Sunday, December 9, 2018

Alcort Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA 09 Dec 18 Toe Rail

09 Dec 18:

Bought some pine window trim at Lowes to be used as toe rails and rub rails. I was going to drive way out to the mill for a piece of cypress and then spend the rest of the day trying to rip a really long piece, Skipper suggested checking the pre made trim at Lowes. We found pieces that are very close to what came off, our adaptation will have the toe rail lap over the rub rail, all sealed up with epoxy. These rails will cover the deck edge seam and protect it, an improvement on the previous design that left the seam exposed.

The toe rails will need to take some edge bend up at the bow, so we are using the trailer and 2 days of rain to pre bend them.

Log of ZSA ZSA.

Pascagoula Diamond Bottom Catboat ROSE 08 Dec 18 Keel

08 Dec 18:

Picked up a 1"x8"x16' piece of select pine to sketch out the lines for the keel. Trying it out on an inexpensive piece of lumber first, and then we may switch to cypress.

We also wanted to see if the lumber would take the 1-6-0 (foot and a half) rise up to the transom. It will.

Log of ROSE.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dynamic Dollies for Small Boats

08 Dec 18:

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1970s Sailboat from Plans What Is It?

08 Dec 18:

The Skipper's family found plans in a magazine for a 16 foot sailboat in the early 1970s, built over the period of several years and sailed it for many. We think the advertisement to order the plans from CT or MA was in the back of a boating magazine or Popular Mechanics. Can't remember the name of the plans. Does anyone recognize it? If so, please add a comment below.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Curtiss NC-4 Flying Boat

08 Nov 18:

"The NC-4 was a Curtiss NC flying boat that was the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, albeit not non-stop. The aircraft was designed by Glenn Curtiss and his team, and manufactured by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, with the hull built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Corporation in Bristol, Rhode Island. The design requirement emerged during WWI, the US Navy needed anti-submarine aircraft on the Eastern side of the Atlantic and a safe way to get them there, hence the need for an aircraft that could cross the Atlantic on it sown versus being shipped across.
In May 1919, a crew of United States Navy aviators flew the NC-4 from New York State to Lisbon, Portugal, over the course of 19 days. This included time for stops of numerous repairs and for crewmen's rest, with stops along the way in Massachusetts, Nova Scotia (on the mainland), Newfoundland, and twice in the Azores Islands. Then its flight from the Azores to Lisbon completed the first transatlantic flight between North America and Europe, and two more flights from Lisbon to northwestern Spain to Plymouth, England, completed the first flight between North America and Great Britain."

We've been to see her in the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum and she is in beautiful shape.

(Image Credit: Small Boat Restoration)

From Catalogue Raisonne:
Name: [NC-4 Seaplane Hull]
Type: Navy F-5-L Seaplane
Designed by: Curtiss, Glenn
Contract: 1918
Construction: Wood, Sitka Spruce hull planks, Ash
LOA: 45' (13.72m)
Beam: 10' (3.05m)
Hull Weight: 2,800 lbs
Displ.: 28,00 lbs (1,270 kg)
Propulsion: N/A
Built for: U.S. Navy
Current owner: Smithsonian Institution, on loan to National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL (last reported 2018 at age 100)

Trivia bits:
-The designation NC came from the cooperative effort of the Navy (N) and Curtiss (C) to build the aircraft.
-Tow other Nancies (NCs) attempted the flight, but did not complete it. NC-1 was lost at sea, crew rescued. NC-3 was forced to land just outside the Azores and was damaged, the crew sailed her into port through gale force winds and 30-40 foot seas.
-The flight covered 3936 miles with 52 hours 31 minutes of flight time over 19 days.
-Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, a builder of the finest ocean crossing boats, built the hull.
-The engines' fuel supply is gravity fed. Little propellers behind the center Liberty V-12 engines are part of a windmill pump system that pumps fuel from the main tanks up to the gravity tank in the upper wing.

-The aircraft had an intercommunications system.

From the HMCo Construction records, several flying boat hulls on order as well.

