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  1. Re: Sunfish restore - A great new project

    I think I'd wait and get a good look at the end grain of the plywood before making the decision of whether or not to use just paint, epoxy coating, seam-taping or glass sheathing. The fact that the...
  2. Re: Wood Pistol Grips and Knife Handles....

    I do the same sort of thing on gunstocks with Watco Oil. I strip them, sand very lightly (320 or finer to avoid changing the fit to the metal), stain them with alcohol-based stain made for guitars if...
  3. Thread: epoxy

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    Re: epoxy

    I'm not talking about "goopy runs etc." I'm talking about a properly prepared epoxy surface for your paint that doesn't inhibit the paint's ability to lay out flat and smooth - and epoxy resin...
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    Re: Trailer-Sailer Bottom Paint

    My absolute hatred for Unepoxy comes from when I had to eventually remove it from all three hulls of our trimaran. We were getting maybe a season and a half worth of antifouling protection out of a...
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    Re: Oughtred Sooty Tern Gunwales

    Personally, I never glue gunwales to boats. I've had to remove too many of them over the years for repair, proper refinishing or replacement to ever make glue a good option. Plus, the idea of heating...
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    Re: Extreme weather wooden boat

    It's a pretty impressive construction, but an awful lot of time and material to tie up blindly in an unplanned, seat-of-the-pants project that probably won't work. On the other hand, did you see the...
  7. Thread: epoxy

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    Re: epoxy

    ....unless you really want a smooth, good-looking finish. Epoxy resin is not paint, and it does not brush, roll, or even roll and tip-out anywhere near as smoothly as paint does. Scotchbrite is...
  8. Thread: epoxy

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    Re: epoxy

    That's longer than it really needs, but a week or so of cure time is a good idea, and it is as much for your own safety from an epoxy sensitization standpoint if you're going to be doing much sanding...
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    Re: Batten stock--alternatives

    I generally loft out sails with white plastic trim stock from Home Depot. It's reasonably cheap and bends very uniformly.
  10. Thread: epoxy

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    Re: epoxy

    Gougeon Brothers generally suggests two coats on something that won't be sanded and three coats on surfaces that will be sanded smooth. It's a pretty rough guideline though, since different brands...
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    Re: Light air foresail

    The reason that I would rather hank the sail onto a wire is that it drastically helps control luff sag without having to put a lot of tension on the luff to do so. If you want it to fly free, you...
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    Re: Light air foresail

    In my opinion, that cloth would be way too heavy if we're talking about a real drifter. It simply won't perform properly with that much weight and cloth stiffness. Yes, with a real drifter you will...
  13. Re: Smoke Cooking: what woods for which foods?

    If you intend to eat it the same way you would a roasted turkey, your method makes more sense. The product that their recipe yields is quite different and very good, but best in small doses on...
  14. Re: Smoke Cooking: what woods for which foods?

    I've done whole turkeys on the Smokey Mountain Cooker a couple of times, following the recipe that came with the smoker. They have you brine it in a salt water/pickling spice mix for about three days...
  15. Re: Heaviest cloth that will wet out clear for brightwork?

    I have built strippers with a layer of ten ounce, which worked pretty well. Doubled up over the bottom, it's still not bad, but it isn't quite as clear. With two layers of ten you have a lot of...
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    Re: "Monuments Men"

    My dad, who was a watercolor painter, did some work with that group during the war, finding, cataloging and retrieving stolen art. He never talked much about it, but said that for most of the time he...
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    Re: Restructuring (?) a FG Whitehall

    It's not unusual for bare fiberglass hulls to be pretty floppy. Once you add the gunwale structure, seats, thwarts, knees, breasthooks or whatever, they get a lot stiffer. Even on a dinghy though,...
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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...
  20. 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.
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  33. 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...
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    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...
  37. 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...
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    Re: BROTM Cover Versions of Bob Dylan Songs

    This one is also pretty neat.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbPa31KOZg0
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    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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