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    I've had it with exterior teak! Low maintenance...

    I've had it with exterior teak! Low maintenance synthetic materials for me, going forward. However, I did discover last fall, while pressure-washing the deck, that the pressure washer strips that...
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    ?? I suppose we'll all get old some day, but if...

    ?? I suppose we'll all get old some day, but if I ever do, I think I could still mount an OB by myself with a boom tackle. BTW, my Suzuki 9.9 four-stroke only weighs 25 pounds more than the...
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    Hmm... maybe time to figure out how to set up...

    Hmm... maybe time to figure out how to set up that "guard zone" thingie on the radar.
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    I did casually look around for replacement...

    I did casually look around for replacement brackets on-line. The only bronze ones I saw were quite expensive and too small. All the newer boats on my dock seem to simply have a couple pieces of...
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    Well, it turns out that Ruddercraft have a 30-day...

    Well, it turns out that Ruddercraft have a 30-day lead time to produce a tiller, in case anybody needs to know in the future.

    On reinstalling my patched-up stick (temporarily!), I discovered
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    I have a different masthead, but on mine, the...

    I have a different masthead, but on mine, the inner toggle is for the forestay (with or without furler) and the outer toggle is for the spinnaker halyard. This is a little close if a furler is...
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    I can’t really imagine how the jack line would be...

    I can’t really imagine how the jack line would be taught enough in that situation to act as a jack line. :confused:
    In the past, I’ve pondered how it might be great to have a dead-man’s switch sort...
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    Thanks! Ruddercraft specify one of their stock...

    Thanks! Ruddercraft specify one of their stock models for the E29, and it's about six inches shorter than the one I have now. (Their photos and pricing look suspiciously similar to the WM item,...
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    Ericson 29 replacement tiller

    I managed to break the tiller yesterday - the water was a bit choppy and during a tack, I lost my balance and put my full weight on the tiller handle. Crrrr-ack! (Surely, this has nothing to do with...
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    His (d)Ark Materials

    Yes, and it’s getting harder and harder to buy “mahogany” around here. Especially any that matches the existing woodwork. (Nearest current source is “Mr. Plywood” in PDX - 150 mile round trip. But...
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    Always interesting to see what others have done...

    Always interesting to see what others have done with these boats. Looks like a custom pulpit as well.
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    I've had the boatnumberplate.com product glued on...

    I've had the boatnumberplate.com product glued on a PVC Zodiac for two years. I think they still look pretty sharp. Glued on with two-part cement, there have been no issues with the plates...
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    Sure, you just take up the tension with a halyard...

    Sure, you just take up the tension with a halyard on a bow cleat. How do you think they install roller furlers? At least, that’s how I did it, and IIRC, I was just following the directions.

    Well,...
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    There are a lot of pins going through the...

    There are a lot of pins going through the masthead, but only one through-bolt. And if you tighten it too much, it pinches the sheaves. (Guess how I know?)

    Epoxy seems like a good idea, though...
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    Yikes. Forestay toggle pulled out? I'd concur...

    Yikes. Forestay toggle pulled out? I'd concur with adding side-plates to reinforce, or maybe a whole inverted U-shaped channel to fit over the top (i.e. replace that bolt-on spinnaker crane as...
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    Yes, but the controlling factor is the size and...

    Yes, but the controlling factor is the size and length of the wire in the circuit. If you put too many amps in (by having the wrong breaker and too many devices) you will start a fire. Likewise, if...
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    Perhaps "The Pros" will chime in, but in my...

    Perhaps "The Pros" will chime in, but in my opinion, removable equipment (e.g. fans, pumps, etc.) ought to be connected through screw terminals or something similar, so that it can be removed for...
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    Three cheers for the good ol' Sears Craftsman...

    Three cheers for the good ol' Sears Craftsman Pressure Washer! Just for starters, it cleans off bottom slime and old ablative paint without harming the barrier coat. Of course, if one is not...
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    Back in my single-tool-box-days, (college,...

    Back in my single-tool-box-days, (college, basically) I had a yankee drill that was pretty handy for most uses. It eventually succumbed to corrosion though - possibly not a good sign for boat use....
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    This cordless grinder is a shark, and it looks...

    This cordless grinder is a shark, and it looks like one too. If you do fiberglass, you need this. I posted above about the ridiculously big expensive "Rigid" battery that the vacuum came with. ...
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    Nice. What about the noise? Is it quiet enough...

    Nice. What about the noise? Is it quiet enough to sleep with the AC running?

    I’ve got one mostly installed*, but haven’t had a chance to use it yet. The sea-water pump I have seems loud, during...
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    On the other hand, we hear of the occasional Good...

    On the other hand, we hear of the occasional Good Old Cruising Boat, plodding along, that suddenly sustains rudder damage from unknown causes and sinks in minutes. Rare, maybe, but not unheard of. ...
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    From the Alfred E Neuman school of sailing: ...

    From the Alfred E Neuman school of sailing:

    Admittedly, that is a a bit more boat than mine, but single-handing is certainly possible with a bit of planning. And I don't even have self-tailing...
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    As mentioned elsewhere, I've been thinking and...

    As mentioned elsewhere, I've been thinking and worrying (mildly) about rudder-tube failure for some time, and would like to build-out a "crash bulkhead" just forward of the rudder post. At least to...
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    ...So the lazy jacks are ultimately hanging from...

