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    Re: Mixing Stockholm Tar / Boat Soup

    From Pete Culler's article in "The Mariner's Catalog" (1973), p. 96, "Old Ways Work": "a gallon of boiled linseed oil, a pint of turps and a pint of pine tar, mixed, preferably when the oil is warm,...
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    Re: Ping Pong balls for flotation?

    Snagged this online. Vivier's Ilur construction steps from 2016.

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    So why not just use the polyethylene foam he recommends as being the best option? Also, you can see from the last...
  3. Re: Building Kurylko's "Alaska" with Speed-Strip?

    Gosh, you are right, good sir! I forgot that boats could simply not be built prior to the invention of stationary power tools! All those old paintings, drawings, and actual boats from BSPT? ...
  4. Re: WoodenBoat Sold to Matt Murphy and Andrew Breece

    47 years, oh my. Jon you deserve some time off! I remember when "the phone" was in a box nailed to a telephone pole and he had a bit of a hike to get to it! Back when the magazine was called "The...
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    Re: Learning to drive a stick

    I wanted my first car (right after college) to be a stick, but Dad was adamant I had to have something "modern." So....a used firebomb (i.e. Fort Pinto) it was. Automatic. When I got to California a...
  6. Re: Introduction: new in New England, getting going with building and sailing.

    Howdy lookfar and welcome to New England. Now that you're in Rhode Island, you're in a special corner of the region. Rhode Island clam chowder has no cream and no tomato. "Rhode Island System...
  7. Re: Building Kurylko's "Alaska" with Speed-Strip?

    Thanks, George! i posed the question b/c there is one mill in Fla licensed to produce Speed Strip (TM) by the British firm that invented it. Not to say they invented "tongue and groove" but the...
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    Re: Plywood Canoe Concept - Birchbark Style

    Back in the mid-90's I bought some plans for a tortured ply solo (double paddle) "Swamp Yankee" canoe that takes a different approach. Instead of copying birchbark, you end up with two 12 foot...
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    Re: Brightwork Advice for a Noob

    Lots of good advice here. Always nice to have pros lean in and give us some guidance! Just to note, West Marine and W.E.S.T. System epoxy are not related, although it sounds like West sells...
  10. Re: Building Kurylko's "Alaska" with Speed-Strip?

    My thought was that since speed strip can be had in the same dimensions as called out in the Alaska plans, plus the fact that the building instructions say there is no beveling required for the...
  11. Building Kurylko's "Alaska" with Speed-Strip?

    Perusing the forums here, it looks as though most Alaska builds have used the system the designer describes in his plans, and at least one builder went the lapstrake plywood route. I've been...
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    Re: Lowell's Surf Dory

    Hi Ben -- yes, fishing dories were their bread and butter, with the others as adjuncts I think. I had heard that Strawberry Banke got the patterns and whatever drawings there were. It may be that the...
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    Re: Lowell's Surf Dory

    Thanks for the responses, fellas! Gardner has quite a bit on dories in his "Traditional Small Craft..." book, but nary a mention of the word "Lowell." He focuses on Chaisson and Chamberlin, and I'd...
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    Lowell's Surf Dory

    Visited Lowell's Boat Shop recently and fell in lust with the 18-foot surf dory they have on display in the museum section. Gotta have one! I've heard that the original plans and patterns went to...
  15. Thread: Back!

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    Back!

    Decided to get back on the forum after a short hiatus: 18 years or so! A bit "howdy" to any who remember me from back then!
  16. Re: Wouldn't you have loved to have seen Obama's initial reaction to this?

    Oh Joe, please engage brain prior to operating mouth. Probably not a good idea to encourage people to just open their door when they're frightened and loose a charge of 12 gauge out into the world.
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    Re: America's World Class Beer

    In the pubs I visited in Ireland in '91 we were swooning over the way Guinness tasted in the homeland, while most of the young kids were drinking Bud. Bartenders told us that it was considered an...
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    Back.......

    It's been a long hiatus...

    Nice to see some "old" names still active. And all the new ones. Makes me happy to see there is still plenty of interest in wooden boats, and that forumites are as...
  19. Re: ripping lumber without table saw or circular saw

    Just to repeat what Brian Palmer said above...you can use a hand saw. People built boats before power tools were invented. Leave the line so you can plane down to it after sawing.
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    Apologies .......

    to those folks to whom I promised to send some study plans and drawings. I have your contact info hereabouts and the stuff will go out in the coming week. I have been away from the forum for about 10...
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    Re: Im a poppy again!!!!

    Congrats Wild Dingo mate!! I have been away for quite a long time and it is nice to see that you are posting. :D
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    Giving away some plans, catalogs

    Well, gang, I've got some family heirlooms here that I just can't keep any longer. I'm going to give them away. I'll even pay postage (but if you're half-way round the globe, a little help would be...
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    I hear you, Milo, and for all I know you may be...

    I hear you, Milo, and for all I know you may be correct. And maybe my trivia story really doesn't belong. Although BF Skinner would say that even verbalization is just behavior. What I was trying to...
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    And there in the background of WX' photo......so...

    And there in the background of WX' photo......so THAT'S where all the FEMA trailers intended for New Orleans went!!
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    Ish, I think you're closer to what I was...

