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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Phil Bolger argued that the number of pieces to be cut and fit are the main determinate of build time regardless of their size.
  2. Thread: LlBean

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    Re: LlBean

    Not any more. For example, they both sold the exact same Stohlquist made lifejacket a couple of years ago. Bean price 130. Cabela price 95. They used to sell Woolrich sourced clothing at a big...
  3. Thread: LlBean

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    Re: LlBean

    Most of their goods are way overpriced. Compare with Cabela's, for example. I was in the discount shop in Ellsworth, Maine, today. Even at 30 percent off, it's no great deal.
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    Re: Deks Olje problem

    It's oil, not varnish. It's not intended for a high-build finish. I suspect you have it on too thick. I haven't used it in many years, but I'm a fan -- but you do get a workboat look.
  5. Thread: A Deck Dilemma

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    Re: A Deck Dilemma

    That's how they did my kitchen countertop and it fit perfectly. But I was told this is the old school technique, most countertop measurements are taken with some sort of laser device now. What I...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Alex, I agree 100%. And in the end, you have the boat you want, not something that is sort of but not quite what you want.

    But the cost did surprise me. I completed my Autumn Leaves in 2019 after...
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    Re: How much plaster should I shop for?

    Do the layup oversize on the good side of the boat, pop it off and trim to fit and join it over the hole.
  8. Thread: How do they?

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    Re: How do they?

    The masts are often not plumb for & aft. Athwartships, measuring from masthead to rail will do it.
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    Re: Lee wants a new trimaran design...

    Probably not, but the best approach is to determine final displacement and work the model to hit that target.
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    Re: Oughtred Grey Seal cutter?

    That setup is unusual in that the two stays terminate at the masthead. Normally, the inner sail's stay would terminate lower on the mast so that the two headsails don't interfere with each other --...
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    Re: Unknown varnich remidiation

    If the varnish is adhering solidly to the wood, I wouldn't scrape it all off. I'd just sand it down well to create a good base for the paint. Your description suggests the varnish - shiny but soft - ...
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    Re: A kayak for Caroline

    Cockpit coaming on and hatch covers dropped in place. This is pretty much how it will look when completed, but I have some hours of labor yet to go. Finish filling the glass, sand it out and then...
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    Re: How to attach the tiller to the rudder?

    Looks like a solid solution. Did you sit in the boat to check the comfort factor? I always do, both on and off a boat cushion.
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    On oar stowage: The plans for the Autumn Leaves show the oars lashed on the side decks. It can be done, and this is where I put them at anchor. But while sailing, I stow them in the cabin as shown...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    My Autumn Leaves has a pair of bilgeboards. I deliberately made the pivot holes oversize so I would not have a stress point there. I would think that if a board pin was snug and secure enough to...
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    Re: WBS class? Build Your Own Houseboat!

    The Escargot is the only boat I've come across that appears to be bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Remarkable.
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    Re: Lee wants a new trimaran design...

    All true, I had an F27 that sailed the same. But the Farrier Tris were/are well evolved designs that should have put to rest all the bad tri performance stories. But somehow the tales are still out...
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    Re: Finally, it looks like a boat

    I do like that color. It's coming together very nicely.
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    Right -- The Gartside is, I believe, a 12-foot boat and the Thistle a 17' boat. The extra length is all it takes to get another half knot, perhaps even a bit more, at low power.
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Looks great out on the water. How does she perform under power?
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    Re: A kayak for Caroline

    I don't think it will be any more shiny than a fiberglass boat. We'll find out.
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    Re: A kayak for Caroline

    Today I got the part that had me worried done. Fabric on, epoxied and trimmed. The samples I did earlier helped me avoid major issues, but I nevertheless spent a lot of time chasing out wrinkles...
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    Re: One detail of stitch & glue method

    Standard practice these days is to seal the ply inside and out with epoxy and glass the outside. Many designs - especially for kayaks and other lightly built boats - call for glass inside and out....
  24. Re: Tiller pilots - 'anything that I need to look out for?

    I had a Raymarine ST1000 on my 27' trimaran and it worked flawlessly for the seven years I had the boat.
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    Re: Expedition Pedal boat design

    I understand from your earlier thread, Peddler, that tinkering and building the drive unit would be the fun part of this project for you. Given that and the 5M length, your best bet will be a skinny...
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    Re: How to attach the tiller to the rudder?

