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    Victoria, BC
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  1. andykane

    Google & Babel Yacht Brokers

    That's a hell of a mission statement. This part raises a few questions: "THIS IS SIMPLY BECAUSE AND DUE IN PART TO THE FACT THAT WE DO WHAT OTHERS WILL NOT DO OR ARE NOT WILLING TO DO IN ORDER TO GET THE JOB DONE"
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    R2AK 2018

    Racing in the area patchy winds are very often an issue. You might have 5 kt of wind, moving decently, then there'll be a dead calm patch where you can just sit, and sit, and sit, until finally the next wind line moves close enough and you start moving again. Being able to just pedal through that hole, which may well not be more than a few hundred meters, could save a ton of time. Back in 2015 Elsie Piddock rowed a bunch the first night, putting something like 15 miles on the rest of the becalmed fleet drifting out in the Strait of Georgia, and that lead was enough to get them the wind first and keep them ahead of the really rough stuff, for ultimately something like a 300 mile lead over 2nd place?
  3. andykane

    Deck Fittings in to cored deck

    The Gougeon boatbuilding book covers that, and in particular cast in place fasteners, in some depth, including formulas for determining strength based on bolt size, embedded depth, and epoxy plug diameter.
  4. andykane

    Sailors Powerboat

    Thanks for sharing, both boats look phenominally cool. The cat reminds me a bit of the commuter cat Bieker designed, and similar design brief from the sound of things. Those kit prices sound totally reasonable to me. Look at what the typical aluminum runabout goes... Good boats don't come cheap.
  5. andykane

    I'm making a rudder

    Did you apply any extra epoxy after the cloth was on? Your way sounds good to me as far as letting it soak into the wood but I wouldn't expect to be able to apply enough epoxy to fully wet out the cloth.
  6. andykane

    I'm making a rudder

    I'm really enjoying reading about your project, thanks for taking the time to take all the photos and post it here. I know how hard that can be when you're actually trying to get things done! How did you wet out the glass? For something like this I think you'd find it easiest to drape the glass over the rudder (1 side first), then wet it out by pouring on a bunch of epoxy and spreading it around with a squeegee. Once the first side is done, flip the rudder, careful to avoid messing with the cloth, and do the otherside. At this point you should have a nice quality hand-lamination. You can then use the peelply and bag it, but I wonder if you're really getting much benefit with the vacuum bag for this kind of application. You can use the peelply regardless to save finishing time. One other thing to consider is that the wood will absorb some epoxy, and you might want to give it a sealing coat before doing the laminating. Less of an issue at low temperatures, but something to keep in mind. I built a much smaller rudder and centerboard using a hand plane and some templates and found the shapes came out nicely without too much effort. For a larger wood core one I'd consider the same kind of technique but with a power planer. And if you think you've had any problems... my rudder #1 was coming together really nicely until I realized I'd shaped the foil backwards!
  7. andykane

    SJ24 electronics/instruments recommendations

    One thing I haven't seen mentioned is an autopilot. I think you'd find a basic tillerpilot a huge benefit for singlehanded cruising since it frees you up to do boat chores, read, navigate or whatever you want, insteadly of constantly being tied to the helm. Of course you still need to keep a good lookout but not having to hand-steer the whole time is a very nice luxury.
  8. andykane

    Nearly abandoned on my dock

    Looks like a Tom Gillmer Blue Moon to me, albeit without the mizzen. http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=5907
  9. andykane

    Intensity MK II Laser Sail

    I too have to stand up in support of Intensity. I have their Laser foil bag which is very nicely made, works great, and was very reasonably priced. I also have one of their MK1 practice sails, along with probably half the local fleet, and have been very happy with it for the price.
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    UV degradation to West

    Even for plain unthickened epoxy on an upward facing surface, you're looking at months of sun exposure before it causes much issue. Fairing compound on the bottom of your boat should be fine for much longer, so unless this is a multi-year bottom job I wouldn't worry about it at all.
  11. Why not just cap the ends and not have to worry about the inside? Should be quick work for a decent welder, or you could DIY with wood and epoxy. As a reference point, I made a replacement boom for my laser with some plain aluminum tubing and after 2 years of weekly use it's holding up just fine.
  12. andykane

    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    I would definitely consider careening, if you can find somewhere suitable. You'll want a sandy-ish beach, not too steep, and well sheltered. Make sure to check the tides, and make sure you'll float off at the next high tide. Set a stern anchor as you come in. Swing the boom out and hang a bucket of water off the end to make sure you ground out on the side you want. The tarp would be a good idea if you're scraping off a lot of stuff and making a mess. You'll probably get a lot of flak on here for destroying the environment by scrubbing the bottom, but a) basically every race boat does this anyway, it's just less obvious and b] in real life, probably nobody will care. I used to keep a boat on a mooring in Victoria, just off the beach, in front of row after row of multi-million dollar homes. I did 3 bottom jobs on the beach and of the many people who wandered by, not one complained about what I was doing. 1 couple came down from their house to tell me that they saw me sailing all the time and how happy they were to see a boat actually get used. This was nearly 10 years ago, but I still see boats getting careened in the same spot, down in Cadboro Bay. As has been mentioned before, keeping the boat clean, showing a pride of ownership, and showing that you care, will do wonders for the reception you receive.
  13. andykane

    UV protection paint for sails

    You know you're supposed to remove the masking tape after you're done using it to mask, right?
  14. andykane

    DIY bottom paint.

    If your boatyard allows it, wetsanding with a hose and a 80-120 grit mesh drywall sanding pad on a pole works great.
  15. andykane

    2017 Race to Alaska

    According to the race rules, "roughly 75 nautical miles a day". Not sure if they used the same ruler they used to measure the 750 mile race course (which is actually 625 nautical miles)...