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  1. randii

    Freeing up a stuck engine

    Those smaller fragments will be easier to remove than the one big assembly. :p
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    Freeing up a stuck engine

    Soak, soak, soak... then soak some more. Use a 6 sided socket, a torque multiplier, and a ratchet. Be forceful gently.
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    Cats between 30 -35 feet

    Excessive distance? I went cross-country to look at boats because there weren't many west coast options in the larger-than-a-beachcat and capable of week ending aboard. It made for a fun weekend of pursuit and visiting cats in Chesapeake Bay and on the St. Lawrence. I do wish there were more choices in this space.
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    Definitely not. I was commenting on another post that wondered about Harleys. Honestly, HDs don't generally make much sense to me, but to each their own, and I'm glad there are choices. Now cut an EVO motor out, give it some top-end work, and run it in a Buell tube frame and that Harley motor starts making sense to me. I've not straddled a later-model Buell, so I can't comment on how those work, just my Thunderbolt. The engineering looks tops, though! Nothing to do with proas, really... but I like that there are choices there in boats as well as bikes. BTW, I'm a fan of roads less travelled, too.
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    Try a turn-of-the-century Buell... and suddenly Harleys make sense. :p Big, long-throw EVO with better breathing, effective vibration dampening (well, at least above 2500 rpms), all wrapped up in a sport/touring bike and kept under 600 lbs. It makes kinetic sense in practice, in spite of appearances... I suspect proas are the same: ignore what tradition says "makes sense" and they it yourself. You just might be surprised. Weird shit can be that way.
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    Revitalize worn ropes/sheets?

    Will a front loader still herniate the core out of the casing? I know from sad experience that top leaders will. I just stick with a tote full of water and detergent these days... I lost a pretty decent halyard to herniation from my top loader. One minute it was just dirty, and five minutes later it was shot. I tried to milk the casing back over the core and it just wasn't willing. Ah well, it was an opportunity to upgrade.
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    American Dumbass

    For the pageviews. Another example of the difference between gunkholing around the world without fanfare... vs. speeding from one photo opportunity to another. Different cruising styles.
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    Over the horizon

    Yup. It doesn't scale for most users... but you can make it scale for yourself if you buy salvaged vehicles. Folks have been doing battery walls for homes with some success, but it starts with buying batteries WELL below cost, and generally requires some gambling. Building and optimizing a matched pack still takes a willingness to roll your own. DIY and all that. Oh, and Mercedes Benz had an interesting approach to leasing batteries separate of Smart Car vehicles... but I think they killed the program before doing anything with it. And Smart Car were hardly 'scale' in volume... their EV even less so.
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    Crew wanted

    I have been at Napa Valley Marina a few times this year, as late a two months ago... she was on dry stands every time I went. Years of storage fees probably exceed her recycle/redemption value. :p FWIW, she's still visible on Google Earth satellite view, as well, but I trust the fella above that said she had been splashed.
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    Ferrocement Anarchy!

    Seems downright prescient in Covid-19 times.
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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.