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  1. Re: Need sources Marine plywood, southern New England

    I heartily recommend Reader’s Hardwood Supply in East Taunton, MA, which is 40 minutes from Providence.
    http://readershardwoodsupply.com

    It’s worth the trip to see the excellent selection of...
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    Re: Advice saught for strip planking wood

    Tell us more about the boat design.
    Length, beam, depth, sail area
    Will the hull have internal framing?
    Will it have structural sheathing, inside and out? I.e., is it strip planked or strip...
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    Re: Newport to Bermuda in 33 hours!

    I expect that the Gulf Stream and weather mappings are equally important.

    There are still some older designs racing, so such a comparison would be possible.
    The impact of multihulls and lifting...
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    Newport to Bermuda in 33 hours!

    https://www.royalgazette.com/sailing/sport/article/20220619/argo-smashes-newport-bermuda-race-record/

    Argo, a MOD70 trimaran, shatters earlier record.

    I’ve taken that long to get from the Cape...
  5. Re: Gunwales, bench seat tops & bow deck - Epoxy & paint or primer & paint?

    There’s an in-between answer, epoxy primer.
    I like Jamestown’s TotalBoat epoxy primers and their TotalProtect primer which is a bit heavier and similar to Interlux Interprotect. They all stick as...
  6. Re: Midwest boat trailers. Anyone heard of them?

    Looks like they’re under $100.
    Here’s one....
  7. Re: Midwest boat trailers. Anyone heard of them?

    I’m guessing that the engineers from Lucas (Prince of Darkness) have come out of retirement for this latest innovation in unreliable vehicle lighting.

    Has anyone tried the wireless trailer lights...
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    Re: Scarf joints separating

    In warmer locations, dark colors and epoxy don’t always do well.
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    Re: Epoxy fairing filler

    As a fairing additive, I use glass bubbles. I get ‘em from Merton’s Fiberglass supply. http://www.mertons.com/Additives/bubbles.html. $48 for 5 gallon pail. I add a little Cab-O-Sil which makes...
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    Re: Small trimaran mooring

    Local people are better authorities on what works in your area.
    Ask W17 designer and owners whether there’s adequate stability when amas are folded.
    I’d have more trust in mooring attachment...
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    Re: Fastening bronze fairlead to gunwhale

    That’s an especially elegant bit of hardware. The boat is lovely, too.

    I’d use ordinary bronze wood screws. With five screws going into a relatively skinny member, it’s important to size the...
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    Re: Top Side Paint - Flag Blue

    The deceptive rascals might call it dark blue.

    As Wiz suggests, there are reasons not to use such a dark color on a wood or epoxy boat.
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    Re: Finding Tufnol

    Another brand name generalized.
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    Re: Finding Tufnol

    Isn’t Micarta strictly paper-phenolic sheet, same as Formica?
    … or has Tufnol become a brand for a broad range of composite sheet materials?
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    Signs of spring

    My birdwatcher friends gauge spring by the arrivals of migrating birds. Some friends are stalking the roseate tern this afternoon.

    To wooden boat junkies hereabouts the emergence of the Concordia...
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    Re: Finding Tufnol

    The Tufnol used in boat hardware back then was a composite of linen fabric and phenolic resin.

    McMaster has a cotton-phenolic composite in sheets. ...
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    Re: Installing a drain tube

    I did mine by bonding a piece of G10 tube into a slightly oversize hole.

    I thought RCH stood for Royal Canadian Hair.
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    Re: knee and breasthook advice for dory

    Linking the long grain of the two pieces is an excellent idea.
    Depending on your skill and ambition, there are a few ways it could be made easier or fancier:
    - Hide the spline by making its slot...
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    Re: Atkin's Retreat

    Rather than having this committee redesign Retreat’s construction one stick at a time, I’d suggest that you seek out a fully-baked design for a similar craft done by a competent designer in plywood...
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    Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    + 1 for Van Fancy. Adequate quality and very fair prices.

    A few years back, I was making some very small skiffs for grandchildren and they made me some properly sized oars for them. Did a nice...
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    Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    There’s an email and a phone number. Anyone tried them before hanging crepe?
  22. Re: I need effective / efficient method to sort / store fastener hardware - what work

    The Covid pandemic provided the opportunity to recover from the one-big-bucket model and try to impose a little order. Here’s the heart of the stockroom.
    110362
    The principal storage units are...
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    Re: Best tender sheerstrake padding products?

    If a tender visits a bigger boat that has significant flare or overhang in its topsides, the tender’s gunwales need to cushion contact from the side and FROM ABOVE. I have yet to see a rope or coir...
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    Re: epoxy barrier coat

    + 1 for Interlux’s Interprotect and Jamestown’s TotalProtect.

