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  1. Re: Please look at bottom of my sail and advise

    The batten pockets with the Velcro tabs tucked in at the aft end are nice because they tend to be secure and clean installations at the leech. They are common on boats like Melges 24s, where you have...
  2. Re: Please look at bottom of my sail and advise

    Start by getting rid of one of the two attachments to the mainsail clew plate. It's making the sail's foot an S curve. Those plates are designed for one attachment, and one only. You can experiment...
  3. Re: Whats the point of washing your bird?

    I wash mine because it makes it shiny. :)
    http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Sails%20and%20Plans/zy-002a.jpg

    as to the other kind.... if you ever saw the water in the tanks where they give...
  4. Re: Car advice sought (some will think it a rather ridiculous question)

    Apparently, your facts aren't too accurate. This is about the 2013 models, but it's most likely a similar story this year. ...
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    Re: Re-glueing a belt sander belt

    And never throw out old shoes if they have a natural crepe sole. They make great belt cleaners and will greatly extend the working like of the grit.
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    Re: Folding canvas bathtub?

    I wonder how something similar to this might work if it just needs to catch water? You might have to seal the seams and I wouldn't want to try to fill it up, but they're actually reasonably sturdy...
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    Re: blood moon/lunar eclipse tonight

    It was pretty good from our place. It quit snowing and cleared off just in time, though it was that damp cold and we had to really bundle up. At full eclipse, it looked like it was hollow with a dim...
  8. Re: Can I reef with a roller furling jib?

    I think you would find it to be more trouble than it's worth. It's not terribly difficult to rig a small roller furler, like the Harken type with a swivel at the top, a drum at the bottom and a wire...
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    Re: Building the Hollyburn 15.5

    The boat is really looking great Roy. I'd maybe move the downhaul lashing forward a couple of inches for a little more boom clearance aft and to bring the luff more parallel with the mast, but you'll...
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    Re: Dark Harbor 12 1/2

    Art Read built one a few years ago which was very nice indeed. Then he got divorced and the last thing I heard, the boat had been abandoned (I think at a marina) and was in the process of...
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    Re: Sails for my traditional Swedish boat

    Maybe I'm missing something here. Your "1 cm/1.8 cm/.9 cm" method of describing these amounts isn't common to any sailmaking that I've ever been involved in, especially when it's done in metric....
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    Re: Sails for my traditional Swedish boat

    I really don't know the answer to that. As I said, you have chosen a fabric which is awfully heavy for those small sails and never having tried to make a sail that size from that fabric, I can't tell...
  13. Re: I once had a..(Fill in the Blank)..Man, I loved that car!!

    Wow, floor buttons. Haven't thought of them for a long time. Remember those silver ones about the size of a film can (remember film cans?) that would turn the bright lights on and off? One of the...
  14. Re: I once had a..(Fill in the Blank)..Man, I loved that car!!

    I had a very used '65 Chevelle that got me through my formative years. It had been painted with a brush and we salvaged oversized tires for it off of an old junker. If you turned too sharply, the...
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    Re: Sails for my traditional Swedish boat

    Probably, though I can't say for sure as I have never tried to build a sail that small from Clipper, and also because I do my broadseaming by eye and by feel, on the fly without measuring anything....
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    Re: Sailing caones... what's the idea?

    Yes. It's not terribly unusual for folks to add sail rigs to square-sterned canoes. If you were building one though, it would be nice to design enough rocker into the stern end that it wasn't...
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    Re: Sails for my traditional Swedish boat

    Yes. I assume it's the 7 oz. Clipper Light (or at least as light as Clipper gets, which is still quite heavy for sails that size). Since they are small sails for that fabric, it is hard to predict...
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    Re: Sails for my traditional Swedish boat

    I don't think any of the written texts have ever specified broadseam rates for vertical cuts, and even if they did, it varies enough with cloth width and firmness that it probably wouldn't be...
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    Re: Epoxy question

    This really is not true and most of the fear of dealing with amine blush is usually spread by folks who have no experience with it. Yes, it needs to be removed, but it just isn't a big deal or at all...
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    Re: Sails for my traditional Swedish boat

    That seems about right for typical, medium firm cruising Dacron. Really firm racing cloth would probably need a bit more. Really soft Dacron a bit less. Once you get within a few inches of the edge,...
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    Re: Body artwork

    Yes, thank you Chad. You're a good man. I never saw much reason to get any tatts. Seeing how my taste in graphic art has changed over the years, I'm certainly glad I didn't. I'd probably be covered...
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    Re: Never trim your sails again

    I could get into this! Instead of crawling around on a hardwood floor for three or four days to make a sail, I could just dump a bucket of these Egyptian Cotton nano-fibers on the floor and order it...
  23. Re: Is this old Montgomery ward sewing machine appropriate for sail making

    The only place we straight stitch on Dacron is when we have that tube of cloth along the luff and foot that wraps around the boltrope. There really is no other option that will make it snug up...
  24. Re: Is this old Montgomery ward sewing machine appropriate for sail making

    These statements are questionable at best. Zig-zag is absolutely used on Dacron sails because it spreads out the perforations compared to straight stitching. This is due to the tearing properties of...
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    Re: Quiet tire suggestions

