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by ezwater
Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: what did you sell or buy this year?
Replies: 9
Views: 3920

Re: what did you sell or buy this year?

I sold a '93 Corsica kayak for 50 bucks. Sort of a charity sale to a paddler who had become boatless.
by ezwater
Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: T-Grip Dowel ???
Replies: 9
Views: 3176

Re: T-Grip Dowel ???

Sycamore is sometimes harvested in KY to make cutting boards. It must withstand cutting whacks and wide variations in environmental wetness, as well as being fairly dimensionally stable. I just haven't had a piece to try and work with it.
by ezwater
Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:48 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: T-Grip Dowel ???
Replies: 9
Views: 3176

Re: T-Grip Dowel ???

I have not had any splintering problems with ash, oak, walnut, dogwoood, or elm grips. The stresses on a grip are unlikely to cause splintering. Several coats of oil will further reduce the risk of splinters arising from the grip surface. Here's a crazy idea that might just work. 8) Instead of dowel...
by ezwater
Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: t-formex
Replies: 38
Views: 12655

Re: t-formex

My old Fiberlastic Phoenix Seewun was as easy to repair as composite but near as tough as poly. There are composite constructions that meet the tough and repairable criterion. I don't know why they are not more popular.
by ezwater
Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:15 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Winterizing my roylex boat
Replies: 5
Views: 2432

Re: Winterizing my roylex boat

ian, can you explain why it is only a concern in "tripping" boats? Because their length causes more stress with temperature change? I think we may find some cases of cold cracks in 13' ww boats.
by ezwater
Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: T-Grip Dowel ???
Replies: 9
Views: 3176

Re: T-Grip Dowel ???

I cut the shaft down so I don't need as large a hole in the grip. I have a 1/2" Forstner bit but often don't use it. A perfect hole isn't necessary as long as a bit of play allows the final alignment to be realized by the epoxy taking up the slack.
by ezwater
Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:18 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: T-Grip Dowel ???
Replies: 9
Views: 3176

Re: T-Grip Dowel ???

You can probably call Mitchell on the phone and get the dimensions. The hardwood dowels typically found in hardware stores are made of some nondescript but adequate wood. For purposes of drilling and gluing, you could use square cross section stock and then carve it toward round until it feels good....
by ezwater
Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Winterizing my roylex boat
Replies: 5
Views: 2432

Re: Winterizing my roylex boat

The purpose is to allow the contracting Royalex to slide a bit along the non-contracting wood gunwales. My opinion is that you can partly loosen the screws toward the ends, but leave them alone in the middle. The stress should tend to increase the farther the screws are from the center of the boat.
by ezwater
Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:52 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Adhesive
Replies: 5
Views: 1956

Re: Adhesive

For small jobs, I'm experimenting with 3M Super Strength Adhesive. Comes in a tube, looks and smells like Dupont's old DUCO cement, but sets much, much stronger. Waterproof, 10 minute work time, but my observations indicate it takes more than a day to reach full strength. Tough, not brittle, when cu...
by ezwater
Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:47 am
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: Craiglist freebie!
Replies: 14
Views: 6347

Re: Craiglist freebie!

I've coated the bottoms of two decked boats, a Phoenix Seewun and a Noah Magma kayak, with West 105/205. I followed West's recommendations on using foam rollers and applying several coats in close succession, so that later coats bonded to previous coats before amine blush rose from the resin and int...
by ezwater
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: A bad break
Replies: 45
Views: 13903

Re: A bad break

PE becomes less and less satisfactory as you go from small, quasi-tubular ww kayaks, up through ww OC-1s like the Prelude, up to the redoubtable Coleman Ram-X. Both the weight and the susceptibility to damage increases with size. A large expanse of flattish PE is more easily damaged than a small cur...
by ezwater
Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: CBoat C Forum
Topic: t-formex
Replies: 38
Views: 12655

Re: t-formex

There might be an oxen drawn wagon making its way slowly across the plains, loaded with t-formex boats for the Portland market.

Or, maybe not. 8)
by ezwater
Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Boats and Gear for Sale
Topic: Bulkhead Saddles
Replies: 9
Views: 4486

Re: Bulkhead Saddles

Yes, even if I wanted a saddle without the bulkhead, getting one from T.H. could mean neater, sounder work, as long as I could provide an accurate set of dimensions. Starting with a properly worked out basic plan is important.
by ezwater
Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Boats and Gear for Sale
Topic: Bulkhead Saddles
Replies: 9
Views: 4486

Re: Bulkhead Saddles

Is that low down tan insert for a pump, or for your pet water vole? :-?
by ezwater
Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:38 am
Forum: Boats and Gear for Sale
Topic: Bulkhead Saddles
Replies: 9
Views: 4486

Re: Bulkhead Saddles

I said I was jealous! :roll: