The Lucky One

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    Rexford, NY
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    Sailing, aviation, flight simulation, kayaking, cruiser motorcycles, anything DIY.

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  1. The Lucky One

    Sailing Simulator

    I can't vouch for its realism regarding trimming the sails, but I have noticed it lacking in a few other areas: - Damage: no worries about uncontrolled gybes, dipping a boom into the water, dragging the jib's clew (and more) through the waves isn't a problem. - Hydrodynamics: heeling to an excessive degree doesn't seem to slow the boat at all, e.g. Nordic Folkboat at 40 degress still clips along, despite the boom and jib visibily dragging through the waves. Reefing the mainsail at that point slows the boat in addition to reducing the heel. I'll certainly continue using the sim, keeping in mind its limitations.
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    Sailing Simulator

    I'll confess to being both a newb and having bought the sim... Was rather expensive at $40 for what I'd use it for, but when compared to the cost of boat parts, it ain't all that bad. I've acquired a Force 5 dinghy and a '79 O'Day 19, both of which need repair before they hit the water. I picked up the sim intending to use it as practice memorizing the names of the sheets and lines... Any realistic sail trimming was a bonus. Considered posting about the sim before, but didn't want to come across as either advertising or a completely clueless newb pushing a fancy toy.
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    Social contracts and expectations of racers

    I've got enough knowledge about racing that I shouldn't criticize anyone about racing. That said, this behavior seems more attuned to being a decent person than racing. To quote my dad: People in Hell want snowballs. They prepaid for part of the event. They left early. Proceeds went to pay for the part of the event they missed, on account of them choosing to leave early. Sounds pretty damn straight forward to me. They may as well be wishing for snowballs.
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    Craigslist Finds

    The second mouse gets the cheese.
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    Repair of Used, New To Me, Inexpensive Force 5

    Fast forward a few months... purchased more power tools, supplies, and replacement hardware for the Force 5. I pulled the hull out from under the porch and set it on sawhorses in the backyard. Weather's supposed to be cold and miserable for the next week at least, so I ran a 2x6 down the center and tarped her. I've got enough work to do on the wood bits anyway. Sanded down both the daggerboard and rudder. Daggerboard needs a bit more work, though. Cut out two hefty dings (with accompanying rot), then whittled and sanded two mahogany sections to replace the missing wood bits. Glued them in... figure I'll run some epoxy over the joint before I varnish the 'board. There's a few other rough spots on the leading/trailing edges of both the 'board and the rudder, but I think I can get away with spot treating them with some epoxy & filler.
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    Does your dinghy have a name?

    My Force 5: "Wee Bit" All of the skin on frame kayaks I've built are longer, 'cept one. Ain't polite to discuss her width. She's definitely getting a name, dinghy or not. Any boat I put this much work into is going to have a name.
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    Be aware! Virtual Regatta uses censorship

    Sweet Jesus. Y'all don't pull any punches 'round here, do you? It's gonna take days to get that image burned off my retinas.
  8. The Lucky One

    Repair of Used, New To Me, Inexpensive Force 5

    Wife came up to me tonight and asked what she should order for the boat, since she has no idea what I'll need to outfit it come warm weather. One junior sail from Intensity ordered.
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    Repair of Used, New To Me, Inexpensive Force 5

    Vacuumed out the bow today, and took a few pictures: Cut up and pulled out the flotation foam from the stern, too. Like the foam in the bow... it had its dry spots, and wet spots, and soaking-wet-I-can-squeeze-the-water-out-like-a-sponge spots. There's one section of foam still left in the bow, but it looks like it's still secured to the deck. It's probably sopping wet as well, but removing it will likely involve some fancy arrangement to get it knocked down and cut up, or installing a second inspection port inbetween the cockpit and the mast. Not sure if I want to weaken the deck that much...
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    Repair of Used, New To Me, Inexpensive Force 5

    Cut the bow inspection plate hole out, in front of the mast (making for easy access to the back of the damage to the hull). It's close enough to the mast tube for me to grasp it with my hand, so that and a webcam should make it easy to wrap the tube. The open cell flotation foam had detached from the deck and was bouncing loose inside. It was also soaked. I removed it... and some of the chunks of it were leaking like a squeezed sponge as I broke it apart. Shoplight is back inside the hull, and the fan's still blowing air through it. I'm a bit concerned about how damp the core felt when I cut the chunk out for the port. I discovered a void in the core in the bow... I'll get pictures of it tomorrow. There was also a bit of delamination between the interior fiberglass and the core in the chunk I removed; not sure how widespread it is, but I don't like it. I figure I'll give it the winter to dry out with the fan going. Once spring proper hits, I'll pull the hull back out into the sun and cover it with black plastic. Keep the air flowing through it, get that hull dried out as much as possible. The flotation foam didn't appear to be structural, as it didn't appear to go quite from top to bottom of the interior, but fell a couple inches short instead. I'd still feel better about getting a column or two of closed cell foam in both the bow and the stern. I'll figure out by then whether I'm going to go with more closed cell foam (that's expensive!) or just the "soda bottles lashed together" poor man's flotation. I also cut the bow hole in what looks like a stringer, running down the center of the deck. There was obviously core material there, not just fiberglass, and it appears to drop off to just fiberglass an inch or two farther towards the gunwales. I may have weakened the area there... and I'm not keen on the inspection plate's "receiver" being screwed into the core & fiberglass without any reinforcement. Sure, it's just a $100 boat... but I'd like to do this proper and use it as an educational experience. I'll cut a couple semicircles of MDO plywood (stuff I use on my kayaks) and get them epoxied in around the hole. Should give me something stronger to anchor the receiver to, and may strengthen the deck a bit as well. I'll overdrill the mounting holes, fill them with epoxy, and then drill it again... more practice on proper repairs.
  11. The Lucky One

