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    Re: Marine ply alternative for floors

    Heard of it but I have never been able to find it near me. But your link does list a dealer, Advanced Plastics that has to locations within 100 miles and that would be totally doable. I will have to...
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    Re: Marine ply alternative for floors

    I would use it but have not found it near me. Well there is a supplier that stocks 3/4" and sells it to constructions companies for concrete molds. But can't find 1/2" to match the rest the existing.
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    Marine ply alternative for floors

    Hear me out. I have always used marine plywood in my boat, i know the whys and why not's.

    But I need one sheet, MAYBE one and half of 1/2" ply to replace some of the floors. No supplier near...
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    Re: 1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff restoration

    Have not posted in a couple of while. But the boat is coming together and after all these years I am just amazed watching it look like a new boat again!

    Lots of new wood. Learned a lot over the...
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    Re: Vinyl for cabin roofs

    Happy to report Natulex cabin topping sold by Defender is the same or darn close to the original.

    Defender also had the best price. I only found it a couple of other places. One restoration shop...
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    Re: Mahogany swim platform?

    I got my answer somewhere else.
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    Re: Mahogany swim platform?

    So your just being a smart ass then?
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    Re: Mahogany swim platform?

    What does that have to do with swim platforms?
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    Re: Mahogany swim platform?

    Thanks but I refuse to use plastic on a wooden boat.
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    Mahogany swim platform?

    Need to rebuild a swim platform. Old one was cypress and always oiled. But never liked the look up against a mahogany transom.

    Would like to build the new one out of mahogany/sapele but I know...
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    Re: Vinyl for cabin roofs

    I have tried to verify this but it does seem that the Nautolex cabin topping sold by defender is what was used.... or at least an replacement for it.

    I hope so, I have 6 yards on order and should...
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    Re: Vinyl for cabin roofs

    It is worth looking into!




    I have seen this in Defender and was under the impression this was headliner material. Reading this is has me questioning if that is the case. Need to inquire...
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    Re: Vinyl for cabin roofs

    No, do not want to epoxy the boat with Dynel.



    You are summing up my thoughts. I have a very small amount left over from where I restored this boat..... 20+ years ago.

    I think the backing...
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    Vinyl for cabin roofs

    I know that Nautolex is no longer made so I am looking for an alternative.

    Someone implied they had used marine grade upholstery material which there is not shortage of. Anyone heard or tried...
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    Re: 1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff restoration

    Jumping ahead to last week.

    https://i.imgur.com/FXRaIGg.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/4TVvxYu.jpg


    Taking time to clean up the shop and transition from finishing now. Next step it clean and...
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    Re: 1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff restoration

    I hate it when people walk away from a thread and don't finish. Now I see why. they do it. In all my 'busyness' I soft of forgot about this.

    Quick history. I stopped work on the boat to...
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    Re: Marine Plywood Patching and Bungs

    In the middle of a similar job. I used Famowood and Total Boat fairing compound. Both have good and bad points. Both work.
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    Re: Removing paint from inside of hull?

    I just sanding the interior or my Sea Skiff and you will need a calendar, not a clock to keep up with all the time it will take.

    I found that a multi-tool with a sanding pad was perfect for the...
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    Re: Cheap skin-on-frame canoe

    Just ran upon this thread. I had some polyester I sold for about a year and I started getting lots of reports it wrinkling up after being painted. I finally quit selling it because of all the...
  20. Re: plywood and lumber supplier in SE or East Coast?

    Have not worked up my list yet but just 3-4 boards? Not much. I am going to need some 6/4 or maybe 8/4 though.

    Have to replace some damage pieces around the boat. Mostly trim.
  21. Re: plywood and lumber supplier in SE or East Coast?

    Forgot about them! Dealt with them several years ago and was well pleased.

    Thanks for the reminder.
  22. Re: plywood and lumber supplier in SE or East Coast?

    Thanks for the recommendations but Boat Builder Central, Bedard's and Harbor Sales do not list Mahogany lumber on their websites. That is the main thing I am looking for and I guess I didn't mention...
  23. plywood and lumber supplier in SE or East Coast?

    Got to place a small order for some plywood and a little bit of mahogany. Nothing local so little other option than ship it.

    Who are the preferred suppliers nowdays? One you can trust to send...
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    Re: Wheeled bases for power tools?

    Never been much on mobile bases but just moved my shop to a smaller space and had to put some machines on bases.

    I bought the Bora Portamate Mobile Base Kit PM-1100 and I am impressed... so far....
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    Re: Common sense is so rare.....

    Sea Skiffs are plywood lapstrake. laps are glued with Thiokol (5200 predecessor). So drying out isn't much of a problem.

    But I find it hard to believe a pan of water is going to raise the Relative...
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    Common sense is so rare.....

    Conversation on Facebok about storing a Sea Skif, lapstrake runabout for the winter

    Clueless boater...
    Donít store it on cement. Unless you keep litter pans w/water under the boat.


