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Everything posted by Hirilonde

  1. Just in case anyone needs another opinion on silicone; it is pure EVIL!
  2. I made my own simple clamps for the plank laps and attaching the sheer plank trim. They are simple rectangular U shapes cut from scraps of 3/4 ply. The inside opening of the U was about an inch wide by 6 inches long. You fit it over the lap or trim and lap, then force angle shims to tighten the piece together.
  3. I applied an ablative bottom paint over scuffed up solvent based LPU and left my Spindrift in the water at a dighy dock for 2 seasons. Nothing but growth which came off with a sponge.
  4. Yup, I didn't even glass the bottom. Easily carrying a dinghy is a big deal to me, and sailing or rowing fast is too.
  5. I used a jig saw and on parts with long curves and/or straigh lines I used a circular saw. If you are finishing bright, then fit is really critical and I would cut a tad large and use a block plane to tweak the fit. When using a jig saw use good blades and sharp, even new. I would rather waste a blade then get tear out.
  6. It always seems that those who are doing scarfing for the first time, or only do it once in a while say it is a pain and/or tedious. But once you have a jig, it is down right easy and fast. The rub rails on my Lapwing are 5 pieces each side. This meant I got to use up some small pieces of Teak.
  7. My 9N's gunwale is completely covered in gunwale guard. I used SS oval head screws with finish washers every 4". 18 years and counting.
  8. Redwood is really soft and gunwales get banged. I would not use it.
  9. The plans call for the drain tube for the main mast step to go through the hull. I have mine coming aft through the forward bulkhead and thus draining into the bilge. Either way, it is important to not have standing water in a hiden place.
  10. As I recall, from almost 20 years ago, the nesting bulkhead to side corners receive 3 layers of tape, unlike all other corner taping. I just made sure to get 3 layers over the bushings at the same time. I had an issue with the outwale trying to release from sides at the nesting bulkhead in one spot. After regluing it, I added a small patch of glass over the end ot the outwale onto the nesting bulkhead. So far so good.
  11. I would think that foam would trap water between itself and your frames, not quantities, but wet, and stay that way for a while if not longer.
  12. Yeah, this. I would make sure you have sanded the inside of the frames where the bags go at least, if not all of them.
  13. Boatlife Lifecaulk is one of my favorite marine bedding compounds. But it does not work with plastics, nor do any other polysulfides.
  14. Property damage is for the damage you do to other property.
  15. Oh, you mean hiking straps. Yes, they were imperative in my boat. You have never seen them in small boats? They allow me not only to sit on the side deck comfortably, but I can hike out thus avoid reefing for another 5 or so knots of wind.
  16. @Murray I am trying to remember what I meant by foot steps, and I can't. Are you referring to something to make stepping the main mast easier? I'm getting old.
  17. Untli/unless you learn to roll, and use a skirt, that is a good thing.
  18. @Scott Pettigrew I used Baltic Birch for my kayaks and BS 1088 Okoume and Sapele for my B&B boats. I just bought a 4x8x1/2 sheet of Baltic Birch. The price has skyrocketed here in central Florida. I paid $150, and now there are repairs on the finished surface. I checked my old suppliers in RI and the 5x5 is now $137. It does not seem to have repairs in the picture. Well, the BB used to be cheaper.
  19. The kid is doomed to a life of boating and knowing he can build his own some day.
  20. I didn't say it gets fouled, I said it gets fouled air, and it does.
  21. I bet it is to keep the step from moving while the opoxy cures, there is no way to clamp it.
  22. I made my nesting hardware, but that was before Alan came out with his CNC made HMWP hardware. B&B is the only source I know of. I take it the previous owner used bolts to join the halves? Have fun finishing things up.
  23. I have tried several length oars in my Spindrift 9N. For effecient rowing I found 6'-2" to be the best. But for storing under sail they are too long to store comfortably. If I sailed it much I would go for take apart oars. Shorter just isn't acceptable to me.
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