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  1. Re: Varnish brush - nubs in varnish application.

    The last thing on earth you need to wipe epoxy resin down with before painting or varnishing is lacquer thinner. It is just asking for trouble.
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    Re: Maine's governor is an idiot

    Gee... I wonder if they have some of those signs for us. We could really use them around here.
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    Re: Prohibition stripper

    I remember when I built my strip K-2, which was done with inside and outside seams, I had some similar hassles. We did the inside seams first while the deck and hull were aligned with small chunks of...
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    Re: Grease seals for Holsclaw Trailer

    Many moons ago I was a Holsclaw dealer and we were always able to get bearings at nearly any good auto parts store - usually Timkin (sp?) or similar. It's not a bad idea to take one out, clean it and...
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    Re: Sail question

    Yes, have a bunch of #0 or #00 spur grommets installed along the head before you use it.
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    Re: Sail question

    Not that I've ever seen (or built for anyone). Sounds more like they built you a spritsail instead of a lug.

    edit: one way to tell is that the head of a spritsail should be cut dead straight, but...
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    Re: a little muzzloading advice...

    I must admit though, that seeing those butt-ugly modern muzzleloaders get blown up was pretty refreshing.
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    Re: Sail question

    I'm not aware of Oceanus currently (or ever) being produced in a 5.5 oz. weight. The lightest weight I have ever seen or heard of is their 7 oz. "Ships Cloth". It is awfully heavy to use in small-ish...
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    Re: Sail question

    Not that much stretch though, especially square to the weave. Most of the stretch along luff, head and foot is governed by the fact that the boltrope is purposely installed a little bit short and...
  10. Re: Clever idea? Or too much of a distraction?

    If you could plug the screen into a DVD player in the truck cab you could really have some fun with this thing........ Sure Mr. tailgater with the mis-aimed headlights.... come on around, it's...
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    Re: No more KFC chicken for me.

    The slaw is pretty easy to make yourself and there are recipes all over the internet for clone-slaw.
    http://www.food.com/recipe/copycat-kfc-coleslaw-the-real-thing-67284
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    Re: Big Steam

    And the GG1 and PRR's "Fleet of Modernism" paint scheme.

    http://www.modelrailforum.com/reviews/Trix-GG1/clip_image002.jpg

    http://pennsyrr.com/kc/model/images/BL-15325.jpg

    The truly sad thing...
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    Re: Stitching reef points on a sail

    A Speedy Stitcher isn't really a very good tool for sewing sails. It is rather coarse (as is the twine it uses) and it's a stitch similar to a lock stitched straight stitch. We don't use those types...
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    Re: Old Town Ser.No. 118475

    I get the feeling that the true effectiveness with Peel-Away is more the technique than the strength of the product itself. They apply the stripper, cover it tightly with the plastic or whatever it...
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    Re: Old Town Ser.No. 118475

    Deks #1 is by far my favorite satin oil finish for anything other than refinishing gunstocks, where I have a curious, but effective, system using Watco. For boat stuff though, Decks lasts longer and...
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    Re: well, I'm wide awake NOW!

    My brother in Peoria has hickory trees in his back yard and they've had problems with big wolf spiders coming in through the dryer vent and getting in the laundry in the basement. Some of them are...
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    Re: Old Town Ser.No. 118475

    Decent epoxy putty will stay put for the duration, unlike some of that crumbly stuff they used to use, or Bondo. The only change I would make would be to oil it with Deks Olje #1 instead of linseed...
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    Re: Gaff cutter sail colours.

    Not that I'm aware of. It may show a little more (chalky white is still white, chalky brown is a different shade) but I don't know of any data suggesting a strength difference. UV will always...
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    Re: Gaff cutter sail colours.

    Oh.... and a personal pet peeve.....
    Sails were barked after they were made - so the whole thing was the same color. Some folks build their tanbark "traditional" sails with white luff and edge...
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    Re: Gaff cutter sail colours.

    Nick nailed it. It was basically a matter of whether or not that particular sail was always out and needed to be treated, or was one that was only used at times and spent the rest of its time stowed...
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    Re: More Rigging and Sail Repair Questions

    It will tear the grommet out long before it does anything serious to improve the luff shape. A Cunningham ring should be a sewn or hydraulically pressed ring and should be installed through a stack...
  22. Thread: Faked?

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    Re: Faked?

    Considering that the spray water at the bow has a totally different texture than the water in the rest of the shot and there is no random spray outside of that immediate area, it looks like a pretty...
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    Re: More Rigging and Sail Repair Questions

    Yeah, I'm well aware of how sails were once made, and some of us still do some of the same work. I have also repaired and refurbished several of these old class-racing sails to get a bit more life...
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    Re: More Rigging and Sail Repair Questions

    Jay, yes, bending the mast will eat up some luff curve and flatten the sail a bit, but not much when the rope is so much too short. There is simply too much cloth present in that area to work around...
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    Re: More Rigging and Sail Repair Questions

    The main has the old machine-sewn boltrope, which fell out of favor back in the 1960s. It looks to be shrunken pretty badly along the luff, judging by the way it's bunching up the luff. That's...
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    Re: coleman canoe refurb

    It's polyethylene. The fading is the result of UV deterioration and is structurally non-reversible, however treatments with a good UV blocker (like the 303 mentioned) will help slow further...
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    Re: Show us your outhouse!

