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  1. Re: New Tiller - which wood and will a scarf joint hold.

    I would be tempted to make a new laminated tiller.

    Regards Neil

    p.s. spotted gum makes strong tillers.
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    Re: Tammie Norrie comes to Coos Bay

    Nice work Ken :-)
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    Re: Vivier Aber Build- Scotland

    Hi,
    I am building my 2nd Iain Oughtred design - Iain's boats do not have frames though they do have floors, breasthooks, inwales & cross-hull thwarts which provide stiffness. I was dubious at...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    Hi Ken,
    I do seal the limber holes (where floor meets keelson) but that is the only part of the floor that I seal before gluing. If I forget I can seal after gluing in using a cotton bud dipped in...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    I hear the suggestion for some more photos, so here is some. I have been distracted by golf, mainly because I started playing really well (for me) for a couple of weeks - had a reality check in...
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    Re: Tammie Norrie comes to Coos Bay

    Welcome back Ken. Cauterising nerves does not sound a like a hobby I will be taking up - hope it worked without too many side effects................

    And your boat is looking great. A build always...
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    Re: Sail and oar design choice

    Good decision re. the trailer :-)

    Regards Neil
  8. Re: Best Boat... For This Specific Scenario

    Hi,
    I suggest you have a really good ponder about how many will be sailing in the boat together. When I was growing up my father had an 11' dinghy which we rowed, sailed & motored with endless...
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    Re: Newbie with Lots of Questions

    Hi newbie,
    Good idea to land on this forum & ask questions :-)
    1. I build outside under a pergola (not sure if that's what they're called across the pond.............) and that is fine apart...
  10. Re: Bedding compound for Sooty Tern centreboard case

    I use epoxy to build my glued clinker hulls (Wests epoxy) and it is wonderful stuff when mixed & applied correctly - I use it to glue in my centreboard cases in an Oughtred Gannet and in an Oughtred...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    Yes, this biglad layout is pretty much what I'm planning. Got 2 floors glued in yesterday. No sidetracked by Narooma Boats A float which starts tomorrow, so am tidying and setting up Bella for a...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    Thanks, I'll enclose the bow & stern but leave the sidebenches open - I can always enclose them later though I have little doubt this will never happen as I do hanker after building a Vivier...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    I am definitely going to deck at the bow & stern mainly because I like buoyancy & some dry storage. Less sure about the side benches, whether I leave them open or enclose them. I might go for open...
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    Re: Hartley TS 16

    I built one when we lived in Victoria. I had been around boats for years but had never built one.

    They are not difficult to build, they sail well, and are roomy and stable. The one reason I don't...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    Yup, we're just getting ready for Boats Afloat festival in Narooma next weekend.
    https://www.naroomaboatsafloat.com/
    So I' am dusting of Bella which is my 17' motor launch, designed by David...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    That's a good idea - thanks.

    Regards Neil
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    So after weeks of rain, 10 days of Covid19 we finally got some sunshine and a group of friends around. Uisge Beatha is flipped - in the end just used a 5 part hoist at each end, though she did...
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    Re: Why is a lug rig called a lug rig?

    I do sometimes wonder why some people get so wound up about the use of terms - we all know what the correct terms are and as long as our labradors and golden retrievers can understand them who ...
  19. Re: Early International Fourteen Foot Dinghies

    I wonder if the primary difference is their rigging? Are their hulls shaped the same, but built using different materials/techniques?

    Would also be interesting to know how they perform - is the...
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    Re: Selway Fisher Clyde 18

    Possibly the best thing to do is to closely inspect other boats that look good to you. Then copy what their builder has done. In the end it is your choice & your boat - you can always do something...
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    Re: Selway Fisher Clyde 18

    I usually remove 80% with an electric plane, then 20% with a hand plane - you do need to be careful though because if you take too much it can need major rework. So take care.
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    Re: Selway Fisher Clyde 18

    Yes, that sounds good.

    Regards Neil
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    Re: Selway Fisher Clyde 18

    OMG - people taking my advice..................................Lol Hope it works now........................

    That looks really nice. One wee tip if I may - if you take 10-20% off the height of...
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    Re: Wooden dinghy floatation

    The question Steve asks is the question to be answered - if the boat will not float enough (i.e. water level below top of centreboard case or case top blocked) then it is very difficult to bail out....
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    Re: Designing a Sailboat

    Sounds like an exciting design. A couple of questions/suggestions come to mind...................
    a) A daggerboard is great if your focus is room in the cockpit - but I'd suggest you inspect your...
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    Re: Selway Fisher Clyde 18

    I would avoid pvc for the gunwales if you can - unless you're happy with how it looks. Lining up laminated gunwales around a boat with shear can be tricky so one wayof doing it is to make the...
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    Re: Yet again photos

    I have used the method above for posting photos,but do find it very slow (compared to other systems) when I want to post multiple photographs - is there a faster way for posting multiple photos?
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    Re: Learn to sail at 75?

