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    I think you are right to grumble. This sticker...

    I think you are right to grumble. This sticker business is just a shakedown. Paying for nothing in return. Plus the system is creaky and inefficient. This year, I waited for months for my sticker...
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    Whenever I am crewing and find that I have to...

    Whenever I am crewing and find that I have to communicate a very urgent course change to the person at the helm, I always say "Go left!" or "Go right!". This means that I take responsibility for...
  3. I just got back from a solo 3-day cruise in the...

    I just got back from a solo 3-day cruise in the Canadian Gulf Islands, and learned about another item that I need to carry: a joker valve for the Raritan head. I just ordered two on Amazon. Really...
  4. I find that I can sleep fairly comfortably on the...

    I find that I can sleep fairly comfortably on the port settee, behind the table. However, since I had custom forepeak mattresses made, I tend not to, except for occasional naps.

    The huge stock...
  5. - Bolt-cutters, in case of dismasting. Harbor...

    - Bolt-cutters, in case of dismasting. Harbor Freight has affordable ones. I tested them on wire rope. They work.

    - Horn-in-a-can. I keep mine in the cockpit for quick use.

    - Emergency...
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    Here's another reason for spending the night at...

    Here's another reason for spending the night at Mackaye. There's a public dinghy dock. From there, a 10-min walk takes you to the Southend Cafe. It serves good food (including dinner) and there is...
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    Since this thread is becoming a mini cruising...

    Since this thread is becoming a mini cruising guide to the San Juans, here are two random entries:

    When coming in to Friday Harbor via the southern entrance, beware of the reef ("Dumbshit Rock")...
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    Like others, I'm intrigued by Christian's advice,...

    Like others, I'm intrigued by Christian's advice, and will try his technique at the earliest opportunity. His video is very helpful.

    After talking to Loren a couple of years ago, I replaced all...
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    I agree with Bob, but I'm beginning to think that...

    I agree with Bob, but I'm beginning to think that there may be an electric outboard in my future. I just don't trust those 4-stroke engines. I'm already dreading the spring maintenance on my...
  10. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to...

    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me that the only use for a binnacle compass (other than as a nice decoration) is steering a magnetic heading. This, in turn, happens primarily in...
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    That's a wonderful video. Thanks. Did you...

    That's a wonderful video. Thanks.

    Did you consider adding some more info on Youtube, e.g., the boat model, location, drone info, etc?
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    One of my favorite places. I have yet to stump...

    One of my favorite places. I have yet to stump them - they seem to have everything.

    Another "candy store" in our part of the world: the Grizzly showroom in Bellingham. If there is a heaven, this...
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    I looked at the online application. They are not...

    I looked at the online application. They are not just looking for sailors, but for designers, builders, fundraisers, etc.

    Ever since they stopped sailing in monohulls, I lost nearly all interest...
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    I'll add my $0.02. I consider the binnacle...

    I'll add my $0.02.

    I consider the binnacle compass to be an ornament only. I'll glance at it from time to time, but never rely on it for navigation. It's more important to me to have my...
  15. Thread: photo

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    Bob, don't tell me you've never been tempted to...

    Bob, don't tell me you've never been tempted to photoshop out that anchor chain.
  16. Thread: photo

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    I have a photo that is similar to Kevin's: my E34...

    I have a photo that is similar to Kevin's: my E34 on Jones Island in the San Juans.

    Like him, I have no picture of my boat under sail. A friend who is a photographer just got a picture-taking...
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    This is neither here nor there, but my wife and I...

    This is neither here nor there, but my wife and I just bought a house on San Juan Island. It's on Erickson Drive! Nothing I can do about that "k", alas.
  18. Thread: Jib pole

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    I've been thinking the same thing. Currently, my...

    I've been thinking the same thing. Currently, my thoughts are running to a fiberglass windsurfer mast of the appropriate length and appropriate fittings. The idea is to save weight and money. I...
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    Well done! Was it scratch racing or handicap?...

    Well done!

    Was it scratch racing or handicap?

    Too bad your results sheet only shows the names of the boats you beat. It would be fun to know what makes/models you left in your wake.
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    I forgot: there are a couple of moorings off...

    I forgot: there are a couple of moorings off Turn Island (SJI). It's only a mile or so from my slip, so I never tried them, but it's a great spot.

    Holding is pretty good just about everywhere,...
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    Going through Deception Pass at slack water is...

    Going through Deception Pass at slack water is safe, but not as much fun as racing in/out with the tide. If you have some experience, I recommend it. Quite a ride!

    Our currents are strong, and...
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    It must of been nearly 40 years ago, that I was...

    It must of been nearly 40 years ago, that I was active on something called rec.boats. It was the early days of such fora, and all attempts at flaming, spamming, bad language, etc., were firmly put...
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    I think that a sailboat with a flat plywood sail...

    I think that a sailboat with a flat plywood sail will go to windward, no problem. But there has to be some lateral resistance in the water: a keel or its equivalent.

    The big square-rigged ships...
  24. Sounds like you may not have a VHF radio for the...

