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    "Mayfly" is easy to look up & guess at its...

    "Mayfly" is easy to look up & guess at its behaviour on the water. There's quite a bit of info on the web on sailing them too.

    "a fifteen-foot vee shaped hull" could mean almost anything from a...
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    428026 Pic for Bogart

    428026 Pic for Bogart
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    great news, a great build, and some very...

    great news, a great build, and some very user-friendly mods. :2tsup:
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    If you aren't 100% sure of where the cockpit...

    If you aren't 100% sure of where the cockpit edges will be, maybe put some cedar highlights inside the cockpit & avoid highlighting something which may change afterwards?
    Or...
    start from the...
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    Looking good Bob.

    Looking good Bob.
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    :d ...

    :d ...
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    Some wiggle room Alex...two toes & my eyelids. ...

    Some wiggle room Alex...two toes & my eyelids.
    But that's a start. I can expand on that with time. :)

    Thankyou PAR for that extensive explanation.
    Can nookie credits be exchanged for boat...
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    Unforunately I made the mistake of telling The...

    Unforunately I made the mistake of telling The Boss that, if this works, Eth'l stays, and, if it doesn't work, Eth'l goes.
    Then I made the compounding mistake of telling her that it appears to have...
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    Met another Alexandrina Sailing Assoc member a...

    Met another Alexandrina Sailing Assoc member a few weeks ago on what may have been Eth'l's last sail under gaff ketch rig.

    Ethel has/had some annoying vices.
    Most hazardous - gargantuan turning...
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    If you use treated pine, then rot won't be a...

    If you use treated pine, then rot won't be a problem.
    Radiata grows quickly & is therefore not as strong as slower growing species with tighter growth rings.
    Radiata probably makes sense as a...
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    was there anything useful at Old Marine Engine...

    was there anything useful at Old Marine Engine ?
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    Hi Kyle As you've probably noticed there's not...

    Hi Kyle
    As you've probably noticed there's not much MIK activity in here these days.
    Most has moved to Michael's FaceBook pages.
    I have half an idea someone has already done exactly what you're...
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    G'day FairDink Have paddled Bob's Laker - it's a...

    G'day FairDink
    Have paddled Bob's Laker - it's a nice little boat. Pleasingly quick for such a short boat.
    Suggest you delete the raised seat & sit on the bottom for more stable feel. Layer up a...
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    Nice little boat that.

    Nice little boat that.
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    May I suggest that the robustness or otherwise of...

    May I suggest that the robustness or otherwise of the drive is probably the least of your concerns.
    Any drive can be cleaned out. A fine pointed metal skewer or 3mm flat screwdriver will dig most...
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    Well, I (eventually) finished the longer tiller &...

    Well, I (eventually) finished the longer tiller & repaired the tiller extension.
    No pics - seen one, seen 'em all.

    Headed down to Clayton Bay about 3 weeks ago to test it all out.
    Only made...
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    I've done a fair bit with Gregg Carlson's "Hulls"...

    I've done a fair bit with Gregg Carlson's "Hulls" proggy.
    Not as ... sophisticated as some, but intuitive & effective at producing panels.
    Also provides some limited hydrodynamics predictions....
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    G'day Laurie It depends on whether public...

    G'day Laurie
    It depends on whether public visibility of the pics is more (or less) important than the boat.
    No discussion board site claims to have unlimited storage space or permanency.
    Some...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5MHvUjsfjc ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5MHvUjsfjc
    OzGoose at 10.3 kts
    near enough 20 km/h

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyqGCYHu9ik
    OzGoose at 12 kts
    road works speed limit = 25 kp/h

    One...
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    9.4 km/h peak 9.2+ km/h sustained for several...

    9.4 km/h peak
    9.2+ km/h sustained for several minutes.
    With a rolling following wake...

    That extra 1.5 km/h or so took a *lot* of extra wind & straining to achieve.
    Looking wistfuly at GIS &...
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    Thankyou all for your kind words. I was a bit...

    Thankyou all for your kind words.
    I was a bit rough with the belt sander in a couple of places.
    As hoped, the matt+grit deck paint turned a 10M paint job into a 2M one. :D

    Gratuitous pics on...
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    :c .

    :c .
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    That's a given anyway Alex. I'd like a little...

    That's a given anyway Alex.
    I'd like a little more stability, a little more speed, a little more simplicity, etc, etc... Sound familiar?..

    Making the coaming less bruising to sit on for more...
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    I should probably sell while she looks so good. ...

    I should probably sell while she looks so good.
    But then what...
    :oo:
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    375748 1st gunn'l on with daughter's...

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    1st gunn'l on with daughter's assistance.
    Previously fitted from middle outwards, the screws at the stern never had enough mechanical advantage to pull it all the way in to the hull. ...
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    No need Paul. Found a couple of dings while I...

    No need Paul.
    Found a couple of dings while I was trying to clean up some marks.

    Alex - all Norglass.
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    Using yesterday's semi-hardened roller cover & a...

    Using yesterday's semi-hardened roller cover & a brush, I've improved the paint job from a 10M finish to a 2M finish.
    Happy with that.
    Will remove tapes in an hour or so (touch-dry).
    Scalpel at...
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    Care to post a scan of them here Chris?

    Care to post a scan of them here Chris?
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    Wasn't really sure whether to go Opal White or...

