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Because I generally can't leave well enough alone, there are a number of modifications that I am planning to make to the Weekender design / build process.

Modification Complete / Comments
Use 3/4" plywood rather than 1X dimensional lumber for the keel.   This is intended to simplify the build and to end up with a much more dimensionally stable keel. Completed - 13-Nov-2005
The layers don't absolutely line up but I probably would have had this difficulty with any material used.  I was able to get all three layers out of two pieces of plywood with a bit left over.  The middle layer ended up being made of 5 pieces with the outer layers made from 3.
Use internal wing-nuts on lower pintle and bow eye. Completed - 13-Nov-2005
Looks good so far.  Based on a discussion on the BYYB I made the hole for the bow eye oversized and filled the cavity with construction adhesive.  This should prevent any water/wood direct contact.  I'll need to do something similar to the pintle.
Add eye-bolt to stern for anchoring and mooring.  This should be more accessible and solid than a deck-mounted cleat. Completed - 11-Mar-2006 - removed later.  It was in the way of mounting the stern light.  Two deck mounted cleats were installed with #10 screws.
Laminate mast out of three layers - 2 2X4 and 1 1/2" board The upper part of the mast ended up being slightly larger than the bottom.  It also has a bit of a twist to it which I suspect is more to do with me using salvaged lumber than anything else.
Metal protective strip on the bottom of the keel A pain to put countersunk screws in, but reassuring when heading for the launch ramp at speed with no way to stop.
Hatch cover on aft deck Absolutely essential - otherwise it's practically impossible for a middle-aged fat guy to get to the steering.
Run lines down shrouds Easier setup for hardware, need to make sure blocks are oriented properly to prevent them from binding.
Hard cockpit cover Keeps the snow out and much of the rain.  Still need to cover the boat though.
Foam board in forepeak Can't HAVE too much floatation.
Toe rails A "must have" - gives you someplace to tie to / grab on to everywhere in the boat.

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