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    Re: Table Saws Recommendation

    I've had a Jet for close to 20 years -- an earlier version of this one -- and it's been flawless. Half retail for a used machine seems about right to me.
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    Re: Birdwatcher forsale

    Yeah. This boat actually fits the brief for my next boat, but it just doesn't click for me, either. There's no real "inside" and no real "outside/deck/cockpit" either. Perhaps I'd think differently...
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    Re: Birdwatcher forsale

    If the rudder stays on while trailering you want it straight up.
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    Re: Birdwatcher forsale

    $8,500?
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    Re: River Rat Navigator (Lower Hutt, NZ)

    Any drill. It's soft plastic. I'd focus more on making sure the hole is square to the board.

    This could start some discussion, but I prefer the pivot hole to be a deliberately loose fit, so that...
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    Re: Jet Ski Engine as an Inboard

    John, I've seen those crab skiffs in action on several occasions, and there's little doubt in my mind that the owners get tremendous enjoyment from a boat that is easy to run and maintain. Glad to be...
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    Re: Prettiest boat under thirty feet

    Very nice.
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    Re: getting my boat investigated

    Good question. I registered one kayak I built so I was given a HIN for it, but I never bothered to apply it to the boat. Where does it go on an SOF boat anyway? The other two I didn't bother and...
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    Re: Anchor weight/type and chain relationship

    To be sure, one needs to take care dropping the hook. It might get scratched!
    My own experience is that there is no best anchor. Out here in the muddy East Coast estuaries, I favor a Bruce.

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    Re: Kayak Building Questions

    Those Necky Lookshas have a 30" beam and are very stable. What I've seen is that most people are comfortable even in singles with a 24" beam if the bottom is fairly flat. Below that beam some but...
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    Re: Kayak Building Questions

    This is getting quite comical. I did a cruise a couple of years ago in Alaska where the crew pushes novice paddlers off a ramp at the stern of the ship a couple of times a day almost every day of the...
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    Re: Inflatable sail on telescopic mast !

    Appears to be a symmetric wing. If so that would limit it's efficiency quite a bit.

    Another "new" sail idea, essentially a balanced lugsail hung in an A-frame mast:
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    Re: Jet Ski Engine as an Inboard

    John,

    Are you familiar with the Smith Island Crab Skiff? As I understand the class, they all use the same Kohler V-twin engine so the drive system has been worked out to a fine degree. There...
  14. Thread: Building Site!

    by Woxbox
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    Re: Building Site!

    SW Pennsylvania and free! That's a great find.
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    Re: Continental Sloop Providence

    And besides that, exactly which way is the wind blowing here?
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    Re: Continental Sloop Providence

    Really nice job. I do appreciate that it's made to tell a story, as opposed to a "this is what it looked like" model.
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    Re: Jet Ski Engine as an Inboard

    The production jet drive boats that evolved from jet skis just keep getting bigger, so I have to assume the drive systems are evolving to keep up. Looks like it's just a matter of matching the...
  18. Re: Making Pointy-Top Sail Very Slightly Flat-Top?

    I have a google account and the photos still don't come up for me. They may not be in a public folder or something like that. But as said already, adding 6" to the mast is no big deal. Find a piece...
  19. Re: Extra-tall marine rolling fold-back jack? Need 800lb that extends 16"-24"

    With a light boat like that you could just push it forward to get the dolly up on one of these:

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71OYFoIWLcL._SL1200_.jpg
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    Re: Kayak Building Questions

    I found wood for my stripper at Wood Steel & Glas in Madison, Connecticut. Not that long ago but I'm not finding their website.

    And ditto on the staple holes. Nobody but the builder even sees...
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    Re: Marlinespike Sailor rope ladder?

    I bought a couple of these things a few years ago planning to put them on the narrow transom of my trimaran. Never got around to it, but they are light and fairly unobtrusive. They may well find a...
  22. Re: Extra-tall marine rolling fold-back jack? Need 800lb that extends 16"-24"

    A double ender? Just put the boat on the trailer backwards so lowering the tongue gets the water out.
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    Re: Marlinespike Sailor rope ladder?

    Just came across this instructive cartoon from West Marine. I've had a couple of worried moments when guests (middle aged or more, not unfit but not athletic either) have taken a swim while at anchor...
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    Re: Marlinespike Sailor rope ladder?

