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    Re: The Girl I Married.

    Cleans up pretty well, too!

    http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag153/ToddBradshaw/assorted/jdf-016a_zpsnoqz3ogw.jpg

    A recent one in the family tartan.
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    Re: The Girl I Married.

    I started about 22 years ago with your basic molecular biologist from Latvia with a PhD in Chemistry (I figured that might help if I had any epoxy mixing problems) and an accent like Natasha from...
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    Re: Lugsail Lacing

    I'd go with individual robands. Immune to slack migration and the changes it makes to your sailshape, and to group failure.
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    Re: Guitar Players

    My strangest one to tune is my Kala U-Bass - fretless bass ukulele with solid polyurethane strings. It stays in tune OK in the short term, but the rubber strings never stop stretching. Every once in...
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    Re: Berth foam?

    Ensolite 1" - $39 per foot, 60" wide

    http://foammart.com/closed-cell/ensolite/
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    Re: Guitar Players

    I tuned mine last year and most of them are still good :)
  7. Thread: S&G...

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    Re: S&G...

    One of the best things about S&G music was that two reasonably talented high school kids with a Harmony Sovereign could do a half-way decent job of covering it. Serious chick magnet :)

    Garfunkel...
  8. Re: quickly set and struck rig - not a lug yawl!!!

    Pretty neat. Kind of makes one wonder why we all fool around so much with fancy finishing. As for the sail.... a little excessive luff sag, but not too bad - and at least (and unlike most of the...
  9. Re: Foam bottom on outrigger canoe hull; some engineering questions

    I probably didn't wait long enough, but after a couple hours I deduced that if the only places the moisture could escape (which has to happen for it to set up) were out the sides of the glue joints,...
  10. Re: Foam bottom on outrigger canoe hull; some engineering questions

    Which "normal wood glue" did you use on Styrofoam? The time I tried it, it wouldn't dry because the moisture had no place to go.
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    Re: cotton canvas sails?

    I didn't see the article, but there are a couple major problems with the idea of Sunbrella sails. First of all, it tends to needle-pucker pretty badly. Fold a strip of it in half and make a long seam...
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    Re: cotton canvas sails?

    Spray it well with 303 Fabric Guard and it will last much longer without looking of feeling any different (drastically increased UV and water resistance).
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    Re: Reefing method for 15 ft dinghy

    Spur grommets in action. #2 at the corner, #0 for lacing. You can go even smaller for lacing grommets (to a #00) but they're Hipkiss grommets from the UK. They're excellent grommets, but roll the...
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    Re: Reefing method for 15 ft dinghy

    The cheapest way to cut holes is to buy a short length of steel tubing, take it over to the belt sander and grind a sharp bevel on the outside surface of one end of it. I'll generally use #2 (7/16"...
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    Re: The New Gas Grills

    After having three gas grills rust out in the last fifteen years or so, we bought a Weber gas grill last year. I was rather surprised that other than the aluminum bowl and lid and the iron grates,...
  16. Re: Marine enamel to coat Polyester skin of SOF kayak?

    Probably price. The paints like Gaco-Flex for inflatables really withstand stretching and folding extremely well, but they almost make marine enamels look like a bargain.
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    Re: Sliding Gunter Spar Length

    I don't recall ever seeing any specific formulas quoted anywhere, and the requirements for maximum stowable length would seem to dictate the spar section lengths (there isn't really much reason to...
  18. Re: How to rig a sail - absolute beginner needs help!

    That was basically my reaction as well. That's an awful lot of hardware to rig what is essentially a pretty small and simple sail. That doesn't necessarily mean that it won't work, but my gut feeling...
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    Re: Reefing method for 15 ft dinghy

    Again, your "strength" argument is completely worthless in this case. The twine grommet is easily ten times as strong as any stress it will ever get in normal use. If somebody is stupid enough to...
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    Re: Reefing method for 15 ft dinghy

    I think you're over-thinking this one, but feel free to do your own tiny rope grommets any way you choose - assuming that you actually ever have, or ever will, make any. Considering that these are...
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    Re: Reefing method for 15 ft dinghy

    Yes, they are made from a single strand taken from a piece of 3-strand and laced back and forth through the anchor holes. Then the cringle is stretched and the brass thimble is inserted.
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    Re: Electric Guitars

    That'll work!
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    Re: What is the oldest thing...

    I had the one on the left built in 1971. It still has strings from 1973 or 1974 on it and they sound just fine.

    http://www.rickresource.com/forum/download/file.php?id=48712&mode=view

    I have a...
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    Re: Electric Guitars

    Jimmy Webb
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    Re: Electric Guitars

    Some do, some are just wired mono. Rickenbacker standard wiring lumps the middle pickup on three pickup instruments in with the neck pickup's circuit. I found that to be very minimal in terms of...
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    Re: How many vehicles do you own?

