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    Re: The Eye of the Beholder....

    I believe that at one time, Reliant were the biggest users of GRP in Europe. Just say'in..
    They were sold all over over the place, plus, of course, they made the Scimiter, quite desirable. Long gone...
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    Re: Why Didn't Hitler Invade Britain?

    Getting across the Channel might look easy, but perhaps not so? The short crossing faces cliffs and flatter ground would need some time in daylight. Slow moving barges might be vunerable to wash from...
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    Re: Nordic Folkboat Plans

    The second Jester was cold moulded and if I was thinking of a FB, I would look into that method, esp if projected use meant it would spend time ashore in the off season.
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    Re: Chebacco variants

    Thanks FF, comes back now BY:D
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    Re: Chebacco variants

    I understood that the sheet ply was the first and a comissioned design as a factory build, not DIY, due to the bend in the lower panels.
    The later ply lap hull is, IMHO, much prettier.
  6. Re: Is the current proliferation of explicit pornography a good result of liberal pol

    Couple of thoughts: While people get uptight about porn, it is difficult to see an ad for a TV show without the 'good guys' having guns in their hands, but that is OK... and, perfectly fine to watch...
  7. Re: Swinging centreboard design suggestions for a scaled up 12' 4" mirror dinghy.

    Nice find, Beam Reach, that's it.
  8. Re: Swinging centreboard design suggestions for a scaled up 12' 4" mirror dinghy.

    Just a comment about the length, there is a French design ( name doesn't come to mind, more coffee needed ;o) ) that looks very like the Mirror, but is bigger.
    A2
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    Re: Concrete keels for small trailer sailer

    Not a catboat,but cat rigged and fits several of your requirements and uses chunks of iron for ballast, not a casting. Look here: http://www.duckworksbbs.com/category-s/129.htm and scroll down to...
  10. Re: Cornish caff faces closure because of it's name....

    Or, Private Eye's favourit; Sue, Grabbit & Run.
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    Re: The House Of The Golden Balls

    Yes! Thank you for treating us.

    This might inspire me to replace our front windows, pitch pine, but getting tatty. House a bit older though, from before 1800.
  12. Re: Cornish caff faces closure because of it's name....

    There was a car outside our place sold by Datsun Wankdoff. Apparently a Swiss town.

    Don't remember baps being UK slang for boobs, paps for animals perhaps. Though the Portuguese refer to bread...
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    Re: House boats of character...

    Not a house boat, but while wandering around the outer part of the lagoon at Aveiro on the Atlantic coast of Portugal, circa 1984, I found a beached wooden coaster that had been converted to a...
  14. Re: 18' Foldable Catamaran Sailboat Design From Scratch

    Oar being stuck in here :o Back in the 60s, the old man tried a few ideas out on an 18ft cat. Tortured ply with a relatively flat bottom to each hull, but with some rocker built in, but more a bend...
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    Re: Birdsmouth spar calculators

    While we are at it..
    I built birdsmouth spars for my Oughtred; 8 staves. Easy and quite fun.
    Now, I have a 23ft one to make with a taper from 3.5" down to 1"

    Any comments about suitability for...
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    Re: Ransome-esque dinghy kits in Australia?

    Good point about the money. I know that the design is available in glued clinker, but I still think it is quite a step for a first timer. Friend reckons he has about €12K invested in the boat,...
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    Re: Ransome-esque dinghy kits in Australia?

    That boat belongs to a local friend. It is strip planked, veneered and sheathed, on laminated frames. I would pause before doing it as a first timer, though he did. Two years of work.

    To fit the...
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    Re: Ransome-esque dinghy kits in Australia?

    Have you looked at Francoise Vivier's designs? A few ply clinker boats there that would take three and be 12/14 ft. Not sure about kits in your area, but the the CNC files might be available to have...
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    Re: Trim Tab self steering design

    Have a read here: http://www.faymarine.com/plansite/fay_marine_yacht_pl.htm
    I made up a horizontally pivoted vane with reference to the plans. Friend fitted it to his 34ft pinky ketch and it worked...
  20. Re: resorcinol glue...now desperatly seeking supplier

    Think I mentioned this before a few years back...
    There is a yard in the SOF that built a sitka spar for a classic, all 160 odd feet of it. They used an industrial melamine glue after accelerated...
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    Re: Another multiple shooting today

    Very true.
    Going back to Cowboy movies and lately Video games, there was/is never a 'come back' for shooting people. Reality for officials is a investigation while on 'leave'.

    A few of my senior...
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    Re: Lion Air 737 crashes

    Most of the posters on the Pprune websit can't figure why they didn't set power and attitude standard settings to base levels, for a gentle climb, that would have eneabled them to find the problem...
  23. Re: Sailing/rowing/motor sailing dinghy decisions.

    I wasn't going to bother, but the reason they don't point well is the boomless main. Compriende?
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    Re: Wharram Catamarans , discussion required !

    Ersin
    You have probably found this: https://www.wharram.com/site/self-build-boats/mana24
    The Mana24 was the one I saw the build photos of.

    In a UK magasin ( Practical Boat Owner?) there was an...
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    Re: Wharram Catamarans , discussion required !

