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  1. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Oh, yeah. I suppose that's true enough! Although I will confess that the only reason that I'm driving the Studebaker regularly is that my wife's Audi A3 died in December (coolant in the oil) and we...
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    Re: Mahogany swim platform?

    I oiled the swim step on Skookum Maru using many coats of Deks Olje #1 a few summers back. It looked fantastic.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50328464013_6598384903_b.jpg

    It was perfect....
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Ha! Actually it's legal down here too, or so I hear.
  4. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Ah, but the problem in this case isn't the voltage swap, it's that they weren't working before. When I bought the truck the wiring was completely perished and nothing worked. I've rewired most of it...
  5. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    More progress...

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    New beam shelf section and blocking in...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Very nice Alex! That window will be handy to spy on the raccoons pilfering your snacks but I think you need some curtains and maybe a bud vase to make it a little cozier down below :)
  7. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Yes, Mark is excellent and a really good guy. I've known him for going on twenty five years now and I trust his work completely. I have no doubt that things will go back together just fine.


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  8. Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    That's a lovely boat and a great offer Hugh! I may take you up on it if Bruce still has room in the flotilla and depending on when this little excursion plans to set sail. Regarding the upwind...
  9. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    So far the 12v conversion on Lucky Truck has been a complete success. Starts on the button, headlights actually illuminate the road, battery stays charged... A huge improvement over the old system....
  10. Re: An Invitation to Cruise the Lower Columbia River Estuary

    If I had a suitable boat I would be all in for this Bruce! As it is I could do the "oar" part, but the sailing bits would be rather more difficult.
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    Re: Engine cleaning

    I'll second Ron's suggestion of steam cleaning. It's not a small job and requires some preparation but the results are worth it. I rented a steam cleaner and did it myself on Petrel some years back....
  12. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Thanks Rich. Everything is getting some attention right now. I just finished converting Lucky Truck from 6v to 12v. I resisted doing that for years but I finally got tired of slow starting, dim...
  13. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Thanks Hugh!
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    Re: Port Townsend Foundry

    I doubt they are "prioritizing big-ticket folks". I've talked to Pete at PTF on a few occasions. Never spent a dime with them (yet) but they have always been available. But it's a small place. My...
  15. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Thanks Garret. I think we know the worst of it but we will see what it looks like when it's opened up and go from there.
  16. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    I've had another hiatus from the forum and from boats in general, occasioned by work and holidays, but after some delay a window opened up in Mark's schedule so Dash and I moved Skookum Maru over to...
  17. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    It's a boat house next to the southeast side of the Ballard Bridge, so in the water. Here's a photo I took of Nootka in his shed a few years ago when he was doing some work on her bulwarks.
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  18. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Well I made it to the holiday with no more than the usual damage from stress and overwork (dishes in the sink, boat projects stalled, a certain tendency toward peevishness). Everything that had to...
  19. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Hey Ron, thanks for the nudge. I've been buried with work for the last couple of weeks, leaving little time for boat projects or forum updates. Mark is working on another project right now and I need...
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    Re: Why is a lug rig called a lug rig?

    Nick, it's always possible that my grandfather, Capt. R. S. Stevens jr., USN (ret.) was incorrect, but it's more likely that any error is in my childhood interpretation of his comment. Hs was a...
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    Re: Why is a lug rig called a lug rig?

    Well, Wittgenstein theorized that language is not a way of describing a fixed reality, but rather a tool used to achieve some objective within a social context. In which case, if we accept that...
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    Re: Wallas Forced Air Heater

    A few thoughts, for what they are worth...

    Is the main issue the startup time, or the noise? The "startup time" on the Dickinson Adriatic that I installed in Skookum Maru is rather longer than 15...
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    Re: Wallas Forced Air Heater

    P.S. if you run a diesel pot burner on kerosene (after recalibrating the meter) it will start and heat up faster and will burn clean with no soot. But I expect you know that already.
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    Re: Wallas Forced Air Heater

    You know what I’ll say already, but I’m gonna say it anyway. Ditch the HAL 9000 and get an old school diesel heater. Simple, quiet, reliable, easy to fix. And I’ll bet you can unload the jet engine...
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    Re: Galvanized Screws

    Admiral Ship Supply in Port Townsend carries high quality HDG wood screws and they ship.