    A 2014 Honda Ridgeline, a 2005 Mazda Tribute and a 2003 retro T-Bird
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    Re: Broadseaming theory

    I've always considered truly good sailmaking to be more a matter of how many small design and detailing factors you can juggle in your brain at once, as they can all make subtle (or sometimes not so...
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    Re: Electric Guitars

    It's basically a Teisco Spectrum Five (around 1960-ish) built for Kay with their label on the headstock, top binding and different pickups from the standard split single coils that Teisco used....
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    Re: Electric Guitars

    Mike, I haven't ever even seen a Reverend in the flesh. Our old lead player is a studio musician in Nashville and has played on a string of albums as long as your arm with everybody from The Oak...
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    Re: Reefing method for 15 ft dinghy

    You would need a source for three strand line less than 3/16" in diameter to have strands small enough to weave those penny grommets (I have 3/16", the smallest size that New England Ropes makes and...
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    Re: Electric Guitars

    Gee Mike ....I figured you would buy a Reverend. It would be like having your name inlayed on the headstock, only a lot cheaper. :)
    http://www.reverendguitars.com/about/
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    Re: Reefing method for 15 ft dinghy

    The difference between a spur grommet and a typical washer grommet is huge. The washer grommet goes through the hole and it's neck is peened back to pinch against the flat washer part on the other...
  33. Re: Installing halyard sheave in birdsmouth mast?

    This is interesting...... I read through the old thread, including my own comments which changed drastically when he sent me the info on the rig and why it really did need such an unusual,...
  34. Re: bondo type substance smeared over bottom below waterline

    There are some methods used for fairing hulls (sometimes the entire hull) using epoxy-based fillers. It's been used on aluminum twelve meters and some of the foam or wood-cored composite...
  35. Re: What woodfiller on western red cedar clinkerplanks?

    If you're asking about the fillers, the answer would generally be the epoxy-based ones, thus the reason that they can be used below the waterline where it is not usually recommended for the air-dry...
  36. Re: What woodfiller on western red cedar clinkerplanks?

    Not with the proper filler it won't.



    Most of these air-drying surfacers are essentially polyester resin derivatives, containing MEK, acetone, etc. as their evaporating solvents and mineral...
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    Re: Broadseaming theory

    2.7% of 10" doesn't have to equal 1", but adding 2.7% of ten inches as luff round and attaching it to a straight mast will create 1" of draft in your chord. I really have no clue how the math works...
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    Re: Is this amine blush?

    When I do my blush removal (usually on WEST 105/205 or 105/207) I don't get as much abrasion as the left photo shows, even when pushing hard. At best, it just knocks the gloss down a small amount. It...
  39. Re: What woodfiller on western red cedar clinkerplanks?

    I've been painting (or varnishing on clear finishes) over sanded epoxy resin for about 35 years using one-part finishes and have never had a problem. I quit using primer on epoxy resin about 20 years...
  40. Re: Advice for finishing up a Devlin Dipper 17

    Considering how hard you would need to sand it to get through, two layers seems like way overkill anywhere other than the part that might hit bottom. I can't see where it would add much of anything...
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    Re: Is this amine blush?

    More than just contaminated. Excessive moisture can actually wash the hardener out of some resin before it cures.
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    You actually think you're going to wear through a single layer of Dynel with foot traffic? Maybe if you usually wear crampons aboard the boat........
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    Re: Is this amine blush?

    That's a good point. Even after a pretty heavy application of muscle, water and Scotchbrite a cured epoxy surface still usually has enough gloss left and insufficient "tooth" to be a very good base...
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    This is not a problem. No matter how you do it, or whether or not you prime the wood first with anything (resin, CPES, etc.) or nothing at all, an epoxy-based fairing compound is still going to stick...
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    Re: Is this amine blush?

    How many coats (layers) of resin are we talking about? This sounds a lot more like a mixture or curing problem with the surface layer than a blush problem. It may indeed have blush on top of it, but...
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    Re: I really like the looks of this dinghy

    Other than the fact that the mainsail leech is hooked in the illustration, that lateen sloop with a self-tending, self-vanging clubbed jib is kind of neat. We did one on a sailing canoe a few years...
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    Re: Seascapes and Water Paintings

    That's gorgeous!



    Maybe they're trying to sideslip over where they can grab one of those cows. It's better than eating your shoes.......
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    Re: Make it slick

    I have yet to find anything that will clog my snowblower, but it's a big 28" wide Ariens that throws the snow 40' (across the street into the neighbors front yard :)) Having had a little Toro that...
  49. Re: The gunter rig - almost perfect for us small boat cruisers

    Those battens were built with similar scantlings to a set from an original Willets batwing rig that I got to photograph and measure, and were quite stiff (3/4" thick stock). I was building a couple...
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    Re: Seascapes and Water Paintings

    We have some that my dad painted over the years. After WWII and coming home from Europe, his "sea" was actually mostly Lake Superior. He wasn't a boater, but he was always fascinated with the thin...
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