(Video Credit: Office of Information, US Naval Photographic Center)

We are gathering information for an article, if you have any stories or photos from folks who built, maintained or flew the sircraft we'd love to hear them and add to the historical record. Leave a note below!

HMCo #341p Sea Plane Hull NC-4
HMCo #341p Sea Plane Hull NC-4 (1918, Extant); Navy Seaplane (hull only) designed by Curtiss, Glenn; built for U.S. Navy
Office of Information, US Naval Photographic Center. The Great FLight. 1970.
NC-4 Wikipedia
Silberg and Haas. 2011. Developing the Navy’s NC Flying Boats: Transforming Aeronautical Engineering for
the First Transatlantic Flight

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

TotalBoat Stocking Stuffers

04 Dec 18:

Early Christmas! We have been trying out many of the products from Jamestown Distributors' TotalBoat line, blogging about them just as we do about other products, tools, materials and techniques. So far we have been impressed with the quality and price, and as always the Tech Support. Restoration costs can add up, so we like that most TotalBoat ships free. We bought and tried enough of it that we became Ambassadors, sharing our projects and experiences with JD to in turn share with others. We were excited today to get two boxes of favorite items to use on our projects and a few new items to try out, the WetEdge Cold Cure, Halcyon Amber Gloss Varnish and Elixir water based enamel. Several of the products are now available in resealable bags, that should reduce drying of the product in storage after some of it is used. Jamestown Distributors also sells our other time tested products, Pettit, Interlux and Rustoleum.

Our thanks to Jamestown Distributor for sharing their products and technical expertise with us. We are excited to be part of their Ambassador Program and happy to answer any questions that anyone has with their restoration projects.

Crickle Varnish TotalBoat Halcyon Amber Gloss

04 Dec 18:

Tried out some new to us varnish on the Crickle, TotalBoat Halcyon Amber Gloss. It can be recoated in one hour and requires no sanding between coats. One coat today and in the next few days we'll try the multi coats, our Padook need to be varnished also and Skipper's Greenland paddle.

The Crickle.

Porter Cable Cordless Wet Dry Vac

Our article on the Porter Cable Cordless Wet Dry Vac just published in Small Boats Monthly!

Link: Small Boats Monthly

Alcort Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA 04 Dec 18 Air Leak Test and Rail Removal

04 Dec 18:

We did a leak test on ZSA ZSA last week and were happy to see that the new bottom and keel did not leak. The leak test was conducted by spraying the hull with a Dawn liquid soap and water mix, then blowing air into the hull with low pressure, low volume air from our Porter Cable into the stern drain plug opening. We were not surprised to see some leaks around the deck seam, daggerboard trunk and mast step.

Daggerboard trunk leaks are primarily where the trunk is attached to the deck and keel longerons, most likely the adhesive has dried out over the last 60 years.

Deck seam leaked, pretty much all the way around.

Mast step bubblerama.

We removed the rub rail and toe rail so we could get to the seam and seal it up, along with other fastener holes. We tried to take the fasteners out with a screwdriver and save the rails for reuse, but the heads were too corroded. We next tried to pry the trim off gently and pull the fasteners through the trim, but the trim was too brittle and snapped. We also discovered several areas of rot in the trim, so it will be used to size new trim and we will cut that from cypress.

In other news, we received the half oval stainless steel trim to be used on the stem and forward keel strip, purchased from Jamestown Distributors. We bought a 6 foot piece, we will need 18 inches for ZSA ZSA. Guess we'll need to build more boats!

And we attached the rudder keeper chain to the rudder. We prefer it staying with the rudder versus being attached to the hull, especially for long road trips.

Log of ZSA ZSA.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Gardner Boat Shop Stool Pattern and Second Stool

02 Dec 18:

We made a pattern for our Gardner shop stool WALDO a while back and cut out the first test pieces from a scrap of 1/2 inch marine grade plywood. Finally put the pieces together with #10 silicone bronze wood screws, rounded off the edges with a 3/4 inch roundover bit. Everything fit great. Now it's getting a paint job, its name is CARMEN, as in Where In the World is Carmen San Diego, continuing the theme of where are the shop stools? She will keep WALDO company.

