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    Re: Jib hank replacement

    Wichard sizing says their 2" brass hank is for 5/16" maximum wire diameter, 2.25" for max 3/8" wire and 2&5/8" for 7/16" wire. My catalog doesn't list 2&9/16". They also make them in stainless with...
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    Re: Jib hank replacement

    Expect probably at least one third to one half of the little legs to break off, no matter how careful you are. They simply don't tolerate being bent back and forth well. You pretty much have to stuff...
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    Re: Fact checking Walker!

    My last pitchfork came from Menards (big time Walker supporter). It was made in China and broke. Too bad some of those "job creators" that he is so fond of can't make a decent pitchfork. :)
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    Re: Blue Canoe

    That was my gut feeling as well, both sitting high with a single blade and sitting low with a double blade. That deck/hull joint would be a real knuckle-buster and he hits it with either the paddle...
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    Re: How to Repair Old WC Side light

    I had a boat that had older bullet lights (I think mine were Perko, but basically the same deal) and I couldn't believe how hot they got in use. Seriously, way too hot to touch. The LED idea would...
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    Re: Fact checking Walker!

    Walker's latest slimy trick is an effort to disband the state's Government Accountability Board, which is made up of half a dozen former judges, and is supposed to insure that no hanky-panky is going...
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    Re: polyester skin for SOF boats.

    Actually, most acrylic (like the popular boat canvas brands we use for covers) has fairly poor abrasion resistance, substantially less than polyester, many nylons and cotton canvas. One of the most...
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    Re: Argie 15 with standing lug

    Installing the small nettle patches in a curve is not unusual, though it is normally a curve that sort of mirrors the foot shape, though usually not quite as deep of a curve. Patches are also...
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    Re: Fact checking Walker!

    Then of course, there is reality, which is quite different. If this wasn't so ignorant and stupid, it would be funny.
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    Re: Drool, sweat and epoxy

    Delamination? Not likely without some sort of serious outside force being applied to it, but if it is white-ish then it didn't fully and properly saturate. If it's not going to be filled over the...
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    Re: Sail material for Sailing canoe?

    Well, a batwing is essentially a fairly small, low-aspect gunter sail with a big roach. The roach doesn't do much for you until you get on a reach, at which point a light, easily accelerated hull...
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    Re: Sail material for Sailing canoe?

    Both Dimension Polyant Sailcloth and Contender Sailcloth are made in Europe and both have 4 oz. cream colored Dacron for traditional sails, which is the weight you should be using. The eBay seller...
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    Re: Selfie thread

    Gee, looks like I picked the wrong week to quit using the Kevlar covering fabric....... :)

    http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag153/ToddBradshaw/assorted/19622168986_ff7115f717_c_zpsk06l34v7.jpg
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    Re: Dynel over DF marine ply

    For the real deal it's probably smarter to install the cloth with the second coat to keep the plywood from sucking too much of the resin out of the cloth. You're mixing a wood that tends to like...
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    Re: Big mistake-New trailering rule for me

    Reminds me of the time I untied a brand new downriver racing kayak on top of my car out in front of our store and then had to go in and take a phone call. About a half hour later I decided I was...
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    Re: Redwood as boat building wood

    It does make decent core wood for strippers, though it tends to be rather featureless from a color standpoint. Kinda soft, kinda brittle, but as a core between glass skins it doesn't matter.
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    Re: etching primer over epoxy ?? SCAMP

    If you wash the blush off, most paint will stick pretty well to unsanded epoxy, just not as well as to the sanded version. If it is an area that you can't get to easily, it is unlikely that it will...
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    Re: West scarffer 875 on a 6 1/2" saw?

    And don't forget that the scarf cut takes a pretty good amount of power from the saw, because it's like cutting through a hunk of wood thick enough that the blade is totally buried. My old Rockwell...
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    Re: etching primer over epoxy ?? SCAMP

    Epoxy resin that has been sanded smooth is probably the best, most moisture resistant and toughest "primer" you will ever find. You paint over epoxy for two basic reasons: (1) to protect it from UV,...
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    Re: 14.75 feet to Metric

    That's a rather strange question.... kind of like having your mechanic call you to ask which size trailer hitch ball you want on your Corvette. The head of a lugsail can certainly be roped, but it...
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    Agreed. On American railroad equipment switching to N Scale and getting rid of a lot of weight on the couplers was a major performance improvement and headache reducer for me. Little is good.
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    Re: etching primer over epoxy ?? SCAMP

    In my opinion, spirit-based anything is often far more likely to contaminate the surface and cause problems than help. Yes, you want to get rid of any blush (or anything else that may have settled on...
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    Re: 14.75 feet to Metric

    Sorry for the confusion. I draw on a 1991 Macintosh drawing program and a first generation PowerMac and it is often easier and less likely for me to screw something up when scaling, calculating sail...
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    Re: Fact checking Walker!

