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    Re: Mast step sizing and shape

    Taper the sides of the step mortise and the mast tennon so that tight is only achieved when fully seated. The length of the step can be made long. Use a tapered wedge to lock it tight after the mast...
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    Re: The Lesser's LA VIE EN ROSE

    Dave, all my best to you and Rosemary. I hope she kicks but in the Utah legislature!

    Jeff
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    Re: Septic system versus holding tank

    How about a composting toilet?

    Jeff
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    Re: Decorative stemhead?

    Or one could simply grab the aft edge of the breasthook to lift the bow.

    Jeff
  5. Thread: Weak stream

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    Re: Weak stream

    I was never that young!

    Jeff
  6. Re: Looking for sources to fabricate a steel centerboard

    I think the prices being talked about here are way off base. The OP needs to contact a couple of supplier/fabricators local to him and get a quote for the steel, cut to shape. Then talk to them about...
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    Re: Weak stream

    Be aware that most pumps push. They don't suck well. Get the proper type. One inch diameter buyty pipe doesn't cost much and will serve your purpose.

    Jeff
  8. Re: Great. Now everyone’s gonna be fly fishing.

    I began fly fishing in the early 60's. My dad taught me and I read a lot of books that got my into tying flys. I got pretty good at that especially after I joined a local club that hosted tying...
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    Re: Decorative stemhead?

    I don't understand something.. You refer to the rails intersecting with the inner stem, but how can that be? Rails are on the outside of the shear plank and they ought to be butting into the outer...
  10. Thread: Haulout day

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    Re: Haulout day

    Ron, there are plenty of valid reasons why one would not want to participate with their boat in PT. Lack of varnish isn't really one of them. And, if I'm wrong, and varnish really is a criteria, then...
  11. Re: Looking for sources to fabricate a steel centerboard

    I’m pretty sure that aluminum will cost more than steel. I don’t know about galvanizing. Painting aluminum is always. Problematic.

    Jeff
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    Re: Building a Peregrine 18

    I've built two glued lap boats now and am working on the third. I've found that Brooks' screw/batten method gives great results and the hole filling doesn't bother me one bit. It really doesn't take...
  13. Thread: Cargo pants

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    Re: Cargo pants

    I used to wear Levis every day for work and casual activities. Then I discovered Carhartts. Now the Levis are for "dress."

    BTW: I still have real dress clothes in the closet but can't remember...
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    Re: Never Sell Your Boat Locally

    Not always a problem:

    116367

    Jeff
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    Re: The Lesser's LA VIE EN ROSE

    Dave Lesser.... What are you sailing now?

    Jeff
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    Re: Never Sell Your Boat Locally

    Jim Conlin's story reminds me that for many of the disaster tales, there are stories of resurrection. Many forum members are responsible for those. My own father would have fit in here. He rescued...
  17. Thread: Oars

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    Re: Oars

    As an alternative, could you fashion a trailer of sorts for the oars? Maybe even a simple clamp-on set of wheels and lash the other end to the bicycle.

    Jeff
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    Re: Weird Ferry Sighting

    How does a tug push a boat like that and keep it going straight?

    Jeff
  19. Re: Rigging / Repair While Boat is on the Trailer

    it depends a lot on the boat. What is it? Photos would help. I can go anywhere on my 16' boat while she's on the trailer, hooked up to the vehicle or not. But if I don't tell you what kind of boat...
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    I have the Honda and it performs well but, as you say, it is loud. If you don't think you'll use it often then the Honda is OK. But for a lot of running time or if you want to converse with the crew,...
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    Re: Oars

    I disagree. If they're made of wood, then they can be fixed although one may choose not to if the repair requires a lot of effort. I made many a dandy screw-up during my pro woodworking career and I...
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    Re: Silicon bronze screws - sources?

    The best way I've worked out is to take the tapered bit out of the Fuller countersink and replace it with the proper clearance bit. For a #10 screw that would be 13/64 and for a #8, it's 11/64. Set...
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    Re: What Glue for Plywood Keel Mold?

    I cast the keel for my Somes Sound. It was 600 pounds. I used common pine for this rather small mold. I don't think plywood is the best choice but I can't back that up with any data. It's just my gut...
  24. Re: Does retirement cause one to lose their common sense (discuss)

    It seems that four adults decided to play pickle ball. Whether that decision was prudent to anyone else is irrelevant. How retirement fits into the situation is a mystery to me.

    Jeff
  25. Re: Mast Boots for Trailer-sailed Boats with Cabins

    Hugh, I have not tried it myself. Like I posted, I spent very little time contemplating the problem. I think my solution is based on how one thinks about houses and how they're designed to shed rain....
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    Re: The most vile food

    Rich, I'm with you on the lima beans... cardboard would taste better. But we part ways re Brussel sprouts and asparagus. I can eat a ton of each. My wife fixes sprouts with onions and a vinaigrette...
  27. Re: Mast Boots for Trailer-sailed Boats with Cabins

    Hi Alex. Just so you know, I've thought about this problem for exactly ten minutes. So take it for what it's worth...

    How about inverting the idea? Permanently fix the boot to the cabin top and...
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    Re: Bedding compound…yet again

    Ron, have you tried Admiral Ship Supply in Port Townsend. If anyone has it in the area, they will.

    Jeff
  29. Re: What are you watching? (Movies, TV, YouTube, etc.)

    I can agree with your conclusion (hightlighted by myself). But art? Not so much.

    Jeff
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Life after Behr Spar Varnish

    Is the Behr really all that great? Or maybe it's an urban/marine myth?

    Jeff
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Life after Behr Spar Varnish

    Not long after I moved to Anchorage in 1972 I heard of Rawhide/Raw-Hide (I don't remember how it was spelled.) as the go-to finish for log structures. To me, it always looked gawd awful. It was a...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Life after Behr Spar Varnish

    I agree on the marketing aspect. All that claim to having six times more UV blockers means is that it is six times more able to block UV than air, or maybe water. Pure hype.

    Jeff
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Life after Behr Spar Varnish

    Thanks for that offer. If I get a chance, I'll take you up on it. Unfortunately all of our trips to the big city lately have been filled up with necessary, but non-boaty, activity.

    Jeff
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Life after Behr Spar Varnish

    Tim, is there a thread that I missed? Bartenders are nice boats.

    Jeff
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Life after Behr Spar Varnish

    When are you gonna tell us about the Bartender?

    Jeff
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    Re: cabin sole paint

    If the sole is always wet, use something synthetic as the sole material. Or use a wood that doesn't need any applied protection. My Ipe deck holds up well with nothing on it. As do numerous Ipe...
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    Re: Building the CoPogy 18

    It's all looking very nice, Alex. I continue to be impressed with your well thought out solutions.

    Jeff
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    Re: Building a Peregrine 18

    Good to see a Peregrine build here. I bought the plans quite a few years ago but have not built the boat. That, however, has not diminished my admiration for the design. It will be interesting to see...
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Life after Behr Spar Varnish

    I chose to use Epiphanes because I like the look and sound of the name. Seemed like as good a reason as any. Flagship sounds rather navy or political like. Man O' War, the same. Behr... well who can...
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    Re: Laminating deck beams: Spring back

    Since the rosewood is probably some pretty dear stuff, I would suggest that you do a experiment using some less expensive wood. Take your best guess as to how many lams, but the more the merrier....
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    Re: Outboard Bracket Ideas

    The boat will want to turn more easily toward the side opposite from the motor. This is only a critical factor at slow speed. If I were you I'd cobble up a temporary side bracket and try out my...
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    Re: An Ilur in Hansville

    David... Sorry to hear that you had a poor first day on the water with the new boat. But happy that you did have a first day. Next time go out on a rather calm day with winds in the 5kt range. You...
  43. Re: 2 ply mahogany veneer or 1/8" marine plywood

    You asked:
    "NOW TO MY QUESTION:
    Will 2 ply mahogany at 1/16" thick be an adequate thickness or should I go with 1/8" mahogany plywood."

    Answering this question, alone.... I've done the math a...
  44. Thread: Virginia V

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    Re: Virginia V

    I'm pretty sure that she burns diesel to heat the water that makes the steam that turns the prop that moves the boat called Virginia V.

    Her whistle is really sweet. I heard it the other day on...
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    Re: What is your favorite galley box breakfast?

    What would one do with the grease that results from cooking bacon? What a mess to have onboard.

    Not mentioned so far, I think... yogurt makes for a good breakfast food. Mix in a little homemade...
  46. Re: After 35+ years, my Workmate has developed a patina.

    That you still have the plastic clamping gidgies is most amazing. And that you actually use them is even more so. I threw mine away on the first day.

    Jeff
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    Re: Delignification!!!!

    If it was worms, wouldn't there still be a few in there wigglin about?

    Jeff
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    Re: Varnish question

    I had the same reaction when I saw it. A carpenter who didn’t learn how to adapt their skills to boats.

    Jeff
  49. Re: Hardwood transom-oak dowels or galvanized pins?

    PVA glues do require a good clamp-up but I suspect this is more to bring the pieces into close proximity more than needing pressure for pressure's sake. One can do a good rubbed join on small pieces...
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    Re: Xynole vs Dynel vs Canvas vs ?

    I also built a Somes Sound. I followed Brooks' advice and used Dynel. Wanting a non-skid surface, I chose to not fill the weave. My boat is only used during the summer season where she stays on a...
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