Sail4beer

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    Greta

    I can believe that. We used old growth Oregon Douglas fir for the spars on Marilee and that wood was so dense and the annual rings spaced so close and even. We got it in large slabs in February and had to wait months for it to dry out enough to Mill.
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    Greta

    Warship building, that is. The British Navy was built with Irish timber, otherwise the Celtic Island would be loaded with forests.
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    Coolboats to admire

    I guess if my Daddy owned Baruna I would think I would be a bit snobby-until someone wringed my neck with my cardigan sweater! Baruna has such wonderful lines and proportioned perfectly. And Bolero lost to her in the Newport Bermuda race if I remember correctly, so that speaks Volumes of the S&S design firm
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    Let’s Talk Prices!! (topsides )

    Here’s the owner scraping the waterline of paint where the sand blaster didn’t hit. If it takes more than 2 hours to sand those hulls down you’re wasting time , using the wrong type of equipment or your milking the clock. I do none of those. You can see where I ground out some gelcoat voids and filled them with polyester resin and chop strand matt on the starboard hull. They sanded easily when I spent the 2. Hours sanding the 2 hulls. This was late July and I haven’t seen the boat since. He keeps finding little “things” that “need” attention before the barrier coat...I’ll re-repair whatever he damages
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    Let’s Talk Prices!! (topsides )

    Mad, The boat was sandblasted you to the gelcoat, which was about as smooth as an English muffin. Each hull draws about a foot and maybe 3’ beam at the water lines. My $500 Mirka sander hooked up to a commercial vacuum and I knocked out each hull in an hour. There is no need to accuse me of bullshit, I’ve been in the business for 25 years. Also, the owner bought all the material. I was going to apply the barrier coat, sand and paint the bottom. one hour to apply barrier coat to the hulls x 3 and sand then paint. It isn’t much surface area or difficult work. I’ve known the guy for years and I was using his boat slip so I gave him a good price. I’ve done gelcoat work on the decks and that cost him a good amount of money. I personally would have sanded the bottom and painted and launched myself.
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    Shrink Wrapping

    I have many boats. I have never shrinkwrapped any of them. A good tarp well secured allows for moisture from condensation to evaporate. The lack of moisture will prevent a buildup of mold in the cabin and you can reuse the tarp again if it is in decent shape for any number of uses at home or work when it is no longer good enough for your boat.
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    Coolboats to admire

    I worked on Bolero about 20 years ago. No comparison
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    The Zombie Fleet

    Bull, Alan never saw a boat that he couldn’t ‘glass up! great pics...
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    Greta

    And we have yours, Tex However, the difference is, most of us are just doing it for fun
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    Beautiful boats

    I hope he’s doing bird’s mouth staving. It is much easier to align and the 90 degree angle makes for a tight, gap free joint along the length of the spar with more exposed surface area. That said, I’m a little jealous that he has a complex piece to work up. I’m a little light on big wood working jobs at the moment. Which design is it? I always liked the cabin top/ companionways on his yachts
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    Let’s Talk Prices!! (topsides )

    Nice guy had his 30’ catamaran hauled last season, sandblasted and asked me to stop and take a look. Told him what I could do to get him sanded, barrier coated, painted and floating in a couple of days for about $1,000. Pretty straightforward work. I sanded both hulls in about 2 hours and told him I’d grind, ’glass, fill and block sand a few areas before I barrier coated and painted. He said he wanted to “work” on a few areas himself first. So now he has a $600 generator instead of a heavy duty 100’ extension cord, hundreds dollars of epoxy “fills” the electric tools and another $2,000 summer storage bill in addition to the extra width $2,000 slip at our club. I feel bad for him, he lost a whole season and now has to pay another $2000 winter storage bill
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    Truth

    fify I had to get that in I am glad that I was able to develop my skill set early on in boat repair. When I describe what I am going to do for a client, some get that glazed over look in their eyes that says” I have no idea what you’re taking about”. Others understand the process but have no experience, tools or materials to effect a proper repair. I don’t use epoxy on a polyester boat repair and I use gelcoat instead of paint whenever possible. It keeps the price down for the client as well.
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    SailGP 2019

    He had a long annoying run with that moniker
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    what is it?

    Where’s the other hull?
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    Beautiful boats

    I helped build the spars and finished the bronze castings for the gooseneck, jack stay and other fittings. Building a level 100’ long table to lay up the individual staves, shaping them, glueing the staves together and finally setting up a 100’ lathe to sand and finish the octagonal spar was an immense challenge. It was a lot easier to set up for the boom and gaff. The finished spar is 84’ tall after cutting off the head and foot. I kept the foot as a souvenir for my shop. The boat was shipped on the deck of a ship to England and won best of class at Cowes Week that year. During the first day of racing with I think Moose McClintock at the helm in heavy wind and seas the boom snapped and a French boat builder took a telephone pole and worked it up so they were ready to race the next day. I personally thought that the design of the main sheet setup put too much load mid boom, but what do I know compared to Nat.. I see that they returned to the original tiller setup. John Brady had constructed a beautiful mahogany wheel for the previous restoration in 2001.
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    Greta

    +1
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    East coast where to move to?

    Most of coastal central New Jersey has the sailing waters you describe as far as bays and lakes-hell even ocean sailing and plenty of biking from the Atlantic Highlands north to NY state. A 45 minute ride to NYC or 1 1/2 hours to Philadelphia. I ride mountain bikes up in Warren and Sussex County when I can. There is so much beauty and scenery that it’s hard to go back to flat, serene catamaran friendly Toms River and Barnegat Bay
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    Greta

    We can afford the whole entourage if we use our Yorkshire Air Miles
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    Australian Sailing

    That was a misprint that was never corrected. It was an Omygod creation that was taken over by a deep manifest of Dunning and Krueger. The aromatic mudflat is a natural environment for the type.
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    Greta

    Darn it girlie, we were going to give you all of our collective SA air miles so you could go pick in the Chinese and Indians for a while. They need a pep talk.
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    Burial Boat - X-332 or Elan 333?

    I’m a twin. It was tough competition.
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    Burial Boat - X-332 or Elan 333?

    It’s like tits, noob You have to choose the one that’s right for you
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    Cursing like a sailor

    I meant “they’re” . I hate autocorrect correcting my attempts at humor
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    Cursing like a sailor

    I think it’s “their” point for fucking, fuckity fuck sake
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    Greta

    So now I have an excuse to shit, shower and shave all at once!