• *update* Success! I used two nuts jammed together to turn the bolts (the heads below deck were round – nothing te get a purchAse on), and when I heated the bolts with a little gas-torch lighter for a minute or two they let go of the epoxy and turned out fairly easily.

    (thanks for the advice Dave)

  • I want to remove the four bolts poking up around the aft hatch on my wooden wayfarer, for securing the hatch cover.

    They are M8, epoxied firmly through holes in the wooden battens that support the deck either side of the hatch opening. They have round heads, tight against the battens and about 25mm of thread poking up above the deck.

    I tried a…[Read more]

  • Yes, my bracket’s one of Ralph’s too. Lovely piece of work! I actually trimmed the wooden pad a little top and bottom once I saw how my outboard clamped on, to lower the engine further into the water (when I’d removed my mainsheet track and cleaned up the top of the transom I had extra clearance above the transom) and to reduce the profile of the…[Read more]

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  • I have the Suzuki 2.5 mounted on Fram (Woody, W807) on a removable extended bracket well out on the Port side. This makes some controls easy to see (fuel shut off, Neutral/drive selector lever), but the little catch that is flipped to swing the outboard up is hidden and fiddly to find on the Port side. The throttle arm is fairly easy to manage…[Read more]

  • Tim Jeanneret replied to the topic Fenders! in the forum Cruising 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi jmcc,

    Those rollers look interesting, thanks for the tip. There’s usually a rock to tie up to here in Finland, but the ability to roll up a beach might be handy.

    How do you inflate them though? Do you carry a little pump of some sort or is lung power enough?

    Thanks, Tim

  • Why epoxy the benches though, rather than just varnish? (Genuine question!)

    I get it for ply decks, below the waterline etc. But for thwart, benches, outside of CB case, knees etc is there much benefit from an epoxy cost first?

    Thanks, Tim


  • Hi Adam,

    I just did a bit of epoxying on my wooden boat this winter (new keel, new aft deck, sealing CB case) with West Systems epoxy. I found it much easier to work with than some thicker alternatives I’ve tried.

    My tip: buy the little pumps that fit in the mouth of the hardener and resin cans and dispense the right proportion of each. Mix in…[Read more]

  • Tim Jeanneret replied to the topic Mk 1GRP rear hatch gasket in the forum Technical 1 year ago

    I’ve only ever seen gaskets on the hatch, not the deck/bulkhead. I can’t see it matters once the hatch is in place, but advantages of sticking the gasket on the hatch include: 1) marginally easier to apply the gasket exactly where it’s needed on the mating surface; 2) deck/bulkhead is “cleaner” when the hatch is removed – less likely to snag/tear…[Read more]

  • I’m wanting to put lifting handles on an old wooden boat, and your excellent post leaves me with only one question…

    How far forward on the foredeck to fit them?

    Is there consensus on this? Any important considerations when picking a location?

    Thanks, Tim