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  1. 2 points
    Even half a world away PAR will be missed by many. He was a frequent, knowledgeable and generous contributor to the wooden boat section of the Aussie based Woodwork Forums. His willingness to freely share his experience helped many of us make decisions and find a way through difficulties with boat building and repairs. He explained things in a way that was easy to understand and also engaged in the humorous banter that goes on. Of course we never met him in person but in the Forum environment he was good company for many reasons. RIP
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    Hi, Planning to come with our CS15 #153, and shared info with a really nice, new to them, CS17 owners/neighbors on the Pamlico so hope they'll join us too. Rick n MickZ Leaving the boat home but coming Sat to watch and learn and see new stuff. R
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    You had me with it about the sailing over motoring, but to stoop to saying there is even such a thing as too many boats?
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    I love it when someone goes over the top making a custom do-dad that only those who make them will ever have.
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    Should be working; instead making progress on the boat. Whole lotta System3 WR-LPU goin' on...non-skid on the deck and lots of linked polyurethane! Not much left but the rigging and the lifetime of noticing everything I screwed up.
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    I always appreciate feedback. You guys often catch me on things. I'm having to do some research on exactly what is required to ventilate this type of fuel tank locker. Water will flow from the cockpit, through "ports" in the bottom of the vertical bulkhead, through the tank locker, and out the scuppers through the transom. Maybe that along with the fuel and battery cable holes in the top, and a gap at the bottom of the door will give enough natural ventilation. Waddaya think??? Just got home from a trip to pick up a turtle 3 hours away, company coming tomorrow and Friday. Something on Saturday. Church and dinner out Sunday. Maybe back to the boat Monday. Oh, mow the lawn! I'm NEVER gonna get this dang thing finished.......
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    Bahahaa thanks cracked ribs... when I showed my wige the pictures of you building in the house she forgave me for storing my plywood in the kitchen for 3 months while I waited for the snow to melt.
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    So, "life" continues to get in the way of the good stuff. Had to spend the day with a handyman who was repairing our roof, our rental house roof, and misc. other aggravating problems on the rental. But, I got a bit done. Cockpit seat tops are roughed out, motor well framing begun, and general well design figured out. Gotta build a "battery shelf" in the port side seat, and assemble the cockpit hatch kits that Alan made me before gluing down the seat tops. Gettin' closer, y'all! Can't wait to start enclosing the cabin. Boy, was it HOT today! Sure woulda loved a BIG glass of Real Southern Sweet Tea, but I was good and drank ice water instead. For what they're worth, here are a couple of pictures.
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    I am in!...... assuming all repairs from my recent capsize are done:) Will
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    I would, and did use Tung oil. You are never going to refinish your frame unless you re-skin it also. The thought of sanding a frame, and not abrading the lashings is a major deterrent to any other finish IMO. Pettit Z-Spar and McCloskey are the brands I use on the brightwork of my Lapwing, and I have a bit to do.
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    Thank you for this opportunity. Although our 2019 Everglades Challenge boat is in the boat barn being built, co-captains Bones and Bumpkin are traveling from West Tennessee to attend this unique event. We understand the message of skilled safety Chief and B&B are underlining by promoting this Capsize Class. We look forward to learning new or confirming existing skill sets. Yes, we both have pushed boats around here and there and our experiences have taught us two things: The more we learn the less we know, and that perfect practice makes perfect. We believe this is important training for all boaters and especially for those involved in adventure challenges and look forward to learning more about those issues Alan has detailed
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    I had the privilege of meeting Graham today at the WOoden Boat Show in Mystic, CT. Here is a photo of Graham with Carlita, and also the top down furling fitting as described on this forum. I now want to upgrade my Mk 1 to a MKIII.
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    I finished sanding the interior areas of the cabin and cockpit, re-coated the spaces under the cockpit seats with the last coat of poxy, and planned how I'm gonna run wiring from the starting motor to the battery (...or is it from the battery to the starter?), battery to the switch panel, and switch panel back to the stern navigation/anchor light. I decided to mount the battery under the port side seat for better balance and because I don't like for the battery to be right next to the fuel tank. (Say, "KA-BOOM!!!) No pictures. Nothin' new to actually see. Maybe next time. Oh yeah, we did take the grandson and his buddy out in the great aluminum beast. We went to Lake Keowee. I surreptitiously (I know, look it up.) checked out some interesting coves to spend the night in when Lost Cove is finally finished. It's a good lake for the shakedown cruise. I'll be below half throttle most of the time to keep the motor at correct rpm's during the break-in period. We'll, 'til next time y'all, BYE!
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    If it really is spar varnish then it is an oil based product and should work well. It will also have very good UV protection. Spar is often added to the label out of tradition, from when the spars on a wooden boat might be the only wood varnished. It is meaningless today. Read the label, if urethane, or polyurethane are in the description it is not varnish. If indoor is in the description, it is not varnish. Varnish is an over used word when in fact it is a very specific product. I would thin the first coat as Jeff suggests for paints and not thin after.
