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    Re: Absolute Peak Season in Maine

    I'll third August and September for weather. If you're coming by the roads, it's all pretty good. Spring is more of a gamble than early fall.

    The bugs aren't too bad along much of the coast(not...
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    Re: Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    2, 12 position 20 amp. + terminal strips were located outboard in the 'box', and one 20 position neutral buss bar, was fastened between. This created 2 wire races to connect the panel to the boats...
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    Re: Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    Yes it was! The original wiring was interesting. Electricians were splitting circuits right off STDP (single throw, double pole) toggle switches. They were craftsmen at that time. They took their...
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    Re: Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    The new cabinet with restored door installed in the boat.

    https://forums.sailboatowners.com/index.php?attachments/panel-box-new-jpg.147472/

    New switch panel with the connections made to buss...
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    Restoring an 1961 Alden switch panel.

    The original toggle switch panel in my 1961 Alden Challenger was hidden in a cabinet beneath the bridgedeck at the companionway.
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  6. Thread: Vinyl on Wood

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    Re: Vinyl on Wood

    A simple stern and name.

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4284/34615263363_8ac8adb15a_h.jpg
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    Re: Somewhere in Maine

    Jewel Island in Casco Bay?
  8. Thread: Vinyl on Wood

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    Re: Vinyl on Wood

    Beautiful. There's no substitute for the real thing.
  9. Thread: Vinyl on Wood

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    Re: Vinyl on Wood

    The only advice I have is, what-ever you apply the graphic to, it must be a very well adhered coating, and it must be very, very dry. Properly squeegied on, upon removal of the graphic backing, it...
  10. Re: Cutting close quarters gains with an off-set base router.

    The router repairs, before and after.



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    Re: New improved dorade boxes.

    Bronze lump, good description. That's an anchor kellet. Not much help in keeping your anchor set, but it does keep a nylon rode below propellers in busy anchorages (we have had our rode cut but...
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    Re: New improved dorade boxes.

    It's an old idea, that's for sure. Often I've seen opaque plastic, usually white, used. I had clear on the hatches so I went with that. Also, they were available cheaply at my local glass supplier...
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    New improved dorade boxes.

    Hard to improve on Olin Stevens invention. He's reputed to have added the boxes to his design, DORADE, shortly after launch. I've come to appreciate dorade boxes with cowl vents on boats. A simple...
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    Re: Building a Nutshell Pram - 9' 6"

    The thinner ply would mean a smaller lap of material at the plywood/epoxy joints. The thicker bottom to garboard plank lap joint, is the most vulnerable.

    After 20+ years of hard use, the achilles...
  15. Cutting close quarters gains with an off-set base router.

    The cabin house on my 1961 Alden Challenger (Alden's first fiberglass hull and deck) showed water damage on the forward face from since I've owned the boat (17 years). The damage occurred from water...
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    Re: How long does varnish last?

    Stored 7 months under a tarp and sailed 5 months on the coast of Maine. In contrast the forward end of the cabin house, which is angled directly at the sun, is lucky to last a third as long.

    I...
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    How long does varnish last?

    It depends.

    Wooding my boats cabin back this week, I knew I’d done this once before. I don’t keep boat work records but thanks to metadata in digital files, I found an image (and it’s date) of...
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    Re: Diesel fuel sludge questions

    If you can remove the sender, take a small engine oil pump and run a hose down into the deepest part. My huge tank has no easy access and I got curious after 15 seasons of no filter problems beyond...
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    Re: A rising Millenial market?

    A Rhodes designed O'Day Outlaw. Similar to the Commander though. 8' cockpit and tiny cabin by todays standards. Well equipped, practical design that sails nicely. The tall rig with decent sails, he...
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    Re: A rising Millenial market?

    That article doesn't surprise me, it's going on around me. As a boomer, I see the millenials moving into sailing and boat ownership, at a younger age - and in bigger boats - sooner, than their...
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    Re: wooden mast spreader end fittings

    Good advice from Ian and Jay on having some fore and aft movement on the heel of the spreader. Here's a spruce spar that collapsed with no warning.
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    Re: Show us your self built DC switchboards

    I have a dual output alternator charging the house and starter battery from the two outputs. My set is antiquated but it works fine. The boat is simple electrically.
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    Re: Show us your self built DC switchboards

    I built a simple engine panel when I replaced my cockpit, out of 1/4" Lexan. The back was spray painted with flat black enamel. I left the protective covering on the finish side to make out locations...
  24. Thread: Concordia yawl

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    Re: Concordia yawl

    Thanks! I probably posted this before but MYA had a new cabin top built at Rockport Marine. I stumbled on the old one during the project:
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  25. Thread: Concordia yawl

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    Re: Concordia yawl

    Concordia built and I think designed (in house), the 50' schooner MYA.

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    Experimenting with Filler Stain.

