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    Re: 20 ft freighter canoe ( Tim's design)

    More likely Honda-rigged.
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    Re: I Learnt to Sail in a........

    Sunfish, followed by Hobie 14s, 16s and 18s, but I really didn't learn much about sails and sail shaping until I got my Star.
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    Re: Jimmy Kimmel got it in one!

    They are? Mine is pretty much normal-sized.

    edit: She's the one on the left.

    http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag153/ToddBradshaw/assorted/M-and-S_zpskmt7cuyw.jpg
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    Re: Securing buoyancy bladders.

    That's a pretty good idea. some sort of "pillow-case-like" cover from sturdy fabric (Sunbrella, Cordura, etc.) would give you all sorts of options to add straps, D-rings, grommets or other means to...
  5. Re: Simple repairs on a woodstrip Wilderness Boats Micmac

    Correction, this one is a Foster & Forrester version (the guys who bought the company from Hazen). I just noticed that it has the black resin rings glued to the hull around the seat bar ends. Hazen...
  6. Re: Simple repairs on a woodstrip Wilderness Boats Micmac

    Wow! That's one of the original Hazen-built Micmacs from the early 1970s. I was the most easterly dealer in the USA for Wilderness Boats, though by that time Hazen had sold the company to a couple...
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    Re: ěn the Ice

    First photo, far right in the distance there is a Great South Bay Ice Scooter, an interesting contrast. Two long, keel-like runners under a hull that kind of looks like a Sunfish hull. No steering...
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    Re: Lug rigs and mast compression

    Cut the sail's luff properly and reinforce it properly and you will be able to reduce the tension needed to get the luff firm in the first place. Once you get beyond what would be considered a pretty...
  9. Sticky: Re: primer issues with Somes Sound glued lap boat

    The other thing about cleaners, be they solvents or something like plain water for amine blush removal, is the technique of using them properly. They may liquefy whatever yuck is on the boat, but...
  10. Sticky: Re: primer issues with Somes Sound glued lap boat

    There have been thousands of boats built and painted over the years without being wiped down with "thinner", ammonia, or water which have done just fine. It sounds to me like something is being...
  11. Re: Simmons Sea Skiff restoration questions

    Trust me, it's worth fixing up. They are awfully nice boats and compared to many, they're pretty easy to deal with - both on and off the water. Our boat was light enough that I could roll it over on...
  12. Re: Simmons Sea Skiff restoration questions

    The only real solution for rotten wood is to remove and replace it - either the entire piece or in some cases, portions of a piece. There are resin-based products that can be applied to it to make it...
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    Re: ěn the Ice

    Renegades
  14. Re: Strip-built canoe from Fijian Mahogany

    I once saw an 18'6" USCA marathon racing canoe built from mahogany strips. It may have been a few pounds heavier than its cedar counterparts, but it sure was pretty. You can also make fairly drastic...
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    Re: Lug Rigs and Mast Rake

    To actually do this enough to move the CE to its former position after adding a jib would take more than "a little" added rake.
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    Re: Woodstrip canoe form precision

    Though this may be theoretically accurate, it's not even close in real life. The power source being applied, left, right, left, right, is seldom very close to even, and just a slight amount of heel...
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    Re: Lug Rigs and Mast Rake

    On a balanced lug it often looks better. It can be used to move the CE aft a little bit if needed, and when sailing off the wind with the boom outboard it helps raise the clew corner for a bit more...
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    Re: Brass jib hanks corrosion

    The prongs go through the luff grommets, which are set in just behind the boltrope or luff wire and you carefully tap them closed.
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    Re: Brass jib hanks corrosion

    Next sail, buy the Wichard hanks. Much better, and you can hang onto the headstay with one hand while hooking or unhooking the hanks with the other if the deck is bouncing around. Available also in...
  20. Re: NYS. Up a creek with a backward paddle

    Yep, just about everyone will do the same thing until you explain to them how the bent shaft actually works - including most experienced straight shaft paddlers. At first glance and with no...
  21. Re: Dimensions of Glen-L 8 Ball mast? Need a sail designed for a stiffer mast

    If the mast is reasonably stiff, I figured a gunter might be the easiest way to increase the aspect ratio without making a new mast or making a long mast that is harder to trailer and step. I also...
  22. Re: Dimensions of Glen-L 8 Ball mast? Need a sail designed for a stiffer mast

    Yep, it does look a bit stunted. I don't know how it sails, or how you want it to sail, but my eyeball suggests that we should be looking at something more like this.
    ...
  23. Re: Dimensions of Glen-L 8 Ball mast? Need a sail designed for a stiffer mast

    If you're looking at Sailrite kits, why not measure your spars, tell them about the mast characteristics and have one custom designed for your system? For a new build there really is no reason to...
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    Re: Small sprit sail, to make or to buy?

    You could cut it flat in cotton and just let the wind and the fabric's lack of stability put the draft into it, but aside from the care issues, making a decent cotton sail is a much more complex...
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    Re: Penetrol question

    FYI, with some of the new paint formulas (urethanes, etc. with oil bases) it's not a bad idea to do a test on scrap first. I had one paint that I tried adding a shot of Penetrol to and tested, just...
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    Re: Blue Tarp Sail Making Question!

