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  1. Re: Windward performance of pocketship, CS 20, NIS 18 or Chebacco

    Core Sound 20 is a seriously quick boat, designed for and having won some everglades challenges. I suspect quicker than the other two, certainly the Chebacco.
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    It's a sad thing that the really small two strokes were swept up in the 4 stroke movement. Namely I had I think it was a Evinrude two stroke 4 hp that ran my catboat fine, had a remote fuel tank and...
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    Re: Sculling oar length

    Thanks for the reminder. I did a piece on US gunning oars for this pub, and I lent mine. Need to retrieve it. French sculling races are seriously entertaining. They have developed special boats for...
  4. Thread: Oars

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    Re: Oars

    Couple of options: a bronze locking device to lock them into the tender. I have one around here some where that you can have for rehoming kit. I can bring it to Blue Hill if you are going to be...
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    Re: Finish for a paddle shaft/handle

    I've done a bunch of Greenland paddles with an oil/pine tar finish. Worked fine. I did burnish the paddles hard when the grain lifted and had no further issues. Doing the same with a sassafras North...
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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    A brailed up sprit rig can be tossed over the side in really nasty conditions using the mainsheet to stay attached to the boat. Instant sea anchor.
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    Re: Sailmaker ID and Reef Points

    If you ever sit on your rail when it breezes up, a toe strap can prevent some nastiness.
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    Re: Happy birthday to SBrookman…

    You are doing the group which has as a motto: old age and treachery will beat youth and talent..... trust you had a good one. Will your new ride be at the Blue Hill Festival?
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    Re: Sculling oar length

    Years ago I made a sculling oar from an old lifeboat oar. 10 foot oar with a 4 foot blade. Shaft thinned to the size of the grip with max width in the plane of the blade. Prebent some with weights...
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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    The brail line and peak pennant make striking and stowing the sprit rig simple. It all goes into a big loose bag for the trailer. Back in the day it was rare to have a thumb cleat for the snotter. A...
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    Re: Small Sprit Rig Questions

    Someplace in the Wooden Boat archive I have a long article on sprit rigs that may be helpful. And I did a piece for Small Boat Monthly. Simple might be to just have a look at your local sailing...
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    Re: A Gartside # 130 followed me home

    The classic no traveler is the halyard to a block or bee hole lashed to the yard then forward on the side opposite the yard to tie off on the forward end of the yard.
    It has the advantage of being...
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    Re: A Gartside # 130 followed me home

    On RanTan I have turning blocks rigged so I can lead both halyard and tack down haul to cam cleats on the underside of the forward thwart. I can reach both the cemter of the boat. A neat clean rig...
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    Re: SOF Racing Kayak

    Brian's LPB is pretty plumb ended so a longer water line than most traditional hard and skin 17 foot or so sea kayaks. 4-5 knots is easy. Nick Shade has some fast stripper designs that could be...
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    Re: Narrow oar blades?

    Nice oars, sharpen the edges. The plan form reminds me of my færing oars.
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    Re: Sailmaker ID and Reef Points

    If luff tape is hard to find, one could try old school with a real bolt rope, hand stitching the sail luff to three strand rope. Some where around here I have the reference book that I used when I...
  17. Re: Day-sailing an Ilur along MA coast (and NE in general), is it a good idea?

    John Hartman who checks into the forum has years of experience in his Ilur. A fine boat for New England coastal and lake cruising. Powerboat wakes aren't really concentrated the way they are say in...
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    Re: Mirror for rowboat?

    An old VW bus mirror is about perfect. A 1/2" dowel into the mount goes into my aftermost oarlock socket. But the people doing this seriously rig a short mast with two mirrors, convex and plain,...
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    Re: Newport to Bermuda in 33 hours!

    Be interesting to see divide the pre electronic records from the post electronics. Was maybe a decade or two ago that the committee permitted Loran etc. Race was conceived as a test and teaching...
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    Re: DeWalt cordless multi tool

    Interesting, I wonder if the Dewalt has improved since I bought mine, as it's considerably noisier than the Fein. My Fein is the second generation as the first one was so worn out that it cost more...
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    Re: DeWalt cordless multi tool

    The DeWalt muiti tool is an order of magnitude noiser than any of my other portable or battery tools except for chainsaws. The wired Fein is quieter than my RO sander.
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    Re: Reefing A Boomless Sail

    Swing her into the wind to start. Leave reef pendants on tack and leech permanently bent on. You may be able to use a hook at the tack and a caribiner on your clew to speed stuff. You are going to...
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    Re: Davis oarlocks for extended use?

    It's easy to drill a 1/8 hole in the oarlock web carefully and splice in a lanyard, seine twine or 3 strand cotton. I hate chains, I can't do the one handed pull to get them in. Forty years and never...
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    Re: DeWalt cordless multi tool

    I wore out one Fein corded reefing some miles of strip planked deck seam, years of work out of it,
    they sent me another for small money and I'll keep that corded. That said I have the DeWalt...
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    Re: Lunch Hook what do you use?

    Of course, the basic bit that we don't know is the size of the craft...... a lunch hook for my dory is kind of different from the hook I might use for the lugger. I kind of like my small size Mantus.
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    Re: lug rig mast ring thingy set up

    This is one of the classic systems. It lets you pull the bundled yard and sail aft while keeping it all hitched up. With the traveler you have to have the yard in position before hoisting.
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    Re: Help finding skin-on-frame canoe plans

    Also check into what Brian Schulz is up to at Cape Falcon. He's been doing a lot of open canoe work but they may be too short.
  28. Re: Oarlock socket for 1928 Rangeley. Top mount, 3/4" Bore

    If your friend is only missing one, for aesthetics I'd make a pair of bushing based sockets, keep the old one as a spare. That said it might be possible to grind and file the plate for a bushing...
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    Re: Leather bailer build

    Having a nice bailer makes getting rainwater out of the dinghy or the dory a pleasure rather than a job. I've never needed a lanyard on the bailer as these bailers float when you let go of it....
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    Re: Rowing the Caledonia Yawl

    For flat bladed oars in the 10-11 length I've found that you need to pay attention to the blade size. Racing oars and the spoons that Tom built have smaller blades than many of the flat blade types...
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    Re: Leather bailer build

    I like the thumb indent. I think I have a permanent callous on my right thumb from years of bailing. Most recent bailing work out was 500 scoops from 4 inches in the dory.
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    Re: Leather bailer build

    Excellent, I was using mine the other day and noticed that the wood was worn round and smooth where I hook my thumb over the top edge of the bailer. Mine is a touch flatter on the bottom then yours,...
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    Re: Glassing Oars

    I don't have a pic of my Greenland paddles with the Gflex/ silica tips, but no damage in 5 to 10 years of using them as supports walking Maine rock beaches.
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    Re: Put a Sail on a Skiff

    It would be good to rig some kind of catch or retainer for the rudder so that it won't come off in a capsize and to help resist any tendency of the main sheet to pull up. It's easy to do with a bit...
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    Re: Glassing Oars

    Tips, the flyer that came with the Gflex kit has recommendations for making oar tips, gflex and silica, on two 45 degree bevels. I've done so and the tips seem to be proof against Maine rocks....
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    Re: Seat placement for tandem rowing?

    On the Piscataqua Wherry that I and my partner rowed for years the solo seat was removable so that the bow person could have a place for their feet when rowing double. On John Gardner's "Green...
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    Re: WBS class? Build Your Own Houseboat!

    As I recall in the classic American Boy Handy Book or a title close to it there is a very simple house boat. It also has the classic flatbottom skiff with a single mold and the transom pulled in with...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    I also set the anchor from the cockpit so the only thing that needed to go forward ( or come aft was the anchor line. For my Romily I need to add some half round to the top of the cockpit coaming on...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Alex, you may find you don't always need a messenger line. I had an open chock on my catboat and a big cleat aft. I found in calm conditions I could deploy the anchor from the cockpit, drop the sail...
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    Re: Siri, Doug Hylan's reimagining of Iris

    Andrew, they make or used to make stuff called bending panel, plys at 45 degrees which the shell builders and presumably others doing extreme bending used. Doing it slow must have coaxed the wood to...
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    Re: Siri, Doug Hylan's reimagining of Iris

    Great job. I didn't know you could get ply to do a 90 degree twist. I'm impressed. Keep it up in hopes of seeing her on the Bay in a year.
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    Re: Put a Sail on a Skiff

    Another way would be to glue a couple of pads on the bottom which could take a toe strap running down center with a bit of shock cord to hold it up to the seat or just knotted in such a way that you...
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    Re: Put a Sail on a Skiff

    You may find yourself sitting on your gunwale in a breeze. Maybe hooking a toe under your seat for balance even if you are not hiking hard. Don't know how the seat is fastened, good idea that it can...
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    Re: Overzealous project ?DEER ISLE KOSTER

    One of the bits of input when deciding whether to go kit or plans is the cost of materials, time and tools. The web site shows you what you need in terms of plywood. And then you can estimate how...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Just finished making up some portable chart easels, concept courtesy David Cockey, that fit the map tech books. Painted white so you can write on then, you can tuck in tools like the Small Craft Nav...
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    Re: Seaford Skiff Hull Thickness?

    Pretty much all the data from melonseeds can get used for the seafords. The main structural difference is the built down stern on the seafords vs the sprung keel on the melonseeds. Secondly the New...
  47. Re: Trailer -- plank keel support when the "keel" isn't flat.

    I looked at the trailex light brackets. What I think I'd do it use them to hold a 2x running across the back of the trailer just behind the single roller. On that mount some v rollers, may be set to...
  48. Re: Trailer -- plank keel support when the "keel" isn't flat.

    You could make it a wedge, but I understood that you were lifting the boat over the block. So your sequence is boat goes on the trailer with the block out, block goes in . Reverse to launch. Pretty...
  49. Re: Trailer -- plank keel support when the "keel" isn't flat.

    Would not be hard to make the rear block movable. For example make some ears going down then have a couple of pins to insert. Take it out when you launch, insert after she is on. Have done this with...
  50. Poll: Re: Boat Choice: Navigator, Walkabout, Sooty Tern or CLC Guider for Baja Trip

    With smaller dry bag which one might already own those big scuba net bags with straps make it really easy to move them. I use even use one with kayaks where the bags all have to fit through small...
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