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    Re: the sharpest blade you ever sharpened

    IMHO, it all comes down to the piece of steel: You can get softer steel up to an edge you can easily shave with, but it won't last to do anything real in wood.

    ken
  2. Thread: Waves, WB #289

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    Re: Waves, WB #289

    Wow, The above is a lot to digest. I apologize for being absent for a while: It seemed that the thread had died and coincidentally the weather was lovely so I went sailing instead of computing.. ...
  3. Re: 8,000,000,000 People on the planet as of yesterday

    I was born in 1950, the world population is now 3 times what it was when I was born. It seems clear to me that this can't continue.

    Ken
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    Re: Pricing for boat work

    FWIW, I just got a rough estimate from a shop for exterior prep. and paint that figured materials at 20% of labor...

    Ken
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    Re: Recommendations for a Respirator

    Yes to hack. You wouldn't want to walk your CPAP from bedside to shop and back, and they communicate with the prescribing clinic to report patient compliance, so you want a discarded one and would...
  6. Thread: Waves, WB #289

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    Re: Waves, WB #289

    I am just checking your perception of fetch, because coastal sailors often mis-judge those little blue blips in the middle of a map of the continental US: Depending on wind direction the fetch in...
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    Re: Recommendations for a Respirator

    There are many tools that I eventually bought, and wished that I had bought decades sooner, and near the top of the list is a supplied air hood. The real ones are very pricey, but I bought a "hobby"...
  8. Re: Sources for solid wood planking stock in US Midwest: Northern white cedar, pine,

    I got a beautiful load of white pine from https://www.facebook.com/RosinWoodwork/ in Northern Wisconsin. It was several years ago, but the story then was that the local tribe wanted to sell some...
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    Re: Robands? Which do people prefer?

    Off topic: what is your mast construction? I have never seen anything like that. It looks like stitched Bamboo floor mat??

    Ken
  10. Re: Getting boat plans by Chapelle from the Smithsonian

    I built my 26' Mackinaw from the Smithsonian drawings, so it worked eventually. I don't know if they have upgraded, but i found the process of evaluating which drawings to get very frustrating. You...
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    Re: Raptor plastic nails and staples

    I liked the raptor nails for strip planking. I used them to hold 7/8 x 7/8" strips while the glue hardened. In addition to the assets above I would add a nuance: The chisel- point nails are great...
  12. Thread: Waves, WB #289

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    Re: Waves, WB #289

    This blows my mind. Density irrelevant? I know that water waves are unique, but in every other wave I can think of there is a factor akin to density that matters in a big way: sound velocity...
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    Re: Casting thin shell bronze blocks

    I understand that this is an exciting challenge. What are you going to do for the sheave and bearings? The blocks I have seen of this genus have 5 large roller bearings with an internal spider to...
  14. Re: The sailing boat version of the horse shoe nail…

    It's interesting to me that sailboat riggers seem to be comfortable with low safety margins. I spent most of my life working in theatre where a 10:1 safety factor is expected. So 3/16" aircraft...
  15. Thread: Waves, WB #289

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    Waves, WB #289

    In the "Getting Started in Boats" section I was disappointed not to see a discussion of the difference between fresh and salt-water waves. There are accounts of ocean crews being surprised by the...
  16. Thread: Gaff Questions?

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    Re: Gaff Questions?

    On the good side, I have discovered that I can dip the mizzen back (when guyed by a main halyard) far enough to reach the head of it from a dock to make changes. So I don't need to totally unstep...
  17. Thread: Gaff Questions?

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    Re: Gaff Questions?

    I get it, and I think I am the more impressed that you control the topping lift / lazy jacks with no apparent tackle purchase on a boat larger than mine. Which suggests that you never ever forget...
  18. Thread: Gaff Questions?

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    Re: Gaff Questions?

    Thanks for the generosity of all the responses. For context, this is my first gaff boat, and I built to the lines of the Chapelle "Western Lakes Mackinaw." Jib, 63 sft, Main, 186 sft, Mizzen 168...
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    Re: Bilge Pump Routing

    I tried to get clever with check valves and stuff and it was all a bad idea, I ripped it all out. Bilge goes to one outlet well above the waterline. Happier.

    Ken
  20. Thread: Gaff Questions?

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    Gaff Questions?

    I have read "Hand Reef and Steer, by T. Cunliffe, and "Classic Boat Seamanship" by M. Tregoning and have missed a couple pesky details: You have reef combs (Cunliffe, pg 37 and below) showing all...
  21. Re: Anyone interested in ballet or modern dance?

    I am very happy to see this discussion here. In my past life I was a lighting designer for modern dance and theatre, free lance 1976-96, then in a school until 2017. I think the abstract arts...
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    Re: Party Barge (pontoon boats) thoughts

    Ok, I'll rag on a little bit: The popularity of aluminum pontoons is further confirmation of the general decline of civilization. First, (not unlike our political climate) they represent a failure...
  23. Thread: How do they?

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    Re: How do they?

    My experience in a ketch rigged boat is that if two masts are parallel as seen from fore and aft you get a lot of compliments due to peoples angst from how many boats are not so. It seems to make...
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    Re: No Frills Standalone Radar

    Re: AIS: I keep thinking that someone will integrate AIS transmit with receive in a VHS radio so you don't have to buy an extra box. Has that happened?

    Ken
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    Re: Inscribing an HIN on a little plywood skiff?

    I'm thinking of dropping trou' to show them hin... :-) My understanding of the logic is in possible recovery of a stolen boat. Likely most people on this forum face the double-whammy that 1) their...
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    Re: DC motor control?