    Warram's more recent designs have moved away from the simple V hull and now have a fuller chined hull. There is a series of photos on the build of a 24ft (?) on the web. IIRR it was CNC cut and used...
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    Re: New boat build in Greece

    Probably glassing the garboards against abrasion and fitting bilge runners would help. I have a slightly longer boat with 4 strakes a side. Not glassed but several coats of epoxy on 6mm ply.
    The...
  27. Re: Sailing/rowing/motor sailing dinghy decisions.

    The Drascombe range mostly have boomless mains and also have a reputation for poor windward ability.
  28. Re: Sailing/rowing/motor sailing dinghy decisions.

    While it might not matter to you, a jib gives the slot effect to the main sail, improving windward ability. In a fleet of 'classic' boats I found my gunter sloop could easily outpoint the assorted...
  29. Re: Rollers / guides to center double-enders like the CY on trailers? A tricky issue.

    Thorne
    I fitted a set of 'whiskers' right at the back of the spine, which is full length and under the stern stem when fully on. They have a normal roller cut in two at the ends, so the flange...
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    Re: cheapest pocket cruiser?

    Ober,
    Google images has many shots of the Micro. Cabin is 5ft long and berths go under the cockpit by a bit under 2ft. Also, since there is no plate case, the cabin is unobstructed. As for...
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    Re: cheapest pocket cruiser?

    Chino,
    That is exactly what I am doing. Increased the beam by 6" at the rubrail to give some flare, then canted the cabin sides back to the original roof line.Transom canted back by 3" and the...
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    Re: Anyone Based in Brest?

    Lovely part of the world, but the weather is like Cornwall, it rains a lot |:) We are a bit further south, near Rochefort. Bit flatter, weather much nicer.
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    Re: If you could own any car

    Where to start? But the one I liked most was the Ginetta G15 I had in the early 70s. At the same time, our chairman had a Ferrari 250 GTO... Just before the Ginetta, I had a Sunbeam Alpine. Nice...
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    Re: pushrod engine question

    My father had a 500cc 4valve single Rudge Special bike in '39.
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    Re: Tire explosions

    Will someone explain why all the damage is at the top, when the tyre is only flat at the bottom?


    I'll get my coat.....
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    Re: electric Hand planner or bench planner

    When I moved here 14 yrs ago, with an old house to do up and a boat in mind, I bought a bandsaw and a planer/thicknesser. The bandsaw got a little use, but the planer has been in constant use. They...
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    Re: Centerboard winch

    I ran up a similar one for a friend's boat. Steel plate of similar weight. It replaced a 4:1 tackle and is far easier to use. No handling issues in the 6/7 years fitted. As for cost: A bit of SS...
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    Re: 4 drawer smoking cabinet.

    A bit back, a friend started a smoking business in the Algarve. He put two old fridges on the upper terrace and connected them via tubes to an old paint tin on the lower terrace. The swordfish bits...
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    Re: Trip to Paris: Thread #2

    My first visit was in 63. At that time the OAS were very active and heavilly armed security forces were all over, so nothing new. There was a big bang one night, followed by a couple of bursts of...
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    Re: Trichlorethylene

    Also, when I was young, there was a clothes cleaner called Dab-it-off. TCT in a jar with a fabric bung in the top. You upended the jar and used the wet bung to clean whatever grease had marked the...
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    Re: Trichlorethylene

    Also, lots of people smoked back then. Drawing TCT through a cig produces phosegene.
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    Re: Seeking thoughts on ethics....

    Lots of discussion over in the UK about how the keen sailors are getting old and the young don't have the time or money to have a boat. Those young ones that like sailing tend to rent in sunny...
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    Re: Happy birthday to Andrew Craig-Bennett....

    Birthday greetings from France!

    another Andrew
  44. Re: Adventures in South Sound on a Scamp and a Wherry

    What a good phrase! Me Too
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    Re: Help me find a place to live...

    That looks nice, but one needs to find out if one can practice the dream before commiting. Employment laws can be difficult (like here) and is there a market for your products?
    Budget for quite a...
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    Re: Help me find a place to live...

    Lupu
    Berth here too.

    A thought about the Guadiana, apart from the expat yotties who find it so cheap and warm. It is also the back of beyond. So if you need to earn, not a lot of good.
    Funnily...
  47. Re: Fast passenger boat with ummm... different profile

    I drove past the prototype in La Rochelle a few days ago. Looked a bit odd and I wondered how it would behave in big swells, that might affect the aerodynamics. It does look short and wide + high to...
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    Re: Helmet-Cam, Spitfire, Oshkosh 2018

    I was thinking of my father, who flew Hurricanes and Spitfires 39 to 45. Luckily he did come back.

    Thanks for the footage, Dave.
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    Re: bring a trailer

    Think I might have mentioned this before, but Heh! I arrived at the hanger one cold morning, kicked the genset into life and unlocked the doors. Nice red car parked among the aircraft. Looked closely...
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    Re: bring a trailer

    Ah, the threewheeler boom in the sixties. My Bro and a friend had Isetta ones by BMW (bet they want to forget that era) Cheap tax and low fuel consumption. But, both of them rolled theirs on...
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