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    Re: Boat camping tent.

    If it matters, polyester of some sort and at any weight would have much better UV resistance and lifespan than coated nylon. You are generally much better off limiting light nylon to clothing and...
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    Re: Boat camping tent.

    Most stuff like that I make from Odyssey polyester boat canvas. It's about half the weight, bulk and price of Sunbrella, comes something like 63" wide in all kinds of colors and has really great...
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    Re: Deks Olje problem

    I have always just applied Deks#1 like the directions stated - multiple coats, wet on wet until it won't absorb any more and then wipe off the excess and give it a day or two to dry. With Deks, or...
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    Re: Deks Olje problem

    I've used a lot of #1 over the years for a nice, oiled finish. When I tried the #2 on top, I ended up with what seemed very similar to putting a coat of varnish on - reasonably hard and glossy. I...
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    Re: Electric canoe, maiden voyage

    Then there is this guy.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHjF5_E6p-M&t=1149s
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    I used to have a paddling shirt made from a lightweight nylon with a silver aluminized coating on the outside and tight elastic cuffs that kept out most of the water if you got dumped and got back up...
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    Re: Amazing bass player

    Very cool. Some of the octave jumps (or drops) right in the middle of a line kind of bugged me, but at those speeds it may have been the only way to get it done and reach the designated spots on the...
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    Re: One detail of stitch & glue method

    The whole concept of the interior unsealed plywood forming an "escape route" is a load of crap. It is far more likely in real life to form an entrance route. Perhaps the two guys who built the...
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    At least do be aware of the fact that there is a huge difference between the insulation "value" of one of those "down-vest-like" flotation garments out of the water as opposed to actually being in...
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    Re: Canvas Canoe Filler

    Interestingly, when I do decide to sell it, I stand to either take a substantial hit on the price or have a limited number of potential buyers due to the fact that the canvas was replaced with...
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    Re: Finally, it looks like a boat

    Looking really nice. An interesting color as well.
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    Re: Expedition Pedal boat design

    Yes, we have the Bimini tops, and they are a wonderful addition. We have found that they can make the boat a bit squirrelly once you get up much above ten to twelve knots of wind, but they can be...
  13. Re: Inscribing an HIN on a little plywood skiff?

    Be aware that using screws to mount something like an engraved metal plate to the hull is very likely not going to pass muster. To be acceptable, the attachment method is supposed to be something...
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    For those of us used to different ways to measure buoyancy:

    A 50N rated aid provides a minimum of 5kg of buoyancy. Buoyancy aids at level 50 are recommended for use by those who are competent...
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    Re: Canvas Canoe Filler

    I think the glass/epoxy skin is actually only maybe 30-35 years old. I special ordered the canoe keelless in 1972 and canvas-covered. It was the first thing I ever bought with rock and roll money....
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    Re: One detail of stitch & glue method

    The whole idea of plywood "breathing" is a joke. Plywood is either (1) sealed or (2) in the process of deteriorating from moisture absorption. It doesn't soak up humidity or moisture and then breathe...
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    Re: Expedition Pedal boat design

    First of all, there are a variety of different Hobie hulls that use Mirage Drives and some might be better rough water hulls than others. In our case, we are using the Mirage Lynx hulls, which are...
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    Yes, but the function of any pfd is not to make up for failure to dress for immersion if that is something within the range of reasonable possibilities. You can't always save people from their own...
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    Re: Expedition Pedal boat design

    Yes, that is very clever, and also seems to be pretty efficient. I think he should try to fit a shirt and a hat on the mechanism at the stern.

    As for speed..... some days you simply don't want to...
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    Re: Canvas Canoe Filler

    Somebody can attempt to "strip me of my rank in the Real Canoe Owner's Club" any time they want, but in the mean time, my 50-year-old Old Town Guide wearing a WEST epoxy and six-ounce fiberglass skin...
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    No you are not. It takes less than ten seconds to blow one up.
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    Re: smoked meat

    So Jack, are you planning to contribute to the thread, or just blow smoke? :d
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    You might also want to check on what sort of classification it has. It may or may not qualify as a Type III. We used to run into this problem back in the whitewater kayaking days. The best whitewater...
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    Re: smoked meat

    Willy, have you seen the videos showing how to make your own Bradley wood biscuits from sawdust and potato starch pressed into an old hole saw body? Since a long-ish smoke on the Bradley can burn...
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    Re: Latin style BBQ chicken is the best

    Skip, so what, more specifically are they doing to it?
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    Re: One detail of stitch & glue method

    Gee, there are some folks who might have more experience than your friend when it comes to building epoxy-coated plywood boats (by a factor of a hundred or so) who would disagree with your buddy....
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    Re: smoked meat