    Wasn't really sure whether to go Opal White or Cream, so I bought both.
    Unfortunately (?) Norglass don't do cream and opal white in the same product.
    Opal white: gloss enamel
    Cream: non-skid...
  30. Those Sabot drawings look very old. Might be...

    Those Sabot drawings look very old.
    Might be the original MacGregor drawings.
    All Australian boats for the last 50 years or more have buoyancy boxes front & rear.
    Sabots are a still a popular...
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    Progress, after many weeks stoppage. Been...

    Progress, after many weeks stoppage.
    Been picking away at sanding the deck in that time, but no real impetus due to hot weather & general malaise.

    Sanded deck & high-build Primer/undercoat. ...
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    Saw you'd bent on that sail Alex. Didn't think...

    Saw you'd bent on that sail Alex.
    Didn't think it had been two years...
    Been a Norglass convert since the first kayak I applied it to.
    Kicking myself around the room ATM.
    Calling for BWC...
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    Waaaayyyyyyyy over canvassed. While the wind...

    Waaaayyyyyyyy over canvassed.
    While the wind was in the high teens around Rat Is & Mundoo Channel, I hung onto the main waiting for it to die down.
    Behaved ok although occasionally a bit of a...
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    Hi Alex Finished the rudder assemblies & fitted...

    Hi Alex
    Finished the rudder assemblies & fitted them to the boat.
    Gave it a trial sail on a day that blew up to 30+km/h instead of dying down to 10-15 as forecast...
    Track attached. 38km in...
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    Interesting. This bloke has built pretty much...

    Interesting.
    This bloke has built pretty much what I intended.
    Same thought processes about the end product.
    Apparently it works very well too.
    Only key differences being junk rig vs...
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    Not Penetrol I think - seems to me to be an...

    Not Penetrol I think - seems to me to be an oil-based formulation to assist "oil" paints to flow.
    Would likely act as a barrier to epoxy bonding to the timber cells rather than an aid.

    Acetone...
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    Picking away at it. 364120 Didn't realise...

    Picking away at it.

    364120
    Didn't realise until I started profiling the rudder blade that I'd grabbed the 10mm ply instead of 12mm. :doh:
    Not all bad - I already have templates for a 20mm...
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    Thanks Paul Trying to re-use / adapt existing...

    Thanks Paul
    Trying to re-use / adapt existing hardware while retaining a simple back-out option.
    Were I starting from scratch, I'd do exactly as you suggest.
    Already have a suitable foil in the...
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    Got started on a larger rudder. The easiest job...

    Got started on a larger rudder. The easiest job first.
    Using the original blade as the core (roughly outlined) & adding about 250mm to the bottom.
    Will be 24mm thick Pollock section, 550 x 350. ...
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    Eth'l not finished, but reassembled over two...

    Eth'l not finished, but reassembled over two evenings hard labour, for a day on the water out of Clayton Bay with my sister last Saturday. Worth every minute of the work. Couldn't have asked for a...
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    They're on. Only problem encountered was a #10...

    They're on.
    Only problem encountered was a #10 screw which snuck into the #8 tin.
    Of course it was the screw I drove into the very end of one rail...
    Eucalypt is very hard, so it caused a...
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    Well, I googled Tas Oak & it came up as good...

    Well, I googled Tas Oak & it came up as good steam bending.
    Picked up 4 lengths of 20x8 because it will be more stable than 20x12 on edge, and bend easier than 20x16.
    Popped it into the...
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    thanks Mark never occurred to me to check if it...

    thanks Mark
    never occurred to me to check if it was suitable for steaming.
    seems my other to-hand species (oregon) isn't recommended either.
    might wander past Bunnies on the way to work tomorrow...
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    G'day Mark I just pulled the numbers from a...

    G'day Mark
    I just pulled the numbers from a couple of old postings here & over on woodenboat.
    I've no idea really. :?
    Is it worth having another stab at those two pieces, or would they be too...
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    update. picking away at bits & pieces.... ...

    update. picking away at bits & pieces....
    hatch cover for forward buoyancy compartment. :)
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    Inspired by PAR's recent launch, I thought I'd have a go at toe rails.
    Ethel has a very...
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    Wot PAR said. I bought a second-hand...

    Wot PAR said.
    I bought a second-hand thicknesser/planer to complement my table saw (Triton Mk3) .
    Rip scantlings oversize from stock on the Triton, then plane them to size.
    Have done this with...
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    I suspect getting them milled to size has added...

    I suspect getting them milled to size has added to the cost appreciably.
    Have you priced standard stock sizes with a view to reducing them to required dimensions?
    You might be able to pick up a...
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    Not fair, prickly pear. Youse mob get to burn...

    Not fair, prickly pear.
    Youse mob get to burn stuff. We're only allowed to put it out.
    Unless it was going to burn anyway, and the wind has died down, and, and, and...
    Wet & green here. Will...
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    There will be varnish, but only on the bits that...

    There will be varnish, but only on the bits that aren't freshly epoxied - coaming, gunwales, deck blocks, etc.
    (You may resume twitching !! :U )
    Been using Norglass on the spars. Quite thick for a...
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    Well done on getting a gig to Wentworth, Alex. ...

    Well done on getting a gig to Wentworth, Alex.
    The black snot should have cleared up after a few days... ;-)

    Thirsty deck.
    Really. Thirsty. Deck.
    3 coats of pox squeegeed over nearly 3...
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