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    Re: building progress

    We had to go from waterline level to keel level for trucking. It's not fun jacking and moving a large object ! Murielle figured out the pivot point needed on CAD, and we jacked the stern up as the...
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    Re: Boat Launch Invitation

    Hi "thesaltytar"

    We using lacing. Here is another photo from out sailing last week that shows more details.
    Cheers,
    Mark

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    Re: Mast lights for a small schooner

    Hi,

    Sorry for late reply, been out sailing ! Steaming light is just above the hounds.

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    Cheers,
    Mark
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    Re: Mast lights for a small schooner

    Hi,
    Gaff rig here also. Side lights on shrouds, steaming light located just above shrouds on mast. It's a bit higher than normally found, but I haven't seen any max separation regulations. Anchor...
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    Re: Boat Launch Invitation

    We finally have a pile of the rigging complete and are starting sailing. Here is a photo with almost the full suit up, just missing the topsail (not cut yet). It's been a busy summer.
    Cheers,
    Mark...
  6. Re: Looking for sources to fabricate a steel centerboard

    Could it not be done with some form of composite construction ? Putting a foil on metal would be a pain. Foam or wood, not so much !
  7. Re: FAA soliciting public comments on minimum seat dimensions

    Ha Ha, I always thought you should be charged with "total weight" also. Maybe we also need one of those "dimensional weight" calculations that cargo carriers do. Not unrealistic, we are just...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Life after Behr Spar Varnish

    Le Tonk is what we are currently using other than a mix of linseed / pinetar.

    So nice to use products without solvents.
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Wait until you tell him he needs to wear a bikini for the youtube hits like many of the other channel visiting crew. :) :)

    I really like your video content, more my interest. I would enjoy...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    So your dad has crew that takes a boat to various tropical locations and he just flies in for vacation. Well played Mr Madison, well played (senior).

    :) :) :)
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    Re: Boat building blogs

    I feel like that when I see SV Seeker stuff - being a metal boat guy :)
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    Re: Anchor Catting Methods

    Hi ,
    So we anchored for the first time with our fisherman anchor.... the ground tackle handling was anything but graceful. Luckily there was nobody around to witness our foolery. I've googled around...
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    Re: Boat Launch Invitation

    It's been a crazy few days, but she floats. Pretty much perfectly on the waterline as expected at this point (a bit stern down), we still have 12,000lbs of internal ballast + spars to go !
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Hey J,

    While I'm busy thinking or extra threads for you to start (more work), I was wondering if you could give a quick summary of your ships systems, likes, dislikes and things you would do...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Just our of interest, how much propane do you carry and what do you estimate as a burn rate ? I'm paranoid that I would need to get to the point of cold brew coffee.....

    Thanks for the...
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    Re: Boat Launch Invitation

    There has been a change of plans. It's now June 4th. Our Ministry of Transportation was slow to issue an oversized permit for the trucking.

    Cheers,
    Mark
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    Re: Boat Launch Invitation

    Hi ,
    Thanks for the great comments !

    Alan - the only plan right now is to get her rigged and sailing on the great lakes. We've always talked about attending the Brest maritime festival in...
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    Boat Launch Invitation

    Hi,

    Been on the forum getting good rigging and wood working tips and techniques, so just wanted to extend an invitation to our boat launching next week. It's not a wooden boat, so I usually don't...
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    Re: Wooden boat insurance

    To be fair, strip built hulls really are a composite build of fibre and resin. It doesn't really matter that the fibre isn't glass based right :) :)

    I think our hull should have been labelled as...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Looking forward to see the photos from when you portaged Julia across the island :) Great photos and writing.

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  21. Re: I need effective / efficient method to sort / store fastener hardware - what work

    Hi,
    Another option... We purchased a pile of 3 ring binder pencil cases with windows. Works great, you can see what is inside, can open one at a time and just grab the sizes you need for each job....
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    I've been checking their tracking each morning with my coffee. Looks like they did very well crossing the doldrums !
    Cheers,
    Mark
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    Re: Copper Nails For Boom / Gaff Leathering

    Interestingly enough this photo came up in my Facebook feed. The "Algorithm" is working well. Our booms are pretty similar.


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    Copper Nails For Boom / Gaff Leathering

    Hi,
    Quick question / survey for suggestions for nails/tacks to hold leather on gaff jaws and booms. Jaws are oak.

    1) Wide head roofing nails (11guage, 1" long 3/8" head diameter, round shank) ...
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    Re: Lumber prices - insane!!!

