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by auto5pilot
Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Duck boat canvas decks.
Replies: 6
Views: 4489

two possibilities

It is either a spray dodger or a shield. The shield would allow the hunters to remain concealed when sneaking up on ducks. The spray dodger keeps cold water out - especially useful if a wave breaks over the bow.
by auto5pilot
Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Handy Andy... Folding Rowboat - Has anyone else built one?
Replies: 8
Views: 8258

I studied it quite a bit

I would make sure that the vinyl you are using has a fiber core to it. It will need to withstand repeated bending and abrasions. I decided not to build one since I could build a car-topper that would give a much better life span.
by auto5pilot
Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:00 pm
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: kick-up rudder
Replies: 6
Views: 3960

kick-up rudder

I built a kick-up rudder similar to the one you can find on the Glen-L web site. It worked pretty well, but the plywood "tongue" (the part that kicks up) got a little wiggly on me after a year or two. I took it apart and re-constructed it with some fiberglass mat. It still has some wood in the middl...
by auto5pilot
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: FILLERS,,,,What's the dope?
Replies: 15
Views: 10960

fillers - and my opinion

I think there are a couple different considerations when dealing with fillers. The top two in my mind are "How much space?" and "How smooth?". The other consideration is weight, but I think that is less of a consideration for me. The smoothness is a direct product of particle size and epoxy ratio. D...
by auto5pilot
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:18 am
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Mirage Drive
Replies: 17
Views: 20423

mirage drive update

I had a "system failure" last winter. I hit something (submerged log or rock) and knocked off the leading flipper. Pedaling got really easy after the front flipper came off. Luckily I found the flipper (I searched for a really long time). It was actually still connected to the drive unit. I never wo...
by auto5pilot
Sat Jul 28, 2007 6:12 am
Forum: Human Power
Topic: securing the oars
Replies: 1
Views: 3161

generally there are only a few options

Velcro - but that can get mucked up and wear out if used in an outdoor environment. I'd vote against it. Rope - this is a great choice. Elastic/bungie chords - they can sometimes deteriorate quite rapidly out-doors. I guess what I'm saying - use rope. Maybe a pad-eye on one side and a cleat on the o...
by auto5pilot
Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:08 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: Best Clamps to use/ buy?
Replies: 19
Views: 11205

PVC Pipe cut for clamps

I've made, used and LOST lots of little clamps made from PVC pipe. You can make your own custom clamps from scrap PVC pipe quite easily. Just cut the pipe in 1-2 inch lengths. Cut the O into a C with a single cut. This type of clamp is best for low pressue and fairly small thicknesses in the materia...
by auto5pilot
Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Some Center Hill Lake photos:
Replies: 10
Views: 4455

I'm going to have to figure something out then

I only have non-powered, non-Glen-L boats. I did go to a "Mess About" in Indianna last weekend and it was fun even though it rained all but 3 hours I was there. Taking the camper down in the rain was not that fun though.
by auto5pilot
Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Some Center Hill Lake photos:
Replies: 10
Views: 4455

Hey dave - how are you at waterfowl ID

I think that duck might be a pin-tail. The thing is they aren't too common around here and I've never seen one with youngins.
by auto5pilot
Fri Sep 22, 2006 5:59 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Glen L 14 and Planing Wood.
Replies: 32
Views: 19638

chip extractor

Grahm, I bought a portable planer. It is still quite heavy, but still light enough to take OUTSIDE when in use. I just let it blow the chips into the drive and move them to the pile with a snow shovel when I'm done. I suppose you could burn them or dispose of them in some way, but we now have a blue...
by auto5pilot
Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Photo Gallery, Names and faces
Replies: 20
Views: 11933

I had a V45 for quite a while. It really wasn't a touring bike. I planned to take my wife on it and make a camping trip once. I wasn't really sure how it would work out, so I set up a test. I loaded the thing up with all our camping gear and took my wife on a ride around town. We did a mostly highwa...
by auto5pilot
Wed Mar 01, 2006 10:01 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Fiberglassing Hull
Replies: 9
Views: 5783

Other options: vacuum bagging maybe? forget the fiberglass - just paint the hull motor it to a facility that has a dry dock dig a trench under one side of the boat so that it can heel over - maybe 60 degrees you might be suprised at what can be accomplished with ramps, levers, rollers and sand. Thin...
by auto5pilot
Mon Feb 27, 2006 12:04 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Fiberglassing Hull
Replies: 9
Views: 5783

I think I'd try it backwards

Wet out the cloth in a shallow container and try to apply the wet sticky cloth that way. Either way - this isn't going to be a pretty job. The best advice might be to get some help, some old tires and flip it - heavy or not. There are lots of tricks and techniques around for getting it rotated. Too ...
by auto5pilot
Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Great sites
Replies: 6
Views: 3963

Don't let SPAMMERS through YOU!

Just a word of caution Dave: A good hacker can gain access and control of a computer that is not properly protected. Members: If you have a computer connected to the internet, you are at risk. Just because you installed XYZ virus protection in 1993 doesn't mean you are protected. You may have update...
by auto5pilot
Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:21 pm
Forum: Tool Talk
Topic: Shop Crane
Replies: 9
Views: 7664

OH Dave

You set my wheels to spinnin big time. Asuming that you can't just pick up the bed of the truck and flip it around the way you like to do with your boat, I think the A frame is going to be a great toy for you. Rattle this around in your brain a little. If the think is a bolt-together machine, you ha...

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