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by Locutus
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Glen-L 17 overnighter sloop build
Replies: 25
Views: 6943

Re: Glen-L 17 overnighter sloop build

Milhouse, I used something called "surfacing veil" on the plywood that was to be varnished. This is a 3-oz. fiberglass cloth similar to 6-oz. cloth, but thin and delicate with an extremely fine weave. Think silk. After a couple coats of epoxy and four coats of varnish it's completely invisible in ev...
by Locutus
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Design Modifications
Topic: thinner side panels on tnt
Replies: 7
Views: 1890

Re: thinner side panels on tnt

Here's what unstained Okoume plywood looks like after applying Sytem Three S-1 penetrating epoxy, 3 oz. "surfacing veil" fiberglass cloth wetted with System Three Silvertip epoxy plus one more coat, and 6 coats of Pettit Captain's Spar Varnish. https://i.imgur.com/JhDdM40.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YVw...
by Locutus
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Builder from Seattle, Wa
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: New Builder from Seattle, Wa

Hi Jon and welcome. That's a nice looking design you're planning. Have you considered the similar Glen-L Barrelback? (Well, similar-looking above the waterline anyway.) I live in Kirkland and built a Stevenson Designs Super Skipjack. Didn't like how it sailed so I'm making some modifications. Phase ...
by Locutus
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: A Different Minuet from the UK
Replies: 2
Views: 1392

A Different Minuet from the UK

Found this on YouTube. I'd love to get my hands on one of these, but I can't find the builder or any for sale. They may no longer be in business plus the logistics of shipping one from the UK may be prohibitive anyway. I wonder if there is a design or plans one could build from? https://www.youtube....
by Locutus
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Tuffy build in Bremerton, Wa
Replies: 5
Views: 1183

Re: New Tuffy build in Bremerton, Wa

For my Skipjack I purchased most of the wood from Midway Plywood in Mukilteo WA. They have Okoume and Meranti marine plywood, plus all sorts of board stock suitable for boatbuilding, including teak, sapele mahogany, white oak and many other species. In particular they often have nice long and clear ...
by Locutus
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Tuffy build in Bremerton, Wa
Replies: 5
Views: 1183

Re: New Tuffy build in Bremerton, Wa

Hey! Great to hear from a builder in my hometown of Bremerton. I grew up water skiing on Oyster Bay. I haven't lived in Bremerton for over 30 years but your post takes me back.
by Locutus
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Painting
Topic: Waterlox
Replies: 8
Views: 1003

Re: Waterlox

Pretty darn expensive stuff. What is better about it that would make me want to switch from tried and true (and less expensive) marine brands like Interlux and Pettit?
by Locutus
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Considering Some Skipjack Modifications
Replies: 7
Views: 2165

Re: Considering Some Skipjack Modifications

I just discovered that Glen-L has a trolling motor version of the electric inboard plans. So I now have two choices:

http://www.glen-l.com/designs/special/etm.html

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I don't think I'll need the remote steering though.
by Locutus
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Considering Some Skipjack Modifications
Replies: 7
Views: 2165

Re: Considering Some Skipjack Modifications

Bayou Bengal, The heavy solid wood mast makes it quite unstable. I turned it upside down my first time out. I just bought a Finnish windsurfer mast today...It hardly weighs anything. I'm not sure if it's beefy enough for a boat as big as the Skipjack but I plan to try it out. It'll require some seri...
by Locutus
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Considering Some Skipjack Modifications
Replies: 7
Views: 2165

Re: Considering Some Skipjack Modifications

Thanks for your post Sproggy. Your concerns and suggestions are well taken and appreciated. The Skipjack is a small boat of only 14 FT LOA and about 300 or so pounds. The keel is fixed and runs the length of the boat, as shown in this thumbnail: http://www.stevproj.com/SSkipBlgSeqPicsm.jpg I would o...
by Locutus
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Considering Some Skipjack Modifications
Replies: 7
Views: 2165

Considering Some Skipjack Modifications

My (Stevenson Designs) Skipjack became a garage queen after only three launches, and an ongoing Craigslist ad has yielded no interest, let alone a sale. So it looks like I'm stuck with it, at least for now. I'm considering some modifications to make it more stable and easier to sail, more convenient...
by Locutus
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Paul Riccelli, AKA 'PAR', has passed away
Replies: 1
Views: 2090

Paul Riccelli, AKA 'PAR', has passed away

Just in case anyone here knew Paul. This sad news was posted last night over on the BYYB forum. First Glen, then Ken, now Paul. We've lost some great people in our little community recently and are poorer for it: ***************************************************************************************...
by Locutus
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Waterproof wood glue
Replies: 13
Views: 2446

Re: Waterproof wood glue

Footer, I don't know a lot about Titebond III except that it's water based, so I would think that the bonded surfaces would have to breathe enough for the glue to dry out in order to get a good bond. (Water-impervious surfaces probably wouldn't bond well for this reason, I'm thinking.) That would be...
by Locutus
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Waterproof wood glue
Replies: 13
Views: 2446

Re: Waterproof wood glue

Epoxy is not the be-all-end-all either. I've read that it can weaken in hot climates. You should be okay with it in MI though. Some time ago I posted a rather lengthy discussion on epoxy vs. resorcinol:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=26929
by Locutus
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: 16' Ski Boat Restoration
Replies: 178
Views: 40531

Re: 16' Ski Boat Restoration

Bilgekote is a good product but make sure you do proper surface prep and the right primer. I found out from the manufacturer that you can't apply it directly to an epoxy substrate, and that that same epoxy substrate needs a special two-part primer before applying the Bilgekote. Other surfaces need d...