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  • How does one join the Smallboats group? Clicking on the link takes me to a page that says “Sorry, this group is available to members ONLY. You are not allowed to access this group.” I know I am old and slow but if there is a simple means for requesting membership it escapes me. ~Caloosarat From: bolger@^$1 [mailto:bolger@^$2] On Behalf Of c.ruzer Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 9...
    Chester Young Mar 13, 2012
  • If I understand this correctly the silver color atop the ¾ oz mat with a layer of 1708 in polyester resin transfers enough heat that absorption into the fiberglass occurs. When you place your hand on the top it does not cool very quickly. Since the foam does not absorb the heat that leaves it up to the fiberglass which has enough mass to radiate for a longer period of time than I...
    Chester Young Nov 3, 2011
  • I would have to concur. My wife quipped that the new top for the cockpit on EstherMae would look really good in silver that mimicked the Galvalume roof on our house. A friend of ours then produced an acrylic paint with silver pigment that looks really good. Problem is that it absorbs heat to the point that you do not want to lay your bare hand on it when in the sun. The divinycell...
    Chester Young Nov 2, 2011
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  • Are the oval port-lites a standard chandlery item? EstherMae has two on each side of her cabin and they could stand replacement. My wife insists on keeping the ovals as it certainly lends a lot of character. Unfortunately any production ovals I have seen do not have the same style. The current port-lites on EstherMae are wood, (picture frames perhaps?) the screens and glass that...
    Chester Young Oct 6, 2011
  • How did the aluminum PDR perform? Was is comparable to a plywood version in weight, strength, and how was the sailing experience? Did the exposed aluminum get hot in the sun, I assume heat transfer through the hull to the water was efficient in that the wetted hull was the same temperature as the surround water. ~Caloosarat From: bolger@^$1 [mailto:bolger@^$2] On Behalf Of...
    Chester Young Oct 4, 2011
  • Not sure how relevant this experience is to the current debate but broaching is not limited to just sail power. Early on in ownership of EstherMae (Tennessee) while running down the river parallel to the Intra Coastal Waterway at about 12 mph, we were passed by a much larger and faster yacht (say 60’ doing 20 mph). When that wake passed from behind the first thing that I noticed...
    Chester Young Aug 2, 2011
  • I am curious about the potential range of a battery system. My Uncle has a birdwatcher and he is determined to change to an electric auxiliary. It is easy to get 5 miles from home were we are (Caloosahatchee River) and have the wind either die or blow right on the nose. How far can a person really expect to motor a boat under just minimally adverse conditions? For this discussion...
    Chester Young Jun 3, 2011
  • Robb White wrote that he would heat the wood by closing the shop and allowing the temperature to rise above the ambient background. Then when he started his epoxy work he would allow the temperature to slowly fall back to the outside temperature. He was of the opinion that the contracting of the wood cellular structure actually sucked the epoxy into the wood. This required...
    Chester Young Mar 24, 2011
  • As a consultant in the marine engineering field doing shoreline revetment work I prefer galvanized grade 60 rebar to epoxy coated. 1 st issue is that concrete does not adhere to the epoxy coating. Any chip in the coating is a vector for rust along the rebar, and when it does fail it tends to do so in large sections. Observation after failure has shown where long sections of rebar...
    Chester Young Feb 1, 2011
  • f_swygert: Stay and post. It is the best way to share ideas and is inspiring to those of us who are not experienced with boat building. Also it is a modification of a Bolger and seeing so much of that is what has me working on EstherMae. For which I also want to say thanks to all who have weighed in on my recent request regarding foam panels. And thanks to all who have posted...
    Chester Young Jan 5, 2011