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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Boat restorer

http://www.shortypen.com/boats/pocket/
This is a good site

Recycled boat part 32

Put the boat back on the trailer and the keel is straight so its back to the water for more trials.


This photo is looking along the keel the rough stuff is grass cutting stuck to a wet bottom.


These are two catamarans being built near here. 





I got a comment yesterday and I feel that a reply is important to the sender so here is my reply I must say that my son Bradley and his wife wrote the reply and I thank them.

??的?金?犬,

??你的?美?。

我的儿媳?自中?,她?我做了翻?。

It is nice to think that some one is reading and to know where they are reading from in this case China...



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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Recycled boat part 31


Having to remove the paint from the bottom of the hull for the fiberglass to stick I bought one of these wheels and they work fantastic.
This photo shows the keels being  prepared and glassed on. There is bolts going threw the hull and timbers on the inside to stop the bottom bending.

 
 
The bilge keels I think will trap air and stop it being spilled out the sides, the boat could ride on a cushion of air and give it more speed with the little engine. They will stop it being twitchy at rest.

Murrumbidgee river decimation

I got a phone call from Water Resources and they are going to do nothing about the clearing as they were only willow trees. Even so, the dragging of rippers threw the river bank to remove the roots has killed platypus who had there homes in the banks and in those willow tree roots. Then there is the echidna which were killed as well, I could not see an echidna out running a bulldozer to save its own life.I reckon the bats probably got away as they can fly.
I am fu%$#@*&^ken pissed off to say the least.
Government departments who sit on there arseholes and do nothing because they don't have the fu%$#@*&^ken balls. This was done in close vicinity to a aboriginal bora ring an aboriginal sacred site, I would not like to be the government official or the bulldozer driver when the Gadachie man comes looken for ya.You have made a monumental Gaucherie of a grand nature. The land owner has felt the force of the Gadachie man in the past as he has lost pigs, goats, chooks, cows and crops all on one of the best pieces of real estate Gundagai has to offer. Now if you were a "schooner" I recon you are on the rocks . 
 

This is the cleared area showing gum trees to each side of the cleared area taken from the other side of the river..Note there is some willows there as well  the trees have been pushed into piles to burn adding to the carbon gases in the atmosphere...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

mini tug


I took the little tug out today for a run and it performed very well. This is a photo with the roof off,  It is surprisingly hot in the cabin with the roof on.

The jetty was built by the residents in the area many years ago, This is near to where I got the recycled boat from.

I went over to the end of the point to the left of the photo. The waves were coming over the deck at the front and I stayed dry inside.. When I was coming back this bloke saw the little tug and thought she was a big one coming towards him and he waited to see it run aground and then realized it was small but not this small that's when I had the roof on.......It is very stable with the roof and was a joy to be in....

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Recycled boat part 30


I am making bilge keels to go on the boat and they are shaped with a draw knife which is hanging on the timber in the above photo The compressor is from the tip and I will drive it with a washing machine motor.


They are drawn along the timber and cut the timber like a plane That's why they are called a draw knife.They are razor sharp and there is no sanding afterwards



They can be made from power hacksaw blades by solver soldering a couple of bolts on the ends and slipping a file handle over the bolt and putting a nut on to finish off. The cutting edge is the same angles as a wood chisel but longer the sharper you make them the more you have to sharpen them. They also have a draw horse to hold the timber as well

The photo above shows a draw horse in operation. You will notice a pole lathe in operation in the background the photo was taken from the net www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/exhibits/bodgers.html
Draw knives are used to make ships masts.



Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gundagai chat page

I have opened this post as a chat room and will see where it goes.Just leave comments and I will post them. Remember people all over the world see this blog so there have to be some rules
no names with derogatory statements.
no derogatory remarks.
please leave the reader with a good feeling towards Gundagai as it is a good place.
Lets lift Gundagai out of the doldrums.
End all comments with a smiley face :- )

Sunday, January 17, 2010

do as you like as the government has no money to fight cases like this

Please make a comment as this be used as a petition. cheers Stewart
It appears the government has no money to fight cases like this. So to all the little creachers,  I say sorry I tried for you. You are on your own.The best thing you can do is die in the water and poison the humans as this will effect a result in the future for the ones who might make it. Best of luck little guys. :-(  .The rest of the story is a recap of a previous post. 
From this 


