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    Re: Blotchy Varnish

    It's pretty clear that the unvarnished bit isn't uniform in color either. You may have taken off enough in some areas to get rid of a darkened surface layer. You could strip the varnish and continue...
  2. Went to a Maker Faire and saw this Frankenboat

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/68LsZ6Pqz4lOY8G5LaJxu5V05ocrjdniq7BLeXCxRFG_mUdw7xunmjvdOgcpmzbnw43m5HYoL2ZWfgGTrPQnwV3OJX3yFmH5j07LpI7XG67FjTLBer2vf_DZM5cXYuHk8Uf3szTxj7rshsOoO_5nhDCJmOKuGsZYCFsb55...
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    Re: A Baby Bootlegger...

    Apparently it is for sale - https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2014/Baby-Bootlegger--3125518/Norway#.W5GyH8BjPIU
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    When my wife joins me for a sail in my little sail and oar boat I have to remember that I also need to explain the terms to her as she had never been on a sailboat before we met. The first time she...
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    Re: Sudden lull recovery

    If I was in your situation I would make outriggers.
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    Re: Prettiest boat under thirty feet

    I was wondering about that. I couldn't figure out where you would manage to put a centreboard given how far back the center of effort was.
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    The rudder kicks up. The tiller cannot be lifted and there are times when it would be handy for it to be able to rotate vertically.
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    I appreciate the advice, and I have played around with the downhaul attachment point as the block just has a cowhitch to attach it to the boom. I use the bleater setup on Storer's website that loops...
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    Great to see another First Mate build. I'm going to share a list of things that I would have do different based on experiences with mine, and you can do with it what you will:

    I should have added...
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    Re: Rudder- Meranti plywood???

    As per the plans, my rudder is meranti with a leading edge of thickened epoxy and the whole thing glassed over. I don't worry about it.
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    Re: Just a PFD reminder

    I've always been a sinker. As a result, just treading water takes a lot more effort than for most people. With a PFD, if I unexpectedly find myself in the water I can bob around and not use any...
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    Re: forces on a free standing lug's mast

    Attachment isn't showing up.

    A gaff does a better job of distributing the load along the length of the mast because of the mast hoops. With a lug you are point loading the mast, and you are doing...
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    Re: West system woes

    Sounds like UV damage. Epoxy can't be left exposed to sunlight.
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    Re: A Kurylko Alaska in Georgian Bay

    My sailing conditions are far from ideal with gusty, shifting winds and significant chop from both wind against current over shallow water and powerboat wakes, both direct and reflected from the...
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    Re: A Kurylko Alaska in Georgian Bay

    Great writeup! The mix of text, pics, and video made for a great experience. I can also highly recommend the tiller tamer. I took a slightly more complicated approach than just using a bungee that...
  16. Re: petty semantics- what constitutes a capsize?

    To me, a knockdown is when the boat will come back up on its own under the weight of the crew and/or ballast positioned in typical sailing location. If it requires outside intervention, pumping...
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    Re: The town without roads

    It's not biased, I looked on a map. The village is not covered in canals; just a few neighborhoods are. Yes, there are lot of canals around there for boats to utilize, but there are also lots of...
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    Re: The town without roads

    That video is naught but misleading tourist bait. It's about as honest as saying Venice, CA is covered in canals. In reality, there appears to be a few short streets of well-appointed homes with...
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    Re: Another new proa rig

    Who is buying or building a boat because it's a practical, safe, inexpensive form of transportation?
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    Re: Birdsmouth finishing

    Seconding Ian's advice. Draw a spiraling line down it to keep track of where you are tacking off material. A few minutes with the inside-out belt will get it round, then use your pvc set-up to sand...
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    Making wood a lot stronger

    http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2018/feb/21/wood-based-supermaterial-is-stronger-and-tougher-than-steel

    Curious if this will lead to marine applications; and if so, will the purists still...
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    Re: Will plywood do this?

    You fill the kerfs with thickened epoxy just before you bend it into place. As you bend the extra epoxy squeezes out. Then, once it is fixed in place you trowel away the squeeze out. Once the epoxy...
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    Re: Will plywood do this?

