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    Re: Top of mast painted white?

    Well, there are lots of reasons, some good and some not. Another good one is that if you have a varnished mast, when you get to the masthead in a bosun's chair to varnish the top of the mast, you'll...
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    Re: Quartz battery clock movements

    Andrew, go to https://www.clockparts.com/clock-movements-motors/ or an equivalent site. Select the movement (and hands set) that fits your clock body and face, i.e. the right mounting hole diameter...
  3. Re: SF Craigslist: 1948 Rangleley Yacht Tender

    Kermit Parker and his wife, Fritz, were close friends of mine for many years beginning in the early '70's through Kermit's passing around 2000. I worked for Kermit selling classic yachts at his...
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    Re: Painting Gold Letters on Mahogany Transom

    What Ian said. One Shot yellow, plus a bit of white and just a touch of red will get you a good gold color. One Shot sign painters' paint is worth the cost. (Seal the opened cans carefully so it...
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    Re: Best tender sheerstrake padding products?

    The canvas over foam stuff works very well, but it does have its aesthetic limitations. I've come to prefer the "Full Hornblower" treatment. It's a lot less expensive, too!
  6. Thread: selling

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    Re: selling

    I think we've all got specialty gear that we no longer use and would love to sell, but I've found that local internet bulletin boards really don't get you a lot of exposure because there are few...
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    Re: SailGP - San Francisco

    Like NASCAR indeed. Except I don't expect a lot of rebel flags and ladies in wet tee shirts in the parking lots. You still might get to see somebody kill themselves in a crash, though. :D

    Did you...
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    Re: A good guy with a flashlight

    Well, my mom was blind in her later years and the DMV gave her a handicapped parking placard.

    With self-driving cars coming on line, I see no reason why a blind person couldn't get a license to...
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    Re: Panamanian Teak

    At least 1967, as I recall. That was the latest teak one I can recall knowing offhand. I believe Cheoy Lee had their own teak forest and used their own stuff. Burmese teak was plentiful in those days...
  10. Re: Your first thought when you learned Clarence Thomas had covid???

    The hell he's an old guy! He's my age, 72. That's not old at all. :D The antibiotics are for some sort of bacterial infection. Maybe it's an STD he caught from a Coke can.
  11. Thread: ABI catalog

    by Bob Cleek
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    Re: ABI catalog

    Let me see what I can do. Send me a PM with your email address, Thad.
  12. Thread: ABI catalog

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    Re: ABI catalog

    The bronze windlass is in the 1996 catalog. It's not the only "shameless copy" in the catalog, that's for sure! The galley pump isn't in the '96 catalog. There is a fisherman anchor listed, a...
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    Re: Who sells good quality twist drills?

    True that, to a large extent. (Note the answer was somewhat tongue in cheek.) Covering the ways, and everything else, to keep the abrasive grit off of the lathe is a given. (I've gone as far as to...
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    Re: Who sells good quality twist drills?

    How about a metal lathe and a tool post grinder? (https://www.dumoretools.com/) You'll perfectly centric results at exactly any point angle you want. You'll find lots of other uses around the house...
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    Re: Teak ABI cheek blocks

    Nope. According to the two ABI catalogs I have in my research library, they only ever offered simple single and double teak-shelled blocks, with or without a becket. (Four teak-cheeked block models...
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    Re: ABI catalog

    I have the 1996 and 1998 catalogs. (The 1998 catalog is in color.) They're about sixty pages long. Scanning one would be something of a pain in the butt and probably would exceed the average email...
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    Re: New Toys, watchu gots??

    You'll love it. Be sure to get Jim's sliding crosscut table. It's really handy. You'll eventually want the "trifecta:" the saw, the disk sander, and the thickness sander. Happy scratch-building!
  18. Re: these muther ******s almost got away with it

    Naw. These wimps wouldn't interest any of the gang bangers and they'll likely never see a mainline. (Two are way too old, in any event. The other wouid get turned out as somebody's punk.) They're...
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    Re: Pricing an El Toro Dinghy

    The Bay Area Craigslist has three El Toro listings, one for $7,400, one for $950, and two for $500 with a tandem trailer.
    ...
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    Re: Binoculars???

    For a bit of historical perspective...

    Years ago, I paid $150 in a pawn shop for a cased 16 power USN Quartermaster's Spyglass. That was a chunk of change for my budget back then, but I couldn't...
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    Re: Spline weight patterns

    The Commonsense of Yacht Design. L. Francis Herreshoff.
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    Re: never drinking scotch whisky again

    "The Whites?" Martini's, Cosmos, Manhattans, and the like are for sissies.

    Whiskeys and anejo Tequilas and mescals are my poisons of choice, neat.

    Easy for me to say, though. I pretty much let...
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    Re: Documented Vessel?

    Back when I first documented a yacht, the service was free and every Coast Guard base near any large port had its own documentation officer who came out and inspected and measured your boat and then...
  24. Re: PLEASE - Help identify builder/history of this beautiful circa 1912 V transom lau

    It's definitely a "hunting cabin launch" or "camp cruiser," a style popular around the turn of the last century. You may want to contact Pat Spurlock of Elliott Bay Steam Launch Co., Porland OR...
  25. Re: 26 Lyle Hess Cutter in Oak Harbor, WA needs to be saved!

