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    Re: M heart is breaking.

    We trimmed the cone's size down a bit, which helped quite a bit as it didn't need to be so big. The other thing that helped was taking the dog for a walk, wearing the cone. He lived for walks and...
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    Re: Restructuring (?) a FG Whitehall

    Filling inside glass weave just adds weight and lowers the glass-to-resin ratio, making the construction more brittle. Epoxy will work fine, but rough-up the area well that you plan to stick...
  3. Re: Best way to add reefing capability to sails

    That looks better, although you don't need to kick the aft end up that high. Just a few inches above full-sail boom level is fine.
  4. Re: Best way to add reefing capability to sails

    What Nick said. This is obviously a lug, but you can see the foot round, the slight curve to the reef line and the slightly higher aft end. The band across the reef is just another way of reinforcing...
  5. Re: Best way to add reefing capability to sails

    Usually loose-footed sails are built with some foot round, mostly because it looks better. Otherwise the bottom edge can hog up in the middle when the sail fills with wind. There is no specific...
  6. Re: Best way to add reefing capability to sails

    Lower the forward end a little bit. The line should actually be a curve, similar to the curve of the loose foot, but not quite as deep. You also want to take the position of the luff slugs into...
  7. Re: Best way to add reefing capability to sails

    That's a good idea. Reefing a jib is often a pain in the ass, requiring jack lines and other stuff that has to be fooled with. A smaller jib from a different boat to use as a storm jib is usually...
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    Re: Making a sprit

    In the photo you posted there is very clearly not enough luff tension by a longshot. You can't expect to have decent sailshape and performance with a luff that loose. Your jib luff is also very...
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    Re: Making a sprit

    One thing you might try for reducing draft upwind would be to add a downhaul or Cunningham. It will pull some of the sail's luff round into a crease right behind the mast. The less working luff round...
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    Re: i don't like wearing pants

    This tartan is Strathisla, a regional one for a place where they make good single-malt. I must admit that I'm a fan of Underarmor. The alternative feels a bit "free" for my taste, especially tromping...
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    Re: Mesh For Rope Organisers/Spiny Socks

    Pfifertex is pretty stiff, plastic-coated stuff, which can make sewn edges rather coarse and prickly. I can't imagine using it on something like a spinnaker sock because of the danger of the edges...
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    Re: reviving old boat covers

    You could probably sell it and use the money to buy more appropriate fabric for the cover. The resin on Dacron sailcloth is great for improving dimensional stability on sails, but at the expense of...
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    Re: reviving old boat covers

    Yes, but it probably wouldn't last long enough to be worth the labor involved.
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    Re: i don't like wearing pants

    There are plenty of universal Scottish tartans which can be worn by anyone, as well as some district or regional ones. The whole "family tartan" thing is only about 100 years old. You can even design...
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    Re: Balance Lug Rig for Bolger Gypsy

    Jim, the sail build plan is on a PDF here:
    http://webpages.charter.net/tbradshaw/Sails%20and%20Plans/!RAWLINS.PDF

    It gets broadseamed along the head and foot, which are not shown on the plan...
  16. Re: Getting a New kitchen.... Granite Countertops vs Formica??????

    We did ours about ten years ago on the cheap. The house came with hideous pink Formica. We left it as a base and put down semi-glossy 12"x12" gray ceramic tiles using Liquid Nail and "grouted" with...
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    Re: In the market for a smoker

    For about $170 you can buy just the Bradley smoke generator unit, build your own box or other container to hold the meat, and just plug it in through a hole in the side. It's a good way to get...
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    Re: In the market for a smoker

    The Bradley is a good smoker, but pretty pricey to operate. It uses their own line of little wood-chip-hockey-pucks with an automatic feed. They run about $20 per bag. It also ejects them before they...
  19. Re: BROTM Cover Versions of Bob Dylan Songs

    I did a couple office recordings of Dylan covers when I first got a multi-track recording deck a few years ago and was trying to figure out how it worked. They were the first things I'd recorded in...
  20. Re: Next Step Up From Home Depot 2-Sided Polytarp?

    Sunforger is a brand of cotton canvas, not a treatment, though it does come boat-shrunken and treated with a mildewcide. It can also be had in a fire retardant version for shelters. It is pretty...
  21. Re: BROTM Cover Versions of Bob Dylan Songs

    This one is also pretty neat.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbPa31KOZg0
  22. Re: BROTM Cover Versions of Bob Dylan Songs

    When it comes to influential Dylan covers, this one has to be at or near the top of the list.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2UN1eOJf74
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    Re: Music for the BROTM: The Great Canadians

    Lightfoot


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjoU1Qkeizs
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    Re: Wax Paper Over wet Epoxy?

    As Tom said, it's always worth checking the local fabric stores and maybe doing a bit of experimentation. I haven't noticed any obvious treatment on genuine Peel-Ply that makes it do what it does....
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    Re: Storing sails for the winter.

    Actually, the Dacron itself doesn't mildew. Mildew forms on dirt, moisture, salt and and other organic stuff that gets down into the weave. In any case, it's pretty much six of one, a half-dozen of...
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    Re: Storing sails for the winter.

