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by Bill E
Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:27 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Engine Hatch and Hidden Hinges
Replies: 19
Views: 5967

Amazing how we can solve each other's problems from the other side of the world, huh? Ironically, my brother was in Sydney just this week training some corporate managers on creative problem solving....

-wte
by Bill E
Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Engine Hatch and Hidden Hinges
Replies: 19
Views: 5967

Further thought on this has come up with a problem with this method. As the hatch is curved from left to right the centre part of the hatch will hit the decking to the rear of it when being lifted up. That depends on how far forward (from the rear) the pivot pins are. Measure vertically from the pi...
by Bill E
Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: plywood
Replies: 14
Views: 4158

never heard of that! i thought plywood was made of an odd number of plies so that the 2 outside faces run the same direction and dont twist or warp. learn something new here everyday! -Billy In construction grade sheathing plywood, 4-ply 1/2" is the good stuff. 3-ply is the norm. True, in odd-count...
by Bill E
Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Gathering 2008
Topic: October 25 & 26, 2008 Planning
Replies: 24
Views: 10899

Oh, yeah -- back on topic, I've volunteered for Saturday breakfast again, and I'm going to let Kens know via PM about some "special awards" that I found locally.

Believe it or not, Janet's considering coming this year, too (WITH our two littl'uns)!

-wte
by Bill E
Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Gathering 2008
Topic: October 25 & 26, 2008 Planning
Replies: 24
Views: 10899

It's not just sex... Steve is an equal opportunity offender! :P

-wte
by Bill E
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:41 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: windshield
Replies: 4
Views: 2042

For a different, much less expensive, look, you could do a mahogany framed windshield. I'm pretty sure there's a photo of a Squirt done that way in the Customer Photos. It's also what the boat I'm restoring has. I'm not even sure that the glass in it is tempered. Before I reinstall it, I might want ...
by Bill E
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Chrome Windshield Brackets
Replies: 9
Views: 2197

Congrats, Bill! Have you thought of making a mold of these before you install them on your boat? Somebody around here might be interested in having that. I was recently YouTubing (like Googling?) videos of home foundries for casting aluminum and bronze. The only time I've done anything like that was...
by Bill E
Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Alternative Fuels
Replies: 79
Views: 14799

DeltaDawg wrote:BP (British Petroleum) is opening a San Francisco office for their Alternative Energy division. They plan to invest $8 billion in alternative energy in the next 10 years.
...not if that $8 billion is grabbed by Barack through a windfall profits tax!

-wte
by Bill E
Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Disappointment
Replies: 40
Views: 7218

I ordered 1" 316 SS rub rail. I got billed for 1". But, I got 3/4". Must be something going on... the EXACT same thing happened to me when I bought wood! Asked for 1", paid for 1", got 3/4". Weird.... PLEASE let me know about the launch! I'll be in your neck of the woods again July 4-6 for family r...
by Bill E
Sat Jun 14, 2008 9:28 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: fiberglass/pain in the neck
Replies: 17
Views: 4109

Here's an awesome related article by the late, great Robb White from Messing About in Boats. August 15, 2001 How To Keep Epoxy From Getting All Over You and Everything Else By Robb White http://www.messingaboutinboats.com/archives/mbissueaugust01.html#second In short, he advocated heating his entire...
by Bill E
Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:29 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: fiberglass/pain in the neck
Replies: 17
Views: 4109

The bubbles are also the result of the air in the wood heating up, expanding, and being released through the wet epoxy. That's why it's better to do this when the temps are dropping rather than rising. In reverse, the dropping temps cause the air in the wood to contract, drawing the epoxy (a little)...
by Bill E
Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:47 am
Forum: Gathering 2008
Topic: 2008 Gathering
Replies: 179
Views: 65638

You could swing by and pick HIM up... fabricate a double-decker trailer, perhaps?

-wte
by Bill E
Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:10 am
Forum: Gathering 2008
Topic: 2008 Gathering
Replies: 179
Views: 65638

Ah - got it. I always use Google / Google Earth, and all I had been able to pull up was a front view of the house (street level). That shot shows the Magic Truck sitting in the driveway. Their satellite view is more from directly above, too. Pretty cool to see that little tug actually floating! :win...
by Bill E
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:18 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Plywood for hull
Replies: 8
Views: 2034

I cannot imagine a spline joint in 3/8 ply being very strong at all ?? Tom got you there... it's not 3/8, it's 6mm (1/4")! See http://www.glen-l.com/weblettr/webletters-11/webletter94.html#zip where Tom says he butt-joined the sapele BS1088 plywood. Maybe it was in conversation with him that he tol...
by Bill E
Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Plywood for hull
Replies: 8
Views: 2034

It can also turn out beautifully if done right. Look up photos of "Irish Rose", the Zip that Tom Drake brought to the Gathering last fall. Stained/varnished sides of scarfed plywood planking. Come to think of it, I recall that he actually used a spline joint rather than a scarf on his sides, partly ...