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  1. Thread: Oil Finishes

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    Re: Oil Finishes

    That pine tar look is popular in Scandinavia. I would be concerned that it may come off on one's clothing.
    Not my own idea of what I would choose to use for the interior of a dinghy. Of course...
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    Re: Don't varnish over epoxy

    Most of us who make a living applying varnish, paint and varnish like coatings are often fighting a time schedule in order to make a profit. For this reason, some are open to any method of applying...
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    Re: H28 "Larrikin" rebuild

    Thanks guys I am lucky to have a bride who grew up on sail boats too!
    Jay
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    Re: Want to buy a table saw

    Yes, the Inca machines are still being made in Switzerland. I believe there is a factory in France as well.
    Jay
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    Re: Refastening Galv

    Considering all of the mixed opinions voiced here, I would like to add my own humble concept. More damage, most often, is done by attempting to remove old rusted galvanized iron or steel fastenings!...
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    Re: H28 "Larrikin" rebuild

    I envy you Greg! Incidentally, my father inlaw made the model.
    https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/services/mediarender/THISLIFE/001079903521/media/23027178433/medium/1316649651/enhance
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    Re: Hatch that Doesn't Need to be Opened Often

    One of the old bronze manhole style hatches that were made by Merriman Bros. would be ideal if you can find one. They offered a grated insert as well as a solid one that dogged down water tight. ...
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    Re: H28 "Larrikin" rebuild

    Greg, the vertcal surfaces of Bright Star's deck house are all plumb. That is how LFH designed it to be.
    Jay...
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    Re: Want to buy a table saw

    Only a damn fool uses machines with dull blades and no safety equipment or jigs! A band saw is one of the most important tools in a boat shop!
    Jay
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    Re: Want to buy a table saw

    I have several Inca ten inch table saws in my shops. These Swiss made saws are extremely smooth and accurate. Unfortunately they are no longer imported into the US but since you are in Poland, I am...
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    Re: Hatch that Doesn't Need to be Opened Often

    The H28 has a simple raised edge, combing, that mates to a raised sided hatch cover. It allows full access to the engine and sorrounding area. I have always considered the fact that the high sides...
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    Poll: Re: Designing a new CONCRETE BOAT

    I have had and used my own planimeter for more years than I care to admit. It is simple to use so I don't see why I should bother to change. Besides it is a work of engineering art from a bygone...
  13. Re: 1940's Dragon - Carling and Deckbeam Problems

    I know that the thought of removing the deck is a frightening thought as to how much labor willl be involved. But, I must say that I fully agree with those who have urged you to remove the deck and...
  14. Thread: Oil Finishes

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    Re: Oil Finishes

    I believe that Simple Green contains TSP. Only when the decks require a more agressive cleaner do I use it.
    Jay
  15. Re: Arts and Crafts: If you make stuff post it here

    Is that where Tom and Huck used to hang out? Well done!
    Jay
  16. Re: What type of boats are the "Disneyland Jungle Cruise" boats?

    I did some work with marine designer Ray Wallace on the "Princess Louisa" back in the late fifties for the Ports O Call project in San Pedro CA. Ports O Call was designed by my friend Vern Leckman...
  17. Re: 18' 1946 "Putt Putt"...Gloss or Matt Varnish? Oil Maybe?

    I hate to admit that I use a synthetic varnish called"Bristol Finish" on a certain area of "Bright Star" that is inaccessable when the sticks are in the boat. This product lasts quite a while, long...
  18. Thread: Oil Finishes

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    Re: Oil Finishes

    Nice blocks! Your work?
    Jay
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    Re: Restoring Lively Lady II

    Ted, Nice looking paint job! I should mention that I have had amazing success with the longevity of the LP that was used on our H28 shortly before we got her. The topsides are white and after...
  20. Thread: H28 Genesta

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    Re: H28 Genesta

    Nice to make progress isn't it!
    Jay
  21. Thread: Oil Finishes

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    Re: Oil Finishes

    Your wise to use linseed oil for finishing blocks as it does not abrade and chip as easily as varnish does when used the way you describe. I am sure that you do not heat the oil too much as it can...
  22. Thread: Oil Finishes

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    Re: Oil Finishes

    Although I use oxalic acid for bleaching stained wood that is to be varnished, experiance has shown me that a slight amount of citric acid mixed with Dawn dish soap and water when used for either a...
  23. Thread: Oil Finishes

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    Oil Finishes

    I love the look of oil finished wood! L. Francis Herreshoff had a table in his dining room at the Crocker Park Castle in Marblehead Mass.
    Once a year, "a young man would come to put a fresh coat of...
  24. Re: Time for a new tiller - wood species recommendations?

    I do like a tiller made of light colored wood. It also stands out and is more easily avoided when stepping a board or into the cockpit. A turks head near the end can be a nice touch too!
    Jay...
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    Re: Snowbird racing catboats

    I the hull has enough positive buoyancy to float and allow the hull to be righted. But, once right side up it can be a bit unstable and difficult to bail. It think that air bags might be a good...
  26. Re: 18' 1946 "Putt Putt"...Gloss or Matt Varnish? Oil Maybe?