    Sounds like you may not have a VHF radio for the masthead antenna. In that case, you might consider getting a Garmin VHF with built-in AIS receiver. This is what I did. It has a splitter in the...
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    I just think that airplane wings are poor...

    I just think that airplane wings are poor analogies to sails.

    The airplane has a propellor or jet engine to push the wing forward through the air. Then all you need is hydrodynamics to generate...
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    Your instructor was a wise man, Christian. ...

    Your instructor was a wise man, Christian. Anyone can confirm his explanation by sticking his/her palm out the window of a car at some high speed. Holding the palm horizontal is easy, but as soon...
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    I'll be honest Loren: I didn't like this video. ...

    I'll be honest Loren: I didn't like this video.

    What it says about square-rigged ships is downright slander. Even square sails could be braced to go to windward. Not to mention the headsails and...
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    That's a great price. How are the sails? My...

    That's a great price. How are the sails?

    My advice: jump on this boat. A thorough survey is a must, of course.
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    This is a bit of a shot in the dark, but: are you...

    This is a bit of a shot in the dark, but: are you by any chance missing the weird "babystay" arrangement that connects the mast to the top of the cabin? It's supposed to keep the cabintop from...
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    Whales and depthsounders

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  31. New App-based system from Customs and Border Protection

    I've been told by a local CBP officer that the ROAM App-based system can now be used in our area. It had been under evaluation on the East Coast. It provides a way of checking in without making a...
  32. I had serious problems with my steering (worn pin...

    I had serious problems with my steering (worn pin on one of the sheaves). Fixing this was a pain (I described it in a posting). In terms of prevention, Christian has the right advice above.

    How...
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    This is another vote for Marinebeam. I...

    This is another vote for Marinebeam. I especially like the color of the light. Very easy on the eyes.
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    This is a forum for Ericson owners. Ergo: most...

    This is a forum for Ericson owners. Ergo: most folks (but not all!) will rate Ericsons above the others. However, given that we are talking about boats that are 30+ years old, my advice would be to...
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    I used to think that you had to be seriously...

    I used to think that you had to be seriously cracked to buy a new boat. You can get an E34 for under 50k$, whereas an "equivalent" new boat costs about four times as much. By most accounts, new...
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    The E34 is a fine, well-behaved, well-built...

    The E34 is a fine, well-behaved, well-built racer/cruiser. I have only two beefs with the design: I think any boat in this class should have four primary winches, and there should have been a real...
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    I dunno, Christian. Here on San Juan Island,...

    I dunno, Christian.

    Here on San Juan Island, population 7000, we have two well-stocked hardware stores. A 1-1/2 hour ferry ride gets me to the mainland, where a marvelous place called Tacoma...
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    Looks photoshopped to me. I see orcas all the...

    Looks photoshopped to me. I see orcas all the time, but always surrounded by noisy, obnoxious whale-watching boats.
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    I installed a Garhauer vang last year and am very...

    I installed a Garhauer vang last year and am very pleased with it. I have a bunch of Garhauer gear on the boat. They are easy to talk to, sell you exactly what you need, and the price/quality ratio...
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    Sticky: E34 in the San Juans

    Nothing special, just a couple of snaps of my E34 in Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island, and Doe Bay, Orcas Island. Pictures like this really appealed to me back in the days when I was a land-locked...
  42. Thread: Misc. Items

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    PM sent re Marelon valve.

    PM sent re Marelon valve.
  43. Christian, Lazyjacks are the next significant...

    Christian,

    Lazyjacks are the next significant project on my boat. What design did you use (e.g., that of Guy Stevens in Good Old Boat)? Are your leg segments attached to the boom on the port and...
  44. This is my guess also. The variety of Garmin...

    This is my guess also. The variety of Garmin devices is bewildering, and compatibility is even more complex, even in their own product line. For example, I am vaguely thinking about getting a...
  45. Adding Garmin (NMEA 2000) devices to a Raymarine (SeatalkNG) network

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    Christian, Here is a long-winded response to...

    Christian,

    Here is a long-winded response to your request. If you (or others) wish to skip the palaver, my list is at the end. The books are guaranteed to please a sailor.

    Some thirty years...
  47. I know what I would do: make a couple of passes...

    I know what I would do: make a couple of passes on the shelf with my trusty table saw...

    4.5 amps (55 watts) sounds like rather a lot. Maybe that's just when it's starting up?
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    Question re Forum

    Hi. I am in the process of trying to combine two data networks on my E34: Seatalk NG (Raymarine) and NMEA 2000 (for some Garmin stuff). Once I figure it out (it's somewhat baffling) would it be...
  49. Coupla suggestions

    Here are a couple of ideas for a fridge installation:

    - To keep the contents from directly touching the (very cold) evaporator plate, cover it with a metal grill. I found one on Amazon, and made...
  50. I called the CBP office in Friday Harbor. The...

    I called the CBP office in Friday Harbor. The ROAM app is not supported here yet, and they have no idea as to when it will be.

    I installed the app on my iPhone and poked around a bit. It has...
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