    Brightwork: I need to wood the trunk cabin on my boat this winter. I’ve done it before(10 + years ago), but this time, I plan to stain it(first time using filler stains). It’s become quite blond from...
  27. Thread: $$$

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    Re: $$$

    The ad says it's built to D.N Hylan drawings: "Glued strip planking over frames sawn from natural Madeira root knees was the original construction, but most builders today will probably find it...
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    Re: The Call of the Dark Side

    Thank you. I agree on the time bomb. I think it is design(poor design), that is sending boats to the landfill. We have a glut of small and medium sized fiberglass boats (power and sail). As the glut...
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    Re: The Call of the Dark Side

    We bought our son this 1960's O'Day, a Rhodes design. The owner put it up for sale for a few thousand - lowered the price - and eventually tried to donate it to the local YMCA. They have a yearly...
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    Re: Venice, Italy: VelaRaid 2016

    Thank you for the video! I can hardly wait to share it with my family. Our son has just returned home from living and studying in Rome for the last 3 years, and our daughter is home as well. We're a...
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    Re: The Call of the Dark Side

    Chuck, I have a friend who owned a Concordia for, I would guess, about 10 years. He did nearly all his own maintenance work but not major structural work. In the time he owned the Concordia, it...
  32. Fireworks exploding in bone chilling air over lobster boats, on the coast of Maine.

    This past weekend was Rockport's annual Holiday on the Harbor. Skim ice on the water, those boats are stilling hauling lobsters to the docks.

    Winter on the Maine coast is not for the faint of...
  33. Re: Yacht tender - good to row, good to tow, good to sail. quick to build

    Those are very attractive boats, and the build should be faster(I've never built a stitch and glue). I know weight is an issue but the extra foot on the 10'6", would make a big difference in...
  34. Re: Yacht tender - good to row, good to tow, good to sail. quick to build

    No bouyancy outside of pfds lashed inside (we alway's have at least two). In thousands of miles and up to 40 knots and following seas, we've never had a problem that was difficult or unsafe to...
  35. Re: Yacht tender - good to row, good to tow, good to sail. quick to build

    It's hard to beat a pram for a tender. In fact, the Nutshell at 9'6" would require around 11' LOA to equal the displacement.

    The Nutshell has a V shape in the garboard planks so it behaves like a...
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    Re: I have a confession to make. It is boat related.

    Hi Andrew! As you know (Tom Young), I've owned a 1961 glass hulled boat with wooden cabin, cockpit, etc. for nearly a couple of decades. The members here have always been helpful with the wooden boat...
  37. Re: Enchanted Buckle Island; off Swans Island, on the coast of Maine.

    Only in my mind, Jack. That was this past season in late August. Thanks!
  38. Enchanted Buckle Island; off Swans Island, on the coast of Maine.

    5:45 AM: If not for the soft hoarse clucks of a few nearby Eider ducks, there would be total silence on Buckle Harbor.

    https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5777/31027325935_5e9ad045e3_h.jpg

    The...
  39. Thread: A stern warning

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    Re: A stern warning

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    Connecting hand tools to vacuum.

    Some of my power tools have odd sized dust extractor ports. Add that the vacuum and tools are from different manufacturers, I end up with tape on some, endless falling off.

    I stumbled on using a...
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    Re: 6:03 AM in Seal Bay.

    Thanks. A couple more shots: The helmsman at ease, a loose grip on an easy wheel.

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    Gliding away.
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    6:03 AM in Seal Bay.

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    There is always something to see in Seal Bay on the east side of Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay. Sunrises, Eagles and Ospreys...
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    Re: 100 years in the porthole.

    Thanks for the photos and the info. I thought the boat was in fact a Dark Harbor 17. Then I noticed some subtle differences, like the missing porthole. I was told by a knowledgable owner of a DH17,...
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    100 years in the porthole.

    This is the sole surviver (of four), of the Camden Class. A BB Crowninshield design from 1915, built at the Hodgdon yard in Maine.

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    Re: Your boat selling photo!

    The setting helps any boat. Just after a westerly breeze swept a cool, moist June fog out of Rockport Harbor this past weekend, I shot this freshly launched Concordia, glistening in the new summer...
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    Re: Building a new cockpit, off the boat.

    Launched and spars stepped last week, I haven't even bent on the sails yet. I'm having too much fun, just sitting on the boat.

    We had a couple heavy rain storms this past week. The last few...
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    Re: Building a new cockpit, off the boat.

    My time is almost out(launching in a few days).

    While the 'defer until next season list' grows(wooding coamings became a maintenance coat of varnish - etc), the important thing now, is to turn...
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    Re: Building a new cockpit, off the boat.

    Thanks for all the interest and encouragement.

    In putting things back together, I was in the starboard cockpit locker trying the re-fit the bronze base plate with it's turning pulleys bolted on,...
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    Re: Your boat selling photo!

    Your boat is a beauty from any angle, Willin'. I love photographing boats and trying to make them look their best. I usually have to walk (or row) around them once or twice to find the 'shot'.

    It...
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    Re: Building a new cockpit, off the boat.

    Today was installation day! My good friend Aled giving a hand guiding the cockpit into place.

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7505/26785292310_aafc63c062_h.jpg

    A few things got in the way but...
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