    Repair of Used, New To Me, Inexpensive Force 5

    Took the boat off the trailer and slid it underneath the back porch (on a remnant of carpet), where the snow & rain should keep off of it during the winter. Light and fan are still in the interior of the hull. Foam in the stern feels drier every day. Bet the foam up in the bow is still pretty soaked, though... it was certainly heavy by the bow when the neighbors and I put it under the porch. I fear I may have scratched up the gelcoat on the hull a bit when we moved it, but I'll know better come spring and she comes out of storage. Weekend's supposed to be relatively warm, so I may trace out and cut the hole for the bow inspection port and stick the fan and light up there. Foam in the stern has come loose from the hull, too. I don't plane on racing it, but I'd like to get a column of closed cell foam in there to reinforce the deck. There's a lot of empty space back there, though, which makes me think there might be some missing foam. I don't see myself intending to race it, so I'll either fab up some float bags (like the sort I'd use for the kayak, custom sized), or go the cheap empty soda bottle route.
  12. The Lucky One

    Repair of Used, New To Me, Inexpensive Force 5

    There is that. Sublimation is definitely a thing, and it should work under the usual atmospheric pressure and temperatures I'm expecting. Should probably pull the shoplight out at that point, though. I'm not keen on warming on the air above freezing at the stern, the air picking up moisture, then cooling below freezing by the time it hits the bow and dumping that moisture just to let it refreeze again.
  13. The Lucky One

    Repair of Used, New To Me, Inexpensive Force 5

    I haven't seen anything but a very slow drip come out of the actual drain plug on the transom. The water I've been siphoning & dipping/wringing a towel out has been coming from within the hull, accessible from the rear inspection port. The volume seems to be slowing down somewhat, though... I wasn't able to get a good siphon going today. Opted to sop it up with a towel and wring it instead. I did run an extension cord out there, with a small 5v desk fan and a 60 watt incandescent shop light... one of those with the yellow plastic shroud. Figured out where I was going to locate the inspection plate on the bow, and drilled three 1/2" holes just about where the center should fall. I haven't received it yet, so I wasn't keen on placing them on the edges. Stuck the light in the hull, facing upwards; fan in the rear inspection hole, blowing downwards... and I've got a steady stream of air flowing from the holes in the bow. Forecast humidity over the next week or so is gonna have its ups and downs, as well as the temp's, but it should remain above freezing during the day. I figure I'll run it until the temperature is regularly dropping below freezing in the hull.
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    Repair of Used, New To Me, Inexpensive Force 5

    That's the idea I'm going with. I'm learning a bit more about sailboats (and boats in general) as I go along. The money I'm spending is change compared to aviation, bigger sailboats, powered boats, whiskey, and women... a lot of hobbies that I could be chasing otherwise . Thanks! Good info there. Your splash guard looked as nasty as mine before rehabbing... my thwart might be worse, though. I'll likely pull mine off this weekend, see how bad the underside is, and make a determination of whether to coat 'em with epoxy like you did, or pick up some mahogany and just replace them. Replacing would give me a project over the winter to keep me busy, and keep my mind off the hull sitting in the backyard. We'll see. I'll definitely be putting an access port in the bow, if for no other reason than to help the drying process (more on that later). I'll know better about the shape of the tube when I get into the interior. I can imagine the work it would take to replace the tube outright... would take a lot of work setting up a jig to get the tube positioned and aligned properly, then anchored so it wouldn't get repositioned while working. Not something I'd look forward to... so wrapping the tube and reinforcing the top & bottom sounds like a plan to me. Nice to hear about the damage to the hull, too. I'm not horribly concerned about how she looks, but I'll do my best... she's old enough to have earned her scars, but they should be beautiful scars . Vet gloves are ordered. $12.50 for 50. Boat's still sitting on the trailer with the tongue up in the air... still getting enough water to siphon out at the end of every day. I have a feeling that the foam has been soaking for the two years that the previous owner let it sit, and all that water is now working its way out and draining into the stern. I'll keep the tarp over it and keep draining any water that makes its way out, until the temp's drop below freezing during the day time. I'll have built some low structure by then, to keep the snow off it during the winter months. Lumber is cheap, and she deserves to be spoiled a bit after the last couple years.
  15. The Lucky One

    Repair of Used, New To Me, Inexpensive Force 5

    I'll take that advice on the sail. Anything that makes my education easier, I'll take. Saratoga Lake Sailing Club runs classes in the spring/summer as well, using Flying Scots... I figure taking a class and getting some formal education can't hurt, as well. I'll make the adjustment on the trailer roller, and remember to mark that spot on the hull. My FG skillz? Ha! I've read the books, and got the theory down pretty well... I think. I've certainly smeared enough PL premium & Rustoleum over polyester fabric to understand the concept of filling the weave. I'll do a bit of practicing on scrap first, though. Thanks for the tip on removing the hardware, too... certainly can't hurt, especially if I'm laying extra glass in the area. I plan on masking off the deck, wearing gloves (wonder where I can get pair of those latex gloves the vets use when they're doing the pregnancy checks on cows...), and wearing some cheap shirt. I'm sure I'm gonna get the sticky stuff everywhere. I'm guessing that the proper repair method would be to replace the tube? I figure I can get away with the quick and dirty and heavy method. I'm not racing this gal... and she's only a year younger than myself, according to the hull number ('81). If I can have a few scars, so can she. Thanks!