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    Re: Oar handles too small?

    Is it possible that they were shaped to use rubber grips?

    https://www.concept2.com/oars/oar-options/handles-and-grips/scull-grip-options
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Good thought! There is plenty of space for the compressor unit so airflow isn't a huge issue, but a fan would definitely help.




    That is a little less than what I would pay for the equivalent...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Yes, Tory regularly saves me from myself. My tendency is to just start all the projects in the vague anticipation that the time will just materialize. Which it never does… Planning is a good thing.
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Slowly making progress on stripping the paint and varnish off of the runabout...

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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    It's always a joy to see Amazon and her crew pop up here Jim. I'm looking forward to hearing about this summer's adventures!
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Made some progress on the Whirlwind today. I took Tim's advice and covered the paint stripper with plastic for the next pass...

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    Re: There's Got to be an Easier Way...

    Per this thread:

    https://chris-craft.org/discussion/viewtopic.php?t=9905

    "You have to remove either the flywheel or starter to get the belt off/on on most Chris-Craft engines."

    Given the...
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    Ah, coelcanth now that SRX photo brings back memories! Yours looks very well kept - I'm envious.

    After the awful CB500T finally died I bought a new SRX600 from a dealer in Baltimore. It's still...
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    Re: Tablet for navigation

    I do have an iOS nav app as backup as well. I'm using iNavX but I'm thinking I will upgrade to Navionics. We also have a local wi-fi NMEA data feed on Skookum Maru using this interface:
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    Re: Tablet for navigation

    I use OpenCpn on a Surface tablet and have been happy with it but everything depends on how you will use it, what boat, what region, what conditions, etc. I wouldn’t trust my setup off shore, or for...
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    Re: Whatever happened to The James?

    Sounds like you are living your best life James. I'm happy for you! Don't forget about the rest of us back here in the cold and rainy PNW...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Thanks! And yes that's the Mercedes 250c in the background. I would definitely describe it as a tank. A tank in evening dress perhaps. It was very elegant in silver with a dark red interior. Here's a...
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    I'd definitely recommend it for that purpose Rob. Good luck with the portlights!



    Ha - I never would have thought of just squoozing it on with my hands. I'll try it next time. How long could...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Per Tim's recommendation I stopped at the local hardware store and picked up some soy gel stripper on the way to the shop this morning.
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Thanks Tim. I've tried gel stripper in the past and was not a fan of the mess, but for this job it might be the right choice. Worth a try.
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    Cheers Mike. The thing I forgot to say is that I have learned, and continue to learn, a tremendous amount from all the real craftspeople here. I will likely never need to make a Spitfire-foil...
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    Thanks Garret and Rick. Yes, I agree that paint is the right idea here. I spent some time looking at photos of small utility runabouts and there are plenty with painted interiors that look very nice,...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Back to work on the Whirlwind today.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52122741124_01cd573826_b.jpg

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52121469637_1a07d4a678_b.jpg

    A journey of a thousand...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Ha! No, just a photo bomb from a random dog. Ours are Addie

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52110253717_a7458c3e81_b.jpg

    and Scout
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Since I think Jim is right, and the thread seal tape I used is not rated for diesel, the fuel line needs to come entirely apart anyway. But it's not something I felt like dealing with today, so...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Well hm. I think I knew that? Not sure why it didn’t occur to me before. Ok then.
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Ah... good question Garret. But yes, both the old and new valves are rated for oil and gas. This is the one that is installed now:
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    She really is Paul. Big enough for all of us but quite light and she tows easily.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51384250789_94fbcb8538_b.jpg

    I wasn't sure about managing a tender this...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    The list of boat projects is long and getting longer, as it tends to do, but one has to start somewhere.

    The Whirlwind runabout we used as a tender last year did a great job of hauling three...
  25. Re: TOLA. Seaborn, Blanchard, Sistership is WE'RE HERE

    We're Here is now Arroyo, and she is in great shape after extensive work over several decades by the current owner. I took this photo of her hauled out next to Skookum Maru in 2020.
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  26. Re: TOLA. Seaborn, Blanchard, Sistership is WE'RE HERE

    Just saw a post on Facebook claiming that Tola was cut up recently, with a photo to prove it. Looks like it was taken in South Park, where many old boats have gone to die (I should know).
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    Re: Lunch Hook what do you use?

