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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    Reposting this cool drone video of MAKOTO on White Slough last summer. Shows a nice view of the Delta too!


    http://www.mv-makoto.com/makoto/Makoto.mp4

    Cheers,

    Scott
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    The fact that you don't have shore power should insulate you (no pun intended!) from the vagaries of the marina power system. With no ground path, the boat is just like a bird sitting on a high...
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    While this doesn't apply if you don't have shore power, for those who do, I HIGHLY recommend using a marine AC panel. These have double main breakers (so the "neutral" and "line" (white and black) AC...
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    I knew what you meant!!
    :p
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    Yes, it is an element of the shore power setup.

    I am surprised that you are having such bad zinc issues if you have no shore power hookup. Normally these issues are due to currents between the...
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    To clarify: The galvanic isolator goes on the GROUND circuit between the shore power and the AC on the boat (which usually includes the battery charger.

    It looks like this:
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    Well, it's been a while...

    Super busy year. Susan has been working on her Doctorate in Education, and I have been really busy with work.

    We did manage to finally get the hull painted though!
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    The issue with galvanic corrosion here is not the DC resistance of the AC side of the charger to the DC side. It is an issue of the GROUND. As Favorite noted, the first stage in the charger is a...
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    Jim; Not sure if this is an issue, but the Thru Hulls have a straight thread, and the seacocks have tapered thread. It is a common mistake to mix them. You are actually supposed to use an adapter...
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    Re: Galvanic corrosion

    Salt water can easily be electrolyzed in to NaOH.

    https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Sodium-Hydroxide-Chemically

    The NaOH will then attack the lignin in the woodland destroy the boat.

    Now, this...
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    Re: Galvanic corrosion

    Looks to me, from your graph that you would e best off using only silver screws. :d
    Yeah, and who said boating was an expensive hobby?!!
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    Re: Restoring a 1948 Stephens Motor Yacht

    Hey Leo;

    Any progress? Rusty Arieas was out at the marina the other day, and said it didmd;t look like much was being done on the boat. Concerned....

    Let us know what's up?

    Scott
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    Re: Damaged Oak Chair - Can it be fixed?

    I second that. An yeah, those chairs don't look well made or expensive...
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    Re: Building Another Barge?

    Sorry. I wasn't clear.

    The existing roof is 12.5 feet between walls. The eaves go out an additional 18 inches on both sides for a total span of just under 16 feet.

    One issue is that the eaves...
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    Great to see you out on the water using the boat the way she was intended to be used!!

    S
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    Pat Pending heading off

    http://www.mv-makoto.com/makoto/IMG_2632a.jpg

    L-R MAKOTO, SeaBreeze, SKAL

    http://www.mv-makoto.com/makoto/IMG_2950a.jpg

    Pat Pending Underway!
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    Got the boat sorted out. New parts in, runs fine, no leaks. Glad that didn't come apart while I was underway!!

    Spent a delightful Labor Day weekend out at the Island with bunch of other classics. ...
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    Hi Per,

    Scott Andrews here (not sure if you would recognize my WBF name)

    Breakaway's link looks good.

    Alternatively, I suspect you might be able to have some made. Here's an example:
    ...
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    Re: Building Another Barge?

    Hi Walt;

    Great thread! Amazing level of craftsmanship !

    One of the interesting things I learned when building a new aft canopy for MAKOTO was that if the rib curvature is the same, then you...
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    Re: Restoration of a 1935 Richardson Cruisabout

    I have a small Tupperware container with teak dust for filling joints. Works a charm!

    Stain first, then seal.
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    Re: Restoration of a 1935 Richardson Cruisabout

    CPES will basically turnt he wood into plastic. So varnishing is sort of a process of laying varnish over plastic. There will be no oil uptake by the varnish. Sealer is less dramatic. From my...
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    Re: Restoration of a 1935 Richardson Cruisabout

    Sweet! Love the arm dust!!
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    So, I got the replacement oil cooler cover, and went out to the boat today to swap it out. Here is the old one. The housing is bronze. The new one comes with 1/2 BSST hose barbs that screw in.
    ...
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    Re: Restoration of a 1935 Richardson Cruisabout

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairlead


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawsehole
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Very clever! And I can see that this will yield very consistent radii on the scupper holes. That would be difficult to do cutting them by some other means, and would take a lot of work to get as...
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    Re: Lining up screw slots

    Hey! On the one hand I resent that remark!
    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?130511-Restoring-a-1929-Stephens-Cruiser/page36

    And on the other I represent that remark!...
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    Re: Restoration of a 1935 Richardson Cruisabout

    I second the concern about the brown filler. It cures hard a s a rock and then as the boat flexes, it cracks, leaks, and falls out. Useless.

