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    Re: Restoring Helena

    I have thought about that. I would much prefer bronze pipe/tube frame but oh the cost.
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    Photos of the Helena project

    It's taken a while to get photos together, and I've found that it's easier to post them on my website.

    I owned Helena in the late 70s to mid-80s. We cruised parts of New England, Hudson River,...
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    Re: 19' Lightning project...

    If anyone is interested the Carmans River Maritime Center in Brookhaven, LI has a lightning that was given to us and as we have way too many other projects going on and will not get to do the needed...
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    Re: Restoring Helena

    I will have some photos to post as soon as I get to my daughter's house where she can help me. I still have challenges with computer stuff. I have replaced 20 of the 80 or so rotted / broken frames...
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    Re: Name this wood!

    I'm betting on green heart
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    Re: Perkins/Perko navigation lights

    I'm looking for red lens, same size - #3
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    Restoring Helena

    Helena is a 100 year old 45' Lawley built cruiser., power not sail. I sold it in 1985 after about ten years of owning and cruising in it. Then I bought it back last year and have begun the...
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    reframing HELENA

    Helena is a 100 year old 45' Lawley double ended power crusing boat. Perhaps 70% of the frames, 1 1/2" square, are cracked and need to be replaced. I'm considering using cold bend white oak. See...
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    Re: Rowing the ICW, Miami to NYC

    I just finished reading Nathaniel Stone's book, "On the Water". In 1999 he rowed from NYC around the east coast, essentially the Great Loop, and back to NY. Then went up the coast of New England to...
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    Re: Source for runabout windshield?

    Lake Shore Aluminum Castings in Erie PA. sells nice brackets and reasonably priced. You'll have to get them polished as they come rough. Can be plated too.
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    Boot stripe width?

    I'm finishing my 26' runabout and have the waterline scribed OK. How wide should the boot stripe be for a boat of this length? Is there a standard? A formula? One narrow stripe and one thin stripe...
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    wax over varnish?

    I've put about a dozen coats of Epiphanes on the mahogany decks of my newly built 26' runabout. Does it make sense to wax the surface to help keep salt spray from damaging the finish or just stay...
  13. Thread: 12 1/2 molds

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    Re: 12 1/2 molds

    Call me ( I sent you a private message with my phone) and I'll come get them. Thanks, Steve
  14. Thread: 12 1/2 molds

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    Re: 12 1/2 molds

    Hi Tom Mac. I'm out East in Brookhaven. The Carmans River Maritime Center here would LOVE to have the use of the molds. Steve
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    Re: What are you building?

    Ken Hankinson's "Miss Chris". The 26' version of the Chris Craft upswept model from the thirties. More than three years building and I should launch it next week. It is cold molded, fir frames,...
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    prefered fairing compound?

    I'm building a cold molded runabout with painted topsides. I have 6oz cloth and then two coats of Interlux two part primer painted on. I want to fair the irrigularties before the top coat. Who has...
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    Re: New build, The Lawton Tender

    Isn't that boat the George LAWLEY tender?
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    Re: What staples for cold molding?

    I have always used Arrow 1/2" staples and I've found a simple technique for their removal. Use lengths of nylon strap or webbing, not plastic. The nylon is cheap and pliable and when you pull on the...
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    Re: Varnish What to choose?

    I built Ken's Rascal several years ago and I used Epifanes for the entire boat. I did not glass the topsides or deck, just 13 coats of Epifanes. I liked the product, forund it easy to use, flowed...
  20. Thread: epoxies

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    epoxies

    I see quanities of HEXION epoxy on ebay. I'm familiar with WEST, MAS, etc. but this one is very reasonably priced. Anyone have any experience with it?
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    Rascal engine

    Cato, go talk to a knowledgeable outboard engine installer. While it may seem insugnificant to have an extra 5" of depth with the long shaft over the short, the truth is it may create a dangerous...
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    rascal fin

    did you try ken bassett? That's where I bought mine.
  23. table saws

    I think it was in Discover Magazine a few months ago under a section called best inventions of the year that there was a saw that sensed when the blade touched a finger or any flesh and STOPPED...
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    Rascal transom

    The wedge that Ken describes is to bring the transom angle to the proper degrees for the engine. It would seem that it would have been easier to adjust the boat's plans by a degree or so to make this...
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    I was unclear in my original post. I am using...

    I was unclear in my original post. I am using epoyx for all bonding and glue joints, however, when the hull is completeed and turned over, I wanted to aviod using epoxy to seal the inside, bare...
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    CPES vs Epoxy

    I'm building a cold molded runabout and see that some recomend sealing all surfaces (framing, battens, inside of first layer of 4mm ply) prior to installation. I'm wondering about substituting CPES...
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    bronze staples/pneumatic stapler

    Trying to locate a dealer for bronze staples that I can use in a narrow crown (1/4") stapler. I thought I remember seeing a supplier sometime ago but now can't find it.
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    portlight reconditioning?

