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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    All I know is that the Fuller bits have been the standard in the PNW far, far longer than when I was an apprentice in 1972, and have been part of building thousands of wooden craft here. I was...
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    The best by far are the taper bits and counterbores made by the W.I. Fuller Company, along with their plug cutters. Expensive but well made and long lasting. They have been the standard in all the...
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    Re: Bedding compound…yet again

    I would consider “reprobate boat builder” a badge of honor here...prolly with the sense you wrote it.

    I also have used Vulkem for applications that would need to be taken apart, lots of colors,...
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    Re: What is the origin of the Cove Stripe?

    I always thought it was a decoration, a unique signature for the builder.
  5. Re: Staunchions vs simply leaving the frames tall/proud?

    Generally using separate stanchions or top timbers is best practice, it allows a bit of freedom in fairing the caprail line especially if there is flair, and as Peerie said keeps problems away from...
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    Re: Laminating deck beams: Spring back

    As an apprentice in 1972 at Vic Franck’s on Lake Union, we were building a 65’ Bill Garden Motoryacht. We milled Luan boards to 3/4” x 6” and smeared them with Weldwood Plastic Resin glue and clamped...
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    Re: Snoose’s fore cabin top

    Oil base paint rots canvas, that is why one of the application steps on new canvas was to wet it down before 1st coat of oil base paint. The water shrunk the canvas and prevented the cotton fibers of...
  8. Re: Why are inboard engine shafts angled down ?

    I would second that motion. When I was at San Juan all of their lobster yacht models had tunnels. The props were 4 bladed ZF Faster's which were progressive pitched, and they were all over square to...
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    Re: Midsummer Greetings from Finland

    Deilig Sankhanskveld! Det var ikke så fint i Pacific Northwest .
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    Re: Varnishing and Holidays

    I always seem to have problems with my varnishing on July 4th...

    That being said, As you build coats it gets tougher to see your wet edge and any holidays. One trick is too have a small clip on...
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    Re: Anyone speak Danish?

    Thank you Heimlaga, “Training Boat” is the right word, best I could come up with was “Practice Boat”
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    Re: Anyone speak Danish?

    The sub-title of the design, "Øvelsesbaad for Søspeidere" is roughly translated "Practice Boat for Sea Scouts", and there is more in the boxed area to the right of the bow about it being similiar to...
  13. Re: Mod’s on electric plane for backing out

    I ground a curve on an old set of knives for my old Makita planer, worked great to rough in any backing out of planks. Then finished up with one of my wooden planes.
    I just adjusted curve to get...
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    Re: Fuel system issue.

    The Yanmar lift pump is a simple rubber membrane that could have failed, thereby not forcing fuel towards the secondary fuel filter and injection pump. The primary may be getting filled by gravity...
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    Re: Dust Collector Recommendation

    I have been very happy with my Oneida, 220v, 5 hp, has contacted for using remotes. The old bin monitor has been tricky, need to upgrade to their new style.
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    Re: Gluing veneer on cabin sides

    Well it depends on what you are used to? Everybody has their favorite, I happen to like Epifanes, each. Rand has its peculiarities as far as how much thinner to add, etc. If you roll and tip you can...
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    Re: Gluing veneer on cabin sides

    Sorry, West System Clear is using their 207 Hardener in preparation to applying varnish or other Clear finishes over the epoxy.
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    Re: Gluing veneer on cabin sides

    If that finish system (or any finish system) is not maintained it will go to pieces. However, as I have related before on several other threads, at San Juan Yachts we used 3 coats of West Clear to...
  19. Re: I need effective / efficient method to sort / store fastener hardware - what work

    [QUOTE=hawkeye54;6653345]As in the title, as part of my long-overdue garage clean out, I will have lots of various sizest types of fasteners to organize and store for quick retrieval - what methods...
  20. Re: Laying wide pine floorboards over concrete?

    I wanted a wood floor for my shop I built at our home property. I had Douglas Fir from the trees I needed to take down sawn to 4/4 and kiln dried. I also put a vapor barrier under the slab on grade....
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    Re: yachters, boaters and us

    Without seeing a specific estimate for work, I would just like to observe that most boat yards are not producing great wealth for their workers, the yards are all under ridiculous mountains of...
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    Re: Blending new plank before varnishing

    A quick wash of denatured alcohol, or better yet a spray bottle application will give a pretty good idea of the color a traditional varnish will give the new plank. It stays glistening long enough to...
  23. Re: Soda bead sand blasting or something else

    I spoke with a contractor who used dry ice to blast a 70’ motor yacht engine room as the owner wanted it all sparkly and re-painted! Basically, it would have entailed hiring them for an 8 hour day as...
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    Re: WBS class? Build Your Own Houseboat!

    Great idea, pulling back my boating dreams. Let’s see...build a shanty boat, build an outboard skiff and putt putt into a nice summer cove. Aaah.
  25. Re: Best tender sheerstrake padding products?

