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  1. Re: Rigging / Repair While Boat is on the Trailer

    I think the answer you're looking for is, yes, the trailer supports the boat well enough that adding a couple hundred pounds (relatively carefully) is not going to damage things, provided you don't...
  2. Thread: Oars

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    Re: Oars

    To be fair to OP, I can see the appeal to buying them, even if you can make them. A boat is lots of (relatively) small parts, any one of which you can screw up and fix (with little consequence aside...
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    Re: How far can a boat hang off of a trailer?

    Not quite true that they don't exist.

    e.g., this is 18.5', says it is for boats up to 22', and sprung only for up to 350lbs.
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    Re: Calendar Islands Yawl 16 in Chattanooga

    If Clint says its fine, I would imagine it is!

    If you're still worried though, one option that's in the plans for the boat I built was to add 60mm x 10mm longitudinal "stiffeners" (which I didn't...
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    Re: Calendar Islands Yawl 16 in Chattanooga

    Curious whether you checked with Clint about that -- often floors are pretty structural, and I wonder if that'd make that part of the bottom of the boat more flexible (and thus, flexing and stressing...
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    Re: Melitele - my Campion Apple 16 Cutter

    Thanks for the details!

    I'm pretty sure at this point I'm going to add water ballast to my Apple. I thought that I'd be happy putting in and removing lead bars, but they are annoying, and that's...
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    Per their site, fairwind gives the alloy (651),...

    Per their site, fairwind gives the alloy (651), and says the threads are cut.

    And seem ready for the controversy on this thread: at least in most sizes, they have slotted, square, and frearson:)
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    Your original bump mentioned Fairwind Fasteners -- I've ordered a few times from them (they are more-or-less local), and I have no real way of comparing, but what they've sent seems good.
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    Re: Melitele - my Campion Apple 16 Cutter

    Looking good!

    So -- again re: ballast tank -- so you aren't going to have any thru-hulls? Just fill & empty from the outside through the inspection port?

    Side benches are coming together! It...
  10. Re: ISO small kids boat that can support trolling motor

    If you're aiming to have it _finished_, ready to go in the water, within a couple weeks, you are probably limited to boats that can be built in a day or two, as it'll take many days to finish & paint...
  11. Re: Armstrong Deck Plates can't get replacement parts

    Looks like duckworks is out of stock now...
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    Re: First build, Great Wicomico

    Hi there,

    Good choice! I spent a while trying to find a decent photo from my build that would help illustrate; not sure if this is, but we'll see!

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    What I eventually did was have...
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    Are you planning on putting a pump to empty the...

    Are you planning on putting a pump to empty the tank when on the water? Is the height of the tank such that it’ll fill completely from just the drain plug, or will you have to add some from up...
  14. That’s… really annoying. I like the...

    That’s… really annoying. I like the design, and have three on my boat, and was planning on getting more, but ugh… having to replace the whole hatch (or try to get someone to 3D...
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    Re: Melitele - my Campion Apple 16 Cutter

    It sounds like a nice idea. Are the side thwart higher than the centercase? (hard to see). If they are, you could add a rail on the inboard edge, set down just a little, and have the thwart board...
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    Re: Melitele - my Campion Apple 16 Cutter

    Looking very nice -- and wonderful gift!

    Are you planning on putting in a rowing thwart? The side thwart (framing) looks nice -- running all the way to the forward bulkhead should give plenty of...
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    Looking nice! Jump test sounds fun. My son asks...

    Looking nice! Jump test sounds fun. My son asks to go out to sit in the boat often, but he’s just over two, so not up to helping yet :)

    Do you know how much weight the ballast tanks are...
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    Also, you have a funnel if you need it!

    Also, you have a funnel if you need it!
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    Yeah, the prices are ridiculous. But the only...

    Yeah, the prices are ridiculous. But the only other options seem to be:

    1. Get a machinist to fabricate something of aluminum or stainless (or maybe galvanize regular steel)
    2. Build something...
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    Re: Trailer ball mount, attaching at an angle

    Hmm. When the ball is above the garage floor, it'll be higher than it should be. I had thought even when it is in the driveway, but close to the garage, it still wouldn't work, but maybe I'm wrong,...
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    Re: Trailer ball mount, attaching at an angle

    I've actually _also_ done this, and it works, though ideally I don't have to roll the trailer out so far (the ~75lb tongue weight is doable, but isn't particularly fun -- I guess I could get a...
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    Re: Campion Apple 16 Build

    Yesterday, I did another sea trial, this time launching down at a ramp that's just off of a north part of Narraganset Bay (in Swansea, MA). It's about an hour drive, so I wasn't going to check out...
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    Thanks all! Ian, that sounds just right, and...

    Thanks all!

    Ian, that sounds just right, and more pleasant that my current process.

    Though, those hand wheel couplers look interesting! (And, the existing coupler is just bolted on, so I...
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    Trailer ball mount, attaching at an angle

    My boat is stored, on its trailer, in my garage. My driveway slopes pretty steeply up to the garage, so the car and trailer are not in line when I'm attaching the trailer to the car.