Boat Shop Stool Log.

Small Boat Padook

02 Dec 18:

We designed a combination paddle and boat hook recently, to assist in boat handling. There are a lot of combinations out there, but we wanted one that took up little space, with that in mind we chose the Greenland paddle shape for our "padook." We also wanted it to float upright, and used information gleaned from a WoodenBoat article to aid in the design.

We just had an article published on the Padook in the Novemebr 2018 issue of Small Boats Monthly, way more information on making, measurements and sea trials posted there. Editor Chris Cunningham shared photos of the construction and float test of his beautiful padook. Chris is the expert, he wrote the book Building the Greenland Kayak and offers a guide on paddle construction.

The article on floating boat hooks and the boat hook itself can be purchased from WoodenBoat.

Beautiful bronze for the hook end.

Making sawdust. Spot the Crickle?

Hook and handle, a surprisingly secure grip.

While we were at it we made a pattern.

She fits well with our Penobscot 14 adventure gear.

WoodenBoat Boat Hook and Upstanding Boat Hook Article
Small Boats Monthly Padook Article

Small Boat Crickle

02 Dec 18:

From the minds that brought you the Padook, a combination Greenland paddle and boat hook, springs the Crickle, a cricket bat shaped paddle for small small boat usage. We credit our friend Chris for recognizing the similarity to a cricket bat. The design impetus for the Crickle was the need to have a paddle on a very small boat, like a Sunfish or Sailfish, where there is limited real estate to stow it when not in use. The small paddle would be used to get out of the wind shadow of a tree line, a few quick strokes to paddle through a tack in a light wind, and for use when the wind dies. It can also be used to fend off boarders.

We had a few paddles laying around, neither one of these floated our boat.

We first tried making a short paddle, short enough to fit in a Sunfish cockpit, with a big, conventional blade. Took it out for Sea Trials and found it still took up too much space, and was not easy to control one handed. It probably would be good for a longer distance when the wind dies, two handed. About that time we received our first Greenland paddle, and while marveling at the blade design we wondered if it would work on a short paddle. We made Crickle Version 1.0 from a white pine 2x4, easy to shape, cheap, available and floats well.

Cut the 2x4 to length, which is a secret.

Marked centerlines for the paddle shape and trimmed the handle down to 1 1/2 inches per side, the dimensional measurement of the "2 inch" side of the 2x4 as it turns out. Used the table saw to cut most of it then cut the handle neck with a jigsaw. The desired blade shape will be a symmetrical ellipse, similar to a symmetrical wing on an airplane.

Marked a round tip with a highly calibrated template and fine precision Sharpie.

Marked centerlines of handle, to be used as guides for the Stanley #51 spokeshave.

Rough shaped the paddle with a Kobalt power planer, smoothed it with the spoke shave and Stanley #5 Jack plane, and finished it off with 120 grit on a DeWalt random orbital sander. Shaved the spoke shaped handle guessed it...the spokeshave. Compare the Crickle blade size to the Greenland blade, we put the handle not quite halfway down so we could put one hand there as a fixed hinge point by our hip and use the top grip hand to work the paddle back and forth with a light grip.

We tried it first on our AMF Sunfish SUGAR 2, it did what we hoped it would do and lived happily on the cockpit floor. Lightweight and easy to get out of the way. It could also be carried by the splashguard. The motion is more of a sweep than a dig, that

Tried it out next on the Alcort Super Sailfish ZSA ZSA, I used it to paddle 250 feet out from the shore to the light ripples on the water, used it on a lazy tack and then paddled back in another 250 feet when I was done. The paddle sat secure next to the handrails but some other means of securing it like a lanyard (we called those dummy cords in the Marines).

The Crickle is just under 3 feet.

Potential design variation is to add a boat hook, which would change the name to Padooklet (trademark claim).