    Real fire hose was the original product used to cover dinghy gunwales and swimstep edges to protect from scuffing.
  26. Re: Professional Small Boat Builders in Seattle

    Thank you Dave, the part about getting my shop set up and wanting to re-start building small craft is certainly true.
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    Re: Folding work tables

    I too have an ancient Workmate, have replaced the tops with some nice Fir I had and epoxied it, but every time I open or close it I fear for my fingers. I use it when doing final fitting work at the...
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    Re: Clearest Poly or Varnish

    The 2 Part Clear Coats are water clear, and have UV protection. Many have Brushing catalysts and thinners. There is also the new Awlwood that is clear, but you must use their Primers- either Clear,...
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    Re: The model room

    I made my pilgrimage to the Herreshoff Museum in 2007 or so, and the Model Room was fascinating, the machine to precisely take off the lines from the Model was really something to behold.
    I had one...
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    Re: Shop Heater

    When I was an apprentice on Lake Union in the early 70’s we were building a 65’ Garden motoryacht, double diagonal from keel to chine. Glue was Resorcinol so we covered the whole thing with visqueen...
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    Re: Shop Heater

    Have not wanted to step on this thread about David's heater which sounds very good. When I got my shop going a couple years ago, after having looking at just plain old wood stoves, pellet stoves and...
  32. Re: Nordic clinker boat to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

    Nice citation and wonderful pictures. But it appears only the photographers are named, with no information of what each photo is about. There are pictures here from the Faroe Islands, of some Sami...
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    Re: Modern day cramps for clinker building.

    I have been looking for the reply I got from someone who either was a student, or perhaps instructor at the Saltdal Boatbuilding School in Northern Norway. He sent me a simple drawing of the Brenne...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51680881779_2a2851bf13_b.jpg

    (although that photo of George Calkins in a 22' Bartender was taken in Depoe Bay).

    This great picture reminds me of a great...
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    Re: Shop Vacuums

    Before I built my shop and installed an Oneida dust collector I was using my double car garage. I ran a hose from my 30 year old Fein and clogged the filter real quick. Adding an Oneida Dust Deputy...
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    Re: Repowering the Brewer catboat

    When I was building boats in Norway the shop was installing the Sabbs in the 20' to 25' lapstrake fishing boats we built. The rationale for these engines was always towards the robust, bomb-proof,...
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    Re: propeller pitch dimensions question

    No one will be able to add 6” of pitch. The total depth(fore and aft dimension)of the propeller will change, but you will not be able to turn a 12 x 12 prop into a 12 x 18.

    A visit to an active...
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    Re: propeller pitch dimensions question

    Rough and ready an inch of pitch equals about 100 rpm, and an inch of diameter equals about 200 rpm.
    That being said, there are a lot of other factors, like the reduction ratio of the gear, the max...
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    Re: Rubrail for expedition Wherry.

    Pretty sure that is a Taco product. They don’t show it with a rope insert that I found in a quick look. Go to:

    www.tacomarine.com and click on Products, then Rail then Flexible vinyl

    Widely...
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    Re: Custom powerboat from the UK.

    As a 50 year so far boatbuilder and boat repairer, I can say that rich people have paid my wages all those years, and I have gotten to do some **** jobs and some pretty fantastic work on these...
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    Re: Schooner BARLOVENTO Lost?

    All quite true! I took care of for many years a lovely 55’ Rhodes Yawl-Ocean Queen, built by Abeking and Rasmussen in 1950. The owner was transferred overseas by Hewlett-Packard-Packard and leased...
  42. Re: 2021 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Fetsival Sept 10-12

    Gee, Here I thought these kind of shots belonged in the bilge?

    Opened that hatch once...whew! Never again.
  43. Re: Occume or HydroTek for under plank deck rebuild?

    Probably 50/50, same as ribs versus frames. Different ships, different long splices
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    Re: Bellingham Wa area Surveyor?

    Matt Harris is excellent, I believe he is based out of Bellingham, but works all over Puget Sound.
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    Re: A week in Voyageurs National Park

    Great trip, thank you for sharing!

    I am intrigued with your boat, she looks to be quite capable. What is the design, and is there a thread on building her?
  46. Re: What compound to use for bedding glass windows in a wood frame

    At San Juan Yachts we bonded 9mm tempered glass to both the fiberglass molded relief as well as the teak interior trim with GE SSG4000. It is a Strucural Silicone, used for high rise windows. We used...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    [QUOTE=BBSebens;6496362]A wise person I know once said, "Life is short. Go boating now!" ;)


    I first saw this little poem on a customers’ boat about 35 years ago, always wished I had copied it...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Well, I am just going from what my pants seat tells me, so big grains of salt recommended.

    We did work up a bridle and tow line for one of our San Juan 48 builds. The owner specified a 15’...
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    Re: Skookum Maru

    The Wichard padeye is a good idea, their stuff is load rated so you have a pretty good idea of the strains they can take.

    i think you may want to rotate them though, so the bail falls fore and...
  50. Re: Fairing a boat as you go verses following the plan. Building a whitehall

    I can add a couple of thoughts to this discussion...First the Thread Title: Fairing of lines begins 1) when the designer bends his curve, 2) When the loftsman lays down the offsets full size, and...
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