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by Keith66
Mon May 28, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Restoring an old timber rowing VIII
Replies: 37
Views: 9076

Re: Restoring an old timber rowing VIII

Last year a pair of GRP burgashell coxed fours went on ebay for the princely sum of £29 they were sectional boats. I had the wild idea of bolting the two bow sections together decking the footwells in then turning it into a flying proa with a large crab claw rig, would have needed a bit of reinforci...
by Keith66
Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: G4 Thoughts
Replies: 46
Views: 12843

Re: G4 Thoughts

G4 is a polyurethane pond & concrete sealer, its only use near boats is to seal one shot MDF moulds when fibreglassing.
As a varnish it is utter crap. Oil based varnishes last longer & are easier to refinish, Epifanes is one of the best.
by Keith66
Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Restoring an old timber rowing VIII
Replies: 37
Views: 9076

Re: Restoring an old timber rowing VIII

I would see little point in a sub forum, if you are into such boats fair enough but i think it wouldnt get used much, there is simply not enough interest in such boats. Rowers are a funny lot. Those who row fixed seat dont associate with sliding seat rowers & the sliding seat brigade are often obses...
by Keith66
Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Restoring an old timber rowing VIII
Replies: 37
Views: 9076

Re: Restoring an old timber rowing VIII

I am into rowing as well as sailing, its like two worlds that never meet! There is an interesting US based site, http://www.rowableclassics.com/index.html, The rowing world is highly performance oriented & the latest gear is de rigeur, obsolete equipment & boats are worth peanuts. At my club BYC a f...
by Keith66
Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Skipper 12.
Replies: 3
Views: 2378

Re: Skipper 12.

Known primarily as garden boats as thats where they normally end up. Well moulded if heavy, they suffer from a poorly designed rig & awful stretchy sails & are normally dogs. Saying that a couple in our club have been rigged with spars & sails from broken up Mirror dinghies and are far better boats ...
by Keith66
Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Assorted fittings
Replies: 12
Views: 2052

Re: Assorted fittings

No worries, only spinnaker pole bits i have are some end fittings, of a melges most likely, lot of the other stuff is FD sized.
Trouble is its a nightmare knowing whats of what!
by Keith66
Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Assorted fittings
Replies: 12
Views: 2052

Re: Assorted fittings

Not looking to sell as a job lot as i often need bits myself but if people are after particular bits & want to have a rummage they are welcome.
by Keith66
Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Y.W. Pram designer?
Replies: 15
Views: 6881

Re: Y.W. Pram designer?

There were two versions of the YW pram dinghy, the smallest was around 7'6" then there was a bigger version that was 9ft, Dad built her the first boat i ever had. As to who designed her no idea!
by Keith66
Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Assorted fittings
Replies: 12
Views: 2052

Assorted fittings

I just acquired a large crate of assorted fittings, mostly stainless 1970's 80's stuff, there are mast & boom fittings, some alloy mast feet, holt allen centreboard winch drums(black plastic) seasure moveable mast step, a load of Voss roller jam cleats, trapeze hooks & bits, all sorts far too much t...
by Keith66
Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Restoration of Bonifaz
Replies: 18
Views: 4821

Re: Restoration of Bonifaz

If the planks are really shot you will have little option but to replace them, on clinker boats it is not as difficult as it seems. unlike a carvel boat where the plank is hollowed to fit the frames & has to fit both edges to very close tolerance clinker planks are flat with one bevel or land on the...
by Keith66
Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: random orbital sander
Replies: 22
Views: 6764

Re: random orbital sander

I have a Sealey ER150 It is the rolls royce of random orbital sanders, dont know how much they are now but i have worked it hard for 14 years.
I use stick on discs from car refinishing suppliers they are much cheaper than the velcro ones.
by Keith66
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: 1948 I14 mast for Tiptoes No.521
Replies: 15
Views: 3411

Re: 1948 I14 mast for Tiptoes No.521

Regarding glues on wooden masts, originally a lot of the spar makers used Casein glue which is a milk by product, though adequately strong it tends to come apart if it gets damp. They may also have used Beetle glue an amino formaldehyde. I would doubt if they ever used scotch glue as its a hot proce...
by Keith66
Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Thorneycroft Tom Kat Mk3
Replies: 0
Views: 1330

Thorneycroft Tom Kat Mk3

I am having a clear out & have just unearthed a virtually unused Ratsey & Lapthorn terylene mainsail for the above boat, does anyone know what they were?
by Keith66
Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Int 14 - mystery winch
Replies: 16
Views: 3352

Re: Int 14 - mystery winch

In my box of bits i am sure i have a mast jack, its a square thread job made from bronze & tufnol. Think some of them had a sheave attached so they could be operated remotely.
by Keith66
Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: to paint or not to paint? GRP is the question
Replies: 5
Views: 3853

Re: to paint or not to paint? GRP is the question

Best results are obtained with spray gun, normally 2 pack polyurethane, i have shot a fair bit of the stuff over various boats, Int 709 i found prone to orange peel, blakes was as soft as oil based & best avoided, best of all by far is Epifanes 2 pack that is simply superb. Just done a deck cabin mo...