 5′ 10″

DRAFT…………71/2″ – 3′ 6″

SAIL AREA …….119 sq. ft.

HULL WEIGHT…350 – 400 lbs

Sailing weight 1000 lbs @DWL With people and gear

The Core Sound 17 was the first kit that B&B developed and it remains one of our most popular. We strive to make our kit boats easier to build and more complete than any other on the market. We believe that when you look you will not find another kit like this one.With close to 400 combined plans and kits sold,  the Core Sound 17 is one of B&B’s most recognized and revered designs. Performance has been sparkling, this model won the grueling 4th of July Great Race two years in a row. For a description of this exciting race go to the article “The Great Race“. She also took line honors in the Everglades Challenge in 2006. A truly shallow water friendly design with kick-up center board and rudder. She is quick and easy to rig and launch, easy to sail, self tacking, and open water capable. No special building skills are needed to have one of your own. Combined with a dodger, she is an able cruiser and with a simple home-made tent, and lifting floorboards, it sleeps two adults comfortably with room for cooking and a porta- potti. If you are not familiar with this rig, we suggest you read the article “Why a Cat ketch“.

Click to see Construction Pictures
Click to see Finished Boats

Information and Pricing:
Kit options are described below. Note that the various kit prices are subject to change depending on availability and cost of materials.

Plans Package: $86  
Comprehensive plans for the Core Sound 17 include details about all aspects of construction. Dimensioned parts and offsets are given for all developed plywood parts so that an accurate hull can be produced.

Kit Options (detailed below):
Basic Kit: $2050 (includes plans)
Epoxy and fiberglass package: ~$678
CNC cut Solid wood parts: $150
CNC cut Rudder and laminated  Centerboard: $500(includes fiberglass cloth)
Mast Kit: $583
Standard Hardware/Lines Kit: ~$690 depending on options.
Sails: Main and Mizzen with 2 reefs each (color white): $895
Sails: Optional Mizzen Staysail (colors available): $275
Shipping Crate: $150 (contact us for a shipping quote)

Everythings we offer, “THE WORKS”: ~$5,950

Basic Kit: $2,050  (Note: Price includes plans package)

The basic kit consists of  all the plywood parts needed to complete the boat as well as cnc cut building cradles for attaching to the building cradle frame.  The solid stock is NOT included in this kit but is purchased locally by the builder to complete the standard kit. This includes the wood for the cradle frame, side stringers, gunwales, keel, centerboard, and cleats needed to stiffen the plywood structure.

Note: When ordering a kit you must specify if you would like the “Aft-deck” model or “Aft-Cockpit” model. There is no difference in price between the two. See below for a comparison. 

This kit faithfully produces a perfectly developed Core Sound 17, not a simplified or modified version. Our kits are manufactured to extremely tight tolerances. Instead of plain cut plywood panels, your kit will come with various joining methods which will make it much easier and much faster to assemble. The plywood for the hull panels and longitudinal bulkheads are joined using machined finger scarfs which produce a simple and effective plywood joint. Wire holes for stitching are pre-drilled for you. Bullheads, both transverse and longitudinal, are tenoned into position. Stringer positions are “CNC-drawn” onto the side panels and bulkheads are cut to accommodate the stringers. Pictured (above) is an assembled hull ready for glass taping the seams and adding the interior.

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All plywood is BS1088 okume ply.  The pictures shows the machined dovetails in the side and bottom at the bow which gives perfect alignment during assembly.

Aft deck or Aft cockpit?
The “Aft-deck” model shown at right provides a large stowage compartment through a full aft bulkhead hatch or on-deck hatch. One draw back to this option is the need for a motor well to be added for short shaft motors to be used. Long shaft kicker outboards can be used with a bolt on mounting bracket.

The “Aft-cockpit” model has this bulkhead cut down to seat height and the stowage is replace with seating all the way to the transom.

Epoxy/Glass Package: $678
The Epoxy and glass package is based on historical use of materials and waste concious building. Some builders choose to cover the entire bottom of the boat with fiberglass cloth which we can supply if desired.
-9 gallons of B&B brand 2:1 epoxy
-2 metered pumps
-Three 150 foot rolls of 3″ wide fiberglass tape.
-Two pounds of our B&B blend cabosil epoxy thickener with wood flour added.

CNC cut Solid Wood Parts: $150
level 2The basic kit includes plywood cut parts only to give builder a big head start. The CNC cut solid wood parts include items that can be difficult for the home-builder with limited experience or tools to produce accurately. Ironically it seems that most builders who go for these additional parts are the MOST experienced builders because they know from experience how much of a time savings it is to have these parts ready to go! We HIGHLY recommend this option.

These parts include:
-Two curved bulkhead beams (fore and aft)
-Horizontal and vertical transom stiffener beams
-Forward hatch beams
-Rudder cheek spacer
-Tiller halves
-King posts
-Cockpit hatch coaming parts

CNC cut Rudder and Centerboard: $500
The centerboard blank is easy to make but can daunting to shape. The CNC centerboard is made of laminated pine and CNC shaped to perfection. Sand out the tooling marks and you are ready to finish.

The Rudder is CNC shaped from 3/4″ (18mm) Meranti Marine Plywood. Sand, fiberglass, paint, done.

Following videos made for the Core Sound 15 but the process is identical for both the CS-17 and CS-20
Video of Centerboard Blank Lamination
Video of CNC Centerboard Shaping
Video of CNC Centerboard Finishing

Mast Kit: $583.00
20150530_182339The Mast kit for the CS-17 includes all of the precut 6061-T6 aluminum mast sections for the main and mizzen20150612_170325 mast as well as the plastic end caps and sail stops for both masts. The individual mast tubes are joined to each other by wrapping the masts in fiberglass to form collars and then sanding the glass to a tight fit and gluing the sections together with epoxy. Click here to watch a video from the Core Sound 15 building series on wrapping the mast tubes with glass. Click here to  watch a video of the fitting process. The same process is used on the CS-17 masts.

In addition, B&B’s custom aluminum sail track (shown at right) is also included and all rivets for installing the track on the masts. The masts are simple and easy to build. There is no standing rigging as both masts are free standing.

Rigging/Line Kit: $690 (depending on options)
B&B offers a complete hardware package for the CS-17 that includes all of the hardware you will need to get your boat sailing. There are many ways to rig a boat and even more opinions on how it should be done. We have come up with a hardware kit that allows for some customization such as cheaper clam cleats for the sheets as opposed to cam cleats which are more robust, or the option to sheet the mizzen with a single line running to the thwart which some find more intuitive.

rigging sheet View a PDF version of our rigging reference sheet which shows the hardware we offer and describes the different options. This rigging sheet is common to the CS-17 and CS-20. We are in the process of offering an online order form for those who wish to order the stock options.

By all means, if you would like to customize your rigging go right ahead but we think you will find that the stock configuration is very well thought out. If you would like to make minor changes to your order just let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Sails: $895 
B&B offers high quality sails for all of our models. The standard CS17 sails include battens, and two reef points in each sail.
Photo credit: © 2008, Wesley Kisting

Optional Mizzen Staysail: ~$275
Note: Additional hardware and halyard/sheet lines are required. Color choices available.

How long does it take to get my kit?

All kits are made to order.  We require approximately a 4 week lead time before shipping depending on material in stock. The kit is packaged in a sturdy OSB plywood box and the underside of the lid is machined partially though with the outline of the building cradle shapes. Just cut them out with a jig saw.

How do the kits arrive? The kits are shipped by truck. Transit times are between 3-6 days depending on where you are located in continental USA. You will need to make arrangement to be able to receive a box that weighs 400#.