    I'll third the opinion that that type of ladder is very hard to use. Put a foot on any rung below the turn of the bilge and your leg will swing right under the boat until your toes scrape off some...
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    Re: Prevention: sinking at the dock etc -

    By the way, if something like this does happen to your boat, don't assume insurance won't cover it. They very well might and you'll get away having to cover the cost of your deductible and no more....
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    Re: Whisp Building Photos (and Oars, too)

    My father-in-law built my Whisp up in Maine in 1986, and that's exactly how he used it. I still have the Mini-Kota trolling motor he used -- he cut down the shaft to put the tiller at a comfortable...
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    Re: Whisp Building Photos (and Oars, too)

    It's looking good. I never tire of taking my Whisp out. Are you going to add the sailing rig, or will this be strictly for rowing?
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    Re: Prevention: sinking at the dock etc -

    And one more thing, do NOT assume that the marina staff will notice if your boat starts to sink.
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    Re: An offshore capable trailer boat ?

    I would think so, and if I built a Mbuli I'd definitely do something. But years back when John drew the boat, this question was asked and his response as I recall it was that the design was maxed out...
  30. Re: One insane englishman trying to rebuild the 1910 gaff cutter Tally Ho, in WA. (VI

    What a journey.
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    Re: An offshore capable trailer boat ?

    To push this sidebar a bit more, a Tiki hull turned into a proa would resemble Mbuli. The loss in carrying capacity would probably be too much for long trips. Also, at this size there's not even...
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    Re: An offshore capable trailer boat ?

    Yep. Or the DC3, for which I couldn't remember the name before. The Marples tri is much quicker and easier to move from trailer to water and back and also a drier platform to sail. But both would be...
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    Re: Pivoting Amas for Sailing Canoes

    The dagger board is all about upwind work. Tris track quite well with their long skinny hulls, but you need a good foil to maintain strong windward performance, especially in any kind of chop where...
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    Re: Pivoting Amas for Sailing Canoes

    First off, let's be clear that trimarans are fast because they replace lead for stability with beam, lots of beam -- so they can carry lots of sail on a a very light platform. The speed comes from a...
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    Re: I've done it again! "My Girl"

    Gorgeous.
  36. Re: Just bought a 2006 Caledonia Yawl, and have a few questions...

    Did you all catch the detail on the cut in the sheerstrake here? That "C" shape appears to exactly accomodate the changing position of the connecting rod through its full sweep. I can't decide...
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    Re: Pivoting Amas for Sailing Canoes

    The general trend in ama design has been to go with wave piercing hull shapes as opposed to the old-style amas that are intended to stay above the water always. For this reason, they are also...
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    Sweeeeet!
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    Re: An offshore capable trailer boat ?

    My F27 would sail into 35 knots gusting to 40. Exciting but not uncomfortable at all. The Marples tri suggestion is a good one.
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    Re: Car top boat ideas

    In plywood, if you build a Redmond Whisp to plan, it will be very light - 70 pounds or so. But you only have to lift one end at a time. And being a narrow boat, it will also fit on standard width...
  41. Re: Footage from the start of the next leg of the Volvo

    This race, more than anything else, is proving that it's time to totally reform the boats and rules for this type of event. It's a fiasco.
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    Re: Prevention: sinking at the dock etc -

    Number 1 should be close all seacocks before leaving the boat unattended. I'm betting most people don't do this.
    Another one is to make sure all scuppers and drains are free to work and that...
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    Re: Shipwreck ??

    Sounds like a plan, but as always, get a professional survey before you commit.
  44. Thread: Shipwreck ??

    by Woxbox
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    Re: Shipwreck ??

    Old construction but not aged enough? Could the Bounty have returned? Well, mostly likely not, but it's fun to speculate. The Bounty sank well north, and the currents are well against a Florida...
  45. Re: Footage from the start of the next leg of the Volvo

    I'm still unable to understand why what's essentially a one-design boat has to be built so that the decks are constantly awash and the boom can knock the crew overboard. They would give up so little...
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    Re: Battery storage question

    Yep, what I would do.
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    Re: An offshore capable trailer boat ?

    I think this is most probably true. And even if contact were made, small, relatively light boats tend to stop when they hit something solid. It's the big ones with more speed and momentum that tend...
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    Re: English ship terms, jekt

    And to further muddy the water, I've seen the spelling kevel used in the tugboat world to refer to seemingly any really big cleat.
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    Re: English ship terms, jekt

    Exactly so. But hardly any English speakers know what a cavil is, so cleat is probably the better translation. On the Kalmar Nyckel, we distinguished between horn kevels and plank kevels, the one in...
  50. Re: Materials and books for plywood pram, newbie trying to do an estimate.

    The easiest way to get good materials is to order a kit from one of the many suppliers. The parts will be precut and, depending on the supplier, the package may also include most of the glues and...
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