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    Re: Old wooden schooner shipping questions

    These were new boats that were built in the Orient. They were delivered to Hugh Angleman's and Charley Davie's agents here, in the U.S. They were then prepped and placed on display for sale by the...
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    Re: A new rig for an old daysailer?

    For ease of reefing you might want to investigate a junk rig. This is a sail that is very easy to reef. The free standing mast is simple to remove and would in no way interfere with being able to...
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    Re: Old wooden schooner shipping questions

    We once brought the Hugh Angleman and Charles Davies Sea Witch and Bounty Ketches in as deck cargo on ships from the Orient. All we did was to off load them cradle and all into the water. The...
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    Re: Help with antique boat decal

    tvcman give me your address privately and I will get you in touch with my Brother in Law.
    Jay
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    Re: Tire explosions

    I keep our extra car garaged when we are away from home. The nitrogen is not expensive and it keeps the tires from going flat while we are away and saves the need of setting it on blocks. I no...
  6. Re: Can I fix a cracked hollow wood El Toro mast?

    If you can coax it apart clean the surfaces with a hook scraper or use a long board air file to sand the glue off and use G/Flex epoxy to re-glue.
    If you do not have enough clamps you can substitute...
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    Re: "Spirit of Tradition" Rozinante?

    Yes Jim, I should think that the most appealing thing that can be said of a Herreshoff design is that one can find no nonsense in the works of either L.Francis Herreshoff or his father Nathanial...
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    Re: "Spirit of Tradition" Rozinante?

    Phil Bolger is one of my favorites! He was capable of designing a sweet hull such as "Spur" or an abrupt variation of what one sees as proper and one becomes outraged by the flagrant nose thumbing...
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    Re: "Spirit of Tradition" Rozinante?

    I built two Rozinantes when I worked for Carl Chapman boat works in S. CA. They were easy hulls to plank. The yard owner thought that the scantlings were too light so he took it on himself to beef up...
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    Re: Tire explosions

    Not if you are driving on the track! It has a lower coefficient of expansion than air.
    Jay
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    Re: Go fly a kite!

    My Grandaughter and I made this in half an hour.
    Jay
    https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/services/mediarender/THISLIFE/001079903521/media/23012407071/medium/1477256173/enhance
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    Re: Tire explosions

    We fill our tires with nitrogen. Since the molecules of nitrogen are larger than that of air, tires do not usually loose their fill unless there is a leak.
    In three years we have never had to add...
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    Re: Plywood and Compound Curves

    If you paint the undersides of the planks prior to instalation you avoid having paint run down your wrist later! This job was done with V'd T&G rather than V&Bead car siding....
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    Re: Plywood and Compound Curves

    With all sincere truth and kindness! It has been my experience that cedar tongue and groove V & Bead planking is easier, faster and less hassle than trying to horse plywood into a compound curve...
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    Re: "Spirit of Tradition" Rozinante?

    Which is faster, a Rozinante towing a dinghy or a Rosinante towing an out board prop in the water?...
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    Re: Help with antique boat decal

    My Brother in Law is a graphic designer and does ads for Toyota. I might be able to get him to work on your decal if you like.
    Jay
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    Re: Ilur in California

    Three Huzzahs for a job well done!
    Jay
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    The interesting thing about building a solid mast is that one needs a tree large enough to allow avoiding the pith. A boxed heart mast usually ends up cracking or checking. Scandanavians used pitch...
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    Re: "Spirit of Tradition" Rozinante?

    Nothing!
    Jay
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    Re: Centerboard winch

    That looks like it came out of Captain Nemo's Submarine!
    Great!
    Jay
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    Re: To fiberglass or not to fiberglass

    What Alden Schooner it it? Gaff or Staysail rigged? Length, age, ect. Alden boats are very good designs. Many have been rebuilt and are living new lives. I would be prone to forget the glass and...
  22. Re: Can I fix a cracked hollow wood El Toro mast?

    Welcome to the Forum Walkrja. Is this a box section mast? Those pictures will let us know whether or not you can save it. Other wise it might be easier to build a new stick. Minnie's Boat Salvage ...
  23. Re: I need to figure out how to service this South Coast winch

    I think that the Pardey's may have used that winch on one of their boats. You might write to Lin and ask if she knows. Check with face book
    Jay
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    Re: A New Gaff Rig for Wee Barkie

    In Scandnavia such checks in solid spars are, often, left open or filled with pitch in order to not create a leverage point that will split the checks open further when the wood shrinks and swells...
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    Re: Centerboard winch

    If you want to get fancy, there are also hydraulic systems available.
    This one is non hydraulic and offers a telescoping fin keel with a ballast bulb.
    Jay
    https://thekeelservant.it/features/
  26. Re: boring a long hole thru end grain/ barefoot ships auger