    While not for seams, I saw an interesting bedding...
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    Re: Hypoid saw question

    I think we should go back to the cylindroidal-pinnate gear for saws... If I recall my prehistory properly, this gear was invented by Graghh, son of Urghgg, and father of Arfugx while he was...
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    Re: Restoration of a 1935 Richardson Cruisabout

    I second that! My boat had originally had a diesel heater, back in the mists of time. When I started her restoration the first thing I did was open up the bilges under the galley. Apparently this is...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    My intuition tells me that no, there is no relationship between the slot and the screw spiral. Thus clearly for championship wood butchering, we do need some sort of gauge so we can measure this, and...
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    Re: Delta Shanty Boat Transformation

    Missed this earlier.

    There is an ice machine, but no ice cream or bar (unless you mean at 6 PM, when whoever is there sets up the impromptu serve yourself bar..

    I'll ask about the snow man.....
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    Re: Restoration of a 1935 Richardson Cruisabout

    Slow cooker makes sense...

    We got a great electric kettle that will boil a liter or so of water in about 5 mins. We use a thermal coffee pot with e trio filter for coffee. Done. For other cooking...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Wait, What? Not without some treatise on the relationship between screw size and length, the corresponding number of turns from start to finish, the offset angle of the thread spiral to the head...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Damn. Here I thought you had a special jig to position the screw at just the right rotational orientation so that the head would line up perfectly, just and the screw torque reached the desired...
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    Re: Restoration of a 1935 Richardson Cruisabout

    In 100 years food will be a virtual experience, so you will not need a stove!

    Seriously, after ripping out some features that I thought would be essential, I have learned.. get the important...
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    We changed out that silly exhaust elbow for a custom one.

    http://www.mv-makoto.com/makoto/IMG_1613a.jpg
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    I was able to find the part from the local Yanmar dealer. The only real issue I have with Yanmar is that not all dealers have online stores. That means (and I can imagine for Jim up in AK, this could...
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    Well, I spent several hours in the heat out at the boat. Removed the extraneous wiring for the automatic charging relays (ACRs). Having looked at that, I suspect that may have been the root cause of...
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    Re: Delta Shanty Boat Transformation

    Yeah, I was thinking maybe 1/2 inch copper, to be sure the rain noise is minimized. :D

    Interesting about spring curving. Might work. I might get a long piece of galvalume to see if that can fit...
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    Re: Delta Shanty Boat Transformation

    Thanks! WE have a floating work platform we can use. It isn't very stable, So, I am not sure how useful it will be. There is a dock on one side. So, getting not he roof is not an issue
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    Re: Delta Shanty Boat Transformation

    Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. True Shanty style, while still being functional. A full-on architectural metal roof would have been a bit too fancy.

    The other benefit is that I think I can get...
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    Re: Delta Shanty Boat Transformation

    Well, you can do it with a really long ladder that has mud feet on the bottom... :d

    Or maybe using a balloon suspended scaffold! Yeah that's the ticket!....:d

    I plan to do it from the top....
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    Re: Delta Shanty Boat Transformation

    Good questions. It does NOT have to be a house roof. I am now leaning toward a curved corrugated steel roof, since that is what the other buildings at the Island have. I have also considered the...
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    Thanks. yeah, I am suspecting a bad solenoid. Corroded and/or tired. The engine ground is a big fat wire (#2?) from the battery to the engine, so I think that's probably OK. I should check the...
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    I would love to take MAKOTO up to the PNW sometime. Probably not going to happen, but I may charter a boat up there sometime. Cruising the delta has its own appeal. It is not open water cruising, but...
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    Oh Yeah Baybeeee!!!!!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2HBdRCroks
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    Re: Restoring a 1929 Stephens Cruiser

    Hey PC. Nice to see you.

    Yeah, when we had her out of the water at Rutherford's you could see daylight through that seam. As I recall it was just forward of the main bulkhead , starboard side...
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    Re: Delta Shanty Boat Transformation

    That's like $2M worth of copper scrap!
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    Re: Delta Shanty Boat Transformation

    Looks like there are a number of metal roofing companies that do curved roofs, so I am going mohave a look at that.
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    Re: Delta Shanty Boat Transformation

    Yeah, good point. My house roof, which must be 2000 SF was about $35K, and that included removing the old tile roof, re-sheathing, and then doing the entire standing seam roof and gutters. By that...
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