    Does anyone know of a source for new portlight gaskets (for the opening part) as well as a quality chrome plating service?
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    Mystic show + public transportation?

    Does anyone know if there is a shuttle bus that will run between the show and the New London ferry dock? Sure would make things easy for us Long Islanders.
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    One more PL Premium question

    I'm glueing (and bolting) oak supports to join fir frames to mahogany engine beds. I know that epoxy doesn't always get the best penetration in white oak (according to Gougeon bros) so my question...
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    80 grit?

    I'll be curious to see what other replies there are to this post.
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    Karl Stambaugh's Ragtime

    Has anyone seen the plans for Karl's RAGTIME, or built one? It's a pretty twenty footer.
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    Atlantic

    Wow, what an ambitious project. The book, Atlantic, published in 2002, tells the story of the boat, and the great race of 1905. I knew the family that tried to maintain her in Cape May years ago.
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    McGuiggan clamp

    I built four of them and gave three to friends! Great clamps.
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    deck seam technique

    I'm building a new cold molded runabout and am up in the air about how to treat the deck seams. I've seen seams filled with compounds like 5200, Sikaflex, or polysulphide. I've seen decks finished...
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    I should probably start a new thread on this but...

    I should probably start a new thread on this but how will the unvarnished Sika stand up to sun and tarffic. There are a number of ways to go about filling/creating seams in decks. Fill with a...
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    Spanish Cedar

    I am familiar with Spanish Cedar as I've used it building furniture. While the color and workability mimick mahogany, I wonder about the suiltability for use in boatbuilding. Is the specific gravity...
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    Where is J G Mcillvain located?

    Where is J G Mcillvain located?
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    doug fir vs mahogany

    I'd like to start framing up Ted Brewer's Quiet Times (a 34' cruiser) but the cost of both Douglas Fir and mahogany seemed to have skyrocketed. Anyone know a source for reasonably priced, quality...
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    toy rocking boat plans

    I've seen rocking boats for kids at shows and know that WB sells the completed project but I'd like to build my own. Does anyone know where I can buy plans for one?
  41. I also know Josh Hermann and he is indeed a fine...

    I also know Josh Hermann and he is indeed a fine boatwright. I have phone number for his partner, Ricardo Vincente and if you email me, I'll be glad to give it to you. I feel it might be improper to...
  42. I built RASCAL several years ago and while...

    I built RASCAL several years ago and while fitting the steering cable was not easy I managed to get it into the splash well as designed,and within the bend radius recomended buy the manufacturer.
  43. Thread: Handy Billy

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    Thanks for the input. It does seem obvious that...

    Thanks for the input. It does seem obvious that the planked method is the less expensive way to go. I was primarily think of the movement with the boat being in and out several time each year. I...
  44. Thread: Handy Billy

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    I've admire Harry Bryan's Hand Billy since...

    I've admire Harry Bryan's Hand Billy since featured in WB. Anyone have any thoughts on planking her with plywood rather than cedar?
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    Take a look at Ted Brewer's Quiet Times. She's...

    Take a look at Ted Brewer's Quiet Times. She's 33'9", confortable for two with room for a weekend guest, light, powered by either an outboard or small inboard, shallow, and easy to build.
  46. I built RASCAL several years ago and for the...

    I built RASCAL several years ago and for the chines I used Doug fir. It's hard to find lengths of clear material but if you visit a good lumber yard (or flooring supplier) you'l find T&G flooring in...
  47. Thread: old timbers

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    I'm getting ready to start a small trawler. The...

    I'm getting ready to start a small trawler. The designer calls for Douglas Fir for the framing material. I have a pile of old (50+ years) doug fir boards that are virtually clear but wonder about the...
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    Help. I had some logs milled several years ago,...

    Help. I had some logs milled several years ago, stickered and stacked to dry. I just discovered some borers ( maybe powder post beetles) in a couple of ends. Anyone have a thought on getting rid of...
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    Help. I had some logs milled several years ago,...

    Help. I had some logs milled several years ago, stickered and stacked to dry. I just discovered some borers ( maybe powder post beetles) in a couple of ends. Anyone have a thought on getting rid of...
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    Help. I had some logs milled several years ago,...

    Help. I had some logs milled several years ago, stickered and stacked to dry. I just discovered some borers ( maybe powder post beetles) in a couple of ends. Anyone have a thought on getting rid of...
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