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    Re: mast wedges from plastic?

    Normally mast wedges are made of wood that is softer than that of the mast. When I worked for Carl Chapman Boat Works a dummy mast was made up for fitting the wedges to the collar casting so that the...
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    Re: Refastening with treenails

    A wooden block under the lever arm would protect the stock from denting. I have one of those in my shop that once belonged to my grandfather. The body is a hollow iron slide hammer. Been working...
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    Re: Refastening with treenails

    The name "Tree nail" is a corruption of the name "Through nail" as they pass through the plank and frame and are wedged on both sides. Unless your boat is framed with large enough scantlings, you...
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    Re: The Gray Squirrels have arrived

    In Port Townsend the squirrels will chew through a cedar shingled roof and set up shop in attics and walls.
    They are cute but destructive. So I set a radio in the attic that was tuned into a hard...
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    Re: Children's book suggestion?

    I happily remember the feeling of adventure I experienced when my mother read Paddle To The Sea to me! Later, when I was old enough to read on my own, it was Swallows and Amazons! I guess I have...
  6. Re: What's the best type of bilge pump for an open boat ?

    An electric bilge pump is ok unless you need to remove a lot of water fast. On "Bright Star" we have an automatic pump for small amounts such as rain water and shaft leakage but our back up for an...
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    Re: Blotchy Varnish

    Indeed, it isn't uniform. What he is referring to as "blotches" is wood that retains its aged color. Looks like the sanding of the wood was not uniform. I was mistaken as to exactly what he was...
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    Re: Blotchy Varnish

    I do love Snipes! I owned one once.
    Jay
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    Re: Blotchy Varnish

    Unless a wooden hull is chalk batten faired with scrapers there will be highs and lows in the surface that will refract light at different angles. This is one of the reasons that some wood finishes...
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    Re: Sitka Spruce Mast Refinishing/Repair

    If spars are to be varnished, consider not using clear penetrating epoxy as a sealer and dunking the tip of each fastening in melted bee's wax before they are driven.
    This will seal the wood against...
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    Re: Sitka Spruce Mast Refinishing/Repair

    Another thing, to neutralize the oxalic acid, that can be done is to first wash the wood with water followed by ammonia in solution. If that is too much work then just wash the wood. Yes, if the...
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    Re: Sitka Spruce Mast Refinishing/Repair

    I use hot water to dissolve oxalic acid. When it will take no more crystals I apply the hot acid to the wood. I also neutralize the acid, once the bleaching is done by applying a solution of Arm &...
  13. Re: Spar building - cutting 45 degree corners in solid mast

    Yes Mark, it is all in going at a speed you can handle. Hand tools allow you to feel the work while the wood tells you what it wants. I have a special wood bodied joiner plane I use for final...
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    Re: Rudder Question

    Rudder vibration can also be a signal to the helmsman that the boat is sailing in the slot. We always knew when the schooner "Wanderlure II" was sailing sweet by the telegraphing to the tiller of...
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    Re: painting a canvas deck

    I remember sailing my father's Beetle Cat in heavy weather, and watching the creases come and go in the canvas foredeck as the boat flexed. She had unbedded canvas, of course, and it always came...
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    Re: Fastening sheer plank to inwhale

    Even worse than Nick's comment is if you are unlucky enough to bend a ring shank nail prior to fully driving it home!! They are very nasty to remove! Squre cut nails are a safer choice. If...
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    Re: painting a canvas deck

    Lightnings are boats that can experience longitudinal twisting of the hull, if sailed hard. This can result in wrinkling or tearing of a canvas deck that is joined to the plywood deck by an...
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    What I like about our forum is that it provides room for creative thinking!
    Jay
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    Thank you! As I have stated before, I kant spel.
    Bird
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    Re: 1962 Tasman Seabird - New Deck

    A few notes here that may be worth investigation on your part with that new deck. I do feel that you would be adding insurance to the job if the plywood decks are covered with Dynel cloth set in...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    One of Disney's very talented associates and friends was Ward Kimble. Ward one of Walt's Nine Old Men. He was a steam enthusiast and made all of the steam trains at the Disney parks operate safely...
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    Re: painting a canvas deck

    I have enjoyed my long association with George Kirby as well. Over the years that I have dealt with him, he has supplied me with all manner of products that are difficult to obtain in today's...
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    Re: 1962 Tasman Seabird - New Deck

    There is not a simple solution to this problems that occur with teak veneer laid over plywood or plywood decks that are covered with epoxy impregnated glass oar dynle fiber cloth. The problem lays...
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    Re: 10 meter sloop "dragon' Prescott, AZ.

