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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    An inch or so of hollow for every 6' of leech length works pretty well at preventing flutter as the sail ages. The perimeter shape looks good to me as long as it puts the CE where it needs to be. The...
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    First you probably need to figure out if and when twist is a problem. For example, in Tom's standing vs. balanced lug comparison. One of the strong points of a standing lug over a balanced lug is...
  3. Re: Deks Olje #2 looking a bit blotchy after third coat

    Deks#2 always seemed to me to behave more like some sort of varnish product than some sort of oil product. The surface you are currently coating with it tends to have an awful lot of open grain...
  4. Re: Compact, light weight camp stove for hiking - advice?

    $119.95 for a Svea? Wow, when I started in the backpacking shop business we sold them for $19.95.
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    Yep, that's better. If I'm going to bother with a roach and battens on a sail, it's going to be a very substantial roach that actually might do something. Otherwise, it's generally little more than...
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    Though it will look like that when you're actually sailing and the boom is lifting a bit, you might want to lower the aft end of the foot a little. Tack corner angles (luff vs. foot) less than 90...
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    Re: Waterproof binoculars not waterproof

    Before disassembling anything check with Bushnell. I was a dealer and they have several different warranty programs for different products - some are a year or two, but some can be good for 20-30...
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    Bring the sprit forward toward the viewer. No biggie, I'm just giving you a hard time. It's just that in the drawing the sprit is on top of the sail (to starboard of it) and then the mast is on top...
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    This one shows a boom and there is no sheeting angle possible for sailing boomless so it wouldn't be able to be brailed, but on those spritsails which can, it works better with the heel of the sprit...
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    Fix your panel seaming/warp yarn orientation. That one just hurts to look at and would make an absolutely horrible sail. And while you're there, bring the heel of the sprit forward so that it...
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    Re: Any one make their own pickles?

    My wife makes a lot of them. There are some quick dills and a lot of pickled green tomatoes (either cherry or other small varieties. The neighborhood favorites are sweet pickled jalapenos - cleaned...
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    A good deal of this is often due to the fact that the program (or its operator) doesn't have an adequate grasp of the concept of spar bend (yard bend in particular). I'm not even sure that some of...
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    Re: Historic Ship Jib Hanks

    That's how the Wichard small boat hanks work. They're drastically easier to work with than piston hanks - one hand for the hank and one left over to hold onto the boat with. I would never own another...
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    Re: 20 pounds

    Looking good! The idea of not filling the topsides is an interesting one. It might yield some sort of interesting two-tone texture thing if you can get a clean line. I suppose the divider could...
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    Sticky: Re: My Heart Hurts to Say Goodbye

    So sad to hear. Condolences to friends and family.
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    There is really no way to make the comparison even between this type of rig vs. that type of rig. For any given hull for example, you could build a lugsail, spritsail, Bermuda sail. etc. which was...
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    Considering what a massive job it would be to assemble all the stuff you would need to attempt to make a meaningful test, and all the variables which would need to be addressed to get some sort of...
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    Re: G-Flex smell and precautions?

    I doubt there is any substantial danger in the fumes. It has a similar weird smell and consistency to the flexible epoxy resins which have been used for repairing plastic canoes and ski bottoms for...
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    Re: Mazda, anybody own one?

    We still have a 2005 Tribute, currently with 101,000 miles on it that is our daily driver. It has been excellent, with a minimum of problems over the years and nothing that wouldn't be considered...
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    Re: Tobacco Flat - My next guitar

    All those exposed spinning blades are a bit freaky, but as far as I could see, the employees still had all their fingers. I've owned two 5001-V63 basses, one fretted and one fretless, and they were...
  21. Re: And for dinner........ Seal Blubber.....

    Flavor or not, I doubt most sane people would eat that stuff if they could see how it's made. My wife's lab is doing some work for those folks in an effort to figure out what exactly is occasionally...
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    Re: Tobacco Flat - My next guitar

    Nice old Hofner. Ever see the video from the Hofner factory. They build a 5000/1-V63 Beatle bass and there is a surprising amount of by-eye hand work, wooden jigs, etc. The soundtrack is fair at...
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    Re: Best additive for non sag epoxy glue??

    It might have some interesting low friction possibilities for coatings if enough was mixed in, though that same potential slipperiness might reduce its bonding abilities as glue. Some testing would...
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    Re: Tobacco Flat - My next guitar

    Interesting, though I suspect it's awfully limited in terms of the types of music and tempos you can play. Overlapping sustain (or resonance if there actually is much) on different bass strings tends...
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    Re: Tobacco Flat - My next guitar

    Yes, some models have RIC-O-Sound, which has an alternate output jack (stereo, or actually double mono). Then they used to use a little floor box with a splitter in it that would divide it into two...
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    Re: Tobacco Flat - My next guitar

    Ah, the old resonance trick. I started figuring out how to play bass guitar back in 1967 - but didn't get an amp until 1969. I spent many hours with the head of my old Hagstrom H2 held up against the...
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    Re: Tobacco Flat - My next guitar