    Something my father told me many years ago - if you cannot justify not doing something, then do it. Very simple & something I have tried to live by. My neighbour is frustrated because he won't have...
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    Re: Selway Fisher Clyde 18

    I use Sikaflex (or similar for sticking down this sort of stuff, and it seals the screw/bolt holes. For example I used it yesterday when I attached the brass strips along the bottom of the keel on my...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    Paint for the hull finally arrived, after some concerns about it being too dark I think now it will work and contrast well with the top strake. I tried rolling & tipping for the first time with ...
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    Re: Selway Fisher Clyde 18

    Fitout takes a wee while doesn't it - but you are making great progress, and thinking through possible water ingress. Dry boat interior is good :-)

    Regards Neil
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    Re: School Project - Electric Boat

    When you say 'runabout' - are you thinking of a displacement launch or a planing zoom about boat? The latter would need a lot of batteries to provide power, the former is practical but does need a...
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    Re: Gartside # 207

    What an absolutely wonderful boat - she will give you lots of fun seeing or world from some new angles.

    Regards Neil
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    Chilli plans to perform her most appropriate role as ballast, mainly because she is 31kg and likes to lie down on the sole. D'Arcy is not sure yet as hist 1st braincell is flickering to life and can...
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    Re: Classic Runabout Boat Cover

    If the boat has froward facing windows it's best to cover them whilst towing. Well fitted covers can cover cockpits whilst towing.
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    Re: Selway Fisher Clyde 18

    Good to see her coming along - internal fitout is at least 30% of the build & probably a lot more if you are building a cabin.

    Keeps the story rolling along :-)

    Regards ...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    Thanks Tom,
    My first coat was applied with a hair (5mm nap) roller and it's rather orange peely - I'll try the foam roller for the second coat.

    Regards Neil
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    2 coats of primer/undercoat are on & sanded. Whilst waiting for the main hull paint to arrive I decided to start on the top strake which will be painted Norglass "Admiralty Blue" - seems like quite...
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    Re: A Gartside # 130 followed me home

    Nice work on the tiller tamer pieces, especially that fairlead. Like you I can't find a metal/plastic one which suits my tiller so I'll need to make one up I reckon. Here I use Spotted Gum rather...
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    Re: Caledonia Yawl build downunder

    I used templates to make the planks for my CY - would anyone like these templates (they are made from 4mm brace ply which is butt joined) ? They are free to anyone who would like to pick them up....
  41. Re: Epoxy fillets with and without epoxied glass cloth

    If you are filleting to make a strong joint (rather than filleting to fill a joint/gap) then I would be tempted to use Wests adhesive powder rather than their filleting powder. I think you will find...
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    Re: Calendar Island Yawl 18 - First Sail

    Thanks Frank,
    Yes, I also watch Geoff Kerr's videos & find them invaluable. I have made a hollowed mast from2 lengths of Sitka Spruce when I built my Gannet so am familiar with spar guages - they...
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    Re: Calendar Island Yawl 18 - First Sail

    I reckon an easy step/unstep mast is one of the key features of a boat that is regularly used - it makes such a difference to know that you can get that mast up safely & securely without being...
  44. Re: Patience during the late stages of a build?

    Sometimes a reasonable target event will help work out a plan - I sometimes target a boating event or festival and say to myself ' well I need to have her ready by then'.
    I also make lengthy lists...
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    Re: An Ilur in Hansville

    If you look at one of Roger Barnes's videos where he talks about the internal layout of his Ilur you will see that he has a large battery which powers his navigation device and his bilge pump. A...
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    Re: Flush trimming deck - need advice

    Definitely a sharp handplane or spokeshave would be my preference and that's how I have trimmed the decks on my boats. It doesn't take long and you can get the edge of that deck to be the same angle...
  47. Re: Inscribing an HIN on a little plywood skiff?

    Yes, I agree - in my case the metal plate was attached to the boat using screws by the state registration staff!! They wanted to use rivets to attach it to my Australian cedar transom, when I...
  48. Re: Inscribing an HIN on a little plywood skiff?

    I'd suggest getting an engraver to engrave it on a metal plate which you can then screw to a floor or beam. In Australia the authorities provide you with 2 HIN plates - one for the transom, the...
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    Re: Repairing keel separation

    As long as you put in a permanent fastening that crosses the current gap so that it holds the repair together permanently you will be fine - imo. That fastening can be in several different forms -...
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    Re: Anit-foul a short hop day boat?

    Yes, no need to antifoul the bottom. I use Norglass enamel paints & they seem to be hard wearing.

    Regards Neil
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