    Hull is hogged!
    Jay
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    I like correct terminology as it is specific to being correct. Lets say, the night is dark and your boat is taking on water from a sprung butt block and you need help so, while you are trying to...
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    Re: painting a canvas deck

    When your canvas deck becomes dirty, the cure is to wash the surface with Dawn dish soap and water using a soft nylon brush. Rinse and let dry, if it is showing loss of color and is blotchy using...
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    Re: painting a canvas deck

    Well Alex it was L.Francis Herreshoff that clued me in on using piss thin semi gloss house paint when we were working on "Tioga". House paint is designed to sluff off and present a new color surface...
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    The only thing that I can think of, as to the meaning of "playing a puff card", would be that all eyes are reading wind patterns on the water in order to locate a puff of favorable wind in light...
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    Re: bending 9mm plywood

    The bending strength of plywood is only half that of framing stock such as white oak or wych elm of the same thickness. This is due to the fact that half of the stock of plywood is cross grain and...
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    Re: 1962 Tasman Seabird - New Deck

    At present I am assisting an owner who has a boat that suffered with a rotten sub deck that infected the sheer clamp and many frames. Had the boat been done right to begin with he would not be...
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    Re: 1962 Tasman Seabird - New Deck

    Gentlemen, That rotten deck, that looks like a terminal case of wood cancer is exactly the reason I never use plywood for sub decking!!!!!!!!!!!
    Jay
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    Re: painting a canvas deck

    If you paint the canvas with very thin semi-gloss oil based house paint, it will remain non skid as, house paint is designed to sluff off. Put on enough piss thin paint to give uniform color only....
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    Re: latest photo of H28 "Bright Star"

    Well, the problem is that I am in Port Townsend WA and the boat is in Newport Beach CA.
    Jaime keeps me happy by sending pictures of what is happening with "Bright Star". I think he will be taking...
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    I learned from an old Cape Horner, The Rigger for Lido Shipyard John Pearson that "Davits" are called "Dave-etts".
    Jay
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    The gentleman sitting next to the model in the case above is Vern Leckman. He was a designer and model builder for Disney Studios and a very good friend. The model in the case is so accurately made...
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    [QUOTE=Chris249;5668265]Is it banal? What does it mean? Lots of other neologisms are there for the same reasons of simplicity and safety as some of the ancient terms. What makes the term "sled"...
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    And neither have I! Such is the corruption and loss of classic boat speak!
    Bird
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    latest photo of H28 "Bright Star"

    We launched "Bright Star" after two weeks out of the water for new engine installation and planking repairs. My wife and I took off immediately for Port Townsend so we had no chance to sail her. But,...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    Are you thinking of something like this?
    Jay
    https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/services/mediarender/THISLIFE/001079903521/media/23017902259/medium/1303399907/enhance
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    Re: Oh oh, the boat is rotten.

    It would make a great garden fixture filled with compost, soil and flowers. Let it bring you joy in another way while you follow the advise of
    the first poster to answer, "willin woodworks".
    Jay
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    Re: Swelling lapstrake planks

    Just a note here concerning lapstake boat building. By tradition, here in the U.S. on the East Coast. Clinker built hulls were planked with white cedar that had been felled in winter on the...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    Thanks Bob for your kind comments, The model is so nice that I left it with my wife's parents on display with the rest of the collection.
    But now, I am fixing to build a case to protect it and take...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    Thank you Nick for the posting and explanation of how the boats are beached. I thought that there had to be some unique reason for that shape of the bow and stern of those boats.
    When I was a kid...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/services/mediarender/THISLIFE/001079903521/media/23017813647/medium/1298587137/enhance
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    Interesting Nick. Does the fore foot shape aid in launching through or returning to shore through the surf?
    Jay
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    Re: Wow. Just wow.

    Down right dangerous!
    Bird
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    According to L. Francis Herreshoff, there are thirty nine ropes on a ship. They can be found in his book "An L Francis Herreshoff Reader'. They are are posted on this forum in another similar thread...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    How about a tiny turks head!
    Jay
    https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/services/mediarender/THISLIFE/001079903521/media/23017797601/medium/1298587281/enhance
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    Re: Painting wet wood or canvas

    I sould add that the oil based paint that is used on canvasj should be semi gloss, exterior, house paint. This paint is designed to sluff off and present a new surface as it weathers and is scrubbed...
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    Re: Painting wet wood or canvas

    https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/services/mediarender/THISLIFE/001079903521/media/23012158243/medium/1191810761/enhance
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