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Old 06-08-2006, 07:24 PM   #15
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Hoi Oscar,

Nop, she's a ketch, but you can't see the mizzen from the picture.

But she has indeed a staysail and a jib before the mainmast.

Without any winches especially the jib is a B*T*H to handle.

Does anybody has any experience in flying a mizzen staysail (or jib)

on a traditional boat?

Het is niet zo'n geweldige foto, ik hoop deze zomer iemand zo gek te krijgen om een paar rolletjes vol te schieten.

Hoe kom jij zo in de US terecht?

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Old 07-06-2006, 05:46 PM   #16
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Hi Kirk, Great to see you! How did we miss that dance? tanks for input on Bristol Finish. I did sand it all down before I left NZ and applied a coat of epoxy to hold it all til I get back. Will have to sand again and go from there. The other concern I had was working with a wood called Brazilian Cherry. A mahogany like wood coming from south america. Given the way I rebuilt that deck hull joint using the wood as a mold to the fiberglass, I have to be real careful to maintain the wood. Can't afford for it to get ruined. Guess I'll succomb to the land of varnish. Hopefully, this second half of the circumnavigation will be less to wind. The finish will have a better chance. Plus, can't get the feckin bottom growth off the topsides all the way to the rails on the starboard stern. who'd have thought. GREAT to have been back in the Islands!! big hugs, Donna
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Old 07-23-2006, 04:49 AM   #17
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We bought our Hudson Force 50--lots of brightwork--in 2003 after it had sat untouched in the Mexican sun (San Carlos) for 3 years. I'd varnished my NC-based sharpie and was looking at having to redo her mahogany after only one season in the sun, so I was amazed at Sea Venture's outside teak. The owner had applied generous coats of Cetol and it still looked quite good. Now, I admit, the Cetol will never be as gorgeous as varnish, but I'm heading back to NC next week to redo Puff's varnish--and she's getting Cetol. Purists will wince, but I've far too much wood to maintain to care! Like would probably be easier without it, but I can't help it: I love the look and I've gotten used to the slight tint of Cetol Light.

The boys in San Carlos stripped the wood before we left--as a favor I assume, but I only had time to put three coats on while in La Paz before Sea Venture moved north to the CA Delta. Last spring I sanded and reapplied the Cetol--a good three coats plus one of clear. It still looks great. Before we leave this fall, I'll put on another maintenance coat.

We get compliments galore, even from the motor boats that clog the marina. I can't wait until her insides are as lovely--but we're still redoing all systems (or rather Michael is). The main thing he's doing now is giving me a u-shaped galley in the lower salon to take the place of one designed for midgets in the pilot house.

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Old 07-27-2006, 04:28 PM   #18
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Had a post a while back with minimal response - COELAN is a german product that came to my attention from circumnavigator SCOTTY-ANNE .

Swears by it - but I have had no other positive response.

supposed to be better BUT ???
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:12 PM   #19
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Hi Kris, I also have been considering the brightwork problem. I have read the many glowing reports regarding COELAN on the net, but it appears no one outside a small radius of the germanic countries has ever seen or heard of the product. I am tempted to try to import a few litres, but would really appreciate firstly hearing from someone who has actually used the stuff in a tropical cruising situation. Regards. David.
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Old 08-05-2006, 09:51 PM   #20
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Hi Everybody!

We've just returned from being Dirt Dwellers (as Capt Fatty puts it) for six weeks of living ashore looking after a squillion dollar villa. Life is good!

Anyway - we used the time to perforn a haul-out and attend to things we cannot do on the boat while living aboard.

And - I'd like to let everyone know that we got GREAT results by re-finishing our teak & holly cabin sole with an inexpensive product available from Ace Hardware. It's a McClusky product called GYMCOAT and is a single part polyurathane specifically formulated for finishing basketball courts & gymnasiums.

We all know how much abuse a school gymnasium is subjected to.

Only $18 per quart which was plenty for three complete coats on a 49 ft boat.

If you accidentally drop a wrench - it'll dent the wood but will not crack the coating!

It dries overnight but it requires two weeks to fully cure.

It comes in gloss and satin finish and looks GREAT!

GymCoat for your cabin sole - you'll love it!

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Old 01-26-2016, 11:35 AM   #21
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I'm ready to re-do the decks on the 50'er here in the Bahamas. They are a mess! It appears there has been little real attempt to keep them nice and, during a search of CL's many topics, I came upon this thread.

It's still a mesmerising topic. It seems teak coatings and their application is tinted with opinion. I'm not sure what to do given the hideous cost of coatings here in the Bahamas and the 50% duty which can be levied by enthusiastic customs officials at the airport, for coatings and other bits brought in from the US.

Has anyone got any guff on old fashioned ways...such as painting the decks with boiled linseed oil?

I know this is an oxymoron, but I (like every other yottie on the planet) am looking for cheap but good. You know the stuff: a coating which sells for $2 a gallon which only needs to be applied once in every 50 years..............

Seriously though, has anyone a good product to promote for keeping teak looking beautiful after a good clean?

I miss the wisdom of Kirk on Gallivanters. Anyone know where he is?
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Old 01-26-2016, 01:07 PM   #22
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Varnish or Sail?

Apply soap and water as need to bare wood and go sailing. The brightest boats are in their slips with their owners working hard to keep them pretty.
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Old 01-26-2016, 01:11 PM   #23
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I'm ready to re-do the decks on the 50'er here in the Bahamas. They are a mess! It appears there has been little real attempt to keep them nice and, during a search of CL's many topics, I came upon this thread.

It's still a mesmerising topic. It seems teak coatings and their application is tinted with opinion. I'm not sure what to do given the hideous cost of coatings here in the Bahamas and the 50% duty which can be levied by enthusiastic customs officials at the airport, for coatings and other bits brought in from the US.

Has anyone got any guff on old fashioned ways...such as painting the decks with boiled linseed oil?

I know this is an oxymoron, but I (like every other yottie on the planet) am looking for cheap but good. You know the stuff: a coating which sells for $2 a gallon which only needs to be applied once in every 50 years..............

Seriously though, has anyone a good product to promote for keeping teak looking beautiful after a good clean?

I miss the wisdom of Kirk on Gallivanters. Anyone know where he is?
Muric acid removes all of the dirt and leaves a nice clean appearance. It's dirt cheap or at least used to be when I owned a boat. Add it to a normal wash down. It doesn't get any easier.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:47 AM   #24
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Going back to the COLEAN, this is something I have used and wouldn't use anything else now!
It is very expensive (UK) and not easy to apply. Also slowly goes off once you open the tin but using a heat gun before putting the lid on helps a bit.
It has lasted for years (outside) and is just starting to let a bit of water in after about 5 - 6 years.
High gloss finish which I like and very flexible. It is a bit like plastic coating your wood but is still breathable and flexible.
The extra effort is worth it for the results and not having re-do it every year
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In terms of leaving the wood bare--it's fine if you're not going to own the boat for many years. Otherwise, cleaning and sealing with a good varnish or modern coating makes more sense for the longevity of the wood (caprails, combings and whatnot). Decks themselves--yeah, bare wood or painted with an antiskid seems the best.

I have no expertise on keeping wood varnished other than on our own boat. I don't find it any more work than other routine maintenance chores. And we manage to sail as well as varnish. I do think that people who aren't too keen on sailing find "excuses" not to sail. Those excuses can be a range of activities that appear to be standing in the way--but really one can sail many miles each year and travel broadly worldwide whilst keeping up the proper varnishwork aboard.

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