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  1. interwebz hiccups

    May be entirely unrelated, but a lot of small web stores are discombobulated this week. One of the main companies that provided on-line credit card processing halted their service on Tuesday. The...
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    I can assure you that when the water is going to...

    I can assure you that when the water is going to freeze, the seacocks are all closed. But they aren't the usual problem, since it's usually warm (or at least not freezing) inside the boat, and the...
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    FWIW, I have a "collapsible" dish tub and drying...

    FWIW, I have a "collapsible" dish tub and drying rack that folds flat enough to wedge into the dead space between the sink bowl and cabinet wall. IDK exactly how many fold/unfold cycles those things...
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    I bought a set of spreader boots years ago and...

    I bought a set of spreader boots years ago and never installed them - I couldn't ever see the genoa contacting the spreader. But indeed, last fall there was some chafe to the UV cover at that point,...
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    I'm a little unsure on this point: The...

    I'm a little unsure on this point: The installation instructions for the Webasto heat pump (which dehumidifies) says DO NOT run the condensate drain to the bilge - it wants its own through-hull. (I...
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    If they're degreased, clean, and dry, they're...

    If they're degreased, clean, and dry, they're good enough. Hot water is more for degreasing than for any sort of "sterilization." Household dishes are never going to be "sterile." Ordinary...
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    Three or four years ago, some poor guy showed up...

    Three or four years ago, some poor guy showed up in a beat-up pick-up truck with a freezer full of nasty-looking water-injected individually-wrapped frozen utility-grade meats. Can't recall if he...
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    My boat came with an apparently factory access...

    My boat came with an apparently factory access hatch in the face of the starboard settee. Just opposite an identical one under the galley. Itís not very useful - most of the volume of the settee is...
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    Some guy showed up at the end of our mud after...

    Some guy showed up at the end of our mud after dirt after gravel driveway, five miles off the nearest pavement, and sold my Mom a complete Electrolux system in about 1970. I give him credit for ever...
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    Yeah, the Gorge Wind Engine reverses itself...

    Yeah, the Gorge Wind Engine reverses itself somewhat in the winter, and you guys get a little taste of our daily blow. Those are generally kayak days here. Except yesterday... it was 20 @#!*&...
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    Several years ago, we were out on the lower river...

    Several years ago, we were out on the lower river during Xmas week. It was a little freaky - frost was forming and melting on deck every few minutes, in the fog. What was firm footing one minute...
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    There are often some glorious sailing days in...

    There are often some glorious sailing days in winter. There are also some winters where the marina freezes over for a month. The trick is to rub the crystal ball properly to determine what will...
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    I met someone who bought a tubing roller from...

    I met someone who bought a tubing roller from Harbor Freight Tools just for that purpose. I think they were building a new pushpit and radar arch too. IDK how it came out. I guess one would have to...
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    It does look like a 29... and the spreaders are...

    It does look like a 29... and the spreaders are broken loose from the mast and hanging off the shrouds?
    Man, there might not be much left by Thanksgiving.
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    Sean, it will be interesting to see some of your...

    Sean, it will be interesting to see some of your projects underway.
    A couple of notes on the dodger - I had thought to make the front panel at the same slope as the front of the house. That might...
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    I think itís a self-adhesive vinyl product. Iíve...

    I think itís a self-adhesive vinyl product. Iíve seen it at Home Depot.

    Oh look... no handrails either inside or out... :rolleyes_d:
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    I think you guys said it: A mix of really nice...

    I think you guys said it: A mix of really nice and questionable work.

    I think the structural loss in the port settee might be saved by glassing a short stringer under the table, where it's too...
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    Wow. Just for comparison, I do have one of those...

    Wow. Just for comparison, I do have one of those ďUmbrellaĒ policy thingies (I have a... ďboatloadĒ of insurance, what with farm, home, vehicle, small business) and the umbrella is about...
  19. Thread: water pooling

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    We are often shown photos of the assembly line...

    We are often shown photos of the assembly line tank at the Ericson factory, which they reportedly used to fine-tune the trim of each boat, due to differences in furnishings, options, etc. But who...
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    It's different enough from mine that I can't...

