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    Re: building a mast

    I will make the mast birdsmouth, but I'm actually following Gartside's plans for the rest of his spars. He'd probably be surprised to hear that.
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    Re: building a mast

    Circular saw on both sides, although renting a 10" saw and doing it on one side would be faster, if available. After square, then set it at 45 degrees to get it 8 sided. Then I eye ball and clean up...
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    Re: Wooden boatbuilding opportunities?

    Or try going where traditional boats are being built. Living here in Downeast Maine I see ads for boatbuilders in our local paper. Brooklin, Maine advertises itself as the "wooden boatbuilding...
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    Re: To Keel or Not to Keel

    What Thorne said: "I'd say you need to make friends with some folks with boats"

    A lot of nice boats have been mentioned, but it really comes down to " to each to his own." Since you're new to...
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    Re: melonseed carvel planked?

    [QUOTE=enrique bruna;5785901]Dear friends:
    Finaly, I decided to build lapstrake in ply. The plans arrived and I spend two days studying them and reading the few instruction attached.
    I will begin...
  6. Re: Finished Reuel Parker's 18 ft Modified Sharpie Skiff

    Here's another, Parker's Ohio Sharpie, my first real build. It was a learning experience. http://traditionalsmallcraft.com/Vika.html

    Have fun, Parker's plans and book, make it very doable.
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    Re: Sharpie Schooner model..

    That's more than amazing, whatever that is. Cardboard, modeling clay and some extraordinary talent.
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    Re: melonseed carvel planked?

    For oars I made mine 9'9", but 6" shorter , would have been better.

    As for the mast I made mine birdsmouth but upped the scantlings (N=8, OD=3.75, ID=2.5 H=.72 L=1.46) since I used a bigger rig,...
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    Re: Need Some Help With a Scarf Jig

    What Jay says. You'd have your planks scarfed by the time you build that jig and it's a lot quieter and more enjoyable to use hand planes vs a router. Stack each plank 6" behind the other and go...
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    Re: Sharpie Schooner model..

    Great looking model, amazing realism with the sails and rigging! I used to make models in the winter but now that I'm retired I don't seem to have the time. How did that happen?
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    Re: melonseed carvel planked?

    Enrique, while I modify plans more than I should, going from glued lap to carvel on Barto's plans goes way beyond my ability to figure out. Sorry, you're going to have to keep asking, but I think...
  12. Re: Glasses falling off while working on your boat? Here's an old-school solution.

    Just ordered a set. That sliding down the nose is most annoying. Thanks.
  13. Re: Needed: Design suggestions for a small sailboat for an old guy

    I couldn't be happier with my 16' melonseed, plans from WB, modified with a bigger free standing rig. Stable, fast, easy to single hand and big enough to take 1, maybe 2, for crew. I'm only 66 but...
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    Re: melonseed carvel planked?

    Pepita was stripped built but scantlings more robust than Barto's. Brady mentioned that he would redesign the CB if doing it again.
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    Re: melonseed carvel planked?

    While not historic, John Brady of the Philly Independence Seaport Museum drew plans for a 16' seed, Mike Wick's Pepita
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    Re: melonseed carvel planked?

    Modifying Barto's plan to carvel would be a challenge. The framing as designed is very light as glued lap adds a lot of structural strength. I built the 16' as glued lap but never got around to...
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    Re: Kotik, Kotik, Kotik!

    More good progress. But I can't help noticing that your shop floor is spotless. C'mon! I will never be able to post a picture of my build after seeing that. The fact that mine is dirt is my...
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    Re: Microwaving frozen epoxy ingredients?

    I tried "steam bending" some wood for a model in the microwave. Lost my kitchen privileges, almost the microwave. Wet burnt wood can really stink.
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    Re: Birdsmouth spar calculators

    Another reason that I'm thinking going 12 is that it is almost round making it possible to make a BM plug to fit inside, designing it such that it would leave room for wiring. Here's a pic I found...
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    Re: Birdsmouth spar calculators

    Or an unintentional raked mast that worked out pretty well, just like I hadn't planned.
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    Re: Birdsmouth spar calculators

    30/60 for the 12. I'm sure it would be easy to muck that up. I'll try a mock up before mucking it up. Another issue will be making a 20' mast in a shop not much bigger than that.
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    Re: Birdsmouth spar calculators

    Thanks, I've had that bookmarked. I was reading an article in the old Boatbuilders magazine touting the virtues of 12 staves, more strength, less waste. I've done 8 staves before but now thinking...
  23. Thread: Next boat?

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    Re: Next boat?

    I'd say you need to decide how much you enjoy building boats. If you like the building part and are happy sailing your lightning that's one way to go. However if you're itching to get out on a...
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    Re: 16' Barto melonseed skiff build

    My birdsmouth mast with a 120sf sail is doing fine 5 years later, and it is unstayed. It was overbuilt and it has been aggressively sailed at times and I'm happy to report it's still in one piece. ...
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    Re: Kotik, Kotik, Kotik!

