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    Re: EU Regulations: Flotation

    I'm wondering about how anyone would find out.
    If you don't have a septic tank or if you empty your tank at sea, and the coast guard are nearby, you'd get busted.
    But the only case when anyone...
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    Re: Wire or synthetic standing rig?

    1. Split the wire in two parts enough for the eye + some
    2. Form the eye and make an overhand knot at the "head" of it
    3. Lay the left part of the split wire into the right part of the eye and vice...
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    Re: Wire or synthetic standing rig?

    No, continue towards the unspliced bit of the wire, away from the eye

    /Mats
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    Re: Wire or synthetic standing rig?

    I found a quote in another book by the Swedish rigging master Pille Repmakare, kind of a legend over here.
    I won't put in quotation marks since I'm translating.
    The Flemish eye has about 80% of the...
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    Re: Wire or synthetic standing rig?

    Something like that, the Flemish eye is weaker than splices, but I don't think either of the Liverpool or Crane splices are as strong as 100% of the wire, my guess would be perhaps 90%. I think there...
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    Re: EU Regulations: Flotation

    OK, so it's the design date not the launch date that matters.
    At my school 99% of the students (that build new boats, some restore old ones) build boats based on old boats, yes, but I wouldn't call...
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    Re: Great Video - SognaFaering

    There is a popular story around here that goes something like
    First I saw, then I use the drawknife, and finally I use the handplane. Then the master comes and perfects it with his axe.

    /Mats
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    Re: EU Regulations: Flotation

    I've heard of this regulation before and it confuses me...
    Does it apply to all kinds of boats? What is the punishment?
    I was never informed about it during my studies at a boat building school,...
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    Re: Wire or synthetic standing rig?

    I should add that the Liverpool Splice is much quicker, but in my experience much harder to get even.
    I have heard the Crane Splice being called an Admirality Splice and an Australian Splice as...
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    Re: Wire or synthetic standing rig?

    There are basically two ways of splicing wire, not counting the Flemish Eye:

    The Liverpool Splice where you spiral the strands being tucked in around "their" strand, ie you can make a tuck, move...
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    Re: Wire or synthetic standing rig?

    Dyneema is not hard to splice, I'd say it's MUCH easier than wire rope.
    It is a good material, but not very UV-resistant, so you may want to serve it.
    All materials and techniques has ther pros and...
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    Re: Wire or synthetic standing rig?

    Yes, a fact that is usually not mentioned when talking about stainless steel is that it is usually impossible to tell when it's closing up on its best before date, it looks perfectly fine and then it...
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    Re: Great Video - SognaFaering

    Lovely!
    While completely different, it kinda reminded me of this Swedish build from early 70ties.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o4Ilg2LICM

    /Mats
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    Re: Wire or synthetic standing rig?

    +1 on galved wire, it's what I have on my boat ;)
    I served the splices (I used crane splices, but I guess flemish eyes would work too, especially if served, which is good practice anyways).
    Before...
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    Re: Keel protection for row boat

    You could glue on a strip of solid wood, and either treat it as a sacrificial piece that gets replaced after too much wear or screw the brass thing onto that.

    /Mats
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    Re: Roping detail: Rat's tail

    Thanks, all clear now.

    /Mats
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    Re: Roping detail: Rat's tail

    Thank's Todd, would you be kind enough to explain why a sharp corner is bad?
    I have seen staysails or jibs with much sharper corners that seems to have had worked fine.

    /Mats
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    Re: Roping detail: Rat's tail

    Would it be too much to ask for a reply, Todd?

    /Mats
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    Re: Roping detail: Rat's tail

    It's the downhaul corner of a lug topsail, a little bit larger than one square meter, 1.2-1.3 perhaps. Light wind sail.
    I could do it like your first example if that would be better.

    /Mats
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    Re: Roping detail: Rat's tail

    Oh, is that a problem?
    I would think the ring will be something like this
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    /Mats
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    Re: Roping detail: Rat's tail

    And sewn into place. I seem to always get a bit of deformation near the tip of the tail, but my experience is that it will work itself out after some use.
    At the tip of the tail I go around the...
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    Re: Roping detail: Rat's tail

    Thanks guys!

    I should add that if I scrape the yarns with a knife, I finish by going over them with a couple of strokes with a steel brush to take away any unevenness left.
    This is taken directly...
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    Re: Roping detail: Rat's tail

    I twist and wax the strand againn, then i tie it up so it won't be in the way when I work with the rest....
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    Roping detail: Rat's tail

    It seems I am starting to get a hang on this moment now; I am not an expert, but I decided to document the process I use.
    Todd and others are welcome to point out if I am doing somthing wrong; this...
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    Re: Scarph vs motive and tenon

    Loose tenons provides strenght.
    Biscuits, in any way I've seen them, do not.