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    Keep in mind that footrest take a lot of force from your feet. Obviously lashing is strong but screws don't flex like sinew will.
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    She's lookin'n good! The boat I mean---not the bunnies. Wife too! I've found that when my wife's not upset with the time I spend with the boat, we're all happier. In my house, it's kitties, not bunnies. But same idea.
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    These unexpected shocks do take a bit out of us. Paul and I were often on the same wavelength in forum discussions and had personal confabs on topics of mutual interest as well. The boats we designed had enough similar goals but were also enough different to afford a wide array of discussion topics. The forum will be a more bland place without his daily contributions that were always on point and helpful. While his sword could be a bit sharp at times, those who could take the jabs most always benefited from the encounter. We glide along, not thinking that any major disruption is about to happen, when the loss of another forum friend stirs our mental pot. Its a singular occurrence that we could develop such a close relationship with an unseen friend in almost any far away place on our planet. We almost never had such experiences before the internet put others thoughts and ideas so easily into our individual lives. RIP, PAR, we will miss your presence. I will miss your presence.
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    I'm really sad to hear that. Paul was always happy to offer his experience to help those of us who haven't slopped as much goo as he has. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I never met Paul, but like Robert the Tiger I am reminded of the community we have here. I've long considered these forums to be the friendliest place on the internet thanks to Frank and his one rule (be nice) and to the people who enjoy helping each other and just talking about boats and other related matters (dogs, brides, grandkids, motorcycles, blah blah blah). I've also thought that we all have a funny kind of community, though, because there are a lot of unknown lives going on behind all these discussions. I've recognized forum contributors in passing just by their boats. I passed Scott and his beautiful yellow Belhaven on Highway 40 once in North Carolina and I recognized him instantly just because he posted the first pictures of his yellow paint job immediately after I bought my yellow paint for Southbound (Aargh!) But even though his boat allowed me to recognize him at a combined closing speed of 130mph (113 knots or 208kph), I could easily have walked past him in a store or something without ever knowing who he was. Actually, I had that happen too. I was at lumber reseller once looking for a nice piece of hardwood to make something or other (maybe the banjo?) and there was a couple who seemed to be buying every piece of mahogany in the place. It struck me as funny at the time but a few days later when I checked up on a build I was following (a powerboat way up on Highway 321) they mentioned having bought pretty near all the mahogany in the Piedmont for their project. So although I had been following their build avidly I had no clue who they were when I walked right past them. Like Robert, I've lost someone in the last couple of weeks and in that context it's strange (to me anyway) how hard it is to hear that Paul, who I never met, is gone. If you look at the sheer word count of my post I think there will be an indicator of what we've lost. Paul would have written this many words about one specific aspect of one part of boat building and at the end of it we'd all know the implications of (x) to the final whatever-it-was. Meanwhile I've used the same number of words to ramble aimlessly and haven't helped anyone advance their project by the slightest skerrick of a suggestion of progress. Raising a glass to you, Paul. Ken
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    Don, Afterwards I thought about a gun and dismissed the idea quickly, for the same reason. I wish there was " Snake B Gone" . Regards
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    My experience is just like yours. I always have water in the boat and have gotten to the point I don't even notice it anymore. I just expect it. You do drag some water in getting in and out. Paddles drip in. and seams are rarely totally waterproof. If you ever turn your boat upside down with water in it I will bet you will see some water dripping our around the seams. We poke dozens of holes sewing them and as hard as i try mine to seal these, they always leak a little. I suspect water seeps through the skin some even though I don't know this for a fact. It is possible you have a few pin holes in your hull but if you only have a cup or water I wouldn't worry about it. I have found those tend to seal themselves. I assume detris in the water gets pulled in and seals them. Best way to check is put the boat upside down on saw horses. put a light inside the hull and darken the room. Any pin holes will be very obvious as tiny bright points of light.
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    I recently finished my Stonefly canoe and waiting for the ice to melt to see how well she handles.
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    I braved the January heat yesterday (I said that just for the enjoyment of those of you who have just pried a snow shovel out of your poor, frozen hands) and took two friends out for a sail. There wasn't much traffic on the river but we managed to get into a race with a larger boat that is almost 20 years newer than mine*. I think we beat them but I'm not sure if they noticed we were racing. My crew snapped these pictures as we overtook them. * Witchcraft (my boat) was launched around 1980. The Duyfken replica was launched in 1999.
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    When applying goo and fabric overhead, a builder with a significant bald spot has the advantage of using it as a squeegee, to hold and smooth the cloth, without the usual bad hair day. Apply a PVA first for easier clean up afterward.
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    I love my 'Salty' Marissa. She has a 60 HP Yahama. She moves and handles very well. I am thinking about selling her in late July after my son leaves for HI. I have too many boats. I just do not use her much because I love sailing more than motoring. dale

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