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  1. I have fixed a few of these, use a wood rasp, fair in by eye. Try to minimize the amount of epoxy mixed with a fairing filler that you are going to have to use before painting. The rasp is better than sandpaper when working straight on epoxy. Before you paint 80 grid of course
  2. Pete the one from chick is what I used on my cs17 with some scrap plywood.. I try to rope ladder and a very athletic friend of mine had trouble getting back on. For driving a tour boat, I use what the tow boat guys use a strap that you put over your shoulder and you have to go into the water and they put their foot in it you stand up, and it propels them into the boat.
  3. Let me start with Interlux 2 part primer is AMAZING, tough as nails, and goes on well though stinky. Brightsides is ok, but you have to have a perfect dew point for application for best results, when I lived in Georgia we had a small window every afternoon. This was applied over epoxy that had been sanded with 80 grit and was just fine. Most of my recent experience on restoring boats and some new builds has been using Petite EzPoxy. It's pennies on the dollar compared to high end two parts, applies well over west system, system 3, B&B epoxy, and even bare or bare wood with oils (old motorboat). Buildup is high and sanding is VERY easy. The Petite reps say Interlux or Petite two part primer is fine if your worried about a tough coat on outside of boat, followed by one part Ezpoxy color of your choice.. West marine one part paints are made by Petite as well, but are more limited on colors. My favorite thing with the Ezpoxy is ease of sanding, and ease of touch up due to wear and tear. Also, the one part primer/paint stays good for a long time, and if needed to make it flow better it it's gotten old add a little bit of Xylene. For boat bottoms that aren't staying in the water I'm a fan of Graphite epoxy mix, wet sanded for final coat. I didn't use to think that could make a difference, but doing blades and bottom with that added noticeable speed. I have in past talked to Interlux reps about the Teflon bottom paint, but its made to inhibit sea life a little bit, and while slippery they agreed that graphite epoxy mix is better, and more bang for your buck. Quick notes to think about: 1) Spend time with high power light, and some epoxy with easily sandible filler before you paint. A little filling and fairing will save you money on redoing paint coats later. Use a light colored marker to circle where you need to fill and touch up. 2) Brushes: Jen manufacturing, poly brush, foam brush, dense foam, plastic stifner (Wal-Mart and homedepot cheap foam brush packs do not have the stiffeners). 3) Roller: Wooster 1/8 foam roller is perfect for most paints, and tipping afterwords. 4) Tape: 3m crape tape, or smooth. This is perfect for doing small turns, a little more pricey but worth it. 5) Sanding: 3m roll sand paper, foam hand sander.. Even through duck works not cheapest, but hand sanding is not hard for final stuff, and will make it perfect. I will NEVER use a power sander for finishing on a personal boat again, except for initial sand on epoxy maybe. 6) Paint colors: Marshall cove paint Bainbridge, next to Petite this is amazing paint, and you can send in a color sample and they can mix! Fire engine red, beautiful teal, you name it they can do it. A little but more pricey then Petite but worth it for final coats for custom color. 7) Skinning: Keeping varnish/paint from skinning in can use Bloxegen. Usually for one part I just add and mix well a little Xylene.
  4. http://hookedonwoodenboats.com/ has a great podcast from 2017 Port Townsend show with an interview with Graham. It's about 4 minutes into it, I'm sure there will be another podcast with the full interview.
  5. Never used Everglades Challenge 22 (EC22) plans for sale. Normally $220, make an offer. Located in Silverdale Wa, I have the box to ship.
  6. Do you have any photos of new cabin?
  7. I'll mention it to my Mother. That said, she is 6', same height as me. Not sure how lower seat will effect ease of paddling.
  8. From Joel: The Moccasin build was started in January 2017 (previous post), and finally launched today! Even with winds whipping up in Barr Reservoir (Colorado), the boat tracked well. Included in my post are the build and launch photos. Thanks to all who gave advice! My father loves everything about the canoe, and my mother who grew up in longer heavier river canoes running the North Platte River thinks the boat is a little "tipsy". Ed: To be clear, I helped initially start the boat and stitch it together when I was home in Colorado visiting. My father carried on with help from my mother and finished it. http://www.foggysailing.com/2017/06/moccasin-2-canoe-finished-and-launched.html
  9. No the nose never got rounded. Just planed to a pleasant angle once stitch and glue was done.
  10. Finished repairing the canoe, used glass on both sides, with thickened wood flour. The split had a one inch overlap, we laminated glass tape on both sides. Used a combination of wiring and pull ties.. With a board across the top, it takes some of the twist off the strapping. Next is gluing the butt joiners, my father cut a little 1/18" piece for the sides to fill in a very slight gap on each.
  11. While visiting my father in Colorado, we finally started on his Moccasin 2 build with plans we've had for a couple of years. Quick synopsis of the build so far: Bought 4mm Okoume, with a tight grain 16'x6"x3/4" board of fir. We decided with the cost of the nicer lumber in the area, the entire boat would be mostly fir. Easy to loft, and cutout using a circular saw, and Japanese saw for a couple of places where the saw blade was to big. Cut two of the bow sections out together, and then made sure all four matched exactly before going any further. Had to flip the boat twice, because we should have started on the outside for initial seams. For flipping ran cross sections with small clamps securing and then a long board, with a screw into each cross section board. Cracked a forward hull panel, while wiring up bow stem. That right now is epoxied, and sandwiched between a layer of glass tape on each side. Questions?
  12. What is your eat threw rate on varnish? I'm worried about the high UV in Colorado. My mother used to leave out ball canning jars in son at our cabin and at end of summer sell them as antiques to tourists, because they had turned a shade of blue in son.
  13. What do you guys do for okoume to give it a natural look? I'm building a boat for father in law in Colorado and want to impress.. he wants entire boat to look natural. Is B&B epoxy enough, or do I need to upgrade to Silvertip? What clear coat is recommended for UV protection.
  14. @Chick Ludwig, make sure they use the pink styrofoam from Home Depot. I saw a guy use 1" with 6 ounch glass on each side for deck boards in his cockpit. Not sure how it worked out longterm. On the positive note, it was the only flotation in that classic wooden sailboat.
  15. After using my rowing pins as cleats, and holding the sheet for 5 hours (R2AK 2015) I swore I would find a better way. I had purchased a Racelite Block/Cleat combination http://www.duckworksbbs.com/hardware/blocks/d100/index.htm of which I could never find a good use.. Initially I used a softshackle, and attached the block to the loop on the mizzen downhaul hook. This worked great until I lost the softshackle. Now I use a Wal-mart 100lb rated aluminum carabiner, and it is faster and works better then I could have ever imagined. Derigging and rolling everything into my canvas grocery store bag I put the staysail in is a snap. For tacking I drop the sail, untie the sheet from sail, re-position around the mast, retie. Aft of main mast 1 foot, I have an eye hook on each side. With a quick release pin, it's easy to move the line back and forth. For re-hoisting, I have a figure eight in the halyard 12" above the sail head (thanks Graham for that advice). All I can say is that easily removable cleat system with a block is the best advice I can give.
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