    What I'd typically do when joining two boards is cut a groove in the center of both boards where they are to be glued...
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    Re: Scarph vs motive and tenon

    And biscuits are a whole another animal.
    Biscuits are used to align two boards being glued together. The whole glue power is between the two boards, the biscuit has no holding force to talk of....
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    Re: Scarph vs motive and tenon

    I think that the M/T joints are used excusively for joining end grain into flat grain if you wish; never to join end grain onto endgrain, even in cabintry making. It's just not a good joint for that....
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    Re: Scarph vs motive and tenon

    Loose tenons of the same material as the pieces joined together will be almost as strong as a real M/T joint; but all glue lines may fail eventually and you have twice as many of them.
    But consider...
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    Re: Sail Butchering: Tenderloin or Brisket?

    Todd, I have said this before, but I suspect we agree in more ways than you understand.
    And my respect for your knowledge is immense.

    /Mats
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    Re: Sail Butchering: Tenderloin or Brisket?

    There are some aspects here.
    Are you trying to become a sailmaker?
    Are you trying to get an as cheap as it gets sail?
    Do you want a decent sail for a low cost?

    I guess it's the last, and then a...
  31. Re: How to glue cracks closed while wood is swollen.

    One way is to cut out more wood around the crack, making it a recangular or so shape; then glue in a piece of wood made to fit snuggly in the space.

    /Mats
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    Re: Homemade tools and knives.

    If a dittybag qualifies. The one farest away was my first assignment as a riggers aprentice, the one closest to the camera was made for a customer. ...
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    Re: Homemade tools and knives.

    I've shown my riggers bench before, it's inspired by a 19th c model still at use at my work. I'm particularly happy with the half-blind dovetails on the drawer, the first time I tried to make this...
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    Re: Marlinspike Seamanship for Non-Sailors

    Edit: Non-sailors will think it looks salty, sailors will think it looks tacky.

    /Mats
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    Re: Marlinspike Seamanship for Non-Sailors

    Agreed. The marlinspike is for tough dimensions, you'll kind of have to look into things like stairs and bigger projects with an industrial/maritime look to find uses...
    A much more useful tool for...
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    Re: wrinkling varnish

    I've heard this can happen with linseed oil paint, but never had it happen to me. Perhaps a combination of impatience and a bit too thick layers is the way to not go?
    I was taught 40 years ago or so...
  37. Re: Canoe designs of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest

    That's how it was done over here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW7BdhOZZ_c but we don't have the diameters you have.

    /Mats
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    Re: To broadseam or not to broadseam

    To be clear, the "rundsöm" I was refering to as weak looks something like this
    15700
    where the straight lines are the cloths and the round symbolize the stitch.

    /Mats
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    Re: Repurpose gaff sail as balanced lug?

    I guess I meant tension (or what tension would result in regarding the curve of the luff) rather than stretch.

    /Mats
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    Re: To broadseam or not to broadseam

    Looking at the pic again, it kind of (but not really) looks like the way they used to sew sails in the 16th c here. That seam is called "rullsöm" (rolled seam) and is very weak, but some literature...
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    Re: To broadseam or not to broadseam

    I've found a sail with BS now. It is very easy to see because of, apart from the wider seams, the (in this case) red thread near the edges of the cloth.
    That sail was made by a sailmaking company in...
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    Re: Repurpose gaff sail as balanced lug?

    If anything, that would prevent the little stretch you could get, thus making the problem larger.

    /Mats
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    Re: Rope fender material

    I prefer Manilla. Coir is said to have a tendency to scratch the topsides. The ones I made from Coir was used on a plastic boat so I don't really know how scratch they are on a varnished surface.
    I...
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    Re: To broadseam or not to broadseam

    I could add that the practice of putting each other stitch outside the folded material was ditched pretty much simultaneously all across Sweden, around 1920 if memory serves me right.

    /Mats
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    Re: To broadseam or not to broadseam

    Do or don't, I was taught to do it like this (upper part), it makes it the same amount of layers as the false seams necessary when wider cloth is used than the wanted panel width.
    I am pretty sure...
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    Re: To broadseam or not to broadseam

    If the BS was cut, hemming would be needed, I don't think the edges are hemmed.

    I believe that the sailmakers were not familiar with lug sails, since they are/were very uncommon here.

    I...
  47. Re: Restoring a 20 ft. Nordlandsbåt. Traditional row and sail from northern Norway.

    Stainless steel seems to make galvanized goods rust when they are in contact.
    Scaraborgcraft: I had the stainless steel eyebolts laying around. I may swap them for galvanized in the future but not...
  48. Re: Restoring a 20 ft. Nordlandsbåt. Traditional row and sail from northern Norway.

    Also, is that stainless steel thimbles and galvanized wire?

    /Mats
  49. Re: Restoring a 20 ft. Nordlandsbåt. Traditional row and sail from northern Norway.

    Looks like the serving isn't too tightly done?
    I think the tallow may melt away when the weather is hot, I used a mix of zinc white pigment and paraphine oil underneath the parceling on my shroud...
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    Re: To broadseam or not to broadseam

    Not entirely sure what you are trying to say.
    To be clear: I'm in charge of the sails being made, I will not be making them. (I may end up doing the roping in the end, since I have more experience...
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