    I probably should have kept my silent guitar, but my instrument pool pretty much funds itself these days. If I see something I like, something else usually has to go to make room for it and finance...
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    Re: Tobacco Flat - My next guitar

    Yes. I first saw a silent guitar at one of those Music-Go-Round used instrument stores. I was initially attracted because it has kind of a Picasso visual vibe about it. I tried it and eventually...
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    Re: Tobacco Flat - My next guitar

    I had a 660/12 for a while. I bought it new, but don't remember which dealer it came from. It sounded great, but having always had the hollow bodied models, I couldn't warm up to that little dinky...
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    Re: Tobacco Flat - My next guitar

    I will most likely eventually sell off my 340/12, which is my spare (as if I'll ever need a spare) though I haven't gotten particularly serious about unloading it yet. It started out as a 330 (two...
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    Re: Plastic Repair

    The flame is not to produce heat. I does some sort of mumbo jumbo polarization of the plastic which allows the resin to stick better. This is the way we have repaired sections of polyethylene ski...
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    Re: Tobacco Flat - My next guitar

    Nice guitar and video. I'd want a better idea of what it sounds like clean though before pulling the trigger, just to be sure. Most of the "tone" (and sustain) in that original video is being...
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    Re: Plastic Repair

    G-Flex will do it.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCS0qrD3MQY
  34. Re: Balanced Lug on Pathfinder Leech Flutter

    Maybe a bit. Any undesirable symptoms going on with it? As long as both the leech and foot stay reasonably firm I would think it is OK. The current, steep angle might put a bit more boom weight on...
  35. Re: Balanced Lug on Pathfinder Leech Flutter

    Personally, I doubt you can ever completely remove the leech flutter just by tweaking when reefed so heavily. Leeches are hollowed via ratios anywhere from 1" in 6' to 1" in 10' of the entire...
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    Re: Does anyone dabble in watercolour ?

    No, I don't know who did that one Peter.

    Though there are a couple of exceptions, the trees that my dad painted were nearly always trees which had already fallen down. :) The big pines in the...
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    Re: Does anyone dabble in watercolour ?

    Lupussonic, my dad was Glenn. R. Bradshaw. I have files on Photobucket with over 300 paintings (those we found in his studio after he passed away in 2013) but as we are all aware, Photobucket is now...
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    Re: Reinforcing carvel planks using fabric?

    I'm a big fan of epoxy resin and have a fair bit of composite experience, but it strikes me that the potential for future problems from trying to fiberglass the planks of a traditional construction...
  39. Re: using fairing compound with epoxy below waterline

    Yes, you should be coating over the fairing compound. Otherwise, the trapped air in the partially chopped off microballoons (from sanding the fills smooth) can expand from heat and pop little patches...
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    Re: Does anyone dabble in watercolour ?

    Really nice stuff guys! I tried watercolor, but I was terrible at it. I just always seemed to make mud. The concept that the white and the illumination is already there and what the artist needs to...
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    Re: Kruger Canoe Design Plans in Wood

    As far as I know, the seat height was adjustable, as well as its fore and aft position (it was on a slider) on the versions I saw from Mad River and Sawyer. I don't know about the later boats, but it...
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    Re: Kruger Canoe Design Plans in Wood

    Same name, different boat. Kruger, in this case is the designer. The Chetnut Kruger is a regular 16' wood/canvas canoe. This one is a skinny, semi-decked composite solo canoe. This is the Sawyer Loon...
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    Re: Kruger Canoe Design Plans in Wood

    I haven't seen (and doubt you could ever talk them out of) building plans for the Kruger boats, but you do still occasionally see them in one form or another on the used market (typically running...
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    Re: An Iceboat, with wing-sail maybe?

    Though some are certainly faster than others, there really is no such thing as a "low performance" iceboat. They either go quite fast, or they don't go at all. The whole deal with iceboating is that...
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    Re: Sailmaking question

    Somebody once said that it takes five years to learn how to sew a really good and neat sewn ring. There is a fair amount of truth to that, though even a not-too-pretty sewn ring can still be quite...
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    Re: Sailmaking question

    Jim Grant's Mainsail Manual says a 7/8" sewn ring and matching eyelet for sails up to around 130 square feet and a 1.25" ring for sails above 130 sq. ft. Marino says similar for small and medium...
  47. Re: Laminating Western Red Cedar Cove And Bead Strips to Make Yard

    Most sailmakers would delight in a yard which is "too stiff". One of the biggest hassles we face in designing and cutting sails is making allowances for spar bend. If you cut the sail to account for...
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    Re: Newbie seeking shellac advice

    I don't know squat about shellac, other than it can be used to help match new wood to old wood as a base coat, which I have done successfully. However, polyurethane is a pretty broad term which...
  49. Re: Looks like fun - anybody here sail on sand?

    We used to own a Lockley Skimmer 45 iceboat (welded 2-piece steel pipe frame, sling seat, foot push-rod steering, 2-piece mast and a single Bermuda sail) which came apart and would fit in the back...
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    Re: New or old technique ?

    Hey! It's Lignostone! I've always wondered why things made of it weren't more common. Back in the days when high-end cross country skis were made from wood, a typical construction was made up from...
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