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    Default Parrel Beads for a Beetle Cat

    I want to add Parrel beads to the gaff of my Beetle Cat. Anyone have size recomendations for the beads on a Beetle Cat? Also finish - oil or varnish? sources?

    Thanks in advance for the help

    Rick

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    Default Re: Parrel Beads for a Beetle Cat

    Ask the good people who make the boats. Beetle Boat Shop Phone: (508) 295-8585

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    Default Re: Parrel Beads for a Beetle Cat

    Good advice Jim

    If anyone is interested they recommend 5/8 dia and varnished

    Thanks

    Rick

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    Default Re: Parrel Beads for a Beetle Cat

    Rivus has almost the same size sail. I made crude ones out of 5/8" black locust. Without a lathe I just sanded the ends then soaked them in boat soup. They work.
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    Default Re: Parrel Beads for a Beetle Cat

    I ordered some from Michael's (a craft store chain.) They look like maple, and I soaked them in Deks Ole. Been working for a few years now.

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    Default Re: Parrel Beads for a Beetle Cat

    Steve and Mike
    Thanks for the guidance, very helpful, There is a Michael's not far from me, will check them out

    Thanks again for the assistance

    Rick

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    Default Re: Parrel Beads for a Beetle Cat

    I prefer oil for the beads, but only have small boat experience with them.
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    Default Re: Parrel Beads for a Beetle Cat

    For my 19' double ender with a fore and aft gaff rig, I used beads from a slaughtered car seat.

    Works fine oiled, I've varnished them now and will see this summer if that's an improvement.

    /Mats

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    Default Re: Parrel Beads for a Beetle Cat

    I tried a set of parrel beads last year on our sliding gunter. Didn't care for it much (the jib leech would still snag on the jaws on occasion) so I bent a piece of copper tube to fasten on the jaws and will try that this year. But a Beetle has no jib, so....

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    Default Re: Parrel Beads for a Beetle Cat

    My understanding is that the line between the jaws is for making sure the gaff stays in place and the parrel beads are so that the line won't cause problems when hoisting/taking down the sail.

    /Mats

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