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Old 13-02-2016, 09:52   #211
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where is this social group you are talking about?
Hi Fabio! If you look up to the "Community" tab on the page here, click that on and you'll see "social groups," click that and you'll see a list of social groups and you can click on the Plastic Classics Columbia 29 avatar! Maybe you could post a link for your blog there! How are things coming along? Don't ask about mine... nothing yet! It's always a long story...
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Old 15-02-2016, 22:56   #212
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So for those of us who are fans of the Columbia 29, I made a little pilgrimage yesterday down San Antonio Ave. in Mountain View (I grew up just up the road near Stanford), near the 101 freeway to see if by some chance the dance hall was still there. I don't think so, though I did find some old warehouses on the corner of E. Charleston from the 50s that were probably close neighbors. For those wondering, and who have not read this bit of sailing history:
Columbia 29: Lawrence Walters Memories - Waves Jordan Yacht Brokerage
Too bad there is no plaque or or a star or something in the sidewalk to say "This is where the Columbia 29 was born." Or am I getting carried away?
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Namorni.
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Hi Fabio! If you look up to the "Community" tab on the page here, click that on and you'll see "social groups," click that and you'll see a list of social groups and you can click on the Plastic Classics Columbia 29 avatar! Maybe you could post a link for your blog there! How are things coming along? Don't ask about mine... nothing yet! It's always a long story...
I found it! good job Don! I' ll contribute soon. Lately my computer suffered an accident and put me out of business for a while. Luckily I had a lot done on my boat.

I won't ask you about the long story. I'll post some pictures instead, hoping will keep you motivated



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Old 16-02-2016, 10:35   #215
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I am looking at purchasing hull # 161. It is a 1965 with the MKii window. It seems to be a transition from the MKi To Mkii. Would anyone have any information on this hull # boat?
I wonder what your progress is. They are great boats. If it is in good shape it can be a real bargain.
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I found it! good job Don! I' ll contribute soon. Lately my computer suffered an accident and put me out of business for a while. Luckily I had a lot done on my boat.

I won't ask you about the long story. I'll post some pictures instead, hoping will keep you motivated



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Looking beautiful! Not that I needed more motivation! Too bad we aren't all closer.
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Mystery solved! I now know that the mast support arch in the deck of my 1962 C29 MK1 with the "cruising" interior (no dinette) is made of 1.5" thick, 3 or 4 layers of epoxy laminated plywood wrapped in fiberglass. That's it. Amazingly strong for 55 years, but still, because of downward flex and a little bit of water intrusion, the weak area has been removed. The wood that was unaffected was still very strong so I am now thinking of leaving the good sections of arch in while constructing a new arch sandwiching layers of wood and stainless flat stock and bolting it through the bulkheads below the old deck arch to support the mast step above. (photo of template for new arch here.) Of course I will be replacing the removed section with a block of oak or perhaps a synthetic block and the mast will be stepped on deck on top of that. Part of the reason for this is that it has to be lower in order to have room to span and bolt through the bulkheads. However I have not drilled any holes yet, so any of you have any other ideas, tell me now! I went back and forth about an arch up on deck vs. one below and this idea has won out so far. There is now a tunnel with a light at the end of it! BTW I discovered something I'm embarrassed to say I never noticed before, the port bulkhead reaches farther inboard than the starboard by about an inch and a half or so. Why they decided to do that and not center the entry to the v-berth, I really can't tell.
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Re: Thoughts on a 1962 Columbia 29

It's unlikely that epoxy was used that long ago - most likely polyester.
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Old 30-03-2016, 10:00   #219
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It's unlikely that epoxy was used that long ago - most likely polyester.
Well I'll defer to the resin experts on that one then. It was my understanding that epoxy was often used in wood lamination but I have been wrong before. But there is an amber mass of resin in the middle where the wood was routed out for the wires that is harder than the proverbial rock!
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It's unlikely that epoxy was used that long ago - most likely polyester.
This really piqued my curiosity so with a little digging and found that apparently the "Spruce Goose" was built of plywood laminated with epoxy.
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This really piqued my curiosity so with a little digging and found that apparently the "Spruce Goose" was built of plywood laminated with epoxy.
http://www.epoxychemicals.com/files/...story+of+Epoxy[1].pdf
I thought you owned a Columbia, not the Spruce Goose.

Epoxy did exist, but I don't believe it was commonly used in boat production in the early 60's.
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54 year-old mast needed some attention! The original mast step had a sleeve that went up in the mast and corrosion between that and the inner wall had cracked and mushroomed the mast base out. I trimmed off an inch, keeping the same angle (which accommodates the 8"mast rake.) New step is built up from a 3/4" block of Starboard and a 1/4" plate of marine grade aluminum. The plug that will fit inside of mast is cut from Trex plastic lumber. The whole thing will be through bolted to the new arch under the deck with eye bolts which will be used to attach blocks that will run halyards back to cockpit. At least that is the plan.
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54 year-old mast needed some attention! The original mast step had a sleeve that went up in the mast and corrosion between that and the inner wall had cracked and mushroomed the mast base out. I trimmed off an inch, keeping the same angle (which accommodates the 8"mast rake.) New step is built up from a 3/4" block of Starboard and a 1/4" plate of marine grade aluminum. The plug that will fit inside of mast is cut from Trex plastic lumber. The whole thing will be through bolted to the new arch under the deck with eye bolts which will be used to attach blocks that will run halyards back to cockpit. At least that is the plan.
Sweet...
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Ok so still working on it, almost there... I am determined to get the mast back up in the next few days! So for the 5 or 6 of us with an early Columbia 29, here is the progress on MY solution to the mast support arch issue. Every project is a combination of time, budget, materials available, tools and work space available and skill of builder... so comments welcome, but go easy on me!
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btw, bolt heads will be covered with decorative arch and trim will be added to fill out shape of previous laminated arch above.
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This may look like just a photo of an ol' Columbia 29, which it is, but see that mast back up? After 6 months of planning, puttering, cutting, sanding, gluing, drilling in spare time in an already packed garage and with the boat an hour away, I wasn't sure if I'd see that mast back up again! I think I am in shock.
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