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  1. Re: Day-sailing an Ilur along MA coast (and NE in general), is it a good idea?

    I can't advise on the region or the boat (thought I want one, too) but wanted to chime in to support the idea of using CNC parts. I am currently assembling the hull of my Vivier-designed Seil from...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Everyone in the house got COVID, and that slowed progress a bit. We're all fine - have been all along, really - but between the isolation-necessitated total lack of outside childcare and fatigue and...
  3. Re: What do folks here recommend for a replacement table saw fence?

    Like the rest of sophi32’s posts, this one was copied verbatim from another forum

    https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?262650-Replacement-table-saw-fence-faces

    sophi32, please take a minute...
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    Re: Fiberglassing the hull in a carport

    My mistake! It is $6.00 if you can accept the digital format. Even as someone who loves printed books, I think this one is short enough that you can get by with the digital copy.
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Thanks Chris! I am not going to glue that joint and will trust in screws and fillets.

    Meanwhile:

    Beveling bulkheads. The sole mold makes this easy:...
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    Re: Fiberglassing the hull in a carport

    As a fellow fiberglass novice I will make a recommendation against using peel ply here, particularly if itís your first time trying this stuff. I just used it for a few small joints and struggled to...
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    Re: Cordless sander recommendations

    sophi32 is up to something unpleasant. Every one of their posts is copied verbatim from the internet:

    https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?298305-Cordless-sander-recommendations

    I’d be...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Thanks, Chris. The mystery of bulkhead 8 will have to wait for a few days until I return to the boat. I’m sure you’re right that any errors are mine and not the jig’s. It has been quite accurate.
    I...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Transoms, bulkheads, and forms are (mostly) attached to the strong back:

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52148837967_5743ef070c_c.jpg
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    Re: Current thoughts on laser levels

    I had mine out today to plumb the transoms on the building jig.

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52150056554_e32293dc68_c.jpg

    Absolutely worth the $70 I paid for this one, which levels...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Thanks, Chris, for the notes on the boat and for the charming video. I'm glad to hear you are happy with her! I am indeed currently constructing the case. I hear you loud and clear about the...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    I opted not to worry about the inner face, both for want of time before I hope to mount the transoms on the jig and because I'm not entirely confident where I'll be applying glue. I thought about...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Fantastic- a fellow builder of this boat! Thank you for the pictures and the ideas. I was just bemoaning my inability to store the glued strakes when you pointed out that the beam will serve. What...
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    Re: Current thoughts on laser levels

    I picked up one of these a while ago (sadly they are no longer listed as available). I have found it quite useful and have never had any reason to doubt its accuracy:
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Great progress in the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Lady Liberty $15,000 Payout Memorial Boat House

    Three coats of varnish on the transoms:...
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    Congratulations on the new future crew! It's great to see you back at it already. Keep us posted on your trip.

    - James
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    Re: A Seil in California

    I'll finish rounding but wait to countersink or drill flats until I have the real hardware on hand. I'm happy with how they came out, though next time I would wait until I have them split to drill...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Thanks for the reply, John - I am sure you are right. I'll pick up the kit on Friday and report definitively then.

    For now: thumb cleats! These will attach to the top of the gunwales near the...
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    Re: A Gartside # 130 followed me home

    Just chiming in to say thanks for all the photos and particularly the information about the use of cedar for the sole. I'm planning to use it for the boat I'm currently building (it is also...
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    Re: Varnishing Before Assembly?

    Well all right! Thank you all for chiming in. First coat of varnish applied:

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52128509674_2610fdf8b8_c.jpg

    It looks quite a bit worse this morning - cherry...
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    Varnishing Before Assembly?

    I’m building a Vivier Seil. Assembly starts very soon. I have roughed out the transoms from cherry stock, cut the bevels given by the plans, and smoothed and finish sanded the outer faces. I think...
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    Re: Rowing the Caledonia Yawl

    Looks great! How do those cots attach to the long fore-and-aft slats? They look comfy. Though as someone who sleeps best on a thin foam mat, I wonder if I might feel over suspended.
    Please report...
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    Re: Davis oarlocks for extended use?

    This seems to be a consensus! Thank you all for posting.

    - James
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    Davis oarlocks for extended use?

