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by cecbell
Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Flat bottom canoe
Replies: 6
Views: 2248

My first canoe was 13' long, 36" beam with plumb sides--no tumblehome, and a large, completely flat bottom. I glassed it with two layers 6 oz. e-glass on the outside and one layer inside. The wood was 1/4" cedar strips. I built it this way to test the stiffness and strength of the relatively large f...
by cecbell
Sun May 04, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Solo fiberglassing
Replies: 16
Views: 4531

I've used only WEST 105/207 (sometimes 206) on my canoes (only 3 so far) and have had no problem with the wet edge setting up. I squeegee the wetout coat and roller the rest. My shop isn't heated but I prefer to have the temp. at least above 70F and better if it's around 80. I once spoke to a Gougeo...
by cecbell
Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Paint
Replies: 9
Views: 2042

I have to agree with Glenn that painting the outside while leaving the inside bright looks very much like the wood canvas canoes, which I think is quite special. At the risk of blasphemy, I find the look of unrelieved wood quickly tires the eye. Brightwork shows up best when used as a highlight. On ...
by cecbell
Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Grain of cedar
Replies: 9
Views: 2520

Here's a pic of some flat grain strips (about 2 3/4 in.wide) in the center portion of the front and back decks: http://s124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/cecbell/?action=view¤t=ARareTopView.jpg Click on the Full Size tab for a better view. The wood is NWC. The narrower strips around the side and ...
by cecbell
Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:48 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Design
Replies: 19
Views: 5648

Kudzu, that's looking pretty good. One of the things I'm wondering about is the amount of hollow in the ends. To my eye, which is certainly less than expert, it seems somewhat severe for a short boat. It might be worth a try to make a copy of the file to play with and see what giving it a straight e...
by cecbell
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Varnishing
Replies: 2
Views: 1331

I've found I prefer to varnish in poor drying conditions (cooler temps and /or when the air isn't so dry). It seems to be more forgiving of my not so meticulous application.
by cecbell
Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:15 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: how cold is too cold for resin?
Replies: 6
Views: 2086

Alick, As I understand it, the reason 206 isn't recommended for clear finishing is because it has a tendency to cloud up if applied in too much humidity. I built two canoes (that were painted on the outside) using it and it never clouded. The inside, which is not painted, remains perfectly clear. On...
by cecbell
Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: canoe sail rigs
Replies: 2
Views: 4232

Steve,
Your question recently came up on the Yahoo sailing canoe group. Here's a link to a post from someone with experience using it.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sailing_c ... sage/10771
by cecbell
Sat Sep 15, 2007 6:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: sailboats to go
Replies: 1
Views: 3319

If you don't find anyone here, another place you might try is the sailing canoe group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sailing_canoes/ If I remember correctly, someone there had posted a link to a video of it sailing on a canoe a while back but I don't recall exactly when or where that was. A search ma...
by cecbell
Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:21 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Sailing Canoe
Replies: 4
Views: 3358

Dave, thanks. I only wish that canoe were mine. The one in the pictures is Hugh Horton's. I believe he's going to have it at the Killbear Paddlers Rendezvous coming up in a few days. Mac McCarthy's book Feaherweight Boatbuilding shows a picture of an 11' Wee Lassie with a sail rig on it along with a...
by cecbell
Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: New Sailing Canoe
Replies: 4
Views: 3358

New Sailing Canoe

This is a shot of the beautiful new sailing canoe, Bufflehead, recently launched. It's designed for stitch 'n glue construction, intended to be capable of some serious canoe cruising/camping. 15' 6" l.o.a., 33" beam. http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/cecbell/Bufflehead/HughsBuffleheadwithAkusgu...
by cecbell
Mon Aug 20, 2007 8:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: canoe sail rigs
Replies: 2
Views: 4232

Steve,
You can probably get the answer to this question, and many more, in this forum dedicated to sailing canoes:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sailing_canoes/
I think you'll need to sign in to browse and lurk there but it's free.
by cecbell
Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:30 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: floatation question
Replies: 5
Views: 1624

I tested one of my canoes (stripper of conventional construction) by flooding it just to see whether or not it would float on its own. It does but just barely. Don't overlook the weight of the things you might have with you: fishing equipment, possibly an anchor, etc. While the canoe might be able t...
by cecbell
Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:17 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Opinions for next project
Replies: 5
Views: 1439

Charles, I can sympathize with your problem. As others have put it, so many boats... so little time... I'm also at a similar point. In my case, family politics plays a role. Having built a canoe for my son a while back, my daughter now wants one. Of course this is just the excuse I've been looking f...
by cecbell
Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:14 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Cypruss for canoes
Replies: 6
Views: 1884

Check this reference.
http://www2.fpl.fs.fed.us/TechSheets/co ... twood.html

According to this, cypress is about half again as heavy as northern white cedar so the boards I was able to pick up were not typical of the weight.