Tempest

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  1. That's not actually how it works. Styrofoam doesn't add buoyancy, it just holds a shit ton of tiny air pockets. If the container is air tight, having anything inside it, including styrofoam, will make it ride lower in the water. Your force of buoyancy is the weight of the water displaced by the total volume of the container minus the weight of the container. If the weight of the container is more than the weight of the water displaced, it sinks. If it's less than the weight of the water displaced, it floats.
  2. Sail it! I hear the big lake is tame in November, especially at about 15 miles from Whitefish Bay.
  3. That looked like a whole lot of sheer stupidity.
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    Age of Exploration - not so much from the FP

    ....... I just hope you have better skin...
  5. I wonder if feminism has made it there yet?
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    FTFP - blue water bullies

    Ahh, thanks. Organizing people in general is a complete and total pain in the ass. I just wouldn't want to own something where I was dependent on others to sail it.
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    Another interesting boat

    I'm going to keep posting these things because I find it entertaining and informative when you guys rip them apart https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/boa/d/northstar-hughes-40-sailboat/6414240301.html
  8. At this point I'm planning to spend 4 months in La Paz in the Baja leaving some time in December. If there are any SA members down there boating around I'm going to be looking for a boat (or boats) to sail on. If you're not sailing I'd even just be down for a casual cerveza.
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    Upgrade from Merit 22 to S2 7.9, worth it?

    Well that's interesting. I will admit my ignorance on end grain balsa. Had no idea that the grain ran vertically through the wood. That said, I can't imagine it has any strength (not that balsa is all that strong to begin with) so I'm wondering if it's basically just a light filler material...? Anyone know how that stuff is made? Do they just laminate a whole bunch of balsa beams together and cut slices off the end? Googleing now and not much is coming up. Well I'll be damned.
  10. There's something to be said for dying with your boots on. Something more to be said for the lack of things to do directly contributing to your death, anyway. Might as well kick it doing what you love. My grandfather is 91, only now starting to show signs of getting close to the grave and he's had Alzheimer's bad for the last 6-8 years. I think I'd rather go out blasting over waves on the high seas, even if it's just to save the family the anguish of watching me slowly waste away. It's put a lot of stress on my grandmother to the point where she had some sort of minor stroke that the doctors think is probably from stress and exhaustion. Guessing she will probably go shortly after he does.... which brings us back to lack of things to do contributing to your demise. Life is funny.
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    Upgrade from Merit 22 to S2 7.9, worth it?

    Other guys here will probably know better but my understanding is that the standard 7.9s had solid hulls and plywood decks but the "grand slam" version had a balsa cored hull. Again, could be totally wrong (or wrong-ish). There was a grand slam near me when I was looking for a boat but the guy wanted $10k Kanuckistani Kopecs and another $2k for the trailer (which was supremely irritating). The guys are probably right.... balsa coring might not be a deal breaker but I get a little nervous thinking about a rotten shit sandwich hiding somewhere in the hull of the boat I just bought. Wood in the decks is bad enough.
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    Strange Beasts From the Bottom of the Sea

    Now that is a "sea puppy" if ever there was one.
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    Strange Beasts From the Bottom of the Sea

    I have buddies who have seen those things while diving in less than 100' which is apparently fairly rare. Definitely a deep water species.
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    FTFP - blue water bullies

    Please excuse the ignorance but for the benefit of the uninitiated a FTFP is....
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    Another interesting boat

    Ya, I was looking at that the other day. Looks like the guy is after a partner though and not a sale. I have less than zero interest in a share of a boat. Also doesn't look like that boat has an aft cabin, which makes it a pass for me. Porthole leak on which boat? I see what you're saying about the traveler but I would hope it's not that poorly designed. That said, I like a lot of things about the boat and the price is definitely right! Oh, interesting. Just thought I'd ask since the O'day 22 seemed to be of decent quality. Yeah, the looks are definitely appealing, it looks a lot like my ericson. I like the big aft cabin and the sugar scoop stern. If the build quality is there it could make for a great boat. I'm sure you're right. I saw Swan and the rigging and went blind haha
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    Another interesting boat

    any thoughts on the o'day 40? https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1987/o-day-40-3240943/
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    Another interesting boat

    Probably a nightmare to turn into a cruiser but it is a Swan! https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1981/swan-42-3211508/
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    Calypso Ultrasonic Anemometer

