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On the maiden voyage of the free yacht I broke the tiller by standing on it. Sure it sounds dumb, but if I hadn't done that I'm sure something worse w...
The splinters on both sides of the break prevent the pieces from fitting together properly. So I cleaned up the mating surfaces with a crooked knife. ...
Don your chemical suit (gloves and goggles) and squirt some epoxy. I get mine from US Composites in W. Palm Beach FL with metering pumps. I did half a...
I like to mix epoxy, paint, and anything else with a bent wire. Size it for the job at hand. I've tried many different shapes of bent wire and have se...
Add enough white flour to to thicken the stuff. Some say "like pancake batter", some say "like peanut butter". I like it in between, like organic pean...
You want plenty of glue so it will squeeze out of the joint. Leave the blobs on there, because some if it will get sucked into the joint when the wood...
I mean clamp it. With a wrapping of innertubes. Then go home. It'll be ready in the morning. If it slides the wrong way pound in a thin little nail an...
You just cut yourself on sharp pieces of dried glue and are bleeding all over. That's where mahogany stain comes from. Your hand is a mess but the ti...
Grind off the glue goobers with a beltsander or other flattening device.
Chip the major goobers out of the hole with a chisel, in this case a sharpened screwdriver like Michaelangelo used to use. Then use a rasp to grind of...
Or use linseed oil. After this I chopped the brush handle short so I could leave it in the can.
And there it is, happily on the boat and ready for action. I think I better make a spare out of ash or oak, this one seems kind of wimpy compared to w...
I had the right goofy connector so I made my own shore power adapter a.k.a pigtail. If you unplug this, my bilge pumps stop and our boat slowly sink...
Storebought fenders cost mucho dinero. These two were free, work just as well, and are better tetherballs.
It definitely needed one. Maybe the other glove should go on the boom.
What thrills and marvels await the Free Yacht? Read on at Free Yacht Chapter 4: Outboard Motor Mutilates Footcontinues the Free Yacht saga begun at Ho...
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Posted:Jul 5, 2006
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