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    Can anyone ID this boat?

    Hi All,

    I have been asked by a colleague if I can help him figure out what to do with the boat in the accompanying images which was restored by a now deceased relation of his. He is not...
  2. Re: Sailing Opportunities in South Florida? Bonita Springs area

    Just spent another 30 mins googling, nothing, not even Hobies (which I did manage to find last trip down there about 12 years ago) Year round sun and sea and not a sail to be hired. And I though...
  3. Re: Sailing Opportunities in South Florida? Bonita Springs area

    Thanks for these ideas, Maybe someone at Colgate will have a lead. Looks like they have a bustling sail training operation, I'll give them a call.

    Web searches are disheartening, not expecting...
  4. Sailing Opportunities in South Florida? Bonita Springs area

    Hi all, will be down in this area Thursday through Sunday visiting my wife's friends who mostly play golf and shop. Neither of these activities do a lot for me but I would love to go for a sail...
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    Re: Oars for Gloucester Gull

    oops, didn't see this, I think this is where I got the info for mine
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    Re: Oars for Gloucester Gull

    Wooden boat store has plans https://www.woodenboatstore.com/products/oar-plans?_pos=1&_sid=3bdb77f19&_ss=r

    That sheet has drawings for 8' & 9' dory oars. I made a 70" pair of the Asa Thompson...
  7. Thread: Dry suits

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    Re: Dry suits

    Just received my Kokatat Supernova, easy to don in my work clothes, like the neoprene neck gasket, think it will work well. Sorting out the insulation layer and foot gear, gloves and hat. Thanks to...
  8. Thread: Epoxy?

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    Re: Epoxy?

    Don't think ChatGPT is a someone, at least not yet.

    I had to look it up to make sure, cutting edge AI.

    How long before it figures out how to caulk carvel planking with us?
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    Re: Cheap plywood: Bad idea?

    I built a duck punt out of 3/8" marine grade fir a couple of winters ago. I am a professional cabinetmaker and have access to wholesale pricing from multiple industrial vendors; I used fir for it...
  10. Thread: Dry suits

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    Re: Dry suits

    I would love to extend my dinghy sailing/rowing season with the help of a dry suit but I know very little about them.

    I do have experience flyfishing with Gore-Tex fishing waders in winter...
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    Re: Carbon Footprint of the Wooden Boat

    Ha!
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    Re: Gartside # 207

    breathtaking, congratulations!
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    Re: Want to see me build a 30' Chesapeake Deadrise?

    too soon! RIP Walt.
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    Re: Edey and Duff Gaff rig cutter

    A beauty!
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    Re: Woodenboat show (WBS) This weekend!!!!!!!

    My gosh I wish I could go!
  16. Re: Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    I had a back and forth with Maynard about the same topic, and got the same response. Planning to try it out on a 4 day sail and our cruise in a few weeks, I will let you know how it works.
    Maynard...
  17. Re: Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    this is a great idea, maybe pass it along to Doug Hylan?
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    I have given that option some thought too, talked to my sailmakers (Gambell and Hunter) about adding the necessary reef points and cringles but never got around to getting it done. She works pretty...
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    Thx Rob!

    I also meant to address your thought about relocating turning blocks. Very little range available for those without impairing the ability to use the alternate mast step which I have...
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    Thanks mate!
  21. Re: Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    Once all four dutchman were faired in I checked the fit on the boat, which I will fine tune per Robís suggestion by relieving the toggles slightly.
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    Then it was just a matter of...
  22. Re: Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    I made a template to cut out the dutchman as you can see here
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    And then milled up some Dutchman stock out of White Ash which I cut out oversize on a bandsaw and fitted the faying surfaces...
  23. Re: Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    Thanks to all for you for your input. I was traveling and otherwise busy but finally had a chance to tackle this and thought I would share what I ended up doing.

    I knocked together a quick jig...
  24. Re: Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    mast is not cracked as far as I can tell, these sheared fibers are superficial damage, been there since early days with this boat, never would have occurred it I had leathered the mast IMHO. Just...
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    I think you are right, will make final determinations, once I cut mortises ….fingers crossed
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    yep
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    lots of ways to do this
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    Thanks, those cracks have me worried but I am still hoping that when I get into it they will be isolated and addressable.

    A compass plane sure would make this easier but I can get a similar...
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    From a man who knows, thanks Rob.

    Great to see you and your Scamp at SRR last summer, that sure was fun!
  30. Re: Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    Hmmm, I assume by compression fracture you mean the buckling of the grain by force parallel to the grain? That’s another kettle of fish altogether and more serious.

    There are some of the tell...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    It was all the rage a couple of decades ago, I tried it too and concluded it wasn’t for me.
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    No, this is an off cut from the mast glue up that I found banging around my shop

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    I think that might be more work for a weaker and unsightly result
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    yeah, different species is my reservation as well and the main reason I posted the question.

    I would be pretty confident that a well fettled dutchman in Sitka Spruce anywhere on this mast would...
  35. Re: Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    That coaming was green Black Locust right out of the steambox bent around a form with a steel tension strap around the outer circumference. I got a couple of tiny compression fractures on the inner...
  36. Re: Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    Thanks for your suggestions, your approach looks interesting but it seems a bit like overkill for a 17' Cat Ketch, as does reworking the breast hook and dealing with the ripple effect from that...
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    Hi Jim, just dropping in and fun to see your progress, is that glue squeeze out PU? I missed any mention of it but surprised to see it here if this is indeed what I see. Boat is looking great! Jim
  38. Re: Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    I appreciate the comments. Just to clarify this setup, the bearing surface for the mast is a closely fitted cutout in a 1 3/4" thick breast hook for the entire 180 degrees forward:

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    Thanks for your thoughts. Cat Ketch, mizzen but no Jib. Take a look at these for a clearer picture of how this all works.


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    The breast hook is shaped to receive the forward part...
  40. Engineering question: dents in hollow spruce mast

    I have two dents ~ 1/8" deep and ~ 7/8" square in the hollow bird's mouth Spruce main mast for my NGH Coquina caused by the toggles that keep the mast seated in the breasthook/partner.

    I am...
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    Re: Brightwork Advice for a Noob

    I used a similar paint schedule on my glued lap Coquina (awlgrip 545 epoxy primer and Kirby's gloss) and has worked out really well over 7 years of steady use.
    I did straight varnish (Epiphanes)...
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    Re: Garden Tom Cat

    She's beautiful!
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    Re: Buoyancy bags vs air tanks?

    I like the versatility of the bags in open boats and not losing the ability of easy access to the entire structure of the boat.
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    Re: Lofting the Brewer catboat

    what a milestone, glad I tuned in! A tour de force, Mobius strip ain't in it.
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    Re: Garden Tom Cat

    Can't wait to see her underway!
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    Re: Garden Tom Cat

    Don’t chase the 4200, rattle down the shrouds!
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    Re: Garden Tom Cat

    you’ll be fine, going to unbend my sails and freshen up the varnish on my spars as well
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    Re: Garden Tom Cat

    It was very smooth due to careful preparation.

    I learned that 1" PVC is a viable material for rollers, a real epiphany.

    best caption- "that is Dr. Bryan Flanigan, a bonafide shipwright,...
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    Re: Milwaukee charger problems?

    Makita tools are consistently excellent, I always buy them from a tool dealer, never a big box store
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    Re: Garden Tom Cat

    this looks like it will work
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