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    Sticky: Thanks for doing this, Sean. I've never run a...

    Thanks for doing this, Sean. I've never run a forum but I did hear of an idea somewhere that cuts spamming to zero by requiring the first few posts to be reviewed by an admin before the account is...
  2. Thread: Accepted offer

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    Congratulations! That thing they say about the...

    Congratulations!

    That thing they say about the two happiest days in a boatownerís life only applies to powerboats, BTW. Make sure you point that out to all the jealous wags who bring it up.
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    I met Brian K a few years ago when he bought my...

    I met Brian K a few years ago when he bought my cradle, my purchase of which had been, as measured by weight, the largest mistake I've ever made. It proved too big to fit onto my yard's marine...
  4. Thread: Cradle Design

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    The very best cradle design (and the one I happen...

    The very best cradle design (and the one I happen to own because my yacht club requires this specific manufacturer) comes from a company called Jowi. The arms are attached to the supporting struts by...
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    I installed Guy's design on my 32, keeping the...

    I installed Guy's design on my 32, keeping the standard sail cover, but removed it when I took my mast down after three years. No regrets about trying it but no regrets about removing it, either; my...
  6. Wow, amazing!

    Wow, amazing!
  7. Interesting question with the window stadia....

    Interesting question with the window stadia. Maybe, with the angles are fixed on the window, they would line up the objects by moving around in the capsule and then measure the distance from eye to...
  8. Thread: Speed Log

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    My suggestion: remove it and the throughhull, and...

    My suggestion: remove it and the throughhull, and patch the hole with glass and epoxy the next time you haul the boat.

    In a world with abundant cheap GPS offering SOG, the incremental value of...
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    Reminds me of the cows they have at veterinary...

    Reminds me of the cows they have at veterinary schools with the windows mounted on their stomachs.
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    Can only hope you packed the necessary...

    Can only hope you packed the necessary medications.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmW-ScmGRMA
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    Your first mechanic is smarter than your second...

    Your first mechanic is smarter than your second one, but maybe not smart enough. What youíve done so far is probably prudent maintenance regardless of what the actual problem is. If it ran on ether...
  12. That video shows application of penetrating epoxy...

    That video shows application of penetrating epoxy to allegedly sound plywood, not balsa core; it is being painted on an exposed surface, not injected; and in my opinion they should have just replaced...
  13. Itís also possible that you could stabilize the...

    Itís also possible that you could stabilize the bench by epoxying some plywood or G10 strips along its length from the bottom, where I donít think itís visible except maybe to people sleeping...
  14. I can confirm firsthand that this does not work....

    I can confirm firsthand that this does not work. The balsa core took decades to get wet and will never be dry again. The epoxy does not stick to wet wood or fiberglass, and it cures weirdly or not at...
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    Iím with Christian - better to throughbolt and...

    Iím with Christian - better to throughbolt and nut. But if you must, Iíd fill/drill/tap so you know as much as you can about the quality of the hole and threads; youíll always wonder with the...
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    Fixing the crackling noise is easy - you don’t...

    Fixing the crackling noise is easy - you don’t have to (in my opinion), except maybe to get religion about sealing any deck penetration to stop further water from ingressing, which you should do...
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    I find it hard to imagine how a boat that's been...

    I find it hard to imagine how a boat that's been left like that cosmetically isn't going to have deeper structural issues caused by long-term neglect.

    Bulkhead rot...deck core rot...tired...
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    Once the mast is vertical enough to fit on the...

    Once the mast is vertical enough to fit on the mast step, something is very wrong and very strange if there's much twisting force applied to it. Once two opposing shrouds or stays are made fast to...
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    The mast, even with the standing and running...

    The mast, even with the standing and running rigging attached, is not all that heavy. Maybe 350 pounds for an E35? I know that three people can easily shoulder an E32 mast fully rigged. The spreader...
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    My 32 has also has also a small bend in the boom...

    My 32 has also has also a small bend in the boom at the vang attachment, and it's been there since at least the late 80s. Every time I take the boom off I've been tempted to try to fix it, but when I...
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    I have a bronze tee coming off my throughhull for...

    I have a bronze tee coming off my throughhull for this general purpose. So the flow goes: hull, seacock, tee path 1 to engine, tee path 2 to square bronze plug most of the time. When winterizing, I...
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    Bucket in sink - garden hose in bucket - engine...

    Bucket in sink - garden hose in bucket - engine intake extension in bucket - set water to run slightly faster than engine uses it. Attach the two hoses securely into the bucket.

    Once the bucket...
  23. If the scale in the diagram were accurate, anyone...

    If the scale in the diagram were accurate, anyone apprehended for violating that statute could reasonably seek leniency due to medical hardship.
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    Or, thereís a good chance youíll contract an STD...

    Or, thereís a good chance youíll contract an STD while looking for it.

    Donít say they didnít warn you, itís right there in the manual!
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    I havenít done this myself yet but Iíve been told...

    I havenít done this myself yet but Iíve been told that a good way of getting upward pressure on the engine to loosen the mounts is to stuff an uninflated basketball under the engine...and then...
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    Hey, speaking of the Fastnet video, haven’t we...