    Great idea. Probably keeps people from breaking in there with stealing stuff in mind. :)
  28. Re: "Isle of Wight. 'Spreading Her New Wings'. The King's Yacht 'Britannia'

    It's a stormsail. This one is shaped rather like a Swedish Mainsail (cut similarly to a mainsail, yet reduced in area), yet it appears to be rigged more like you would rig a Trysail, without using...
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    Re: Self-Tending Jib Boom

    The biggest advantage to that sort of rig with the jib attached to the deck partway aft on the spar (used on a lot of old iceboats as well as model sailboats and others) is that it is self-vanging....
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    Re: More Rigging and Sail Repair Questions

    Regarding the sails, paying to have them re-cut is most likely a waste of money if they're pretty old. You can soak them in a solution of soap and water, scrub them with a soft brush and if needed,...
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    Re: Mic Mac plans

    Hazen's plans generally use a strongback which is 2' shorter than the finished boat. The "top of strongback" line adjusts the height that the stem form, and the others as well, project above the...
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    Re: Help with tack 'n tape

    As a guy who started out bonding fiberglass to bare wood in the 1970s with polyester resin because modern boat epoxy resins were not yet invented, I can assure you that Payson's comment is absolutely...
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    Re: Carbon Fiber/Epoxy: Heat Limit?

    If they're decently attached, why heat them up to see what temp they come off at?
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    Re: Breakaway Jamb Cleat

    Our Farrier trimaran had one of the fixed plastic clamcleats with the bored-out channel along the bottom of the V-groove for the centerboard. It was a big sucker, as the hold-down line on the board...
  35. Thread: dumbass

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    Re: dumbass

    Gee..... he should have been in the rock and roll business instead. I met plenty of folks like that while playing.
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    Re: dumbass

    My wife is a pretty good scientist - holds half a dozen scientific patents and won the Latvian national science Olympiad while still in junior high school (the prize was a fancy watch made for a man...
  37. Re: Wood floor refinishing, 1st and last time

    It seems to from what I can tell. I think it may in some ways sand better and plug up paper less than oil-based varnish. I don't think there is much question that oil-based goes on with a more...
  38. Re: Wood floor refinishing, 1st and last time

    We re-did our 95 year old red oak floors and replaced all the baseboards, door frames and window frames about 10-12 years ago. At first we rented the sander that looks like a big square palm sander...
  39. Re: Best way to strip varnish off an itch'n'goo boat?

    Anything that does the job efficiently and you're comfortable using without chopping up the surface is fair game.
  40. Re: Best padding material between tied own straps and bright work?

    I use sewn tubes over the straps made from either that fake sheepskin fleece fabric or from 1/8" wetsuit neoprene.
  41. Re: Best way to strip varnish off an itch'n'goo boat?

    There are some that claim they're safe on fiberglass (West Marine sells at least one brand). In general though, they're talking about polyester resin fiberglass and when I tried one on epoxy I wasn't...
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    Re: Varnish/Seal grommets?

    If salt water corrosion is anticipated we generally use the nickel plated brass spurs (which are silver colored). Sounds like your grommets are the standard brass ones. If worse comes to worse, you...
  43. Re: Best way to strip varnish off an itch'n'goo boat?

    It's an oil-based marine spar varnish from Z-Spar/Pettit that has been around for a long time.

    http://images.jamestowndistributors.com/images/varnish/250_250/ugh%20100.jpg

    You can get it...
  44. Re: Best way to strip varnish off an itch'n'goo boat?

    UV protection is far and away the most critical aspect of the varnish over epoxy. I generally use Captains Varnish and have for years, but it's getting damned pricey. Whatever you buy, if they aren't...
  45. Re: Best way to strip varnish off an itch'n'goo boat?

    And use plenty of disks. As they are used, they tend to plug up in a band close to their outer edge, where the paper is moving faster and doing most of the work. When fresh, they cut cleanly, but...
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    Re: Jumbo Gybing

    Nicely done old sail with the earring cringles and roping, though my gut reaction was "there must be a more efficient way to do this.".
  47. Re: Putting fiberglass cloth on a verticlal surface

    Tilt the boat. :)
    It is possible to roll a light coat of resin on and then watch it carefully as it hardens. At a certain point it will briefly be stiff enough that it doesn't move around or really...
  48. Re: Best way to strip varnish off an itch'n'goo boat?

    I'm with Gib on this one, only I use a random orbit and a 100 grit disk instead of my palm sander because it's faster. I can have the paint or varnish off of a 16' canoe in a couple of hours. The...
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    Re: Standing lug sail

    That's fine with me if he wants to, though somebody should probably try one first and see if it actually works, as well as come up with some sort of workable plan for the mast step area.
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    Re: Standing lug sail

    You're very welcome. Let us know how it works when it's done. I would have cleaned up the drawings a bit but I was running out of memory. I still draw all my sailplans on the same old first...
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