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by Rob

Sunday March 8, 2015

March 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

Video of ACBS Toronto Chapter Winter Workshop:
The recent workshop at Tom Adam’s boat shop in Part Carling treated participants to a glimpse of “Rita”, the 50 foot Minett, and two other beauties. You’ve seen the still photos…but a video is worth 10,000 words. Enjoy.

by Rob

Friday February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

ACBS (Toronto Chapter) Winter Workshop: (Part III)
Engine Talk:
Matt Faribrass, marine mechanic extraordinaire, kindly brought an operational four cylinder engine to the workshop – and ran it!  Matt spoke about various means of assessing an engine’s condition, including a compression test and a visual piston chamber inspection for rust. Matt emphasized the importance of paying close attention to the engine peripherals,  including the carb(‘s) fuel pump, and electrical system.  An engine “rebuild”  does not necessarily mean that the peripherals have been inspected. A faulty fuel pump diaphragm for example,, can lead to gasoline leakage through the engine and a potential explosion.. As usual, an ounce of prevention….
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Propeller Talk
Amanda Holloway, of United Propeller in Orillia, Ontario, commented, when asked, that four blade propellers generally offer smoother acceleration, while three bladed props are generally a little faster. A pitch of 13-13, she explained, is common in older boats. (the two “thirteens” refer to the diameter of the prop and the distance traveled to complete one full rotation). Amanda also noted that while many props are bronze (with manganese) a superior propeller will be composed of Nibral (a combination of nickel, bronze and aluminum).
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Adhesive Talk
James Osler, a Muskoka restorer, talked about the value of Dolfinite 2005M a bedding compound, unfortunately only available in the United States. (It can be purchased there and brought across the border to Canada.)
For scarfing planks, James suggests using Sikaflex 291 or 3M Marine. For applications requiring flexibility, James utilizes #M 4200 or 3M5200
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by Rob

Wednesday February 25, 2015

February 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

ACBS (Toronto Chapter) Winter workshop, Part II.
As well as “Rita” the 50 foot Minett in the shop for a new bottom and engine rebuild, Tom Adams and his staff have also been working on a Greavette Sunflash and “Bella Vista III”, a 28 foot, 1928 Minett Shields. This beautiful long deck, displacement hull launch will surely turn heads, when completed,  wherever she goes.
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Traditional putty (still wet) had been applied to the deck seams of Bella Vista III, just before our visit.
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