    You will be better off using a brace with that auger than an electric drill motor. It will avoid grabbing and winding up your wrists!
    Jay
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    Way back when I was starting out building boats, the old hands called a boring guide a "Preacher"because, in those days, a Preacher didn't tell lies. It consisted of two guides that supporeted the...
  28. Re: Once again - Sheating Carvel planked Sailboat options

    You would do well not to sheath this boat! Over the years I have been in the trade of boat building and design, I have seen at least twenty boats fail, after being sheathed with glass. They rotted...
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    Re: Edme wins the Pin Mill Barge Match

    One of my associates, now over the bar, skippered a Thams barge across the Atlantic through the Canal and up to S. CA! Quite a feat!
    The boat belonged to a woman he was dating. She used the boat...
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    Re: Valley oak (Quercus lobata)

    I have yet to work with any of the California oak trees so I am not able to comment on any questions about it's suitably for boat building. According to information on line in reference to Quercus...
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    Re: Thoughts on stowing chain ?

    Good stuff Ian!
    Jay
  32. Re: Converting design from lapstrake plank to lapstrake ply???

    My little six foot loa pram tender to "Red Witch" is made of 1/4" fir marine plywood. It was built to fit inverted over the Witch'es deck house.
    The plywood has required special care, over the...
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    Re: Penalties for scaling up plans?

    Scaling up a boat design is often a matter of using Kentucky Windage as a measurment factor.
    Jay
  34. Re: Converting design from lapstrake plank to lapstrake ply???

    No, spiling and hanging a plank or two is no big deal to those of us who know how to do it. Even a full planking job is no challenge if the framing is fair and no stealers have to be calculated in at...
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    Re: Sitka Spruce Mast Refinishing/Repair

    Notice that the holes in the above foto are almost a pattern. Perhaps they held a tang plate at one time.
    Jay
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    Re: Rebuild teak hatches (3rd time in 20 years)

    "Red Witches" fore hatch has its raw teak portion of the hatch standing about 3/16" proud of the encompassing frame. This allows for a lot of scrubbing and scraping before it comes down flush to the...
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    Re: logs to lumber, advice needed

    Cheap water based house paint works well. So much the better if it is from and old can of left over paint that has thickened up.
    Jay
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    Re: Valley oak (Quercus lobata)

    The best caulking mallet, I ever used, was made of California Live Oak. I borrowed if from Alex Irving one day for a quick job I was doing while "Red Witch" was hauled out next to "Sparkle". Alex...
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    Re: Anyone got a Tiny Tot in the garage ?

    Ah yes, I suspected you have a comfortable boat that the stove keeps toasty.
    Very nice!
    Jay
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    It may be a proven technique but, in my humble opinion, it is not a proven material! Especially for planking!
    I have surveyed and been forced to do too many corrective surgeries on vessels built in...
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    That my friend is a proper wooden rowing boat! Bravo! Well done!
    Jay
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    Re: Anyone got a Tiny Tot in the garage ?

    Wow Mark you must have a goodly sized boat to float that Jotul 602! It weighs as much as some Diesel Marine engines!
    Jay
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    Re: Valley oak (Quercus lobata)

    Quercus lobata, Valley Oak is a member of the White Oak Family and grows in Southern and Central California. Due to its characteristic crooked growth, it is not a commercially viable wood. However,...
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    Re: Anyone got a Tiny Tot in the garage ?

    Sadly that Aladin wick stove has been discontinued so Ebay is the only place they can be found unless a garage or estate sale coughs one up.
    Bird
  45. Re: How to take Take Hull Lines off an existing boat?

    We went into this in depth about a year and a half ago.
    Jay
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    Re: Anyone got a Tiny Tot in the garage ?

    This is Larry and Linn Pardy's stove in their last boat, "Talliesyn". It contains a large circular wick burner that is fed Kerosine from a day tank....
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    Re: Plywood repair

    Good on ya buddy. Please post some pictures for us as the work progresses!
    Wishing you good fortune with your little ship!
    Jay aka Bird
  48. Re: Converting design from lapstrake plank to lapstrake ply???

    I have two boats, that I aquired in a trade, an eight foot lapstrake sailing pram and a twelve foot Pea Pod. They are built of eighth inch mahogany plywood, also known as doorskin and lapstrake...
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    Re: Sutton Hoo replica

    The artifacts that were recovered from the ship a amazing as well as beautiful. Fifty years ago I had a client that wanted me to construct him a bed that reflected some of the carvings that were...
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    Re: Plywood repair

    Hey, if 1/8" door skin will make you happy then go for it! Just let us know in a couple of years how it is holding up. You can be our official product tester of laminated wood. I, for one, am in...
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