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  1. Re: Any issues with microballoons and talc for fairing? What ratio?

    Gougeons used to have a caution about putting 410 under dark paint, if it's relevant for your boat (most likely an expansion/contraction issue, I guess). For those jobs they suggested using 407...
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    Re: Roll and tip painting advice needed

    Different paints do roll and tip differently. The boat above is Brightside marine paint, which was gently stirred and used straight out of the can. It has always gone on very well for me, but don't...
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    Re: Roll and tip painting advice needed

    I've always done it with a Gougeon yellow foam roller, tipped out with a soft bristle brush (typically sanding the resin's surface to about 150 grit first) and have no complaints, other than the fact...
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    Re: Teslin Freighter canoe

    As far as I know, most Hypalon has a woven polyester core in the 800-1,000 denier yarn weight range. I can't imagine being able to stretch that stuff the way canoe canvas is stretched over the hull....
  5. Re: Any issues with microballoons and talc for fairing? What ratio?

    Be advised though that the filler will usually be much harder than the surrounding wood, which will sand deeper, faster. Some sort of solid sanding block is a good idea to prevent dishing next to the...
  6. Re: Oil based gloss house paint for a trailered boat? Or high priced marine paint?

    Ace Hardware polyurethane floor enamel over WEST Epoxy, no primer used.

    http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Sails%20and%20Plans/guide2-a01.jpg

    Home Depot Concrete and Garage Floor one-part...
  7. Re: Locktite quick set epoxy or tite bond for plywood scarf ?

    Most of the 5-minute or similar hardware store epoxies that I have seen are marginal at best, with unpredictable bond strength. They can be handy, but I certainly wouldn't use them on anything...
  8. Re: Spar grain orientation for balanced lug rig

    Actually, to a greater degree on the yard. The lower part of the sail has more built-in draft and greater broadseaming than the upper part, so it will be less affected by bend (it is extremely rare...
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    Re: Elegant rectilinear things

    http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag153/ToddBradshaw/assorted/069b_zpsfpx4ffxh.jpg
  10. Re: Spar grain orientation for balanced lug rig

    I'd suggest whatever direction offers the least in-use spar bend (especially along the yard and boom if one does) in terms of limiting the bent spar's ability to use up your sail's edge round. The...
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    Re: Music to sail or do maintenance by

    I have an old one (I had just turned 20 when we recorded it) but it's all-boat-all-the-time (and all connected). Somebody pulled it off the old Elektra vinyl, but it's reasonably clean. It was...
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    Re: oh my gosh... looky what I found

    You can buy the castings and plans to build your own U.P. Challenger. Finished weight is around 2,500 lbs.

    http://www.livesteamlocomotives.com/id10.html
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    Re: The Art Thread

    Getting ready to frame one. My wife was always really good at talking my dad out of paintings. :) When asked, he would often say "It's just a piece of paper" which is technically correct - and...
  14. Re: What's the best fabric for a kayak cover/bag?

    You can get a 10' long #10 YKK tooth zipper (usually Delrin) for around $15 and that's probably the most secure. Velcro on a flap is another option, but I'd probably go with 2" wide for security....
  15. Re: What's the best fabric for a kayak cover/bag?

    Yes, Weathermax is good stuff. I made something from it a while back, but can't remember what. It's 8 oz.and 60" wide, similar to Odyssey from a different mill. I looked up Odyssey and it is 64" wide...
  16. Re: What's the best fabric for a kayak cover/bag?

    Yeah, ripstop generally has lousy UV lifespan, combined with poor strength. In nylon, the best would probably be a medium weight called "Bag and Flag Nylon" (which is basically what it is used for)....
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    Re: Elegant curvy things

    Making noise is good. However it sometimes takes a bit of work if you want to do it from something curvy and elegant.
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    Re: Elegant curvy things

    It always struck me that if Picasso had designed a guitar, it would look like this. It's a Yamaha "Silent Guitar" with headphone/output jacks and built-in reverb if desired. They actually sound...
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    Re: Elegant curvy things

    I worked for this sculptor when I was in school. These were solid castings of polyester resin, cast in layers about 1/2" thick and often milti-color tinted to yield some pretty wild lens-like...
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    Re: The Art Thread

    A few of my dad's

    http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag153/ToddBradshaw/assorted/GB1_zps0oy0gjjo.jpg

    http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag153/ToddBradshaw/assorted/GB2_zpsnl6nzagr.jpg

    More...
  21. Re: Need help to ID this 30 year old canoe

    An awful lot of the fast, semi-race-oriented strippers similar to that one were built to plans from the Minnesota Canoe Association to fit their standard class (which is one step down from the...
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    Re: Glenn Frey, R.I.P.

    Damn
  23. Re: Question about epoxy curing time before painting

    The cases of print-through that I have seen were caused by heat, not due to cure time. The sun heats the boat, the resin softens a bit and the wood may also be expanding a little bit, essentially...
  24. Re: Interlux VC Performance Epoxy - Sunscreen?

    Clearcoating with resin, varnish, etc. over white is also quite difficult on an amateur level, since most of these yellow a bit over time. They may look great when they go on, but before long the...
  25. Re: Interlux VC Performance Epoxy - Sunscreen?