    What a total crock of crap. It is such an ignorant statement and so far from reality that it's not even worth arguing about.
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    Re: 1/4 Scale Cedar Strip Canoe

    Neat! Now make one for the other foot and I think you'll be on to something and starting the next stand-up trend.
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    Re: Fact checking Walker!

    Nope. You have a very long way to go in terms of making a significant, intelligent contribution to the forum before you even begin to approach being bright enough. I love it when totally clueless...
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    Re: Fact checking Walker!

    You're not very bright, are you?
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    Bias-cut strips of fiberglass will easily wrap around some pretty complex shapes and sharp corners. Our whitewater paddles used to come with riveted-on aluminum tip protectors. These would wear...
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    Oh the humanity!...... :d

    Pretty cool.
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    Re: Fact checking Walker!

    Walker claims that he "fixed Wisconsin", and now he'll fix the rest of the nation. What he has done to Wisconsin and its citizens does start with an "F", but the word is certainly not "fixed".
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    Re: Canoe Rig

    I don't know the answer to that and I'm not sure anybody does.
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    Re: Canoe Rig

    The answer is most likely the one with the best sailor aboard. Once you're up into the 16'-18' length range and stick a fairly generous sailplan on it, you have a boat that starts to plane at about...
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    Re: Canoe Rig

    The big old-world style don't have booms. Small boat lateens for dinghies, canoes, iceboats. etc. nearly always do. There are about 200 more drawings in my book that show a variety of rigs for canoes...
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    Re: Canoe Rig

    That one is actually a sailplan from 2011 where I built a replica of what was left of the original sail for a canoe being restored by Kettle River Canoes in Oregon. I see a fair number of old cotton...
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    Re: Canoe Rig

    They're canoe and dinghy-style lateen sails, similar to what you would find on a Sunfish. However, the early ones tended to be lower, somewhat more horizontal than the modern, more equilateral...
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    Re: Backrests for canoe seats

    Whatever works.... it just surprised me that anybody with much paddling experience would find an aluminum canoe "dangerously tippy", or paddling from 4" off the floor and reaching over in a 12" or...
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    Re: Backrests for canoe seats

    An awful lot of canoeists would seriously disagree with that on just about every point. I've always wondered how anybody would manage to have an efficient paddling posture using a backrest in a...
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    Re: The shape of a spirit glass

    I think it does with Scotch.

    https://cdn4.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/p-2813/old-pulteney-12-year-old-with-2-tasting-glasses-whisky.jpg?ss=2.0
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    Re: Penn Yan CarTop sail addition

    The basic plan is pretty simple, though there are a few changes that would make it easier to build if desired, and probably work just as well or better . The sail could be laced to a round mast,...
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    It's a spot where your normally transparent resin saturated fiberglass suddenly shows a white-ish weave pattern, down inside the cloth. It's essentially tiny microfractures that can be caused by...
  41. Re: Pigment in weave filler coats of epoxy?

    Sand the uglies about a week after finishing ALL of the filler coats. Sanding green resin is bad for you, not very smart, not needed, and in some cases it will even bruise fresh fiberglass work. It's...
  42. Re: Urethane coated ballistic nylon as a SoF covering

    Cordura is going to leak like crazy. It is too coarsely woven and the urethane coatings have trouble bridging the spaces between the yarns. It's barely what you would even consider rain-proof for a...
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    Re: Staining wood through varnish???

    Just make sure the dye is light-fast if you tint the varnish. A lot of aniline dyes tend to fade in the sunlight, where others hold up really well. We've done a lot of colored varnish glazing in our...
  44. Re: Is sheathing solid wood in fiber glass asking for trouble?

    A bias-cut strip of ten ounce would "make the bend" as well or better around a tight radius. Moral of story: Don't try to wrap cloth around a tight radius square to the weave unless you enjoy making...
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    Re: One for the luthiers here

    Bingo!

    Most of the really hard core, big-buck instrument collectors are not musicians. Consequently, there are some really great instruments out there in private collections that don't get played...
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    2 oz. glass "sheathing" isn't going to do squat in terms of either protecting a piece of wood from damage or stopping movement on a piece that thick.
  47. Re: Epoxy coating ply: double guessing my technique

    Stop sanding green epoxy. It is a known health hazard, as well as being totally unnecessary. Gougeons' recommendation is two coats if it won't be sanded afterward, or three coats if it will be sanded...
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    I kind of like that idea. Clear fiberglass is pretty tough, but if it is going to get banged around a bit, or deal with much expansion, it is certainly possible to get fractures down inside the...
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    Re: Our watermelon-munching dog

    Our lab/mutt used to love watermelon. If you didn't slice it up soon enough to suit him, he would try to open it on his own.
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  50. Re: Pigment in weave filler coats of epoxy?

    What he said. Most fairing fillers are also microballoon based, and when you sand them it tends to cut open some of the balloons on the surface. This leaves tiny mini-craters full of air. Paint may...
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