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    Re: Need to make square holes

    Oh, unless maybe you mean a blind hole, in which case ignore my suggestion.
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    Re: Need to make square holes

    Drill a round hole, then use a small rasp to square it up a bit, then use sand paper (the type your belt sander uses) to get the corners really neat. Takes some care and patience, but if it is just a...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    If you were still in WA you'd be enjoying cool sunny and windless autumn days right now.
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    Re: Instrument Panel & Frame

    It is preferable not to have a crank ship either.
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    Re: Mini Bristol Channel Cutter

    That's hilarious... in a good way of course, looks great. Is her ballast ratio the same as a full sized channel cutter?
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    Re: Proper Screws

    When I was in my youth, pretty much everything involving screws used slotted screws. On rare occasions a Philips head would appear necessitating that one had a second set of drivers. Eventually...
  7. Re: Constructing Cargo Schooner CEIBA in Costa Rica (45m / 148)

    The ocean is crowded with all manner of merchant ships, but unlike the status quo, CEIBA will be easy on the eye. Look forward to seeing her take shape.
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    Re: Falmouth Quay.

    Nice pics. You did an impressive job restoring her. That bow sprit has some hard core droop, obviously not using viagra. I guess that droop is needed to handle the length of the luff on that huge...
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    Re: Instrument Panel & Frame

    I think you're saying the instrument panel has some similarities to the dash in a car. Check out the consoles in modern gin palaces these days... they look like the instrumentation in a hornet...
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    Re: Redwing update

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh. Hey, I hadn't previously noticed the dinghy's paint work matches Redwing. Nice one!
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    Re: Falmouth Quay.

    Beautiful! Any more pics to share?
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    Re: Build of my 34' Venus Ketch

    It makes sense that you're 'zinged' Bruce, but do persist with your efforts. At least a squillion or more people have been revved up and inspired by everything you've shared in this thread, and all...
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    Re: Terrapin - a box boat in a box

    As is already apparent from your build, a box shaped boat doesn't necessarily mean ugly. Your boat is already an eye catcher, and that will be even more the case when she is afloat.
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    Re: Redwing update

    So if she doesn't stow on deck what do you do? Tow?
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    Re: Romana de Scamp - Voyages and Adventures

    Don't get me wrong, I would never advocate making the offing without proper preparation, just suggesting on the job training (of one's self).
  16. Re: Tar on Canvas Canoe - Suggestions?

    Having recently used a few coats of alkyd paint over the acrylic 'canvas' mast boot on Blow Fish (a perigee) it looks like modern fabrics with single pack boat paint could work. Seems very watertight...
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    Re: Romana de Scamp - Voyages and Adventures

    Before figuring out how to get my paradox sailing herself I simply loaded her up with a few weeks provisions and off we went. Once well out to sea necessity caused the self steering learning process...
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    Re: Redwing update

    The sail is looking good Gary. Sure does seem to be lots of strings, but I know they work nicely once rigged. That mast on your neighbours boat is seriously weird. Looks like it was stolen from one...
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    Re: Romana de Scamp - Voyages and Adventures

    Definitely worth playing with the bungee method. Every boat is different. My paradox turned out to be excellent at self steering using lackeys only on any point of sail. One of the tricks to getting...
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    Re: Seeking some advice on a sailboat

    Based on what you've said, there is plenty of water to float a folkboat (4' draft) and lowering the mast to get under low bridges can be done (but isn't trivial like on a small trailer sailer). I'm...
  21. Re: making a solid spar ( mast) hollow?

    Do you know the weight is actually a problem? No point fixing something if it doesn't need fixing.
  22. Re: Recommendation for Marine Metal Primer

    I use vinyl etch primer for anything metal. Sticks like a bastard and is hard.
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    Re: Instrument Panel & Frame

    Given the application I don't think the g-flex is going to care what the temperature was when used... it isn't going to fall apart, and based on your pictures the glue up is very pretty. What more...
  24. Re: 1606 DUYFKEN replica built in Western Australia

    I've been aboard that ship. Hearing of her misfortune is surprising given she has been built like a brick shi* house. I knew one of her shipwrights, but have lost contact over the years.
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    Re: 1962 Tasman Seabird - New Deck

    Wow, just when I thought I knew a bit about engines, along comes an engine which closely resembles a wooden box. I wonder if it still works on the principals of suck squeeze bang blow...
  26. Re: "Skål Sandy!” a Caledonia Yawl Build in Cream Ridge NJ