    With the power windlass on Skookum Maru I’ve never found a need for a lunch hook, but we had a Fortress some years ago on a boat with no windlass at all and found it to be very useful and easy to...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Thanks Garret. It sure does. I don't know how this year is almost half gone already.
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Just came back here after an extended absence and realized that I have not posted since the end of last year. Business travel and raising a kid and other projects have been taking all of my time. But...
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    Re: Epoxy fairing filler

    I see what you did there Bruce...
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    Re: Neptune wood boat stove Part wanted

    I found some photos of the one I have and it turns out that it does have the round lid. It's actually a diesel version but the top should be identical. You can see photos of it here from before I...
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    Re: Neptune wood boat stove Part wanted

    I have a complete Neptune A-1 in pieces but I'm pretty sure it has the solid top. I'll take a look though.
  33. Re: 26’ Lyle Hess Cutter in Oak Harbor, WA needs to be saved!

    Absolutely! Now I want a boatyard with a used bookstore attached. And a coffee shop.
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    Child of the Sea

    I wrote this a couple of years ago and some here may have read it already, but I thought it worth sharing given the comments about the magic of old boat yards on the Lyle Hess Cutter thread.


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    Re: Happy New Year

    Happy New Year Tim!
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    Re: Garret is BROTM for January…

    Hey, well that's a fine turn of events! Might even get me to venture below decks a bit....
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Well, let's see... That's a 30' slip at Shilshole, or around $500/month with insurance. Add in a few thousand for maintenance and it's $10k a year without trying very hard. Not exactly an inexpensive...
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    Ha! It's only a problem if I act on it Hugh. An imaginary list is one thing. Actually acquiring new boats is another thing entirely. I've had the experience of owning more than one large boat at a...
  39. Re: 26’ Lyle Hess Cutter in Oak Harbor, WA needs to be saved!

    A little digging turned up this similar boat that sold for $19k CAD (or less - I expect that was the asking price) or about $15k USD. That seems like a more realistic range if the fasteners are sound...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Yes, that was my reaction too. Pretty boat. Given the current weather in Seattle, the Sardine wood stove down below makes me think of sitting at anchor on a winter day with a good book and a cup of...
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    Re: Re-building my Ketch Tonga (1960)

    Hey Dody, I saw your question about glassing the deck on Greg's thread. Just to add to his response, his plan is exactly how we glassed the decks and cabin sides on Perihelion.
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    Re: Schooner ELBE 5 ex-WANDER BIRD Sunk

    Well, Henning is German so it helps to do some searching in that language. Apparently a "bullenstander" is a gybe preventer.

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullenstander
  43. Re: 26’ Lyle Hess Cutter in Oak Harbor, WA needs to be saved!

    All very true. My personal approach has always been that most wooden boats have little or no monetary value. The purchase price, whatever it may be, is simply the ante that we pay for the privilege...
  44. Re: 26’ Lyle Hess Cutter in Oak Harbor, WA needs to be saved!

    Pretty much. Reminds me of the Ted Geary-designed fantail yacht Creole. Within the last decade or two she was a million dollar boat.
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  45. Re: 26’ Lyle Hess Cutter in Oak Harbor, WA needs to be saved!

    Yep, I expect so. Boat needs some work according to the ad. Even if it's not a huge project there is a world of difference between a boat in the water ready to go and one on the hard racking up yard...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    LOL. I have that same problem. Can't win if you don't play. Ah well. But this topic does make me think - what would my boat list look like if I did have deep pockets?

    Skookum Maru for cruising of...
  47. 26’ Lyle Hess Cutter in Oak Harbor, WA needs to be saved!

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51788972640_3a37b35f88_b.jpg

    https://skagit.craigslist.org/boa/d/oak-harbor-26-lyle-hess-gaff-rig-cutter/7415362702.html

    Ad says she will be cut up if she...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    I agree Hugh. I definitely prefer bridge deck/aft cabin designs for cruising and living aboard. Sedan and express cruisers have the edge for day outings and entertaining though, with a better layout...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    I'm not an expert on Matthews boats, but like other manufacturers they built a range of layouts on a standard hull. Their most common model was a sedan cruiser, the Matthews Standard Cruiser, a model...
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    Re: Schooner ELBE 5 ex-WANDER BIRD Sunk

    I haven't read the full, final report but I have read the preliminary report that came out a while back, and which is available in English. The last, erroneous turn to starboard may have been the...
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