Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Preval Sprayer Missing

 25 Jan 21:

Skipper commandeered the Preval sprayer and pressed it into service spraying her 3D house. It worked great spraying some Apple Barrel White Latex, over gray primer. We like the sprayer a lot, might try some varnish next, but not on Skipper's house.

Lewis BLUFF RATTY v0.1 SCUPPERS 25 Jan 21 Bow Bits and Sheer Planks

 25 Jan 21:

While we were watching paint dry on PHOENIX we fastened the correct length sheer planks to SCUPPERS with THIXO Wood and silicone bronze screws. We also attached the stern, and trimmed the small frames and seats to fit.





Log of SCUPPERS.

1982 AMF PHOENIX 25 Jan 21 Stripes and Stickers

 25 Jan 21:

Lots of taping and striping and stickering on PHOENIX today, we'll go through it, try to keep up...We taped around her coaming with 3M 218 Fine Line tape and put down some poly sheeting.


Taped off the bow stripes, to spray the Royal Blue stripes first. We used the old stripe edgees as a guide for the tape, and eyeballed the spacing on the new area, if it looks right... 


Waiting for Skipper to spray Rust-Oleum, I applied the new vinyl AMF on the port side. The New Old Stock Sunfish sticker was applied a few days ago.


Peeling stickers and stripes is always fun!


Skipper sprayed about 4 coats of Rust-Oleum Sail Blue, waiting for each coat to tack before the next coat. She lapped the yard and made some Scooby snacks between coats.



The Sail Blue is sprayed, we let it dry for about 4 hours then got to the red.


Oops, didn't get one area taped down enough, that spot removed easily with a little TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner.



Spray paint will not fill aged gel coat stress cracks, if those bug you you'll need to file them out a bit, fair, sand, prime and sand before paint. Then go out and run into a dock and create all anew.


Tape removed from red stripe, and starboard side AMF and Sunfish sticker applied.





The stern stripes and the rest of the deck will get some TLC with 3M Fiberglass Restorer and Wax, we did a test patch here and it will definitely brighten up the hull to match the shiny new bow bits.


1981 AMF Sunfish MADISON 25 Jan 21 Ready For Sea Trials

 26 Jan 21:

And just like that MADISON is ready for Sea Trials. The paint on her repair is dry enough that we flipped her back upright on her Dynamic Dolly, found her mast, rudder and daggerboard and put her cover on, rain is a coming.



She'll wait for PHOENIX to be finished and they'll Sea Trial together.

Log of MADISON.

BLUFF RATTY v0.1 SCUPPERS 24 Jan 21 New Side Planks and Board Stretchers

24 Jan 21:

We have been all over the place design wise with the little punt we are building, there are elements for Popular Science's 1966 12 Dollar Boat and elements from other craft we have built or repaired. She's a BLUFF RATTY in spirit and we think her call sign will be SCUPPERS. The design changes wandered some more when I realized that I had cut off about 6 extra inches on the bow when I thought it would be a good idea to rake the bow. No time for the Moaning Chair, rain is coming, it was time to pull out the table saw and cut 2 new 8 foot planks for the sheer planks, 4 inches wide. I also cut a new bow and stern seat to be 10 inches wide instead of 8.



To add length back to the bow I joined scraps of 1/4 inch plywood to to the garboards with THIXO and butt plates. For the hull we cut a butt plate, fastened it with THIXO WOOD and clamped it while the THIXO dries. Once these pieces firm up we'll cut the new rocker and attach new chine strips. The old sheer planks, too short now, will be replaced with the new 8 foot planks.


R. D. "Pete" Culler once said "Boatbuilding is simply about correcting one mistake after another, with the first mistake being to have begun in the first place. But oh what fun!"

Preval Sprayer

 24 Jan 21:

I'm sold on this Preval spray system, spray your own custom color mix. We sprayed TotalBoat WetEdge Blue Glo White, tinted with Bristo Beige to get "Sunburnt Sunfish," a close match to PHOENIX's 39 year old sunburnt gelcoat. The first coat ran because I sprayed too much, so I wiped it off real fast, then sprayed a light mist coat. The next coats seemed to bond better because the bond was paint on paint vs paint on hull. The sprayer bits came in a VALPAK kit with 3 power units, bottles, dip tubes and V grip, from Fibreglast, $39.95. Jamestown Distributors also sells a one can spray gun kit for under $9.




PREVAL Sprayer: https://youtu.be/bX52jX4EZDo




Log of PHOENIX.


Hat Update

 24 Jan 21:

We've authored 40 or so articles for Small Boats Magazine, a digital publication of WoodenBoat. Along the way we got hats!


I've been busy the last few days getting sawdust all over it, might be a Reader Built Boat article generated from the current build, or a technique article.

Our list of articles can be found on our blog page Small Boats Magazine or search Lewis on the Small Boats Magazine website.

