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    02-17-2018, 01:27 AM
    Rattle cans are a pain in the butt for covering big areas and probably the most expensive paint per ounce that you can buy. Any way you look at it, a...
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    02-16-2018, 05:28 PM
    You are giving the idea of the fiberglass, Kevlar , carbon or whatever you use on the outside a lot more credit for strengthening the boat than they...
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    02-16-2018, 12:06 AM
    Todd Bradshaw replied to a thread Magic Smoke in The Bilge
    Yeah, but it still wouldn't be the same without having to jibe back and forth when motoring downwind, just to get out of the blue cloud.
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    02-15-2018, 01:34 AM
    With reasonable care and inside or covered off-use storage you can get pretty good life out of the pre-woven cane. I varnished the cane on my Old...
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    02-14-2018, 06:11 PM
    Todd Bradshaw replied to a thread I like bicycles. in The Bilge
    That green trike that Bigfella saw is a "Rotovelo" made in Australia. It's aim is to be a moderately priced velomobile and it is built with a tubular...
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    02-14-2018, 04:18 AM
    Agreed. The chances that this tiny flaw will ever have any effect on the durability of this spar are minimal at best.
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    02-14-2018, 01:32 AM
    Do not waste your time and/or money sealing something with "penetrating" (BS) epoxy if you intend to fill it with real epoxy. If anything, the...
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    02-14-2018, 01:25 AM
    No, I hate rowing...can't see where the hell you're going, etc. My only current rowboat is a big old Campways river raft, somewhere down in the...
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    02-12-2018, 11:28 PM
    What are you using as a plan for this build? We always want the yard to be tail-heavy, meaning that the halyard tie-off point will be forward of the...
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    02-12-2018, 05:31 PM
    Obama's portrait reminds me of my dad. He was an artist, art educator and a frequent juror of some of the most prestigious art exhibitions in the...
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    02-12-2018, 01:19 AM
    I have a .45-70 Sharps (about 12 lbs.) and still own about eight pairs of cross-country racing skis, but I'm not sure I want to mix them. These days,...
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    02-12-2018, 12:58 AM
    I would think that the rocking motion of rowing would be really hard on cane seats in terms of them stretching. You might also want to take a look at...
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    02-11-2018, 03:20 PM
    I don't see why an oval yard couldn't work fine, as long as you can keep it from twisting while in use, as it's bend is likely to be drastically...
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    02-10-2018, 11:57 PM
    A 2" square yard would be pretty heavy. On the other hand, 2" maximum diameter on a round-sectioned spar that tapers at both ends should not be. No,...
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    02-10-2018, 12:12 PM
    These days, letting any decent varnish (or marine paint) skin over in the can can be a pretty serious waste of money, and even the stuff that doesn't...
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    02-10-2018, 01:44 AM
    Once you're done, you can print out a bunch of copies on stiff paper, cut out the stations, place them on the profile background and make yourself a...
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    02-10-2018, 01:14 AM
    For the past 15 years or so I have recommended that my customers use Iain Oughtred's suggested spar scantlings for lug spars and they seem to work...
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    02-09-2018, 08:04 PM
    That's where we used to buy our spruce for canoe building. http://fredtebbandsons.com/index.php/about/ If you plan to round it 1.5" is a bit...
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    02-09-2018, 04:31 PM
    Todd Bradshaw replied to a thread Roll Cloud in The Bilge
    I saw one once. We were inflating a hot air balloon in hopes of getting off an early morning flight in kind of marginal weather, as we were paid by...
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    02-08-2018, 12:43 PM
    They'll be a bit tougher, but the cedar core is still pretty soft and subject to denting. With epoxy coating you are also introducing increased...
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    02-05-2018, 01:07 PM
    I'd continue to use the Greenland, but fabricate a mini spray skirt similar to the one shown. It doesn't need to be whitewater-sealed or capable of...
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    02-05-2018, 04:43 AM
    Oh it can certainly be done, and it did take quite a while for someone to make computer software for four-sided sail cutting. Unfortunately though,...
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    02-04-2018, 03:58 PM
    Modern Bermuda sail designs, whether cross-cut or radial and whether lofted and cut on a floor or plotted and cut by a computer on a vacuum table...
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    02-04-2018, 12:59 AM
    Rat, There is room for everyone on the water (more or less, though there are some who never should get near water) but when it comes to sails, there...
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    02-03-2018, 04:08 PM
    In cases like this thread, I judge a person's knowledge on the subject (or lack of it) by the statements they make or sometimes by the evidence I see...
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    02-03-2018, 12:47 PM
    It's far more than a tenth of a knot difference between well designed sails and sails made by untrained amateurs, but sadly many of you will never...
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    02-03-2018, 01:39 AM
    Yep, that's pretty accurate from the looks of them. If you want good sails for your boat you basically have two choices. Either buy sails, or kits...
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    02-02-2018, 09:02 PM
    Yeah, it will look like a gaff sail, but it is actually a pretty stupid idea. Draft and its placement, as well as entry angle will be determined by...
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    02-02-2018, 05:50 PM
    That would be good advice, considering that to anyone who actually knows sailmaking a small gaff rig mainsail is a lot harder to cut well than a...
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    02-02-2018, 12:56 AM
    In no particular order.... - Chances are that most used sails have already lost at least half of their tear strength, UV lifespan and a good amount...
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