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  1. 2 hours ago, DBorgens said:

    Thanks, I wasn’t aware they pivoted.


    Dave B

    Dave, by pointing the windward vents into the wind and the leeward vents away from the wind you can get a nice cross flow below decks. You can see the vents on Waratah (which I crew and was at the helm when that pic was taken) either side of the funnel. One facing forward and one aft. This helps create a cross flow of air in the stoke hold so the poor stokers don't cook.


    Of course sailing vessels aim them differently than steamers for the reasons Kieth mentioned but in fair weather they'd have some facing to windward and the others away.



  2. Funnily enough I also discovered fishing leader wire and used it for the shrouds and stay on the "Miss Caroline" model. I used a cigarette lighter to burn the plastic coating off and this had the bonus of aging the cables somewhat, blackened a bit here, dulled a bit there. You can change the appearance by simply running the blackened cable through your fingers which gives the brighter surface and darker recesses. I'm very happy with it and it comes in a really good range of sizes.



  3. Mark that looks like a very nice little row boat, very enjoyable I'd imagine and the neck flexibility, while you still have it, does semi negate the mirror but my neck got too stiff years ago.


    Keith, very eloquent analogy of rowing and life. At the moment it definitely feels like we've only got one oar and it's called corona! Thanks for your compliments on my little boat and I'm happy it gave you good memories, that is after all the reason we build these things.

  4. Hi Mark


    Yeah I've wanted to get some rowing in but I've got a bit of work to do on the transom first so about a week before I can.


    The mirror is right about eye level so is easy to look at and gives really good coverage. What are you rowing?

    If you want any details on the mirror etc get in touch, I think you've got my number.

  5. I've been using a rowing mirror supported on a "Tablet stand" with a flex neck and clamp base. Effective but wobbly and ugly.

    Now with all this time on my hands I've made a much nicer replacement using the same mirror and tablet cradle and retaining the ball joint from the original. I was able to cut the ball joint from the flex shaft, centre drill it and turn a 5mm diameter nut to go into a pre-existing lateral hole in the ball. I cross drilled and tapped the nut to 3mm then turned a screw and washer to attach it all to the new spruce post which sits in the inwhale spaces so I can move it to wherever I want it.




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