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    Quote Originally Posted by NickW View Post
    Might do. I know Mirror's have a groove but I've seen others that don't. I suppose it all depends on whether there's enough of the cheeks protuding past the blade to prevent the cord from slipping sideways. It really is a suck-it-and-see situation.

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    Fitted the rudder blade and I think I can run either a haul down line or a length of shock at the transom end of the rudder stock.
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    Looking at ways to dog the hatch cover. One idea, based on something similar I saw recently is to use a couple of stove gimble brackets I just happen to have and two embedded bolts with wing nuts.
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    So continuing on with the rudder down haul and up haul, the latter is the easy one. My first idea for the down haul, didn't work due to too finer tolerance between the cheeks of the rudder stock and the blade.
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    My second idea worked, sadly I thought I took photos, but didn't.
    Anyway I drilled the bolt hole a bit bigger and then drilled a hole into it through the edge. This allowed be to run some thin braided line which I have simply looped back out and this works just fine. A refinement will be to drill the bolt hole larger to allow for a keeper knot on some better quality braid.
    I'm figuring then running it up though a hole in the tiller stock, though a padeye and then to a jamcleat on the tiller.
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    Okay I put the idea into practice and it works. Thank you Tom, I went with your idea as I didn't have the shock cord on hand. A couple of small refinements need but I reckon it's usable.
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    Looking good. Got a launch date in mind?

    Looking back, I always wish I had done more with the Cartopper I had. Somehow it never occurred to me to do any boat camping or cruising in it, just daysailing. It's a nice design, and your version will be nicer than most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    Looking good. Got a launch date in mind?

    Looking back, I always wish I had done more with the Cartopper I had. Somehow it never occurred to me to do any boat camping or cruising in it, just daysailing. It's a nice design, and your version will be nicer than most.

    Tom
    I've been waiting on two drain plugs to arrive and apparently they have...my mailbox is a Kilometer away so I'll get them this morning. Once those are installed I can finish the painting and it will be ready for rowing at least. The junk rig is a little way off but I should be able to use the leg o mutton once I've trimmed the base of the mast to fit the new hole.
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    Default Re: Resurrecting a Bolger Cartopper

    I'm enjoying watching your progress with this little boat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Jeff View Post
    I'm enjoying watching your progress with this little boat!
    Thanks.
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    Seems I accidentally bought 4 of them.
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    Some time ago I bought one of these stepped drill bits.
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    I bought it for drilling holes in bamboo, but it's the duck's nuts for drilling holes in thin bulkheads.
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    The forard limber holes require a patch, so the bung goes in that.
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    I've been a bit distracted the last couple of days. I bought a Suzuki 4.5hp outboard for $50 and it needed a bit of fiddling with to get it working. 43 years old and it runs a treat.

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    Anyway today was mixing up epoxy and getting the limber holes and half moon openings in number one frame closed in. Not a big job but it now means I can finish painting the inside of the hull...and that puts me very close to being able to row the boat as least.

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    OK, I like this boat, but I am now super jealous. I've been looking for an old small engine for some time and have yet to find one for under $100 or even $350.

    Where did you find it?

    By the way, it looks like you're making some serious progress!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishoutaFlorida View Post
    OK, I like this boat, but I am now super jealous. I've been looking for an old small engine for some time and have yet to find one for under $100 or even $350.

    Where did you find it?

    By the way, it looks like you're making some serious progress!
    I found the outboard on Facebook Marketplace. The bloke i bought it off was not mechanically minded. When I went to look at it I checked to see it would turn over, which it did and there was good compression . I figured it had to be something simple.
    It's been drizzling rain for 4 days now so nothing is happening with the dinghy. Though I might see if I can get some sanding done today.
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    Nice find on the outboard Gary, well done!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Nice find on the outboard Gary, well done!!
    Thanks Greg, I think it still needs a bit of fine tuning but I'm pretty happy with it...it's got character.
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    A few before and after photos.
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    The mast sections, both sections are of a length that will store in the boat.
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    Default Re: Resurrecting a Bolger Cartopper

    Character in old outboards is OK, it's when they get moody you have a problem.
    Anything small that runs in NZ the owner wants $800-1000.
    A new one is $2000, so there is a credibility gap there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slacko View Post
    Character in old outboards is OK, it's when they get moody you have a problem.
    Anything small that runs in NZ the owner wants $800-1000.
    A new one is $2000, so there is a credibility gap there!
    What I really want is a 4 stroke long leg 4-5hp but as you say...damned expensive.
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    Apart from the gunwales, and I haven't decided what I shall put on them, the dinghy is painted. Today is the first day in at least five where it hasn't drizzled rain all day. Of course as I write this it's bright sunshine and drizzling rain...but at least it's only showers
    Anyway, a photo.
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    The rowing seat is a small box seat, which this particular boat doesn't have, so one will have to be made. Which got me thinking why not serve double duty, such as using it to store a small stove?
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    I was never a fan of the box seat idea which Bolger used. In my own Bolger boat, I eventually added simple cleats to the interior of the hull to hold a removable rowing thwart, and liked that solution a lot better.

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    Default Re: Resurrecting a Bolger Cartopper

    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    The rowing seat is a small box seat, which this particular boat doesn't have, so one will have to be made. Which got me thinking why not serve double duty, such as using it to store a small stove?
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    Like a wee alcohol burner in a cookie tin? The plywood box is being made, now. No reason it couldn’t be seat sized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    I was never a fan of the box seat idea which Bolger used. In my own Bolger boat, I eventually added simple cleats to the interior of the hull to hold a removable rowing thwart, and liked that solution a lot better.

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    That also has crossed my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
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    Like a wee alcohol burner in a cookie tin? The plywood box is being made, now. No reason it couldn’t be seat sized.
    I have two stove options, one is an old kerosene Primus stove that I have used on camping trips before. Option two is a small gas stove i have, it uses disposable gas canisters.
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    Bungs and spinouts are in.
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    Aft hatches catches sort of done. A couple of wing nuts would be good, but I an thinking epoxying the nuts into wooden toggles instead. The stove gimble mounts look like they were designed for the job.
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    Floor panel is screwed down over 8 x 2 litre orange juice containers for extra flotation.
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    I've bought a couple of trolley wheels for the launching trolley but at this point I still need to buy a couple of good sized bolts for the axles.
    Getting close to getting it wet.
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