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by atomvoyager
Sat Jan 22, 2022 9:21 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Tip: cleaning epoxy off of tools - white vinegar
Replies: 1
Views: 6

Re: Tip: cleaning epoxy off of tools - white vinegar

Thanks for the tip. I've been using vinegar for years to clean up, and always for getting epoxy off hands or delicate surfaces because it's less harsh and works better than acetone.
by atomvoyager
Mon Jan 17, 2022 10:00 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Teak caprails on Alberg30
Replies: 14
Views: 868

Re: Teak caprails on Alberg30

I think getting them cut into 12' sections would work. I'd get all 12' pieces and cut my own end pieces after fitting the forward and center pieces to get the exact length needed. The stern pieces should require the least amount of bend and you can do that either by anchoring them to something rigid...
by atomvoyager
Sat Jan 08, 2022 6:39 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Teak caprails on Alberg30
Replies: 14
Views: 868

Re: Teak caprails on Alberg30

That combo toe rail/sheet track looks like a possible solution. Apparently the bottom edges of the two different tracks line up but the tops don't so I guess they expect you round off the ends of the taller ones where they would have a cut edge that's taller so it doesn't snag things and looks bette...
by atomvoyager
Sun Jan 02, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Fairing the hull for topside paint
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: Fairing the hull for topside paint

People tend to recommend what they're familiar with, myself included, so there's that bias to consider. The next thing is, for various reasons, don't expect a consensus of opinion on anything. Having said that, it looks like you can fill low spots deeper than 1/8" or so and any cracks that you ...
by atomvoyager
Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Air Sander vs Orbital for Awlgrip prep.
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: Air Sander vs Orbital for Awlgrip prep.

You'll have no problem with visible scratches in awlgrip or any paint by using the right grit paper on a random orbital sander. An orbital sander does leave scratches but the random orbital like the one you probably already own is no problem. An air sander is usually a dual-action (DA) sander and ha...
by atomvoyager
Fri Dec 10, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Outboard Well Performance
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: Outboard Well Performance

Welcome to the group. Maybe someone else will post their experiences pushing a heavier boat with an outboard motor. But keep in mind that there a lot of poorly designed non-tilted outboard installations that give this option a bad rep. People with different experiences will have different ideas. You...
by atomvoyager
Wed Dec 01, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Hebridean WindVane
Replies: 8
Views: 197

Re: Hebridean WindVane

Also, the Monitor has a four-point mount that is ideal for boats with a transom-hung rudder. Boats with inboard rudders will find it easier to install something like the Windpilot Pacific, which uses a simpler, single mount of four bolts.
by atomvoyager
Wed Dec 01, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Chainplate covers
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Chainplate covers

You may be thinking I meant some other screws. I don't usually buy common items from McMaster because they're pricey. What I meant was these "tapping" screws as they're called at West Marine, available everywhere, and what you are probably already using for other jobs: https://www.westmari...
by atomvoyager
Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Chainplate covers
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Chainplate covers

What I've done is dry-fit the covers, take them off, oversize drill the holes, fill with epoxy, redrill for self-tapping stainless #8 x 1/2"" screws. The epoxy is brittle so you need to drill the holes big enough and then don't overtighten and strip the screws. I make sure there is a small...
by atomvoyager
Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Boat Shops and Facilities
Topic: Setting Scaffolding up for Hull Prep/paint
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: Setting Scaffolding up for Hull Prep/paint

You could use the 2x4s to make sawhorses and then use 2x12 planks on top. The sawhorses may need to be taller than standard. I have ready made ones and need to place cement blocks under them for the right height. I set up enough to go all the way around the boat rather than having to move them, whic...
by atomvoyager
Tue Nov 16, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 130
Views: 4906

Re: Introducing Katie-J

If you have trouble drilling them out, say in case they are hardened steel, you may be able to sister in new bolts in new tapped holes nearby.
by atomvoyager
Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 130
Views: 4906

Re: Introducing Katie-J

I'd do everything possible to get the bolts out rather than tap new holes because that be easy.
The wooden boat guys on the following thread say at least 1 1/2 bolt diameters plus room for the taper at the end of the tap:

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread. ... -iron-keel
by atomvoyager
Tue Nov 09, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 130
Views: 4906

Re: Introducing Katie-J

It's possible that the original rudder was not balanced enough and caused a heavy helm so a previous owner added some wood to make it more effective. You can measure and calculate the total surface area of the rudder including how much of it is forward of the shaft. 10 to 15% added forward of the sh...
by atomvoyager
Mon Nov 01, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: My '66 A30
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: My '66 A30

We're looking forward to see the new toe rail project.
by atomvoyager
Thu Oct 28, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Hebridean WindVane
Replies: 8
Views: 197

Re: Hebridean WindVane

I don't have experience with it but this might be a good low cost windvane option:
https://south-atlantic.com.ar/windvane/ ... ng301.html
by atomvoyager
Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Sails, Rigging, and Systems
Topic: Hebridean WindVane
Replies: 8
Views: 197

Re: Hebridean WindVane

I've also seen it described online but don't know anyone who made and used one. From the videos you see it can work but looks fragile and awkward to use and maintain compared to say the Windpilot Pacific or Pacific Light. It is clever though and may be suitable for those who want a DIY windvane for ...
by atomvoyager
Sat Oct 23, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 432

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

It should be no problem.
by atomvoyager
Sun Oct 03, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Cost of teak coamings
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: Cost of teak coamings

If you want to keep it varnished or sealed with a two-part clear coating then there are many woods you could choose. A veneered foam board is interesting. Coamings often have fasteners for cleats, winch bases, dodger attachment and so on so you'd need to engineer around that and then adding veneer a...
by atomvoyager
Sat Oct 02, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 432

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

You don't absolutely have to epoxy fill the holes if you make sure you don't drill all the way through the wood to the inside of the tank. Silicone may work but Bed-it butyl will be more reliable.
by atomvoyager
Thu Sep 30, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 432

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

By the way, you didn't mention if you used an epoxy primer before applying the single part paint on the sole, if it was bare wood or sealed in epoxy resin, but I found that a single part primer or paint does not adhere well to epoxy resin. Sometimes it will stick a little better if the epoxy resin h...
by atomvoyager
Wed Sep 29, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 432

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

For future reference, you can use Interprotect 2000e epoxy primer (gray or white, which is a light gray color) as your interior locker paint or even for the cabin sole with no paint over it. Easy to apply, covers in two coats with no sanding between coats and lasts forever.
by atomvoyager
Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Cost of teak coamings
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: Cost of teak coamings

Last time I bought some for an Alberg 30 from Maritime Wood Products in FL 5 years ago it was $26 per board foot for 3/4" x 11" x 93" length was $400 for two pieces. Less wide planks are sold cheaper so you could try epoxy gluing two together on edge. If you can't find affordable teak...
by atomvoyager
Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Painting Formica
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Painting Formica

Single part paint or primer doesn't stick well to formica because it's scratch resistant and has a non-porous plastic resin surface. It helps to send it well with 80 or 120 grit instead of something smoother. After cleaning with alcohol I use a two-part primer like Epoxy Primecoat, sand it and then ...
by atomvoyager
Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 432

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

Looks good. I don't see any benefit to adding trim. If the trim is trying to hide a rough fiberglass joint I'd prefer to use fairing compound and sand it smooth. If you varnish the trim then you'll keep varnishing since it gets wear underfoot and traps dirt at the edges. But all that is just persona...
by atomvoyager
Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: A small bit o' Plastic: Thunderbird 8 dinghy
Replies: 4
Views: 343

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

That is impressive weight for a 10' dinghy hull. He claims a 25% weight reduction from plywood, even though he used a plywood transom so that's good to know. The 34 lb hull weight will double or triple once all the rest is added but still is light. I learned more from the comments than the video and...
by atomvoyager
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 432

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

West Marine has a Plastic Mushroom Head Thru-Hull Connection, Barbed for $12. I get them wholesale for $5. I guess it would be much cheaper to use the copper tube you have on hand and glass a piece in horizontally near the bottom of the tank. I assumed you'll use a Whale foot pump but if using some ...
by atomvoyager
Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Heavy duty Stern anchor bag
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Heavy duty Stern anchor bag

I'd also be interested to hear what others have come up with. In the past I've made my own out of various synthetic heavy canvas with webbing around it and a drawstring at the end. A mesh material like Phifertex® Standard Vinyl Mesh Grey 54" Fabric is better to allow the wet rode to dry. People...
by atomvoyager
Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Materials, Sources, and Innovations
Topic: Divinycell
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: Divinycell

Yes H-80 is sufficient. I haven't actually built a dinghy from Divinycell yet but would do that next time to prevent rot, increase flooded buoyancy and hopefully save a little weight. You'll have to work out the construction method and lightest way to use fiberglass to stiffen it up without overdoin...
by atomvoyager
Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 432

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

That will work. You may have noticed in my tank videos that I use a 1/2" mushroom outlet when, as in your case, the lower end of the tank is accessible. I've been using Multicaulk but silicone can work. Otherwise I epoxy in from the top a 1/2" OD copper pickup tube that reaches the bottom.
by atomvoyager
Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 432

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

That jig solution is clever and will work but is more elaborate than what's needed to temporarily hold the baffles in place. I just make a cardboard pattern of the baffles using a string as a guide for the height with about 1/8" gap between baffle and tank top and then cut out the baffle. Once ...
by atomvoyager
Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 432

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

It may be a photo illusion, but the white color in your new fiberglass in the bilge looks like it may have insufficient resin, or what's called a dry layup. Usually the glass is more transparent when properly wetted out. Not possible to fix it easily in this situation other than adding another thinn...
by atomvoyager
Sat Sep 11, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build
Replies: 27
Views: 432

Re: Allied Seawind 30 Integral Water Tank Build

3/4" ply is thicker than what's needed because it will have at least one layer of glass on each side. For these small baffles 3/8" is sufficient or 1/2" max. I just made an integral water tank using all Divinycell foam board for sides, top and baffles to save some weight and stop any ...
by atomvoyager
Wed Aug 11, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Rot before modification??
Replies: 5
Views: 434

Re: Rot before modification??

To cut the motor well slot in the hull and transom I first trace the pattern inside and drill each corner of the slot with something like a 1/8" drill bit. I drill a few connecting holes with a 1/4" bit until I can get a sawzall blade in and cut with either the best blade you can get becau...
by atomvoyager
Fri Aug 06, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

Bevels are only required when holes are large or you have limited area to add fiberglass over them but in your case are not needed because you are adding a large area of glass and resin plug inside. There will be no difference in strength in this case how you treat the small holes or even if you don...
by atomvoyager
Thu Aug 05, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

I don't see why you can't do your repair of the holes from inside by either drilling out the wood plugs and filling the holes or leaving them in place and glassing over them. You didn't mention why you can't do that so I must be missing something here. To finish off the repair from the bottom you sh...
by atomvoyager
Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

It does sound sufficient but if you want to add more strength against shocks from say hard groundings in waves then once you add the roving you can also add an inch or so of thickened polyester resin and then more glass on top using whatever resin you prefer. Overall thickness gives more strength th...
by atomvoyager
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 130
Views: 4906

Re: Introducing Katie-J

I've used Divinycell which is a PVC foam and Core-cell which is a SAN polymer. I just completed an integral water tank using Divinycell. Either one will work fine but Diniycell is lower cost here. When wanting a denser core I've used Coosa Board, which is high density polyurethane foam with reinforc...
by atomvoyager
Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Grinding to hole ratio
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: Grinding to hole ratio

Grinding a very wide bevel outside increases the work and makes fairing more difficult. I grind a bevel about 4" back all around and don't bevel the inside. On the inside I add several layers of cloth about 12" square and that strengthens the outside patch so that you don't need to go to a...
by atomvoyager
Fri Jul 09, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Rot before modification??
Replies: 5
Views: 434

Re: Rot before modification??

I cut out the motor hatch lid first because it gave better access for repairs and hardware removal.
by atomvoyager
Tue Jul 06, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: Redesigning cockpit sole for Alberg 30
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: Redesigning cockpit sole for Alberg 30

I've thought about doing this on my Triton and Alberg 30s I've worked on but haven't yet mainly because of concerns over losing headroom when standing under the bimini or boom. Depending on your height and how much headroom you're willing to sacrifice, it seems like a good way to eliminate two seaco...
by atomvoyager
Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

By the way, if you have an early Triton with a false keel, how did you fit an integral tank into the aft bilge since it was so shallow compared to my later model boat with internal ballast and deep bilge? I guess it was a different shape and location from mine?
by atomvoyager
Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

I'm sure it will be strong enough but just to make sure you can grind the area outside all around within a foot or so of the shoe down to glass and add a few layers of fiberglass cloth before installing the shoe. If the shoe is already built and it's a snug fit as is and won't allow more glass under...
by atomvoyager
Sat Jun 26, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Boat Photos
Topic: A small bit o' Plastic: Thunderbird 8 dinghy
Replies: 4
Views: 343

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

The new Divinycell cored dinghy will be interesting to follow. Maybe you can document the steps of the build here. I've wanted to build a foam cored dinghy for years but haven't got around to it. Not sure of the optimal core thickness and glass type and amount to keep the weight down while still sti...
by atomvoyager
Sat Jun 19, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

Maybe someone else can give you an idea but meanwhile you could drill a hole inside and outside in likely spots and if it doesn't drip out fast enough drill more holes in other spots. Maybe try compressed air for the outside hole or a vacuum on the inside one. You could also try a moderate amount of...
by atomvoyager
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

If that glob of thickened resin is truly in the way and you can't just layup fiberglass over it then if a chisel is too short to reach you could take a long bolt or piece of rebar and grind a chisel point in one end and go at it with a hammer. The other option might be to apply thickened epoxy on th...
by atomvoyager
Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

What we know about the construction history of these newer boats with internal ballast plus your own observations on the exterior confirm you don't have a false keel situation so that disappearance of the woven roving in the photo could be thickened resin on top of the roving. If concerned you could...
by atomvoyager
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

If it was my boat I'd cut out the remaining false bilge bottom, apply fiberglass and thickened resin as needed to support and seal the rudder shoe area and paint it all with white epoxy barrier coat Interprotect 2000e. The reason I use that in bilge, cockpit lockers and chain locker instead of a sin...
by atomvoyager
Sun Jun 13, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

From an earlier thread on Triton keels someone explained the false keel that is supposedly only found on pre hull #382 external ballast Tritons so yours must be internal with no false keel. If yours is internal ballast, either the factory or a previous owner must have added the foam and some glass a...
by atomvoyager
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:05 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

On my Triton and the one I refit recently there is no false keel with foam or if there is it is small because I have about 28 inches from cabin sole to bottom of bilge. Apparently you have a shallow bilge version with a large foam fill area. Both of these are 1963 east coast Tritons with hull number...
by atomvoyager
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Pearson Triton Specifics
Topic: false keel
Replies: 52
Views: 2906

Re: false keel

I haven't done this job myself yet but I'd agree that poly resin is best here and I'd want to add some fiberglass inside where you cut away the keel for the shoe. Where did you source the bronze shoe? I'd like to do that on my boat and thought I might need to build a shoe from a stainless pipe welde...