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    Re: Jay I need your advice on lettering

    I love your work Jay. I don't want to route it out. I want to carve it by hand. I want that authentic "imperfect" feel to it. I think I might make the name boards an mount them to the light boxes...
  2. Re: Charles W Morgan Restoration; A Volunteer's Perspective-1

    The boilers on the steam vessel I sailed in were oil fired. Took 4 hours minimum to raise steam from cold. Thermal shock is a bad thing for the boilers and the turbines so we always eased her up when...
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    Re: Jay I need your advice on lettering

    I imagine cleaning up the V grooves with a card scraper. Is that a bad idea? Poor form? Simply won't work? Or am I on the right track?
  4. Thread: Sierra Leone

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    Re: Sierra Leone

    They have nowhere to put bodies. Before we know it, there will be disease and illness spread from all the decomposing bodies they can't bury. State is thinking mass burials to keep that from...
  5. Thread: Wb 258

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    Re: Wb 258

    I've always pictured a WWII era RR Merlin in Baby Bootlegger rather than that WWI era Hispano Suisa. I wonder how she handles the extra weight. Performance increase much? I suspect there's about 5...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    There's something to be said about the old Japanese way of having your apprentice sharpen everything for the first 4 years of his apprenticeship eh?
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    Re: Jay I need your advice on lettering

    I've never carved anything and am contemplating chip carving the name. Is that a suitable way to do it or is there a better way? I envision simply pasting a computer print out of the letters then...
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    Re: a stuns'l thread for sailor

    Sweet shots. I saw Picton Castle last weekend. I've always liked her overall aesthetics but she's always had the feel of dirty grubby needs work to her when I go aboard. Funny, today I'm looking at...
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    Re: A Righteous Boathook, or Two

    Alex, I love that hook. What if one were to take a card scraper, scrape a little flat at the handle end then carve in the vessel's name on the flat. A spot of paint/gold leaf and it would look super...
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    Jay I need your advice on lettering

    I've been googling around a bit and can't find what I'm looking for. I want to carve a nameboard. Actually, her light boards. I think I want Times New Roman font. Black Eyed Susan in another...
  11. Re: Bernard Cornwell's "The Last Kingdom" series .

    I read the Sharpe series while deployed last year. They were good but reading them all back to back, or binge reading as the netflix crowd would say, they all tended to run into one another. It's...
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    Re: Boats Seen in Newfoundland

    Back in university, I dated a girl from Lord's Cove. Visited her folks out that way, stopping at Goobie's on the way. The bus ride was interminable but once we were there, it was fun. I spent about 6...
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    Re: A motorcycle service tale

    I took one of the scouts out for a test last year. It. Was. Amazballs. Power. Balance. Intuitive. Everything I want in a bike. The 60 is the same engine, just de-tuned. I took the full power bikes...
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    Re: Your first real tool?

    Maybe "welling" a tool is a good way to improve the edge holding quality of it? :D
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    Re: Good Book for Strip

    Don't let the project intimidate you. Each step is laid out in Canoecraft. As you progress, the tasks get more challenging but you're building on past skills all along. A few simple tools and you can...
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    Re: Good Book for Strip

    Canoecraft gets my vote as well. And if it's a 3, that's being generous. It's a VERY forgiving way to build a boat. Lots of room for errors to be hidden etc. I have my boat out and a large crack in...
  17. Re: What would your job be like without modern computers?

    I'd still stand bridge watches but without computers (modern ones, I know first world war battleships had the precursor to computers) we'd have lots more work to do on the radar to calculate CPAs for...
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    Re: Preparing teak for gold leaf...??

    What font did you use for Black Eyed Susan? I quite like it.
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    Re: Your first real tool?

    Now we won't let our kids play with butter knives so we don't set a bad example and they end up moving on to the hard stuff, like a sharp kitchen knife.
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Are you going to reach out and see about casting a second set of hardware for him? Might be able to do some "tradesies" for stuff he's got.
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    Re: New Member! Obtaining lumber for build?

