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Old Apr 19, 2015, 03:19 PM
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Decided to do the seizing on the shrouds this way so started on the long journey of wrapping each one of the main and fore shrouds to prepare them for rigging on the ship. Tedious, but I think it will be worth it in the end. One of those details that would bother me later on, had I not done it. Only doing the section that wraps around the mast head at the top and down to the futtock staff.

Wrapping in small increments at a time


Pushed against the last wraps and tightened


The finished section


Only how many to go? lol

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Old Apr 19, 2015, 05:03 PM
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Surprise had rub on lettering, and the first time I put them on I misspelled SURPISE.

I didn't bother with much seizing as I built Surprise to sail on the lake and it looked very nice from a galloping horse or a speeding fishing boat.
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Old Apr 19, 2015, 06:24 PM
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Serving vs seizing
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Old Apr 19, 2015, 08:30 PM
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misspelled Surprise.. thats funny Ray. Surprise looks great up close as well!! I know, I've seen it. : )

My bad, Dan. Meant "Serving". I knew that. Been a long week.

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Old Apr 19, 2015, 10:31 PM
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Make a little serving mallet like Dan shows. I remember Nick Benton doing a jump rope sort of thing and serving about 50 feet of line without moving from one spot.
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Old Apr 20, 2015, 06:44 AM
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Thanks, Dan, for the mallet picture and Jerry for the suggestion. Might give that a try. I know there's gotta be a more time-saving way to do it.

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Old Apr 20, 2015, 10:44 AM
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It can be done by machine.
Here's a little one that should give you some idea.

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As you learned by doing it by hand, the machine needs to rotate the line being served. The line going on has to be wrapped tightly and kept snug to prior wraps, like threads on a screw.

I have yet to see a machine that you can start and forget - they all need to be monitored at least, and intervention will be required eventually.

I built one using brass tube through plastic gears at either end. This allows the line to be passed through and as the section being served is done, the line can easily be shifted to the unserviced section. The two ends are linked by a rod geared to the tubes which makes both ends move in unison. Pics in my Pride thread.

I say there that I intended to hand crank it, but it needs to be slowly motor driven. Fast enough to make progress and slow enough to not turn into an episode of I Love Lucy on you. A foot pedal like a sewing machine would be good - keeping your hands free.

You have a lot of serving to look forward to between Scorpion and Spartan - I think a machine will help you a lot.
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Thank you Jerry(as always, very helpful)

Alright, have spent some time looking at different set ups. Now, deep in thought.
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Old Apr 21, 2015, 12:15 PM
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This is what I did.
Spool holder has friction on spindle to provide slight winding tension. Hold spool in one hand and slowly rotate hanging line with the other. Weight keeps the line spinning awhile. For long lines with an end served, bundle the exces line at the weight and rubber-band in place.
With a little practice, you can get snug, even wrap pretty quickly.
I used flat dark grey paint over all serving to seal and snug it up and to look like
tar.
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Old Apr 21, 2015, 12:19 PM
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This is what I did.
Spool holder has friction on spindle to provide slight winding tension. Hold spool in one hand and slowly rotate hanging line with the other. Weight keeps the line spinning awhile. For long lines with an end served, bundle the exces line at the weight and rubber-band in place.
With a little practice, you can get snug, even wrap pretty quickly.
I used flat dark grey paint over all serving to seal and snug it up and to look like
tar.

Attachment wont load - I'm in MX

Just shows about2ft of line hanging from a fishing line swivel with a 1-2lb weight at bottom. Spool is on a handheld bracket with a spindle that puts friction on the rotation of the spool.
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Old Apr 21, 2015, 05:16 PM
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Thanks Dan

Nifty!

Funny, I planned on painting over mine as well. Have been watching the Hornblower Series for the 500th time. Good stuff.

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hahaha.....i cheated and used heat shrink tubing......just born lazy i guess
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Ha ha, don't worry Vic, I'll be using that as well in spots. 😃
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