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by Keith66
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Essex One Design
Replies: 1
Views: 706

Re: Essex One Design

The mould for the GRP version was chopped up a couple of months ago so there wont be any more glass ones now.
by Keith66
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Good Mastic for clinker seams
Replies: 15
Views: 8302

Re: Good Mastic for clinker seams

I have spent most of my career working & mending boats many of them clinker built, I also rebuilt quite a few. The practice of "Hardening up" existing fastenings is more often than not a short term fix & rarely works. Copper fastenings corrode & waste away, forming a crust of verdigris as they do so...
by Keith66
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Good Mastic for clinker seams
Replies: 15
Views: 8302

Re: Good Mastic for clinker seams

The Evomastic i have always used is just frame seal natural, they might have put a number on it!
As for Linseed oil putty forget it, as the oil dries out it goes rock hard, this will destroy a clinker boat as the seams will be forced apart eventually.
by Keith66
Mon May 21, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Good Mastic for clinker seams
Replies: 15
Views: 8302

Re: Good Mastic for clinker seams

The only mastic i would use on clinker boat seams is Evomastic, it is oil based, soft & never really goes hard. As the boat takes up in the water it will squeeze out & causes no damage. It is also cheap!
by Keith66
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: YWDB
Replies: 6
Views: 6816

Re: YWDB

New update on Dixie. I bought Robbins 4mm gaboon ply, cut the panels 1" oversize & my friend Veneered them in his works veneer press with some lovely sapele veneer bringing it to 5mm. While i was waiting i burnt off the last of the paint & found two bad planks halfway down the topsides. Both had sha...
by Keith66
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: 2-Part Polyurethane Paints
Replies: 8
Views: 6692

Re: 2-Part Polyurethane Paints

Over the years i have used a fair bit of two pack polyurethane paint. I have sprayed it, brushed it, rolled & tipped it. International 709 i never liked, it tended to orange peel unless thnned heavily. Hempels is good & the last boat i built a 28ft rowing gig was done with this, she looked superb & ...
by Keith66
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 28020

Re: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, ple

Out of interest Uffa fox did his apprenticeship with the Saunders company, not sure if this was SE Saunders or after it had become Saunders Roe. They were famed for their patented Consuta system of planking, (sewn plywood) this was the pioneer of very lightweight multiskinned construction first used...
by Keith66
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 28020

Re: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, ple

Re sanders, never ever put a belt sander on a wooden boat, they are hard to control & shift a lot of wood quickly, they also take the heads of nails just as fast! A bloke i know did this to a lovely 18ft clinker dinghy & basically took the heads right off 90% of the nails. Basically the boat was a w...
by Keith66
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, please?
Replies: 60
Views: 28020

Re: Advice on owning an Uffa Fox International Fourteen, ple

I love these old 14's, we have one in the roof of our club house she is Destiny no 526? built in 1947 by Souters apparently the last one built the same way as yours. She had sat outside in the open & her bottom planking was nearly rotten & badly distorted aft of the plate case. No way of fixing her ...
by Keith66
Sun May 07, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: YWDB
Replies: 6
Views: 6816

Re: YWDB

Update on Dixie, was it really 2014? Better get my finger out! I put her in my workshop last winter & have made a good start, the Stem turned out to have a patch of rot & this extended into the apron so both have been removed & replaced. The deck turned out to be 1/4" marine ply so rather thick & he...
by Keith66
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: A cocktail of solvents?
Replies: 1
Views: 2462

Re: A cocktail of solvents?

I have had antifoul soften polyurethane sealant into a sticky mess. It wasnt sikaflex but a commercial equivalent.
by Keith66
Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: rowing scull
Replies: 32
Views: 23624

Re: rowing scull

I raced against a two man Virus yole some years ago, sliding seat boat. We were in an 18ft traditional boat, (hanningfield skiff) we thrashed it by miles. The virus boats tend to have wide flat sterns that drag, plus the riggers are very weak.
by Keith66
Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Yachting world day boat
Replies: 3
Views: 6615

Re: Yachting world day boat

While on the subject of Dayboats, Back in 1977 my late father Ron webster & i built a DB, no 596 Phantom II She was glued clinker & a lovely boat. We sold her to a bloke surmame of Williams in the mid 80's. I seem to remember he came from wales. I heard that he stuck her indoors & she has never been...
by Keith66
Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Swift 419
Replies: 55
Views: 30795

Re: Swift 419

Re the Swift road trailer. It came from one of the last Swifts built which was sailing at Benfleet in the 90's. I did some work on it & the new owner abandoned it. In the end he gave her to me but she was too far gone so was scrapped about 7 years ago. The trailer was put in the dead trailer park & ...
by Keith66
Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:19 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: GRP boat with no gelcoat?
Replies: 3
Views: 3616

Re: GRP boat with no gelcoat?

Gelcoat is heavy, i just built a 16ft rowing skiff & it takes 6kgs plus of gel to do one coat, add another 6kgs of flowcoat on the inside & it adds up rapidly. The upshot is gelcoat can be a significant percentage of a boats weight.
Leave it off & paint it & the boat will be quicker.