    "Normal" paint (type and formula of your choice) is quite likely to be a far better UV blocking topcoat than any epoxy resin mixture. Neither WEST 105/207 or varnishes are permanent UV protection....
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    Re: What did you make today?

    I pulled a marathon session and finished the belt in one day, though it will probably be a week or two before the buckle arrives. I was really glad my wife is not fat as I punched all those holes...
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    Re: What did you make today?

    I get much of it from the dealers who sell on eBay, which is often somewhat cheaper than most retail sites (although leather is never cheap these days). Most of it lately has been veg-tanned tooling...
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    Re: Loony Dook? Hogmanay?

    I saw this posted on the X Marks the Scot website today. It's pretty good.
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    Re: What did you make today?

    It doesn't look like much yet, but I started cutting out pieces for a wide belt for my wife. I made one for myself a while back (shown at left) and she wanted one like it to wear with her tartan...
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    Re: Re-mold new pump leathers?

    It might work, but I've found that it's a lot easier to make leather bigger when molding it, than to make it smaller. Some sort of simple form to squish it down over and force it to the desired size...
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    Re: The best way to chocolate

    Back in the early 1970s we used to sell Toblerone bars in our backpacking store - until they started getting that white residue on them and the customers started griping about them. We finally pulled...
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    Re: Straight stitching a sail

    Sounds good. One thing I've done ever since I started sewing sails is to draw two fore and aft lines on the top of the presser foot with a Sharpie - from the needle area, all the way to the front...
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    Re: Christmas spirits

    Scotch for me.

    http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag153/ToddBradshaw/assorted/Barrel_zpshxevwpp0.jpg
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    Re: Merry Christmas you 'orrible lot

    Have a good one!

    recorded a few years ago with tracks sent in from all over the country via e-mail


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_gv041GwaU
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    Re: What do you THINK people look like?

    Yeah, I wish..........Well... I do have a couple of cowboy hats, and did do a lot of commercials over the years, but not for beer, trucks or anything cool. There is an mp3 with a bunch of them at the...
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    Re: test

    We used to lay Hobie Cats over like that, but with the mainsail hoisted. Then you drop a marble on the sail at each batten and let it roll along the batten until it gets to the lowest point (deepest...
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    Re: Straight stitching a sail

    These look promising, but I would check the last one to make sure it's a double. Kenmore was one of the most common machines where some models used the double pulley system. There are industrial...
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    Re: What do you THINK people look like?

    We didn't take many this year (kind of a wasted year in general). "Working hard" in my office.

    http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag153/ToddBradshaw/assorted/cl-015a_zps1cek9qnp.jpg

    ...and on...
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    Re: Straight stitching a sail

    Yep, the tape adds dramatic seam strength, keeps the pieces of slick fabric aligned properly for sewing, and also acts as a visual guide as you are joining the panels together.

    For punching power...
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    Re: Straight stitching a sail

    I wouldn't take a brand new sail out for the first time when the wind is really screaming, but otherwise I wouldn't expect any problems.
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    Re: Straight stitching a sail

    It's already been done. Probably about ten years ago Dimension Polyant Sailcloth brought out a hot-glue gun for sailmaking. It was air-powered and used special glue cartridges. Essentially you baste...
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    Re: Straight stitching a sail

    Step #1 with a new, used machine -
    Check the web for instruction and parts manuals, many of which are available free in PDF format.

    Step #2 - Check YouTube for videos about that machine. Some may...
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    Re: Straight stitching a sail

    I've always used the stuff I get from the sailcloth manufacturers, so I don't know how different it is (if at all) from the tape sold at local stores. There are differences though, even in the stuff...
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    Re: Straight stitching a sail

    Felled seams on modern Dacron would be quite difficult to make, especially on a computer-cut sail because computers cut panels with curved edges instead of broadseaming. Plus, the fabric is awfully...
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    Re: MN CL what is this boat capable of ?

    I actually kind of like the cabin, which helps keep it from just looking like another rowboat. I don't think having the cabin, or not, makes a lot of difference in the performance, though the cabin...
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    Re: MN CL what is this boat capable of ?

    Most lug profiles looked really bad and out of place on that hull. This one wasn't too bad though and is probably the one I would go with if I had to do a freestanding balanced lug. Seeing that the...
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    Re: MN CL what is this boat capable of ?

    Personally, I think it's hard to compare canoe sailing and boat sailing, just due to the various strengths and limitations of the two. They're both powered similarly by the wind, but usually rather...
  48. Re: Why tell someone new to sailing to purchase a wooden boat?

    I'd tell them the same thing I said earlier - learn to sail well first. If they want to try crewing on bigger boats while they do their own "homework" on the Sunfish, that's fine, but I haven't met...
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    Re: MN CL what is this boat capable of ?

    Yes, and he has a very different opinion of a sail in great shape than I do. Those stains are from weathering while furled and apparently left out uncovered, not from sailing. There is a really good...
  50. Re: Why tell someone new to sailing to purchase a wooden boat?

    Someone new to sailing? I'd advise them to drop $500 on an old Sunfish in decent shape and go out and really learn to sail it well before doing anything else. That seems to be a step that is...
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