Day 2: Finger Joints

The cradle makes an excellent work surface for beginning to glue up the finger joints of the main hull panels. Our work area is large enough that we can go ahead and get the finger joints glued up and also work on other parts at the same time but there are a lot of smaller sub-assemblies that can be completed before you start working on the hull panels which take up a lot of space.

Day 1: Cradle

Kit cut out and ready to start, first we need a cradle!

Welcome to B&B Yacht Designs

We pride ourselves on offering innovative designs with sophisticated shapes, unparalleled performance, and a focus on design details which make the best of boating available to both professional and amateur builders. Around the world, the B&B logo is a symbol of quality and service in yacht design.

Over many years B&B has developed a diverse offering of efficient and beautiful boats. Our designs are born of necessity with an unwavering focus on function, performance, and ease of construction. Our plans are equally professional and comprehensive and all of our work is backed by our commitment to customer service.

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B&B Donates Amanda Kit to

We’re pleased to announce a recent partnership with B&B has recently donated a complete Amanda Kit to this great organization to help them in their fundraising and awareness efforts for their new Apprentice Program– teenage sailors refurbishing donated boats. Sea-Legs recently acquired a completed Amanda and has had it on display at the boat shows in Providence, RI and Hartford, CT. This new kit will be sold to raise money for their programs and also spotlight the Amanda as a great boat kit for all levels of boat builder and sailor. Thanks to Richard Lathrop and the Sea-Legs team for giving us the opportunity to help. Check them out on facebook.

Above: Amanda on display at the Sea-Legs booth at the Hartford boat shown in CT.

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B&B Boats take First and Second in the North Carolina Ultra Marathon 2017

Congratulations to Taylor and Alan Stewart (Ginger and SOS) aboard Core Sound 17 “Southbound” and Matt Pinkley and Chris Elwell (PinkDog and ChangBiZi) aboard Core Sound 17 “Half Fast”. Both teams sailed their Core Sound 17 in extremely trying conditions and became the only two finishers this year. For race info check out Watertribe NCC. 
For more pictures and video of the start join the watertribe facebook page. . There is also some discussion on the forum.

“Half Fast” finishing the NCC at Cedar Island. Extreme low water in Clubfoot creek forced them to take Adams Creek to CP1 in Beaufort before completing the circuit back to Cedar Island.

Taylor and Alan finish with mizzen only (no we didn’t break a mast). High winds and low water made this year a very challenging sail.

B&B at the 2016 Oriental Boat Show

B&B had a great showing at the Oriental Boat show this year. We demonstrated the assembly of our Moccasin 14 Canoe and sold raffle tickets for a completed canoe to raise money for the Pamlico Community College scholarship program. Below is a video of the demo and the finished canoe.

More pictures from the event.

How to attach a block to an s-hook

We use small blocks on our downhaul and medium becket blocks on our snotters for many of our Cat Ketch rigged designs. The block pictured is a Ronstan 20mm single block (RF-20101). The small end of the s-hook must be opened up to accept the block and then reclosed. The strap of the block must be squeezed slightly in order to rotate smothly in the closed hook.

What you will need:

-Bench vise or C-clamp and scrap wood (pictured)

-Pair of vice grips or the corner of a bench vise.

-A medium to large size adjustable wrench

Clamp the S hook with the long side down in the vise or between two blocks of scrap wood as show.

Use an adjustable wrench to twist the top of the round part of the S-hook to the side which will open the hook.

Use a pair of vise grips or the corner of a bench vise to squeeze the top strap of the block as shown. This will narrow the straps inner radius. The radius of the strap should be smaller than the radius of the inside of the s-hook for it to rotate smoothly.

The block on the left is unmodified while the strap of the block on the right has been squeezed.

Test fit the block on the s-hook.

The plastic body of the block may rub on the s-hook. If this is the case, squeeze the strap the other way to increase the height of the strap a tiny bit.

Once the block rotates freely on the s-hook, clamp the hook back into the vise. Almost finished.

Use a wrench to twist the s-hook back into a closed position.

All finished. The block should rotate smoothly on the s-hook.