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  1. Been in Brisbane for a couple of weeks, just got...

    Been in Brisbane for a couple of weeks, just got home this arvo. I spend as much time thinking about things as I do actually working. The boat plans are for a bare hull so I've had to design and...
  2. Scott, I also like the idea of the centre...

    Scott,
    I also like the idea of the centre runner. I am going to keep a close eye on the keel for damage from the rollers. It is reasonably easy to move around on the trailer. If I find that...
  3. Scott, Thanks for the response. My main...

    Scott,
    Thanks for the response. My main worry is not launching/retrieving the boat but keel damage during travel. The keel is made up of three layers of 19 mm thick timber plus the hull...
  4. Trailer keel rollers or skids under wooden hull?

    I am in the process of setting up a trailer for the Seneca skiff I have just completed building. It is 4.3 mtrs. long, flat bottomed but with 250 mm lift at the bow. The false keel timber is 90 mm...
  5. N.S.W. I'm in Wagga. Alan.

    I'm in Wagga.
    Alan.
  6. N.S.W. 1 litre pack of Norglass Shipshape 2 part primer.

    I have a new 1 litre pack of Norglass Shipshape 2 part primer. I have used exactly 80 Mils. total of the 1 litre. I purchased it to prime the interior of a boat i am building. The paint shop told me...
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    Thought that's what you meant. Thanks for that. ...

    Thought that's what you meant. Thanks for that.
    Alan.
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    Ian, Do you mean check that it is not close...

    Ian,
    Do you mean check that it is not close to it's "use by date"?
    Alan.
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    Thanks for that Dry Water, I'll check it out.

    Thanks for that Dry Water, I'll check it out.
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    Bedding compound for gunwale rub strips

    What would be a suitable product to bed my rub strips to the gunwales with. I am going to fasten them with copper nails/roves. The surface they are going on to is already painted. I don't want to use...
  11. Pilot hole drill size for square copper nails

    I am about to install the gunwale rubbing strakes (40 x 15) on my boat. What size drill should I use for a 12 ga. square copper nail through mountain ash, ply and meranti?
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    The problem was only evident with the first coat...

    The problem was only evident with the first coat - subsequent coats went on OK but I had to sand the first coat pretty heavily (not just a keying sand) before applying the 2nd. coat. The only epoxy I...
  13. Thread: Which paint?

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    First - Thanks to everybody for their responses...

    First - Thanks to everybody for their responses to my post. I've been flat out on the boat trying to make some progress before going north for the winter in a couple of weeks so haven't had time to...
  14. Thread: Which paint?

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    First - Thanks to everybody for their responses...

    First - Thanks to everybody for their responses to my post. I've been flat out on the boat trying to make some progress before going north for the winter in a couple of weeks so haven't had time to...
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    ShopMate 5200AT4 manual

    Good morning,
    I don't like to impose but I was wondering if you still had a copy of the owner's manual for the above saw. If you do I would really appreciate it if you could e-mail me...
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    Fastening transom and quarter knees.

    I have just epoxied the quarter knees and transom knee into position. My question is do I really need to screw or bolt them also. The transom knee is laminated ply and the quarters are hardwood. I...
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    Well, after a lot of thought I have trimmed them...

    Well, after a lot of thought I have trimmed them off flush with the bottom. My reasoning was that in a turn the chine guard protruding below the hull at an angle could upset water flow across the...
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    Chine guards/rub strips.

    I have just fitted the chine guards to my flat bottom skiff. I have attached som pics. My question is, should I trim the bottom edges off so that they are level with the bottom sheeting or leave them...
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    The problem is mainly on the face that is cut...

    The problem is mainly on the face that is cut across the growth rings. I can see the annual rings on both ends of the timber and the same thing has happened on the ends but it is of little...
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    Ian, . You've got me there. Just did a bit...

    Ian,
    . You've got me there. Just did a bit of research on the web. I know what 1/4 sawn and plain or flat sawn are. Not sure what you mean by "face grain or qtr. sawn face"
    Alan.
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    I steer well clear of "Non clogging" abrasive...

    I steer well clear of "Non clogging" abrasive papers because of the alleged waxy substance they use as the anti-clog medium. I have read the Bote Cote manual numerous times and noted the warning re....
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    I have 4 lengths of 42 x19 Mt. Ash that I am...

    I have 4 lengths of 42 x19 Mt. Ash that I am coating. In some cases the problem occurs on both sides on other pieces only on one side.
    I have had the same problen with the same timber in varying...
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    I don't normally clean timbers with acetone...

    I don't normally clean timbers with acetone unless thgere is contamination evident. If I have to remove bar code stickers(Grrrr) I always clean the adhesive residue off with acetone.
    Thanks or...
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    Thanks for your thoughts. I can see what you mean...

    Thanks for your thoughts. I can see what you mean by surface tension and agree with that point but what would cause surface tension n just one type of imber. Ecalyptus oils coming out of the t imber?...
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    Mountain ash repelling epoxy.

