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  1. Re: I really like the looks of this dinghy

    Other than the fact that the mainsail leech is hooked in the illustration, that lateen sloop with a self-tending, self-vanging clubbed jib is kind of neat. We did one on a sailing canoe a few years...
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    Re: Seascapes and Water Paintings

    That's gorgeous!



    Maybe they're trying to sideslip over where they can grab one of those cows. It's better than eating your shoes.......
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    Re: Make it slick

    I have yet to find anything that will clog my snowblower, but it's a big 28" wide Ariens that throws the snow 40' (across the street into the neighbors front yard :)) Having had a little Toro that...
  4. Re: The gunter rig - almost perfect for us small boat cruisers

    Those battens were built with similar scantlings to a set from an original Willets batwing rig that I got to photograph and measure, and were quite stiff (3/4" thick stock). I was building a couple...
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    Re: Seascapes and Water Paintings

    We have some that my dad painted over the years. After WWII and coming home from Europe, his "sea" was actually mostly Lake Superior. He wasn't a boater, but he was always fascinated with the thin...
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    Poll: Re: 41. What's your experiance?

    I had a friend who was shot to death by a robber while working the night shift at a convenience store in Urbana Illinois.
  7. Re: The gunter rig - almost perfect for us small boat cruisers

    OK, I stand corrected, but jaws are pretty rare on a sliding gunter. Most folders can get by OK with one halyard as long as you can generate pretty good luff tension. You could also argue that it's a...
  8. Re: The gunter rig - almost perfect for us small boat cruisers

    That's a gunter, but it is not a sliding gunter. A sliding gunter's topmast is held captive to the mast in a vertical position at all times by rings surrounding the mast. It slides straight up and...
  9. Re: I think I'll shoot my non-antique .22 in the next few days

    ...and would be a lot worse with them...
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    Re: Do you know how to sew?

    I sew a bit at work (a pretty big bit) but the fun stuff is other projects. If I couldn't sew them myself, I wouldn't have half of the neat and crazy stuff I own. About 1970 I found that I could make...
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    Re: Broadseaming theory

    Your broadseams are pretty strange. On vertically cut 4-sided sails the broadseams are done in specific zones, as shown earlier in the thread. They would never taper out equal distances from an edge....
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    Re: Walker's methods work so well

    Judging by recent photos, Mrs. Walker already took care of most of the KFC in this area.
  13. Re: How to rig a sail - absolute beginner needs help!

    This will be long, tedious and possibly also confusing and boring, but for successful and efficient sailing with a sprit-boomed sail it is stuff that you will eventually benefit from learning. Don't...
  14. Re: alright, I'm awake... who else is up?

    The best I've seen so far is vinyl silk screen ink, though it needs to be put on uniformly and fairly thin and usually set with careful use of a heat gun. There are some great graphics being done on...
  15. Re: alright, I'm awake... who else is up?

    I'm still up, but not for long. One of the drawbacks to my new Dacron aorta and cow valve is that it's really loud (like stand 3' from the bathroom mirror and it sounds like somebody outside is...
  16. Re: How to rig a sail - absolute beginner needs help!

    This would explain why when I type "Jimmy Skiff" into the archive of about 200 assorted rigs from previous builds on my old computer it comes up with a balanced lug instead of anything on the CLC...
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    Re: I love streetcars....

    Dad was a watercolor painter and eventually became the head of undergraduate painting in the art department of the University of Illinois. He painted mostly abstracts and abstract landscapes based on...
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    Re: I love streetcars....

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bDMRlxCqQK4/VN87ODVc3JI/AAAAAAABSVA/S1fnrWjCHtE/s1600/St.%2BLouis%2BStreets%2Bin%2Bthe%2BEarly%2B20th%2BCentury%2B(17).jpg

    My grandfather (my mom's father) was a...
  19. Re: How to rig a sail - absolute beginner needs help!

    Uhhh guys.... This is a 3-sided, Leg-O-Mutton sail with a sprit boom. A good deal of the "advice" being given here is for other types of sails and isn't going to be much help (yes, reality is...
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    Re: 8 coats of varnish

    When I looked into automotive clearcoat a while back I found that most claimed good UV resistance, but other than that, they didn't say squat about how they were achieving it or exactly how good that...
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    Re: 8 coats of varnish

    Sorry, but sometimes it takes more than inaccurate one-liners to properly answer a question - at least for the folks who are seriously looking for answers. People often have a fair amount of time,...
  22. Re: polyester or epoxy resin below water line

    One coat of 105/205 doesn't seal anything. If you read and follow the instructions from Gougeon, they always suggest a minimum of two coats of epoxy, three coats if it will be sanded smooth, and if...
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    Re: 8 coats of varnish

    Ain't that the truth.....

    You can't ignore the effect of coating thickness in preventing UV damage to both the inner layers (previous coats) of the finish, or the wood under it. The best coatings...
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    Re: Are old fiberglass boats just trash?

    A Nordica 16, built in Canada. The Nordicas and Halmans were related designs, all double-enders and ranging up to 27'. Pretty nice boats.

    http://www.nordicaboats.com/html/nordica-16.html
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    Re: Are old fiberglass boats just trash?

    As long as they aren't stuffed full of soggy sheets of polyester fiberglass-covered plywood and you're decent at working with fiberglass, they can actually be kind of fun to fix up. I bought this one...
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    Re: Polycarbonate Sail Track

    How difficult (or not) it will be to get the sail up and down is likely to be much more a matter of what sort of batten end caps, cars or whatever you have on the luff at the batten ends than what...
  27. Re: Fiberglass fabric to wrap a rudder, what weight?

    I think it would depend on how likely (or frequently) I thought I might eventually ground out the rudder or board. Rocks can abrade through 4 or 6 oz. cloth and their filler coats pretty quickly. Ten...
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    Re: Varnish versus Synthetic finish

    This is my 1972 Old Town Guide canoe.

    http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Sails%20and%20Plans/guide2-a01.jpg

    I bought it new when I was 20 years old and it was the first big thing I ever...
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    Re: Varnish versus Synthetic finish

    Sorry, but that answer has nothing to do with my question. I'd like to see figures on the flexibility claims as well. It seems to be something that all urethanes and poly-types get lumped into and...
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    Re: Varnish versus Synthetic finish

    I'd love to see the actual breathability figures on half a dozen coats of good marine varnish......
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    Re: Skin on frame questions

    Yes, it is often rather surprising how much of the time you're over here, and the shadow being cast by your shade device is over there.
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    Re: Looking for Old Town boat pics?

    Benson probably has some. His family used to own the Old Town company. Stay tuned and he'll probably pop in with help.
  33. Re: Hot Knife for cutting Dacron. Necessary? Recommendations?

    Bainbridge Classic Cream would fall into the medium firmness category for the mainsail, so the typical 1/2" overlap increase per 30" of broadseam length on 36" wide panels should be good. I'd...
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    Re: Beatles on Ed Sullivan

    Yep, I remember that. I decided then and there that some day I would own a Rickenbacker guitar and a Hofner bass. I don't think people have any clue these days what an exciting time that was for...
  35. Re: Hot Knife for cutting Dacron. Necessary? Recommendations?

    OK. Bainbridge Classic Cream is regular Dacron sailcloth with medium-firm finish, cream colored, and good stuff. It's similar to the Egyptian Dacron and Egyptian Cream Dacron that other companies...
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    Re: Shamrock II v Columbia, prestart

    The number of hours it would take to make one of those mainsails is truly mind-boggling. By that time, the panel seaming could be machine straight stitched (double lines on French-feld seams) but...
  37. Re: Hot Knife for cutting Dacron. Necessary? Recommendations?

    I spotted it first on the measured sailplan. The photos just confirmed the probable outcome.
  38. Re: Hot Knife for cutting Dacron. Necessary? Recommendations?

    p.s. Both your sails need more head round. The sail plan does not take spar bend into account and as can be seen in the sailing photos, bend is taking all the draft out of the top third or so of both...
  39. Re: Hot Knife for cutting Dacron. Necessary? Recommendations?

    I have half a dozen hot knives, ranging from soldering irons with blade tips all the way up to an Engel that retails for about $180, yet I do almost all of the cutting on my Dacron sails with a box...
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    Re: Broadseaming theory

    Remember, I don't build, and have never built Tyvek sails, so my impressions of its stretch and stability are just based on handling samples of it. Whether or not I would modify a sail's shape to...
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    Re: Broadseaming theory

    Most 4 oz. Dacron is classified as "medium". There are a couple fabrics in that weight range which are softer (Fleetboat Dacron and "Finn" grade for example) and a few that are firmer in tempered...
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    Re: Broadseaming theory

    He doesn't mention four-sided sails, but there is plenty in those little booklets (Grant's "Sailmaker Series) that is worth knowing and which can apply to any sail building project. In terms of just...
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    Re: Broadseaming theory

    Before I forget....your figure for hollowing the luff is way too big. It is a percentage of luff length and in this case it would come out about 1.08". Whether or not you actually need to hollow such...
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    Re: Interesting Boat Finish

    I used to be a dealer for a canoe company (the original Moore Canoes in Indy around 1972-73) that also built one model of touring kayak. You could send them five yards of any lightweight printed...
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    Re: Broadseaming theory

    (1)Your draft figure is awfully high for a standing lug unless the boat is a really fat one that needs lots of power to push it through a chop. 10% draft to chord width would be a lot more common for...
  46. Re: New Wooden Sailing Canoes - Artemis, Nautilus and TriRaid 560

    Reminds me of when my Mini 12 Meter and iceboat both had foot pedal steering - only they were set up to work oppositely. After sailing the twelve all summer, getting in the iceboat and tearing across...
  47. Re: New Wooden Sailing Canoes - Artemis, Nautilus and TriRaid 560

    I kind of like that one. The only thing that strikes me as a bit strange right off the bat is the steer stick overlapping the mizzen mast. When tacking and jibing small boats I just like the tiller...
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    Re: Painting over 1k paint...

    That depends on the stripper. There are some marine strippers (and a few others) that are claimed to be safe on fiberglass and resins. The first one I would try (on a small test area) is Citristrip,...
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    Re: spruce strip micmac ?

    There really is no comparison between the big Micmacs and either a 16' Prospector or HW 18. Compared to the Prospector, the Micmacs are faster, drier, have much more capacity and are probably at...
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    Re: Prohibition stripper

    Yes, it will. Once the alcohol evaporates away, it essentially leaves a very fine powder in and on the wood and there doesn't seem to be any binder to speak of. When I did the Star I veneered the...
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