    It's been done every which way you can imagine. But as Spot say, you really want the tiller to pivot up. It makes switching sides when tacking far easier, and there's no perfect height for everyone....
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    Re: Anit-foul a short hop day boat?

    I don't know what's in it, but I've had my boat in saltwater. The color is darker, but it's not green. I'm not sure there's actually copper in it. The use applications from Pettit include exposure...
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    Re: Identify and restore

    I see an old Mercury in the background. You might get it running, but I'd advise against it. They spew smoke and oil at a horrible rate. I have one in the basement, and it's going to stay there...
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    Re: Anit-foul a short hop day boat?

    No need for antifoul. But a good hard coat is best for a boat that will be repeatedly slid/dragged on and off a trailer and probably beached from time to time, too. I like Pettit "Old Salem" hard...
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    Re: I know nothing: Choosing a PFD?

    I have several, and I don't know that one jacket will serve all situations. For sailing, I use an inflatable simply because it's the most comfortable one I have, and I therefore use it willingly. For...
  31. Thread: A Deck Dilemma

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    Re: A Deck Dilemma

    Before you rip out the good looking deck, where's the harm in reeving out the traditional caulking and replacing it with a flexible polyurethane type caulking? Sikaflex, for example. Give it a year...
  32. Re: Townsends sails a little boat and talks about American waterways

    He compares his boat to a colonial bateau, allowing that what he has is smaller than the bateaus. Bolger describes the Teal as derived from a punt. Others might suggest sharpie. Then again, bateau...
  33. Thread: wood grain

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    Re: wood grain

    Thanks for checking. Does he recommend reinforcing the tips in any way?
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    Re: Lightweight sailboat for the family.

    A Mikes Boat is an easy step up from a simple plywood canoe. It will go together quickly and is a very stable platform that performs quite well, despite the boxy shape. And room for the family. Of...
  35. Re: Townsends sails a little boat and talks about American waterways

    Looks like a Teal to me, a Bolger boat in Payson's "Instant Boats" book. The Windsprint is very similar, perhaps a bit longer.
  36. Re: One insane englishman trying to rebuild the 1910 gaff cutter Tally Ho, in WA. (VI

    Not much woodworking in that video, but it was fascinating.
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    Re: A kayak for Caroline

    The design is a great all-around boat. I've already been thinking I'll need one for myself.
  38. Thread: wood grain

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    Re: wood grain

    This sent me back to the books. I can't pinpoint where I originally learned to set the grain vertical for oars and paddles, but I've always understood this to give more strength -- the blade is less...
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    Re: about to take the plunge

    I found that I could build in my Pennsylvania garage right through the winter with the help of a kerosene heater. The heater would surprisingly quickly bring the garage up to 60F even on the...
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    Re: A kayak for Caroline

    Bulkheads in, but nothing much to see there. Today, a test fit of the roughed-out cockpit coaming. I usually steam bend them for looks and a solid feel. Here I followed the plans and laminated the...
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    Re: Anchoring, rode , chain etc.

    That's exactly it. The weight of the chain keeps the shank on the bottom; the pull is always sideways -- no chance of lifting the flukes and breaking them free.
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    Re: Mounting a barometer

    Or you could use the slot provided for the nail, and then stick some velcro on the bulkhead and back of the instrument so that it couldn't swing or lift.
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    Re: Minimal sailing dink for two?

    2nd vote for the Nutshell.
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    Re: Anchoring, rode , chain etc.

    The actual working strength of 1/4" nylon varies a lot. That being said, if an anchor line does give, it's more likely thanks to chafe than actually exceeding the strength of the rode. I always put...
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    Re: Pedal Cat design

    The fastest catamaran hulls have U-shaped hull sections and are about 12 times longer on the waterline than the width. For example, an 18" wide hull that is 18' long. Skinnier and longer will give...
  46. Re: Carnell Nutmeg: an MVB, a “minimum viable boat”

    Great. Glad to see it all went so well.
  47. Re: Can a short man row a big boat ? Did I build it to big ?

    Like everyone says, not a problem. Just experiment until you find the right mix of oar length and rowlock position and height.
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    Re: Put a Sail on a Skiff

    Bicycle inner tube is good option. I have used
    leather, too
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    Re: Put a Sail on a Skiff

    By all means glue some rubber on the bracket contact surfaces. Finger tight should then work
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    Re: Yards and weight aloft on sail & row skiffs

    The older I get, the more I reef. And to my continued surprise, little speed is lost and lots of comfort gained.
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