    I am preparing some mountain ash (Tassie oak or whatever) touse as gunwale and chine rub strips on a boat I am building. I have applied the first of two coats of epoxyand have a problem in that the...
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    Home for some boat magazines?

    I have approximately forty "Wooden Boat" magazines (American) and about thirty "Aust. Amateur Boatbuilder & Kit Boats" from the current editions back.
    They are taking up space & cluttering up my...
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    CLAIMED I'm in.

    I'm in.
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    F/glass over foam console.

    I want to incorporate a centre console into the 4.3 mtr. Pacific dory that I am building. I am interested in foam as a means of saving weight. I have never used the stuff and am confused by all the...
  29. Thread: Which paint?

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    Did you use the gloss or satin Premium Enamel?...

    Did you use the gloss or satin Premium Enamel? Their website describes the satin as a modified polyurethane but does not say the same about the gloss product. The satin is only available in white but...
  30. Thread: Which paint?

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    An Australian company by the name of Norglass...

    An Australian company by the name of Norglass produce a range of marine finishes and glassing products which have some good reviews. One of the paints I have been looking at is their "Weatherfast...
  31. Thread: Which paint?

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    Which paint?

    I am trying to decide on a topcoat paint for my boat when it is finished. I have never used a two part polyurethane but have read that it can be difficult to obtain a good finish not sure if this...
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    I have purchased some Selleys Armour Flex to do...

    I have purchased some Selleys Armour Flex to do the job. I Need something over the Easter weekend as we go north for the winter on 1st May and I need to make some progress before then. I called...
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    Thanks for that. I now remember seeing the...

    Thanks for that. I now remember seeing the product in the Whitworths Marine catalogue. I'll give them a call. Thanks again.
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    Well I have the false keel pre drilled in place...

    Well I have the false keel pre drilled in place and ready to fasten down. I will take your advice and not cover it or the running strakes with glass cloth. All I have to do now is find a sealant....
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    The backing timber that I would use inside the...

    The backing timber that I would use inside the hull below the strakes would not be full length as they would be interrupted by the frames (18” spacing) but I could just epoxy them in place (10mm ply...
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    PAR, Thanks again for your help. 40 x 20...

    PAR,
    Thanks again for your help. 40 x 20 was my original thoughts on it. How about this - a reinforcing stringer on the inside of the hull , say about 40 x 10 and screw the strakes on from the...
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    Running strake height.

    I need to fit two running strakes on the bottom of a Senecadory I am building. They will be for protecting the flat bottom and also provide directional stability in turns. Thefalse keel is 90 x 19...
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    Screw head filler

    Moved to boat buldigrepairing.
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    I don't know if I should start a new thread for...

    I don't know if I should start a new thread for this but it is closely related to the false keel issue so here goes. I want to put two running strakes on the bottm of the boat. I intended to have...
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    Could build a decent railway bridge with that...

    Could build a decent railway bridge with that timber.
    Alan.
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    Thanks very much for the reply, some good info. I...

    Thanks very much for the reply, some good info. I had intended leaving the screws in (Si bronze) and stagger them on about 10" centres. I just have to mark out all the screw positions before epoxying...
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    Yes, the screws go through the 19 .mm false keel...

    Yes, the screws go through the 19 .mm false keel into the 35 mm keel
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    Correct keel fastening method

    I am about to lay a false keel on a boat I am building, a flat bottom dory with about 300 mm lift at the bow. It will be epoxied and screwed down onto the keelson over the 9mm ply bottom.
    The...
  44. Fibre glass sheathing the external longitudinals.

    I am in the process of building a Spira Seneca dory for my son to fish the inland rivers & lakes. It is a 4.3mtr. flat bottom dory with about 300mm lift at the bow. I am about to fit the 9mm ply...
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    I use zip lock bags for running fillets after...

    I use zip lock bags for running fillets after mixing the epoxy and filler in disposable plastic cups. I am going to try som Bote Cote 1:1 mix epoxy glue for structural joins mentioned elsewhere in...
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    Thanks for the response. It's not that I'm...

    Thanks for the response. It's not that I'm opposed to epoxy it's just that I thought there may have been an easier way. I am going to try some Epoxy-Glue which seems to be worth a try. It's mentioned...
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    Well I have just epoxied the keelson to the...

    Well I have just epoxied the keelson to the frames using a micro ball hi strength filler with it. I will do a bit more searching for the T-88 gunable cartridges.
    I have laminated the keelson from...
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    Ian, I see a System Three product called...

    Ian,
    I see a System Three product called T-88 but it doesn't say anything about a gun mounted mixer.
    Alan.
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    Ian, Thanks for the relpy. I appreciate the...

    Ian,
    Thanks for the relpy. I appreciate the strength and other benefits of epoxy and there is no doubt that it is the best adhesive to build with but it is so damned messy to work with and...
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    Timber boat building adhesive.

    I am in the early stages of building a Spira Seneca dory for my son to fish the inland rivers. Is there a suitable construction adhesivethat I can use in lieu of epoxy? It is a ply on frame boat.
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