    >Steve, I checked your melonseed and peapod. Nice work! I see your peapod in the Launchings page of the new WB. I've subscribed to your Little Sjogin II thread. <<

    Thanks Ian, my Sjogin II...
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    Re: Vendia Plywood

    I finally got the shipment, couldn't pick it up until after the boat show. I now know how to, and how not to, arrange for shipping.
    http://stevebrookman.com/Boats/SIIIa/Vendia1.jpg

    Since I'm...
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    Re: Kotik, Kotik, Kotik!

    Nice progress, you're getting it done! Your thread is inspiring and intimidating. While I love looking at the quality of your work I only check in on occasion as it shows the amount of work and...
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    Re: Angled scarphs

    Thanks for the timely thread as I now find myself having to scarf in place. Using Vendia planks of various widths I will be doing a lot of it. ...
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    Re: October Nor'easter here in Maine

    I never saw it if it was here. Just about all the pleasure craft are hauled, only the lobster boats in the bay now.
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    Re: October Nor'easter here in Maine

    Very nasty up here too. Glad I got the melonseed hauled on Friday with only 25kts of wind. What a difference a year makes, last year at this time we were boating in shorts. Good news is that there...
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    Re: 13' Barto melonseed strakes offsets

    Sorry 'bout that. I can't help since I built the 16'.

    But I can welcome you to the forum. Someone should pop in soon with help.
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    Re: 13' Barto melonseed strakes offsets

    The Barto plans I got from WoodenBoat did not have plank patterns only patterns for the molds. I purchased the plans about 10 years ago so perhaps they've been updated?

    So yes I had to spile...
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    Re: Building Ninigret

    I had just made a bevel board, per Gudgeon's manual, for figuring the plank deduction when Paul Gartside stopped by before I used it (he was teaching a class down the road at WBS) and said it wasn't...
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    Re: Building Ninigret

    Now you've really started! Seeing that great expanse of white is exciting and disconcerting as you can now see the size and scope of the project ahead. It's great fun seeing the shape reveal itself...
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    Re: Gartside double-ended cutter #106

    A sweet sheer, what is the wood?
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    Re: Can I build a melonseed?

    The 16' is great to singlehand, and fine for 2 adults, OK for 3, but getting you're starting to get friendly with that many.
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    Re: Can I build a melonseed?

    Welcome to the forum. I love my melonseed that I built glued lap, but probably more have been strip built. There are some good links in the posts above. Let us know if you have questions or need...
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    Re: Building Ninigret

    Glad you decided to go ahead, another Ninigret build will be good. I'll let you know about getting Vendia, my shipment is in the US still waiting clearance from customs before I can get it.
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    Re: Maine Small Craft Celebration. Sept. 22-23

    And so is the Common Grounds Fair, which many have reminded me is on that weekend and are hoping that we don't coincide next year. Not enough weekends in September!
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    Re: Maine Small Craft Celebration. Sept. 22-23

    What can I say? Glad you and those that did make it liked it. We'll be doing it again. Tough time of year to squeeze an event in.
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    Re: Maine Small Craft Celebration. Sept. 22-23

    I'd say we done good! Not knowing how a first time event would play out, it seemed that our visitors were very pleased and are looking forward to having us do it again. It was great seeing so many...
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    Re: Maine Small Craft Celebration. Sept. 22-23

    I'll be there with a Beach Pea and extra PFD's. It looks like we will have about 40 boats, with most of them in the water. We will use a color code for usage. Green, visitors can use, Yellow,...
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    Re: Maine Small Craft Celebration. Sept. 22-23

    While there won't be tent camping on site there are berths available on the tall ship Harvey Gamage during the show. PM me for info if you're interested. Thanks,
  44. Thread: Sjogin 3

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    Re: Sjogin 3

    I had forgotten about this build. I hope we see it return.
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    Re: A little Sjogin II

    I have discussed my modifications with Paul. He even stopped by while he was in the area teaching at WoodenBoat School! Of course he would prefer that it got built to his plans but he offers advice...
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    Re: Maine Small Craft Celebration. Sept. 22-23

    The site is not suitable for tent camping, but there is room available for RV or campers. We had hoped to arrange for a camping option on Fort Gorges but that will have to wait for future events.
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    Re: Ninigret pipe dream

    According to a Ninigret owner at the SRR, it sounds like the nin in nincompoop.
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    Re: Ninigret pipe dream

    For lofting I used The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction book and Greg Rossel's Building Small Boats. Greg's explanation of diagonals actually made sense to me. I was getting stuck there.
    Get...
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    Re: Vendia Plywood

    Vendia Marine Planks will be in the US for the first time! I finally managed to get it shipped and it will be arriving in Portland (Maine) on 9/21. Depending on when it gets offloaded it might make...
  50. Re: Fox News is the most trusted national news channel - How come?

    Somewhat unrelated, on a Scientific American podcast awhile back they stated that 99% of the opinions expressed on FOX dealing with climate change were inaccurate. (70% of the Wall Street Journal...
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