    So far, I have an ancient Weber Smokey Mountain water pan smoker (hard to keep consistent temp and to keep the temp down where you want it for smoking), a Bradley electric smoker (burns those...
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    Re: smoked meat

    At left, eye of round, dry-cured for about ten days, then smoked (apple wood) and sliced paper-thin. Really good rolled around a small blob of horseradish white cheddar. At right smoked pork loin,...
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    The two air chambers are not connected in front, so theoretically you could climb in, stuffing your head between them, and then buckle the strap system behind them. However, I think the problem would...
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    Maybe with some, but with others you have a choice of using the cartridge, or just blowing it up by mouth using the tube. They inflate pretty quickly, and you can inflate and deflate it as many times...
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    Re: hiwassee wanderer

    https://duckworks.com/hiwassee-wanderer-pdf/

    It really looks to me that it might benefit greatly by adding some gunwales, which tend to make a huge difference in the hull's stiffness, but I have...
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    Mustang before and after inflation. There are certainly plenty of good pfds out there which are capable of doing the job. This type shines for its ability to do the job well when needed, yet be...
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    My inflatable Mustangs have drastically more flotation than any type III canoe/kayak pfds that I have ever owned. When inflated they are also more secure. Paddling jackets have to be built so that...
  34. Re: Junk Rig (for Dinghy) Designer/Builder in WA State?

    Anybody remember a sail design that was split into sections horizontally? The sections could be sheeted to mimic a normal sail or the top section could be allowed to twist way off to depower. The...
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    Re: Expedition Pedal boat design

    We are in our second year with the Hobie 180 Mirage drives (kick-up fins with forward and reverse) and after almost 60 years of canoes, kayaks and other small boats, paddles and oars just don't seem...
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    We have been using Lotus brand PFDs for sea kayaking. Good mesh pockets on the front and we rigged strobe lights and whistles on the shoulders. With rather large foam blocks they are fairly warm on a...
  37. Re: Junk Rig (for Dinghy) Designer/Builder in WA State?

    Yes, but considering that the wind itself is twisted up higher above the water, you will rarely encounter conditions where the top of your sail is not over trimmed if you are pulling it inward like...
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    Re: Beavers making a comeback

    Speaking of beavers I like this one. The flight characteristic capabilities are totally unrealistic, but it will also do low and slow.

    https://youtu.be/xR-Z47Z7KUA
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    I'm not sure that is true. The amount of twist available on a sail with a fairly low aspect ratio is limited, and there is nothing you can do with any sheeting system to change that.
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    I am certainly no junk expert, but it seems to me that the aspect ratio might have a lot to do with the effectiveness or not of the sheetlets vs. mainsheet question. Shorter smallish boat sails are...
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    Re: sailmaker's bench

    Though there may not be much sewing on the inside areas of some modern plastic sails, there is still usually a lot of sewing on the edges. If I had thought of it while I was still building sails,...
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    Re: sailmaker's bench

    Perfect for old time sailmaking where considerable time was spent hand sewing roping and rings. It is missing the sail hook anchored to a short piece of rope for temporarily tensioning edges while...
  43. Re: Junk Rig (for Dinghy) Designer/Builder in WA State?

    It's hard to say much comparing the two types. I have no experience sailing with a junk rig. I suspect the camber of the lug will allow it to point higher and generate more power for punching through...
  44. Re: Junk Rig (for Dinghy) Designer/Builder in WA State?

    I built quite a few fully-battened balanced lugs for customers over the years. One of the nicest things about them is that unlike most sail types, the forward ends of the full battens do not need to...
  45. Re: Ditty Bags: seamimg twine, marline, codline, boltrope

    I don't use nylon thread or twine for anything. It stretches and sun rots. I also don't have a lot of use for natural fiber thread, twine or rope for sail work. Polyester is stronger, UV resistant...
  46. Re: Junk Rig (for Dinghy) Designer/Builder in WA State?

    118130 It could be done, but I think you will find that it is easier to deal with in that size range if you just sail it with a single sheet as technically a balanced lug. I'm posting from my...
  47. Re: What is the most important skill you were ever taught?

    My dad taught me that when it comes to the work you do and the things that you create, good enough isn't good enough.
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    Re: Put a Sail on a Skiff

    Raise the forward end of your sprit boom a bit and you will get a better balance of leech and foot tension. As shown, the tension is all on the foot.
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    Definitely a nice one.

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  50. Re: Yards and weight aloft on sail & row skiffs

    I doubt it. Tippiness is likely to be far more a function of how much sail area you have up there than the weight of a yard or sprit. A yard for a standing lug in that size range is maybe 8'-9' long...
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