    ME
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    Re: Oxalic acid vs wood bleach

    It is a mahogany.
    It has been years since I did it the first time but I just remember is was 2 parts. Bleach and a neutralizer.
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    Oxalic acid vs wood bleach

    Refinishing the transom and the name left a "shadow" on the bare wood.

    Last time I did one I used wood bleach. Worked well and just stained it. Wondering if oxalic acid would work or so I need to...
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    Re: Questions on skin-on-fabric with light fabric

    Biggest concern is punctures. I will not use aircraft fabrics on my boats. Just to easy to puncture and the last thing I want is to be down the lake a few miles from the ramp with a hole in my boat. ...
  30. Thread: Flaking Varnish

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    Re: Flaking Varnish

    Me? I would just use a scraper. It should peal right off.

    Then sand and for stain, you want a filler stain. It will help level the surface and leave a better finish. I usually use interlux (I...
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    Re: What is between the Carb and the Spark Plug

    That is what I was going to suggest. It is my go-to method to determine if I have spark at the plugs. It might not crank, but it should at least try. Sputter a little.

    Compression test is a good...
  32. Thread: Wood rasp

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    Re: Wood rasp

    My favorite rasp is a farriers rasp. Big and heavy. Course and fine side. Great for some quick shaping and the fine side leaves a decent finish that doesn't take much to sand smooth. It is my go...
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    Re: Countersink drill bits

    I have petty much finished up the repairs on my Sea Skiff. I had planned on buying Fullers and got to a point I really needed something now. So I went to Lowers, bought a set of Kobalt bits...
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    Re: Trailer cleanace question

    Ended up with 14". Math says 12.5" Build a prop guard and I will be right on the money. Seems tall but as long as I an can launch it that is all that matters.
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    Re: Removing Varnish from stainless steel fittings

    Agreed. Cleaning up lot of boat parts and this methods works very well. Shouldn't hurt the stainless.
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    Re: Trailer cleanace question

    The problem with being a old draftsman is you need to see it to paper sometimes to grasp what you did/are doing.

    I slid under the boat with a tape measure and after looking at it a couple of...
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    Re: Trailer cleanace question

    Having trouble explaining this but just got the boat back on the trailer. With the hitch at the same height I now have 14" clearance at the prop compared to 7" before.

    Axle flip should have...
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    Re: Trailer cleanace question

    Decided an axle flip was a good place to start and an easy way to gain 3" or more clearance. Boy was I wrong on the EASY part. At least for a not so young man with arthritis in his lower back.
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    Re: Trailer cleanace question

    Sorry, I posted then got side tracked and forgot about it.

    I measured this with the ball at towing height. 7" is at the prop and rudder. Rudder will probably hit before the prop does since it is...
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    Trailer clearance question

    Bought a trailer and modifying it to fit a 20' inboard. Just added additional bunks and bow supports and very happy with the fit.

    Turned my attention of the back to work on a prop guard when I...
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    Re: 1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff restoration

    62 and never had anything worse than Sinus infections and a couple of bad cuts in the shop that required a trip to the ER. Then 3 surgeries in a 2 year period.

    Glad I have gotten all that out of...
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    Re: 1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff restoration

    Lots of boat rebuild threads so I have not kept this up. Plus I got in over my head or at least it felt that way so it sat for a year while I tried to work up the nerve to tackle repairing all the...
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    CC 283 FWF cooling hoses

    Anyone have a source for the custom molded coolant hoses on a the flywheel forward Chris Craft 283?

    My boat will be ready fr the motor soon and all the hoses are original, 60 years old so I think...
  44. Re: Boat sold to Canada - transport to Canada - rules, regulations, and potential pit

    This is your answer. Once you complete the sale, it is not longer you property or your concern.

    I can understand wanting to help him out but again, not you boat, not your problem. He should...
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    Re: Grounding/bonding a gas tank

    Per Coast Guard literature:

    Fuel flowing from the dispensing nozzle into a fuel tank is a potential source of a static electric charge which could cause a spark between the dispensing nozzle and...
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    Grounding/bonding a gas tank

    Obviously grounding the gas tank was not a consideration in 1963 at Chris Craft. No provision for it on my boat. The copper fuel line has a rubber joint at the filter so that broke the ground to the...
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    Paainting galvanized gas tank

    My gas tank has been painted and not very well. I have gotten most of the paint off it. The majority was flaking off but there are spots that are really adhered well. I would prefer to just leave it...
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    Re: Shim under the strut?

    Motor is out so obviously has to be realigned. Not looking forward to that job either. Maybe not as hard as I have made it in my head though. But that is a few months away.
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    Re: Shim under the strut?

    That makes total sense.

    And yes, #12 scraper plane. Use it instead of sanding before I painted the shim.
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    Shim under the strut?

    Chris Craft Sea Skiiff.

    Pulled the strut to check and replace the wood inside the boat where it bolts down. While it was off I realized that I need to replace the wood under the strut too.
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