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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Spent several hours had planning the mast interesting to note the heavy build up of varnish and flat areas created after years of sanding and varnishing.
    Thanks Matt for suggesting a jack plane it...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Hey Steve original sail plan for WB on page one #14. Contact me if you are looking for a mast I have two leads for similar sized but lighter spars.
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Hey Steve original sail plan for WB on page one #14. Contact me if you are looking for a mast I have two leads for similar sized but lighter spars.
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    I feel anything broken with possible sharp’s flogging around at the masthead is something to be avoided at all costs.
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    The mast is cleaning up nicely using a small 4” finishing plane set just...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    [QUOTE=Phil Y;5698494]Thanks be to God my masts are painted all the way. We have daylight saving here. Horrendous.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk[/QUOTE

    Expanding further on that bit of...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Just another perspective angle.upside down.

    https://i.postimg.cc/Sx2xYc6L/CBB14-EC6-BC3-B-402-F-90-A7-B2-B7-B12-A304-D.jpg
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Damm that mast must have been build for WB so far the stay sail fits to a tee which is a great start. It also apears I have my required luff measurment of 16’ or 4.877m.

    Tim Phillips indicated I...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    The idea was to use the mast as a top sail yard , however that remains to be seen since I will be running a whole lot of gear including ,uppers ,runners a forestay and a double block of the bronze...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    White lead paint was the best for protecting the end grains of a mast and also made the vessel more visible, for example rounding a breakwater while coming into a harbour at night,or gauging...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    The mast is weathered with only minimal amount of varnish left which I will scrape of. In its very dry stored enviroment it was then exposed to several days of heavy rains which did not help it’s...
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    Re: "Inconceivable!", a Welsford Navigator

    She will be a great boat and a joy to sail once finished .
    Having build and sailed a Ness boat I would pick the Navigator any day as she is more weatherly and forgiving.
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Thanks Matt for all the tips so the jack plane sounds like the ticket. Mine has the same square bottom section complete with holes already drilled for the proposed tabernacle so it will same...
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    Re: "Inconceivable!", a Welsford Navigator

    Right My statement on epoxy and UV exposure was probably too broad and not specified to an epoxy joint.

    My personal expirience in restoring a very neglected Tammie Norrie presently is that the...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    I never buy anything sight unseen , however I made an exception in this case. It all started with a random call to Tim Phillips from The Wooden Boat Shop in Sorrento and after discussing my...
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    Re: "Inconceivable!", a Welsford Navigator

    Good luck with her you obviously appear to have the skills and right attitude to get her finished.
    Just need to point out epoxy sitting exposed to UV should not fail ,either it’s been incorrectly...
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    Re: question about boat building

    I would advise you to seriously consider not building unless you absolutely are hung up on building your own craft.
    Instead I would advise you look around for something used that may need a little...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Picking up my soon to be new again Gaff Rig for WB. Details on my espacades are on “A new Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie” Sorry Rick not to have called but I just did a quick 1700 km 24 hour stint ...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    While this picture taken at Woolwich Dock does not show the true scale of Wild Oats keel length , but you would better understand it if you had to climb the three storie stairway.
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    This morning I am taking stock and attempting to make sense of what needs to be done in order to create a fully functional Gaff rig for Wee Barkie.
    Below in the middle is Couta Boat Wanda G’s gaff...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    No it’s fine just saturated after driving through a large East Coast low which we are still experiencing.
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    No but I sure felt like it since the trailer didn’t have a smart steering system . Fortunately I only encountered one pair of smokey’s stuffing their faces at Macas, and the Pacific Highway is...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    This quick midnight run up from Sydney had Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit written all over it.
    Did a quick 24 hour turn around while eating on the run picking up the spars at Woolwich Dock....
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Ok ok that sounds positive.
    Do you think I will have enough mast height considering the blocks for the longer gaff will have to be located in a similar location as Muriel in #47. ?
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    Re: "Inconceivable!", a Welsford Navigator

    Great find Ben .
    I had a chance to borrow a Navigator in the Bribie Island Regatta and I was very impressed with this boat.
    We managed a first in the cruise race and even beat a Pathfinder after...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    The gaff main sail shown minus some gaff length is what I will be aiming for.

    Sorry guys but It looks like the top sail won’t be happening with the Couta mast sporting around 20 degree of gaff...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Tim Philips has been building and restoring Couta Boats since around 1981 at which time he started The Wooden Boat Shop .He is one of the driving forces behind the Couta revival and has build or...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Back to the mast and a little information on the Couta boats that use them

    From around 1890 the fishing for Couta had moved offshore and the boats that evolved where decked in forward to...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Another little scarf Iím getting better at this stuff all the time. Happy with the yard bill under 400.

    Garry thought I saw you cruising by on VMR

    Too busy for a quick chat or ďJust sitting on...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Quick and dirty copper patch , next time I will take a pair of needle nosed pliers and not put a copper nail in my finger, while working in the...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    W Barkie just finished a quick tur around at the Tweed .Here is the yard manager Chris jacking up WB for a little copper shoe replacement, after the aft end of the keel was damaged possibly by an...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Not a good morning have just experienced a family crisis . The mast is only going as far as Woolwich Dock Sydney with no one to meet it as I am unable to travel down at this time. I’m on the phone...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Just to refine my previous answer in which I did not elaborate all my feelings regarding the proposed gaff rig.

    While admittedly having limited experience and knowledge of Gaffs my opinions where...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Small rudder repair caused by the prop taking a small bite caused by a faulty shaftkey .
    Man those worms are hungry now that I have seen the damage worms can cause .Fortunatley the damage was...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Thanks Phil while I am quite confident the gaff rig will improve performance , I’m not so sure about the anti fouling.
    The old paint is starting to flake particularly on the starboard side....
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Gaffers certainly have a big advantage in sailing without disruption as I observed in the last Vintage Regatta, in which Matt,s 24’ Pixie was always shadowing WB . We only just managed to stay in the...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Quick and dirty copper shoe replacement ,which was damaged when hitting an abandoned mooring block.

    https://i.postimg.cc/0jzD87xq/8920_EAB3-9_C0_F-44_DB-81_FF-45_D7_BB870_B91.jpg
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Couple of pictures of the haul out.

    https://i.postimg.cc/q7mNzg1B/70683_EBD-6_DAF-4392-_BFDD-88745_EAFBAE8.jpg
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    After a full on week bum up renovating at home this was a nice change. WB being hauled late yesterday afternoon on the Tweed slipway with some therapeutic pressure washing finished in the fading...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    WB second owner Stephen Clode an Engineer made the rig conversion , I am not entirely sure what his motivation was .although I do recall him mentioning the heavy weight of the original gaff mast. ...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    :D

    Hijack away I have never objected to being hijacked by a a pretty lass while singlehanding in the past. :D
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Good point on the long gaff ,I can probably rustle up a light 16’skiff jib that I can recut.
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    I only just glanced at it .Presently Nellie and I are renovating our 25 year old house just completely gutted and re sheathed and partially rebuild two bathrooms and a toilet in the last five days. ...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    I appreciate your reply Alex .
    The luff will be the same or possibly lengthened slightly.

    I also like the longer higher peak gaff especially as I will not be adding a top sail. And since the...
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Adding some additional perspective.

    https://i.postimg.cc/J4BHMT7d/BEFB50_F5-_C20_F-4_ACE-94_A9-121_B1_E3944_B6.jpg
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    Thanks Ben your positive comments are appreciated as well as your elegant and aptly descriptive analogy of how some of us operate..

    The Gaff length may be an issue ,since I will be increasing my ...
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