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by CapnK
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Cost of teak coamings
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Cost of teak coamings

I've a friend who builds surfboards, and he was telling me this past week that he has quite a stock of 1/8 or 1/4 high density foam sheet material that he has no use for.

Not sure if PU or PE, but I am going to take some off his hands for experimentation regardless. :)
by CapnK
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Fabricating new Jordan Series Drogue Chainplates
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: Fabricating new Jordan Series Drogue Chainplates

Hopefully I don’t ever need to find out.

Amen!


All are looking plenty stout and mighty beautiful! Good job.
by CapnK
Fri Nov 12, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 140
Views: 5099

Re: Introducing Katie-J

Wow, nice! Amazing, really, for 60 years of age!
by CapnK
Tue Nov 09, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 466

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

Looking great!!!
by CapnK
Tue Nov 09, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 140
Views: 5099

Re: Introducing Katie-J

I think James is most likely correct. When I designed the foiled Com-Pac rudder, they had been an all-trailing surface. I added 15% area forward of the pivot and it made all the difference in the world in how the boat handled in every way.
by CapnK
Tue Nov 09, 2021 12:49 pm
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Hebridean WindVane
Replies: 8
Views: 218

Re: Hebridean WindVane

I've not seen that one in person. Several years back there was an outfit in Europe which had a DIY kit form vane - Mr Vane maybe...? I'd have to research to be sure. Anyway, wondering if this is that, or an offshoot? Thx for the heads up. :)
by CapnK
Tue Nov 09, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: My '66 A30
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: My '66 A30

She's going to be even more of a beauty with the new teak!
by CapnK
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Forum News
Topic: New News Ticker
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: New News Ticker

Excellent, thanks for the heads up! :)
by CapnK
Sat Oct 02, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Painting Formica
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Painting Formica

Many years ago on a whim one day I painted some semi-gloss latex acrylic onto a bit of old formica, and it turned out to be very durable, much moreso than I'd expected. You had to work at it to scratch it off, and it didn't sheet like I figured it would. I was not expecting that, and so now don't kn...
by CapnK
Sat Oct 02, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Cost of teak coamings
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Cost of teak coamings

After seeing it in use on docks and decking, I'd thought of using Ipe because it is so tough and durable. Drawback is that it is a rare and expensive wood, and not very sustainable from what I've read. One alternative that has similar characteristics is Cumaru (aka Brazilian Teak, Dipteryx Odorata, ...
by CapnK
Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:22 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: A small bit o' Plastic: Thunderbird 8 dinghy
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: A small bit o' Plastic: Thunderbird 8 dinghy

Dinghy thinkin' continues...

Found this video of a dink built with a cored hull and some some carbon sheathing. At 10' LOA, her hull weight is only 34 lbs. Wow. :)
Design is by B&B, a Spindrift.

Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGReTGNfSmE
by CapnK
Thu Sep 23, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Forum News
Topic: New News Ticker
Replies: 2
Views: 250

New News Ticker

Howdy 'yawl' -

I've added a News / Announcements ticker up there at the top, in case you didn't notice. ;) I figure it could be a handy tool, of sorts. If there's something you'd like to announce there, or would like to see, let me know.

Happy sanding!
by CapnK
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Heavy duty Stern anchor bag
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: Heavy duty Stern anchor bag

I like the Phifertex material a lot and think long-term that would be the way to go. I've used just a regular duffle bag with a zipper enclosure and that's done the job fairly well while being easy to move around. Also, in a pinch, a plastic bucket.
by CapnK
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 466

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

Love that you posted this, about to start on the tanks in my Ariel.
by CapnK
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Divinycell
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: Divinycell

FWIW, when making surfboards (even for the North Shore), lamination schedule on the decks was typically done with 4 or 6 oz, adding a second layer on the 3/4 length foot patch. Double 4 oz was a competition board, doubled 6 oz was considered heavy duty, everyday boards were 6/4. This over expanded P...
by CapnK
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: ~$10, 10-minute (if that) cyclone separator
Replies: 0
Views: 75

~$10, 10-minute (if that) cyclone separator

Gonna make some dust? Tired of emptying out that shopvac, and cleaning/buying filters for it? Check this out - simply brilliant!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEdoTVsdXWU
by CapnK
Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 140
Views: 5099

Re: Introducing Katie-J

Seems to me that the 6 + 2 jacks would support hull just fine for/while keel lowering. I've seen much heavier vessels held up by that number of them with no ill effect. You are chaining jacks together under boat so they can't move out, right?
by CapnK
Fri Aug 20, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 140
Views: 5099

Re: Introducing Katie-J

If I m understanding correctly, it sounds like to me that the 8 stands + pallet jack would be more 'controllable'.
by CapnK
Thu Jul 08, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2969

Re: false keel

Hi Ken - Is the stern tube itself cracked, or just the glass around it? You are planning to repowering with an inboard? The seeming likely bilge add-ons and those cracks, makes me wonder if she wasn't banged hard on some rock at some point, hard enough to require repair. I think I'd go ahead and gri...
by CapnK
Tue Jul 06, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Redesigning cockpit sole for Alberg 30
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: Redesigning cockpit sole for Alberg 30

Stephen - My quick reply, I should be able to post more detail in the next couple of days as with the rain coming I will only be able to work at the keyboard. Short answer: Should work fine. On cutting out my soggy floppy cockpit sole (for the same reasons as you, basically) , I found that there is ...
by CapnK
Mon Jun 28, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2969

Re: false keel

Hi Ron - I've 'seen' SeaCast and similar used with great success on power boat transoms, and so cannot think of any reason not to use it to fill in the keel area void, but... That said, I agree with James - the original build method has been in use on hundreds of boats until now and working well for...
by CapnK
Mon Jun 28, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Forum News
Topic: June '21 News
Replies: 0
Views: 402

June '21 News

Just a quick update - it looks like the work is all done, *except* for one thing - I have not forgotten you, Lloyd! :) I still have to move the last posts made on the old forum server about your Bristol 27 over to this new setup. I'll get that done in the next couple of days, and let you know when f...
by CapnK
Sat Jun 26, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: A small bit o' Plastic: Thunderbird 8 dinghy
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: A small bit o' Plastic: Thunderbird 8 dinghy

That's about what I've been thinking, James. Many years ago I worked in the surfboard industry, even had my own brand, and via that was fortunate enough to get to spend two winter seasons working at the premier glass shop on the North Shore. The really cool thing was that the guys I worked with and ...
by CapnK
Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: A small bit o' Plastic: Thunderbird 8 dinghy
Replies: 4
Views: 350

A small bit o' Plastic: Thunderbird 8 dinghy

A Craigslist deal, I've found very few references online to either these boats or their manufacturer, 'Snug Harbor Boat Works'. I picked it up yesterday and haven't splashed it yet, have to make a sail and rigging for it, but will try it out under power later this week. Mine was manufactured in 1977...
by CapnK
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2969

Re: false keel

Love the 'sandblaster' improv, that was a good idea. :D

And you have to love the things you see having been done (sometimes) in these old Plastic Classics - they are both history and a mystery, wrapped up into one giant FRP package. ;)
by CapnK
Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Chartplotter vs ipad
Replies: 3
Views: 366

Re: Chartplotter vs ipad

I wrote you a really nice reply yesterday, and thought I had posted it - but hadn't, so it went off into the ether. :) I've used Navionics and other apps on tablets and phones and they work well, and I use a protective sleeve when the weather warrants. They can be had a lot cheaper than a chartplott...
by CapnK
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2969

Re: false keel

Both ways would do it, but from the top is probably easier in the long run. One thing to be cautious of is that when filling in a large space like that, or any time when you have a large amount of resin in one lump, the amount of heat generated during the reaction between resin and catalyst can be q...
by CapnK
Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2969

Re: false keel

Hi Ken - I've seen owners of Tritons, Ariels, and A-30's all talk about the same thing. Personally I would like to get rid of foam down there, because it's been my experience that even closed cell foams will absorb water, given immersion and enough time. I'd fill the area with a stiff paste of resin...
by CapnK
Thu Jun 03, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 140
Views: 5099

Re: Introducing Katie-J

NOTE: Due to a difference in the database backup I had, and the conversation that ensued in this thread after that date, there are some missing posts. I will be putting them back up here after this sentence, and though copied and pasted, no discussion is lost that way. ---Thread continues--- pmnfern...
by CapnK
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Boat Shops and Facilities
Topic: Finally - a boat shed
Replies: 4
Views: 4646

Re: Finally - a boat shed

Jealous of the ability to work on a stable, shaded boat that you can walk all around and get to every bit and piece of, even poke holes in it without springing leaks... :)
by CapnK
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Boat Shops and Facilities
Topic: Eddies'
Replies: 1
Views: 1573

Re: Eddies'

I like the 'nose art' on the crane. :D
by CapnK
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Boat Shops and Facilities
Topic: Minney's
Replies: 1
Views: 1305

Re: Minney's

I saw that the other day, and online there was a notice that their site was down and the building closed for the next year as they undergo extensive renovation. It also said you can still get sails from them, but they will not ship. So if you are not local, you have to know someone who is that you c...
by CapnK
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: Pearson Triton Hull #663 - My new boat pics
Replies: 20
Views: 5880

Re: Pearson Triton Hull #663 - My new boat pics

Dan - She's a beauty, congratulations! :)
by CapnK
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: How/where is Plastic Classic hosted?
Replies: 3
Views: 2216

Re: How/where is Plastic Classic hosted?

Mira - Apologies for the late reply, I hadn't checked in lately. Hope I'm not too late! There are a number of companies out there which offer hosting, the best (lately ;) ) budget host IMO is Namecheap. They seem to be running their own ship, whereas most of the others in that category (HostGator, B...
by CapnK
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: It took skilled craftsmen hundreds of hours...
Replies: 0
Views: 2572

It took skilled craftsmen hundreds of hours...

So Facebook puts this ad in front of me for a "finely made, handcrafted model" of Ernest Hemingway's fishing boat 'Pilar'. The ad copy says that making this model "required skillful craftsmen hundreds of hours to accomplish"... Wow! All that work, and it's retailing for only $389...
by CapnK
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Old Aluminum bits and pieces.
Replies: 15
Views: 1986

Re: Old Aluminum bits and pieces.

Sean if you are still having issues with posting pictures, let me know and I'll see what I can do to help out!
by CapnK
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Old Aluminum bits and pieces.
Replies: 15
Views: 1986

Re: Old Aluminum bits and pieces.

Hi Paul -

I found the Caswell anodizing video - good stuff!

What is the name of the product you are putting on afterwards?

Thanks!
by CapnK
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Technical Data and Boat Nerdery
Topic: Sailboat Design Ratios
Replies: 1
Views: 2218

Re: Sailboat Design Ratios

I saw this the other day for the first time and *love* it. I'm always going to sailboatdata.com and/or using Tom Dove's SailCalc to find out and compare hard numbers like you have in the chart, so it is neat and helpful to have them all in one place. Kudos, james (& helpers!)! :)
by CapnK
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Rudder Shoe
Replies: 49
Views: 7901

Re: Rudder Shoe

I was going to ask if the welds would be exposed to water, and if that would be a problem (assuming if bolts, then they'd be covered by glass) , but if the straps are silicon bronze, I don't think they'd be affected by much. Then again, I'm no metallurgist. Nor have I stayed at a motel recently. ;) ...
by CapnK
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Rudder Shoe
Replies: 49
Views: 7901

Re: Rudder Shoe

I bet that'd do the trick too! :) Might be the best way to do it, even.
by CapnK
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Rudder Shoe
Replies: 49
Views: 7901

Re: Rudder Shoe

Some ideas: Looking at what you've got there I would think to go tongue and groove *and* also use dowels to maximize use of the width of the mahogany, basically losing none that way. Back in the day when I worked on surfboards, on ultralight blanks we used to dig out a narrow band of foam alongside ...
by CapnK
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Recommended line sizes
Replies: 3
Views: 1071

Re: Recommended line sizes

On boats the size of ours where nearly any line considered will be strong enough, for sheets I like to go as small in diameter as possible yet which feels comfortable in the hand. Keeping it small means keeping it light, so that there is as little weight as possible affecting sail trim in lighter ai...
by CapnK
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Who will pay for this ?
Replies: 1
Views: 729

Re: Who will pay for this ?

Ouch!

man, that is *crazy money* right there...
by CapnK
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: A one off ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1298

Re: A one off ?

Perini Navi, quite possibly the 52m "Tamsen" . Saw one of those underway (but not under sail) heading into a bit of a Norther on the Gulf Stream off of Florida. It was several miles away, and the pitching was evident even at that remove. Safe bet to say no owners were aboard that day. :) I...
by CapnK
Fri May 10, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Sailing books as a gateway drug
Replies: 3
Views: 956

Re: Sailing books as a gateway drug

I like your plan, sign me up. :D First one that I can recall right off was "Dove", in '78 or so, not sure if it was the Nat Geo articles or the book I read first. But before that, earlier in the 70's I had a library card for the college library, and spent many hours in there during the sum...
by CapnK
Fri May 10, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Sailing and Cruising
Topic: Sextants?
Replies: 6
Views: 927

Re: Sextants?

BTW - If you are heading down the east coast on your way, I'm in Georgetown, SC.
by CapnK
Tue May 07, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Help picking out a new pocket cruiser
Replies: 2
Views: 837

Re: Help picking out a new pocket cruiser

I can only think of one other boat of this type that may/may not fit the bill (or slip) - all the same boat just about, different sizes, all are likely out of his budget range I think - but how about either a Falmouth or Bristol Channel Cutter, or maybe Nor-sea 27?
by CapnK
Tue May 07, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Sailing and Cruising
Topic: Sextants?
Replies: 6
Views: 927

Re: Sextants?

I have a Davis Mark 15 which seems to me to be plenty nice and gets lots of good reviews over the years, but is not their top of the line. They have really come down in price over the years - I guess GPS has contributed - only $150 or so now.... !!! I also have their plastic "practice" sex...
by CapnK
Tue May 07, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Adding a solent stay
Replies: 4
Views: 1082

Re: Adding a solent stay

To hoist the storm jib I lash a short line around the furled job up near the sheets and then run them straight down to the bow cleats or anywhere out of the way. Double-checking: You do this so that A) you don't need to unbend them from the furled sail, and B) to keep them out of the way of the sto...
by CapnK
Tue May 07, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Motor sailer
Replies: 2
Views: 868

Re: Motor sailer

Looks very Baltic/North Sea'ish. :)