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by Hirilondë
Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:21 pm
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Dinghy identification part 2-anyone recognize this sail?
Replies: 9
Views: 7563

Re: Dinghy identification part 2-anyone recognize this sail?

In reality it isn't either. I guess it is more of a 2 piece mast. The top piece hangs onto the lower part via 2 hooks. A gunter is a wire that raises the gaff to near vertical. On the Dyer Dink it isn't raised at all but assembled.
by Hirilondë
Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Dinghy identification part 2-anyone recognize this sail?
Replies: 9
Views: 7563

Re: Dinghy identification part 2-anyone recognize this sail?

The Dyer Dhow you show the picture of is the Midget. Note the standing lug instead of a one piece mast. That is the one I have the spars and rudder from.
by Hirilondë
Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:03 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Head rim height
Replies: 10
Views: 2138

Re: Head rim height

Very good point about the anti syphon loop. Many heads also go under the waterline at certain angles of heel. BUT you get to trust that the little duckbill valve always stays clear, never gets crusty stuff in it and doesn't start a syphon. If I have the option to keep the bowl above the waterline I...
by Hirilondë
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Washdown Pump Advice needed
Replies: 6
Views: 2174

Re: Washdown Pump Advice needed

I use a bucket.
by Hirilondë
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:00 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Head rim height
Replies: 10
Views: 2138

Re: Head rim height

Very few boats have the rim high for lack of planning or thought for short people. I would go with Ric's suggestion for safety reasons as well as being easier. I try to remember to close my seacocks when I leave the boat, but I find I forget sometimes.
by Hirilondë
Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Couple of articles by me in Duckworks
Replies: 5
Views: 10519

Re: Couple of articles by me in Duckworks

CharlieJ wrote: My next project will be for a B and B Yachts Minipaw dinghy.
That will teach you to sell the old one. Or did you sell the old one as an excuse to build another? ;)
by Hirilondë
Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Shroud tension
Replies: 2
Views: 869

Re: Shroud tension

The only way to prevent leeward shrouds from relaxing would be to have all shrouds banjo tight. I can't think of a single good thing to say about doing that. I agree with the comments this guy made and mine do just that. It is even more important on wooden boats that no shroud be over tight, but exc...
by Hirilondë
Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Bootstripe repainting/relocation
Replies: 2
Views: 836

Re: Bootstripe repainting/relocation

I could not live with growth on the boot stripe either. It amazes me how many boats have this. It is like exposed foundation on a house. So many raise their gardens to cover it and start growth and rot in the bottom of the siding in their vain attempt to cover up the concrete. I think it is this ten...
by Hirilondë
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: finding the waterline on trailer
Replies: 12
Views: 5876

Re: finding the waterline on trailer

I still use my manual optical David White vintage 80s transit. By the way, why are people still looking to find the waterline of a trailer? ;-)
by Hirilondë
Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Uh Oh... Deformed Stemhead Holes
Replies: 3
Views: 909

Re: Uh Oh... Deformed Stemhead Holes

Elongated holes for attaching rigging or the tack of a sail are only issues if the remaining metal around the hole is insufficient to maintain structural integrity. It is not the same situation as an elongated fastener hole which is no longer a secure way to fasten. You don't know the surveyor misse...
by Hirilondë
Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Does bottom paint go bad?
Replies: 2
Views: 802

Re: Does bottom paint go bad?

Latex paints are seriously effected by freezing. Many are completely destroyed. I don't know of any solvent based paints that are. Horizons uses copper and a biocide that are not effected by time. If the paint is not dried out, then it is probably just fine. Tell the seller you want to open, stir an...
by Hirilondë
Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Sorry, It may be a Dumb One
Replies: 6
Views: 1378

Re: Sorry, It may be a Dumb One

A cunningham is like a short cut. It is usually easier and faster to use than the down haul. It is easier to use when the sail if full and drawing but it does basically the same thing. Some boats have a flattening reef as well. It takes the shelf or serious belly out of the foot of the sail while ha...
by Hirilondë
Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Restoring seized seacock
Replies: 5
Views: 2827

Re: Restoring seized seacock

You didn't use any grease after everything was cleaned?
by Hirilondë
Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Dinghy identification part 2-anyone recognize this sail?
Replies: 9
Views: 7563

Re: Dinghy identification part 2-anyone recognize this sail?