    Hey, speaking of the Fastnet video, haven’t we seen this guy someplace before?

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    Cannot recommend highly enough Christian’s telling of the Fastnet race in his 1981 biography of Ted Turner,...
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    I worked at a fastener distributor and custom...

    I worked at a fastener distributor and custom manufacturer for a couple of months after graduating from college and developed a huge appreciation for the complexity of that business. A boatowner who...
  28. For $600, given some experience with shrink wrap...

    For $600, given some experience with shrink wrap and a reversible process, how wrong can you go? Very interested to see how this turns out.
  29. Not an improvement. To say the least!

    Not an improvement. To say the least!
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    Unless there's been a collision or grounding it...

    Unless there's been a collision or grounding it is perplexing why a 1986 boat stored indoors in winter would need a new rudder. What's the story there?

    I used Foss too, for as close to a drop-in...
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    I painted my transom last year with stock...

    I painted my transom last year with stock Perfection White and it came out wonderfully. It is considerably brighter than the old gelcoat but as Christian says you never see any other part of the boat...
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    Another general thumbs up for Zephyrworks. Zero...

    Another general thumbs up for Zephyrworks. Zero drama, (relatively) fair prices, quick turnaround.
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    A tricolor light is a bit of an oddity - are you...

    A tricolor light is a bit of an oddity - are you sure that's what you have, rather than a Windex illumination light? Or perhaps a PO replaced a Windex light with a tricolor?
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    I loved when you guys were doing that (grew up on...

    I loved when you guys were doing that (grew up on Lake Erie myself) - Kerry used to post here with progress on your huge refit and subsequent racing success - and I'm still happily sailing your old...
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    With the shaft still in the boat, you had only...

    With the shaft still in the boat, you had only one course of action to replace the Cutless bearing...and you took it, didn't work.

    Maybe if you borrow or have a pro use their commercial puller,...
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    Casual racing should come with a label from the...

    Casual racing should come with a label from the Fleet Surgeon General: Warning! This could be the beginning of a very long, very expensive, very pleasant addiction.
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    Gosh, Iíd disagree that you need radar for this...

    Gosh, Iíd disagree that you need radar for this area, and would consider it more of a distraction than anything else.

    There are three keys to successful navigation from the George Washington...
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    Iím sorry this was your first experience with the...

    Iím sorry this was your first experience with the miracle known as West System epoxy. Donít give up on it yet, but maybe temper expectations as a final coat for anything. The allure of the 207...
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    Very cool. That YouTube guy, Matthias Wandel, is...

    Very cool. That YouTube guy, Matthias Wandel, is a woodworking genius, and his channel is absolutely fascinating. The mouse squeezer is one of my favorite videos (after Christian's, of course)....
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    I was familiar with the concept of cold molding,...

    I was familiar with the concept of cold molding, but didn't think to apply it at the time since it was surrounded by fiberglass! As I understand it, cold molding maintains the attachment of the...
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    I like that ratchet/strap idea. How much...

    I like that ratchet/strap idea. How much springback was there once you removed the strap? (Meaning, if you had 3 inches of curve bent into the piece with the strap on, how much was lost when the...
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    I think that link should be more prominently...

    I think that link should be more prominently placed, and clickable, in Sean's letter.

    I recently picked up another DIY-maintenance hobby not as cool as sailing, but still pretty cool. After three...
  43. I have what Parrothead has, plus an $8 GPS...

    I have what Parrothead has, plus an $8 GPS antenna to feed the GPS signal that the Quark is capable of generating to my DSC-capable (but non-GPS) VHF radio. AIS via WiFi to iOS devices running iNavX,...
  44. That mythical tool is called a ďstep wrenchĒ and...

    That mythical tool is called a ďstep wrenchĒ and laypeople can own one!

    https://www.amazon.com/Buck-Algonquin-3BTHW50150-Water-Outlet/dp/B00E9M4P1U/

    There is actually a nub on the inside of the...
  45. I used Select Plastics in Connecticut and was...

    I used Select Plastics in Connecticut and was very pleased with the outcome. My hatch was/is very old and they immediately dated the hatch as an early 1970s vintage, and noted that modern adhesives...
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    My standard procedure is: - only set the battery...

    My standard procedure is:
    - only set the battery to ďbothĒ when motoring back to a mooring or dock where the boat will be completely put away before departure.
    - while underway, use battery #1 on...
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    Of all the things to spend money on in a 1971...

    Of all the things to spend money on in a 1971 boat, a diesel refit is not one of them unless the rest of the boat is pristine. There is simply no need, when - at worst - a Moyer rebuilt A4 that is...
  48. That page is like the Boat Show from Hell.

    That page is like the Boat Show from Hell.
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    Iím not specifically recommending this, but a...

    Iím not specifically recommending this, but a grizzled old mechanic I used to drink beers with used to use a lottery ticket for a gasket in an ďemergency.Ē

    He stuck the ticket over the pump, used...
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    Well, good luck maneuvering that around the...

    Well, good luck maneuvering that around the obstacles surrounding most gelcoat repairs...including this one.
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