    They lay down flatter than epoxy resin. You won’t feel the need to sand much.
  25. Re: What size and quantity of mixing cups and foam rollers to glass a 12 foot boat?

    In no particular order:

    Use slow hardener unless you face temps under 60F. You don’t want to be hurried.

    I buy pint and quart deli tubs in case quantity. Maybe your deli would sell you a...
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    Re: Sande or douglas fir marine plywood?

    Douglas fir ply is reasonable in cost, structurally efficient, but checks badly if not glassed. I’d also glass the wet parts of the inside. 6 oz. Is OK.
  27. Re: Width of chine log for epoxy only adhesion

    What’s the boat’s other framing? What restrains the sides of the boat from flexing laterally? That stress is the most likely way to pop that joint.
    I’d want either real interior frames or...
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    Re: Haven 12.5 ..OUCH!

    You haven’t said whether the Haven 12-1/2 is the boat of your dreams.

    Before I got any more committed, I’d get a set of plans and do a detailed assessment of how closely the builder followed ‘em....
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    Re: Managing a large/complicated lamination?

    I’ve done a couple of box beam strongbacks of I-beam joists. Longest was 26’. Tops & bottoms were 3/8” ply, 16” wide. They stayed straight even if exposed to the weather for a winter or two. And,...
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    Re: Cabin entrance advice

    Available here
    https://www.mcmaster.com/bars/system-of-measurement~inch/width~1-2/thickness~1-4/
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    Re: Managing a large/complicated lamination?

    Some of the PVA glues, like Titebond, creep under sustained load. Not good for bent laminations.
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    Re: Halyards for a Cruiser?

    If using core-dependent (i.e. dyneema core and dacron cover) line, it’s even easier to strip the cover off where it won’t be handled or cleated. ...
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    Re: Best tender sheerstrake padding products?

    I’ve just gotten some gunwale guard fhttp://forum.woodenboat.com/blob:http://forum.woodenboat.com/2046ca59-be05-4134-bd84-384dfedb7b2drom Hamilton Marine.
    The good stuff. Their SKU 134053. It’s...
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    Re: Abandoned sailboat - what's the design?

    Nah! It’s a Whatnot 25.
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    Re: Table saw paddle switch

    My table saw was set up with a ‘magnetic’ switch. As I understand it, with this feature, if power goes out while the machine is running, the switch opens and when the power comes back on, the...
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    Re: "Sine wave" finger joint scarf??

    That’s a real improvement over the puzzle joint in #2.
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    Re: Favorite Music: take flight and wing

    Willie “The Lion” Smith- Echoes of spring


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UnsfIIKSt0E
  38. Re: Soda bead sand blasting or something else

    In my locality, paint removal by soda blasting is mostly done by specialist contractors. Seems to me that the downside risk of doing this job badly is very real and I’d lean toward using someone who...
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    Re: Lumber $ticker $hock

    Any species will bend if you slice it thin enough.
    If glueing white oak with epoxy, be aware of the issues there.
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    Re: Ever Forward aground in Chesapeake

    Thanks.
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    Re: Ever Forward aground in Chesapeake

    Translate Lloyds Form to American please.
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    Re: Plywood keelson vs. solid lumber

    Your memory is correct. The idea of including a plywood lamination for ‘thwartship strength is in the Gospel according to Meade, Chapter 19, page 208. I know of other designs for plywood, cold...
  43. Re: What do you use under scarfing and on the floor to protect from epoxy?

    Every decade or so, I buy a big roll of 4 mil polyethylene film. Last I looked, it was about $.05/ft^2. Cheap. Sometimes I remember to use it and sometimes I use Todd’s method.
  44. Re: I'm going to build a workbench for my new shop

    Find out what’s inside a solid core door. I used one that was mostly particle board with 1” hardwood edges and MDF faces as a bench top and it sagged after a decade or two. Made some planing...
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    Re: Building two boats to get one free?

    A major reason that it’s hard to get a fair price for home built wood boats is that, for most kinds of boats, there are lots of boats on the market for low prices. Two major reasons. First, boat...
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    Re: Building two boats to get one free?

    There’s a plus to this plan. In building the second boat, you can avoid the mistakes of the first boat.
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    Re: Sail Battens or Not?

    Don’t be greedy with roach.
    A hard vang can eliminate the topping lift.
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    Re: Sail Battens or Not?

    My current boat has a main that’s nearly the size of yours. It’s got full battens and moderate roach. The full battens stabilize the sail which will prolong its life (it’s 18 years old and doing...
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    Re: Colour coding of lines

    Naked dyneema is about impossible to belay, but quite useful when both ends are spliced, and splicing is dead easy.
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    Re: Colour coding of lines

    My inner engineer likes the idea of standardized color coding of running rigging. It makes sense in wiring and would make sense in running rigging for the same reasons.
    HOWEVER, it all goes out the...
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