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  1. Re: Halman 20, and adding glass coat to BWL hull

    That was a very cool little boat. I bought it trashed on the trailer for $800 and started a massive repair/restoration job out in my driveway. It's the only one I've ever done where strangers were...
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    Re: Building the Wabnaki 16' Strip Canoe

    I don't think I have any photos of it, but it is available here:
    Style #4580, $26 per yard, 40" wide
    http://sweetcomposites.com/Kevlar.html

    It looks like gold-ish chamois shirt fabric and is...
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    Re: Building the Wabnaki 16' Strip Canoe

    With 6 oz. cloth we would generally cut the main cloth as close as we could get to the stem without trying to wrap it around and then use two layers of bias strips over the stem both inside and out....
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    Re: Building the Wabnaki 16' Strip Canoe

    It is a tan powder that you mix with water until it's about like pancake batter.
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    Re: Building the Wabnaki 16' Strip Canoe

    You may find that Gorilla Glue is tremendously obnoxious for stripping. Most folks are using something like Tightbond. My choice has always been Weldwood - good gap filling and sands very cleanly.
  6. Re: Halman 20, and adding glass coat to BWL hull

    You don't need glass cloth, and its addition wouldn't really do anything for the boat. I had a Nordica for a while (a smaller cousin of the Halman 20). It had been owned by a very old couple and...
  7. Re: If a Grumman canoe and a MacGregor sailing canoe got married and had a kid

    Yes, those are cut flat.
  8. Re: Attaching foam flotation to the sides?

    That would also work.
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    Re: Blue Canoe

    Looks like you're doing quite well Ian, and having a lot of fun. It made me wonder how it would do in that mode with a moderate reduction in sail area (maybe down to 55-60 sq. ft. or so) allowing you...
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    Re: Epoxy Mayday

    That's pretty much been my thought since post #1. If it were mine, I certainly wouldn't hesitate to call the tech line, and I've never had trouble getting a straight answer from those guys, but if...
  11. Re: Attaching foam flotation to the sides?

    This is the way our old one was done. In 1980 I was selling canoes and bought my dad a Lincoln 14' "Sportsman's Special" canoe (extra wide, fiberglass with ethafoam sponsons attached along the sides...
  12. Re: Attaching foam flotation to the sides?

    Rigid vinyl is somewhat flexible, but is not soft. There is one of these canoes sitting in the loft above my garage at the moment that was built about 1985. The structure is solid enough and strong...
  13. Re: Shortening Carbon-Fiber Wing Paddle ?

    Swix makes hot glue sticks for attaching grips and baskets to composite ski poles. It might be better quality than the typical hardware store stuff, which often tends to exhibit some creep if...
  14. Re: Attaching foam flotation to the sides?

    That would be pretty unusual from what I've seen over the years. If it's foam-cored, it is closed cell. When have you seen examples of such water entering the weave? I've seen a lot of composite...
  15. Re: Attaching foam flotation to the sides?

    All this stuff has been done before on production canoes, though apparently not by the guys who produced your canoe. :)

    Standard method for the attachment of foam bumpers is usually to use pan...
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    Re: Advice on ply/glass thickness

    A "mil" over here is 1/1000 of an inch. A ten mil thick coating of epoxy resin is nearly always going to be the product of multiple coats of resin. It may be anywhere from two heavy coats rolled on...
  17. Re: Best way to do multiple layers of sheatihng?

    Seems like a very strange hull to need a full layer of Xynole for "abrasion resistance" greater than that which fiberglass alone will provide - especially when glass/synthetic layering often tends to...
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    Re: Advice on ply/glass thickness

    My personal view on the whole CPES and diluted epoxy resin thing is that it is mostly bunk. Epoxy resin doesn't need to penetrate deeply to do the job (and do it better) and diluting real resin with...
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    Re: external chines

    Most of the wooden drift boats have external wooden chines for rock protection and they don't look too bad.
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    Re: Advice on ply/glass thickness

    Don't tell anybody I said so, but that's one place where I might seriously think about using CPES, followed by paint or varnish. The long term bendability (or not) is still kind of a question, but I...
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    Re: Advice on ply/glass thickness

    Yep, that's quite a bit of bend. In the fiberglass ski business they used to tell us that every time a ski flexes some of the fibers get destroyed (broken or stretched beyond their recovery point)...
  22. Re: A question for the pilots here about float planes

    I always figured seaplanes would be VFR day only, but I guess not. Sounds pretty risky to me when you may not be able to see who or what might be down there. Judging your altitude when flying low...
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    Re: Advice on ply/glass thickness

    Ballistic nylon gets its ability to keep water out from being polyurethane coated. The coatings don't tend to tolerate being flexed back and forth in the same places and stretched much. Kevlar 49...
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    David, Do you have any photos of strip canoes that you have repaired? Maybe some before and after shots, or similar? I'm most interested in those with rotten spots in the core and how you repaired...
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    Micmac plans are included (full sized) with David Hazen's book "The Stripper's Guide to Canoe building". Hazen's design is was reported to be a modified version of one of the old Minnesota Canoe...
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    There are a couple people who frequently build rib and plank canoes without a permanent form, hand clinching the tacks, rather than relying on the steel bands on the form to do it as the tacks are...
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    Re: Need a deck

    A couple things........

