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by parroteyes
Sat May 28, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Help staighten cast brass windsheid
Replies: 9
Views: 2498

Re: Help staighten cast brass windsheid

I am not speaking from experience. I have never tried to straighten a cast brass piece. However I have been very happy With brass Castings.

Perhaps if you're straightening efforts fail you can have a casting made of the peace after you cut and reassemble it to make it into a mold.
by parroteyes
Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Towing tubes/skiers. 1961 CC Ski Boat
Replies: 11
Views: 3520

Re: Towing tubes/skiers. 1961 CC Ski Boat

I agree with all of the warnings that have already been posted. I am restoring a a 16 foot 1946 Chriscraft. That boat was used for skiing for many years, but not used "hard", (light people - no extreme tricks). It's lifting eye was not damaged. Tubing puts much less strain on the robe. Depending on ...
by parroteyes
Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Now I know why they painted it
Replies: 14
Views: 3239

Re: Now I know why they painted it

Copious amounts of 5200 is a major issue. It won't sand or grind off. The tool will grind away the wood and leave the 5200 until it clogs. It has to be cut off. Even then you'll probably be better off undercutting the 5200 in the wood rather than trying to just trimming out the excess 5200. I have u...
by parroteyes
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: engine stringers/keelsons replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 1996

Re: engine stringers/keelsons replacement

Do not make the mistake I made! After you turn it over put support blocks along each side at the top of each frame and level the boat the best you can. Then remove the bottom. Then level the stringers and relevel the edge supports. Then replace the bottom frames as necessary ONE at a time! Before mo...
by parroteyes
Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:05 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Riviera Shrunken Deck Planks
Replies: 29
Views: 7644

Re: Riviera Shrunken Deck Planks

Now I'm curious. I would think old wood would be more "stable" than new. After shrinking it will not swell back to its initial dimension, right? So, it's expansion/contraction is less than newer wood. I would call that more stable. I'm indifferent to the choice between new or re-use for my deck but ...
by parroteyes
Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Riviera Shrunken Deck Planks
Replies: 29
Views: 7644

Re: Riviera Shrunken Deck Planks

I had 65 year old sun shrunken deck planks with gaps. I took them off and soaked them for a month. They swelled about 1/8. Then shrunk back about half that when they dried. Not enough to close the gaps. I'll replace the king plank, in the center, to get the width I need, then retrim the rest to fit ...
by parroteyes
Sun Apr 12, 2015 6:07 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Batten wood type
Replies: 5
Views: 2029

Re: Batten wood type

Mine are mahogany.
by parroteyes
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: front frame u22 sportsman
Replies: 10
Views: 2968

Re: front frame u22 sportsman

Well first you need to replace that Pepsi. Then, with an appropriate beverage, you'll need to decide what about this darn boat is level and straight. Short cut: forget about it, it isn't. Still you need some reference, so realize the only thing that won't move while you're working is the stringers. ...
by parroteyes
Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: front frame u22 sportsman
Replies: 10
Views: 2968

Re: front frame u22 sportsman

Looking more closely at your picture (on my computer instead of my phone) I see that the lifting ring mount is aft of the frames in question. So, what I'm saying is: Cut off the badly split section of the frames with a vertical cut, Make new replacements for the cut off pieces (grain oriented parall...
by parroteyes
Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:17 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: front frame u22 sportsman
Replies: 10
Views: 2968

Re: front frame u22 sportsman

I can't tell what you are doing. If you are replacing the bottom but retaining the side planks above the chine, getting that frame out would be a problem. Professional restorers with their reputations on the line (and working on your dime) probably would re plank the sides as well. They are of cours...
by parroteyes
Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:37 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Depth meter/sounder
Replies: 2
Views: 1642

Re: Depth meter/sounder

Assuming that you do not have a six year old child with a knotted rope ending in a rock to place in the bow, any fish finder will work. With a wood (or fiber glass) boat you do not have to put the sender/receiver unit in the water. It can be inside the boat but must be sealed to the bottom air tight...
by parroteyes
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:13 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Looking for a foundry
Replies: 2
Views: 1698

Re: Looking for a foundry

Go to topic:

Needed: Brass casting for #6 tie in a R-16-XXX

Thread to see my experience.

I used Mystic River Foundry in CT:

860-536-7634

Very happy.
by parroteyes
Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: paint questions
Replies: 3
Views: 2129

Re: paint questions

2 giant saw horses. Locate over lifting eyes.
First lift tounge of trailer as high as possible. Tie front lifting eye to front giant horse. Lower tounge.
Block up small hydraulic pump jack to keel/transom point. Jack up boat and tie rear lifting eye to rear giant horse.
by parroteyes
Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:10 am
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Bottom Repair Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 5739

Re: Bottom Repair Questions

Please let us know what happens!
Too many folks get us interested in a project then never tell us how it works out!
Thanks
by parroteyes
Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:38 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Flipping a 19' Capri hull
Replies: 10
Views: 3440

Re: Flipping a 19' Capri hull

What software did you use to make that great diagram?
by parroteyes
Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:47 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Flipping a 19' Capri hull
Replies: 10
Views: 3440

