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  1. Re: Photo Challenge - Week of 22 January 2018 - Food

    Home made hot and sour soup

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    DIY pastrami

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    A few kabobs
  2. Re: What do I need to design a custom boat?

    I'm always amused at those who suddenly show up here with lots of attitude, but a very obvious lack of knowledge or skills. They expect their aggressive attitude will make up the difference and save...
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    Re: Too old to wear bluejeans?

    65 and no plans to switch. Levis 501s and 517s for me for as long as I can remember. The article is mostly BS anyway. Anybody who "bursts into tears" due to the stress of finding a pair of jeans has...
  4. Re: Thickened 105 epoxy to prevent runs?

    The "edge of a plywood disk", like any plywood edge is going to be all end grain. Edges like this can soak up a staggering amount of resin, and will tend to suck the resin right out of your...
  5. Re: World's longest successful sniper shot, eh.

    Great shot, but some of the author's quoted figures and distances seem way off and impossible hard to believe.

    Quigley could probably do it the old fashioned way. :) I do get a kick out of the...
  6. Re: Looking for Lense cover for bow light 1955 Borum see photo

    One note of caution.... One of my old boats had some cool original running lights with their red and green glass lenses and a somewhat similar metal, bullet-shaped body with one small bulb inside. I...
  7. Re: Thickened 105 epoxy to prevent runs?

    People have been squeegeeing resin of all sorts up vertical surfaces to make fiberglass products in molds for ages without adding other stuff to it. If you get the excess out with your squeegee what...
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    Re: Bamboo for a lug yard?

    Peter, over the past 15 years or so I have usually suggested that my customers stick pretty closely to the small boat spar scantlings that Iain Oughtred suggested in his book for his designs. They...
  9. Thread: Iceboats

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    Re: Iceboats

    ...and if you though that was fast, check out the other side of the coin. This is a modern Skeeter on Lake Kegonsa, which is a few miles south of town here. Blow it up to full screen on your browser...
  10. Thread: Iceboats

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    Re: Iceboats

    We don't seem to get the longer periods with good, snow-free ice that we used to get here. Being able to leave your boat on the ice up on chocks for two or three weeks and do a lot of sailing without...
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    Re: Bamboo for a lug yard?

    After designing and building sails for 38 years, in my opinion "the correct amount of spar bend" does not exist. Spar bend is something which is very often undesirable and which unfortunately has to...
  12. Thread: Iceboats

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    Re: Iceboats

    Yes, 1888 is the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat Club’s "Rocket". If you see her pictured with one which is actually even a bit longer, it is usually "Jack Frost" which is the biggest of the big. Rocket...
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    Re: Filler (again) - my first fillet

    UHMW actually glues pretty well if sanded lightly, quickly flame treated and then glued with GFlex or similar. That's how you fix breaks in rotomolded boats and repair torn out chunks of the UHMW...
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    Re: Building yet another bass guitar kit

    It will be interesting to see how the bass holds up over time. My only major gripe with Hofners is that their chrome plating oxidizes badly with time - even in places that are not subject to being...
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    Re: Outhaul on loose footed main sail

    It's impossible to say without seeing it, but on older sails these symptoms are very commonly the result of the boltrope shrinking over time. This gathers too much cloth along the spars and makes a...
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    Re: Lugsail design and construction

    Looking good!
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    Re: Building yet another bass guitar kit

    Looks pretty darned good Norm, and I'm sure you will enjoy the fact that they weigh so little compared to most basses. I did notice by the way, that LaBella is making string sets with lengths...
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    Re: Filler (again) - my first fillet

    There are a few epoxy resins reported to work well with Delrin, though I have no experience using them.

    http://reltekllc.com/adhesivesfordelrin.aspx
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    Re: Outhaul on loose footed main sail

    There is nothing traditional about a canvas webbing strap for an outhaul, with or without Velcro. Little details like that are what separates rigs which can believably mimic the basic cosmetics of...
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    Re: Outhaul on loose footed main sail

    Velcro and webbing seems awfully out of place on a sail made to look traditional with narrow panels, cringles, etc. - especially when it could be done with cordage. It's like those "classic-look"...
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    Re: Outhaul on loose footed main sail

    Velcro? The stuff that loses 50% or it's holding power when it gets wet?
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    Re: Filler (again) - my first fillet

    There is pretty much no way possible to avoid the big stress riser that gluing the rigid step to a flexible hull is going to make, but the seriousness (or not) on that issue is always going to be a...
  23. Re: This Spectacular Video Shows What It Would Be Like to Fly Through The Orion Nebul

    HOLY TRAPezium!
  24. Re: Cutting Hole in Fiberglass for Access Port: Methodology?

    Do understand that gelcoat contains a high percentage of inert fillers, like talc and does not adhere to the lamination particularly well. It is often worth the trouble to cover the area with masking...
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    Re: new old cam cleat

    Yeah, although that wooden housing was kind of cool.
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    Re: Got scammed!