    http://admiralshipsupply.com/
  26. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    True, it's not too complicated in the area that I have opened up so far. But the molding around the top of the pilothouse is made up of three separate pieces on each side, each maybe 10' long. It...
  27. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Thanks all. I think we've all been here in some form or other. Just my turn now. I'm meeting with Mark, the shipwright, tomorrow to talk about the project. I think the big question will be whether I...
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    Re: Micro jig splitter

    ... I just went and read Sandlapper's thread, which I had not seen before, and now I am seriously rethinking my interest in using large power tools at all. Anyone want to buy a nice-but-not-perfect...
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    Re: Micro jig splitter

    I've been thinking of adding that splitter to my Powermatic Model 66 so thanks for the reminder! Fortunately the PM66 insert has room to install the splitter so it should be a simple upgrade.
  30. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Thanks Rich. I'll confess that seeing the extent of the problem, and knowing that this is only part of it, is not a great feeling! I have to keep reminding myself that it's better to know about the...
  31. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Repeating the surgical operation on the upper molding let me explore further...

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  32. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    I dug a bit further into the rotten cabin side today, starting with the window trim.

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    Re: Definitions of "sail and oar" boat

    While "sail and oar" may be an accurate description of Southern Cross, somehow it seems entirely inadequate for such a capable little boat.
  34. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    I agree Jeff. I'm sure there will be more rot to be found but I'd like to keep this particular project contained to the aft cabin and any structure directly affected by the rotten beam shelf. I've...
  35. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    I agree Hugh. There is no shame in a well done repair. I just hate taking apart or cutting into some perfectly good piece of the boat just to get at the rotten bits. But I guess that's the nature of...
  36. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    One question for everyone. To get at the corner of the pilothouse I'm thinking about cutting the bottom window trim piece right before the windows start so I can remove just the section at the end.
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  37. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Mama said there'd be days like this...

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    Lots of bad news here...
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    Re: Designing a Sailboat

    Most of what I know of boat design (not much, admittedly) I got from Skene's Elements of Yacht Design. I have the eighth edition, updated by Francis S. Kinney, which out of print and I believe is...
  39. Thread: Oars

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    Re: Oars

    Really? Where? Longship? I'd be tempted to pick up another set. Were you trying to sell these a while back?
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    Re: Yet again photos

    I hear you Bruce, but Flickr was purchased by SmugMug a while back and I think it's a reasonable service these days. I have no complaints at least. Shutterfly is also great though.
  41. Thread: Oars

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    Re: Oars

    CLC sell Shaw & Tenney, Caviness, and Sawyer wooden oars as well as Dreher carbon sculls:

    https://www.clcboats.com/shop/boat-gear/oars/

    I really regret that Barkley Sound Oars has gone out of...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Well, a few comments on the stability vs. weight equation from my own experience, for what they may be worth.

    Dash has a little 7' skiff that I expect is comparable to the Portage Pram in initial...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    Those are all great names Alex! Great illustrations too.
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    Re: Designing a Sailboat

    Welcome Robert! I'll be one of those people questioning the wisdom of building to your own design, but not because I think an amateur can't or shouldn't do it (I've been designing boats I want to...
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    Re: A Deck Dilemma

    What was it that I said earlier? Oh yeah...



    Congratulations Ron! The wonderful thing about eliminating a persistent and uncomfortable problem like a deck leak over the bunk is that not only do...
  46. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Thanks Hugh. Yes, not entirely unexpected but I was still hoping that I could limit the scope of this project to just the rot repair. As for how much I’ll end up doing, I’m not sure yet. I have...
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    Re: Yet again photos

    Fastest? Host on Flickr and use the bbcode option to get an embed code that you can paste directly into a post. That’s what I use. If anyone is interested in trying it I can post more detailed...
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    Re: Fitting Out for Smallish Boat Cruising

    Hey Bruce, a thought on the Portage Pram... It looks like a neat boat but I suspect that Luna is small enough that you couldn't reasonably bring one aboard? And if you are going to have to tow a...
  49. Thread: Skookum Maru

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    Re: Skookum Maru

    Where were we? It's been a long three weeks! I was in Florida for most of it. Fortunately not the part that was hit by Hurricane Ian - and I wish a speedy recovery to all who were affected. It was a...
  50. Re: Seeking recommendations on design app' for Apple for marine systems

    For simple schematics you don’t need a full design tool and you certainly don’t need a 3D or CAD app like SketchUp. You just want a diagramming app that includes a library of standard symbols. There...
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