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  1. Cheapster

    Stable Dingy for New Sailor

    I sailed the heck out of Mutineer single-handed when I was a kid. It's not the fastest thing, but man I had tons of fun with that boat! Even used to run with the spinnaker sometimes, and I went out many times when the wind was howling. That was the most fun for me. I don't remember if I ever capsized? Seems like I must have, but if so it wasn't a problem or I'd surely remember. I must have weighed 160ish at the time I guess? Anyway, can definitely recommend the Mutineer. Also, there were some Wayfarers on our lake that looked to be fairly similar in handling and we had some Rebels, which seemed even more stable. Seems like any of those would probably suit you. BUT!- Why so concerned about stability? Let me tell you, I remember well when dad got our boat. Man, I was so afraid it would tip! He had to practically drag me to the dock and force me on the boat the first few times we went out. Seems I got used to it pretty quickly and after we dumped it a few times (Drills maybe? That was like 45 years ago, I don't remember now) there was no more mystery or fear about that. That's just part of sailing a small boat and some will have you swim more often than others, that's all. Don't be afraid to sail a bit on the edge, it's much more fun! By the way, what town are you in? Maybe we can meet up at the lake one day for a sail! I got this old 505 I'm fixing up. Need to get my butt in gear and finish my project but I can't get too excited about spending a lot of time out in the garage when it's 100 freekin degrees out Also got my 1974 Laser, but that's not a very good boat for two full-sized guys! By the way, you know that thing had to surely have spent 99.9% of its life on the trailer with the flat bunks too. I think the hull has sagged out a bit in those areas. Yeah for sure. But so what, she seems to sail perfectly fine and I'm not looking to win any races anyway. Best $150 boat I ever had, lol! I'm also using the old blown-out sail and she's good fun on the cheap!! I did replace most of the lines though, that was probably another $200 or so lol. Pile of ropes cost more than my boat and trailer, that's kind of crazy to think about...
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    505 Resto

    I want to try to launch next week but realistically it will probably be the week after. We'll have to see if my gasket material arrives this week as it's supposed to and hopefully, I won't find too much missing when I stand the mast up for the first time. I probably should have done that mast thing a while back! Oh well, I'll get it all sorted out soon anyway. It's time!
  3. Cheapster

    505 Resto

    Nah, these gaskets are pretty hammered. They bear a close resemblance to giant white strips of cooked bacon, haha. Actually, if you zoom in on the picture you can see the gaskets still in place. They look sort of like um, lips... that might be seen on another kind of slot... LOL I'll have to check out that bike tube deal. You haven't got any pics by chance, have you? I did see one write-up where the guy used a single flap of gasket material the covered the front of the slot and was able to be pushed out when the board came all the way down. I had planned to do the same but the bike thing actually sounds better.
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    505 Resto

    Wow, I finally wrapped up my walk-in shower project and got back to the boat! Got her flipped over and took off the CB gasket, found that the replacement gasket that came with the boat was about 2" too short! DAMN! Alright, I got another gasket on order this morning. Need to grind off some old repairs and try to do them up right, get my new gasket on there and LAUNCH. No rerig or expensive stuff required, I just want to get her out for some fun =) And what in the hell is up with the pictures? I turned it around and around but when I put it on the forum it turns it sideways every time, lol. IF it loads! Most times it takes a few attempts before it'lll get past "loading error" Maybe I need some sort of forum tutorial or something...
  5. Cheapster

    Craigslist Finds

    Not that I have any extra cash laying around at the moment, or space for another boat, but this looks interesting. Anyone know what it is?
  6. Cheapster

    2020 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    Hey now.. I've never been a partier but the older I get the more I see the error of my ways. I'll be happy just to chase the real sailors around the lake for a while and hope to pick up some party pointers from the champs afterward \0/
  7. Cheapster

    505 Resto

    Yep, I had thought of that! Seems like there was plenty of room in there when I took it out, and I guess being a gybing board it has to have a fair amount of room to flop around. I can sand it down here and there if need be, but I expect she'll still fit just fine with that extra little bit of paint.
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    505 Resto

    I'm still making progress over here! Maybe a little slow, but that's OK I guess. I got the board completely glassed as planned by doing the edges first and then the sides, so I have minimum 2 layers of glass with some of the overlaps building to 3 or 4 layers. I did have the one bridged over spot which I drilled and filled with a syringe. Worked perfectly so that void is no more. Here you can see where I drilled the glass but the bubble is history. After letting the epoxy cure up way longer than necessary I found some white paint. End up getting a free gallon of Polane from a buddy in the aviation industry since it had gone beyond it's expiration date. Disposal of this stuff is always a problem for those guys since they can't just toss it in the dumpster. The paint is super thick, like maple syprup so I brushed on a very thick fill coat which mostly filled the texture left by the peel ply on the glass, and also went a long ways toward filling in the steps left where my glass plies overlap. The pic here shows the first fill coat sanded down ready for second fill coat, which is on right now. When I get to the point where I don't see any steps or other imperfections after sanding the fill coat, I'll thin my paint and spray the last coat. So far so good!!
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    2020 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    I'll do my damndest to throw my 505 into the mix!
  10. Cheapster

    what is it?

