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  1. MaxDog

    In-mast Furling

    Headsail furlers can jam/fail too and yet most of us have them (near 100% on cruising boats). Mainsail furlers are similar. Once you admit to yourself that you aren't racing, the poor sail shape is a small price to pay for the incredible convenience. Sure, you can fuck it up, but what part of sailing can you not fuck up? Mainsail furlers are an abomination before God, but they let us sail larger boats than we could otherwise with only our wives for crew.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    Smoke generators, such as those used by skydivers, are cylinders about 3" in diameter and 4" high. They are activated by pulling on a lanyard and they burn at very low temperature, so not much of a hazard. They produce dense smoke in a variety of pretty colors. Burn times range from 1-4 minutes, longer burns mean larger canisters. One problem that jumps out is that the smoke they produce, dense as it is, will not stand up well to high winds. It gets blown around and dissipates quickly, couple that with the short duration and I don't see them helping much.
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    I had a Flexofold 2 blade on my previous boat. It worked as you describe, to open I put in reverse briefly then forward. I thought that was normal. It worked that way for years and I checked/cleaned it when I hauled every season, never an issue, gears moved smoothly, etc.. If you look at how the blades fit together when folded it's clear why it opens one way and not the other (it's hard to describe). I think I could spin it open in forward if I tried, but it took some RPMs and made a loud "clunk", so I didn't do it that way. However, once opened mine never folded from just reducing the throttle. I had to go all the way to neutral to get it to fold. I thought it was a great prop, no complaints.
  4. MaxDog

    Ronstan Clear Start Watch

    Time to replace the battery.
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    Adhesive removal

    Use alcohol and flour. No, I'm not joking. Actually, it doesn't have to be alcohol, use whatever solvent works, but the flour is important. Pour the solvent over an area and let it sit a while to loosen the glue. Then dump a small pile of flour on it and rub with your hand. Then loosened glue will now stick to the flour and make small balls that are easy to clean up.
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    Fresh from Italy...

    When the FP said "incompetence" I thought they meant the sailors, but it turned out to be the cameraman.
  7. MaxDog

    Fastrrr Knot log

    No useful information on the website, rarely leads to good things.
  8. MaxDog

    VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    What is "two-six" that the crews say?
  9. Something like this?|-Sidney/Canada#.Wfaw7PdlDqA
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    VOR Leg 1 Alicante to Lisbon

    You never know, they might run aground....
  11. Anyone seen this system in action? Seems like a really good solution for cruising, simple and relatively cheap. Long fill times make it less practical for short course racing.
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    Replacing standing rigging w/ boat in water

    I don't know why you flag rod rigging as an issue. I've changed my rod rigging with the mast up.
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    Olson 30 vs. Soverel 33

    Our little fleet had a Soverel 33 and and Olson 30. The Soverel kicked the Olson's ass (and everyone else) up and down the course in all conditions. The Olson got sold and replaced by a J/88, now the J/88 wins sometimes.
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    Blue water performance cruiser - do they exist?

    What do you guys think of this one?
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    Which autopilot?

    Love my Simard AP20. Several control heads available, hook it up to any drive.