    The fancy concrete-docked marinas cost an arm and a leg for berthing and won't allow you to sand and varnish on the premises. The old, beat up marinas may charge less, but they've turned them into...
  26. Re: 26 Lyle Hess Cutter in Oak Harbor, WA needs to be saved!

    Truer words were never spoken.
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    Re: Life in prison

    They will serve life sentences, but given the demographics of the Georgia Prison System, I doubt any of them will do much time.

    https://static.prisonpolicy.org/images/2010rates/GA_Rates_2010.png
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    Re: It's over ten years since Chuck died...

    Chuck was indeed one of the greats. We had some fascinating PM chats about our respective adventures which weren't suitable for general publication, as well as a lot of "boat talk. I still have the...
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    Re: Powermatic Problems and Parts?

    As far as I know, there's a U.S. federal consumer protection requirement that motor vehicle manufacturers maintain parts availability for ten years following the model year. At the moment, I hear...
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    Re: Craftsman Lathe, FREE to a good home

    Craftsman/AA "109" 9" lathe. It's a great little lathe for home shop use in making smaller boat parts and model-making. Parts and tooling are relatively available on eBay or at...
  31. Re: Cast Iron Tub for pouring a lead keel - FREE

    Those old iron claw-foot tubs are worth enough these days that I'd hesitate to use one for cooking lead. When McIntosh was using one, they were a dime a dozen at the scrap yards. Now that they're...
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    Re: Wheeled bases for power tools?

    All of the possible solutions have been covered, I think. All of my stationary tools are on casters or bases with casters. I'd urge anybody with a tablesaw, particularly with a table extension, to...
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    Re: California Cocktail

    Those are a couple of the worst rolling jobs I've ever seen since maybe 1964. You'd think a fancy restaurant-for-people-with-money-they-don't-know-what-to-do-with could at least invest in a Rizla...
  34. Re: Nice looking Vertue in San Diego for $6,000

    Salmo is a very famous early Vertue. She's been everywhere. She's built by Elkins in the UK, mahogany on oak, I believe. She's lighter and faster than the heavier Cheoy Lee teak models. That's a lot...
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    Re: What finish for white oak screen door?

    I'd go for a good polyurethane or epoxy paint. Outdoor oak is a bugger to keep up and once the water gets to it, it's going to turn black anyway. White will reflect the light and last the longest. I...
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    Re: Finish for white cedar floorboards

    What Perkins said. Keep them bleached with oxalic or citric acid diluted in water as needed to keep them bright. Wash down with salt water. They will stay "white" and be as good a non-skid surface as...
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    Re: Spoke shave blades

    Well, fellas, you can't complain that they didn't warn you. After all, they are aptly named!
  38. Re: Glue Joint Strength: side grain vs. end grain

    Before you believe anything you hear on the internet, ask yourself, "Who is this guy and why is he taking the time to publish this?"

    "Mr. Science's" experiments may prove that a glue joint is...
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    Re: Source for foam for seats?

    Yes, as stated. Obtaining "closed cell foam" is essential. You don't want "open cell foam," which is much less expensive, but also called "a sponge."
  40. Re: Selling boat plans (purchased) that I will not use?

    Well, for those who believe boat plans in hand are fair game for building a boat from those plans, consider this: A naval architect designs a boat and sells the plans to somebody who builds one boat...
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    Re: Bucket of "water" that cleans up epoxy

    In which case, save it for drinking! :D
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    Re: Charlie Watts. R.I.P.

    https://pics.me.me/these-are-keith-richards-daughters-when-they-die-of-35332464.png
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    Re: Troll Hall of Fame

    Thank you for your support, Andrew! :D
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    Re: Schooner BARLOVENTO Lost?

    Knew her well many decades ago when she was in the Bay Area. He former owner at those times once described to me how all those big ocean racers really were seriously strained when the technology of...
  45. Re: This is interesting: the US Army is auctioning off its watercraft

    Don't get your hopes up. Anything that has any useful life left in it will be snapped up by the commercial operators who will shortly be contracting with the Army to do the same work the Army did...
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    Re: Cotton Cord - knot tying

    We used to call it "cod line" or "seine net cord." It's three-strand hard laid cotton line. It also used to be sold as "chalk line," but all the chalk line I've seen sold in recent years is...
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    Re: Bedding Compound - Teak to Fiberglass

    Nope. Just work neatly and leave the excess that squeezes out to cure for a few weeks. It will be firmer, but not hard. Then just scrape that off with a putty knife and do a final wipe-off cleaning...
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    Re: For the Cleek

    They're the nautical equivalent of a fake Rolex, but I'm sure they row as well as a fake Rolex keeps time.
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    Re: For the Cleek

    Busted!
  50. Thread: El Toro

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    Re: El Toro

    There are, or were, a ton of them in the SF Bay Area. The plans used to be readily available. Easily built in a garage out of plywood. Good little sailers, but easy to dump in a gust if you aren't...
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