    ...So the lazy jacks are ultimately hanging from the spreaders? Seems like there could be potentially large loads applied there, through accident or tomfoolery. (e.g. Just saw a picture of someone...
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    My hatch/portlight is leaking. What should I do?...

    My hatch/portlight is leaking. What should I do?
    If a Lewmar hatch or portlight does start to leak it is important to establish the leak path. Where the water finally appears in side the boat is not...
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    Well, the first step (?) is figuring out whether...

    Well, the first step (?) is figuring out whether that’s corrosion or not. I saw something like that and shrieked in horror. But the dark spots turned out to be splashes of resin from the original...
  28. Definitely get the disco ball! About seven...

    Definitely get the disco ball!

    About seven years ago, I spent what seemed like a lot of money on LED strip lighting. Even set up some in red at strategic locations and put in a separate dimmer...
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    Congratulations! Getting the darned things off is...

    Congratulations! Getting the darned things off is the hard part.

    On some boats, identical rails are mated to each other inside the cabin and on top of the cabin. This is very handy and highly...
  30. edit: found a photo of it - looks like this...

    edit: found a photo of it - looks like this doesn't involve the window at all http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/06/the-story-of-the-apollo-sextant

    If I ever knew the details, I've forgotten, but...
  31. 1. Sounds pretty sketchy to me, as described, but...

    1. Sounds pretty sketchy to me, as described, but check to make sure that your alternator is still working. You do need to supply voltage to the exciter terminal or you won't get any amps out. On a...
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    Spotted E29 for sale

    Looks like the Sea Scouts are selling an E29 in Portland at a decent price...
    https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/boa/d/portland-ericson-29-bsa/6920695470.html
  33. I seem to recall that Apollo capsules had sextant...

    I seem to recall that Apollo capsules had sextant reticules built-in to the windows, or some such arrangement. And Apollo 13 (at least) used them as the primary means to navigate home.
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    For something completely different: pp 56-57 of...

    For something completely different: pp 56-57 of the West Systems manual has a procedure for "fixing" loose rudder bearings by squirting graphite-thickened epoxy into the gap. Catalina Direct sells a...
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    My 29 has a short bronze bushing at the bottom. ...

    My 29 has a short bronze bushing at the bottom. It's not obvious until all the grease is cleaned out. Having just drilled through it a week ago, I can say it's much thinner than I expected, but...
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    If our box is truly sealed, except for the vent,...

    If our box is truly sealed, except for the vent, any gas expelled will eventually build up enough pressure to bubble out through a P trap.

    In my experience, minor leaks from fittings are about...
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    I would think that the only issue would be...

    I would think that the only issue would be whether the HX could withstand the heat in the circuit without the sink of the house water. And that only lasts until the reservoir heats up anyway. But a...
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    Ha. You typed faster than I :rolleyes:

    Ha. You typed faster than I :rolleyes:
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    Well yeah... but I think that D figure is for...

    Well yeah... but I think that D figure is for liquid propane. We’re talking about vapor here, so we’re back to good ol’ PV=nRT. It’s not going to be heavy enough to push water out of a P-trap.
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    FWIW, and since it is sitting here on the...

    FWIW, and since it is sitting here on the workbench, I measured the angle between the rudder shaft and the top of my rudder, which fits correctly on my 71 E29.

    What to a casual glance appears to...
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    Throw a tiller into the mix and some people's...

    Throw a tiller into the mix and some people's brains just implode.

    Associated phenomenon: I've noticed that when approaching a group of people on the bike path, if you shout the traditional "On...
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    Anybody know how to say "Hard to Port! " in...

    Anybody know how to say "Hard to Port! " in German? 'Cause it sounded like that's what was shouted. But crew (tourists?) put the tiller to port instead.

    You know this is just what is happening...
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    Since the rudder tube is just tabbed to the hull...

    Since the rudder tube is just tabbed to the hull at one end and jammed into a deck plate at the other, I wonder how precise Ericson was at making that angle the same in every boat? Hard to tell with...
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    You'd think that alone would be enough to keep...

    You'd think that alone would be enough to keep people away...

    BITD when I worked at the Lazy-H Ranch, the Hanford Patrol helicopter ("Airwolf," of course) would often follow me as I rode my...
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    Thanks. Nice to see posts like this. Hmm......

    Thanks. Nice to see posts like this.

    Hmm... no "smilie" for "envy..."
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    Man, those Yachtworld photos show a lot of wood. ...

    Man, those Yachtworld photos show a lot of wood. Maybe enhanced a bit to make it look less dark? Possibly a good idea to look around for water damage. Something going on in the aft cabin?
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    That is the same one shown in my link above. If...

    That is the same one shown in my link above. If you shop around to the right vendor, you can buy it with an extra mounting bracket and relocate the whole thing to the cockpit in a jiffy.
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    There has been one listed on and off on Seattle...

    There has been one listed on and off on Seattle Craigslist for the last year or two. From the ad alone, looks like a pretty nice deal.

    This one? ...
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    Well, it was only 100 outside, but 105 inside the...

    Well, it was only 100 outside, but 105 inside the boat. Had to remove the batteries to get my shoulder in there. No fans.
    Pretty unusual to get this much heat this early in the season. The Roses...
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    Well that was ridiculously difficult. After...

    Well that was ridiculously difficult. After fighting the shaft log in 105° heat until I was exhausted, sweating, and bloody, I replaced the prop shaft with a piece of all-thread and used a nut and...
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