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by SJHanson
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: What's Your Key Chain of Choice?
Replies: 7
Views: 1232

Re: What's Your Key Chain of Choice?

A great read is "The Marlinspike Sailor" by Hervey Garrett Smith. Wonderfully illustrated for all types of ropework. Monkey's Fist, fenders, rope mats, canvas work etc. Great winter projects that accent any vessel.
by SJHanson
Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: new distribution and shore power
Replies: 4
Views: 1538

Re: new distribution and shore power

Nice clean installation you can be proud of. Good job!
by SJHanson
Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Jet Speed Varnish
Replies: 3
Views: 1659

Re: Jet Speed Varnish

I've had great results with Epiphanes Gloss Clear. No sanding between coats if re-coated w/in 72 hours and can be re-coated in 24 hours. Sand final coats and top coat with Epiphanes.
by SJHanson
Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:00 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Looking for Tach cable
Replies: 3
Views: 1337

Re: Looking for Tach cable

You might try a local big-rig truck supply store. Mobile Fleet Supply (MFS) custom cut the proper core and supplied me with both ends for less than $15. Has worked flawlessly since.
by SJHanson
Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tango Uniform
Replies: 1923
Views: 298843

Re: Tango Uniform (Restoration of a 1940 44 foot Chris Craft

Laclede - A note to "the guys doing the work".

Many of us are paying attention and are in awe of your expertise and accomplishments. Great job! "Sweet Nails" - Gotta love ingenuity. Thanks
by SJHanson
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Transom Guard Screw Pattern
Replies: 2
Views: 1095

Re: Transom Guard Screw Pattern

Thanks so much. Your picture was a real help. - SteveH
by SJHanson
Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Transom Guard Screw Pattern
Replies: 2
Views: 1095

Transom Guard Screw Pattern

Can anyone advise me on the screw spacing and pattern for the SS transom guards on a 17' Sportsman?
by SJHanson
Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 2
Replies: 56
Views: 62116

Reached central Washington State yesterday. Packaging slightly damaged, content magnificent.
by SJHanson
Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Mahogany and Merlot, Lake Chelan Washington
Replies: 4
Views: 2836

Stovebolt - I'm 30 miles away, boat was almost ready to launch, and a family emergency precluded my attendance. Take lots of photos for us. The hydros are amazing. (Wine is not too bad either!) SteveH
by SJHanson
Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: Chris-Craft Today
Topic: How many of us Classic Boaters own a modern Chris-Craft??
Replies: 17
Views: 16817

I am one of the "Two Chris Craft" owners. 1958 Sportsman and 1993 Chris Craft 238 Concept Cruiser. Love 'em both here on the Columbia River . SteveH
by SJHanson
Fri May 04, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Bow Eye for 17' Sportsman
Replies: 18
Views: 5016

Brian offers good advice. SteveH
by SJHanson
Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Keel Replacement
Replies: 98
Views: 25729

Dave - You might search for a "ship's auger". Irwin (and others) have a 3/8" X 17" long auger bit available. Good luck.
by SJHanson
Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Cockpit and Cabin Interiors
Topic: Sewing Machine
Replies: 7
Views: 2955

Rob
Try the Sailrite website. They are a DIY supplier and will have everything you need, including "How To" videos. Good Luck.

www.sailrite.com
by SJHanson
Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: uh Oh!
Replies: 438
Views: 119635

While I post very little, the Boat Buzz has been invaluable to me and my projects. The knowledge that is out there and shared has prevented many a mistake and streamlined the process on many occasions. I don't sweat not receiving the "Bell" on time, but I would probably be lost without hte "Buzz". T...
by SJHanson
Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: uh Oh!
Replies: 438
Views: 119635

I would second Mike's choice for Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss for build coats and the top coat with a high ultraviolet protection varnish. I also want to thank Mark campbell for sharing his roll and tip technique. I've never had such good results on vertical surfaces until now. Currently finishing my ...
by SJHanson
Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Advice on part sources and flex couplers KLC - '53 Sportsman
Replies: 7
Views: 1942

Jamestown Distributors has always had everything I've needed. Good Luck.

jamestowndistributors.com
by SJHanson
Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: 1961 ski boat speedometer gauge ticking
Replies: 10
Views: 3004

