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by Graham T
Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Down to one boat......
Replies: 30
Views: 19265

Re: Down to one boat......

Hmmmm. I think I'm up to seven, three of them Ospreys. I'm running out of space.
by Graham T
Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: It's not an Enterprise... but what is it??
Replies: 32
Views: 19725

Re: It's not an Enterprise... but what is it??

In fact if you want a project Osprey I think I may ne able to help with that. I know of one needing some work to the decks and gunwhales but otherwise sound..... Send me a pm if you are interested.
by Graham T
Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: It's not an Enterprise... but what is it??
Replies: 32
Views: 19725

Re: It's not an Enterprise... but what is it??

As someone who now owns 3 Ospreys, a full set of building templates and jigs and some plans and loves them all can I say you have made a very wise decision. There are plenty of better Ospreys out there for far less than the costs in materials that this boat would need. My mark 3 Claridge built Ospre...
by Graham T
Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Another Enterprise
Replies: 13
Views: 9279

Re: Another Enterprise

As someone who sees a lot of damaged hulls through my workshop can I also say never stand in a dinghy on a trailer!!!

Hope you and your girlfriend have a lot of fun sailing and fettling her.


Graham
by Graham T
Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Transom draining flaps
Replies: 13
Views: 8695

Re: Transom draining flaps

I have just retrieved my late aunts sailing diaries from her flat in Broadstairs. She kept a record of every race in and modification to their Merlin Rocket 1088 right from collecting the part completed kit from Chippendale in the winter of 1959. In the first sail they half filled with water and so ...
by Graham T
Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Work on Planet, N12 N672 1948
Replies: 57
Views: 34869

Re: Work on Planet, N12 N672 1948

Michael, Was there still a wood shortage in 1948, when this boat was built? With regard to the plank lengths. My father built a sharpie in the 50s and had to go up and down the street buying peoples wood ration tickets from them. The only wood he could find readily available was 6 foot "coffin leng...
by Graham T
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: osprey?
Replies: 1
Views: 2893

Re: osprey?

Yes, Mark 2 Osprey.
by Graham T
Thu May 15, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Gel coat.
Replies: 8
Views: 3292

Re: Gel coat.

Really all depends what you are trying to do. I would have thought 40 grit would be removing stuff rapidly and leaving scratches - do you mean 400 grit? If preparing for a paint job I wouldn't go that fine - possibly up to 240 grit. If fairing up a repair I would work through the grits from 120 up t...
by Graham T
Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: cutting out plywood decks
Replies: 12
Views: 6533

Re: cutting out plywood decks

It's easier than you think - providing you are renewing the outer gunwhales you only need the centre foredeck join and the small join on the side decks to be precise. Try and use the factory edge of the ply sheet for the foredeck join. Plane a slight undercut angle down its length so with the curve ...
by Graham T
Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: miracle rubbing strip
Replies: 8
Views: 4262

Re: miracle rubbing strip

I normally use sapele on miracle gunwhales. Mind you mainly because the timber yard across the road from my workshop lets me dig through their offcut pile and there is usually a few bits the right size there. It also does the job well which is a bonus.
by Graham T
Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: plastic inspection hatch sealant
Replies: 8
Views: 2634

Re: plastic inspection hatch sealant

You also have to think about removal - might you want to take the fitting off again? Sikaflex can mean the fitting is never going to be removed without damage. For tank hatch covers on a wooden boat I might want to remove them for varnishing so would tend to use a bog standard silicone. It is just a...
by Graham T
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: miracle restoration
Replies: 39
Views: 11537

Re: miracle restoration

Do paint inside the tanks. You don't want the front falling off....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43lBiJIzEPk
by Graham T
Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:24 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: miracle restoration
Replies: 39
Views: 11537

Re: miracle restoration

The Class rules prohibit hatches on the deck. They should be on vertical bulkheads. It is easier to fit as the surface is flat rather than the slightly curved deck. If I was at your stage with my restoration, I would bring the bulkhead aft to the cut away bulkhead. Gives more buoyancy and much easi...
by Graham T
Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: miracle restoration
Replies: 39
Views: 11537

Re: miracle restoration

If you can get it back to clean sound wood epoxy coat. If at all contaminated with previous coatings then paint.
by Graham T
Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: wood glue or epoxy ?
Replies: 8
Views: 3496

Re: wood glue or epoxy ?

With plenty of clamps no pins needed at all - I use those cheap spring clamps you find in pound shops. I have seen it done with C shapes cut out of ply and timber wedges. Round the outside the deck fits over the inner gunwhale section so clamping is easy. There are a couple of ways of doing the cent...