Lex Teredo

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    Greater Naptown Suburban Regional Metroplex Area
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    Beer, bikes, beer, J/35's, and beer.

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  1. Lex Teredo

    How much would you spend?

    I'm not a professional, but I guess $6-$8k should do it. But do you think he'll pay that much to have you take it off his hands?
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    J105 competitiveness

    I'm sorry, my bad. 69 for the 109 vs ~90 for the 105 depending on configuration. I was looking at another region's ratings. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
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    J105 competitiveness

    The 109 is about 6 seconds faster per mile under the PHRF system. But you can optimize a 105 for handicap racing and easily pick up 6-10 seconds per mile depending on headsail and assym. Our local OD fleet is about 25 boats. Very few people race the 105 in PHRF regularly. Those that do race PHRF regularly make their boat competitive in our light air region with a genoa (needs additional tracks installed for that) and with a huge spinnaker. Just curious what your thought process is here. The 105 is a great one design boat if you have a fleet nearby. The 109 is much nicer inside with better cruising amenities. Very different missions pretty similar as handicap boats, and as handicap boats it's likely whatever ratings system you live with is going to treat them pretty similarly. It's an apples vs oranges comparison. Which is faster, your dog or your cat?
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    Diesel engine cold start - air intake preheater thoughts?

    This is one of the more awesome stories of the Grabtastic method of engineering that I have ever read. I like toast though and I would drool every single day if ever I had to work with that engine. I do recall an older skidsteer that the guys timbering my folks' land had. It normally started just fine but when it was cold (with frozen ground so they could more easily pull the big logs to the yard) they'd put this little marble sized ball of ether into a chamber just off the intake manifold, slam it shut and turn the engine over. It would start with a bang. Same thing as a very old Cat bulldozer that our neighbor had. If it was real cold he had a sort of shotgun shell that would go into a chamber and quickly supercharge one or two lungs full of air for the old diesel engine - also starting with a bang. I'm a lot older now and of the mindset that if you need shotgun shells or ether or other types of things regularly used to shanghai sailors (see, e.g. hammer blow to the starter motor) then perhaps your engine is due for a depot-level service.
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    Stuck mast step - Catalina 27

    Thanks. Not sure what club that is but if there is decent rum or bourbon, or at least the beer is cold, I'm in.
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    Boats for two couples

    That could be a nicely priced East Coast and Caribbean boat right there if it's solid. Man, if I was 26 and just out of the Army and had my re-enlistment bonus in hand...
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    Stuck mast step - Catalina 27

    Love me some Catalina 27 Mk I. That was my first 'real' sailboat. They sail pretty sweet, surprisingly roomy. Only downside was some of the weird (cheap, convenient) choices in construction materials. "We'll make the mast compression post base out of stacked plywood." "We'll lighten the keel (original all-lead was too heavy) by using bricks and lava sand on the inside of the keel." No bullshit, got the pics to prove it. Been watching this operation with real fear that some field expedient and wholly unsound method of securely bonding the mast step to the mast would have been discovered, but I am immensely gratified to find it was probably only the normal level of boat building / yard miscreance.
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    Boats for two couples

    That is the most inexplicable project boat I have ever seen. WTF... coulda bought a nice Amel with the money he poured into that, if the mods were done correctly.
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    A knot puzzle for the day

