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by atomvoyager
Thu Dec 15, 2022 9:14 am
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Adding a Removable Forestay
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Adding a Removable Forestay

Here's a link to a discussion of inner stay tensioning devices: https://plasticclassicforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6438&p=52899&hilit=solent#p52899 I would keep the headstay and spinn halyard where they are and add your solent stay to a mast hound within about 2 feet of the top of...
by atomvoyager
Tue Dec 13, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Renegade #88 Deck refit (Fall 2019- ???)
Replies: 10
Views: 106

Re: Renegade #88 Deck refit (Fall 2019- ???)

That's a good point about the cleats. You might move them a foot or so aft. I wouldn't go much more than that though because they more easily catch loose jib sheets.
by atomvoyager
Thu Dec 08, 2022 9:07 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Renegade #88 Deck refit (Fall 2019- ???)
Replies: 10
Views: 106

Re: Renegade #88 Deck refit (Fall 2019- ???)

Congratulations on a fine looking boat. I'm curious what you used for deck paint and how it was applied and if you were happy with the choice. Either layout could work but I have a slight preference for the cleats in the outboard position since it gives you less obstructed footing. I like the bollar...
by atomvoyager
Wed Dec 07, 2022 9:03 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 302
Views: 12967

Re: Introducing Katie-J

That makes sense. I'm going to try G10 3 and 6mm in some places going forward. Thanks.
by atomvoyager
Tue Dec 06, 2022 8:59 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 302
Views: 12967

Re: Introducing Katie-J

This is all impressive and well done. I hadn't considered using G10 for cabinetry, partly because of cost and weight and I thought the 1/4" panels would flex too much and require stiffeners in many places. But I see there are a lot of possibilities. Have you found that the larger panels need mo...
by atomvoyager
Fri Dec 02, 2022 9:11 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Weatherstrip for cockpit lockers
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Weatherstrip for cockpit lockers

I've been using whatever weatherstripping is available at the time on Amazon but it probably isn't the best for longevity. I do take care to apply it with 3m black super weatherstrip adhesive and don't rely on the self-adhesive backing that it comes with. And I apply the gasket to the lid not the fr...
by atomvoyager
Tue Nov 29, 2022 9:39 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Mantus Anchor Swivel
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: Mantus Anchor Swivel

He's probably talking about galvanized shackles that can corrode and be difficult to remove after awhile. In general galvanized shackles are potentially stronger than equivalent stainless shackles and less chance of breaking due to poor casting or stainless corrosion when underwater. I had a stainle...
by atomvoyager
Wed Nov 23, 2022 8:46 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Rhodes 19 chainplate replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: Rhodes 19 chainplate replacement

My thought would be that as long as you strengthen the hull as described then they are best thru-bolted with butyl and not buried under glass. You just have to use your judgement on how thick and wide of fiberglass to reinforce the hull and if adding a knee near each one is warranted to stiffen the ...
by atomvoyager
Fri Nov 18, 2022 8:47 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Setting up the Mast for safe travel on a trailer
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: Setting up the Mast for safe travel on a trailer

If the mast clears the coachroof when sitting on pulpit and pushpit then the simplest way to reduce those loads is to just add a center support on the coachroof to share the load. That could be a v-shaped 2x4 crutch with a bolt or build a wood brace of any type that is stable. The pulpit would have ...
by atomvoyager
Tue Nov 08, 2022 8:45 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Sourcing BedIt butyl tape
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: Sourcing BedIt butyl tape

Also, Sail-rite sells their version of butyl. I found it useable but a bit less sticky than Bed-it although it sticks to the backing paper too well.
https://sca.sailrite.com/Trimmable-Butyl-Tape-3-4
by atomvoyager
Tue Nov 08, 2022 8:30 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Sourcing BedIt butyl tape
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: Sourcing BedIt butyl tape

I noticed Bed-it butyl had been out of stock everywhere for about a year but apparently is now available again from Hamilton Marine: https://shop.hamiltonmarine.com/products/butyl-tape-bed-it-1-2--x-50--roll-4482.html This Dicor brand on Amazon is cheaper and might be OK but I haven't tried it yet. ...
by atomvoyager
Wed Nov 02, 2022 8:19 am
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Bristol 29.9 CB
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: Bristol 29.9 CB

If it were me I'd prefer to have 1/4 all around but that is not essential. You could go with 1/4 headstay and 7/32 everywhere else if that was easier for you to get clevis pins to fit existing hardware. 3/16 is undersize for what I would want though. Chainplate clevis pin holes can be drilled out on...
by atomvoyager
Sun Oct 30, 2022 10:49 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 302
Views: 12967

Re: Introducing Katie-J

Nice to see all your progress. Did you mention somewhere the reason you are using G10 rather than plywood for all this?
by atomvoyager
Fri Oct 28, 2022 8:05 am
Forum: Classic Sailboats
Topic: Bristol 29.9 CB
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: Bristol 29.9 CB

Welcome Craig A friend of mine fit out his B29.9 and sailed from California to Australia around 2015. Last year I heard the boat was in Indonesia. As for rigging size you should check what's on there now (probably 7/32" or 1/4" or a combination of the two) and then decide if you can or sho...
by atomvoyager
Tue Oct 18, 2022 8:56 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Teak plywood inlay in locker seats
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Teak plywood inlay in locker seats

I once did a relatively quick repair on one of these A30 seat lids when it was just the top couple plys that were loose and peeling. I ground off the damaged area and ground the fiberglass edge down just past the gelcoat and then built up new glass that overlapped onto the fiberglass for the inch or...
by atomvoyager
Wed Oct 05, 2022 8:20 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bristol 24 - repairing the arch under the deck stepped mast
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: Bristol 24 - repairing the arch under the deck stepped mast

Can you give us more details of what you are trying to do exactly? It sounds like you want to repair the mast support beam because it is visibly sagging on the inside? and the deck is sagging also? Were you planning to leave the deck alone and cut the fiberglass liner and support beam from inside th...
by atomvoyager
Wed Sep 21, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Inner forestay halyard block
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Inner forestay halyard block

I think that's a good choice. It may be for inner stays on smaller boats but it's lightweight and inexpensive enough to be good for your purpose.
by atomvoyager
Wed Sep 21, 2022 8:31 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Pressure cooker size
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Pressure cooker size

You won't have any issue with concentrated heat on the wider standard version since liquids diffuse the heat well enough. In fact, my guess is the standard version is more efficient use of heat since it has a wider surface to capture the flame instead of some of the flame heat rolling up the side in...
by atomvoyager
Tue Sep 20, 2022 8:18 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Pressure cooker size
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Pressure cooker size

I don't know if anyone else here has a recommendation but I would get at least 2 liter capacity even if cooking small amounts since it's easier to deal with a half full pot than one that is close to full.
by atomvoyager
Tue Sep 20, 2022 8:13 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Jib sheet stand up swivel blocks for inner stay jib
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Jib sheet stand up swivel blocks for inner stay jib

The small one is probably strong enough but it has 3/8" max line size. The large one is more than needed. I would get the intermediate size 30-19US: https://www.garhauermarine.com/shop/blocks-mast-boom-blocks-hardware/single-blocks-blocks-mast-boom-blocks-hardware/single-stand-up-blocks-single-...
by atomvoyager
Tue Sep 13, 2022 6:58 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Atom 6.5 Divinycell
Replies: 21
Views: 505

Re: Atom 6.5 Divinycell

The next person to build might compromise weight to impact/abrasion resistance and use 1208 on the bottom instead of 1708 but I think it is a good idea to have something down there thicker than on the sides. The plywood version I built ended up about 59.5 lbs after all hardware and gunwale guard wer...
by atomvoyager
Fri Sep 09, 2022 8:01 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Atom 6.5 Divinycell
Replies: 21
Views: 505

Re: Atom 6.5 Divinycell

Looks nice. You mentioned to me earlier that you had some ripples of thick resin under the single layer of outside fiberglass. If they are small you can add 407 as you described and long board it but if they are high I would probably sand them out and add a single layer of 6oz cloth instead and take...
by atomvoyager
Sun Sep 04, 2022 7:53 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bar Rust 233 curing question
Replies: 25
Views: 848

Re: Bar Rust 233 curing question

Assuming the mix was correct, the odor will go away over time. With the charcoal filter in place you won't notice any odor or taste to the water now. If drying conditions weren't good and you put the top of the tank on without letting the coatings air dry for a week or so first then this is normal. ...
by atomvoyager
Sat Sep 03, 2022 8:35 am
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Mounting a Dwyer Mast hindge to the topsideon an Albin vega
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Mounting a Dwyer Mast hindge to the topsideon an Albin vega

It may be strong enough as is but I would install compression nuts or sleeves of whatever type so that the vertical weight will be transferred to the step by the nuts instead of putting all the load on the plate and pins.
by atomvoyager
Sat Aug 27, 2022 10:29 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Stainless steel companionway U-channel, water tank inspection port.
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: Stainless steel companionway U-channel, water tank inspection port.

The Beckson 6" deck plates are from defender.com. The model is DP60-W-C. I see they are backordered now but you might find them at another vender: https://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|7504|2290180|2290183&id=7781413 I haven't been able to find any off the shelf stainless companionwa...
by atomvoyager
Fri Aug 26, 2022 9:14 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: C-Head compost toilet warning
Replies: 2
Views: 698

Re: C-Head compost toilet warning

Kurt In the link you posted was this comment: "05/21/2022 We tracked down the cell number of the company founder and we're contacted by the current owner. We eventually received our toilet but were left with a sour taste for the company due to the poor customer service. The case can be consider...
by atomvoyager
Sun Aug 21, 2022 8:32 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: C-Head compost toilet warning
Replies: 2
Views: 698

C-Head compost toilet warning

I've installed C-heads in the past as a lower cost, smaller footprint to the Air Head and Nature's Head but people have notified me that since at least early 2022 the owner of the website takes orders and charges you but they are not delivering the product or answering any inquires. Several people h...
by atomvoyager
Mon Jul 11, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Anchor Locker drains to bilge - good? bad?
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Anchor Locker drains to bilge - good? bad?

On my boat I never had an issue of bilge pumps clogging on mud. The drain hose might clog though. I have a shut-off valve on the chain locker drain hose at the aft end where it drains into the bilge with a short piece of hose aft the drain and if it plugs I can pull up the end of the hose and blow i...
by atomvoyager
Mon Jul 04, 2022 7:46 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: South Coast 21
Replies: 50
Views: 5965

Re: South Coast 21

That looks great. What paint did you use on the exterior and was it sprayed? By the way, when I epoxy joints or cracks in teak or mahogany that will get varnished I thicken the epoxy with a mix of about 70% West System 406 silica and 30% 405, more of less depending on the darkness of the wood. The 4...
by atomvoyager
Sun Jun 12, 2022 8:13 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 302
Views: 12967

Re: Introducing Katie-J

Yes there are some recipes you might not want to do that way but pizza is an easy one we've made with the Omnia. Here's an article on that. There are a surprising number of things you can bake in that donut shape.
https://vanlifeeats.com/best-ever-omnia-pizza-recipe/
by atomvoyager
Fri Jun 10, 2022 8:18 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 302
Views: 12967

Re: Introducing Katie-J

We've used this stove top oven on several boats and it works pretty good if you can adapt your recipes to the donut shape:
https://www.omniasweden.com/us/
by atomvoyager
Thu Jun 09, 2022 7:06 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Gasket for sliding hatch
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: Gasket for sliding hatch

You might be able to add a trim lip on top the sliding hatch that overhangs an inch or so to shed water as in the photo here, although I'm not sure if it will interfere with the current hasp setup you have. Otherwise, if your gasket failed at the glue joint, try using 3m Black Super Weatherstrip Adh...
by atomvoyager
Tue Jun 07, 2022 7:33 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Gasket for sliding hatch
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: Gasket for sliding hatch

A sliding contact usually doesn't work for gaskets. It needs a compression contact not sliding so most people just rely on the overhanging trim lip of the hatch to shed water. If your trim piece does not overhang about an inch with not too big a gap then you can replace or add a larger piece of trim...
by atomvoyager
Fri Jun 03, 2022 8:15 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Collapsible water bag/tank
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: Collapsible water bag/tank

From all the good reviews these look reliable so I just ordered a few to try out. Always difficult to find the right spot to store rigid containers and then have them still take up space when empty. In the past I've used the Reliance collapsible jugs but they often leaked at the fold creases, someti...
by atomvoyager
Wed Jun 01, 2022 7:58 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 302
Views: 12967

Re: Introducing Katie-J

I understand that but I haven't seen that problem.
by atomvoyager
Mon May 30, 2022 8:39 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Atom 6.5 dinghy
Replies: 1
Views: 216

Re: Atom 6.5 dinghy

You can use 1/4 meranti. I don't think the weight difference will be much and you can offset that by using fewer or smaller stiffeners after you glass the panels in place if you notice it is stiff enough as it is. There's no fixed rule about it so use your judgement. If you row the dinghy after it's...
by atomvoyager
Mon May 30, 2022 8:25 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 302
Views: 12967

Re: Introducing Katie-J

I don't see why you can't let the lower bushing spin free. I used a PVC tube that just happened to fit for that purpose in the past.
by atomvoyager
Sat May 28, 2022 8:50 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Outboard Well Performance
Replies: 8
Views: 850

Re: Outboard Well Performance

Most boats that have the space for bigger than a 6hp Tohatsu Sailpro only have barely enough space to fit a 9.8hp which is already heavy at 112lbs for the extra-long (25") shaft. There is also no space for power tilt and manual tilt is difficult on bigger motors. In the Tohatsu range the 9.9 an...
by atomvoyager
Fri May 20, 2022 7:45 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Rebirth - Ariel #422 "Katie Marie"
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Rebirth - Ariel #422 "Katie Marie"

Lots of interesting ideas here. Looking forward to see more of this project.
by atomvoyager
Tue May 10, 2022 9:40 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Used Beta Marine 14 Diesel
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: Used Beta Marine 14 Diesel

Yes, I went up to the Chesapeake recently and picked up this CD27 and brought it here for a thorough refit for her new owner.
by atomvoyager
Sun May 08, 2022 8:29 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Any tips on jacking up a boat?
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: Any tips on jacking up a boat?

Welcome to PCF. I'm assuming you don't have access to a travel lift or a gantry with strap for lifting the bow. I recently had to raise the bow on my 28' Triton which is close to 9,000lbs loaded. Mine is on a trailer with six side screw pads and one at the bow and I had no problem using a similar me...
by atomvoyager
Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:52 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Wiring for Airhead toilet fan
Replies: 6
Views: 184

Re: Wiring for Airhead toilet fan

I stopped using those solar vent fans because they changed and cheapened the construction of them several years ago so that now they are expensive and break down within a year in many cases. The ones they sold some 20 years ago were much better and fairly long-lasting.
by atomvoyager
Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:48 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bar Rust 233 curing question
Replies: 25
Views: 848

Re: Bar Rust 233 curing question

Interesting idea. I don't think I'd try it because it would need to run close to full height to be useful and that long epoxy-filled slot would be brittle and an early point of cracking under loads from a partially full tank and possible minor hull flexing at sea in heavy weather. If say one layer o...
by atomvoyager
Thu Apr 28, 2022 6:50 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bar Rust 233 curing question
Replies: 25
Views: 848

Re: Bar Rust 233 curing question

Maybe someone with that experience can comment but I wouldn't know about that. Unless you have used hand pumps in a liveaboard situation and like them I would suggest not to get one. I know the installation is sometimes easier but hand pumps are frustratingly awkward. Try washing your face or hands ...
by atomvoyager
Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:35 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bar Rust 233 curing question
Replies: 25
Views: 848

Re: Bar Rust 233 curing question

I haven't noticed a problem with suction on my pump. Do you have the filter mounted on the outlet side of the pump and do you have the large Whale Gusher pump or the small Whale Baby pump? And do you have a similar charcoal filter element or something with more restrictive flow perhaps? You can see ...
by atomvoyager
Sun Apr 24, 2022 9:10 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Wiring for Airhead toilet fan
Replies: 6
Views: 184

Re: Wiring for Airhead toilet fan

I edited my post above to reflect your concern. You can run the wires direct to the battery post or to an unswitched bus bar near the battery where you connect your bilge pump and solar. You still need a switch and fuse to turn it on as seen in my videos. I know it's a habit for many people to turn ...
by atomvoyager
Sun Apr 24, 2022 8:57 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bar Rust 233 curing question
Replies: 25
Views: 848

Re: Bar Rust 233 curing question

I use any detergent for dishes or laundry. The filter I used to use was called Under Sink Household Water Filter by Glacier Bay that I bought at Home Depot and once on Amazon. That one had to be tightened very hard not to leak and when it wasn't available recently I just went in to Home Depot and bo...
by atomvoyager
Sat Apr 23, 2022 7:51 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Wiring for Airhead toilet fan
Replies: 6
Views: 184

Re: Wiring for Airhead toilet fan

You can run the wires direct to the battery post or to an unswitched bus bar near the battery where you connect your bilge pump and solar. Although you may want the fan to run continuously when the toilet is holding waste, there are times you want it turned off so it needs to have a switch, preferab...
by atomvoyager
Mon Apr 18, 2022 8:44 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bar Rust 233 curing question
Replies: 25
Views: 848

Re: Bar Rust 233 curing question

Thanks for that. My guess is that the capacity will be at least 40 gals. Hope you come back later after filling it and tell us the actual capacity. Looks like a good size for the boat. Normally it won't be an issue but you don't have to fill it all the way when concerned about trim or carrying all t...
by atomvoyager
Thu Apr 14, 2022 9:41 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 302
Views: 12967

Re: Introducing Katie-J

I don't follow what you mean by " i have a 2 inch hole in the boat i have to close, until i get it out again." Does that mean you just need a slightly smaller hole in the same location or something to do with launching the boat without totally filling the hole and then at next haulout redr...