    There's always this option where you could cut your own kerfs:
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    Butter some epoxy into the gaps, bend it into place, clean out the squeeze-out.
  24. Re: Arts and Crafts: If you make stuff post it here

    Nice job restoring that uke, but where's the audio clip? :)
  25. Re: Arts and Crafts: If you make stuff post it here

    Those are quite nice, navydog.
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    Re: SCAMP New Build

    Heat doesn't transfer all that quick through stainless but the soldering iron will work every time. When I had a bunch of screws to remove from epoxying down the plywood decks, I just held the...
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    Re: Xmas day sail, 4 minute video

    In my case, it's because my wife is more comfortable doing the "labor" vs. helming as she is new to sailing. While I was growing up it was originally my dad at the helm, then my mother as she learned...
  28. Re: Two rescued after drifting for 5 months in the Pacific. ... I don't get it????

    Not quite sure how they plan to use the money to accomplish the stated goal. Maybe they're just planning on keeping it...
    https://www.gofundme.com/truth-in-media
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    Re: A very simple small kids model boat?

    My vote is for a Marshalesse toy outrigger canoe - http://www.mit.edu/people/robot/mh/riwuit/index.html Link to plans can be found at the bottom of the page.
  30. Re: Watched a good boat movie last night on Netflix

    I loved the book. I did not know there was a movie. Putting it on the list.
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    Re: Butyl tape in Australia

    I bought a roll of Gray butyl tape on eBay a couple of years ago as well. It sticks to itself like silly putty. It sticks to my fingers. It sticks to varnish and bare wood. With portholes I found...
  32. Re: Arts and Crafts: If you make stuff post it here

    I've made and used a similar pvc release, although I prefer a 3 finger over a 2 finger. I wasn't any more accurate with one than with fingers and a leather tab and it lowered my draw length by a...
  33. Re: Arts and Crafts: If you make stuff post it here

    I've made a bunch of pvc bows as well. Teach kids to make them too. Lots of fun for little cost and work.
  34. Re: Biggest amateur-built sub sinks—owner is suspected of killing passenger

    Now claiming she died of carbon monoxide poisoning - ...
  35. Re: Mid Atlantic Small Craft Festival, Oct 7-8, 2017

    Really enjoyed all those photos. Thanks for taking the time to post them.
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    Re: Folding kayak

    I looked into buying one a couple years ago because I wanted a portable kayak. The price was a deal-breaker for me, as I just wanted something to play around with and they don't make a double. I went...
  37. Re: First Build - Chase Small Craft Calendar Islands Yawl

    I used ash for most of the varnished wood bits on my First Mate with the exception of the spars and seats: tiller, rudder rod handle, cleats, rubrails, front coaming, and centerboard case cap. It...
  38. Re: Arts and Crafts: If you make stuff post it here

    Not sure about the use, but I love the style.
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    I'm not sure about the use, but I love the style.
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    I made a few toys for nephews this summer:
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    Re: Picture posting woes

    Test image
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  42. Re: Floatation foam blocks... anyway to coat them with...

    Rather than spend your time and money on a stop-gap method for a crumbling material, I would be spending some money on closed cell polyethylene sheet (pool noodle material). You can get enough...
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    Re: Tiller lock / clutch suggestions ?

    I've been very happy with my setup. I run a piece of nylon line from cleat to cleat, passing through an eye bolt mostly buried in a chunk of wood that I simply lashed to the tiller. A piece of waxed...
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    Re: Kurylko Alaska Capsize Test

    I use a piece of vb cord tied to the lifting rod and run to a clam cleat on the aft of the case to hold my board down in case of a capsize. It has more give than a pin in case I run aground, plus it...
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    Re: 14th Star: 18' Palmer Fantail Launch

    I learned this one from my dad. If the boat was being trailered, there was a toolbox in the back of the car, and a small box of tools stayed on the boat at all times.
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    Re: Melted lead vs lead shot in epoxy

    I bought 1lb lead ingots on ebay and epoxied them into my centerboard. They were easier than dealing with shot, and took up less space in the board. They stack together nicely and you can determine...
  47. Re: Building the revised Gorewood 16' Canoe - second attempt

    It's matryoshka canoes! Make sure you get a picture of peoples' faces when you pull up to the launch site and start pulling canoes out of canoes.
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    Re: Twenty years ago, I launched this boat.

    To my view this success is more an endorsement for using laminations rather than solid wood, and covering it all with epoxy and paint. You can't really throw it into the same group as carvel built in...
  49. Wave line theory and its role in hull design.

    Physics Today has a fairly lengthy article on wave line theory as a hull design principle in the mid 1800s, both with clippers and steamers, as well as the namesake of the America's Cup . I thought...
  50. Re: Flo mo's "Little Sailor" one sheet boat build

    But is it faster than a puddle duck?

    Really nice execution.
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