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    Re: Oars - varnish, cetol, or paint?

    Thanks for all the input. We are going to use Minwax Helman's Spar Urethane. My husband's choice: "because we already have a can of it".
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    Oars - varnish, cetol, or paint?

    We have some nice oars that have gradually shed the varnish that they had when new.
    My husband has removed all the varnish flakes, and then sanded them smooth.
    They do still have some spots of...
  3. Re: what caulk to use for open seams in dried out mahogany planks, below water line ?

    We're going to try wax from a toilet bowl ring.
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    Why is soap better in salt water?
  5. Re: what caulk to use for open seams in dried out mahogany planks, below water line ?

    I have a small wooden dory with similar open seams - and wish I still had some slick seam left.
    So, beeswax straight, or mixed with something? Beeswax melted, and poured into the seam over narrow...
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    Re: sail window material

    Great information. Thanks all!
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    sail window material

    A while back I saw some really nice advice on how to put a window in a sail. Now that I want to do it, I can't locate the post.
    So, what I need to know is what material to use for the window - how...
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    Re: boom fitting question

    I get a mental picture of what you mean by a pivoting tongue, but I can't find one. Any idea where to find an actual picture, or if it might have a different name?
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    Re: boom fitting question

    PeerieMaa - That makes perfect sense, thanks. Not sure how that would work with the main sheet. It would end up inside part of the main.
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    Re: outboard on a Swampscott dory?

    Thorne, I made it back into the forum with some help from the Admin. I hope to be able to sail this summer.
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    Re: boom fitting question

    Thanks everyone.
    The boom pulled off the fitting when I was getting it out of the barn this spring. I never removed it from the gooseneck before this.
    Due to various age-related problems (mine,...
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    boom fitting question

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    The pointed end of this fitting pulled out of the forward end of the boom. (Swampscott dory)
    Should it be epoxied in?
    And what is the name of this fitting?
  13. Thread: Slick seam

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    Re: Slick seam

    okay. I do think I have seen wax toilet rings. I'll be sure to check contents before we use one.
  14. Thread: Slick seam

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    Re: Slick seam

    We are in salt water. Bottom paint should seal the wax from the water, right? Soap shrinks as it dries. I think I would trust wax to last. I am not sure I would trust the soap.
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    Re: Slick seam

    I like that option!
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    Slick seam

    Anyone know why Slick Seam is no longer available? Or, in its absence, what to use instead?
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    outboard on a Swampscott dory?

    Have any of you put an outboard on a Swampscott dory?
    My arthritis is a problem for rowing or raising sails, but I love my dory. The only way I can see being able to use it is with an outboard.
    Is...
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    Re: Looking for a catboat to rent in Maine

    Yes, that would have been a good choice, but the class filled up within a day of being posted. |:( Looks like I might be able to get a charter on Cape Cod, but I would really prefer Maine. |:)
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    Re: Looking for a catboat to rent in Maine

    Thanks. I will ask there.
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    Looking for a catboat to rent in Maine

    Anyone know of someone who would rent me a catboat for a week in Maine? We love the look of them and would like to try one before getting serious about buying.
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    Daniel -
    I am willing to consider all possibilities. I plan to try it this way and see. Meanwhile, I will be on the alert for used sails. The Optimist Pram is only 8', and my dory is 17', so I...
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    I tried the Bolger tie system. I used small bits of line instead of zip ties. The lines can be run on the sail, and then quickly fastened to the mast. And when I was done messing about, I undid the...
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    Todd - Thanks for the excellent sketch of a gunter rigged Swampscott dory. I searched your plans, but didn't find this one.
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    Todd,
    What size (diameter) would you recommend for full length gunter spar for this boat? The boat is 17' long
    Should the diameter be roughly equivalent in size to the mast?
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    Ben - I was sort of thinking of using the boom as a full-length gunter, turn the sail, and then figure out what to do with the foot to use it as a boomless main. I am going to measure what I have,...
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    Ben,
    wouldn't that have been nice if I could just swap the sides of the sail? No, they are not equal in length. The boat, and probably the sails, were made by the Philadelphia Boat Company. That is...
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    Sharpie fan -
    Your hint worked for the photos. Here is my sail loft, with sail displayed:...
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    oh my - you are so right about the sail. I hadn't noticed, probably because it never occurred to me that someone would make that big of a goof.
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    Photos - I can't seem to follow the excellent instructions for doing this, but here is a link to photos of the boat, with a mock-up for a gunter rig. Next quest is details for the gunter rig - what...
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    "fasten a cleat to a piece of scrap and go sailing with a C clamp" - great suggestion. I will do that.
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    Please note my sign-on alias. I am indeed 'senior', and female. To further clarify, I have been sailing for 50+ years so I am not a total doofus, but this is my first sailing dory.

    I want to be...
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    There were no fittings with the boat, so I have used whatever bits I had around. Photos - I have none. I will take some as I try rigging - when it warms up.
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    "nifty system from Phil Bolger" - I like it! What size line would you suggest?
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    All very helpful information. I have now read about parrels and robands, sprits and lacings, and more! And so much more information available - thanks to all of you for getting me started. In one of...
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    Re: dory sail rigging help needed

    Thanks - I am off to study those references -
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    dory sail rigging help needed

    I bought a Swampscott dory last summer that had been built and then stored, never sailed. The boat came with sails, no deck cleats of any kind, and some 3/8" mouse-damaged lines. The sails...
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