    I removed all cards from the account. I've made more than 680 transactions on eBay over the years and not put any of them on a credit card. The only reason they were listed at all was to provide some...
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    Re: Got scammed!

    No idea, but I've been buying a lot of bike stuff lately to outfit our trikes, much of it little orders from eBay, though not on credit cards, and that particular card doesn't get used much. I also...
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    Got scammed!

    Today I'm minding my own business about five miles into a nice ride on my road trike on the rollers in front of the computer and watching YouTube videos when Max starts barking like crazy. Somebody...
  29. Re: Making a standing lugsail for my Argie 15 (Todd Bradshaw design)

    Yep.

    You will need to roll the sail like a scroll for nearly every sewing pass through the machine. Having tried all manner of methods, clamps, tubes to wrap cloth around, etc. to roll it...
  30. Re: Making a standing lugsail for my Argie 15 (Todd Bradshaw design)

    Normal seam overlap is a bit more than 1/2" and basted with 1/2" seam tape. We want a bit more width to be sure we don't have any tape exposed along the edges as it would pick up dirt, so figure .6",...
  31. Re: Making a standing lugsail for my Argie 15 (Todd Bradshaw design)

    The short scenario: (1) Lay out the basic straight-line perimeter with string, using weights or tape at the corners since you can't use pins, nails, etc.
    (2) Use light...
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    Agreed. Though those nearly square spritsails don't have a really snazzy looking profile I've always liked them on Norse boats. They just seem to fit. I have a plan I drew up for one in my...
  33. Re: Making a standing lugsail for my Argie 15 (Todd Bradshaw design)

    Not shown because it is not needed on that sail. It can certainly be a good thing on lugs with really long luffs, but I've built a bunch of these over the years, doubled the luff tapes up for...
  34. Re: Making a standing lugsail for my Argie 15 (Todd Bradshaw design)

    Yep, you should be pinching the tip of the needle between your thumb and index finger just slightly (maybe 1/2" or so) below the point. The needle's eye end should be in one of the dents in the iron...
  35. Re: Dramatically different densities in a strip canoe

    Glue joint failures on stripper cores, inside the fiberglass layers are pretty rare. When they do happen it is usually due to insufficient glass weight on the inside of the hull. Rookie builders...
  36. Re: Dramatically different densities in a strip canoe

    You always run a certain amount of risk that the harder stripes will sand very differently from the cedar, resisting the sanding much more. This can make for a surface where the feature stripes are...
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    Ross, I have no idea what you are talking about. Can you find the thread?
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    It's a #0 spur grommet put through the panel fabric and a couple small patches (grommets require a certain amount of cloth thickness to set properly, and we want to distribute the stress over a...
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    Re: efficiency of the sprit rig

    Now you have.

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  40. Re: Sail making and the conundrum of the camber

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    This is the first sail I ever built (1980) and we still use it today. I put a considerable amount of time into the design because I wanted to have a tri-radial lateen for my own use and had...
  41. Re: Sail making and the conundrum of the camber

    This line of "reasoning" makes absolutely no sense to me at all, and it will certainly never make you a good sailmaker, rigger or boatbuilder. Cut corners in order to finish the job faster? Since...
  42. Re: Sail making and the conundrum of the camber

    You are making a lot of assumptions which are clearly beyond your experience level, and this beautifully illustrates my point. Designing a sail does not take very long at all - if you know how to do...
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    Re: Building yet another bass guitar kit

    I had a B15N just like that, but with the stock speaker back around 1970 and used it until it got too small for the concert halls we were playing. I loved that amp, but that was before folks started...
  44. Re: Sail making and the conundrum of the camber

    I cited a portion of your statement that is simply not true - whether standing alone or surrounded by other stuff (which in this case is actually pretty meaningless and vague). A sail for a child's...
  45. Re: Sail making and the conundrum of the camber

    I certainly don't. The things you are mentioning are trim-out options, and quite frankly, they have much less to do with how well the sail works and sets than issues like the broadseams, luff shape,...
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    Re: Building yet another bass guitar kit

    That's basically what I did, as I don't have any means for finger joining the pieces either. With 3/4" Baltic birch it worked just fine and with all that glue surface area at the joints, the end...
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    Re: Building yet another bass guitar kit

    Looking really good Norm! I'm still amazed that they can sell something with that much production labor in it for that price. I built a bass speaker cabinet a while back and it was also a fun...
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    Re: Fired up & ready to go.

    Geez I miss that guy and the dignity he lent to the office. I can't believe that some Americans are stupid enough to support the absolute moron the resides there now, but even here in the bilge we...
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    Re: Fired up and ready to go also

    Put the reverser in the Forward position at the first notch, bleed off the locomotive brake (assuming the train brake is not engaged) start the bell ringing, sound the horn since you're crossing a...
  50. Thread: Lateen

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    Re: Lateen

    That is basically the way Rushton's "Vesper" canoe was rigged when it won the 1886 American Canoe Association cup races. It had two sails with about 75 total square feet of sail area, boomed and...
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