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Summer Breeze Sail/Dagger board placement 
I am preparing to build a David Beede "Summer Breeze", I intend to make two changes. First is to place a single sail, Sloop, perhaps using the originals …

Pompie clinker  
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sailing & " boating"  
Hi folks; I'm here for the first time, so excuse me for any...Then, it comes: like I've said earlier, I'd like to know some: I'm just to decide which …

planks opening after drying out 
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Help for a novel 
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Is it better to keep wooden boats in water when not in use (during the winter and they're fresh water boats)?  
I have 2 punt boats and was wondering if I should leave them in the water, in a boat house, during the winter or take them out? Any advice would be …

Registrarion Numbers 
I just finished my wood runabout with five coats of Interlux varnish. Now all I need to do is apply numbers to the hull to make her legal. I'll …

Is it OK to dry stack a wooden cabin cruiser? 
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Side board repair 
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Anyone restoring a StauterBuilt boat? 
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Diamond Plate Transom Bracket 
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Transverse planked clinker built boats. 
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Dry rot  
I recently acquired a thomson lapstreak 18 ft with a 100 hp Evinrude outboard. My brother who recently passed away was the previous owner. His …

Wagemaker Project 
Hello; I'm ready to stain and seal this '52 Wagemaker. The bottom is fiberglassed. There is some dry rot on the inside floor that I want to seal …

Green wood boat finishing 
I want to build a house boat with green wood. I know there will be shrinkage and I was thinking of using something like rhino liner to waterproof it. …

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To Epoxy or Not to Epoxy?!, that is the question. 
I have an old, 15' wood strip rowboat with curved hull and wineglass transom. The exterior has been fiber-glassed. The interior has not. Time …

Sweep oar 
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What kind of boat is this?? 
I recently purchased this boat and am wanting to restore it. Does anyone know what kind of boat it is and who the maker is?

Connecting Flybridge Steering 
I would like to connect my steering and transmission to a flybridge. I would like to be able to lock out whatever control I am not using. I wouldn't …

20' Grew SeaMaster 
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Wagemaker Restoration 
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Wooden Enterprise Restoration 
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50's Elgin Trailer Parts 
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1959 16' Hunts Unique Clinker Custom Interior 
A friend of mine is restoring a 1959 16' Hunts Unique Clinker custom of which there were only 6 made. He is struggling to find any reference online …

Short Q & As 
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Dan Kidney 
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Replacingof teak decking 
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1955 Helton Runabout - want to replace plywood bow deck with planked wood 
Just bought a 1955 Helton Runabout - it has a plywood bow deck. I would like to change this to plank deck. Does anybody have recommendations? …

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