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Search: Posts Made By: Waterrat
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 941
Posted By Waterrat
Re: DIY composite boatbuilding ...

I think you will find that for a one off craft a composite using anything else other then okume plywood, cedar or similar light rot resistant wood with a thin glass inside and out using epoxy. It...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 14,141
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Possible 27' Bluewater Boats

Determine budget.
Know your risk tolerance
Know your comfort tolerance

It can be cheap if you sail a Wayfarer, or drascombe lugger and can tolerate the risk and discomfort. It is all...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 2,534
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Really, $1000.00 for foulies?

Not sure who said it first. "No such thing as bad weather just bad gear."I totally agree.

Most people don't need to spend a 1000 on foul weather gear unless one expects long exposure in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 941
Posted By Waterrat
Re: DIY composite boatbuilding ...

All Rats seem to agree here. Wooden Boat forum is by far the best place for all things boat building. You will not find a more knowledgeable group of sailors and builders anywhere on the internet. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,267
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Dirty fiberglass repair - tricky spot

Oh Boy! You have a big job ahead of you. I see two bulkheads that need to be replaced. You should drop the centerboard and and assess the damage to both board and trunk and pivot point. You might...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,267
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Dirty fiberglass repair - tricky spot

Epoxy is way better then polyester resin. For your job epoxy is what I would use. Six ten is a good product but not cheap. Certainly easier, cleaner, and quicker but at a price. Drying out the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,267
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Dirty fiberglass repair - tricky spot

I hope you didn't grind too hard before you clean all that crap out of there. Epoxy does not like silicone. Horrible horrible stuff silicone. Acetone will work but I would recommend the MEK. Well...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-25-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 3,278
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Salts in the oil

It was probably covered by the lab but did you consider your sampling method contaminating your samples. What method did you use? It is possible sea water or even previous oil samples came in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-24-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Bent Mast Advice

Small boat means small forces but bending an aluminum mast will significantly reduce the strength of said mast. Drastically increasing if not ensuring your chances of mast failure. The shape of...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-24-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 4,656
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Tiller or Wheel for Solo?

Granted less to do with sailing but for the other 90% of your time on the boat a tiller folds up and a wheel is always in your way. You cockpit on a offshore boat is generally smaller and a wheel...
Forum: Cruising and Sailing with Children 07-24-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 809
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Best Spots on the Great Lakes for family cruisers.

Beaver Island and surrounding islands in Northern Lake Michigan are fascinating. North Channel in Northern Lake Huron is breath taking. Petoskey and Harbor Springs, on Little Traverse Bay, in...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-18-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,137
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Need Help With Fix Up

When did any of us think we were going to make money on our boats? Is there value in taking a decent boat and making it usable, while receiving the reward in the DIY aspect, and learning that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-18-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,137
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Need Help With Fix Up

Hog wash!

Wood boats are wonderful especially in this size range. Though it does depend on the condition and quality of original construction.

West System has an excellent PDF document for...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-06-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,010
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Sailboat that can be beached???

Actually the centerboard is generally used to create lift. It does offer some stabilizing effect but crew weight and placement is that ballast that keeps the boat upright. So with a little...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-05-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,175
Posted By Waterrat
Re: standing rigging replacement

One more little piece of advice. Don't tape you rigging. Stainless needs oxygen to resist corrosion.
Justin
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-05-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 6,740
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Smallest sailboat to use in blue water safely

Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere: John Vigor: 9780939837328: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ECj%2BqZSfL.@@AMEPARAM@@51ECj%2BqZSfL

This is a good...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 02-24-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,907
Posted By Waterrat
Re: Tartan 30 or Ranger 29 for cruising?

Given you previous minimalist sailing, and your desirer for efficient sailing in thin waters I recommend you check out the Tartan 27. If looking for faster, well built and even more offshore able I...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 12-23-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 5,679
Posted By Waterrat
Interesting stuff. Your point about all eggs in...

Interesting stuff. Your point about all eggs in one basket seems like an important trade off if you are a cruiser but no big deal if you are just weekend sailing on the bay. They might be a great...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 12-23-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 5,679
Posted By Waterrat
Wishbone Boom

Just curious to what folks have to say about the wishbone booms on boats like the Nonsuch. What are the advantages and disadvantages? I sailed wind boards for years and never thought about putting...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-17-2008
Replies: 82
Views: 40,139
Posted By Waterrat
Fair enough Giu. I can't even begin to dream...

Fair enough Giu. I can't even begin to dream about any of these shoes. I stick to the little ones.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-17-2008
Replies: 82
Views: 40,139
Posted By Waterrat
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Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-17-2008
Replies: 82
Views: 40,139
Posted By Waterrat
I rarely even look in this price range because...

I rarely even look in this price range because even if I had 800 K to spare I wouldn't spend it on my boat but since we are dreaming. Maybe the Cherubini 44 (LOD). she sure is pretty and would even...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-17-2008
Replies: 82
Views: 40,139
Posted By Waterrat
Big K forgive the others but they get these vague...

Big K forgive the others but they get these vague questions about what is the best blue water boat all the time. Most who ask are dreamers with no chance of ever reaching their dream or at least a...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11-24-2008
Replies: 37
Views: 7,286
Posted By Waterrat
Kawalt I will take a look at all you have listed....

Kawalt I will take a look at all you have listed. Thanks for the info. All is helpful.

John I don't feel I can make anything besides capability of the vessel as a requirement on my budget. I...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11-23-2008
Replies: 37
Views: 7,286
Posted By Waterrat
Well I have been gone for a couple of days but I...

Well I have been gone for a couple of days but I have made some possible advances in my quest for a baot. You all have offered some good suggestions and I have my eyes peeled and feelers out for...
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