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    Re: Calendar Island Yawl 18 - First Sail

    Well done!
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Some other commodity.
    A power boat (smuggler crew #2) showed up after the Russian (smuggler crew #1) on a new 40' Hanse and they pretended not to know each other.
    After a couple hours it became...
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    Re: Bluejacket 24 Questions...

    Russ, have you ever built a boat before?
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    Re: Bluejacket 24 Questions...

    My wife and I would spend two-week vacations with two large dogs on a C-Dory 22. It's all about how you organize things which can take some trial and error.
    We have camped with another adult and two...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    We used to take two week trips in a 22' C-Dory with two adults and two large dogs. The details make the difference.
    As an example, the three biggest improvements for us were where we ended up...
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    Re: Repairing keel separation

    Got it!
    A simple sun cover on a winch strap can keep it alive for decades.
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    Re: Repairing keel separation

    That strap has no reserve strength with all the sun damage it has suffered. Also find a shackle to fit the hook correctly.
    Forgive me but I spent my life in transportation and can't help myself when...
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    Re: Lightweight sailboat for the family.

    Too late...

    2 stitch & glue + 2 origami + 1 inflatable kayak
    1 Baylee3 inflatable compact dinghy by Feathercraft which sadly seem to have gone under. Too bad, they made very high-quality stuff....
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    Re: anchor gear for 18 ft. cruising dinghy

    Measure the inside dimension of a link with a caliper or drill bit.
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    Re: anchor gear for 18 ft. cruising dinghy

    The anchors are good, but you do not need that heavy-strong rode. Too heavy anchor line will not absorb as much shock as properly sized line.
    3/8" line is easy to handle but will be bulkier than...
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    Re: Anchoring, rode , chain etc.

    The nylon-poly I assume is polyester which has a specific gravity heavier than water. Is it polypro?
    Not impressed with what I see on a quick search. Don't see how two materials with different...
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    Re: Anchoring, rode , chain etc.

    I have about 230' 3/8" three strand nylon rode along with 6' of chain which is way stronger than my 17' dinghy needs and it's bulky. Oversize nylon won't give the spring I want either. It will be...
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    Re: Lightweight sailboat for the family.

    Ha! You guys have me looking at the rapidly increasing catalog of plans at Duckworks. BTW, a great outfit to do business with.

    Strongly suggest you build something with side benches. A comfortable...
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    Re: Lightweight sailboat for the family.

    Think four adults, your kids are growing up.

    How big is your building space?

    Let me quote myself from another thread.
    "Pointy ends steal considerable room. My 15' double ended sailboat has the...
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    Re: Minimal sailing dink for two?

    Random thoughts on size.
    Pointy ends steal considerable room. My 15' double ended sailboat has the usable room of a 13' boat. Two adults or an adult and a couple kids are the maximum for a semblance...
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    Re: Seeking Doug Fir for Bowsprit in PNW

    An air-dried chunk of that size is gonna require enough luck to stumble across some old timer's stash.
    Is laminating kiln dried stock out of the question?
  17. Re: Ditty Bags: seamimg twine, marline, codline, boltrope

    Add annealed stainless-steel wire for seizing shackles and other safety wire jobs.
  18. Re: Educate me on oil bath trailer bearings.

    My EZ-Loader trailer came with them.
    The good. It is easy to see if water is diluting the oil.
    The bad. They are a pain in the ass to pull the hubs to adjust the bearings or service the brakes.
    ...
  19. Re: Yards and weight aloft on sail & row skiffs

    The raison d'etre of sprit and lug rigs is their simplicity.
    Adding features detracts from that.
    My new balanced lug rig has lazy jacks. I haven't had it out since the last tuneup-change, but I...
  20. Re: Introduction: Newbie to sail & oar, and building in central Texas

    Welcome to the fold.
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    Re: Best Rowboat w/o compound curves

    Last year I was literally a couple minutes from ordering a CLC Southwester Dory and literally everything needed to complete it.
    As is my habit, I took a minute to ask myself if this was the best...
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    Re: Best Rowboat w/o compound curves

    The stretched dory above has about two useless feet at the stern. Welsford's boat below it, at two feet shorter, gains stability, has a place to put a kicker or rudder and is easier to build in a...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    We are very happy for you!
    Nice that Tad could make it.
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    Todd's observation about a second reef being academic for most recreational dinghy sailors is valid.
    Some guys like lifted pickups with big tires. I like reef points, both my sail & oar style...
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    Re: Oars

    Yeah, I was just thinking a chamfer of sorts would make feathering them smoother.
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    Re: Oars

    Maybe sort of 8 side (big 4-small 8) them like the Martinoli sleeves?