I don't believe Dyer has ever changed a hull design. There may very well have been changes in how they finish them though. They still make most of their boats today very similar if not identical to how they did them originally. The 8' boat you mention is quite possibly the Midget. I have a mast, lug...
by Hirilondë
Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: another rendering
Replies: 8
Views: 3081

Re: another rendering

It's made of some scraps of Eastern White Pine glued together to make the thickness I needed. I have been making kayak paddles with Alaskan Yellow Cedar lately and will use that next one I think.
by Hirilondë
Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:15 pm
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: another rendering
Replies: 8
Views: 3081

Re: another rendering

Tallystick wrote:Ah, ok I was confused.
I seem to have that effect lately. My voice inflection and body language don't come across very well in a forum.
by Hirilondë
Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: 1985 Laser 28
Replies: 15
Views: 6338

Re: 1985 Laser 28

Figment wrote:
Richincident wrote: Using the outboard will make it a more competitive racer,
How so?
You go a lot faster with sails and the outboard than sails alone. ;-)
by Hirilondë
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: another rendering
Replies: 8
Views: 3081

Re: another rendering

Thanks all for the nice words. What program did you use for modeling? Hmmm, program? I will take that as the nicest compliment of them all. I used pictures, sketches and the boat in my back yard as references. And a knife, a couple gouges, a Japanese hand saw, block plane and sand paper to remove al...
by Hirilondë
Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Sealing the Bitts with Cotton?
Replies: 18
Views: 2843

Re: Sealing the Bitts with Cotton?

I don't like butyl for anything under serious load. I am always afraid that because it never cures it may be squeezed out from load pressures and then leak when the load is relaxed. I have a bronze bit and used Sikaflex 291. It is a moderate adhesive, stays pliable but not overly soft and therefore ...
by Hirilondë
Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: 1985 Laser 28
Replies: 15
Views: 6338

Re: 1985 Laser 28

I am not sure if this bottom paint has a season left in it. Maybe not. This is actually an important consideration, as the boat is located near Boston and my plan is to sail it to Western LIS sometime in late April/early May. However, if I need to repaint the bottom first, I may have it trailered d...
by Hirilondë
Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Corian countertops on boats
Replies: 7
Views: 3868

Re: Corian countertops on boats

The problem with Corian, marble or tile, which is even more of an issue on a boat than in the home is that is has almost no forgiveness for movement. Leaving the 3/4" counter core will be a big help here, but won't make up for a lack of support from the cabinet. Corian is hard and durable, but ...
by Hirilondë
Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: another rendering
Replies: 8
Views: 3081

Re: another rendering

Ha ha, no, it is just that I was already working on my model when you made you post. Meant more as a play on words than the best choice of a word.
by Hirilondë
Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: another rendering
Replies: 8
Views: 3081

another rendering

It is rather ominous that Brodie chose this winter to do some boat renderings as I have been doing the same. I have chosen a different medium, wood. I have always been intrigued by half hull models. So this is what it has lead to make. Originally they were not an art form as such, but a tool or tech...
by Hirilondë
Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Pearson Ensign Restoration
Replies: 47
Views: 23964

Re: Pearson Ensign Restoration

I guess it all depends on what the point of the exercise is. But for the life of me I can't see one here at all. There are so many boats in better shape selling for little or being given away that I just don't see the need for the expense of money and time that one will take. If they are teaching bo...
by Hirilondë
Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Corian countertops on boats
Replies: 7
Views: 3868

Re: Corian countertops on boats

I have limited experience with the solid and have only seen the laminated. No idea really where it came from.
by Hirilondë
Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Pearson Ensign Restoration
Replies: 47
Views: 23964

Re: Pearson Ensign Restoration

It looks like they found a boat so far gone it isn't worth the effort to salvage.
by Hirilondë
Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Corian countertops on boats
Replies: 7
Views: 3868

Re: Corian countertops on boats

Corian cuts with a table saw and routes well if you don't mind a ton of wear on blades and bits. They make a corrugated aluminum/Corian sandwich that is a lot lighter, but needs to be edged. The biggest problem is finding an undermount sink of appropriate size for a boat.
by Hirilondë
Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Dinghy identification part 2-anyone recognize this sail?
Replies: 9
Views: 7563

Re: Dinghy identification part 2-anyone recognize this sail?

