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    Re: Caned seats

    I was an Old Town dealer for a long time and sold a lot of boats with the square pattern cane seats without any real problems. The seat bar stock is a bit tedious to make though. You can cut the...
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    Re: Guitar rumours...

    One pleasant surprise I owned for a while was one of the original solid rosewood Telecasters built by Fender Japan. I wasn't aware that Fender could actually do such nice woodworking. It was pretty...
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    Re: Guitar rumours...

    You pay your money and take your chances with most of them, but this isn't necessarily a new trend.
    My Gibson bass (second from left) started life as one of those red EBO models in 1970. When I had...
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    Re: Caned seats

    I never found it particularly difficult as long as you have a good sharp bit and proceed in the proper direction so that you aren't peeling out splinters along the groove's sides. You can also do it...
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    Re: spruce yard

    40-45% aft of the heel (forward) end.
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    Re: Caned seats

    Rawhide can work, but it can also be problematic. It is really strong, but also pretty abrasive. I owned one of the very early Mad River Malecite canoes and at that time, the seats were rawhide and...
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    Re: Aortic stenosis

    My heart surgery was for an upper aortic aneurism which looked like it could blow at any time, so I ended up with about 4" of Dacron tubing where my aorta used to be, attached to a cow valve because...
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    Re: cold molding, maybe?

    You can disagree all you want and try to bury everybody in mumbo-jumbo, but that doesn't change reality. The guideboat isn't designed for rocky streams and they have basically just replaced the...
  9. Re: Rustoleum appliance epoxy spray paint

    Rattle cans are a pain in the butt for covering big areas and probably the most expensive paint per ounce that you can buy. Any way you look at it, a rattle can paint job is going to be a thin and...
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    Re: cold molding, maybe?

    You are giving the idea of the fiberglass, Kevlar , carbon or whatever you use on the outside a lot more credit for strengthening the boat than they deserve or will actually provide. These materials,...
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    Re: Magic Smoke

    Yeah, but it still wouldn't be the same without having to jibe back and forth when motoring downwind, just to get out of the blue cloud.
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    Re: Caned seats

    With reasonable care and inside or covered off-use storage you can get pretty good life out of the pre-woven cane. I varnished the cane on my Old Town Guide canoe's seats when I bought the boat in...
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    Re: I like bicycles.

    That green trike that Bigfella saw is a "Rotovelo" made in Australia. It's aim is to be a moderately priced velomobile and it is built with a tubular metal frame surrounded by a roto-molded body,...
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    Re: Pitch Pockets Please?

    Agreed. The chances that this tiny flaw will ever have any effect on the durability of this spar are minimal at best.
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    Re: Pitch Pockets Please?

    Do not waste your time and/or money sealing something with "penetrating" (BS) epoxy if you intend to fill it with real epoxy. If anything, the solvent in it will probably do more to weaken the real...
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    Re: Caned seats

    No, I hate rowing...can't see where the hell you're going, etc. My only current rowboat is a big old Campways river raft, somewhere down in the basement - and it would be rowed facing downriver. I...
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    Re: spruce yard

    What are you using as a plan for this build? We always want the yard to be tail-heavy, meaning that the halyard tie-off point will be forward of the yard's middle, and sometimes by quite a bit. If...
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    Re: New Presidential Portrait

    Obama's portrait reminds me of my dad. He was an artist, art educator and a frequent juror of some of the most prestigious art exhibitions in the country over the years. I use to occasionally sit...
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    Re: guns making things better

    I have a .45-70 Sharps (about 12 lbs.) and still own about eight pairs of cross-country racing skis, but I'm not sure I want to mix them. These days, I get tired just watching the races on TV....
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    Re: Caned seats

    I would think that the rocking motion of rowing would be really hard on cane seats in terms of them stretching. You might also want to take a look at some of the rope-laced seats used on drift...
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    Re: spruce yard

    I don't see why an oval yard couldn't work fine, as long as you can keep it from twisting while in use, as it's bend is likely to be drastically different if it flops over onto its side. Not having...
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    Re: spruce yard

    A 2" square yard would be pretty heavy. On the other hand, 2" maximum diameter on a round-sectioned spar that tapers at both ends should not be. No, it isn't what you would think of as a particularly...
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    Re: Interlux Schooner problems

    These days, letting any decent varnish (or marine paint) skin over in the can can be a pretty serious waste of money, and even the stuff that doesn't skin over may be changing consistency a bit....
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    Once you're done, you can print out a bunch of copies on stiff paper, cut out the stations, place them on the profile background and make yourself a quick and dirty half model to see if things look...
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    Re: spruce yard

    For the past 15 years or so I have recommended that my customers use Iain Oughtred's suggested spar scantlings for lug spars and they seem to work quite well. Spar flex has to be accounted for when...
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    Re: spruce yard

    That's where we used to buy our spruce for canoe building.

    http://fredtebbandsons.com/index.php/about/

    If you plan to round it 1.5" is a bit skinny for a good lugsail yard and will tend to be...
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    Re: Roll Cloud

    I saw one once. We were inflating a hot air balloon in hopes of getting off an early morning flight in kind of marginal weather, as we were paid by the flight, and only by the flight. About the time...
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    Re: Soft Cedar Seats

    They'll be a bit tougher, but the cedar core is still pretty soft and subject to denting. With epoxy coating you are also introducing increased potential for UV deterioration being a factor to...
  29. Re: Kayakers - anyone use a Mini Skirt spray cover?