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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Got it!
    Have you considered some sort of tongue extension? They don't have to be fancy; I had a rough but effective one on a boat with 3 1/2' draft.
    Not my boat but here is an example.
    ...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Have you considered hanging the wooden crossbeams under the trailer's rails with U bolts?
    It might be enough to keep the tow rig out of the water.
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    Re: How far gone is this?

    In the days of yore, it's value would be to sift through it's ashes for the fittings.
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    Re: daggerboard bungee/tiedown

    With a line or bungy over the top you could incorporate some heavy thread on one end as a fuse.
  31. Re: Chicago swimmers' limbs taken off by boat propeller, body found also

    The spot is a local adult playground.
    Please check your responsible, sober attitudes at the door.
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    Re: Beach rollers

    Random thoughts about the image above.

    We found a surprisingly sturdy wood handled plastic kid safe shovel at the beach. Something that could be useful to help place a roller under the keel on a...
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    Re: Beach rollers

    It's built like a cheap beach toy. The air valve is a big clue.
    I saw no evidence of fabric in the PVC.
    Blow up the images and make up your own mind.
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    Re: Repairing keel separation

    I had a motor mount issue where I needed to bond 60 durometer neoprene to a carbon-something composite project. I was not having good results till I went down the surface energy rabbit hole. Can't...
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    Re: Truant wooden sailboat?

    I got some from Duckworks and they are well made of tough material.
    This link shows some in action. If you only want flotation there may be some lighter, less expensive options???
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    Re: Repairing keel separation

    Surface energy is important when bonding. You want high surface energy and proper prep can increase it. Find how to prep the purpleheart and do test some samples.
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    Re: experimental new rig

    Unbalanced lug? Proa style?
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    Re: Decorative stemhead?

    Breasthook not required?
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    Re: Repairing keel separation

    Consider:
    1) this source, zero experience
    That said.
    2) flexible epoxy in a seam/kerf wide enough to let the epoxy stretch a bit
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    Re: Finish for a paddle shaft/handle

    Recently I've looked into higher end oar handles and my low effort internet searches showed rubber, foam and wood grips for the most part.

    Concept 2 oars, which seem mainly aimed at performance...
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    Re: Finish for a paddle shaft/handle

    Good thread. Many of us have read that varnished grips contribute to blisters but we have testimony that isn't always the case.
    I assume that technique, duration and effort play into the equation...
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    Re: Never Sell Your Boat Locally

    These boats become family, and like family, you love them, nurture them and even have fights with them.
    There comes a time to let them go, seeing them prosper gives you joy and seeing them...
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    Agreed.
    The EP Carry is closest to my wants but is a bit too small and has been out of stock every time I've looked.
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    Re: Finish for a paddle shaft/handle

    My bare WRC Greenland paddle is comfortable. On a new set of XPL oars the builder suggested a 50/50 mix of BLO and turpentine on the basswood handles. I applied two coats and they feel good.
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    The No-Spill brand gas cans have a unique nozzle that actually delivers fuel and stops overfills! Really!
    Perfect for a little engine's inboard tank. I have the 1.25 gallon can.
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    What lock(s) do you use?
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    Re: Pilothouse Skiff - sketches

    Ah, the build is progressing, good for you. The fine bow will help, my C-Dory had a rather full bow.
    Docking in the wind is tricky with these boats, I could have used a daggerboard or leeboard a few...
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    I've had a 2.5 Suzuki for a few months. For me it came down to parts availability, noise level and weight.
    Even without cooling fins and the fan it is still obnoxious. The sound comes off of the...
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    Re: Pilothouse Skiff - sketches

    To please the eye, it needs to be stretched at least 10% to lessen the visual impact of the house.
    If you are going to the effort and expense of building her, a small amount of V is only a couple...
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    Re: Narrow oar blades?

    I'd definitely ease the blade edges at least 18" up.
    Greenland paddles with their narrow blades work very well with a slightly higher cadence and a bit more cant than conventional paddles. You'll...
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