    This sort of baloney makes me sad about innovation in my country: The Minn Kota Rep in Everett, Wa says he is regularly replacing solid-state control heads for these. They are potted in epoxy and...
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    DC motor control?

    Short version: if I buy a 24V DC variable speed forward /reverse motor control off the web will I regret it? How will I regret it??

    I had been using a Minn Kota 24 volt trolling motor for an...
  28. Re: Just returned from a cruise circumnavigating Isle Royale on Lk Superior in the Du

    I can recommend an interesting book about Isle Royale: "A Good Book Speaks For Itself" by Tolson & Cochrane. It covers the commercial fishing around the island before it became a park, the...
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    Re: Inscribing an HIN on a little plywood skiff?

    Ok, first time I have replied to my own post, but BEWARE!! I did the original HIN and registration in Illinois, two days ago I went to change the registration to Washington State, and was told that...
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    Re: Sail math and placement ?

    I am not familiar with the boat you are dealing with but this balance thing can be a black art: No less than Howard Chapelle got it wrong on the Western Lakes Mackinaw shown in his book American...
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    Re: Deks Olje problem

    Ok, thanks for the scan!! This says allow 3 days for #1 to cure, but I waited about 40 hours, and I thought that when the rags got stiff, the stuff had kicked off. Maybe this was my problem! ...
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    Re: Deks Olje problem

    Yes I wiped it with a dry rag, even tho the directions say to wipe it down with a saturated rag, and then, per my OP "After I applied the #1 I waited about 40 hours: the rags I used had stiffened...
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    Re: Inscribing an HIN on a little plywood skiff?

    I stamped the number into a scrap of bronze, bedded it in 5200 and thru bolted with 3/16 bolts peened over on the inside. All fine, but the crazy thing is that my HIN has mixed zeros and letter O,...
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    Re: Deks Olje problem

    Have you ever had problems with mildew on the #1? I have wooded this Doug Fir bowsprit three times this summer, the first was from a bad winter storage issue in Algoma Wi, the second for black...
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    Re: No Frills Standalone Radar

    here's a radar question: in the 60's somebody marketed a radar the size of a suitcase which you held in front of you and pointed into the fog. You scanned it around manually, and the output was a...
  36. Re: Dead eyes, when was using dead eyes common?

    I have fake deadeyes consisting of over-large wire rope thimbles on the wire and Bow shackles on the chainplate, not pretty but extremely functional when I am stepping the mast using my bowsprit as a...
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    Deks Olje problem

    Advice please: Have been using the #1 of this 2-part system but am looking for more durability. I now have #1 plus 2 coats of #2 per the instructions on my bowsprit and it is not inspiring any...
  38. Re: Chicago swimmers' limbs taken off by boat propeller, body found also

    I find it interesting that none of the above posts appear to hail from Chicago. I did until a year ago, and yes I stayed away from the "Playpen" like the plague. Also this is a Wooden boat forum,...
  39. Thread: Spline Weights

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    Re: Spline Weights

    In Chicago they still do lead-sealed cast-iron sewer plumbing, so you can buy lead ingots in the Home Despot and the hardware stores, I don't know where else this might be true. I screwed "L"...
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    Ballast water fill / empty?

    How does one think about strainers when filling or emptying ballast tanks? One of the reasons I have built my Mackinaw Boat (Chapelle, ASSC / "Western Lakes Mackinaw) is to investigate why the...
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    Re: Why do immersion suits have arms?

    Jackpot! Thanks to all, and keep it coming. To the first reply by Wi-Tom: My Mackinaw (Chapelle, "Western Lakes) has been lonely in Green Bay since September while I found a house out west. I go...
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    Re: Why do immersion suits have arms?

    Can someone here point me to a thread / resources for something less-Gumby? I built an open boat that I have not yet tested in a knockdown. I want something for the test and also for possible use...
  43. Re: I need effective / efficient method to sort / store fastener hardware - what work

    I don't actually recommend this, but if you break your wrist and run a 3" splinter in the other hand that needs surgery, then you can't do much boatbuilding, and you are reduced to sorting out those...
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    Re: Rudder mount electric motor

    Here's mine: Some people claimed that you would never be able to sense the drag of the motor, but I have found that to be bilge. As soon as i lift the motor with this rig the boat heaves a sigh of...
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    Re: Shortwave on a marine radio

    I still mourn the Radio Direction Finder my family had when I was a kid: It picked up all the marine bands, all the RDF beacons from lighthouses, Airplane frequencies, and regular AM radio. We would...
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    Re: “T” shaped splice?

    do you have a diagram or video or something? I would like to learn this. I have messed with it using a shuttle, but always end up with confusion at the ends of the run, and double strands as the OP...
  47. Thread: NACA- what?

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    Re: NACA- what?

    The historic Mackinaw boats of the Great lakes are said to have had centerboards of scrap boiler plate, but we also know that they were over-rigged, expecting to reef early, so it would seem that...
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    Re: In art school they teach writing.

    I worked in a college dance program 6 years, free-lanced as a theatre lighting designer for 20, and spent 21 years teaching in a high school dance and theatre program. It is extremely important to...
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    Screwed by old Stanley?

    When refurbishing a couple old Stanley planes I have come across adjusting screws that have a weird thread. ..and if you try to straighten a bent one they are brittle and snap off.. I measured one...
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    Re: anodize stainless?

    Wow, thanks all! So I'll start by heating some cutoffs as a test, then plan B saving the coffee grounds, and as plan C maybe order some of that chemical suggested by canoeyawl. I am not much...
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