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  1. 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.
  4. 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...
  7. Thread: Engine Use

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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...
  9. 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...
  16. 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." ...
  19. 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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    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...
  37. Thread: Tool Reviews

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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...
  38. Thread: Tool Reviews

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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....
  39. Thread: Tool Reviews

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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?

    Iíve got one mostly installed*, but havenít 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 thatís 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...
  47. 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...
  49. 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...
  50. 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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