    I know Bear Mountain Boats used to sell kits of strips all ready to go. Not sure if they still do. Also not sure if they ship south of the border to the US. They're based in Ontario, Peterborough I...
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    Re: when having a superyacht is not enough

    It looks to me more like the bridge was squashed down into the rest of the hull.
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    Re: eGrooming

    I as going to say that my favourite shave is from my little disposable bladed straight razor. Blades are dirt cheap, it will cut a swath through any 5 o'clock shadow, or 5 months worth of growth...
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    Re: Lead keel construction method

    Maybe I just follow the good brother's book and build her upright. At the size she is, turning the hull may be more trouble than working overhead to laminate her hull up.
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Tonight I made some little spacers to go between the parrel beads on the main gaff for the boat I plan to build. It will be a goo boat because I could never hope to match or even come half way to...
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    Re: Lead keel construction method

    The plans are purchased, the shape is fixed. I understand fully how adjusting ballast can have an affect on GM, transverse, longitudinal, ultimate and initial stability. I've studied it enough to...
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    Re: Build of my 34' Venus Ketch

    OK, I'm going out to the shop. The Catspaw's not going to build itself. :)
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    Re: Lead keel construction method

    The shape is chosen for me by the architect. That's not variable. I understand I'll be casting the scarf joints into the ends. I guess I envision large timber between the floors and lead as in a...
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    Re: Lead keel construction method

    I guess I like the idea of removing such a large expensive rot prone part. If it's not practical, I have some/will get some Black Locust that would suit just fine for the purpose of plank keel to...
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    Re: US Navy destroyer severey damage din collision

    I have zero experience on the bridge of a USN destroyer. I am a naval officer in the Canadian navy and I do have TONS of experience on the bridges of Canadian warships. We always have a radar...
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    Re: Bow-roof greenhouse foundation posts

    I disagree, he won't even notice. He'll be too busy building inside to notice a CM difference somewhere. It's not an office tower with 57 stories to it and a crooked floor. Get on with it and let's...
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    Re: Lead keel construction method

    The cutout hole could be cut after the keel is cast so the hole size matched to whatever size the casting comes out to. I'd make the casting to accommodate shrinkage of course. I don't imagine I'll...
  33. Thread: Nelson's eye

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    Nelson's eye

    I didn't see it yet but Nelson's eye is also known as an executive curl, the loop of gold braid on the uppermost ring on a naval officer's uniform.
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    Re: Bow-roof greenhouse foundation posts

    Can you not prop up the low parts if you're that worried? I'd say go ahead and build it, just like everyone else says. And have fun as Robert says. :)
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Now would be the time to do that, while you have it all open and exposed as it were.
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    Re: Lead keel construction method

    I have no intention of using ply Bob. Not a chance. I guess the reason I'd contemplate this is that flipping a boat with a lead keel that was built into it upside down is a bad idea. By adding the...
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    Re: Lead keel construction method

    NO, I'm suggesting that cast bronze floors would tie the frames (Laminated) into the lead keel with keel bolts as in any other classic traditional construction. Just that the wood between the floors...
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    Re: Lead keel construction method

    I thought the Ticonderoga models were usually without keel timbers, my mistake. Either way, the idea was used by LFH. As for your question Nick, what I envision is the same shape of keel that any...
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    Lead keel construction method

    LFH was an advocate of eliminating the largest, most rot prone and possibly the most challenging part to replace in a sailboat, the timber keel, and replacing it with the lead ballast keel. He...
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    Re: When you need only a little varnish

    I heard your advice and purchased the only can I could find. I still have it. I'll use it on my Catspaw once she's completed. Not sure there will be enough in a gallon can for enough coats on the...
  41. Thread: Teleportation

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    Re: Teleportation

    I guess his question remains relevant as real time communication between a mars rover and earth is still communication of information.
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    Re: Lead grade for casting keel

    I found a guy not TOO far from here who has from time to time found reclaimed lead from the sheathing of old communications wires going onto a local military base. he had some wheel weights and I...
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    Re: double ended boat decision

    Rosinante? I hear you can row her if you have a mind to. :D
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    Re: When you need only a little varnish

    So... Where'd ya get the Behr? I have a can, a single can left. It's a gallon can but still, just the one can..... Won't last me for ever though, that's for sure.
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Deck work. Giggedy giggedy!!
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    Re: Fresh cherry pie

    I planted a Bing cherry tree in my orchard about 11 years ago. This year was shaping up to be the first really nice crop of cherries. The tree was COVERED in them. Then a wind storm knocked the tree...
  47. Thread: Catspaw build.

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    Re: Catspaw build.

    My pictures were put up using shutterfly so they're still there. It's just the ones you put up that are missing. I'm sure I have them somewhere on my laptop. Just a matter of looking over the PDF of...
  48. Thread: Catspaw build.

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    Re: Catspaw build.

    I see a happy Morgan there. A Shellback towing astern. There's a wooden spar and rope stropped blocks though....... Where do they come from. Looks like a good day on the water if a little windless.
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    Re: Why don't we do this kind of stuff anymore

    I think one of the most impressive Chinese works is their plan to re-route a river to provide water to their northern inhabitants. I can't remember which river they were re-routing but it was one...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    4 pages... this could take some time. This thread is very much worth it. What about threads like casting your steering gear? Will you be looking at repairing them as well at some point? I shudder at...
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