    I think double-sided carpet tape is the goo of choice for most of these jobs. The stuff doesn't sew particularly well as the stitch holes tend to elongate to the nearest scrim fiber. Sticking a...
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    Re: Penetrol question

    Depends on how much air and how many bubbles your roller and rolling technique bring into the picture - as well as how many of them disappear before the paint begins to set-up in the conditions you...
  28. Re: missing detail from sailmakers apprentice ebook

    Yep, foot (and also luff) round of about 4" is probably going to be pretty good for a recreational lateen in that size range. Most of that is actually an allowance for spar bend and only a small...
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    Re: PVC fabric glue

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6YmWa7ScOc

    their glues are sold here: HH66, Clifton, etc.

    http://www.nrs.com/category/2988/rafting/pvc-pu-adhesivessolvents
  30. Re: missing detail from sailmakers apprentice ebook

    The formula you are looking for basically does not exist. What cut are you using? What fabric are you using? How much round are you building into the foot for boom bend? What is the width of your...
  31. Re: Advice Needed On Fairing A Hull Sheathed with 'Glass

    Precisely. Also be aware that just like epoxy, all polyester resins are not equally usable for boatbuilding (in either wood/glass or all glass). It took us about three years of experimentation back...
  32. Re: Too much politics; need art attack No. 2

    My philosophy on that stuff is to like what you like and don't let anybody else tell you what you should or should not like - especially those who have no ability to produce some of it themselves. I...
  33. Re: Too much politics; need art attack No. 2

    It just depends on the painting. These are painted with casein, rather than typical watercolor paint. Depending on how much water you dilute it with, casein can range from the same transparency that...
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    Re: Strip canoe rehab?

    I suspect that dark green and bright red are the most common canoe colors through the years, though almost anything will work. I have seen some really gorgeous blue canoes, burgundy canoes, orange...
  35. Re: Too much politics; need art attack No. 2

    This is one of my dad's watercolors on rice paper. It's only 5"x11" and is part of a series of 44 small paintings.
    You can see the whole series here....
  36. Re: Advice Needed On Fairing A Hull Sheathed with 'Glass

    I don't think there really is any debate to be had. The results can easily be backed up - in a lab, on the water, and through recent history (like the many, many abandoned fiberglass powerboats...
  37. Re: Advice Needed On Fairing A Hull Sheathed with 'Glass

    Those notches should be square, not pointed, so you'll probably need to cut your own spreader. Also make sure to mix a test batch and try it on scrap, keeping close track of the mix. Then watch the...
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    Re: Strip canoe rehab?

    You can wash down the boat with a wet sponge and while it is wet it will look pretty much as good as it will look with new varnish (or new resin, for that matter). If the glass stays cloudy or...
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    Re: Strip canoe rehab?

    If you see cloth like patterns - stop sanding there! You have gone well past the varnish.



    Have you actually ever tried to do this? It is major work, a big expense, and the actual need to do it...
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    Re: Painting over Gelcoat advice

    What exactly are you expecting the epoxy to do? That would not be thick enough to act as a barrier coat for blister repair/prevention (you would need around six coats with an additive). It's not...
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    Re: Auto features you may remember

    Willin, the reverb units were a long sheet metal box (maybe 12"-15" long and 1"x2" or so) with a spring inside. The thunder echoes happened when you hit a bump and the metal spring bounced against...
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    Re: Auto features you may remember

    Those miserable (and pretty much standard) 5"x9" or 6"x9" oval speakers in the dash or rear shelf. Every recording studio I ever recorded in, even including Elektra Records in LA, had a box sitting...
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    Re: Auto features you may remember

    - Add-on reverb coils on the back shelf for the radio and the cool thunderous sound they made when you hit a bump.
    - Those curb feeler springs that old people had, sticking out from the fenders on...
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    Re: one foresail only?

    How high you cut the clew and issues like sticking a pennant on the bottom (or not) depend on where the sail's sheet blocks, jib cars or whatever it sheets to are. Before you blow a bunch of money on...
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    Re: veneer on small plywood transom

    Uhhhh...... you pull the staples before you sand........
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    Re: veneer on small plywood transom

    3/32" sliced mahogany veneer attached with WEST Epoxy, then sanded lightly, stained with alcohol stain, top-coated with six coats of 105/207 epoxy, sanded smooth again and then varnished with...
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    Re: broadseaming

    1/2" seam overlap increase per 30" of length in the broadseam area - yes, that's pretty typical for medium firm Dacron. Slightly more broadseaming is used for firmer Dacron and slightly less for soft...
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    Re: Well this is interesting ...

    I think the tool is cheap strictly because there isn't much to it. It's one of those rare gizmos that's pretty basic and cheap to make, yet it is quite able to do the job just fine. Two steel bars, a...
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    Re: Well this is interesting ...

    In most applications, you would need at least one more hand to hold the tool if you tried using a power tool. It would also need to be a big one as the process requires a lot of torque. Slow and...
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    Re: boat cover for a plywood boat

    The best would be acrylic or polyester marine canvas, in a normal breathable grade like Sunbrella or one of the Sunbrella clones. Cotton or cotton blends are not a particularly good choice by...
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