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    East of the Great Divide
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    Sailing
    Boat Building
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  1. Build a wood box big enough to store epoxy and put a light globe of at least 25w. That will keep the epoxy at a workable temp. I have used fan heaters and plastic sheeting to warm jobs before . You can adjust temp with venting to give a constant temp. I always monitor temp with a thermometer . Pretty easy and straight forward once set up . Try to bring up to temp before applying epoxy if possible. If temp goes up after application it can expand air inside the wood and blow bubbles in the epoxy. BTW- I built my first boat in the living room. I had just started renovating it. Halted t
  2. I'm starting to think that my memory is playing tricks on me. I will keep looking . It would be good just to find an entry list.
  3. If my memory serves me right I don't think it got far. May of even dropped out on the first leg.
  4. I remember there was a boat in this race with a bi-plane rig but can't remember its name or designer. I have not been able to find anything out searching the net so putting it out there....... Can anyone help me out with this or just have a list of entries as that may nudge my memory. I remember taking a trip to see the boats at the wharf in Darling Harbour a day or so before the start but that was a while back and at the time I was more interested in Steinlarger's wing mast than anytning else. Any info would be appreciated.
  5. I've had 20kg drums go solid. Got onto the supplier and was advised I needed to heat to 50deg C to remove all the crystals and return resin to normal without loss of properties. Good quality resins will do this if exposed to cold temps even well within their shelf life. I've done this 3 different ways, (!) putting in black plastic bag and in full sun on a hot day. (2) heated with fan heater. They were metal drums so fan heater may not be a good option if in large plastic containers although I have also returned smaller 5kg plastic containers of resin back to normal this way. (3) I also mad
  6. My old man swore by two stroke oil. He used to wipe his tools down with it and said it stuck to them better than anything else. I can see how a wood box would work if the wood was impregnated with oil. I think I may give that a try.
  7. Over size the hole, at least 1.5 times the current dia. Micofibre and epoxy mixed and use a syringe to inject into the hole. It is best you don't drill out the other side to minimise the chance of the mix passing out the bottom , but if you do no biggy just tape over it . If there is a small hole through it will help minimise the chance of an air gap. The resin mix should be thick enough that you wont have too much of a problem. Wait for the resin to cure but still slightly green , drill a pilot hole and you can screw in the screw with out cracking and will have a permanent fix.
  8. I probably should of thought it through a little more over 40yrs ago before we were married. Her not liking sailing should of been a dead give away. I did raise that concern with my father-in-law , his advice was "don't worry women and boats are best kept apart." but the jury is still out on that one. She has supported my obsession for over 40yrs even though she doesn't sail. She even designed and bought 6 of these (sun safe) shirts for the boat. Swings and roundabouts.
  9. I got my first job at the age of 13 because I wanted to build my own boat. Since then I have built from ply , cedar strip and foam sandwich. It became a compulsion , learning with each build and knowing with what I had learnt I could still do better. 50yrs on, Mad Hatter was my last build and I promised the misses that it would be my last.
  10. Well done! Yellow looks great but is such a hard colour to use.
  11. Put a nut on the bolt after you coat the bolt in vaseline. Glue the lot in. Once cured the bolt will undo leaving the nut so you can fit the stanchion, or have the bolt on the stanchion to help position it correctly , but undone sufficiently to make sure the nut is as deep as possible in the glue . You will just have to remove enough core to make sure the load is adequately distributed.
  12. The flux on the old rods has probably past its shelf life. I was in the same position with old rods (but not that old) , new ones made a big difference.
  13. "What is a good modern material for making a new one?" Chicopee mesh
  14. If you are going to vanish and don"t want to use sawdust to make up the filler and you don"t want white bits from using Q cells you may be able to us microballoons to give a darker brown or the west microlite to give a very pale brown or fawn colour. Having said all that nothing is ideal.
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