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Old 10-22-2012, 09:50 PM   #21
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Darren, not meaning to hijack this thread but I've been repeatedly checking your website; any idea of when we'll get to see some of those Pacific Northwest cruising videos?
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:54 PM   #22
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Darren, not meaning to hijack this thread but I've been repeatedly checking your website; any idea of when we'll get to see some of those Pacific Northwest cruising videos?
Hi Boydster - Quick reply: I'll start a new thread with an overview video we just made. And thanks for asking!
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:39 AM   #23
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.............. But every time I see the faint Christopher Robin on the transom I always wonder what the motivation was to give the boat that name. Probably an interesting story.
If I were to guess, my guess would be that the PO had two children, Christopher and Robin.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:21 PM   #24
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If I were to guess, my guess would be that the PO had two children, Christopher and Robin.
Or it was their kids' (or their) favorite story (Winnie the Pooh). Or they named the boat for CR's adventures. Or they named it for the fantasy land CR lived in. Or.......
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:28 PM   #25
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Or it was their kids' (or their) favorite story (Winnie the Pooh). Or they named the boat for CR's adventures. Or they named it for the fantasy land CR lived in. Or.......
I had forgotten about that story.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:58 AM   #26
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Hair dryer...heat gun gets to hot....may blister your fiberglass if you get to close
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:31 AM   #27
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Hair dryer...heat gun gets to hot....may blister your fiberglass if you get to close
That's like saying "use a sharp stick, an electric drill may penetrate too deep if you push too hard."
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:34 AM   #28
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Hair dryer...heat gun gets to hot....may blister your fiberglass if you get to close
Like any tool, a heat gun takes some thought and practice before you can use it properly. So - don't get to close!

Heat guns usually have at least two settings, "Low" and "High". If you're afraid the high setting might be too hot, just use the low setting.

I tried to point out in a prior post that it works best to heat a broad area, nit just the small spot you might be working on. To do this, you would not get too close.

A heat gun has many uses around the boat and around the home as well. Hair dryers are great for drying hair, heat guns are more suited to "tool" use.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:53 PM   #29
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A heat gun has many uses around the boat and around the home as well. Hair dryers are great for drying hair, heat guns are more suited to "tool" use.
Amen to that. A proper heat gun can be used to remove old brightwork finish, help get plumbing hoses on and off their fittings, dry a damp portion of a teak deck if you need to replace a plug..... long, long list of uses. The Makita we have has a dial on the back for a wide range of temperatures. The technique is to keep it moving and as Ron says, just don't get too close. You can judge how hot the surface is getting and adjust accordingly.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:06 PM   #30
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Amen to that. A proper heat gun can be used to remove old brightwork finish, help get plumbing hoses on and off their fittings, dry a damp portion of a teak deck if you need to replace a plug..... long, long list of uses. The Makita we have has a dial on the back for a wide range of temperatures. The technique is to keep it moving and as Ron says, just don't get too close. You can judge how hot the surface is getting and adjust accordingly.
Don't forget shrinking the insulation on electrical connectors.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:39 PM   #31
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Don't forget shrinking the insulation on electrical connectors.
Good reminder. I had overlooked that even though it's something we've done a lot.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:12 PM   #32
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I don't own a heat gun, don't have a need to purchase one, and the hair dryer worked fine to remove the decals. Just thought others might want to know it is a viable alternative.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:31 AM   #33
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Don't forget shrinking the insulation on electrical connectors.
This is the best tool I have ever used for heat shrink. The little curved attachment directs the heat completely around the wire and does a perfect job in seconds with no risk to surrounding wire or other components.

I recently started building some fuel management devices that use multiple heat shrink applications and this thing paid for itself the first day by eliminating rework and poor quality from overheated insulation and collateral damage.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:32 PM   #34
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Here is another funny one about lettering of a sort.

The front window on my boat had a for sale sign against the glass for so long that the for sale is burned into the plastic between the layers of glass. You can only see it when the windows fog up.

She is for sale only in the fog.

Like ghost writing.

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Christopher Robin and Pooh...CR is a character in the Pooh stories by A.A. Milne..one of Pooh's best friends. Previous owner must have been a fan..
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I don't own a heat gun, don't have a need to purchase one, and the hair dryer worked fine to remove the decals. Just thought others might want to know it is a viable alternative.
Yes, I suppose it is a "viable alternative". Just like using a pair of pliers on a bolt head is a "viable alternative".

You can purchase a heat gun from Harbor Freight for about $8 if you wait for a sale so cost shouldn't be a factor.
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The benefit of a true heat gun is that the heat comes up much faster and is much more localized. You can heat the vinyl itself without transferring much heat to the gelcoat beneath.

A hair dryer will work, but is not near as easy as a heat gun. I have used both and removed dozens of vinyl graphics over the years.
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This past summer I took off a huge decal using hair dryer and acetone. The acetone was purchased from a hair supply store. Stronger than regular nail polish remover and very inexpensive! Worked like a charm. The design came off completely with no residue!
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If you never have to do any wiring you do not need a heat gun.

I guess you can always use a cigarette lighter on wire splices.

Just looks ugly and unprofessional.

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This past summer I took off a huge decal using hair dryer and acetone. The acetone was purchased from a hair supply store. Stronger than regular nail polish remover and very inexpensive! Worked like a charm. The design came off completely with no residue!
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You can buy acetone at any paint store or home center. No need to go to a beauty supply store. You can get it at West Marine also, but the price will be higher.
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