    It's different enough from mine that I can't really guess about the odd bits... a head scratcher for sure. Mine has a shield that covers the pawl. The upper capstan is for a second (all rope) rode,...
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    It really pays to develop a relationship with...

    It really pays to develop a relationship with your local machine shop. If they canít do something, they can send you to someone who can.
  22. Thread: Engine Use

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    Poll: Oh rats, that reminds me that my fuel gauge is...

    Oh rats, that reminds me that my fuel gauge is apparently dead. Keep forgetting to investigate...
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    Sounds like an ideal application for the Magma...

    Sounds like an ideal application for the Magma rail mount or similar. I've had them for a few seasons on an E29 and they do hold a SUP or Yak securely outside the rail while keeping the deck clear. ...
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    Just one more point for consideration - If you...

    Just one more point for consideration - If you want to store the pole vertically on the mast (maybe a dicey proposition for these smaller boats?) it takes a considerably longer track than the stock...
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    Poll: No idea. The boat had no meter when I took...

    No idea. The boat had no meter when I took possession, and Iíve burned out two (on the third) meters in 7 years. So the totals are meaningless.

    Most years, I put on less than ten hours. I might...
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    Man that hurts. Letís hope that the builders are...

    Man that hurts.
    Letís hope that the builders are more up front that sleazy government lawyers. Seriously, the value of a classic like that ought to be peanuts to them. (I once had a...
  27. Very lush. I even like how it goes with the...

    Very lush. I even like how it goes with the upholstery and the curtains.





    I canít believe I said that... :o
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    Second thoughts on snap shackles

    Another revelation from Captain Obvious.
    Yesterday, I found this odd object laying on deck, at the base of the mast. Looked ominously like something important.
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    It took an embarrassing...
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    Yep. According to the Taylor Made site, the large...

    Yep. According to the Taylor Made site, the large size is supposed to be for 30-40 foot boats. I should more properly have a "medium," but Craigslist doesn't always provide per spec. The neighbor...
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    Pimpin Out The Slip

    Besides lavishing time and wealth on our boats, some of us drop some coin on our boats accommodation. Might be a good topic for a thread?
    My previous marina didn't allow much in the way of slip...
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    Christmas in October!

    So, the spiffy new tiller from Ruddercraft arrived today. Complete with a custom tiller-condom to keep it fresh. It is quite a bit different shape from the previous tiller. A bit shorter, as noted...
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    I donít see how those fairleads would work for...

    I donít see how those fairleads would work for anything. Well, maybe with one or two more points on the curve. But Iíve got something like that (higher up on the cabin side) for the spinnaker...
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    Good to know... no spontaneous trips to Cabo...

    Good to know... no spontaneous trips to Cabo without going home and packing, then. Only a fantasy, anyway. :esad:
    The airport connection, though, is that it's good for domestic air travel where...
  34. Dunno... polyurethane foam is perfectly...

    Dunno... polyurethane foam is perfectly biodegradable, and UV degradable, and has a finite lifetime. Even if kept bone dry. All of of my 80ís vehicles headliners have rotted out and now the 90ís...
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    Last time I renewed, I paid a bit extra for the...

    Last time I renewed, I paid a bit extra for the passport card. Also always in wallet. Good for driving or flying into Canada or Mexico, not sure about sailing... Handy if you want to fly but live...
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    Indeed. With my haul from the previous TBP event,...

    Indeed. With my haul from the previous TBP event, combined with a previous-years-model discount, I recently picked up a practically "free" kayak. It makes me feel better to think of it as "free." ...
  37. The expensive solar fan that I installed lasted...

    The expensive solar fan that I installed lasted less than three years. Expensive new batteries didn't solve the issue. Even when it still worked, there wasn't enough "solar" in the winter to keep...
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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 canít really imagine how the jack line would be...

    I canít really imagine how the jack line would be taught enough in that situation to act as a jack line. :confused:
    In the past, Iíve pondered how it might be great to have a dead-manís 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 itís getting harder and harder to buy ďmahoganyĒ around here. Especially any that matches the existing woodwork. (Nearest current source is ďMr. PlywoodĒ 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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