Recent content by Diamond Jim

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    Drilling Rubber

    I remember a tabloid story about a Ted Kennedy tryst in an open boat at sea. It provoked some snide comments about offshore drilling.
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    Drilling Rubber

    How about glueing bits of rubber hose into the clamp? Some rubber hose is quite soft. McMaster lists the durometer of its offerings.
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    Adding thickness to a thin laminate edge

    Grind the interior back to bare glass and apply: a strip of G10 laminate https://www.mcmaster.com/g10-garolite/multipurpose-flame-retardant-garolite-g-10-fr4-sheets-and-bars/thickness~1-8/width~1/length~24/ Or a piece of pultruded glass sail batten...
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    Small diesel manufacturers

    Riley- The boat is fat and heavy, with lots of wetted surface. It’s a tired 1GM that we want to replace. Who are other Kubota marinizers? Anybody know about Koehler/Lombardini?
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    Small diesel manufacturers

    A chum is going to repower a 25’ sailboat. Which makers of 12-15 HP diesels should we look at? We’re in Massachusetts.
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    Old racer back to water

    That’s a good use for that Ferro book.
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    Paint over varnish? Refurbishing an old racer/cruiser interior.

    + 1 for ordinary alkyd (oil) paint over varnish. Give the varnish a solvent wipe and sand briskly. Agree that high gloss paint is hard to get looking good. Use semi-gloss or satin paint. Consider leaving some bits varnished to define the space.
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    Black walnut toe rails?

    The varnished mahogany toerail on one of our boats was 38 years old and still doing fine when I sold the boat.
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    Eyebrow anarchy (AKA drip edge)

    What’s S1 primer?
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    Eyebrow anarchy (AKA drip edge)

    #4. Next time I strip a section, I’ll try a shoulder plane. It might need a little tape on the side to protect the paint. I’ve been thinking of then cladding the top face of the trim with a strip of thin, hard, brown-ish material that would be more impervious than varnish. McMaster sells...
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    What kind of wire are my shrouds and stays?

    Are you contemplating re-using 33 year old wire?
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    Sharpest hull colour scheme

    On second thought…
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    Sharpest hull colour scheme

    It’s nitpicking, but the swoopy hull pattern clashes with the angular pattern of the sail panels. I’m trying to visualize a similar angular pattern of hull paint.
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    Black walnut toe rails?

    Repairing dings in epoxy undercoat is difficult.
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    Black walnut toe rails?

    If you have no shame, there are extruded PVC sections that are used on work boats.
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