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by David VanDenburgh
Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Alberg 30 Project
Replies: 14
Views: 4771

Re: Alberg 30 Project

Things have been moving along. Again, the blog is the best place to follow the progress, but here's a bit of what's been done since my last entry here: I've constructed the port and starboard settees, including the backs and supports. The head compartment is mostly together, and the hanging locker o...
by David VanDenburgh
Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Alberg 30 refit
Replies: 26
Views: 5810

Re: Alberg 30 refit

Lloyd wrote:I hated the taking apart process. It seemed to never end.
I've discovered that I'm an expert at ripping things apart. It's the putting them back together part that I do a bit more slowly. Ha! Best of luck!
by David VanDenburgh
Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Alberg 30 Project
Replies: 14
Views: 4771

Re: Alberg 30 Project

TampaBay wrote:I always thought that photobucket was fairly easy. Click, click, click and done.
Yes, it's easy enough; It just seems silly to upload duplicates of pictures that I've already uploaded to blogger. Extra unnecessary steps=pain in the butt.
by David VanDenburgh
Sun Aug 16, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Alberg 30 Project
Replies: 14
Views: 4771

Re: Alberg 30 Project

Made a bit more progress on the opposite side of the boat. I'd post pictures here, but the pictures linked through my blog are too big, and uploading to Photobucket is a pain in the butt. Sorry. Anyway, tabbed in the remaining saloon bulkheads. Looking forward to having this round of fiberglassing f...
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Alberg 30 Project
Replies: 14
Views: 4771

Re: Alberg 30 Project

Thanks, Lloyd. We'll see just how long I can drag this project on. Ha. If I can get all the fiberglass work done before it gets cold, I'm hoping I can do electrical and finish work over the winter in the cabin. But who knows. Things get pretty busy when school starts - and the days get dang short!
by David VanDenburgh
Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Alberg 30 Project
Replies: 14
Views: 4771

Re: Alberg 30 Project

I should be so embarrassed by the ridiculously slow "progress" of my restoration that I wouldn't dare post an update here, but I have no shame. Life's been busy. Lots going on, plus keeping the CD36 on the water. This summer, however, I managed to get a bit going on my A30. Info is on the ...
by David VanDenburgh
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Loose Lower Rudder
Replies: 8
Views: 2042

Re: Loose Lower Rudder

Looks good. Not looking forward to the day I have to do this to Ariel. Thanks for documenting the process.
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Vang for roller-reefing boom?
Replies: 14
Views: 3868

Re: Vang for roller-reefing boom?

I don't want to stray too far from the original post, but I want to offer a different perspective on using a preventer. We have used one quite often to control the boom in sloppy seas and light air when we're off the wind. I think a preventer is a valuable piece of equipment to have onboard and read...
by David VanDenburgh
Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Alberg 30 Chainplates
Replies: 27
Views: 2933

Re: Alberg 30 Chainplates

Looking forward to following your progress. One of these days, I will be doing chain plate work on my A30. By the way, here's an interesting interview with Yves Gelinas, designer of the Cape Horn self-steering gear, who sailed his A30 around the world in '82 or so. In addition to several details abo...
by David VanDenburgh
Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Alberg 30 Project
Replies: 14
Views: 4771

Re: Alberg 30 Project

Nice dredge :) It's fun to see a report. What was the other end of the chain attached to? Rachel Hi Rachel. I stood a 2x4 on end on the bridge deck and attached its upper end to the ridge pole of the boat shed to reinforce it. I then ran a 2x4 on edge from the ridge pole to the roof of the house. I...
by David VanDenburgh
Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Alberg 30 Project
Replies: 14
Views: 4771

Re: Alberg 30 Project

Not only is this a dredge, but it's a major embarrassment! I think I may be in the running for the most delayed "project" out there. At this rate, my son will have to finish it. In Boat Shops and Facilities, I posted some images of my new boat shed. Well, before I put the cover on it, I de...
by David VanDenburgh
Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Moving Alberg 30
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Re: Moving Alberg 30

Northstar wrote:Hey...Way to go David! Give yourself a big pat on the back will ya! It looks like such a daunting task...your great pictures made it look easy!

