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IStream last won the day on October 29 2018

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  1. IStream

    Hidden Hinge/Mortise and Cheap Drill Press

    1/4" routers, especially those cute little laminate trimmers, are the Chihuahuas of the power tool world. Small but fearless and aggressive. Disrespect them at your peril.
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    Building A Sail Pack

    Looks good! As for the D ring connections, I wouldn't worry about the bowlines shaking loose but if you're really concerned just seize the bitter end to the standing part.
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    It's coming, (winter)

    This particular week is the worst if you do business with Europe because they changed over yesterday so there's a one week period when nobody know what fucking time it is.
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Yup, everyone's got their own set of compromises. My hard dodger simplified my decision process significantly because it's a permanent feature of the boat. Might as well use every square foot of it for power gen. However, my other favorite saying besides "you can't have too much solar" is "a watt conserved is worth two in the bank". Anything you can do to reduce consumption is gonna help you under any circumstance, in any weather, and will save you the round trip inefficiencies of a discharge/charge process, assuming you have sun at all. The biggest hog is invariably refrigeration but don't forget those 24/7 loads. Every 24/7 parasitic amp consumes 24Ah of battery capacity per day. Even little things like charging your phones and devices via a 12V adapter instead of an AC power brick, turning off your inverter if you don't need it, killing the boat's wifi if you're not using it, etc. can make a big difference.
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    I've got 870W and, as I've said before, would take more if I could fit it without heroics. More output gives you more shading tolerance, lets you charge through cloudy days, and extends the season despite the shorter days.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    I was joking. Sort of.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Time to buy that TIG welder...
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    Galley equipment

    An embarrassingly large percentage of my dirt kitchen storage is devoted to classic Corningware. It's not great cookware but the incredible material science behind it must be respected.
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    Will there be a third wave?

    The sad thing is that it's not too late. With a two week lockdown, we could get levels down to where they need to be and then re-start from there. The problem is that unless the whole damned country follows the same rules during and after the lockdown, which won't happen as long as it's left up to the state governors, the effort is doomed.
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    Will there be a third wave?

    I understand. We're all vulnerable, so the only way to deal with this is to keep the prevalence down to the level that a new infection is out of the ordinary so it can be spotted and contained.
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    Galley equipment

    Electric heater, a couple cell phone charging bricks, a laptop power supply, coffee maker, etc. It doesn't take long to fill them up these days. I'm not saying whether it's right or wrong but that's the use case.
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    Building A Sail Pack

    I would think that if you're using dyneema as your loop, the rings would work just fine.
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    Will there be a third wave?

    Protecting the vulnerable means getting the prevalence down and keeping it down with test/trace/isolate. You know, the Hard Stuff. Ironically, the people who call for "protecting the vulnerable" seem to think it just means telling grandma to stay the fuck in her room for a couple of years.
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    Galley equipment

    When we lived aboard and were generally tied to the dock, I had an electric coffee maker in the galley. It was nice to have the coffee maker turn itself on at a set time every morning so all I had to do was crawl out of bed and pour it before going to work. When we're just cruising, I prefer our big, insulated French press. Our inverter can handle the load of an electric coffee maker and it's more work to heat the water, let it steep, etc, but it's a nice morning ritual and lets me get away with a smaller battery bank.
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    Some light reading - NEJM on CV-19

    As I've said before, the single best metric I can come up with for how this country is (not) handling the pandemic is the fact that Joe Blow can't even get Clorox Wipes, much less N95 masks, for love or money. If our frontline healthcare workers could get the N95 masks they needed, I'd be willing to live without them but even that low hurdle is too high for 'Murca.