    Ish, I think you're closer to what I was thinking. Id, ego, superego all that stuff. There's a filter on our thoughts and perhaps on our actions. In what I call a "moment of truth" that filter stops...
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    Moment of Truth

    A couple of times in my life I've begun to speak without conscious thought of what I was about to say. What came next were words of truth that I had never thought of before. It was a revelatory...
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    Goodbye, old boots....

    I've about decided to let my elderly Herman Survivors go. I got them in the summer of '73 after nearly freezing my toes off the winter before up in Maine. A friend I met there was from N. Conway, NH...
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    Thanks Rich, I'll give this a try.

    Thanks Rich, I'll give this a try.
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    Garage door opener in Honda Accord

    Hey gang,
    SWMBO has inherited a 1999 Honda Accord coupe. It has a button you can program to operate a built-in garage door opener. Unfortunately the late prior owner threw away the owner's manual....
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    Thanks, Lew. Not Meer's final chapter, because so...

    Thanks, Lew. Not Meer's final chapter, because so many of us have our memories of him.
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    My deepest sympathies. SWMBO just lost a beloved...

    My deepest sympathies. SWMBO just lost a beloved dog last week. While she was away. They are such an integral part of our lives and full of that great stuff: unconditional love. Try to remember her...
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    Thanks guys! All excellent suggestions. I wish I...

    Thanks guys! All excellent suggestions. I wish I had a photo to post of this stud/nut. You would hardly be able to recognize it for what it is, it is that badly battered. The nut is unrecognizable....
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    Well, as far as driving it out I should note that...

    Well, as far as driving it out I should note that the wheel is still on the car. It can't be removed because there is too much lug nut still in place. I had thought of the nut splitter but after...
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    Removing ruined lug nut

    An elderly neighbor of mine rounded off a lug nut trying to change his tire. He tried an assortment of monkey wrenches and pliers before resorting to a torch and then a drill and now a grinding disc...
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    Welcome back, Joe. Hope all's well and that it...

    Welcome back, Joe. Hope all's well and that it stays that way.
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    We recognize the difference between those who die...

    We recognize the difference between those who die in accidents or from disease and murdered innocents, as at VaTech. It is the contrast that makes the horror: one minute a kid is sitting in class...
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    Thanks for clarifying Bruce. I see from Ma...

    Thanks for clarifying Bruce. I see from Ma Meera's website that she is indeed going to be at the Henry F. Hall building on Maisonneuve. That makes it even closer to my two favorite hotels on Rue de...
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    Ish, if it's at the FC Smith auditorium, that's...

    Ish, if it's at the FC Smith auditorium, that's on Sherbrooke St West among a complex of Concordia U buildings. Here's a link to the site map:
    http://www.concordia.ca/about/maps/loyola.php
    ...
  39. Thread: 20,000

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    I agree 100%, this was a lowdown thing to do. My...

    I agree 100%, this was a lowdown thing to do. My attendance in the bilge has been spotty of late, so I can't claim to have followed every post Joe's put up (wow, 20k posts! That's a little more than...
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    Yup, it would be nice to have some bilge threads...

    Yup, it would be nice to have some bilge threads that are not related to religion or politics. Lemme work on that. You guys decompress a little, but don't go away, okay?
  41. Thread: Coyote!

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    We have small dogs (8 lbs each) and four cats....

    We have small dogs (8 lbs each) and four cats. Coyotes are around. Hear them singing frequently in the woods across the street. Saw one 25 feet from the back door a couple of years ago. It ran off...
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    I hate to inject the law into this discussion,...

    I hate to inject the law into this discussion, but here goes. Lew, Rick, where do you stand viz a viz probate? It is unfortunate that Meerkat did not execute a will. Title 11 of the Revised Code of...
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    See ya around, Meer. You're missed. Really....

    See ya around, Meer. You're missed. Really. Missed. Now we sit in a great circle around our electronic bonfire, a tribe bewailing the loss of one of our own; one with whom some of us had differences,...
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    Seems to me more likely that a sailor should...

    Seems to me more likely that a sailor should choose a straight if he plans to smoke the pipe while at sea. The straight advantage is that you can turn the pipe so the bowl is inverted to keep spray...
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    Sure Rick, I understand, and I had some qualms...

    Sure Rick, I understand, and I had some qualms about bringing this up now. I don't mean to sound as though I am trying to rush Meer along. Heck no. And it figures that you guys have a plan already. I...
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    Happy Birthday Ding!! And don't be too hard on...

    Happy Birthday Ding!! And don't be too hard on us, eh? WB did put a birthday blurb on the front page today!
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    Ah Meer, it's truly the end of a chapter here on...

    Ah Meer, it's truly the end of a chapter here on the woodenboat forum. Could always count on you for a comment or rejoinder. Best wishes, best wishes, peace be upon you.

    Lew and company, what will...
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    Thanks for the help guys, but it hasn't worked...

    Thanks for the help guys, but it hasn't worked out. I ran a search and I think found the files you mentioned, but they didn't seem to have any backup bookmark data in them, just links on how to use...
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    Help! Firefox bookmarks lost!

    This evening when I booted up Firefox I was more than dismayed to find that all of my bookmarks seem to be missing! This is a catastrophe for me. Can anyone advise on how I might be able to recover...
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    I've been off-forum for awhile and am shocked and...

    I've been off-forum for awhile and am shocked and saddened to return to find this latest news about our own Meercat. I miss his witty posts, even if I didn't always agree with him 100 per. Usually,...
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