Michael - I was able to replace the core cable and crimp-on ends from a truck repair shop. They sell it in bulk, so you just need to know the length. This quickly solved my problem. - Good luck
by SJHanson
Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:26 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Am I The Only One...Seam Fill
Replies: 32
Views: 6813

Mark - Thanks for the detailed explanation. It makes good sense to have the boat swelled, cut to bare wood, then fill the new seam with 5200. While I know I will need a new bottom within the next few years, but my shop needs to be completed first. This method seems superior to Interlux 30 seam fille...
by SJHanson
Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Large Cruiser Battery Config
Replies: 22
Views: 4957

The Square D switch pictured is a 200 amp, 250 V Transfer switch. Typically the "Load" is connected to the center terminals, and the two "Supplies" are con nected to the upper and lower terminals. Thus if you put the switch in the "Up" position, you supply the "Load" from one source of power, and wh...
by SJHanson
Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Refastening
Replies: 17
Views: 4496

Some old tools are new again. I've found that an Easydriver ratcheting driver works well for "feeling" the removal of old screws. I've had this tool for 20+ years and now found its great for removing brass screws in old hulls. Great control, quite good mechanical advantage, and it just seems to work...
by SJHanson
Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Trailer Question for a 1954 Super Express 28 '
Replies: 19
Views: 5829

Tom Frye's post is spot on. The long bow stop padded boards are a great help when you retrieve your boat on launches of different angles. A steep angle launch will place the bow of your boat near the bottm of the bow stop. As you pull up the launch the bow will rise and be in the proper position for...
by SJHanson
Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Mahogany & Merlot
Replies: 4
Views: 3227

Mahogany & Merlot

Listed as the First Annual, The APBA and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum are sponsoring a combined event of Vintage Hydroplanes and Antique and Classic Boats on Lake Chelan, WA. The dates are October 2nd and 3rd, 2010. While the thunderboats have put on demonstrations in the past, the addition of...
by SJHanson
Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Stern Flag Pole and Flag
Replies: 2
Views: 1651

Hi Jim - My 1958 17' Sportsman has the same pole, but the ensign measures 16"X24". I too would like to know which is correct. Any additional responses would be appreciated.
by SJHanson
Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: deck on 56 cc sportsman
Replies: 18
Views: 6193

56 Sportsman Deck

My 58, 17' Sportsman's kingplank and center rear deck board is "blonde", but not stained blonde. The wood is left unstained and the varnish was applied directly to it. The natural color of the varnish gives a surprising light color to the wood. Good luck with your project. - SteveH
by SJHanson
Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Ready to Re-Wire!
Replies: 18
Views: 8476

Marty - My 1958 Utility was re-wired using a Blue Sea ST Blade Fuse Block. It is small enough to be tucked under the dash and still be "relatively" accessable. The West Marine catalog has a wide variety of components in their electrical section, along with some good "West Advisor" information. Good ...
by SJHanson
Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: striping varnish
Replies: 4
Views: 2161

I totally agree with using a heat gun, sharp scraper and Rebecca J. Wittman's book "BRIGHTWORK - The Art of Finishing Wood". I've tred chemicals, but the wood still needs to be bleached and re-stained prior to varnish. The heat gun is fast and rewarding (with a little practice!!). GoodLuck and let u...
by SJHanson
Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Cutting Out New Bottom Planks
Replies: 11
Views: 3098

Marty and John,
I too will be faced with a "new plank" decision this fall on my 1958 17' Sportsman. Any incite, experiences and pictures would be helpfull to all who are considering this option. Thanks to all.
SteveH
by SJHanson
Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:06 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Deck Fill Cap ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1465

Deck Fill Cap

Mark - You might try Classic Boat Connection. They have been helpful to me in the past.

classicboatconnection.com

507-344-8024
by SJHanson
Mon May 18, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Throttle Lever Disassembly
Replies: 13
Views: 5988

Marty - The 2007 Fall (pg 52 - 55)Issue of the Brass Bell has a good description and illustrations on the steering gear, throttle, horn button assembly. I found it searching the Archives for "steering gear". Hope this helps - Steve
by SJHanson
Thu May 14, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: refinish bottom
Replies: 15
Views: 6955

Steve - From my research on this forum and other aeas, I think that the CPES treatment will probably be the best for preserving the wood. It should not affect the bond between the primer and wood, as it can be used prior to staining. That being said, I have also experienced the greenish undercoating...