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    Re: aviation grade styrofoam

    You can tell if its styrofoam if polyester resin melts it. Epoxy won't melt it. As far as "aircraft" goes the only foam I've seen on exp homebuilts is polyurethane with epoxy. Like posted already,...
  2. Re: Canvas deck, cover the very outboard edge or leave exposed?

    Never exposed.
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    Re: Detroit Diesel coolant

    I would call a reputable diesel service company. I know Florida Diesel has been working on DDs for decades. They are in Orlando and the Ft. Lauderdale area. Marcello Sanz was the parts mgr last time...
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    Re: Rustoleum Boat Paint?

    Can't comment on the Rustoleum bottom paint or freshwater but you get what you pay for with bottom paints. Does the ablative on your boat rub off easily now? Ablatives normally dry out and don't rub...
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    Re: trailer tongue hinge as mast tabernacle

    You're talking the folding hinge for trailer toungs right? They should be strong enough once you figure out how to mount the hinge and fit the mast.
  6. Re: Where does the drainplug go on a skiff? Devlin detail.

    Put a limber hole in the knee and plug hole to the side just far enough to be able to pull the plug from inside. That makes pulling the plug underway to drain the boat way easier than from the...
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    Re: Is this over zinced?

    Something doesn't make sense. Is that an aluminum drive? Aluminum is less noble than bronze or zinc and there is no way to isolate it 100% with an exterior coating. The magnesium you took off that...
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    Re: Transmission 1950 Chris Craft utility

    You might want to do some more research specific to your exact transmission. I don't think all old paragons shared crankcase oil. Some had crankcase weep holes and others didn't. If memory is right...
  9. Re: Older Wooden Hydroplane restoration (minimost)

    These were popular in the 1960s and built with exterior ply, so I would check the wood, glue and fasteners to be sound. Brass was still being used in some building circles...example: Sears wood skiff...
  10. Re: discovered rot in mizzenmast. Please help. first experience with wood mast.

    It's hard to tell how to do this from pics but i don't see the reason a properly built slabbed sleeve wouldn't work. The rot probably starts at the solid heel block where it didn't drain...
  11. Re: How may of you know someone with Covid at the moment?

    None recently but my vaxed wife had it last year...she is a nurse and cared for elderly patients in a covid wing at the time. I'm not vaxed and didn't get it. We had covid spikes locally when the...
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    Re: Andersen bailer Lubrication

    Water.
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    Re: Fastening bronze fairlead to gunwhale

    Nice boat. I'd bed with polysulfide. I replaced leaking portholes bedded with butyl and it wasn't satisfactory. Could have been the butyl or application by the previous owner but it didn't live up to...
  14. Re: A question for USAers who remember the draft.

    U.S. Merchant Marines were included as military service if your U.S. Merchant Marine Document was stamped "Valid for Emergency Service". That meant you signed "ship's papers" which required you to...
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    Re: epoxy barrier coat

    Good choice to skip the epoxy coating. Food for thought...I tested Petit primer with EZ Poxy on one part of a boat and Interlux primer with Brightside on another part...both decks with the same...
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    Re: Newbie needs help with planking seam

    Looks like a typical carvel seam to me and that area a possible recaulk of some sort. Pulling loose tells me the plank moved or it wasn't primed before caulking.
  17. Re: what caulk to use for open seams in dried out mahogany planks, below water line ?

    Hard to say without more info...but opening only 1/16" after 10 yrs out of the water means it's a tight hull and probably will swell up as is. Can you see cotton or old seaming compound? If in doubt...
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    Re: Biscayne Bay 14 seam sealing?

    Those seams look big and probably won't swell up much unless you keep them wet. I would use polysulfide and push a bead with a caulk gun. Spritz immediately with water to skin it over so dirt doesn't...
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    Re: Meeting with a Lawyer Today

    First thought is read the papers you sign with the atty carefully...many have "contingency fees" and "expenses". A good friend of mine thought no pay unless they win meant not paying anything. They...
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    Re: Stem Cell Therapy

    Did stem cells on our 12 yr old dogs knees last yr. Left rear leg gave way first and right leg when it collapsed a couple months later. The vet said the healing process was remarkably faster than...
  21. Thread: Bi-polar People

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    Re: Bi-polar People

    My 40 yr old stepson is bipolar. Been taking meds for it since he was in elementary school. Has always been an A student...including in college. A few yrs back he decided to get completely off meds...
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    Re: How do I assess fasteners issues?

    The best way to check SS fasteners is pull a bunch for visual check and then send to a specialty lab for testing. ASTM G38 is a good read on this. Otherwise, If you pull a few and see pitting,...
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    Re: cotton canvass ditty bag

    Google seabags, ditty bags or duffle bags. Those terms are universal when you search so don't expect political correctness.
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    Re: Mini max (~1960) boat build

    That's a cool vintage design. I had one in the 1960s with a 1950s 15hp Evinrude and tiller steering. I remember painting a skull and crossbones on the side after a going out a couple times. That...
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    Re: Good small boat adventure books?

    +1 one of the best I've read too.
  26. Thread: Cleaning a sail

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    Re: Cleaning a sail

    You may try a local commercial laundry service who does linen and drapes for hotels. They know fabrics, finishes and how to clean without damage. Yrs back I had sails done in Ft Lauderdale at the...
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    Re: Good small boat adventure books?

