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    πŸ“ Remus is in pretty bad shape
    5 months ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Ron
    If you don’t mind me adding my two cents worth, you might want to consider adding a bit more slope to the stem for your Remus. From the pictures I have seen, there appears to be quite a slope at the stem compared to NAXOS. This would be quite easy to do.
    Just my opinion.

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    πŸ“ Getting back into the project
    5 months ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The winter here seemed long. The constant threat of a dreaded virus for the past 1-1/2 years have made the winter seem even much longer. The workshop in my unheated basement means that no projects that require prolonged work get tended to, thus I am out of business from the late fall until mid Spring - which is now.
    I need to take a bit of a look at placement for the electronics and get the various electrical connectors that I need. I also need to revamp access to the innards as simply removing the cabin doesn’t really leave an opening large enough to accommodate my large paws. Will post some shots on how I will do that. Hopefully by the end of June the maiden cruise will take place.

    Now, on top of it all, my sister wants me to build a static Cape Island fishing boat for her. Our dear dad carved one out of a pine block for her years ago when she was about 6 or 7. Somehow in the years of moving here and there she lost it. By the way - do any of the members have a set of plans that they would like to share? (Wink, wink, hint, hint)πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰
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    πŸ“ Pole Dancer - holdup
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The ESC I used is a fwd only, so had to order one that is reservable. Likely a couple of weeks before I get it.
    Siiiiiggggggghhhhhhh.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Naxos (Now β€œPole Dancer”)
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug
    The one in Nfld is β€œSt. John’s” while the one in NB (where I Live) is β€œSaint John”.
    Mixups happen a lot in pretty well every service thats available.
    Certainly hope you got to kiss the Cod and Drink the Screech when you got there.
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    πŸ“ Naxos (Now β€œPole Dancer”)
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Here is the Pole Dancer (ex Naxos) as she is this date - Oct 09/2020

    With not much work on her left, She is getting very close to her maiden voyage. Mostly electronics and testing to finish up. Hoping for mid November.
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    πŸ“ NAXOS - Equipment panel
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Here is my equipment panel. It is about 5 inches wide and 4 inches high.
    Extreme left - Airtronics ESC - 20A
    Center - on/off switch for the ESC. Small white button is the ESC reset.
    Center - (below the ESC panel is the sound module
    Right - the Receiver - Airtronics 6 ch
    Along the bottom is the +Bat bus and -Bat bus.
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    πŸ“ Naxos - Main Battery
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I am up against it here and seeking advice on the main battery type to use. I have read lots on lithium ion and lipo polymir and hazards associated with charging and storing them. I know absolutely nothing about this battery technology and don’t relish turning my hard work nor my home into a pile of smouldering cinders. For this reason, I am leaning toward the SLA battery of 2 to 4ah rating. The weight and physical size of these smaller units will work well for fitting into the allocated space of the battery compartment. I could even parallel them for approximately twice the ah rating.

    Some advice on this please!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Naxos - Paint Shop
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hey Ken
    Thanks for the comment on the paint. AllI can tell you is good old Rustoleum spray paint, calm winds and a nice dry sunshine day, and outhouse luck. Hope it don’t look too good though or I will have to convert her to a yacht, har! har!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Naxos - latest progress
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hey - Martin
    i tend to agree with you 100% on the WL looking low. It is very close to where it shows on the plan. Maybe I didn’t weight her enough during the float test and I marked it with pencil during the float test at the stem and stern.
    Anyway, will have another look at it with radio gear and batteries. Maybe I will have to mix lead shot and glue to get her to sit so she looks good and mark the WL from that.

    Anyway, thanks for your input...appreciated.
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    πŸ“ Naxos - latest progress
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well,gave the old girl a waterline. Levelled her up and used my cheapir lazer level. Even though it checks level, it looks like it swoops down 1/4” to 3/8” about a quarter of the way back from th stem...just doesnt look quite right sideview.
    Next I finished the decking. All straight runs were easy, but cutting, trimming and fitting the pieces between the uprights was slow work, and a real pain. If I had to do it again, I would have added them after. Hindsight!
    Next, the prop arrived so now she has propulsion. Should have rethought the stuffing box a bit more and got a 30cm unit instead of the 25cm because it is nearly impossible to get at the set screw for the U joint. It would be reachable with a β€œt” handle Allen key or at least a long Allen key down through the hole in the deck for the mast. Will put a collar at the bottom of the mast to prevent the mast from slipping down through the deck. The sidestays and forestay are used for holding the mast upright.