To this in three days
 The trees that have been removed are red river gum fig trees gum trees shrubs include Lilly pilly along with willow and other noxious weeds. I have made complaints about platypus getting killed and white tip river rats as well by wild dogs. I have also mentioned that there is Spotted Quoll in the area. There is echidna in the area as I have photographed them as well. Ring tail possums and normal possums abound.I was only there for two days and did not get to see if the bat colony has been removed as well, which I think it has. National parks won't do any thing as it is not a national park I know this as I have contacted them before, but it is common ground owned by the government. The common ground owned by the government is in a terrible state with black willow normal willow and black berries rife along with other noxious weeds.The third photo shows that some of the ground is an island.See previous post below environment disasters..see also barrages .

It appears the government has no money to fight cases like this. So to all the little creachers,  I say sorry I tried for you. You are on your own.The best thing you can do is die in the water and poison the humans as this will effect a result in the future for the ones who might make it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Recycled boat part 29

Note the bilge keels in there positions to be fixed.

I have bought the bolts couldn't get stainless bolts so zinc plated will have to do.I will cover them in grease when I put them in. I have been battling to straighten the keel before I put in the bilge keels and have used a jack to straighten the keel jacking from the deck. There was a few crunches and groans from the deck timber and I have finally got it straight.I used packing on the keel and under the deck to spread the load.I have left the camera in the shed so will post photos tomorrow.

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 cheers Stewart

Monday, January 11, 2010

Recycled boat part 28


Got some timber from the tip and have stripped it into usable pieces for the keel.
The saw blade is getting a bit dull thats why the circular burn marks.

This shows what you gets for your money I have stripped the door parts off and cut one piece into parts...
Hows that two posts on the boat in the one day. I am going out to get some stainless bolts to bolt them on this afternoon.You might be lucky and get another post today. O how did your holidays go mine were good. Cheers Stewart

Recycled boat part 27

On reflexion the boat has a soft floor and seems too flexible. It is from putting the deck on the boat and placing the weight on the gunnels and this forces the bottom to bow upwards, If the seats are attached to the floor as originally the weight is spread on the floor and the bowing is less pronounced but is still there.The keel may have some rot in it. I will fit some bilge keels to strenghten the hull and attach the seats to these. So its back to the tip for more timber....So much for a cheap boat but I am enjoying the process. The bilge keels will trap air as on power catamarans and give a softer ride.It may even plain because there is less friction between the hull and the water something like a hovercraft, time will tell.

Recycled boat part 27

On reflexion the boat has a soft floor and seems too flexible. It is from putting the deck on the boat and placing the weight on the gunnels and this forces the bottom to bow upwards, If the seats are attached to the floor as originally the weight is spread on the floor and the bowing is less pronounced but is still there.The keel may have some rot in it. I will fit some bilge keels to strenghten the hull and attach the seats to these. So its back to the tip for more timber....So much for a cheap boat but I am enjoying the process. The bilge keels will trap air as on power catamarans and give a softer ride.It may even plain because there is less friction between the hull and the water something like a hovercraft, time will tell.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sustainable sport fisherman

I was at the boat ramp today watching the terrorist boaters from Sydney launching and retrieving there boats while on holidays. I watched as one bloke showed off his catch to a bystander and then he hurled the dead sting ray back into the water. It was a funny colored fish so I suspect it might have been pretty rare,it is now rarer than before. They also caught some large fish and took a fillet from the fish leaving about a kilo of good meat on the bones they threw back,if this is you wake up to yourself  this is not sustainable and it is a waste.

Sustainable sport fisherman

I was at the boat ramp today watching the terrorist boaters from Sydney launching and retrieving there boats while on holidays. I watched as one bloke showed off his catch to a bystander and then he hurled the dead sting ray back into the water. It was a funny colored fish so I suspect it might have been pretty rare,it is now rarer than before. They also caught some large fish and took a fillet from the fish leaving about a kilo of good meat on the bones they threw back,if this is you wake up to yourself  this is not sustainable and it is a waste.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Recycled boat part 26






Today we put the boat in the water and it performed well.This is the boat with my son.




it has a good turn of speed for a small motor.We went a couple of miles up this creek on a cup full of fuel and motored up to this lizard basking on a log.


Must put some fuel in next time .