    I put Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tires on the T-bird last year, partially because they have a reputation for being quiet. I've never been a big Firestone/Bridgestone fan but can't complain at...
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    Re: Repair epoxy over wood

    Yep. Unepoxy is designed to let a certain amount of water in to slowly let the copper out, so it probably should not be considered as a serious water barrier.
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    Re: Spring sale: project boat

    I used to have the end of a fur trade canoe mounted to a big plaque. It was a test end, made to test a particular stripping-pattern/stem assembly before making the real boat. It seemed too nice to...
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    Re: Sails for my traditional Swedish boat

    These are for vertical cuts, right? They look good, although I think you could probably raise the peaks of the lower broadseam triangles a little bit on all three (maybe 20cm or so). It's one of...
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    Re: Sails for my traditional Swedish boat

    Yep, that's looking better.
  30. Re: Converting a sprit sail plan to balanced lug.

    That boat is big enough that a track might be the best bet, but a few thumb cleats might do the job and look nicer. One thing about lugsails, especially for folks who are more used to Bermuda/Marconi...
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    Re: Latex paint over epoxy

    Yes, you are - and that's why you are told to apply additional epoxy in the first place, so that once you are done with all of your fairing and sanding, you still have the needed ten mils or so worth...
  32. Re: Converting a sprit sail plan to balanced lug.

    A single reef on a standing lug can usually be a pretty conventional reef line (a horizontal, shallow curve that echoes the foot curve, though not as dramatic, and we raise the aft end of the line a...
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    Re: Latex paint over epoxy

    That would depend on the fairing compound and what was used to thicken it. Again, you make these broad generalized statements which may be true in some cases, or with whatever system you happen to...
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    Re: Latex paint over epoxy

    This simply is not true. If you sand the epoxy to an adequately smooth surface it does not need another layer of filler because there will be nothing left to fill. I don't know why everybody seems to...
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    Re: Sailing caones... what's the idea?

    Yep, that's a very good deal. I'm starting another set of sails for one next week. They're fancier construction and fabric than the ones on that boat, but they'll go out the door at $750 just for the...
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    Re: Snipe Boom Rigging

    In some cases, switching to mid-boom sheeting pulls all the draft out of the lower portion of the sail (prematurely) due to boom bend if the sail is not loose-footed, which is not a good thing. On a...
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    Re: Another epoxy/cloth question

    In my experience, the graphite does not help to prevent scratches. It simply offers a lower friction surface that slides off easier. It often actually scratches deeper than plain resin. Thus the...
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    Re: Another epoxy/cloth question

    Probably not, but it's always worth keeping in mind. If the boat was going to be turned over and left on a cartop rack, it might be a different answer. I did some unscientific tests a few years ago...
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    Re: Another epoxy/cloth question

    But then the problem would likely be that there would then be nothing holding any of those little chopped strands of glass in place. The binder is all that keeps them in a uniformly distributed...
  40. Re: OMG, talk about extreme adrenalin flash....

    I'm still trying to remember the point at which just falling down became no longer an option........
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    Re: Sails for my traditional Swedish boat

    a lot off gaffer masts are pretty stiff and don't bend much, but I don't know anything about your mast. If it's skinny, the fact that the gaff jaws tend to push forward can put a fair amount of...
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    Re: Sails for my traditional Swedish boat

    Basically you guess at spar bend based on experience....... As dumb as that may sound, there really is no other way to do it that's much more accurate. Obviously it will vary with the spar and its...
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    Re: Another epoxy/cloth question

    The most common mat is 1.5 oz. (which translates to about 13 oz. if you measure the weight the same way you would measure woven cloth weight - pretty heavy) with a binder which will dissolve in...
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    Re: Help for Gaff Sail Parameters

    Yep. It's a matter of which terminology you are used to working with. For someone trained in traditional sailmaking it is easier to think and picture the effects/results in the traditional method.
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    Re: Help for Gaff Sail Parameters

    In traditional sailmaking, we don't use figures like 8% for draft. It would make a sail with horribly deep draft. We use the percentage of chord width that would actually be added to create the...
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    Poll: Re: Do you like this painting?

    Maybe a little bit. This is as close as I ever got to Dali. My mom is on the far right at a party in the early 1950s, about three months before I was born. He asked her if my dad painted her and she...
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    Re: Help for Gaff Sail Parameters

    Yes, it could be, because brodseaming does not produce camber, it mostly positions the camber you have created by other means. You can't effectively use one without the other. In addition, the reason...
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    Re: Help for Gaff Sail Parameters

    First of all, broadseaming in itself does more to properly position draft than to create it. Draft takes extra fabric and that fabric has to come from somewhere. Much of that will be coming from the...
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    Poll: Re: Do you like this painting?

    I have a few of these that came out of my dad's studio. You can buy teeny-tiny brushes, but the cut down variety are different and very cool. They might even be handy for people painting decorative...
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    Poll: Re: Do you like this painting?

    I can't say I ever really warmed up to JP's painting. I think you have to consider it in the era that it was done in and that it was certainly a bold deviation from the norm. In this day and age...
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