Now for the real easy part...the refit...;-))

Glenn
Thanks! Yeah, the refit will be a piece of cake!
by David VanDenburgh
Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Moving Alberg 30
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Re: Moving Alberg 30

Went to the local Family Farm and Home and picked up four 5"x8' red pine fence posts to use as rollers for the boat. It worked like a charm. Thanks to you guys and gals for the encouragement. Here are a few pics. http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y47/alberg30/photo-7.jpg Here's how far it was st...
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: Boat Shops and Facilities
Topic: Moving a cradle - methods?
Replies: 9
Views: 3528

Re: Moving a cradle - methods?

If the building is in the way, pull the load off onto three 10" pvc utility pipes, the thick sewer/water kind. You can slide a heavy load on top of those pipes sideways very easily. If you drop the cradle at the corner of the building, you should be able to slide (not roll) the cradle sideways...
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:17 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Moving Alberg 30
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Re: Moving Alberg 30

Thanks for the replies and advice. I should have dug a bit deeper. I knew I'd seen something recently about moving a boat on a cradle, but I was looking in all the wrong places. Well, I just found it: http://www.plasticclassicforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5682 . I should have looked harde...
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Moving Alberg 30
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Moving Alberg 30

I have an Alberg 30 that's sitting on a steel cradle that is blocked on railroad ties. I need to slide the boat and cradle forward about 6' to get it under my new boat shed. (Yes, I could move the shed, but then I wouldn't be able to get my cars out of the garage very easily). I've tried sliding the...
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: Boat Shops and Facilities
Topic: Finally - a boat shed
Replies: 4
Views: 3711

Finally - a boat shed

Although work on my '64 Alberg 30 stalled years ago, my desire to get back to the project has remained. And yet Michigan winters and the lack of a shed make it difficult to get anything done during the months that I'm not sailing on our other boat. Well, wouldn't you know it, as soon as I sent in my...
by David VanDenburgh
Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Another boat ID
Replies: 19
Views: 2168

Re: Another boat ID

I hope you're right. I can't tell from the photographs. - Case Yep, it's definitely a piece of acrylic. And I called the yard to ask about her status. I was assured that the owner is "up to date with payment." From the yard's perspective, of course, that's a "cared for" boat. It...
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Another boat ID
Replies: 19
Views: 2168

Re: Another boat ID

I finally got back to the marina to snap a few more pictures. Sorry they're not that great. It's hard to get a good look. http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y47/alberg30/photo-3.jpg http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y47/alberg30/photo-4.jpg http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y47/alberg30/photo-5.jpg I'm ...
by David VanDenburgh
Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Another boat ID
Replies: 19
Views: 2168

Re: Another boat ID

Looks like you guys/gals got it (not that I ever had any doubt). Tomorrow's supposed to be a nice day. Perhaps I can snap some more pictures then.

Thanks for the fun!
by David VanDenburgh
Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Another boat ID
Replies: 19
Views: 2168

Re: Another boat ID

Rachel wrote:I noticed that too about it looking a bit "low to the ground" for a typical 30-er, unless it's a centerboarder.
I'll take a closer look and get a bunch of pics.
by David VanDenburgh
Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Another boat ID
Replies: 19
Views: 2168

Re: Another boat ID

Not meaning to thread hijack but that is a beautiful 30. In many ways, the 30 is the prettiest of the line. (not counting the 23 of course) There were fewer 30s built than any other and I never understood why. While the 28 is nice, the cabin is just a spot too tall and she is a spot too wide for th...
by David VanDenburgh
Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Another boat ID
Replies: 19
Views: 2168

Re: Another boat ID

I thought it looked like this had four (one elongated and three regular), but then the SS 30's I saw - although they did have four ports - did not have the elongated one. Could we have more photos when you get a chance? So it is a tough one? I poked around a bit looking for a HIN, but couldn't find...
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Another boat ID
Replies: 19
Views: 2168

Another boat ID

I've been eyeballing this number at the local marina. I'm sure someone "looks after" her, but she sure spends a lot of time alone. She's probably an easy ID, but I'm not sure what she is. I'm guessing a Bristol of some sort. She has a full keel with cutaway forefoot, an inboard engine, and...
by David VanDenburgh
Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Alternatives to the Pearson Ensign?
Replies: 61
Views: 22098

Re: Alternatives to the Pearson Ensign?

That open-cell foam contributed to the death of #1240's cabin. Nasty stuff. It was totally saturated and must have held a couple hundred pounds of water. You can read about it here, if you're interested: http://nauticallit.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/foam-dust-spars-and-sails/. Gotta research the close...
by David VanDenburgh
Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Water Heater
Replies: 8
Views: 690

Re: Water Heater

I doubt that I'll pursue this project - too many already - but the idea of using an aluminum propane tank had crossed my mind. It would seem like one could install three more fittings on the tank, two of which would be dedicated to a coil that "floated" in the middle of the tank and served...
by David VanDenburgh
Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Water Heater
Replies: 8
Views: 690

Re: Water Heater

Hirilondë wrote:
David VanDenburgh wrote:See subject line. : ) Better?
LOL, much. Now I wish I had some advice to offer.

Me too.
by David VanDenburgh
Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Water Heater
Replies: 8
Views: 690

Re: Water Heater

See subject line. : ) Better?
by David VanDenburgh
Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Water Heater
Replies: 8
Views: 690

Water Heater

We have a Raritan electric water heater with exchanger aboard Ariel that I'd like to replace with something smaller so I can open up some room in the locker for more batteries. I know that there are replacements like Isotemp, Raritan and others out there, but what I'm most interested in is a heat ex...
by David VanDenburgh
Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: deleted
Replies: 1
Views: 620

Re: Who made this thang?...;-)

Is it an Alado?
by David VanDenburgh
Sun May 01, 2011 8:03 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: Palmer Johnson Alberg 35
Replies: 49
Views: 8955

Re: Palmer Johnson Alberg 35

Congrats and... AWESOME!!!!!
by David VanDenburgh
Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Sea Sprite 30
Replies: 13
Views: 2941

Re: Sea Sprite 30

Very pretty boat. She shares some similarities with the Cape Dory. Love those designs. Best of luck.
by David VanDenburgh
Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Congratulations Tim!
Replies: 8
Views: 1070

Re: Congratulations Tim!

Yes, congratulations! Like others, I'll be following your progress. Quick question: What does a sinking do to deck core?

Good luck!

David
by David VanDenburgh
Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Hollow Cleats
Replies: 7
Views: 633

Re: Hollow Cleats

Tim, Thanks for the response. Our marina is hell on boats when the wind kicks up out of the W through NW. It's a real test of equipment and techniques. Unfortunately, several owners don't seem to care (or know?) about either. Their carelessness is compounded by cement docks with sharp edges that tow...
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Sep 04, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Hollow Cleats
Replies: 7
Views: 633

Hollow Cleats

We just had an early November gale here on Lake Michigan, and a few boats suffered some damage (not Ariel). Several boats had their cleats torn out of the deck/rail, but some had their cleats and chocks fail. In those cases, the cleat or chock was hollow. Is this typical construction? Are most cast ...
by David VanDenburgh
Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Gel coat over epoxy
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Gel coat over epoxy

Forgive my inexperience, but I'm about to fill in two instrument holes in the cabin house and I'm wondering about applying gel coat over epoxy. I've heard gel coat doesn't bond well to epoxy, but I also seem to remember hearing/reading that it will if the surface is properly prepared. Any tips or re...
by David VanDenburgh
Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:10 pm
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: Photos of my Alberg 37
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Re: Photos of my Alberg 37

Beautiful boat! I'm sure you'll love her. Is she cutter or sloop rigged? We have her younger "sister," a Cape Dory 36.

Image

What is your home port? We're out of St. Joseph, Michigan.

David
by David VanDenburgh
Fri May 21, 2010 1:31 pm
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Sharing a photo to inspire
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: Sharing a photo to inspire

Click to enlarge
Image

St. James Harbor, Beaver Island. Michigan.
by David VanDenburgh
Wed May 19, 2010 7:26 am
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Around the World
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Re: Around the World

I am not impressed in the slightest. Maybe a little jealous that I have not had the opportunity, but certainly not impressed. A while back I saw a program on Discovery (or one of those channels) that documented an amputee's attempt to summit Everest. The poor guy had so much pain and so many physic...
by David VanDenburgh
Tue May 18, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Around the World
Replies: 5
Views: 629

Re: Around the World

Agreed, she did the voyage and nobody can take that away from her. But are our accomplishments dependant on public recognition for validation? No, and I think that's what sets Jessica's trip apart from other similar trips of late. Yes, she received media coverage and sponsorships, but she never str...
by David VanDenburgh
Sun May 09, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: A beautiful sight yesterday as the rains let up.
Replies: 13
Views: 2018

Re: A beautiful sight yesterday as the rains let up.

There's just no cure for ugly, is there?

(sour grapes? nah, of course not!)

The pictures on that site are absolutely breathtaking. It may be time for a road trip. Do they entertain visitors?

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
by David VanDenburgh
Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:41 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Holding tank gallons?
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: Holding tank gallons?

Rachel wrote:Oh I don't know about that* ;) Depending on what you mean by "universal," of course.
I suppose you're right. I should have said universally acceptable.
by David VanDenburgh
Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Holding tank gallons?
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: Holding tank gallons?

Totally non-PC, but how many of them can pee over the side? It makes a difference, especially if little ones are using more water than they create to flush their pee. We have a 30 gal. holding tank in the v-berth of our Cape Dory 36. I'm not really certain how often we pump it out - maybe once a wee...
by David VanDenburgh
Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:28 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Interior plywood
Replies: 9
Views: 640

Re: Interior plywood

Purchasing cheap pretend to be marine plywood from Lowes for a tabbed in structural bulkhead is a waste of the effort of the work in my opinion as well. That's what I wanted to know. Thanks for a thorough response. Regarding value, I understand your points, but I think that there are, in fact, a fe...
by David VanDenburgh
Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:08 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Interior plywood
Replies: 9
Views: 640

Re: Interior plywood

Does anyone have experience with Lowe's marine-grade plywood? It's the only local source of reportedly marine-grade plywood, and it's only 66.00 for a 3/4" sheet. Would it be false economy to use something like that for the interior reconstruction of the Ensign my students are restoring? We are...
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Finding level
Replies: 7
Views: 522

Re: Finding level

Thanks! I'll have to take a close look for those scribed lines.

A great resource as always.

David
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Finding level
Replies: 7
Views: 522

Finding level

Would it be a mistake to use the floors that support the mast step as a reference for level fore and aft? Here's a photo: http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/20812040/sn/1959841823/name/IMG_0140.jpg This is on the Pearson Ensign that my class is restoring. We're ready to start glassing in the cockpit grate...
by David VanDenburgh
Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Ensign Ballast and Modification
Replies: 21
Views: 1246

Re: Ensign Ballast and Modification

Ed,

I stopped by the school this afternoon and drilled a 1/2" hole in the bottom of the keel. Sure enough, water poured out. Thanks for the tip. Now we'll seal off the bilge and leave the keel open for a while to drain and dry as much as possible.

David
by David VanDenburgh
Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Ensign Ballast and Modification
Replies: 21
Views: 1246

Re: Ensign Ballast and Modification

The fiberglass/resin top of #1240's ballast is cracked and lifted along the starboard side of the bilge over a length of about 2 ft. I suspect that water found its way under the bilge and into whatever cavity there might be around the ballast and then froze. Obviously, I need to fill that gap to pre...