Recycled boat part 26






Today we put the boat in the water and it performed well.This is the boat with my son.




it has a good turn of speed for a small motor.We went a couple of miles up this creek on a cup full of fuel and motored up to this lizard basking on a log.


Must put some fuel in next time .




Friday, January 1, 2010

dory boat




Its been raining here and the humidity is about 80% so I decided to investigate building a dory in aluminum. So where do you start? The bottom , This is to be an sixteen footer and four feet at the bottom. Here is a good starting point to give good lines. Start with a sheet of ply or alloy 14' 8" x 48" get the middle and draw a line across the centre both ways, from front to back and side to side. Where the lines meet the edges of the sheet draw a line to shape the bottom. "Put on the pointy bits and make them the same".  You should have something like the bottom shape in the photo above.



Then the sides are made from a piece of ply or alloy cut from a sheet four feet wide and sixteen feet long sheet, cut the sheet in half length wise and here is the tricky bit. You have to measure the bottom sheet and find the exact measurement around the curved sheet.  This is the only precise measurement in the whole job. With this measurement mark it on the side sheet equal distance from both ends. "In the middle on the edge" Now from these points draw a line to the corner of the sheet and this will give you the shape of the bow and stern. Dry run the side to the bottom before you cut just to make shore they are the same length. Clamp the two side sheets together and cut and they will be the same mark the sheets bow and stern so they don't go on the wrong way round. They are now ready to assemble start by tying the stems together.  Now the sterns are tied together. The bottom is tied to one side at the bow and the the opposite side at the stern and work your way to the ends.  When this is done the sides are forced out and this puts rocker in the bottom, the further you force them apart the more rocker you will get this is up to you. The model has 3/4" packing in the centre to bend the bottom down and the sides go out at the same time.

dory boat




Its been raining here and the humidity is about 80% so I decided to investigate building a dory in aluminum. So where do you start? The bottom , This is to be an sixteen footer and four feet at the bottom. Here is a good starting point to give good lines. Start with a sheet of ply or alloy 14' 8" x 48" get the middle and draw a line across the centre both ways, from front to back and side to side. Where the lines meet the edges of the sheet draw a line to shape the bottom. "Put on the pointy bits and make them the same".  You should have something like the bottom shape in the photo above.



Then the sides are made from a piece of ply or alloy cut from a sheet four feet wide and sixteen feet long sheet, cut the sheet in half length wise and here is the tricky bit. You have to measure the bottom sheet and find the exact measurement around the curved sheet.  This is the only precise measurement in the whole job. With this measurement mark it on the side sheet equal distance from both ends. "In the middle on the edge" Now from these points draw a line to the corner of the sheet and this will give you the shape of the bow and stern. Dry run the side to the bottom before you cut just to make shore they are the same length. Clamp the two side sheets together and cut and they will be the same mark the sheets bow and stern so they don't go on the wrong way round. They are now ready to assemble start by tying the stems together.  Now the sterns are tied together. The bottom is tied to one side at the bow and the the opposite side at the stern and work your way to the ends.  When this is done the sides are forced out and this puts rocker in the bottom, the further you force them apart the more rocker you will get this is up to you. The model has 3/4" packing in the centre to bend the bottom down and the sides go out at the same time.

Diving



Some years ago I was given the job of removing this anchor from Belmore basin harbor in Wollongong


it was heat treated to stop the salt corroding it to a pile of rust and was painted in epoxy paint and given to the coast guard.



It ended up at hill sixty in Port Kembla. It came from one of two wrecks that sunk in the area. These wrecks are to be found in about 100 feet of water in the left of the bottom photo. I can not think of the names of the ships and this is from the earlier wreck.The other wreck might have been the Bombo which came to grief in the early 1900's.The first wreck was in the late1800's or early 1900's I know it had a girls name something like Jane or Alice but I'm guessing.











Diving



Some years ago I was given the job of removing this anchor from Belmore basin harbor in Wollongong


it was heat treated to stop the salt corroding it to a pile of rust and was painted in epoxy paint and given to the coast guard.



It ended up at hill sixty in Port Kembla. It came from one of two wrecks that sunk in the area. These wrecks are to be found in about 100 feet of water in the left of the bottom photo. I can not think of the names of the ships and this is from the earlier wreck.The other wreck might have been the Bombo which came to grief in the early 1900's.The first wreck was in the late1800's or early 1900's I know it had a girls name something like Jane or Alice but I'm guessing.