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by earlylight
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Coronado 15 project.
Replies: 389
Views: 236739

Re: Coronado 15 project.

I guess that is just one more reason I try not to shop at West.

1. limited stock (who in their right mind would stock ONE hinge of a certain type?)

2. High prices

3. Untrained personnel giving out false product information
by earlylight
Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Coronado 15 project.
Replies: 389
Views: 236739

Re: Coronado 15 project.

According to the manager of a local West Marine store, that sealant you used is
basically the same as 3M5200 (a very tenacious Polyurethane Adhesive/Sealant)
by earlylight
Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Coronado 15 project.
Replies: 389
Views: 236739

Re: Coronado 15 project.

polyurathaneAccording to the manager of a local West Marine store, that sealant you used is basically the same as 3M5200
(a very tenacious Polyurethane Adhesive/Sealant)
by earlylight
Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Teak Toe rail replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 2802

Re: Teak Toe rail replacement

I second IPE as a good replacement
by earlylight
Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Chrome Deplating
Replies: 13
Views: 5769

Re: Chrome Deplating

Thanks Jeff. I have six 2 speed self tailing Lewmar winches with plating that is in poor shape. I want to remove the plating from them in preparation for re-plating. I appreciate your information on removing the old nasty finish. Thanks again for your help.
by earlylight
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Chrome Deplating
Replies: 13
Views: 5769

Re: Chrome Deplating

Thanks, I am looking forward to your reply.
by earlylight
Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Chrome Deplating
Replies: 13
Views: 5769

Re: Chrome Deplating

Could you please describe your process for removing the plating and possibly post a schematic and specs for equipment used?

Thank you.
by earlylight
Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Too Many Boats
Replies: 3
Views: 2823

Re: Too Many Boats

Same place as the rest of Obama's promises.
by earlylight
Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: [ Help needed ] Window replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 2609

Re: [ Help needed ] Window replacement

Acrylic will crack if flexed too much whereas polycarbonate can be bent to follow curves. Acrylic is also subject to cracking when attached with screws. I will leave the sikaflex primer and adhesive questions to someone more knowledgeable than I. Good luck.
by earlylight
Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Have a good sail lately?
Replies: 10
Views: 4510

Re: Have a good sail lately?

*LOL* That is the masking paper that has not yet been removed after spraying the primer.
by earlylight
Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: She floats!
Replies: 9
Views: 5040

Re: She floats!

She's a gorgeous classic you can be very proud of. :-)
by earlylight
Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:55 am
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Tech Dinghy
Replies: 7
Views: 6698

Re: Tech Dinghy

When I was a sophomore in high school (1956) in western NY state a classmate had a Tech Dinghy. I sailed it several times and found it to be great little boat. He kept it at Rochester YC. Those were the days!
by earlylight
Wed May 28, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Why?
Replies: 8
Views: 4031

Why?

Why has such a huge percentage of the top contributors of the past stopped posting on this forum?
by earlylight
Thu May 08, 2014 6:06 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Weeping Crack in Hull/Paint
Replies: 23
Views: 8626

Re: Weeping Crack in Hull/Paint

Duh !!!!!!
by earlylight
Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Pearson Wanderer #102
Replies: 5
Views: 4190

Re: Pearson Wanderer #102

You may wish to try Exotic Lumber in Annapolis, MD. They specialize in boat-building lumber and have a very large selection. I know they will ship via UPS or FED-EX. and shipping should not break the bank for enough to fabricate a pair of spreaders. Here is their URL: http://exoticlumberinc.com
by earlylight
Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Pearson Wanderer #102
Replies: 5
Views: 4190

Re: Pearson Wanderer #102

If I could not get sitka spruce, my second choice would be douglas fir.
by earlylight
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Fender Cleaner
Replies: 8
Views: 3903

Re: Fender Cleaner

Much agreed Dennis......And on the topic of fenders, there is one thing that drives me crazy.....That is people out day-sailing with fenders hanging over the side all day long. It is one thing to deploy them before entering the harbor, but come on, stow them while out sailing. :-)
by earlylight
Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Main Sail's butyl tape
Replies: 2
Views: 3666

Re: Main Sail's butyl tape

I have used this Butyl tape that ws 4 years old with NO problems.
by earlylight
Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Forum future
Replies: 27
Views: 10351

Re: Forum future

TampaBay wrote: I don't care, that you don't enjoy my thread. There are many many other threads on the forum that you could check out. The point is, that thousands of eyeballs still visit the forum every month. For anyone willing to contribute content, your efforts will not go unnoticed. You were t...
by earlylight
Sat Oct 19, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Ramblings
Topic: Forum future
Replies: 27
Views: 10351

Re: Forum future

If you wish to know the truth and this will probably rub you the wrong way, but I and about a dozen others have moved on to other forum sites where those who post stick to boating topics rather than flora/fauna and motor vehicle restoration. We feel there are plenty of forums where those kind of top...
by earlylight
Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Triton mast beam attached how?
Replies: 8
Views: 4366

Re: Triton mast beam attached how?

Instead of through bolting, try using SS or Bronze lag bolts long enough to go into the beam a couple of inches. I had a boat with a deck stepped mast that was done this way. Never had a problem.
by earlylight
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Will Perfection Plus varnish stick to epoxy base?
Replies: 2
Views: 2110

Re: Will Perfection Plus varnish stick to epoxy base?

I have used Perfection over West System epoxy but the West epoxy must be scuffed up sufficiently to give the surface some tooth for the Perfection to grasp. I found 100 or 120 grit seemed to do a pretty good job.
by earlylight
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Back to Tiller Steering
Replies: 5
Views: 2935

Re: Back to Tiller Steering

How about a Teflon bushing (2 inch OD and 1.5 inch ID) at the bottom of the glass tube where it exits the hull. It could have a 2.5 inch or so OD shoulder which could be fastened to the hull with a couple of machine screws into tapped holes in the hull to keep it from possibly turning and riding up ...
by earlylight
Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Pearson Ensign Restoration
Replies: 47
Views: 26041

Re: Pearson Ensign Restoration

seasailor55,
I had a dock-mate some 20 year ago who had a Paceship 23. If my memory serves me correctly, she was a very quick boat in her day and her owner sailed her like she was a spirited dinghy. :-)
Best of luck
by earlylight
Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:47 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Pearson Ensign Restoration
Replies: 47
Views: 26041

Re: Pearson Ensign Restoration

Congratulations, she looks like a real sweet vessel. :-)
by earlylight
Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Replacing the interior lining
Replies: 33
Views: 17513

Re: Replacing the interior lining

Another possibility is using fiberglass shower panels. They come in 4 ft x 8 ft sheets and are about 1/8 inch thick so they bend to the curvature of the overhead quite easily. They have a textured finish and clean very easily. I have a couple of friends who used these panels on the overhead of their...
by earlylight
Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Replacing the interior lining
Replies: 33
Views: 17513

Re: Replacing the interior lining

Tiago, I had vinyl on the sides if the V-berth on my boat and removed it and replaced with wood ceiling strips. You can use a light wood such as ash, cyprus, satinwood or any other wood of your liking. Here is a pic of one side of the V-berth before installing trim at either end. http://www.earlylig...
by earlylight
Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Pearson Ensign Restoration
Replies: 47
Views: 26041

Re: Pearson Ensign Restoration

Congratulations, she is a beauty1 Tell your Venture Scouts that they should be proud of their accomplishments, Now all that hard work pays off in fun on the water.:-)
by earlylight
Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Taylor Made bimini
Replies: 5
Views: 4375

Re: Taylor Made bimini

CharlieJ None of the canvas shops around here will use aluminum tubing for either dodgers or bimini tops. The reason given by all of them is that if salt water gets inside the tubing it begins to decay on the inside. It will not be noticed until one day the tubing just breaks from the corrosion. Whe...
by earlylight
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:29 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Taylor Made bimini
Replies: 5
Views: 4375

Re: Taylor Made bimini

You get what you pay for. A well made bimini from a reputable canvas shop would have had a stainless steel frame instead of the cheap aluminum frame that Taylor Made uses. It would also have been covered in Sunbrella acrylic fabric and cost over twice as much as the junk he purchased from Taylor Mad...
by earlylight
Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:34 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Monitoring Battery Temperature
Replies: 4
Views: 2695

Re: Monitoring Battery Temperature

Dennis,
I believe you are spot on. I feel that for the average weekend boater money spent on battery temperature monitoring could be put to better use on other items.
by earlylight
Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Prop size?
Replies: 11
Views: 7827

Re: Prop size?

The two Tritons I know of that have been re-powered with diesels also used 3 blade props. The aperture on a Triton is quite small.
by earlylight
Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Prop size?
Replies: 11
Views: 7827

Re: Prop size?

The MINIMUM vertical clearance between the tip of the propeller blade to the hull or prop aperture should be 15% if the prop diameter.
by earlylight
Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Prop size?
Replies: 11
Views: 7827

Re: Prop size?

Jeff,
Michigan props website (http://www.miwheel.com/) should provide the info you need. Good luck!
by earlylight
Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Outrigger Project
Replies: 6
Views: 3212

Re: New Project

What an interesting project. Please keep us informed of your plans and post plenty of pics no matter what course you take.
by earlylight
Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Cockpit Seats
Replies: 3
Views: 3774

Re: Cockpit Seats

Wow, what a beautiful job and a wonderful bit of documentation. Congrats on a job well done!
by earlylight
Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Triton Structural Question
Replies: 9
Views: 4343

Re: Triton Structural Question

Glad to hear the project appears rock solid. I look forward to your pics. Meanwhile enjoy the sailing
by earlylight
Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Mystery Cutter (CAUTION: VERY SALTY)
Replies: 5
Views: 4445

Re: Mystery Cutter (CAUTION: VERY SALTY)

Wow, that i one sweet looking vessel; What harbor is she moored in?
by earlylight
Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:43 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: Sailing
Replies: 3
Views: 3261

Re: a little Dutch sailingtrip

That is one fine looking vessel. Who is the designer of the Contessa 32?
by earlylight
Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Triton Structural Question
Replies: 9
Views: 4343

Re: Triton Structural Question

Steve,

Is there an external rub rail on the hull that may be using it for backing for attaching screws? If you have any photos of this 1 x 1 stiffener you could post here it might be helpful.
by earlylight
Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: New Chainplates
Replies: 8
Views: 4415

Re: New Chainplates

SS chain-plates have served many of us very well for many years. It is just one more item that should be checked from time to-time. I pulled my 31 year old SS chain-plates .last year. There was absolutely NO sign of crevice corrosion. I do take care to re-bed them about every 3 years.
by earlylight
Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: The Christina Louise
Replies: 86
Views: 29290

Re: The Christina Louise

All I can say is WOW !!!!! You certainly have far more patience than I do. How long does it take you to complete one port?
by earlylight
Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: The Christina Louise
Replies: 86
Views: 29290

Re: The Christina Louise

I would think 9 inches would be more than enough I wish there was 9 inches clearance to the raw water pump cover on my Westerbeke 27.
by earlylight
Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Lifting engine to replace motor mounts
Replies: 4
Views: 3464

Re: Lifting engine to replace motor mounts

There are a number of things that can cause vibration including:
Lose engine mounts (either at the engine or the bed logs)
Old and tired engine mounts
Poor shaft alignment
A worn cutlass bearing
A shaft that is not true (bent)
A bent prop or a prop out of balance
A badly fouled prop
by earlylight
Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: New Chainplates
Replies: 8
Views: 4415

Re: New Chainplates

How costly is it to have stainless steel polished by a shop that specializes in it?
by earlylight
Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Lifting engine to replace motor mounts
Replies: 4
Views: 3464

Re: Lifting engine to replace motor mounts

YES....disconnect the shaft coupling from the transmission BEFORE you loosen the engine mounts.
by earlylight
Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: freedom 21 Catboat and Carbon Fiber Mast
Replies: 1
Views: 1710

Re: freedom 21 Catboat and Carbon Fiber Mast

This is infornation from Vanaheim Technologies Ltd website. Hope it helps. Carbon Fibre has been a real boon to the racing dinghy sailor. It's long lasting properties ensure that the inital higher cost of a spar is easily offset by a long life span. Add to this is the ability of a carbon spar to be ...
by earlylight
Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Lifting engine to replace motor mounts
Replies: 4
Views: 3464

Lifting engine to replace motor mounts

If your engine is tucked well back under the cockpit sole and you merely wish to raise it up sufficiently to replace the motor mounts, try this trick. Place a deflated basketball, volleyball or soccer ball under the engine's oil pan.. Now, just inflate the ball sufficiently to get it raised the requ...
by earlylight
Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: Filling the prop shaft hole
Replies: 11
Views: 4904

Re: Filling the prop shaft hole

I hear you....The newer four strokes have a lot going for them, but price is not one of them. That said, I have a 2001 four stroke, air cooled 2 HP Honda that I hang on either my 8 ft 6 in inflatable with a roll-up floor or my little 8 foot sailing dinghy and it does a wonderful job, is extremely qu...
by earlylight
Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: The Christina Louise
Replies: 86
Views: 29290

Re: The Christina Louise

Most engine instruments have provisions for lighting. Check the back of each instrument and see if there is a small hole (roughly 1/2 in diameter) that a lamp socket snaps into.