    So, that’s it for this post.
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    πŸ“ Naxos - Paint Shop
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Took the old girl into the paint shop today. Hull is a tan colour with teal roof and white superstructure
    Now waiting for the portholes to come in then Will do the window glazing (plastic, of course) And paint the interior.
    So far, so good, and I am actually quite proud of my β€œgirl”
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    πŸ“ NAXOS - 20/11/14
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Was a busy day for real life things so just put the top rail and tidied up a few other things. Also, removed the decking experiment - didn’t like it. Will get some 1/8 x 3/8 basswood For decking.
    The coffee is to give you guys the impression that I don’t just work on my boat ..... I do other things as awll, haw, haw, haw!
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    πŸ“ NAXOS - Decking
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This is more or less an experiment for me. Using the same width decking as I used for planking. Laid most of the fwd decking and sanded it nice and flat. Dressed the joints with lead pencil to make it look somewhat like deck caulking. As one member reminded me - its only a fishing boat, not a yacht. Br fussy, but don't worry too much if a planking seam is showing a bit or a little dent.
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    πŸ“ NAXOS - Hull done (almost)
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Except for a few flaws, the hull is almost finished. There is one planking seamline just about at the waterline on the port side which I will take care of once I float test tonight. I am sure no leakage there because of several coats of varathane plus a coat or two of white primer.
    Pictures of float testing forthcoming. Will weight her down good with a couple bottles of water and let her float (I hope) for ten minutes or so.

    THE NAXOS FLOATS!!
    After 1 hr in the tub weighted down, no water was shipped except for a minor leak in one of the water bottles I was using to set her down. I think that some water seeped up through the Stuffing box hole which I had plugged, but not enought to cause me concern.
    From what I could see because it was a bathtub test, she sure looked good Sitting in the water. I am sure I saw a smile on her face - I know there was one on mine.
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    πŸ“ Naxos - Float testing
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Tomorrow is the day I have been waiting for. After several coats of varathane, several rub-downs with 180 grit then three coats of white undercoat, float testing will take place tomorrow. I see some imperfections in the finish, so now seeking comments on what to use to fill them.they are small and some consist of a layer or two of filler that didnt ger feathered properly. I am considering an automotive filler called bondo.
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    πŸ“ NAXOS - Planked
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    FINALLY, completed the planking. Now for sanding, spot filling, more sanding, then repeat several times. Picking up the varathane or polyurethane Today and ginin’ er Hell, wet sanding and more of the same.
    The name on her prow is temporary for the benefit of my dear Niece who is full of the Devil. At my sons wedding she put on a pair of shorts and a skimpy top and pole danced using the Center pole of the large dome tarp which we had set up in our back yard. She named my boat in her honour.

    EDIT
    Had a couple of low spots near the stem. No choice but to fill them. Didnt want to do that, but what the heck - shes going to be painted anyhow.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Build continues
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Dave
    Mighy fine Lookin’ Artur. Doing a great job. Is this your first?
    Artur was the boat that I had planned to build, but β€œchanged horses” and chose NAXOS. I am rather happy I did that because it provides a build blog for each fishing boat type. I sort of wish now that I had a bit more experience In planking, because I now see how it all fits together and with better glue (cyano) I think I could a better job.

    All the best to you in your build, and I am looking forward to see the final product.

    Cheers
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    πŸ“ NAXOS - Planking
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Man ol man! What a painstaking process this is! Cutting, trimming, fitting:More Cutting, trimming, fitting: then wating for glue to sei before the next piece.
    i have learned a lot yet still so much more to learn. I suspect that tomorrow will finish the planking.
    All in all,I have enjoyed every bit of the build.

