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by galamb
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Varnish over epoxy
Replies: 17
Views: 3268

Re: Varnish over epoxy

I used Epifanes rapid coat and had good results - epoxy was cured for longer than a month which may have made a difference. I used that as my build coats and then topped with Interlux Schooner (I'm not brand loyal). You are also asking about an interior sealer - if you are talking "below decks&...
by galamb
Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Fiberglass
Topic: Installing strakes after or before fiberglassing?
Replies: 2
Views: 881

Re: Installing strakes after or before fiberglassing?

I installed mine after. My reasoning was as follows. First, it made laying down the cloth a whole lot easier - nothing to work around, cut around etc. Second, if the strakes ever get damaged, rubbed, hard grounding etc they could be replaced or repaired (ok, a bit to a lot of work) without messing w...
by galamb
Wed May 04, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: Silicon Bronze...Frearson vs. Square Drive
Replies: 20
Views: 2653

Re: Silicon Bronze...Frearson vs. Square Drive

Square drive (better known as Robertson heads) are Canadian Eh!

So just like our beer, a little stronger than the stuff south of the border :lol:
by galamb
Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Douglas Fir
Replies: 12
Views: 1754

Re: Douglas Fir

Agree somewhat with Slug. I framed my entire build with Douglas Fir - it was the most economical option on my 26' Cuddy. It really doesn't like to bend - I literally "blew up" a couple of pieces when forming the chine - ended up soaking them overnight to get them to co-operate. It really s...
by galamb
Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:09 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I want to build a runabout
Replies: 5
Views: 797

Re: I want to build a runabout

When you think you know what you want to build, pick on that is a little longer and little wider than what you think is "enough". Nobody ever regretted an extra foot of length or 6" more beam - and in the big picture, a couple extra square feet doesn't cost very much at all - more lik...
by galamb
Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Trolling motor questions
Replies: 11
Views: 1510

Re: Trolling motor questions

There is no "math formula" that can convert pounds of thrust to horsepower because you have "thrust" while stationary and to measure "horsepower" you have to have motion at least in one direction. However, if you measure the "thrust" produced by a 1 horsepower...
by galamb
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Undecided from Canada
Replies: 10
Views: 1312

Re: Undecided from Canada

I went through a similar process 7 years back (hard to believe it was that long ago now). Just myself and the wife but we wanted (minimally) a cuddy to go along with our fishing boat - something we could spend a night or two on. There is a ton of "used" out there in the size we were lookin...
by galamb
Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Mahogany
Replies: 15
Views: 2514

Re: Mahogany

This stuff is somewhere around 37 lbs per "cubic" foot. If he has 1100 feet, 1" thick and say 8" wide (on average just for the sake of calculations) that would be: 1100 feet x .75 = 825 "square feet" by 1" thick = 825/12 = call it 69 "cubic feet" x 37 lbs...
by galamb
Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Re-Powering Zip Utility
Replies: 16
Views: 1997

Re: Re-Powering Zip Utility

I "don't know for sure" but would tend to agree that the greatest stress on the transom would occur during the "hole shot" particularly if the throttle was applied quickly. The reason why I would think this would be the case is because you have 1) a body at rest (the boat) 2) mor...
by galamb
Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Re-Powering Zip Utility
Replies: 16
Views: 1997

Re: Re-Powering Zip Utility

Yes, it is true that Merc tended to "under-rate" their horsepower by sometimes as much as 10%. Although they are a predominant North American outboard "today", back in the late 1950's through the 1960's OMC was king and accounted for most of the innovations and "new records&...
by galamb
Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Re-Powering Zip Utility
Replies: 16
Views: 1997

Re: Re-Powering Zip Utility

Zipit - I'm going to throw out some numbers here and will try to tie it all together without getting you (or me) totally confused. Your 25, being the year that it is is making 25 "shaft horse power", so 25 horses at the prop if you like. The earlier 50 horse model was measured in Brake Hor...
by galamb
Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Glueing mahogany boards for frames
Replies: 10
Views: 1449

Re: Glueing mahogany boards for frames

And yet... Titebond is considered a perfectly good adhesive for building strip canoes. Hmmm. Not just Titebond, I have a strip canoe building book that is considered one of the "bibles" and they use plain old carpenters glue. But, I still would (and do) use epoxy - you can get it everywhe...
by galamb
Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New memember from Cambridge Ontario CAN
Replies: 10
Views: 3754

Re: New memember from Cambridge Ontario CAN

Exotic Woods has some nice stuff - I get curly maple from them for making gun stocks but their prices for (structural) wood is not the best (Douglas Fir, African or Philippine Mahogany, White Oak etc), they really are more of a specialty place/fancy wood.
by galamb
Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New memember from Cambridge Ontario CAN
Replies: 10
Views: 3754

Re: New memember from Cambridge Ontario CAN

You have a half decent wood source right in Cambridge (A&M Woods on Eagle St) - I picked up all my frame wood from them (when I lived in Cambridge - ok Galt :) ). You are also just an hours drive from Noah's Boatbuilding (Six Point Road in Etobicoke) - they are probably the best source for marin...
by galamb
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building a small boat with an enclosed cabin
Replies: 2
Views: 1632

Re: Building a small boat with an enclosed cabin

Even on a 16 footer you can move some "stuff" around to keep things balanced around the center of buoyancy. Depending on what material you use, even an extensive cabin may not add significant weight. In a center console simply moving the console back a foot would shift some significant wei...

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