    If you want to attach a wooden thwart to a canoe gunwale like this, the best way is probably to do it the way Lincoln Canoes has been doing it for decades. You make some...
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    That's pretty obvious. Probably never been in one either, but naturally you know all about what makes them tick........



    I don't believe I "assumed" that at all, I simply said that if you want...
  29. Re: for those who think semi autos shoot too fast

    Personally, I've never seen much value in shooting targets that are so close that you could just throw your gun and hit them.
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    Not when you're dealing with a core that needs to be kept dry. How long have you been building strippers?
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    My gripe with 2x4 stock is that the rounded corners can waste a lot of material, plus they probably get the most careless handling. If your saw system is set up to clean them up fairly easily, I have...
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    We're not talking about your typical minor ding. In order to get water into the core you must first either break, puncture or abrade away the sheathing, all of which are possible, but seldom the...
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    If you get water into the core of a stripper (or any wood-cored canoe construction, Old Town was building balsa-cored fiberglass canoes as far back as 1969 or so) and don't fix the problem pronto, it...
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    Statements like this one are totally off base and have virtually nothing to do with building strippers, as anyone who has actually ever built one is well aware.



    The glass on a stripper is...
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    Re: Jibs for Loose Footed Spritsail

    Yeah, but there are options. First of all you can actually hollow the leech of a jib as needed, and where needed, to get past spreaders, sprits, etc. without really diminishing its performance much...
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    Some of it also depends on your methods of stripping. We always built with square-edged strips, straight off the saw. We used the "football method" where the bottom was stripped up first as a big...
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    Unfortunately on a wooden boatbuilding forum, this really isn't true. The core material is so minimal in the grand scheme of things that you can build a similar boat using various types of foam,...
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    Re: barrier coats/paints

    "Cold Molding" generally denotes a construction made of veneer layers glued together with epoxy and then either glass-sheathed or coated with epoxy resin (which is it's own barrier coat of sorts,...
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    Re: Cheap Strip Canoe...2x4s?

    (1) forget 2x4s and use 1x lumber. You'll waste a lot less wood and making decent strips will be easier.
    (2) Bead and cove is fine, but it certainly is not required and you can save the cost of the...
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    Re: Official cocktail of the WBF

    http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag153/ToddBradshaw/assorted/op_zpsum0zkmne.jpg

    In a Glencairn nosing glass with just a few drops of water to open it up.
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    Re: radiology test

    I had one last week that I really wasn't looking forward to (being pretty claustrophobic) but for some strange reason I didn't have any problems. Yes, it was really loud, and the roof was so close to...
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    Re: 50 years ago today

    I was at their Chicago White Sox Park concert in August of 1965. They had Vox Grenadier speaker columns, each with four 12" speakers as I remember, lined up all along the foul lines - but you still...
  43. Re: If a Grumman canoe and a MacGregor sailing canoe got married and had a kid

    This is one I built for our Sunfish in 1982 or so. I also built a tri-radial nylon drifter in similar colors for our trimaran around 2000. My sister's son is now an officer in the Marine Corps,...
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    Re: Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match

    The rear triggers are set triggers. When you pull the set trigger there is a click as some linkage is engaged and it activates the forward trigger, which is set very lightly. Then you just barely...
  45. Re: If a Grumman canoe and a MacGregor sailing canoe got married and had a kid

    I kind of enjoy the strange and unusual. The hardest sail of all to convince me to build for you is a plain, boring white one.

    I knew a guy back when I lived in Illinois who had what was...
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    Re: Carbonfiber Canoe repair

    What he said. By the time you rebuild it substantially enough to actually work (which is far more than you have outlined in your plan) it will no longer be very light, no longer be very strong, have...
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    Re: Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match

    Quigley. Pretty well done, though they dubbed in a silly deep sound effect whenever he opens the breech. In reality it's more like a small click. Somebody on one of the forums once did some...
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    Re: Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match

    Mine as well. I have a loading block for the .32 that holds 14 patched roundballs and for casual shooting without cleaning between shots, once you get to about shot #10, it's starting to get pretty...
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    Re: Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match

    This is a 44-40 BP cartridge (205 grain bullet weight) at left. It's just a bit bigger in diameter than your '73 would shoot. Note the flat nose to keep the stacked bullets in the spring loaded...
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    Re: Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match

    Your '73 would qualify if you actually use black powder in the brass cartridges. The ones you rip open with your teeth would not, that's just a fast way to measure powder for muzzle loaders. Quigley...
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