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    Re: Flat-Iron / Sharpie Design Choice

    I see that your old boat is for sale on CL, Charlotte NC.
    https://charlotte.craigslist.org/boa/d/pineville-14-greenwood-sharpie-skiff/7388259905.html
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    Re: Spray cleaning Carburetor

    Another vote for Ultrasonic cleaning. Carbs have lots of very small passages that sometimes wind around though the carb body, chances of cleaning them out are usually slim. The ultrasonic action...
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    Re: Towing Vehicle

    For 2021 there are only 2 pickup trucks that can even be equipped with a manual transmission, the Toyota Tacoma and the Jeep Gladiator. Automatic transmissions are standard on almost every vehicle...
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    Re: Towing Vehicle

    I think that the biggest difference is the Trial Lawyers Association.
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    Re: Hybrid EyE for Halyard - Dyneema

    I haven't tried a soft shackle eye splice on a halyard but I have used soft shackles in other places with great success. I use one to attach the boom vang to the boom on my 24' Farr 740 Sport. It has...
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    Re: When Cruising was Simple

    How can anyone overlook the classic simplicity of the Atkin Retreat?
    http://www.atkinboatplans.com/Misc/Retreat.html
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    Re: Design Levi Dart 38

    Found it, the design was called Evolution, 28' loa. It was in the January 1976 issue of Rudder magazine. The May 1975 issue of Rudder had an article on Sonny Levi and his designs through the 1950's...
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    Re: Design Levi Dart 38

    Sonny Levi designed some fascinating boats. Sometime back in the late 60's-early 70's IIRC, Rudder magazine had one of his boats chronicled in their DIY home boat building series. It was about 25'...
  9. Re: Interesting sailboat for sale on CLE Craigslist

    That boat has been on CL for a year or 2. It looks to be a very nice example but not much of a market here in the US.
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    Re: Wooden Thistle on craigslist

    I was first introduced to sailing in 1959 or 1960 on my Dad's bosses Thistle. His number was 1319, only a few away from this one. A beautiful dark blue hull, white waterline and copper bottom with...
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    Re: Lockdown project

    I noticed the Paper Tiger in the photos then went back and read the first post, a PT indeed. I bought PT plans from Canadian Multihulls back the the mid 1970's, built the jig and one hull before life...
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    Re: Trailer brakes

    Personally I would not use electric brakes (as on a camper or utility trailer) because dunking them often will led to corrosion (maintenance) problems. They are cheap enough that you can replace them...
  13. Re: Mobile Base for Delta Model 10 Contractor Saw

    I have a Delta Contractors 10" table saw (model 34-444) and I ended up making my own mobile base out of 1"x2" rectangular tubing on edge. I basically copied a DELTA 50-278 Mobile Machine Base that...
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    Re: Is this a wayfarer?

    Not a Snipe, they have a daggerboard, not a centerboard.
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    Re: Trailer tongue extension

    All my small boat trailer tongues have been thin wall square or rectangular tubing, available at any metal supply business. When I got my MC scow (have owned 25+ years) the PO had cut the tongue...
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    Re: Goat Island Skiff in Meranti?

    I also agree with Tom.
    Don't Supersize your fries during the building period and the total weight, you and boat, will come out the same as Okoume and lots of fries.
  17. Re: 1st Build Qs: 1. About hull rocker and increasing displacement

    I too would go with a different boat closer to your needs.
    From what I read you want to change design virtues and add faults to a design that doesn't even match your needs in the first place. Not...
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    Re: 1950s Alcort Super Sailfish

    Nice to see an old Sailfish back on the water. A friend's father built one when we were youngsters back in the early 1960's. I don't remember if it was from plans or a kit. He also rebuilt a Piper...
  19. Re: How many of you attach your boat trailer license plate directly to frame or fende

    I lost a boat trailer plate once when the plastic tag bracket broke. It was there when I left my brother's house in Florida but was gone when I got home 900 miles later. To get a replacement I had to...
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    Re: Flat bottom hull questions

    Although it isn't a flat bottom, another Atkin design, Sergeant Faunce.
    http://www.atkinboatplans.com/Utilities/SergeantFaunce.html
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    Re: The Plywood Debate

    My experience:

    Built an Enterprise dinghy from a kit. African Mahogany that finished out beautiful. Painted outside, varnished inside, no glass. With the exception of a couple of dry rot spots...
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    Re: Chebacco variants

    I think that if one needs longer benches I would be inclined to move the cabin bulkhead forward some, something like to the forward end of the centerboard case. There isn't much "cabin" there anyway.
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    Re: Atkin "Florence Oakland,23',In Sequim

    There use to be a Florence Oakland at Rocky Fork Lake east of Cincinnati circa 2005. The boat's name was "Charlene" built by a gentleman in Michigan from whom the local owner bought it. I don't think...
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    Re: Great Design Features in Boats

    12. A tiller that can be quickly and easily removed (NOT the bolt & nut through tiller and rudder cheeks that I am using now).

    Back in the 1960's my brothers, Dad and I built a Jack Holt designed...
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    Re: Thinking about buying a Thistle (woodie?)