    Ho-ly-shit. Very cool but 500€!?!?! Good christ. An anemometer is not so important that it justifies a $750CAD price tag. They would sell WAY more if they were priced around $250-$300USD.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Yeah, I will. I'm actually more concerned about the relationship of the pivot pin and the stop notch which will control the angle the board hangs at. Currently, I don't see any rhyme or reason to the design so I would concur with your assessment that the board wasn't built by NASA. As for CofG, I might just put a dowel under it and roll it around until it balances half decently. That'll probably be more than good enough. lol you guys are still thinking I'm going to build this thing out of fiberglass. There will be no fiberglass on the new board. The new board will be fit for installation on the space shuttle. I'm also in that business My last reverse engineering project was designing templates for bulkheads in a Bell 214B helicopter tail boom. The biggest issue I foresee is the boat being crooked around my sweet CB That's good to know. Not sure if the same shipping options exist up here in Kanuckistan but I'll look into it next time I have something big and heavy to ship. lol that's not far from the truth.
  20. So a local guy is selling a Catalina 22 and I went to take a look at it the other day. I wasn't super impressed but perhaps that's because I'm unsure of whether or not it's a good buy. 1974 and it's a little dirty from sitting outside. Rigging looks OK but the surface of the fiber glass needs love. It has spider cracks in the gel coat in certain areas and overall needs a cut and polish. Lots of little spots where things have rubbed through the gel coat. One spot about halfway up the bow clearly has been repaired (probably from hitting something) and not repaired well (lumpy, not blended in). I asked him when he last serviced the swing keel and he didn't know what I was talking about. The winch and cable look OK but I would definitely repair/service stuff before using the boat. There is some obvious home-brew glass work at the front of the keel trunk which makes me cringe. I think I saw spray foam which made me puke in my mouth a little. It would be easy for me to cut that stuff out and repair the glass myself but are there other issues that can arise from cracks to the keel trunk? The other big issue that concerned me is that he said the fore-deck separated from the hull right at the bow. I'm guessing this is from the bow chainplate/shroud. He said he glassed it back together and he installed a turnbuckle on the inside of the hull that runs from the underside of the chainplate to the bow eye (where the trailer winch attaches). Is this a common problem with these boats? Is this a problem from which is should steer away from? Otherwise, the bilge looks clean, the interior looks like that of a boat from the 1970s, the motor is pretty new and the trailer looks good aside from needing new tires. He's asking $5500 CAD. Thoughts? Starboard side of cockpit looking aft can't remember what this is. Somewhere around the keel trunk, I believe
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Here's a rendering of the stock board. I'll start working on the new board once I confirm the hoist point position.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    So I got some Dimensions into my CAD program and took some photos to do an overlay. It looks like stuff isn't lining up because of the image distortion aberration and I overlayed a bunch of photos in photoshop the best I could. The important thing is that the curvatures line up and the dimensions measure up properly on the floor. I'll trace the thing on some paper and print out my outline to verify the shape before I go crazy sending stuff out to the CNC shops. I weighed the bloody thing tonight. Apparently it weighs 140lbs not 90lbs which explains why it was such a bear to carry up the stairs by myself. I tried to weigh the ends individually to get a CofG but it limited out my hook scale. I'll just calculate a rough CofG in CAD when the model is finished.
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    Upgrade from Merit 22 to S2 7.9, worth it?

    I was looking at the 7.9s when I bought my Ericson 23. To be honest, I wish I had bought the 7.9 as the 23' is a little cramped. One of the things that initially turned me off of the 7.9 was people saying there was a significant difference in mast weight so trying to hoist it yourself may not be doable. I can get the mast up on my 23 by myself but it's a little sketchy. Not too bad if I go slow but not as stable as I would like. The other thing is that if I had a 25' I'd probably be more likely to go on longer trips as the inside would be more comfortable for riding out fowl weather. The last reason I didn't buy a 7.9 was price. Most of the 7.9s I found were $10k.... some were even $10k not including the trailer which was supremely irritating. I haven't personally been in a 7.9 but they look great and, if I could do it all over again, I'd wait it out and try to find a deal on a 7.9. That said, I'd stay away from the 7.9 Grand Slam as they are balsa cored (yuck).
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Haha, I appreciate the offer but I'm guessing trying to convert a rudder will be more work than just building a purpose made CB.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Yeah, I'm gonna pull the old one apart, scavenge the plumbum and probably recast it (which will be fun). Ha, I'm gonna use technology, baby Gonna CNC mill the whole thing. Yeah, that had occurred to me. I'll level it and weigh it at both ends. Should give me a reasonably accurate CoG. Replacements don't exist. Apparently there was a guy building them but he was doing a poor job and they were really expensive. Furthermore, it would cost me a shit ton to have a 90lb, almost 6 foot centreboard shipped to me. I'll build a nice one for myself and then there may be money to be made on building more for others in the future (probably not, but who knows). I might just post the plans/models on the web for others free of charge. Thanks Norse Don't hold yer breath. Building may not commence until the spring but I'd like to have it ready to go by the time the nice weather shows it's head.