    Dacron is pretty tough stuff. It is vulnerable to a few chemicals, excessive exposure to sunlight and flapping in the wind, but low humidity and temperatures have no real effect on it. If you have...
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    Re: Wax Paper Over wet Epoxy?

    It's not a substitute for vacuum bagging in terms of generating high glass to resin ratio with pressure, but it is capable of leaving a very smooth surface with a good deal of the excess resin...
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    Re: Looking for Paint Advice

    This one has Ace Hardware Polyurethane floor enamel over WEST Epoxy and 6 oz. cloth (sanded to 100 grit with a random orbit. I never use primer on epoxy). It rolls and tips out with a little more...
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    Re: Cleaning a dirty plywood

    I would think probably not much, since they're small. If I had a couple spots like that to deal with, I think I would wash them down (most likely with acetone) blotting to lift as much goo as...
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    Re: New Sails for Lyova-Marie

    That's what I would do. This isn't just a little hanky being hung out there to adjust helm balance, it's a fairly large portion of your sail area. Plus, you have both a sprit and sprit-boom available...
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    Re: New Sails for Lyova-Marie

    Looks build-able to me.
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    Re: Cleaning dried blood off cured epoxy

    Since the early recipes for blush removal from Gougeon Brothers contained ammonia, I can't imagine it hurting anything. I think they later removed it and went to straight water mostly because the...
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    Re: Tarring hemp

    But if you're talking about sails, you also need to find the line between workboat sails and recreational sails. On a pleasure boat, it is certainly possible to have sails which are 100% traditional,...
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    Re: Tarring hemp

    The vast majority of modern recreational sailors will never see enough weather or sun exposure for it to matter (or to exceed its pain-in-the-butt factor). You can do it if you want the look and...
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    Re: Bombproof Daggerboard Case?

    I only seem to hit strange obstacles for some reason. My other favorite was during a marathon canoe race on the Des Plains River in Chicago- where I ran into a submerged stove.
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    Re: Bombproof Daggerboard Case?

    Richard, I haven't ever tried one. It just stuck in my brain as an interesting design that might have some merit. I'm not positive, but think I may have seen it in Chris White's book "The Cruising...
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    Re: Bombproof Daggerboard Case?

    There is also the concept of the circular daggerboard. Kicks up (rolls up) if you hit something, but only requires the smaller, daggerboard-sized hole in the bottom.
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  38. Thread: Bubbles

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    Re: Bubbles

    (1) Ditch the acetone. Though there are a few cases (like oily teak) where acetone can help remove natural oils prior to glassing for a better bond, it (and other solvents) are generally more likely...
  39. Re: Looking for the name of a certain jib arrangement...

    Probably, especially considering the increased stability of modern cloth (not only stability from tack to tack, but also from day to day or year to year as it ages). If you are willing to have longer...
  40. Re: Looking for the name of a certain jib arrangement...

    Yes, it's true.


    You were told wrong. Light cotton or linen sails, even as far down as 25 sq. ft. normally were built with roped clew corners to help to control drastic bias stretch. That...
  41. Re: Looking for the name of a certain jib arrangement...

    This simply is not true. To start with, there is no reason you would need to "spread the load at the jib clew" in that fashion on any jib made from either natural or synthetic cloth or in any common...
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    Re: New Sails for Lyova-Marie

    The 5/16" machine-sewn has a decent chance of doing the job and will usually make for a great looking boltrope with some tension on it. However, when it comes to being able to really fine tune the...
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    Re: New Sails for Lyova-Marie

    With light behind them, a 3.9 oz. mizzen will look a bit lighter in color than a 5.53 oz. main, if that matters. We can also consider that since all four corners of these sails are held out by the...
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    Re: New Sails for Lyova-Marie

    A few general comments in no specific order:

    - Sail shaping using edge round and broadseaming is never an either/or thing. They need to work together to both create and position the sail's draft...
  45. Re: Line-Lok cleats for standing rigging on small sailboats

    Actually, the shrouds on a lot of Norse boats were cleated. The shroud itself would terminate a bit above the gunwale with an eye and the cleating system would be set up as an inverted "V" of line,...
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    Re: Scottish Affairs

    That's pretty neat!

    Here is a good time waster. You can design your own family tartan and if you want, they will weave it for you.
    http://www.scotweb.co.uk/tartandesign/design/

    Here is my...
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    Re: Hey Todd B!

    The 2.4 is a couple feet longer than the Mini-12's and is about the only class of these little boats that seems to have much staying power. The others were all one-designs.

    I found a few seconds...
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    Re: Scottish Affairs

    This one has the daughter of a gal I went to high school with.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e--gRPnw5w

    She sings with a group called "All Angels"
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  49. Re: Alternative Epoxy thickeners / fillers

    I don't necessarily think he's crazy, but the different common fillers for epoxy have certain characteristics that make them good choices (or not) for specific jobs. Those mentioned would all tend to...
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    Re: Hey Todd B!

    Very nice setup! Add a few buoys to put out a little match racing course and you would have yourself a fun afternoon in the making. I still think that of all the boats I've ever sailed, my Mini-12...
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