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Building your own (leakproof!) classic hatch
"One day at the Oakland Yacht Club we saw a very beautiful all-wood sailboat that had an extraordinarily beautiful butterfly hatch made of teak and glass. We know that the classic butterfly hatch has a nasty reputation of leaking like a sieve, so we decided to design and build a hatch that captured the beauty of the old butterfly hatch but had the integrity of a one-piece unit."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Building your own (leakproof!) classic hatch      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 8, 2004 )

Painless anchoring
"The first choice was between manual and electric. The cost of a manual windlass was comparable to an electric windlass of the same capacity. A "Waldenese" approach to sailing had always appealed to me, thus the simplicity of a manual windlass had much to offer. Installation is much simpler: no heavy expensive wiring to run nor solenoids and foot switches to buy and install. The cost of these items can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of the windlass itself. Battery capacity has to be re-assessed and possibly increased, too."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Painless anchoring      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 8, 2004 )

Vang/preventer: a fast, effective safety device
"Vang/preventer? We knew of no existing term for this rigging, and we had to call it something. On Mystic, the vang/preventer is a pair of 4:1 tackles leading from mid-boom to the port and starboard toerails just abaft the stays. A single control line runs from both tackles aft through fairleads and cam cleats port and starboard of the helm. Because there is only a single line, as the boom swings off, line taken by one tackle is given up by the other, so very little excess line clutters the cockpit. A flick of the wrist controls the boom."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Vang/preventer: a fast, effective safety device      Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 8, 2004 )

Comfort in the cockpit Pushpit Seats
"With the outline of your frame in hand, lay out the seats. Keep in mind that what you are doing will have some impact on the appearance of your boat. Your seats should be well proportioned in respect to the rest of the cockpit. Older cruiser/racers often have narrow transoms, so keep the seats fairly small - just enough to give support, with enough room left over for a beverage holder, if you want one. Another tip: there are very few truly straight lines on a boat. Use smooth flowing curves when laying out the inboard edge. Your final design should be pleasing to the eye and look like it belongs on the boat. Set both patterns on the frame to satisfy your eye before plugging in the saw. Then label them port/top and starboard/top."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Comfort in the cockpit Pushpit Seats      Submitted by Noel Sat Aug 7, 2004 )

Bent stanchions and delaminated decks
"A bent stanchion requires replacement or straightening. In this case, it was possible to have it straightened. Removing the stanchion required access to the backing plate, nuts, and lockwashers holding it. I had to remove an overhead panel below the sidedeck. Another approach would have been to cut a hole in the panel slightly larger than the stanchion base and patch it after the repair was finished. The structural repair to the deck area under the stanchion was much more involved."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Bent stanchions and delaminated decks      Submitted by Noel Sat Aug 7, 2004 )

Suffering from sealant confusion?
"Any time a hole is drilled, even partially, through a solid structure, it provides a place for water to enter. That hole is probably at least partially filled, either by a screw or a piece of hardware. The problem is that the two parts, shaped to their own purpose, have different shapes, and it's rare for the two parts to match exactly. What is needed, whenever two or more solid objects are fastened together, is something that will keep even the smallest amount of water out, something to seal the two mating surfaces and dam the trickle before it becomes a flood . . . in other words, a sealant."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Suffering from sealant confusion?      Submitted by Noel Sat Aug 7, 2004 )

Breakproof tillers
"Salvaging a damaged tiller is a two-step process. You do not need to start with a new tiller. First you will need to create a structure that can maintain the load of the cross-mounted fasteners. Wood won't do it. Epoxy loaded with a high-density, high-strength filler will do quite well, however. Drill the fastener hole out to about double the original size. Yes, you are going to drill a 3/8-inch hole out to 3/4-inch. Tape one side, and fill the huge holes you just made with epoxy that you have mixed with a high-strength filler - more is better. Be careful not to trap air bubbles. A syringe with a piece of small tubing helps. Wet the bare wood surfaces with unfilled mix before you start. It is good if you end up with the fill slightly above the surface. When the epoxy cures, drill new holes."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Breakproof tillers      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 6, 2004 )

Fitting bronze portlights
"After buying our old 1965 Alberg 30, Mary and I knew that part of the renovation program would be the replacement of the old fixed windows with operating bronze portlights. There were several reasons for this, and not the least was good evidence that the old windows leaked. The old Plexiglas was scratched, and someone had already replaced three of the small windows with bronze portlights. "Why only three?" we wondered. Mary and I also thought that the bronze portlights would give our old boat a "salty" look."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Fitting bronze portlights      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 6, 2004 )

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