    Book of the Bible [Numbered Chapter in the Book] [Numbered Verse]. Dex Sawash suggested Matthew 19:26 might be helpful - a wry needle and thread reference noting it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to get to heaven. Aside from the needle / thread reference, the historical commentary on this is that the old walls of Jerusalem, before the imposition of the Pax Romana in AD 70, had a low gate called the Eye of the Needle. Humans reputedly had to hunch over to get through that gate, while camels could get through, but only if the driver could convince the camel to get down on its knees and crawl. I've dealt with camels a bit and they are stubborn assholes, I can't imagine how difficult that is to do, and anybody who has known a bunch of misbehaving trust fund adults knows how much truth is in the maxim - easier for a Camel to get through that gate than to get a man with a lot of money to act properly. And it's probably a good metaphor for trying to get a figure eight knot out of a lazy jack line tied at both ends. My contribution, Luke 22:36 says, "and whoever doesn't have a sword should sell his robe and buy one." This is something Christ said to those among his apostles who were of a mind to resist the Roman authorities physically, not just spiritually, shortly before the Legionnaires came to arrest him. It's a difficult verse to interpret and speaks to a sort of duality in our physical and spiritual nature. You'll find those who carry a weapon to prevent a shooting / stabbing / assault within a church will cite to this as an indicator that it's good to protect the flock from harm, others think it was just part of fulfillment of prophesy and there's something in it about Jewish desires for separatism from Rome and everybody else and hopes that the prophesied Messiah would be a great military leader, kicking butt and chewing goat jerky. A lot of the talk elsewhere in the Gospels about having a kingdom somewhere else unworldly doesn't just speak to the idea of a separate spiritual plane, but it was also directly addressing the apparently common belief among Jews at that time of Messiah prophesies involving a triumphant savior, akin to the religiously annointed Israeli kings of the Old Testament. There's also discussions of natural law, the right to self-defense and defense of others, and just war theory that go on and read a lot into this verse. For my part, I think it's Jesus saying to his disciples, if you're gonna be stupid, you'd better be tough. And if that's the league you want to play in, you probably are going to need a bigger gun, and it's gonna cost you. He was a sailor and fisherman, he beat up a bunch of bankers who were defiling the temple in his late teens, he hung out with tax men and hookers and lepers, made wine at a wedding... so a literal interpretation is not completely out of the question, you know? But I really only raised it because getting a sword to cut knots has a pretty good classical historical pedigree, what with Alexander the Great and the Gordian knot, where all the experts consulted on this knot that couldn't be untied, and he just walked up - fresh from conquering most of the Levant, some of Persia, Egypt, and blowing a bunch of his soldiers halfway across the Balkans and West Asia - pulled his sword, cut it in half and said "Bob's yer uncle." I'm not much of a bible thumper but like the Big Lebowski, there is a lot in it that's worth thinking about, nobody agrees on how to interpret it, and there is a quote for every occasion, and because it is Judeo-Hellenic in outlook, it makes nods to nearly everything that happened during classical antiquity. Man this is going way down the rabbit hole. When do we start sailing again?
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    Engine Paint

    A true craftsman only paints over half the numbers and letters. This makes it more entertaining for a future owner who is looking into the dimly lit engine compartment trying to figure out if he has, say, a Yanmar 3GM30H (American) or a Yanmar 3GM30H (European). It provides for hours of endless fun. #TrueStory
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    A knot puzzle for the day

    Luke 22:36 also offers some potentially useful practical advice.
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    Sputnik V vaccine 92% efficacy .

    Yeah, well, you know me. Cold War vet and I always thought the problem was communists but now I'm thinking part of it was Russian imperialists too, who just seem to try on different ideologies and hobbies ("Oligarch? Da...") like the rest of us grab a Mount Gay hat. There is still no news in Pravda, and no truth in Tass, and vice versa. Never mind the RT.
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    Sputnik V vaccine 92% efficacy .

    It's still a totalitarian state though, led - owned and operated by might be a more accurate term - by a murderous former KGB-gangster dickbag.
  14. Lex Teredo

    Are Mount Gay Hats Cool?

    Okay...Who let the Machines get to the red pillers? Looks like somebody re-set the Matrix. Again. Get Neo in here. We've got work to do. And no, they're not cool. I'm not either. So a worn old pink hat with some scuffs on gotten from the swag bag at some regatta where I got my ass kicked, is a decent fit. I'm a fat 50-something who sails. So. Un. Cool. And I don't care. But you know what is cool? Not really caring what people think of my hat or hobby choices and not bothering to ask the group to ratify them.
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    Simple electric/electronics setup

    B&G Triton 2 with a Vulcan chartplotter is pretty good bang for the buck. T2 with a couple monitors can usually be had for ~ $700, the Vulcans usually range from about $400 to about $800 depending on what size you want. Some people complain about the STE 800 instrument that comes standard but ours - mounted ahead of the keel on the centerline, canted a little to ensure it is vertical when the boat is in the water - has been reliable. An additional compass puck (about $180) adds a lot of good functions to the chartplotter. I was replacing older bulbs in navigation lights with LEDs. I gave up on that. The older fittings were a PITA, the replacement bulbs often wouldn't work quite right or fit as snug as I thought they should. I'm sticking with that strategy inside my boat, but for Nav lights have just bitten the bullet. Lower amperage and new housings that don't cause me to worry about their level of waterproofing or the age of their seals. Might be more than you want to spend but the capabilities are really good at a price point that surprised me - I replaced a 20 year old B&G / Standard Horizon system that had cost $13k new (plus installation) for about $1700 total. (Did the wiring and through hull work myself, with one of my crew).