The two overlapping Ds is the sail emblem for a Dyer Dhow. A 9 or 12 1/2 foot plastic classic in it's own right. I learned to race at Scout Camp in the 9s.
by Hirilondë
Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Cleaning Bronze Jib Hanks
Replies: 12
Views: 4245

Re: Cleaning Bronze Jib Hanks

Green is beautiful!
by Hirilondë
Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:12 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Do I have this Right?
Replies: 13
Views: 5103

Re: Do I have this Right?

A day or so of drying out will not do much - a few months might. When rinsing you are not saturating the hulll. It is just to help absorb any salt in the hull, near the surface and help to remove it. A day or 2 is more than is needed for this rinsing to dry. Any contaminant will compromise the bond...
by Hirilondë
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Do I have this Right?
Replies: 13
Views: 5103

Re: Do I have this Right?

I can't imagine that barrier coat will hurt. The real question is whether it helps. Some say that barrier coat is simply a means of making money by the manufacturers. I find this easy to believe, but can offer no proof this is the case. That is serves no real purpose as you can't keep moisture out w...
by Hirilondë
Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: Boat renderings
Replies: 8
Views: 3088

Re: Boat renderings

Very nice. A set of those in the family room or stairway (where ever) will look great. Maybe even a set in miniature for on board.
by Hirilondë
Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:45 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: TIM?
Replies: 2
Views: 932

Re: TIM?

mitiempo wrote: He still posts occasionally here.
Well, maybe, sort of. His last visit was Sept 11, dunno if he posted. If you click on any forum member's name you can get their activity data.
by Hirilondë
Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Do I have this Right?
Replies: 13
Views: 5103

Re: Do I have this Right?

I have read numerous posts over the years and talked with numerous professionals at work regarding blistering, osmosis, moisture and related bottom concerns. The one thing I have found is that almost no one agrees on anything. Do people think that the barrier coats prevent moisture from getting into...
by Hirilondë
Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: laminated mahogany springback
Replies: 5
Views: 1423

Re: laminated mahogany springback

First you mention toe rail, then bulwark. The difference might seem moot, but it isn't. From looking at your blog it is apparent that you are making a new caprail for your bulwark. After looking at the orientation of the boards, the dimensions, etc., I am not surprised they sprung back. For laminate...
by Hirilondë
Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Lead Paint
Replies: 5
Views: 1403

Re: Lead Paint

All oil based paints used to have lead in them to some extent. It is still today a great preservative for wood, especially below the water line. Red lead and white lead paints will always be desirable as a primer for wooden boats. It is very flexible, so it withstands expansion and contraction do to...
by Hirilondë
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Lead Paint
Replies: 5
Views: 1403

Re: Lead Paint

It is certainly possible. Is your boat painted in a simple oil based paint? Regardless of what you think is on your boat a good vacuum system for your sander is recommended. And for your sake, a good respirator.
by Hirilondë
Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:36 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Blooper?
Replies: 8
Views: 2140

Re: Blooper?

So what would a Blooper do all by itself sailing close to dead downwind, with Main, Mizzen and Genoa flying, Blooper added? Make the task much harder for very little if any speed. Dead down wind the wind is pushing the sails, you are not using them as foils. As boat speed increases your apparent wi...
by Hirilondë
Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Blooper?
Replies: 8
Views: 2140

Re: Blooper?

