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    DIY butane torch?

    I can't speak to fabricating it. I will say that I just purchased a similar butane torch from Amazon for modest bucks. They also carry the refill cylinders in bulk, and can ship them to you unless you live in California-stan (a well-intentioned poorly-considered law complicated butane fuel purchase recently since potheads had been blowing themselves up while extracting cannabis oils). Hopefully your current location is a little more intelligent with fuel restrictions -- these little butane torches are exceptionally handy when I don't want to run an extension cord or drag out the oxy/acetylene kit.
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    Aluminum Tube vs. Carbon Tube for Mast

    Hmm. My crossbars are mostly 7x4.5. Will think on this...
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    Hobie 16 Rebuild

    Yup... other options listed on their website: https://tampacatamarans.com/hobie-16-aftermarket-trampoline-standard-design/ Nice tramp, but I believe the Hobie branded tramps last longer.. though they cost more, too. If you race, some folks will protest you for using non-standard tramp. TANSTAAFL. Cover your tramp of any manufacturer and it will live a long and happy life.
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    Aluminum Tube vs. Carbon Tube for Mast

    What's the section? Rough measurements? I am looking for bits and pieces to reinforce some multihull crossbars. Apologies if this is too soon.
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    Dazcat puts out cool vids

    Awfully hard to get an easy step-down into the hulls AND not look boxy. I think soft ceiling finishes and hard heads may be a tolerable compromise. Richard Woods has penned some interesting cuddies for smaller boats, displacing the 'hallway' outside into the cockpit/patio and allowing more square feet of short-headroom living area inside. This seems a reasonable trade-off for mild weather and weekend-ing, but has obvious limitations for heavy weather and long-term cruising. Different horses for different courses, I guess. I like the general curves of the Antigua 37 hulls and hardtop dodger but that bridge deck just a little too Stormtrooper-helmet for my present tastes. You'd just have to have standing headroom with the galley up like that. That said, I could probably get used to living in a dome-home like that... it certainly fits in with my hairline these days.
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    Dazcat puts out cool vids

    Well, you *do* have some experience adding room to a cat. :p You had about 10' more in overall length to work with, right? Agreed that this Daz isn't really meant to be a live-aboard boat. I don't think that's her intention, as lightly as she's kitted out. I wonder how much remaining load capacity she actually has with the bridgedeck weight added? I have similarly 'spacious' berths in my Tennant, and there's just no way you're getting two reasonable-sized people in the stern berths OR V-berths without a hammock and possible inadvertent insemination. Bridgedeck headroom is about the only time I've ever wished I was shorter in this life. I think Daz did a pretty job balancing the bubble of the bridgedeck -- much more headroom inside and the bridgedeck would look overly swollen, IMHO. It is so much easier to keep a boat looking proportional over longer lengths. More length is better for proportionality, but adds weight and slip/maintenance cost.
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    Dazcat puts out cool vids

    Thanks for the MJ sailing link. Interesting to look around inside and see how much functional space they achieved with the bridgedeck conversion on the older open-deck hulls. I'd love to know weight before and after. From the video this looks like a decent compromise inside, with standing room down, good sitting space centered, and ducked-down clearance across inside the back wall of the bridgedeck, still allowing good visibility forward from the cockpit. Making all those vertical dimensions work and still looking good from the outside is a real challenge under 10m. The zip-door for the head is a cool compromise for privacy and weight... as are the slide out rear windows. I'd be a little nervous about taking heavy following seas, but it really opens the cabin up nicely. Compromises.
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    Humidity on a Boat

    Lots of really great info in this thread. Price Updates for June 2020: - Tempo Disk is $30 - Govee is $16 I Craigslist-ed a couple of compressor dehumidifiers and ran them while it was wet. The Central Valley of California is done being wet for the next three months or so, and I have unplugged the dehumidifiers for the summer, and I'm keeping an eye on the monitors in the meantime.
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    Sanding gelcoat and CF - dust control tips?

    I have an old running jacket that is really light and breathes pretty well. It isn't waterproof but it is dust proof. I pull the jacket over the gloves and it seals up pretty well. I wet-sand with soapy water. It also helps for toweling off the sanding dust and such.
  10. I have a cover that came with my F18 tiger. I've patched it a few times... it has a separate cover that slides/snaps on to cover the spin sock. The cover is actually in four pieces -- port hull forward of tramp, starboard hull forward of tramp, hulls and tramp aft of mast, and spinny sock. The cover works great, and the sock cover works pretty well. It is a long rectangle that covers the whole sock and snuffer, but needs to have gaps sufficient to allow the guy wires , bridle, prebend lashing, etc. Those gaps let in UV unless they are buttoned up *just* right, and a windy day jostles enough that it is hard to keep it perfectly aligned. The sock cove is still WAY better than nothing, but I suspect I may be buying a new sock in a season or two. I have tied towels to cover gaps in past, they also move in the wind.. There's just not a great way to cover PERFECTLY without slacking the prod preload and pulling the sock between sailing sessions I'd be interested in a better cover, but I'm not sure there's a good way to do it without some degree of down-rigging between uses. The rest of the cover is awesome!
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    AC45F Lux for sale

    What does this word mean... especially in toy and boat context?
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    My balls fell out

    That's what I was thinking. Better still, print it in layers and then laminate it up with 'glass between?
  13. That isn't the best way to repair, but a Wharram hull might be about buoyancy-neutral with the floors awash... you've a whole lot of floaty wood and a whole 'nother hull before you need a snorkel. Of course, the downside is that you lose style points being unable to time the perfect Jack Sparrow dockside arrival...
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    Proa 21

    Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice...
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    Towing with a rental truck?

    This guy knows what he's talking about... some of the other posters are somewhat less well informed. - Uhaul is in the process of, or has just completed replacing their entire truck fleet -- they are pretty nice trucks. - Uhaul is the only national chain I found to rent one-way trucks that allow you to pull *your *trailer (Penske and Ryder do not allow you to pull personal trailers behind their trucks). - As mentioned above, Enterprise rents certain trucks for round trips AND allows trailering of non-Enterprise trailers (sometimes there's a difference between Business Rental and Personal Rental, best to call ahead). Actually, that's my suggestion for all of this -- be thorough with your research. Find out what their rules are, what equipment you can rent, and THEN evaluate whether you're willing to accept the risks. Make an informed decision. Insurance is pretty labrynthine, too: - Uhaul insurance covers their truck/trailer and the stuff you put in it -- not your trailer, and not your boat on your trailer. Put all you can into their conveyances! - My insurer, Allstate, covered personal stuff but specifically not the Uhaul. - My boat insurance covered the boat and the trailer. Same suggestion here - be thorough with your research. Make an informed decision. Most rental car company agreements specifically exclude trailers. Even if you snuck a hitch on, you're gambling with the cost of the rental vehicle -- this might be fine if your personal insurance covers repairing the rental, but few insurers will cover the loss of rental car availability for which they'll bill you until their car is returned repaired and ready to rent. Flying to the destination and driving back worked out well for me, YMMV. I researched, prepared, insured, executed, and made my choices. I didn't save much money over paying someone to do it, but I had a great road trip, visited family, caught a college football game, and got the boat home safely. ´╗┐When a boat support broke, I quickly spotted it and mitigated it, then repaired it on the road. I doubt anyone other than me would have kept as close and eye on the straps and load -- my wallet was on the line in a way that theirs would not have been. Some other reading: