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by atomvoyager
Wed Sep 21, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Inner forestay halyard block
Replies: 2
Views: 35

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: 48

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: 48

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: 24

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: 18
Views: 296

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: 18
Views: 296

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: 610

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: 52

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: 3
Views: 80

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: 170

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: 170

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: 140

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: 5551

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: 246
Views: 10549

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: 246
Views: 10549

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: 149

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: 149

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: 225

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: 246
Views: 10549

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: 138

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: 246
Views: 10549

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: 7
Views: 668

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: 122

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: 211

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: 138

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: 111

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: 610

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: 610

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: 610

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: 111

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: 610

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: 111

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: 610

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: 246
Views: 10549

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...
by atomvoyager
Thu Apr 14, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bar Rust 233 curing question
Replies: 25
Views: 610

Re: Bar Rust 233 curing question

The images are visible now with a click. I'm assuming you have the tank top not glassed down yet so you can bring the top inside the house next to a heater for 24 hours and then run a space heater on the boat when it's safe and then compare the hardness of each. If it still doesn't fully cure, do a ...
by atomvoyager
Wed Apr 13, 2022 10:12 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bar Rust 233 curing question
Replies: 25
Views: 610

Re: Bar Rust 233 curing question

Thanks for the details. You may not notice if the 8" (10" OD) hatch leaks until sailing heeled with water pressure constantly sloshing against it. I had a Beckson 8" drip slightly on a deck installation and was able to stop it with silicone paste lubricant on the o-ring. Because of th...
by atomvoyager
Mon Apr 11, 2022 7:31 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Bar Rust 233 curing question
Replies: 25
Views: 610

Re: Bar Rust 233 curing question

Welcome to the group. I have a similar job coming up on a CD27 and would be curious to hear more about your tank like the dimensions and location and estimated capacity. If the mixing ratio was correct then just give it more time and turn on a heater if temps are low. If the mix ratio was off it wil...
by atomvoyager
Sat Apr 09, 2022 9:19 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 246
Views: 10549

Re: Introducing Katie-J

I haven't done this but heard from others that adding a plug works assuming you have space under the pan for a drain container. If not, apparently you can attach a hose with petcock to the plug and use an extractor pump as others have described in the thread below: https://www.cruisersforum.com/foru...
by atomvoyager
Thu Mar 24, 2022 12:02 pm
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Removable inner forestay conversion
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: Removable inner forestay conversion

Thanks Kurt for that PS article link. Here is more info than you asked for but could help others doing this job. Inner stay components include the mast hound, stay with end fittings, adjuster of some type, deck attachment fitting near bow, attachment shackle to shroud chain plate for stowage or pad ...
by atomvoyager
Tue Feb 22, 2022 9:26 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Replacing the sheerclamp
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Replacing the sheerclamp

I frequently make reinforcements to weak areas on boats. Your sheerclamp rot can be patched in pieces to reinforce - it doesn't need to be one continuous piece because the strength will come from the overlapping fiberglass and epoxy resin that goes on top.
by atomvoyager
Mon Feb 21, 2022 9:09 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Replacing the sheerclamp
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Replacing the sheerclamp

Here's a post about a member here replacing a rotted section of his sheerclamp:
https://plasticclassicforum.com/forum/v ... amp#p52822
by atomvoyager
Sun Feb 20, 2022 9:36 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Replacing the sheerclamp
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Replacing the sheerclamp

Welcome. Maybe someone here with experience in this repair will reply but you may have better luck posting this question at: https://www.boatdesign.net/forums/boat-building/ I haven't done this particular job but I'm sure I (or you) could figure it out if on the boat after removing a short section t...
by atomvoyager
Wed Feb 09, 2022 9:05 am
Forum: Boatbuilding and Repair Techniques
Topic: Wooden rudder
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Re: Wooden rudder

You could post your question and photos on the Wooden Boat forum. It's a wood rudder at least so you should be able to get some advice there. The wooden boat people often disagree but I like to encase the wood rudder in epoxy glass after repairing any rot. You should push a knife blade into the wood...
by atomvoyager
Thu Feb 03, 2022 9:52 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 246
Views: 10549

Re: Introducing Katie-J

I don't recall why you applied fairing compound over the entire transom surface. Possibly there were uneven repair areas or the factory finish had waves or ripples in it that you wanted to improve the appearance of or wanted to fill gelcoat porosity or other widespread crazing that you felt primer a...
by atomvoyager
Tue Jan 25, 2022 11:31 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Introducing Katie-J
Replies: 246
Views: 10549

Re: Introducing Katie-J

With stainless angle bars on front and back I'm surprised they bent at all. I think if you replace those with bigger angle bar backed by aluminum or stainless vertical flat plate and your large U-shaped weldment brace on the forward side you will get good support. You can augment the forward vertica...
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: 439

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: 1300

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: 1300

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: 411

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: 199

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...