Recent content by Vic Roy

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    Teak Refinishing?

    Charley - I've used thinned (and un-thinned) epoxy (and polyester resin) on various woods, including teak, and while it will last better than most varnishes, it is by no means permanent. The UV rays will eat it up after a year or two. Covers to keep the UV off is a good solution, but down here...
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    Teak Refinishing?

    I'd urge you to forget varnish as it won't last out in the weather and once the varnish fails its a total PITA to remove. There is a thread here from a few weeks ago in which I described how I removed my three teak pieces, sanded them while off the boat, then cleaned and bleached them before...
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    Making the rudder easier to lift & more likely to stay up

    McMaster-Carr has teflon in sheets, bars, etc if you strike out at the hardware store. McMaster is like a candy store on steroids for us DYI guys. http://www.mcmaster.com/#teflon-(made-with-ptfe)/=gypw5a Vic
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    Making the rudder easier to lift & more likely to stay up

    Mine has he flat spring arrangement too, but maybe its gotten weak over the years - I doubt it would hold the pin in the hole if the boat was upside down and slamming around. Anyway, the safety line gives me a little extra comfort. Hint on the teflon washers - my local hardware store has a...
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    Making the rudder easier to lift & more likely to stay up

    I noticed right away when I got my 14.2 last summer tht the wing nut would be real easy to back off too far and lose, so I took a small punch and "boogered up" a couple of threads at the very end of the bolt so it can't come off. I could easily use a thread die to clean it up if I ever needed...
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    Replacement of Teak

    Good tip, Charley. Me & some buddies were stuck on a houseboat in the boondocks for a week with a case of wine and no corkscrew. A sheet rock screw into the cork with the cordless drill then pull the cork with some vise-grips saved the day. Vic Roy
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    Replacement of Teak

    The teak on my 1988 14.2 was also shot when I got it. As as noted above, teak is amazing stuff - can be restored to like new unless its splintered to nothing. First, take it off the boat - all 3 pieces. To do that, first dig out the teak plugs that hide the screw heads....seems there are 4 or...
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    Resurfacing my rudder

    Seem to remember reading the Capri rudder is epoxy encapsulated foam? I've repaired a bunch of fiberglass stuff over the years using a coarse filler for voids of West System epoxy with vermiculite mixed in - vermiculite is the puffed mica sold at plant nurseries for potting plants. Think of it...
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    Mainsail pre-feeder?

    Thanks, Ed......I see how it works now. After my mishap early on in my sailing "learn by screwing up" adventures, someone here suggested lubricating the groove and sail with a dry silicone spray. That made a huge difference in how easily the sail feeds. That, coupled with replacing the...
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    Mainsail pre-feeder?

    Sounds like a neat idea to me too. Last summer on one of my first solo sails I managed to cut the heck outta my thumb by getting it jammed in the mast slot while feeding the mail into the groove. Real nasty cut.....now I wear light cotton gloves. So how does this gizmo work? Screws to the...
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    Boat Motor for an Expo 14.2???

    Scott - No need to remove the motor from the bracket when trailering, assumingyou have plenty of clearance. I've been boating all my life (pushing 70 now) but never owned a sailboat until this past summer. Got a lot of great advice from this site on the 14.2 and learned a good bit by trial...
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    Boat Motor for an Expo 14.2???

    Scott - I bought a 1988 Mod. 1 this past summer and added a motor mount for a 2 hp Mariner 2-stroke I'd had for years. Two hp is plenty. I prefer a gas motor as the battery for an electric is very heavy and requires constant charging. My Mariner - think its a mid 1980s model - has an interal...
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    Tiller Tamer Plans, Photo, and Instructions

    When I got my 1988 Mod. 1 last summer it had no mooring cleats so I added two small open base stainless ones inside the transom, one on each side, thru bolted. On my first sail the need for a tiller tamer became obvious and I first tried one I read about here, some light line wrapped around the...
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    14.2 expo

    Don't know about the Expo mast but the aluminum one on my Mod. 1 is one pc. Vic
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    14.2 expo

    Shouldn't matter if you carefully inspect the boat and its tackle. I have a Mod. 1 with the aluminum past and am not familiar with the composite mast on the Expo so would not really know what problems to look for there, but the hull & sails are all pretty simple to inspect and detect issues. Vic
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