    The trailer...
  25. Thread: leaky launching

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    Re: leaky launching

    One suggestion -- once you find the leak (which, you are right in trying to find on the _outside_ of the boat -- seems like you could also find it in your shop by just dumping a little water into the...
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    Re: An Ilur in Hansville

    I set up a pretty simple 6:1 system by putting together two triple blocks, terminated with a cam cleat on the mast partner (line starts on the boom, down and up through the blocks and then down the...
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    Re: An Ilur in Hansville

    Looks ready to launch! Only thing -- the downhaul looks like it might be too loose? My understanding (from Michael Storer) is that when on shore / without wind, any crease should be vertical, from...
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    Re: Getting rid of amine blush

    ... not to sound critical ... but I sort of want to channel Bruce here (hope he doesn't mind):

    stop asking questions and just build the damn boat. It's a stitch and glue Jon boat, not a museum...
  29. Re: Need sources Marine plywood, southern New England

    Reader's looks like a neat place, and definitely somewhere I'll should check out (it's a bit further than my normal hardwood place in Stoughton, but looks nicer), but the selection at Boulter looks a...
  30. Re: Opinions on CLC (John Harris) 10'6" Nesting Expedition Dinghy

    Seems like a lot of strings, sails, and sticks for a 10' boat.
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    Re: Campion Apple 16 Build

    Had a moment and took the boat to a local state park (which just recently reopened its boat ramp, after being closed for a while).

    Very little wind, so not a _great_ test, but the new rudder...
  32. Thread: R2ak

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    Re: R2ak

    There are at least some restrictions -- they have to apply and get approved to be able to race. There was a (not all that great) self-filmed documentary by one of the teams that talked about that...
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    Re: Campion Apple 16 Build

    In the meantime, there was another project that I'd been working on....

    When I last had the boat on the water, something still was bothering me about the centerboard. While I had fixed the case...
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    Re: Campion Apple 16 Build

    Well, a bit of a saga with the rudder hardware.

    I finished letting in the hardware pretty quickly, and then spent a little while figuring out how to drill out bolt holes on the strap pieces (which...
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    Re: Tips for aligning rudder hardware?

    Thanks for the tips, all. I ended up getting some 10mm ID steel tube, which fits tightly over the pins, and I couldn't find 10mm steel rod, but did find 10mm OD steel tube, which (with a little...
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    Re: Mast partner plank fixings

    A simple option is to put a cleat in front of the partner, tie a short(ish) line through the base (if its open, else maybe put two in), and then wrap the line a few times around the mast and tie it...
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    Well, unless it was a fluke, this is the quality...

    Well, unless it was a fluke, this is the quality that is currently coming from Classic Marine (their series 2 rudder fittings specifically). Perhaps they are more of a budget outfit than I (and my...
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    Re: Tips for aligning rudder hardware?

    The rudder post is only just a bit wider than the rudder itself, which pivots inside the rudder case. To switch them, I'd have to both put the oversized gudgeon on the rudder post (which I could do,...
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    Re: Tips for aligning rudder hardware?

    If I knew now what I knew what I ordered them, I'd seriously consider it, Bruce, but the rudder post and rudder case are not the same width, so "putting them on the other way" means replacing two of...
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    Tips for aligning rudder hardware?

    The boat I’m building calls for having a pintle at the bottom of the transom, gudgeon at top, and reverse on the rudder case.

    I’m having a difficult time getting them perfectly aligned — I can...
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    Re: Melitele - my Campion Apple 16 Cutter

    Looking good!

    You may want some drainage holes out of the bottom of the mast step (can't see any from the photos)... seems like a likely place for water to accumulate unseen!
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    Re: A Gartside # 130 followed me home

    The boom does look a little low in the first to be comfortable, but there is also quite a bit of room on the mast for it to be a bit higher (which probably would have been plenty). The second looks...
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    Congrats! Always a good feeling when it...

    Congrats! Always a good feeling when it doesn’t leak, even if you were pretty sure it wouldn’t.
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    Cheap skin-on-frame canoe

    I think they just meant what is usually called a scarf joint. And yes — the ratio means you end up with matching bevels that are 8 times as long as they are high. So a 3/4” board would...
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    Looking nice! Especially that last photo. It...

    Looking nice! Especially that last photo. It takes a second to realize it’s just a few pieces of plywood twisted to near the edge of their ability.
  46. Looks like a boat! Home stretch — congrats!

    Looks like a boat! Home stretch — congrats!
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    Re: An Ilur in Hansville

    I had a similar problem with my boat -- I wonder how much of the love for planked trailers is from people whose boats have keels with little to no rocker! -- but essentially solved by it by building...
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    Re: Campion Apple 16 Build

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    Sure is pretty. Pricey, but at least it's well made, and should outlast the boat.
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    Re: Campion Apple 16 Build

    Well, no update for over a month, mostly because it took over a month to get the rudder hardware that I ordered from Classic Marine. They said they were having supply issues with their foundry -- I...
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    Re: Question re: Modifying Boat Designs

    But isn't that significantly a function of beam? i.e., what is wider-Alaska?

    Seems like the most _sensible_ approach would be to at least start with the lines for Myst; if they want to do the...
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