    Satin varnish is designed for application to surfaces that are not exposed to constant weathering! In general it is intended for interior finishes in place of a hand rubbed finish. It will not hold...
  27. Re: Time for a new tiller - wood species recommendations?

    LF Herreshoff designed some of the most graceful tillers, I have ever seen!. For me, the tiller shape and finish sets the personality of the entire boat.
    Just as a shabby mismatched dress can...
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    Re: Matt Walsh, The Sorcerer of Hurricane Gulch

    Matt was born and grew up in Canso Nova Scotia. When in his early twenties he came to S. California and supervised the laying of the Pacific Electric Trolly tacks in Santa Monica. It was there that...
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    Re: Matt Walsh, The Sorcerer of Hurricane Gulch

    The Common Sense is the smallest boat ever to compete in the Transpac. CS3 was the second boat to clear the West end of Catalina Island and was in a position to win the race to Honolulu when, on the...
  30. Re: Time for a new tiller - wood species recommendations?

    I would not laminate it in the first place.
    Jay
  31. Re: Silicon Bronze Slotted Flat Head Wood Screws #18 x 1 1/2'' SOURCE??

    Admiral Supply, Port Townsend
    Jay
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    Poll: Re: Designing a new CONCRETE BOAT

    I once heard that there is a cement skiff in the hippo pond at the Berlin Zoo. It is purported to be the world's oldest boat of its kind.
    Jay
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    Poll: Re: Designing a new CONCRETE BOAT

    I just watched the video. Glad to see that a fine time was had by all!
    Jay
  34. Thread: H28 Genesta

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    Re: H28 Genesta

    Phil, what I described is not a new idea. Decks have been laid over a sub deck this way for hundreds years. The only thing new is in replacing the canvas ,that was once used to add more water...
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    Poll: Re: Designing a new CONCRETE BOAT

    Lyle Hess, The designer of the Bristol Channel Cutters and the Pardy's first boat, "Seraffyn" and their second boat "Taleisin". Had another profession prior to becoming a full time yacht designer. ...
  36. Re: Time for a new tiller - wood species recommendations?

    Good for yew! I have one growing in my yard but, it will be a while before it is big enough to cut.
    Jay
  37. Thread: H28 Genesta

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    Re: H28 Genesta

    Damn near every boat I have seen that has had decks of teak glued over ply that are close to twenty or more years old has had the plywood rotted out under the teak!
    This means destroying the teak...
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    Re: Newbie seeking shellac advice

    I use a lot of shellac in my work! I do a lot of French polish work for furniture conservation. In addition, I use it thinned out as a sealer under varnish as well as sealing the interiors of...
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    Re: Matt Walsh, The Sorcerer of Hurricane Gulch

    Chris, Thanks for the encouragement! I do have a book in mind. I have so many irons in the fire that this forum is the only time I get to sit down and write a few memories.
    Jay
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    Re: Snowbird racing catboats

    The floor boards in the Snowbird make getting that last half gallon of water a pain to remove! I should think that bilge pump you have and a sponge are A plus
    for that. As to who built your boat,...
  41. Re: Time for a new tiller - wood species recommendations?

    White Oak or Black Locust. Both have good flexural and compression strength. Ash is too springy and will give an indistinct feel to the helm. A natural crook is desirable but the oak can be steam...
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    Re: H28 "Larrikin" rebuild

    Larks,
    I am sorry that I can't get to "Bright Star" to help you out right now. I am pretty sure that her beams are set plumb. Just a slight bevel on top would be all you need. If you wish the...
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    Re: Matt Walsh, The Sorcerer of Hurricane Gulch

    When I finish drawing the plans, Todd Rogers who, owns CS 1, and I will start building #7. The boat will have some modern changes and a few trick items that will, we hope, make her faster than the...
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    Re: Herreshoff Steam Engine Fabrication @MIT

    Herreshoff had the advantage of having his laptop located between his ears! The man was amazing in his ability to visualize that which was needed without a calculator or drafting table. When we...
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    Re: Matt Walsh, The Sorcerer of Hurricane Gulch

    Here is Matt's most winning boat, Common Sense #5, "Red Witch" after her restoration. She is starting her winning reach in race off of Marina Del Rey. The lee back stay is just being released. ...
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    Re: H28 "Larrikin" rebuild

    Dody, your beam is correct and exactly the way I was taught.
    Jay
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    Re: H28 "Larrikin" rebuild

    Ok we can get a bit further into the theory of it all here! This is the curve that I was taught to draw deck beams to. It is a section of an ellipse. This curve is stronger than a section of a...
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    Re: Jay & Anne Greer's H28 Ketch "Bright Star"

    When I was with it up North, the owner took it to Alaska twice. The gear box burned up and cost a bundle to replace! Something was always going wrong with that boat!
    The 246's were first designed...
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    Re: Bead and Flute mystery

    When we built the Lapworth36's at Carl Chapman Boat Works, in Newport Beach CA we had a spindle shaper that had a set of custom cutters for making up the cove and bullnose beaded staving we used. It...
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    Re: Jay & Anne Greer's H28 Ketch "Bright Star"

    Rattey, I know that boat as that is the one I brought up from Mexico. It actually is reported to have sailed further up the Amazon then any other sailing vessel has before or since. I think the...
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