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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    I don't have any experience using a heat gun on epoxy. However, from what I've read it softens the epoxy, making it easier to strip off. I'd be afraid of softening it to much and end up peeling it off rather than just taking off the runs. I'm sure someone with experience using a heat gun on epoxy will chime in.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Short update:

    Been away for a few weeks so no progress except that I've bought a foresail from a 420 on Ebay. Should be the right size I believe.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Yes. The 420 rig works on the Argie 15. If you get a 420 main, the loose footed variant is preferable.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Finally had some time to do some boat work and she's showing her true colours:




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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Looking beautiful. It would fit right in at our club where one of our members has built many boats all of them have a yellow hull. Seriously, she's looking really nice.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Morford View Post
    I don't have any experience using a heat gun on epoxy. However, from what I've read it softens the epoxy, making it easier to strip off. I'd be afraid of softening it to much and end up peeling it off rather than just taking off the runs. I'm sure someone with experience using a heat gun on epoxy will chime in.
    Bit late here, but I used a heat gun to clean up the Inside of my glued lap Oughtred design. Not tricky, just keep it moving and avoid heating the wood to the point where it chars, i.e. epoxy softens at around 120C, wood damages at well over twice that.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Thats good to know Andrew. I've got lots of cleaning up to do on the inside. Second coat of yellow went on yesterday. Hopefully I'll get the third on today then she can go the right way up again. I really hate having her upside down. Stupid I know but there you go.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Some progress this weekend. Aluminium keel runners added and she's finally the right way up.



    The observant among you may notice that the mast is a little small. That was just a temporary solution to ensuring that my mast step tabernacle is positioned upright.


    With the obligatory fee to pay the ferryman of course...

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Are you building a tabernacle that enables you to swing the mast from aft to upright using a pivot? I can't tell you how many times I've wished I'd done that. You might want to strengthen those side members though - is that 1/2" plywood?

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    The tabernacle is there partly as a future option if i ever build a wooden mast. I don't want to drill a hole in the aluminium one i have to take the pivot. I'm also planning that it will hold a short post to lift the cover when i wrap the boat up for winter. Its not finished. There will be triangular strengthening pieces either side and a front gate to hold the foot in place. But i want to see what mast rake is needed before i set that piece. Its 3/4 inch ply. I wanted to do it in hardwood but the stock i had wasn't very good. One thing I forgot was to drill a drain hole in the bottom. Guess i can do that in situ.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Glorious weather here in England today. I spent the time stepping the mast to get measurements for the standing rigging. And to be honest just to play with the sails. I did paint the cockpit with undercoat and glue down the foredeck too so it wasn't all pure indulgence.


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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    The pivot on the tabernacle isn't needed. That aluminium mast is so light i can lift it in easily single handed and the uprights hold it firmly while i attach the rigging. It just needs strengthening at the bottom and a gate attaching to prevent the foot moving forward. I'm hoping to be ready for a test launch the weekend after next.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Looking really good. One thing to remember though - the entire process of building your own boat is an exercise in self indulgence! Keep those pics coming.
    Last edited by Roy Morford; 06-18-2017 at 08:21 PM.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    It certainly is. I could hve bought a used wayfarer for less than I've spent on my Argie but where would the fun be in that? By the way, does anyone know why Dudley Dix called the design Argie?

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    I believe the design won a competition by the Argus newspaper in South Africa (similar to the Mirror newspaper in England and the Mirror dinghy). Dudley pronounces the name Argie with a hard G.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    Getting closer! Today I finished the centerboard casing, adding reinforcing struts and a cutout to the center thwart to take the handle.


    And I've reinforced the transom to take the rudder pintels and gugeons.

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    Default Re: Planning a new Argie 15 build in England

    I like your internal layout. Some good thought has gone into this.

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