Bloopers were a fad of the late 70s and early 80s. They flew wing and wing with the spinnaker for dead down wind. Then it dawned on racers and designers that a good spinnaker used on broad reaches tacking down wind was faster. They look cool though, especially if color coordinated with the spinnaker.
by Hirilondë
Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Vang for roller-reefing boom?
Replies: 14
Views: 5898

Re: Vang for roller-reefing boom?

Could you point to any good resource that describes or depicts a preventer setup in more detail? A preventer is any line of pulley system that is temporarily attached to a secure fitting outboard on the deck or toerail to keep the boom out. They are mostly used down wind to keep the boom from gybin...
by Hirilondë
Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:44 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Cradle to Trailer?
Replies: 7
Views: 3124

Re: Cradle to Trailer?

Would a set of six stands with screw jacks, chained together in pairs, do the trick? What experiences are out there in the Forum? As I'm used to doing crazy things I'm open to all ideas :-) I lifted my boat off the blocking to paint that way. It will be a relatively long and tedious process of movi...
by Hirilondë
Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Pearson Triton-Bluewater on a budget
Replies: 45
Views: 17270

Re: Pearson Triton-Bluewater on a budget

Yeah Jay, that is definitely a long term plus. Re-coring rates up there with sanding and grinding on the fun factor scale.
by Hirilondë
Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:25 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Pearson Triton-Bluewater on a budget
Replies: 45
Views: 17270

Re: Pearson Triton-Bluewater on a budget

I switched to external chainplates on my Triton to avoid ever having them leak (although it's certainly possible to have non-leaking internal chainplates). I also wanted a little more room on the side deck for movement. It is also possible to have leaky external chainplates. It does give you the mo...
by Hirilondë
Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Makrolon?
Replies: 6
Views: 1404

Re: Makrolon?

In theory acrylics have come a long way structurally. Some hatch manufacturers and repair companies claim it is the choice of material now. I am still skeptical.
by Hirilondë
Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Makrolon?
Replies: 6
Views: 1404

Re: Makrolon?

I have used it on hatches. It stands up well and the tint works well for horizontal glazing like hatches that get a lot of direct sunlight. I have yet to find a brand of polycarbonate that was inferior. The only thing that effects my decision on brand is customer wants for tint color.
by Hirilondë
Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:41 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Watertight Through Bulkhead Engine Exhaust Line - Possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 831

Re: Watertight Through Bulkhead Engine Exhaust Line - Possib

Exhaust systems get hot, cool off, vibrate and eventually need portions replaced. Reinforced rubber hose is used because it deals with all of these well. I would concentrate on making a hole that could deal with the heat of a hose in close proximity and caulk it with something that could withstand t...
by Hirilondë
Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Brand Name of Foam
Replies: 25
Views: 13456

Re: Brand Name of Foam

Hmmm. I have my doubts about the use of foam between the hull and the edge of a bulkhead actually working to 'reduce hard spots'. I have always questioned whether the foam accomplishes anything in reducing hard spots. But that is the theory behind it. I think a well done filet will fill most of the...
by Hirilondë
Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Brand Name of Foam
Replies: 25
Views: 13456

Re: Brand Name of Foam

The trapezoid shape makes for a nice detail, but I doubt it does anything to improve the bond. Bond is adhesion to stuff. Your prep work on the hull and plywood, and your choice of resin are what effect that. If anything, your cloth will like a rounded inside corner most of all for bending around. S...
by Hirilondë
Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:15 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Brand Name of Foam
Replies: 25
Views: 13456

Re: Brand Name of Foam

I don't think it makes the slightest difference what kind of foam you use, never mind brand. All it does is keep the plywood away from the hull while you do the tabbing. It serves no purpose in the end, it is just buried stuff. Sticky faced foam weather stripping works well.
by Hirilondë
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Teak end grain on sea hood
Replies: 4
Views: 769

Re: Teak end grain on sea hood

No, I don't see any need to cover end grain of any wood. If rot is your concern then any means of sealing the end grain will help. Just keep it well varnished, or oiled or what ever. When ever you glue a piece of wood across the grain of another you risk the glue joint breaking. Wood expands and con...