    My first sail, circa 1960, was on a Thistle owned by my Dad's boss (#1317 or 1319), they are very popular around here. Not the best for single handing. I have a MC scow which is a great single hander...
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    Re: color of west system catalyst

    I have about a gallon of WEST hardener that I bought in the late 1970's. It is as Denise030 said, 'gone dark like old mahogany". I don't use it for anything structural but it still works fine for...
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    Re: Boat to finish

    Link works for me. Looks like a great project for someone.

    specs:
    http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_ID=4480

    conversation:...
  28. Re: Sam Rabl's Titmouse sailing characteristics

    Bob Linton's build site

    https://boblinton.wordpress.com/
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    Re: Possible Rabl Titmouse restoration

    Here is another Titmouse for sale, unfortunately far away from Vancouver.
    https://annapolis.craigslist.org/boa/d/15-sam-rabls-titmouse-tabloid/6696626138.html
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    Re: Boat Plan Licensing Conundrum

    Personally I wouldn't feel bad about building a boat for myself, stretched, shrunk or original dimensions from 60 year old plans with all original parties long deceased, but that is just me.

    A...
  31. Re: New wooden boat owner - Thistle in the rough

    Great find, looking forward to updates.

    My first sail was on a Thistle in the very late 1959s. My Dad's boss, with his kids (crew) off to college, needed someone to go sailing with him and invited...
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    Re: Saw horse test

    I built a set of Shopdog saw horses, they are incredibly stable and can handle a lot of weight. They can be pretty versatile as well as shown on his website. They fold up to a small package and are...
  33. Thread: Moth Plans

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    Re: Moth Plans

    The Miami U Sailing Team uses 420's now although there doesn't seem to be all that much activity. What has really taken off is rowing. There is now a large building that houses their boats. They hold...
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    A bit OT but I figure where else is there a better group of sailboat enthusiasts from down under.

    A few months ago I picked up a Farr 740 Sport trailer sailer for a very cheap price. Over the...
  35. Re: Welsford Navigator: will it fit out the door?

    Back in the 1960's my Dad, brothers and I built an 13' Enterprise in the basement, a "daylight" basement. My Dad made sure it would fit out the door before ordering the kit. We built a cradle to hold...
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    Re: Moth Plans

    Rod Mincher, whose blog is Earwegoagin, use to post on here as "pamincher". I haven't noticed him posting in a while.

    Many years ago when I first looked at his blog I noticed that we both sailed...
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    Re: canoe size bow roof shed.

    You might try a search for "low tunnel greenhouse". There are tons of DIY greenhouse web sites out there. Many are big enough for a ducker and they are often made from PVC pipe.
  38. Re: here are my trailer concerns, any idea on a good trailer to address my challenges

    This topic is often repeated as the small boat trailer industry is geared for outboard motor boats in this size range. Not surprising as there are no doubt thousands of them sold for every sailboat....
  39. Re: New England example of Searunner 25 trimaran ?

    I built a Searunner 37 back in the early 1970's and have looked at a few Searunner 25s over the years. As with almost any 25' trimaran (at least the ones that sail well) the interior is tight. Jim...
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    Re: The Windmill class

    Back in the 1960's there were a lot of Windmills on our local lake. Mostly home built as were the Y-flyers and Rhodes Bantams in the sailing club. About 20 years ago a friend ended up with a ply...
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    Re: Buccanneer 18 Expertiese ?

    I had a friend back in the 1970's that owned one. He let my sail it and I liked it a lot. A good performance boat for the money. There are still a few of them around here and often they can be picked...
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    Re: Californians want to secede

    Notice that he said a "large percentage" not LARGER percentage. The perception here in the midwest is that almost EVERYONE in California is far left or at least very liberal.
    The point being is...
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    Re: Californians want to secede

    Just yesterday I e-mailed back and forth with a friend that lives in CA. I offered to help him smuggle his soon to be illegal internal combustion vehicles (he has several old Brit cars) out of the...
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    Re: Mahogany Runabout Plans

    A couple of other places to look.

    http://www.glen-l.com/boat-plans-catalog-300-boats-you-can-build/
    http://www.classicwoodenboatplans.com/about-the-plans/

    Very nice canoe build, I expect that...
  45. Re: The annual Twilight Zone marathon is on

    Rod Serling was our next door neighbor back in the early 1950's when he worked as a staff writer at a couple of different radio stations here in Cincinnati. Of course I don't remember him as I was...
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    Re: Trump Supporters Are Beginning To Panic.

    I have to take exception to the first line of the original post. Not because I agree or disagree with the OP but because the WB forum is pretty well stacked with left leaning (often about as far left...
  47. Re: Free Sailing Model with Solid wood hull. Anybody have plans?

    After looking at the book again I want to build one too.
    It is a basic book with plans made to the level of a 7 th grade industrial arts student during the great depression. Fortunately the price is...
  48. Re: Free Sailing Model with Solid wood hull. Anybody have plans?

    Found it!
    BOATS, AIRPLANES and KITES
    by Armand J. LaBerge
    copyright 1935, 1950

    Mr. LaBerge was Instructor of Industrial Arts at the U. of Minnesota and Bryant Jr. High school in Minneapolis. He...
  49. Re: Free Sailing Model with Solid wood hull. Anybody have plans?

    Somewhere packed away I have a book that my Dad bought for me back about 1960 that has several designs built such as the link in post #2. IIRC, it was a school book for high school industrial arts...
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    Re: More about being a GrandPop

    Grandkids are great, as David said "Grandchildren, the dessert of life". I am waiting for great grandkid #4 to arrive, they are even better than regular grandkids.

    Sometimes these offspring have...
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