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    Re: I know nothing: dry bags for day sailing?

    From my years of using dry bags for sailing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting:

    1. Some dry bags are expensive because they are designed to be lightweight. This is important to packpackers and to...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Wonderful! Thank you for the reports.
  3. Re: The Great Row (can also translate as Great Peace)

    Looks Excellent!
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    Re: Woodenboat show news?

    I went on Saturday (it did stay open until 5pm but some people were certainly packing up early). The best part of the show for me was talking to the various "I built it myself" builders. That's where...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    I lived for 9 months on a 23-foot, 3000 lb. sloop with a small cabin and I remember well the comfort I got from retreating into the cabin so this cabin piece is a key question. I quite agree that...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    I've been leaning towards oars. Which means a boat lean enough to be reasonable to row and also a boat that does not have a huge amount of windage.
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    Re: Melted Canoes

    What a bummer! So sorry this happened. But glad you and the dog survived.
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    Thank you Max! That is a very worthy video. And I think I need to move one of Welsford's designs to the top of my list. He seems to be thinking about exactly the sort of sailing I have in mind.
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    Thanks All. I just ordered a used copy of "Open Boat Across the Pacific." That sounds very relevant. No, I am not planning to sail across the open ocean but I learned a long time ago that a long...
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    Re: Ramps in Conn for WoodenBoat Show?

    How far are you willing/able to sail? There's a marina with a ramp at the head of Point Judith Pond in Rhode Island that you could check with....
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    Re: Woodworking 2221

    This a memory from quite a few years ago but I think it still applies. I remember working on a job where among other things we were building an ornate wooden fireplace surround. It was loaded down...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    Thanks John. Yes, my mind has come back around to boats for various reasons. Good to see that I'm remembered here.
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    Thank you! That's very interesting, both from the perspective that that it's definitely an interesting option and that it's good to see someone very knowledgeable (John Welsford) thinks my basic idea...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    Cool!
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    Thank you. I'll explain a bit more of my thinking in response to what Scott and Max posted. I'm thinking about this somewhat more like a kayaker. In a kayak, if the weather looks too bad you pull...
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    Re: Extending trailer tongue?

    The really great thing about steel is that it generally deflects a lot before it breaks. This is a really good thing if it's a key part of a trailer you are pulling at highway speeds. For that reason...
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    Re: Extending trailer tongue?

    A bunch of years ago now I picked up a second-hand "red trailer," the quintessential cheap utility trailer made in SE Asia. The tongue was 2x2 steel, running back to the middle of the trailer, where...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    Yes, I've been figuring that would be pretty much essential gear, at least for some places and conditions.
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    My concern also comes from reading the book "Sea Room: An Island Life in the Hebrides." He talks about all the fisherman lost in boats very similar to the Caledonia Yawl in those waters (granted...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    Thank you all. I will definitely be reading "Voyage of the Cormorant." That sounds very relevant.

    I certainly did not imagine putting a cabin on a Caledonia Yawl. I was just imagining some sort...
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    Caledonia Yawl for Extended Cruising

    I've been dreaming about a trailerable beach cruising sailboat that could be taken on extended multi-week trips and that could be set up such that it would be able to recover from a wave coming on...
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    Re: Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    Just as a point of interest, here's what the inside of the motor looks like:

    http://www.bghooke.com/brucehooke/images/IMG_3459.JPG
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    Re: Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    Good point about the temperature cycling. And this motor, like most tablesaw motors, sits in the space under the table so it's about as dusty a place as it's possible to image.
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    Re: Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    OMG Bruce, you where cutting MDF, Saints preserve us!!

    I hope your "bilge Cred" doesn't plummet ;-))[/QUOTE]

    Yup. Shelving & work tables for my office/studio...
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    Re: Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    What's interesting is that the motor really seems pretty well sealed up. It is a totally enclosed, fan-cooled motor. But clearly dust found it's way in somehow. The seals around the various...
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    Re: Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    OK, so I clearly needed a lesson in listening to what you all were telling me. I figured "it's a TEFC motor, it's all nice and clean inside, it couldn't be a dust issue." So I bypassed the magnetic...
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    Re: Another motor start capacitor craps the bed

    Thanks Paul!
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    Re: Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    Thanks. If this is the issue I'll probably just have to bring the motor to a repair shop as I can't think of anyone I know who'd have a meg/ohm meter.
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    Re: Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    So a new starting capacitor didn't fix the problem. So I'm trying to figure out what the next steps are to diagnose the problem. As noted above, the blade does start and turn slowly (for a few...
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    Re: Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    I considered that option but I live out in the country and driving to someplace that would have such things is a minimum of 30 minutes each way and could easily be an hour each way depending on where...
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    Re: Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    Thanks all. The capacitor is on order and should arrive tomorrow.