    So far everything on this thread is mouthwateringly beautiful, except for the finger shot which made the hair on my neck stand on end. Can't wait to see your boat afloat, and hope the slightly short...
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    Re: Seeking some advice on a sailboat

    Welcome to the forum FF afloat. You have a broad range of criteria for your boat. I owned a folkboat for a while and had to drop the mast every time I went to sea. Doable, but not a trivial job....
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    Re: Instrument Panel & Frame

    Looking good. I can see right away your panel and frame is going to out fancy mine (which hasn't been started yet).
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    Re: Gaff rig questions

    You should have seen the build Bruce. When I installed it I routed a trench just wide enough to accommodate the pipe, put lots of thickened epoxy in the trench, and then squelched the pipe in on top....
  30. Re: Advice on ocean-crossing pocket cruisers

    More or less than what?
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    Re: Reefing Hardware on Boom

    Did you get to try the roller reefing or was it knackered when you got it?
  32. Re: Advice on ocean-crossing pocket cruisers

    Agreed. By way of illustration the smallest boat I've cruised in is my paradox, less than 14'... and yes she definitely has her limit at around 20 knots for windward progress, or less if the seas are...
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    Re: Gaff rig questions

    My mast is solid (laminated) except for a copper water pipe conduit which was installed down the centre during construction. The water pipe serves as both part of the lightning protection system and...
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    Re: Instrument Panel & Frame

    Ha ha, cooling vents... very creative. You should be in marketing.
  35. Re: Advice on ocean-crossing pocket cruisers

    I agree about length in terms of the boat as pure sailing machine, more length sails better. I find comfort is better the heavier the boat. I've been sea sick many times on my folkboat and found the...
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    Re: Reefing Hardware on Boom

    Roller reefing works nicely on my paradox, but that is on an ultra small boat which might have something to do with it, or maybe that it is a lug sail. The only vertue I've sailed had roller reefing....
  37. Re: Advice on ocean-crossing pocket cruisers

    Folkboats are good, no question, owned one myself for some years, but the original post seems to be looking for something a little smaller "20' to 24'". Having said that, my 17.25' Blow Fish to the...
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    Re: Reefing Hardware on Boom

    Pros and cons either way. Roller reefing allows infinite options for reefing, not just the two or three pre set slab reef positions, does not have all those reef lines and nettles flapping about the...
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    Re: Instrument Panel & Frame

    Looking nice Hugh. Will you need to spile for the final fit or is it that all the surfaces to which it joins are flat?

    Jay's pic was stunning! So shiny. Appealed to my inner magpie.
  40. Re: Durability of expanded PVC foam board in exterior application

    Do you know why your current inflatable is lasting better than other experiences? Is it different glue, or different fabric maybe?

    I think any of the ply options will work. Machine it, or build it...
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    Re: A trailerable box keel motorsailer

    I do have a paradox, not sure if it is the one you have in mind. You can see the paradox, and my more recent William Atkin Perigee here http://geoffboat.weebly.com and I also have a separate thread...
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    Re: Engine noise abatement

    Post 33 (the tractor) is a good illustration of post 19 (describing noise transmitted through the structure). You already have lots of soft material to absorb the air borne noise, and you've checked...
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    Re: Engine noise abatement

    If soft engine mounts are all too difficult, invest in noise cancelling headphones.
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    I've been using penguard for at least 20 years, and in that time screwed up the ratios somewhat on some occasions. Never had any issues with the paint though so it must be quite tolerant of the ratio...
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    Re: A trailerable box keel motorsailer

    Ha ha, that's funny about the mirror living on the roof rack. During the construction of my recently completed boat I lived in the shed with the boat but it isn't ideal due to the dust. On the upside...
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    Re: Casting a mast gate for Ilur

    Seriously impressed! Your persistence has produced beautiful work.
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    Re: Instrument Panel & Frame

    Nice photo. Your boat is beautifully appointed. Looks a veritable mansion by my standards.
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    Re: A trailerable box keel motorsailer

    Agree with Amish Rob's 'picture postcard'. Where I live most properties have highly function but boring commercially built sheds with steel frames and corrugated steel cladding. Your set up is more...
  49. Re: Durability of expanded PVC foam board in exterior application

    40 years! Wow! Jay I am convinced now my view of inflatables, which was previously rather dim, requires some reassessment. Thanks for opening my eyes.
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    Re: Instrument Panel & Frame

    I have to confess not really liking ceilings and overhead liners due to the restricted access that can create to the areas they cover. However, thinking about your speaker mounting, that does seem an...
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