    March 2020 I could either invest in retirement savings or a big stack of beautiful air dried, quarter sawn white oak from massive old tree. It had been stickered and dried perfectly for 6 years. In...
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    Re: Traditional Gear Supplier in Ontario Canada

    We just picked up over 2km or rope from Gord !

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    Madison Boatworks on Youtube

    Hi,

    Not sure if everyone is aware that there is a good new boat youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/madisonboatworks

    I'm not sure if there is hope that this could become a revenue...
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    Good insulation. Cozy and warm down below with the fire going ! We are getting a bit more snow tomorrow after digging out this morning. 2 Months to spring....

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  29. Re: Millions under weather alerts as major winter storm hits US and Canada

    Backyard boat designed and built by my wife. Launching next spring !

    Cheers,
    Mark
  30. Re: Millions under weather alerts as major winter storm hits US and Canada

    We were in your neck of the woods this weekend picking up our 2km of rope ! Your name and boat was mentioned.
    Cheers,
    Mark
  31. Re: Millions under weather alerts as major winter storm hits US and Canada

    .... still coming down here.....

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    Re: Wooden Sheave grain orientation

    We soaked ours in heated linseed oil (60 deg c) for a few days, let dry and coated with Le Tonk. They haven't been in service yet, so I can give feed back on how this process works.
    Cheers, Mark
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    Re: Your coffee maker recommendations please.

    I think the most critical part is grinding fresh beans. A good hand grinder goes a long way. Starting with feel good beans is good too. We've been using Cafe william beans for a while now, so it was...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    It's been almost a month since the last post. How long do you figure until they make landfall in Hawaii ?

    Cheers,
    Mark
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    Re: Anchor Catting Methods

    Good timing on this thread for me. We are going to need to figure this out next spring !

    Cheers,
    Mark

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  36. Thread: Anchor Kit

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    Re: Anchor Kit

    Hey Nick,
    I've been thinking a bit about this scaling thing, and my hypothesis is based on some sort of analogy to a "Reynolds Number". The "fluid" (sand / mud / gravel) size doesn't also scale...
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    Re: Epoxy pumps query

    I mix small amounts of epoxy by weight all the time for little jobs. We have a spread sheet with the gear that has mixing ratios for each gram of base up to a couple "pumps". When I do need a full...
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    Re: What finish for white oak screen door?

    I'm with Thad. I'll add that you can warm the raw linseed oil and mix in some pine tar !
    Cheers,
    Mark
  39. Re: One insane englishman trying to rebuild the 1910 gaff cutter Tally Ho, in WA. (VI

    You are correct. My apologies. It is indeed a varnish, but it's so nice to work with !
    Cheers,
    Mark
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    Re: Anchor Kit

    Final picture. Had to check out the fit.

    Cheers,
    Mark

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  41. Re: One insane englishman trying to rebuild the 1910 gaff cutter Tally Ho, in WA. (VI

    Hi Mike, You linked the importers site. Check the link at the bottom of the page I posted.
    Cheers,
    Mark
  42. Re: One insane englishman trying to rebuild the 1910 gaff cutter Tally Ho, in WA. (VI

    It's an oil mix. Cheers, Mark

    https://sagerestoration.com/products/le-tonkinois-marine-linseed-oil-varnish
  43. Re: One insane englishman trying to rebuild the 1910 gaff cutter Tally Ho, in WA. (VI

    Keep in mind they did coat the inside with Le Tonk... it's a completely different thing from polyurethane varnishes. It's just pure linseed and tung oil. It's what we've been using on all our wood...
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    Re: Synthetic standing rigging

    Why not just build a round or oval mast and use soft eyes around it ?

    Cheers,
    Mark
  45. Thread: Anchor Kit

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    Re: Anchor Kit

    Ha ! We bought one of his first No 2 windlasses - it's just awesome.
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    Re: Anchor Kit

    Thanks for the favourable comments. I too think Murielle nailed the "design" on these. They are very pleasing to the eye. They are based off the Herreshoff but the palm surface is a bit bigger and...
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    Re: Anchor Kit

    Things were put aside for a bit. Folding stock was completed today. Just need to go out for galvanizing now.

    Cheers,
    Mark
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    I check in most days to look for an update on this thread, usually with mixed emotions. On one hand I hope to see the photos and read the updates, but part of me thinks that if there are no updates...
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    Re: Anchor Kit

    Next up... a storm anchor... :) (that might wait until next year, these should see us fine next summer)
    Cheers,
    Mark

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    Re: Anchor Kit

    We are aware that this boat is going to mean physical labour. We decided to go with the manageable workout each time we raise anchor vs the ***Fun*** it would be to have an electric or hydraulic unit...
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