Fair Winds!
Clark and Skipper


Monday, January 25, 2021

1965 Alcort Catfish SMEDLEY 23 Jan 21 Side Stay Rigging

 23 Jan 21:

5 is the number, the number shall be 5. Historical record of where SMEDLEY's side stays are set in the adjustable tangs. We removed the stays so we could store the mast until it gets transported to Virginia, probably in a UHaul 26 footer. SMEDLEY is going in a 16 foot PODS, the mast is 22 feet.

Log of SMEDLEY.

TETRIS for Homeport Move

23 Jan 21:

We have a PODS container coming...again...to move some boats to their new Virginia Homeport, so Condition TETRIS was declared. Originally planned as about an 8 move TETRIS evolution, we cut a few moves off the end.

The Catfish SMEDLEY needs to go in the driveway, clear of where the PODS will land, which meant moving a car. She got moved close to the driveway and then we lowered the mast on the Day Sailer II CYANE so she could move into SMEDLEY's spot, as original plan was then to move RV Super POKEY into CYANE's spot, the alternate RV pad. Another car was moved, then I did some measuring and found that the RV could stay on the driveway. Next WILLOW's trailer got moved forward next to CYANE, and then the utility trailer SHELLY got hooked up to SANDY for a lumber run and moved so SMEDLEY could take her spot next to the RV. 



Skipper nowhere to be seen except for when CYANE's mast came down :)

1971 O'Day Day Sailer II CYANE 23 Jan 21 Downrigging

23 Jan 21:

We downrigged CYANE in prep for her homeport change, here's a few photos of what had to happen along the way, mostly for us to reference when we put her back together. 

The first thing to do is hook up a tow vehicle, so the trailer will not tip the boat on her stern when working near the transom. Ask me how we learned about this :)

But first, a look at the little pads we made to support an outboard motor, they prevent gouges in the gelcoat and spread the outboard clamp pressure out over a larger area. The pads are 1/4 inch marine grade plywood, attached with double sided tape.



There is no set order to downrigging, we tend to start at one end of the rig (stern) and work forward.


First thing to do is get the mainsail and boom off of the mast. The mainsheet rigging is 2:1 how Capn Jack had it, a block with a becket arrached to the boom and another block attached to a bridle on the transom. We release the mainsheet and usually leave it attached to the becket block.


Next we wandered forward and undid the sail cover so we could get to the various lines.


Here is the cleat for the topping lift. The topping lift helps keep the boom out of the cockpit when the main is down.


Capn Jack put a quick release snap shackle on the forward end of the boom vang.


The downhaul is released.


Mainsheet gets released.


Mainsheet released and tied. The boom now swings free.


The topping lift shackle gets released next. The other lines there are a sail cover tie and the outhaul.


Main halyard gets released. And then it is time to remove the boom and sail.


Time to tackle the main halyard, spinnaker halyard and spare jib halyard (the one we use if we don't rig roller furling jib.) We should lable these like Webb does, and add a third cleat. Wow, Skipper's boat sure is dirty, it appears that the opsrey likes sitting on the top of the mast...she needs to get out here and clean this up.


Forward tabernacle pin keeper ring is released.


Furler line gets released and pulled up to the furler.


Side stays loosened. 


Furler line tied up.


Remove jib furler pin keeper ring. Go find Skipper, who will control the jib stay while the mast is lowered. If lowering the mast single handed, the jib stay can be released at this time, and line attached to the jib stay that runs through a block attached to the little shackle, and run back to the cockpit. That line can be cleated off over the cuddy until time to release the tabernacle pin.


Here's a video of raising the mast using the line.


Capn Jack made this nice mast crutch.



Time to release the jibstay pin and forward mast tabernacle pin and lower the mast. We had already lowered it partway here, then put the mast back up for glamor shots. Skipper walke the jib back while I lowered the mast.


1971 O'Day Day Sailer II CYANE 23 Jan 21 Mast Lowering Tabernacle: https://youtu.be/e9bXrJsGxwA


Next up, we release the upper jib furler drum for long road trips. For short trips we leave the jib attached.


Capn Jack's diddy bag.


Mast is slid forward as far as you like, keeping in mind clearance of the tow vehicle hatch. We wrap old hand towels around the mast at the crutch and over the tabernacle for padding, and cushion the base of the mast where it may contact the tow vehicle hatch. We also tie everything down, including the side stays and pad where needed to prevent metal from rubbing on the deck. The boom tent also works as a storage cover, but we will not trailer with that attached. For long trips we rmove the main from the boom and stow the boom poking out of the cuddy, with the mainsheet tucked into the lazarette. Last thing to do is check the trailer lights, CYANE's trailer is set up with LED lights on the trailer and the trailer guides. More info on those great LED lights upcoming in the Feb 2021 issue of Small Boats Magazine.



Check bearings, tires, safety chains, coupler lock and hit the road. Tires should be less than 6 years old, more info about how to check and why in our Small Boats Magazine article June 2018.

Ready to roll!