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  1. Re: First Canoe Build: Whtie Guide 18.5 Footer

    I always used the football method. Then again, I learned stripping from the guys at Wilderness boats, a company originally started by Hazen, and I was the farthest eastern dealer for their canoes....
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    Re: Sanding uncured epoxy

    The respirator is great, but you are probably even more likely to be sensitized from repeated skin contact with the dust. Other than maybe some sort of production environment where you're under the...
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    Re: Sanding uncured epoxy

    The main issue is sensitivity - basically developing an allergy to epoxy. If you get it, you're probably done working with epoxy forever. As the resin reaches full cure, which can take a week or...
  4. Re: Bungees: Solid rubber vs. braid-covered strands

    I doubt that straps and rope are immune to denting hulls with all the morons who inhabit this planet, but having spent around 25 years in the kayak selling business, in every instance I can remember...
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    Re: Epoxy curing extremely slowly

    It might be interesting to mix a little bit and apply it to concrete, just to see what happens. Also, you probably know this already, but UV protection for epoxy resins is a pretty complex issue....
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    Re: new camera mount for Phone

    Does it just slide over the eyepiece, or replace it? I have an old C8 that I've owned since the 1970s and also a C5 telephoto, but all my camera mounting stuff is for 35mm SLRs and film. It would be...
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    Re: Epoxy curing extremely slowly

    In my opinion, most epoxy issues are clearly from not bothering to learn enough about it before diving in. Clear information on how to use the stuff is available for free and is not hidden somewhere....
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    Re: Dinghy mould

    Yep. More classy than your typical "Jesus in a bathtub".
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    Re: Dinghy mould

    You would probably also need to buy a chopper gun. Lapstrake hulls can be a real bitch to lay up with woven cloth or csm. If your timing is really good, you can have enough tack left from the...
  10. Re: Bungees: Solid rubber vs. braid-covered strands

    We used to occasionally see customers kayaks at our stores which had been left on roof racks in the sun using bungie cords instead of straps or rope. They heat up and you can bake permanent dents...
  11. Re: Help fixing misaligned strips on strip canoe

    Wilderness boats used to build their strippers with no internal stem pieces, just the strips coming together and multiple bias-cut fiberglass strips over that. The stems were then painted with a band...
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    Re: Wet fiberglass cloth

    Bagging it isn't going to fix the problem. Do you really want composite constructions where the resin didn't really stick properly to the fibers? You also always need to consider that aside from just...
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    Re: Wet fiberglass cloth

    No. Most of the sizings which are applied to the cloth (volan, silane, etc.) in order to allow resin to be absorbed nicely are water soluble. Chances are that it would never saturate evenly or...
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    Re: Benchtop sanders

    It's also worth buying one of those crepe rubber blocks (like an oversized eraser) for cleaning the belt and drums. If you ever have an old worn out pair of shoes with real crepe rubber soles, save...
  15. Re: Leaving some interior Diablo panels with no epoxy

    Yep. Seal them. You are overthinking the issue. Any watertight compartment should be as well sealed as you can possibly make it, which is generally two coats of epoxy assuming that the surface won't...
  16. Re: Adding Epoxy Thinner: How much is too much?

    A "hairline crack" which will later be covered with fiberglass tape shouldn't need any filling at all, or need any further strengthening before taping. If the spot and crack are structural, open it...
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    Re: Homemade tools and knives.

    Take-apart fids for tightly setting brass thimbles into woven rope sail cringles.

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    Re: Old Oars + Epoxy = ?

    https://compositeenvisions.com/composite-reinforcement-fabrics-2/woven-sleeves-167/fiberglass-sleeves-339/
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    Re: America's Artist, Jon McNaughton

    He's also technically a lousy painter.
  20. Re: Canoe designs of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest

    Easy..... First, get a really big log. Next, carve away everything that doesn't look like part of one of these beautiful canoes. A bit of paint and maybe a little decorative carving and you're done!
  21. Re: Bungees: Solid rubber vs. braid-covered strands

    What David said. There are various grades of the covered bungie cord material. The woven cover fabrics on the better ones are much more resistant to UV damage, which helps to protect both the cover...
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    Re: Songs about food

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_4yfQyWH4Y
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    Re: Benchtop sanders

    I'll second the recommendation on the Rigid belt/spindle. I end up using it a lot more than I figured I would, and more than my Porter Cable 4x26" horizontal belt with the vertical disk on the side....
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    Re: LYS Epoxy/filling the weave

    Generally when you apply filler coats you can start adding a new one just as soon as the previous coat had hardened enough that your application process won't disturb it - with no sanding between...
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    Re: Kayak Building Strongback question

    2x4? Gee, that's tiny. I must be out of date (just ask my wife). We built all our strippers (including my 18' double kayak) on a 6" x 6" box beam made of 3/4" plywood with internal bulkheads every...
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    Re: NICE red sails on vtcl

    Actually they're from Pope Sails in Maine and Tanbark color - probably from Challenge Sailcloth or maybe Dimension Polyant's "classic" line.
  27. Re: Laminating Epoxy/Fiberglass Over Polyester/Fiberglass?

    Roughing up the surface with coarse sandpaper and washing it should be sufficient for a decent bond. I don't think you need to cut deeply into the weave while sanding. Do wax in addition to mold...
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    Re: Choose your tattoo artist wisely?

    My wife is a molecular biologist working with botulism toxins to be used in the treatment of diseases like Parkinson's and she holds half a dozen scientific patents. I keep trying to convince her...
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    Re: Outboard mounting question

    There are also some small outboards which don't have a neutral gear. Once you pull the starter cord....they're on and in gear. You quickly learn to pay attention to what direction it is aimed at...
  30. Thread: Upstaged

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    Re: Upstaged

    Wishing you both the best. Yeah, it is scary, but having been there and done that, the good news is that big time heart surgery these days can certainly end up being a lot less unpleasant than it...
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    Re: Outboard mounting question

    Another thing worth doing with any new motor installation on a canoe is to get in the water, turn the motor to the side and goose it. Some motors have enough power to roll a canoe if you ever...
  32. Re: A Rogue Star Hurtling Towards The Solar System Will Arrive Sooner Than We Realize

    Gee, I was planning to re-stain the deck, but now I guess, why bother?
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    Re: Tuning my balanced lug rig

    Looks to me like your halyard is attached too far aft on the yard. As you raise the sail you should be well aware that the whole thing feels surprisingly "tail heavy". This force (along with...
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    Re: Outboard mounting question

    This references the difference in height between the motor's anti-cavitation plate (the horizontal ledge above the prop which helps keep surface air from being sucked into the prop and reducing your...
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    Re: Deep Red Mahogany

    When I veneered the sides of my Starboat with mahogany the veneer was naturally a medium brown color. I used aniline dye, alcohol based stain which I mixed myself from red and brown powdered dyes and...
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    Re: Sailing Canoe porn

    Not that I know of. There used to be a photo database on the web with a bunch of photos of old sailing canoes. The last time I looked, it had disappeared, but I had saved the photos of the "Ultra"...
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    Re: Sailing Canoe porn

    Cool boat!

    This one has always been my favorite. The "Thorell Ultra" - clean, clean, clean, with a weighted or plate steel centerboard. If I was younger, I'd be thinking about building one like...
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    Re: Repurpose gaff sail as balanced lug?

    This is true, in that you have something more substantial to directly anchor the tack downhaul to when in the standing lug configuration. Whether or not you can then generate enough tension to pull...
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    Re: To broadseam or not to broadseam

    It's a French Feld, or Lap Feld seam. It was invented long before the zig-zag stitch and usually has two parallel lines of straight stitching which pass through all four layers. No stitching hangs...
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    Re: Repurpose gaff sail as balanced lug?

    Well, there is a luff stretch problem that would need to be dealt with, just as there is on any lug. Whether cross-cut or vertically cut, the sailcloth at the luff is going to intersect the luff edge...
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    Re: Repurpose gaff sail as balanced lug?

    That's not what a jack line is (at least it isn't in English). A jackline is a line attached to the sail's luff and parallel to a portion of the luff down low which allows the slugs or slides to...
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    Re: Repurpose gaff sail as balanced lug?

    The problem is that a gaff main gets its draft and shape primarily by adding luff round - hoisting that curved luff on a straight-ish mast, forcing the extra fabric in the round aft as draft, and...
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    Re: May 4 1970

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68g76j9VBvM
  44. Thread: Aging

    by Todd Bradshaw
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    Re: Aging

    I originally started playing music with the guys in the band about 47 years ago. We still correspond via e-mail (even occasionally record via e-mail) and get together every forty years or so to play...
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    Re: Beginner question 2 Dacron covering

    Xynole and Dynel do have their own limitations though, which should at least be considered whenever you compare using them to using fiberglass. They will lack the rigidity that glass can provide,...
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    Re: Workmate/folding benches

    My original from the early 1970s has a top made from what looks like Baltic Birch plywood - many layers, fine texture, no voids, etc. I don't leave it outside, but it's had all sorts of uses over the...
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    Re: Beginner question 2 Dacron covering

    Highly unlikely. The skin boats rely to some extent on the skin's ability to flex away from danger, impact, and abrasion. Back it up with a solid plywood surface and you will lose the vast majority...
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    Re: Harmony guitar

    I still have my first guitar, which was a Harmony and either a model down from or a model sold before the introduction of the Sovereign. I suppose I shouldn't keep it up in the attic now that it's a...
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    Re: Gibson Guitar Files for Bankruptcy

    I absolutely don't agree with everything Rickenbacker does, and their customer service often leaves a lot to be desired, but they make small runs, all in the same small factory in California. They...
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    Re: Marelon and Epoxy?

    I would suspect G-Flex might work well, but I'd phone the Gougeon tech staff first, just to make sure.
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