    I'm building a Vivier Seil. While I hope to sail at least a bit more than I row, I expect I'll occasionally put in a day under oars. Much of my boating is in remote spots where gear breakage is not...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    A question for builders of CNC-cut Vivier kits: one must bevel one's own bulkheads, right? I haven't been able to tell if the CNC machine will bevel them, but the more I think about it the less...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    I wanted to build a traditional timber boat- still do - but chose glued plywood lapstrake for all kinds of functional reasons. I've been pleased by the amount of timber woodworking this build has...
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    Re: snow blower Mod issue

    This question also appeared on a forum for (as best as I can tell) a game called Farming Simulator 22:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpBzfTe_yWE

    I looked into the poster's other posts. One...
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    That's our girl!

    The whole tent looks great. I'm not sure I fully follow you about this:


    I see the appeal of being able to sequence their release, but don't understand where on the tent it...
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    Re: Balanced Lug on Pathfinder Leech Flutter

    Thanks for this update! The more information about this the better. Any wilderness trips planned for the Summer?

    -James
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    Re: A Seil in California

    A summer launch would be fantastic, but I'm not setting any deadlines. I'm even doing my best to avoid expectations. They only cause trouble. I do hope to have it done before the rain makes...
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    Re: A Seil in California

    Back in the shop I've filled the weave and started fairing both the centerboard and the rudder.
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52094277814_44a63d80ff_c.jpg
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    Re: A Seil in California

    One score and three months ago, we brought forth, on this forum, a new thread, conceived in idle fantasy, and dedicated to the construction of a boat for sailing together. Now we are engaged in a...
  33. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    I have no experience heaving to without a jib, so take this with a grain of salt. I think that what you described in the video as "hove to" is more like "underway" - with the sheet that far in and...
  34. Re: Mast cracks--bad enough to open with a saw?

    This is a logical question and now I'm worried about my own mast! Is this standard procedure? When I built the mast I imagined the interior as hermetically sealed and perpetually dry. Wouldn't a...
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    Re: Happy Birthday Escape Pod

    A lovely reflection. Here's to more days on the lake!
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    Very cool, Rick! That machine is a great beauty. We ought to make some kind of merit badge for sewing machine restoration. Or leather motorcycle jacket. Or maybe a burgee?
    My old cables zap me...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    These stories and pictures pull hard on me. About 10 years ago my wife and I realized we were at a crossroads. On the one hand was the possibility of an adventure like yours: a very few more years...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Tremendous. Great writing, great pictures, great trip. I'm inspired. Keep it coming, please!

    -James
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    Hmm. The machine usually sits on the table. Hanging it from the ceiling like that might solve some problems…
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    Spot on. No need to ship: they made a lot of those, and every time I look on Craigslist there’s always a new option. I also paid around $200. I bet someone more patient could get it under $50.
    I...
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    What size thread was choking your machine, Rick? One of the many entertaining digressions from my current boatbuilding project was a trip down the sewing machine rabbit hole. I refurbished and am...
  42. SF Craigslist: 1948 Rangleley Yacht Tender

    No affiliation, not even remotely my kind of boat, and yet somehow I still feel some kind of temptation:
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    Looks great, Rick - like a really nice spot for a cup of coffee out of the wind. I'm curious about the joints shown in your last picture between the laminated wooden tent tube and the vertical pole....
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    Also, the steam bending looks great. You make it look easy!
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    Re: Building a Ross Lillistone First Mate

    I'm a bit late to the party, but CONGRATULATIONS! Kids are wonderful.
    Perhaps you are a better man than I was and are not already wondering ahead to when your kids will be old enough to allow more...
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    Re: FOGG in the Floodplain Forest

    Thanks for taking the time to write out these reports, Tom. I really enjoy reading them and I always get new ideas for trips of my own!

    James
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    Re: FOGG in the Floodplain Forest

    Very well said, Rick. Trips like these also allow one to bring along even very small kids, provided attention to basic water safety - that's a big asset to me.
  48. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    You raise a great point- I am backseat driving, or whatever the nautical equivalent would be. (Steering from the sternsheets isn't quite it) Your lived reality should drive the analysis here. ...
  49. Re: Building a scaled up Lillistone First Mate in G10 for Bike Sailing

    Great video! Thanks for sharing. I have a theory about why you might have not been able to reach the boat ramp at Bodega bay under oars, and I wanted to ask if you thought it was plausible. At...
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    Re: Electric boost for a camping rowboat

    Great videos of a neat and hardly explored spot. I keep saying this, but I have got to get out there for a row, sometime when I am again a master of my own schedule.
    I love the sound of your...
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