    I don't remember book names but you can google:
    Tristan Jones...many books
    Creek Sailor...Shoal Waters 14' cb gaff wood cutter that cruises the shallows in England. Several books and has a web...
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    Re: Trailering with motor attached?

    +1
    I grew up trailering wood boats like this in the 1960s and still trailer boats on 600 mi round trips. 3 hp wood skiffs to 140 hp glass. Trailer them mostly with engines up so they don't bottom...
  29. Re: Opinions on refinishing and fairing a cast iron ballast keel?

    I agree. One sample posted on the internet by any random individual has to be taken with big grains of salt. My post only showed what happened to me and definitely not the benchmark of authority.
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  30. Re: Opinions on refinishing and fairing a cast iron ballast keel?

    Corroseal? I did an above water test sample on a rusted steel pipe section with corroseal vs regular epoxy resin. I crudely sanded off flaking rust and had about half bright and half smoothed rust....
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    Re: about 25 ft cruising sailboat

    The only thing I can add is building from Bruce Roberts plans is like building from a study plan...highly lacking in detail that novice builders don't have a clue. There are much better plans to be...
  32. Re: Opinions on refinishing and fairing a cast iron ballast keel?

    I've had a few cast iron keels and spent a shxx load of time in boat yards. That one example isn't the norm for coal tar and most likely an example of prep failure. Coal tar normally bleeds through...
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    Re: Wooden Boat Fastenings

    Thanks, FYI I'm in south Florida where water temps hover in the mid 80s and temps in the 90s most of the yr. Boats stay in the water yr round here and
    are used yr round. It's harsh for boats here...
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    Re: Chris Craft model listings?

    There is also a book by Jerry Conrad called Chris Craft The Essential Guide and probably what you will find on the Mariners' Museum site. It has all the CC boats with pics and specs. There are a lot...
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    Re: Wooden Boat Fastenings

    Here in the states that construction is rare on large boats and most often seen on small skiffs and such...37' carvel with small frames on 8" centers is very uncommon. Anyone with experience...
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    Re: Wooden Boat Fastenings

    [QUOTE=Peerie Maa;5962724]If they were as bad as that she would not


    she would be working and leaking like a wicker basket.[/QUOT

    Maybe...but not always. I haven't pulled or worked with...
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    Re: Best material and design for boat awning?

    On a slightly larger (12' x 12') awning I used (3) 1 x 3 fir battens in full length pockets. They bent enough to hold tight tension and shed water. When blowing hard I took the battens out and draped...
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    Re: Mast height of H28 Sloop

    Is your mast built to original specs? My old H28 is probably the only sailboat I've owned that didn't need running backs in any seas or winds you would keep sails up in...but I think it was an over...
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    Re: Wooden Boat Fastenings

    Original 1937 fastenings? I think you are going to find out removing compromised (especially driven ones) fasteners is easier to write about than make happen. 80 yr old copper below the waterline is...
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    Re: polyester resin adherence

    Yep, I forgot about pva but I think it's best use is for mold release and small repairs. It's expensive and another step if you don't use waxed resin as the last lamination coat. Wax modifier is...
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    Re: A question for the NAs

    I'm not a NA...but plain experience tells me there is NO way that 23' hull will plane at 15 mph with a 30 hp ob. Not gonna happen with those lines on that size boat with that size motor. It probably...
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    Re: polyester resin adherence

    I believe you are over thinking this. Ply needs to be dry before glassing. It can be "scratched" with 36 grit or "pecked" for better tenacity but far and few people do that

    You have five choices...
  43. Re: Can plywood or lumber get too dry in storage? How to store?

    I doubt ply can be "too dry" but you could contact the APA (American Ply Assoc) and ask them. That will eliminate bogus hearsay info. For $5 a sheet you don't have much to lose anyway. Ply can warp...
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    Re: Mast height of H28 Sloop

    Thanks Jay, that's all I need. It should be well under 41'. Yep, running backs are better to have and not need than need and not have.
    Good luck with your conversion.
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    Re: Mast height of H28 Sloop

    Thanks Jay, that helps. I'm reading LFH's book showing approx 34'+- height for the ketch. Another 4'-6' should be a realistic guesstimate to get under 41'. I'm looking at an estate sale and they...
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    Re: polyester resin adherence

    Far superior for strength and bonding but not far superior in manufacturing where someone has to babysit vertical laminations to keep the resin from sagging out of the cloth...the thicker the...
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    Re: Mast height of H28 Sloop

    Thanks, I've already searched that site but couldn't find mast height measurements for any of the "clone" H28s. I'm considering a glass "clone" (same specs as original) and inches matter with the ...
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    Re: polyester resin adherence

    It's getting harder to find mat that epoxy will saturate but it's out there. Styrene in poly is what dissolves the binder. Some supply outlets don't even know they have it. Anymore, I look for the...
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    Re: Kerosene wick stove

    Looks ok to me except for the "steel" rusting problem. I lived aboard 10+ yrs and 9 were with kero. 2 yrs were cruising on the hook with kero lamps for lighting. No real issues with odor or moisture...
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    Re: Epoxy bonding to Linseed oil

    All I can say is I like your style. Far and few actually test materials to learn fact from fiction.
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