    I'd continue to use the Greenland, but fabricate a mini spray skirt similar to the one shown. It doesn't need to be whitewater-sealed or capable of withstanding big, dumping waves, just keeping drips...
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    Re: recutting sails

    Oh it can certainly be done, and it did take quite a while for someone to make computer software for four-sided sail cutting. Unfortunately though, it does not generate the luff curve that doing the...
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    Re: recutting sails

    Modern Bermuda sail designs, whether cross-cut or radial and whether lofted and cut on a floor or plotted and cut by a computer on a vacuum table still have basically the same sort of luff round and...
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    Re: recutting sails

    Rat, There is room for everyone on the water (more or less, though there are some who never should get near water) but when it comes to sails, there are well designed and constructed sails, and then...
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    Re: recutting sails

    In cases like this thread, I judge a person's knowledge on the subject (or lack of it) by the statements they make or sometimes by the evidence I see in the photos they post. There isn't much else to...
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    Re: recutting sails

    It's far more than a tenth of a knot difference between well designed sails and sails made by untrained amateurs, but sadly many of you will never get a chance to find that out because you just "know...
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    Re: recutting sails

    Yep, that's pretty accurate from the looks of them.

    If you want good sails for your boat you basically have two choices. Either buy sails, or kits for sails, designed and built by somebody who is...
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    Re: recutting sails

    Yeah, it will look like a gaff sail, but it is actually a pretty stupid idea. Draft and its placement, as well as entry angle will be determined by the luff curve and in most cases also the...
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    Re: recutting sails

    That would be good advice, considering that to anyone who actually knows sailmaking a small gaff rig mainsail is a lot harder to cut well than a Marconi class racing sail.
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    Re: recutting sails

    In no particular order....
    - Chances are that most used sails have already lost at least half of their tear strength, UV lifespan and a good amount of the cloth's original bias stability (which is...
  39. Re: In search of Cedar Strip Tandem Racing Canoe Plans

    Before they started pinching in the gunwales and getting rather diamond-shaped from above, the basic formula for generic USCA marathon-style boats was fairly simple, and it isn't terribly difficult...
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    Re: Rope steering: what kind of rope?

    Nonsense. For this sort of use you will tear the rudder off the boat or break it before the line even comes close to breaking. Go get a hunk of 1/4" polyester yacht braid, kernmantle or...
  41. Re: In search of Cedar Strip Tandem Racing Canoe Plans

    I used to have full sized lines drawings for a Jensen USCA cruiser from about 1976 or so, but I've looked everywhere and can't find the roll of plans that they used to be in. Funny story... Norm Sims...
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    Re: Rope steering: what kind of rope?

    You might want to read through the discussion more carefully. Nylon is very likely to be too stretchy, three strand is likely to hockle, rather than run through the blocks cleanly, and fancy...
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    Re: Rope steering: what kind of rope?

    I'd just do rope steering on a 17' boat the same way it's often done on canoes. A continuous loop of line runs from one arm of the rudder head, forward as far as desired along the gunwale, then...
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    Re: Epoxy: Bond to Polyethelene?

    But why not use the proper materials AND techniques and get both? It's just not that hard to do.
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    Re: Epoxy: Bond to Polyethelene?

    Back when I was in the downhill ski business we even had an extruder, which was like a seriously industrial strength hot glue gun. We used it for filling minor gouges in polyethylene ski bottoms....
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    Re: Epoxy: Bond to Polyethelene?

    G-Flex and other similar flexible epoxy resins bond polyethylene quite well with the proper techniques, and this is not really new technology. We were using these types of epoxy formulas with flame...
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    Re: Epoxy: Bond to Polyethelene?

    G-Flex along with sanding, flame treatment and an alcohol wipe would probably be the best bet.

    http://www.epoxycraft.com/we-asked-hamishhow-do-you-flame-treat-plastic/
  48. Re: Gaps Between the Strips - Strip Planked Hull

    It happens more than you think. I just don't tell you about it. :) The brotherhood of the big disk sander is always strong.
  49. Re: Gaps Between the Strips - Strip Planked Hull

    What Bruce said. These threads very often get muddied because posts are made about both types of building, and they are not at all the same. In many cases, the original poster doesn't specify enough...
  50. Re: have trouble finding crew for your racing sailboat?

    Of course, there are always those who push their luck......

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxV4698DVdw


    This one is kind of cool - and a lot easier to launch.

    ...
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