    The video has a good shot of the sail at about the 2:00 mark. Sure looks like the pic on post #1... Very interesting little boat, I hadn't seen that one before. I like it!
  11. Cheapster

    505 Resto

    Well there we are! She came out a little starved right on the front flat face at the top, but overall looks very good. I'm not sure if I over-vacuumed it or if maybe that portion wasn't sealed as well as the rest and I actually pulled air out of the wood and through my layup. I won't worry too much about it I guess since it seems perfectly well stuck down and that's a heavy area that I don't think sees much abuse. On the opposite side of the shown transition, I got about a dime-sized area where the glass bridged over instead of pressing down to the board. Between those two issues, I'm not if I should back the vacuum off to 10" or pull it down to 20" next time. Maybe just leave it at 15"? To repair my void, I'm thinking I'll drill 1/16" holes in opposite ends of that area and inject epoxy to fill it up. Seems like that should be a sound repair with minimal damage to the glass cloth. Wonder if there will be amine blush inside that little pocket? I was surprised at how well the peel ply was stuck down, it really took a bit of work to pull that stuff off! No doubt, it was stuck to my layup at least as well as the old glass was stuck to the board. My layup seems to be really properly stuck. Last thing I had done before glassing was thoroughly wash off the blush and give a final sanding to make sure everything was flat and clean, and I made sure there were no shiny spots left. Where I had masked the lower part of the board with newspaper, all the drips became little newspaper layups. Oops, well I hadn't planned on bagging it when I masked it off, and that will all sand off easily enough. I'll mask with plastic on the next layup. I believe next I'll do the leading edge, and after that I'll do one side and then the other in a 4th bagging. At this point I don't play to do any glassing without bagging. The bag makes it come out so even and the peel ply leaves such a nice surface, I want to keep the rest consistent with what I've got so far. Overall I'm very satisfied so far. I was able to trim just a tiny bit off the end of my bag top open it, so it should be good for several more uses. Let's see if I can't actually get this bad boy done!
  12. Cheapster

    505 Resto

    Well that was pretty hilarious.. I decided you guys were right, I'll just go ahead and lay up my glass and squeegee it out. Done and done, simple enough. Cut my glass cloth and laid it in place but it didn't really want to lay down. Figured it would lay better when I wetted it out. And it did, but just a little better and I needed it to be a lot better! It just wouldn't stick near the trailing edge where I had wrapped it around. Huh. So then suddenly I had VACUUM BAG EMERGENCY!! Grabbed all my bagging stuff (that I had never even assembled to know if it worked) and went to town! Cut off a piece of bag material "about that big" and spread it out laying on top of my spare cradle box. Peel ply a little bigger than the glass cloth and throw that on. Bleeder a bit bigger than that, throw it on too, then cut the bag and installed my vacuum fittings and proceeded to tape it up with the chewing gum tape. I actually got it all together and didn't have to make a single pleat. Miracle of miracles, the damn thing actually sucked down when I hooked it all up too. I could hardly believe it! Had to have set some kind of record for fastest bag that actually worked done by a guy that doesn't generally do that stuff, lol. I did hear one hiss but it stopped when I squeezed the tape in that spot. The gauge on the pump was climbing above 20 but the bag all felt like it was pressed down plenty well so I backed off the bleeder until the gauge read 15". Went and checked the leftover epoxy in the mixing cup and it hadn't started to kick yet so I think I''m probably going to be ok on this one. We'll see in the morning!
  13. Cheapster

    505 Resto

    Would definitely be interesting to see those broken boards!
  14. Cheapster

    505 Resto

    I've watched some videos and have even lent a hand ages ago. Also there was a trick our guys did that I haven't seen anyone else do. They would take a piece of bagging plastic and mark out the layup they wanted on that. Then they would wet out the layup on that and cover it with another layer of bag. Once that sandwich was together all nice and wet and fairly bubble free they would cut that shape out with ceramic bladed shears. Peel off the inner bag skin and stick the layup down. On to the next layer and so on. Seemed to be a fairly precise way to get the layups to exactly the size shape and location they wanted. I wasn't planning on doing all that but I found it inspiring. You know, that idea about making a rudder might be pretty good too. The rudder on this boat is kind of screwy in my opinion since the damn thing doesn't kick up and the tiller goes through the transom and apparently bolts on to the rudder blade. I'd prefer to have a kick up rudder and some kind of easily removable tiller, so I may just do up a whole assembly. As far as the centerboard is concerned, I might just do it up in one layer like you suggested. Originally it was two layers of glass at least, which was obvious when I peeled the thing. Some places one layer of class actually came up and left a layer under it, which I also peeled. I think that might have been the side of the board that came out extra rough. I suspect it will still be more than strong enough with a single layer of glass and that will sure speed up the glassing process too. I'll have to have myself a good think on that one tonight when I get a chance to watch the vids. Thanks for those by the way!
  15. Cheapster

    505 Resto

    I hear you FY! But since I saw our guys at the hangar doing mods on Kevlar panels in the early 90's I've thought vacuum bagging was the slickest damn thing and have kind of wanted to try it. Well I've finally got a good project to do that on and have bought all the stuff to do it, so it must happen! No basement though. That's a pretty rare thing here in North Texas. Something about having to build the foundation below the frost line or whatever horse shit... Believe me, that was my favorite place in the house in Michigan where I grew up and I miss having that. But my garage will serve fine. I actually did the sanding by hand in the living room with a big plastic drop cloth over the coffee table, lol Hey, it was hot out and I have no wife to bitch at me! My plan is to start with the board trailing edge up, glass the aft 2/3 or so, then when it sets up I'll turn it over and get the rest in a second layup with some overlap. I want to get the second layup on there as soon as the first cures enough to safely remove the peel ply. I also have some carbon fiber tape I want to put on around the leading edge and tip that may end up being a third bagging. After all the layup is done, sand out any lumps or ridges, open up the screw holes as needed, and roll on the white gelcoat. Probably two layers of gelcoat with some sanding. It'll probably be a big mess but nothing a good sanding won't fix. We'll see!