    In answer to John's question: the cord from the saw to the receptacle is a couple of meters (6 feet) long and is the cord that...
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    Re: Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    Thanks to both of you. It's a TEFC motor so it's pretty nice and clean inside. It does indeed appear to have a centrifugal switch, which looked bright and clean to me. Unfortunately the design of the...
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    Tablesaw Capacitor Question

    Hi All,

    I have an early-90's Delta Unisaw with a 3hp 220 volt motor. When I turn the saw on the blade moves a little but then stops and the motor hums. If I don't turn it off promptly the circuit...
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    Index to Arctic Exploration?

    Something like ten years ago I heard a presentation about a canoe trip in northern Canada. I remember the person talking about an book that was an index to arctic exploration (from before the days of...
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    Re: Narragansett bay hotspots?

    This website has information on boat ramps (and hand-carry boat launch sites) in Rhode Island: http://www.exploreri.org . What you may want to do is first figure out where you want to fish and then...
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    Re: Four Marines gunned down in Chattanooga

    Beautifully said, Chad.

    I checked in here because I was worried that you might have been one of the victims of this horrible act.

    I'm not interested in the debates going on in this thread but...
  37. Re: Making Sense of Position Notations in an Old Ship's Log

    Thank you slug! That's brilliant. Any doubts are gone. And Barnacle Bat appears to have been on the right track too.

    The log book we're dealing with was written by an American captain of an...
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    I have a new clue. With some more work in Google I found an 1874 navigation book that Google digitized. It has various references to "long by acc." I haven't found a place where it explicitly...
  39. Re: Making Sense of Position Notations in an Old Ship's Log

    I wonder if "long by act" is short for "long by actual" with "actual" meaning actual distance run based on the log?
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    When I google "Long by Act" I get nothing at all relevant. Not sure why. I tried it both with and without quotes around the phrase.
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    Thanks Slug. That "equal times, equal elevations" method is an interesting approach. It makes complete sense once explained. Thank you for the photo of the book with the details.

    I wonder if the...
  42. Making Sense of Position Notations in an Old Ship's Log

    My father is transcribing a 19th Century ship's log and keeps coming across lines like this:

    "Long by Chroter 20.42 Latt by Obs 41.31 Long by Act 21.36"

    The "Latt by Obs" seems almost certain...
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    Re: Happy birthday to Bruce Hooke...

    Thank you everyone!!! Good to hear from you all.

    I've gotten in some good snowshoeing but I'm also gearing up for gardening. This past weekend I was in eastern Massachusetts and on my birthday I...
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    Re: LEAST expensive wood filler...CHEAPEST...

    What size holes are we talking about? I've seen woodpecker holes that are 1/8" in diameter and woodpecker holes that I could put my fist through. Also, what sort of finish (if any) is going over the...
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    Re: World Series

    Wahooo!!!!!

    I don't have a television so I listened to the game on the radio and thought about my father, growing up in northern New Jersey, listening to the radio broadcasts of the Brooklyn...
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    Re: Rulues in decimal feet

    McMaster-Carr has a wide variety of rulers and tapes. I'm sure they have some in inches and tenths. http://www.mcmaster.com
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    Re: recovering a lost lead keel

    I've found used plastic drums on Craigs List for not much money. Obviously you want to be a little careful about what was formerly in the drums but they are often used for food grade products so if...
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    Re: Calculating required shop space

    Lots of good information already. One point I would disagree on is the need for 3 feet of space in front of and behind the boat. Yes, that is ideal but I've worked with less, especially on a...
  49. Re: Dent-hardening cedar without losing an oiled look

    I don't think any oil finish is going to increase the surface hardness to any significant degree. And anything like a penetrating epoxy, if it does something for surface hardness, is also going to...
  50. Re: Grinder for sharpening planes and drawknives - suggestions

    Whatever you do, don't get the Delta water-cooled grinder (23-700). I got one and I am here to say that for sure you won't burn the blade edge: because you'll grow old waiting for actually do...
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