    EDIT
    One thing I have learned is - if there is a next time, I will be using cyano glue!!
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    πŸ“ Naxos - continuing planking
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well, today I began the task of planking the bottom - doing it the way that I have chosen. Right or wrong. It will require a number of wedge fillers ( forget what the technical term is) but to my untrained eye, looks kike it will work out OK.
    The planks I have are cut from a 5 ft cedar fenceboard and therefore not long enough to make two out of one. I am putting the join where there is least amount of pressure grom bending.
    Sure wish I had chosen cyanno glue thereby eliminating the need for clamping and waiting for the glue I am using to set up. Oh well .... live and learn.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Naxos - Aug 27/2020
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hey Steve
    Grat idea. Now I gotta grab my tape measure, pencil and paper and do some figuring before I kill too many of my planks.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Naxos - Aug 27/2020
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hey! Steve
    Wow. This is great info, and I can see now that likely the most time consuming Part of the project. Now I need to sit down with my pencil and paper and start doing some math work. Wish me luck.
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    πŸ“ Naxos - Aug 27/2020
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    More work on my girl today. Happy that I chose this model for my build. It has been challenging, enjoyable and a learning experience. My tool supply for model building is very, very scarce, so make do with what I do have.
    The front view indicates that the cabin is not straight, but thats because it is just Precariously sitting on the carlings For the photo shoot.
    Will I ever build another model? Sure hope so, but none will compare to this, my very first.
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    πŸ“ Working on tapered planking
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This seems to be the toughest part - tapering planks. Have read about this and watched several videos, but don't quite get it...using my own meager skills to do it the best I can. Will work it out.
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    πŸ“ Sealing interior against leaks
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I am wondering if there is an alternative to fibreglass resin To sealing the interior of the hull. The resin is very messy and as far as I know, anything that is used to apply the stuff is like a Bic pen - you throw it away when done. I shouldnt be so fussy, but can’t help it,its my nature
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    πŸ“ NAXOS IS COMING TO LIFE
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    more work today on the NAXOS. Finished the planking from the deckline to the gunwale. Waiting for glue to dry then sanding, sanding. Kind of proud of my work so far and except for a few fixes below the waterline, I think that at long last my dream of an RC boat may be a reality.
    Very interesting project and enjoying every second of work. Very time consuming and I am being as fussy as I can to make her look good.
    Right, wrong or indifferent, I found that my roll of waxed nylon lacing twine is my version of clamps which hold the planking joints together nice and tight. The odd C clamp doesnt hurt as well.

    Until next time.......
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    πŸ“ Back at it
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Its been a few days since any work was done on the NAXOS. I HAD TO TAKE MY granddaughter to Halifax, Nova Scotia to the IWK Hospital. Her plastic surgeon wanted to check her progress after having reconstructive surgery a year ago after a double mastectomy about two years ago. We then continued to my childhood town of Yarmouth Nova scotia where we spent six great days. It was good to see friends and what is left of my family.

    Since being back, I got to work on my β€œbaby” fixing things that needed attention prior to the planking process. I think I whipped her into shape, so will begin planking her.
    Hopefully someone will tell me how to. Treat her inside once I finish planking.
    My idea is to mix up a batch of fibreglass resin and give it to her. Do I need to apply cloth along the keel and formers? I hear that water and the glue I am using (carpenters yellow glue) and water are not a good mix should there be a leak. It would not be good to see planks popping off during the maiden sail.
    Once the hull is planked, I plan on another coat of resin on the outside and then the painting. What is a good paint to use?

    Anyway, heres a few pics showing how she looks now.
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    πŸ“ Planking
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    When planking, should it begin at the keel and finish at the sheer or vice versa?
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Naxos - progress
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ian:

    Thank you for that great advice - I am learning here and all input and advice is More than welcome. I think my tablesaw did a pretty good job of ripping the planks - they cut very smothe with just enough roughness to ensure a good glue bond (i hope).

    Heres proof of my work cutting 1/8 x 5/8
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    πŸ“ Naxos - progress
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Having made the Hull formers And the Keel, I have done some thinking about Material for stringers, deck opening framing, deck and hull planking. Checking my local building supplies dealer, I came across a couple of pieces of yellow Cedar Fence board without a knot in it. Digging out my trusty old tablesaw, I wanted to find out if it Would be up to the task of ripping planking. I can rip a 1/8” plank with ease if I take my time. The fence board is only 5/8” thick so my planks will be 1/8 X 5/8. Actually, I may rip them a bit on the thick size then run them through my DIY thickness sander. That will take care of any irregularities.

    Added the sheer clamps this morning after attaching the port and starboard temporary form alignment timbers. They are the wide timbers at the top of the formers. Having no suitable clamping devices, I made my own - with flat waxed nylon lacing twine. Not pretty, but it works and holds parts together nice and tight. Used the same tying method for the sheers.

    Next, will install the deck opening material, then the decking. Fairing of the outside will be next followed by ny first attempt at planking. By the way - cedar bends quite nicely if soaked in hot water for a bit.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: NAXOS - Keel Laid
    1 year ago by hecrowell ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Notice how my better half allows me to use the kitchen table to do my photography? She has become very interested in this project and is fascinated how a pile of wood pieces can actually turn into something. I even told her About the vegetable steamer expirement...there was no reply...I took that as being good, ha!
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