Re: Flipping a 19' Capri hull

If you support the boat at two places on the horizontal top beam instead of one so that the vertical straps are straight up, you can flip the boat by hand. I used wheel barrow wheels ( tires removed) mounted on top beam. You need much less height with the vertical straps and the "squeezing" stress o...
by parroteyes
Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:41 am
Forum: Hardware & Rigging
Topic: Mystery in the Bow
Replies: 15
Views: 4011

Re: Mystery in the Bow

Tank not for liquid. Too heavy for strap support. Air horn is best guess so far.
by parroteyes
Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 5200 bottom
Replies: 7
Views: 2423

Re: 5200 bottom

Then I found out how far off the boat had been as built. Using pipe clamps I pulled the chines back to their landings. (After removing the bottom) I checked to be sure the stringers were dead level with the laser level. The stem was rotated clockwise and off about half an inch over all. At midship t...
by parroteyes
Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:12 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 5200 bottom
Replies: 7
Views: 2423

Re: 5200 bottom

Casters. I built the internal supports extending from the stringers to beyond the top sides inside the boat before I flipped it. The 2X4s from the stringers up (before the flip) were all the same length and butted on the stringers. I used 6. I mounted 6 casters to those, there is additional framing ...
by parroteyes
Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:18 am
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: 5200 bottom
Replies: 7
Views: 2423

Re: 5200 bottom

I leveled the stringers, top side.
Everything else will be moving as you replace frames, etc.
As built the boats are not square and level nor symmetric.
by parroteyes
Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: Lifting in a boat house
Replies: 7
Views: 3842

Re: Lifting in a boat house

I am restoring my 16' 1948 runabout. It was lifted by its rings and left hanging 6 months every year until it was retired at age 30. Winters were on a trailer. The frame at the fore ring is fastened to the keel by 2 bolts each side. The frames were split there. There is a lot of structure in that ar...
by parroteyes
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:32 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Strut angle
Replies: 1
Views: 858

Strut angle

My strut is #2583 Does any one know the angle of this strut. I measured it as 15.6 degrees ( tan = 6-1/8 / 27-1/8 ) using a laser level. The center line of the shaft being 6-1/8 inches above the strut base and the laser projected center line being 27-1/8 " down the table. I would appreciate conforma...
by parroteyes
Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bottom color, water line stripe color
Replies: 9
Views: 4241

Re: Bottom color, water line stripe color

The boat in the photo is very similar to mine. It does not appear to have a stripe at the water line. I had not considered that possibility. It is marked 1944. Mine is a 46. Differences include the logo, mine had the red script. Also mine has additional vents aft. The lighter wood in the decking is ...
by parroteyes
Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bottom color, water line stripe color
Replies: 9
Views: 4241

Re: Bottom color, water line stripe color

I do have the original planks. There is no doubt that the original bottom color was green. There is no doubt that the original hand painted logo was red. The water line stripe is the question. There is no evidence that it was ever green. All layers of paint are either white or red in the stripe area...
by parroteyes
Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:06 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Bottom color, water line stripe color
Replies: 9
Views: 4241

Bottom color, water line stripe color

What color is the water line stripe on a green bottom runabout with white sides? I have a proto type 16' runabout. It has two hull cards, one showing the interior color as green, the other showing it red. I will paint the bottom green ( more unigue and older hull card). The top side planks are white...
by parroteyes
Thu Jun 26, 2014 5:35 am
Forum: Electrical Systems
Topic: Generator Choices
Replies: 6
Views: 2306

Re: Generator Choices

20 amps @ 6 volts is 120 watts.
20 amps @ 12 volts is 240 watts.

Sounds like you've doubled your power.
by parroteyes
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Test
Replies: 14
Views: 10915

Re: Test

I just noticed that the "signature" feature maybe broken. Since I thought most owners list their boats in their sidnature the "Connie AND Constellation" search would find all those relevant posts, but not if the signature feature is broken?
by parroteyes
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:49 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: Test
Replies: 14
Views: 10915

Re: Test

Until and unless the volume of posts becomes unwieldy, I see no reason to wall off any groups. As a runabout restorer I enjoy many of the threads concerning other types of CCs. I learn things from those posts and fantasize about you big boys. It seems to me that the "search" provided would allow any...
by parroteyes
Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: cutting the batten notch angles - eyeball it?
Replies: 20
Views: 5533

Re: cutting the batten notch angles - eyeball it?

The Post above suggesting a fine toothed back saw with stops might be better.

I may have used the trim saw for the really angled slots. See picture of the trim saw in the How I Did It post.

Multiple cuts with the trim saw set to the proper depth will do it.
by parroteyes
Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: cutting the batten notch angles - eyeball it?
Replies: 20
Views: 5533

Re: cutting the batten notch angles - eyeball it?

John in VA

The original post in the thread (with the pictures) is:

Board index ‹ Wood Hull Construction ‹ Hull Construction < Batten Landings - How I Did It

Posted by Parroteyes July 26, 2011

John in OH