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    New steering cables? Wire or fiber?

    If it’s a simple matter to replace failed line with wire, have a go. For my steering install, it’s quite a nuisance to remove the cable in the binnacle. As noted above, Wire has disadvantages but won’t chafe through in most cases. Steering seems like a fairly handy system to have working properly. Steering cables are stressed 24/7 to some extent even at dock or anchor p
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    Westerbeke 4107 won't start

    In addition to the rubber supply lines, there is probably a fuel shutoff valve at the tank. Those valves can develop an air leak as the o-ring wears. If it's a standard low cost brass valve, it's a replacement item every 5-7 years.
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    NASS race Annapolis to Oxford 9/8

    Navy is often a little late to register their boats. It's no big deal.
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    Westerbeke 4107 won't start

    As you say hand hickey not as cool as ring on shoe I’ll admit engine will spin more easily dont try if you don’t want to worked a treat on dozens of 4107s in the late 70s esp with dodgy batteries or slightly aged compression. ymmv
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    Westerbeke 4107 won't start

    Here’s a hack from the 70s remove the dome cap over the inlet flame heater cover the inlet with hand or shoe and crank the engine for 15-30 sec seacock closed release hand, engine may start quite happily we never had the preheater work worth a damn p
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    Non Skid Gelcoat

    Have done this and it works if the gel is fresh, non air-dry, and over coated with PVA. And even then it can fail to cure and its acetone time. It will cure to sharp points, but a quick pass with a sanding block will knock off the sharp points. Works pretty well. Perfect color match isn't that important if you do entire non-skid sections in a go. I would not do this on a meticulously maintained showboat, but it's fine for a race boat or working cruiser.
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    Bilge Pump Flow Rate

    At risk of stating the obvious, the larger discharge line will also increase the volume of water within it that can flow back into the bilge. This may create a short cycling problem if a float switch is present and could flatten the battery over time or cook the pump. A check valve can help, but almost all check valves leak over time. Big hose for big dewatering. Getting the last gallon or two out may require a smaller pump and hose. YMMV
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    State registration display boards?

    Our boat is documented, but we must display our MD registration sticker in MD (or other state) waters We paid the sales tax in MD. And the sticker is evidence of that. Even says documented vessel on it. No state numbers, just a sticker, and we've chosen to place it P&S on the mast near the deck
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    A big project!

    sent in 100 bucks -- good to fund about 20 min of wooden boat restoration (or 10 min of big boat racing)
  10. Dry sailing can actually be cost competitive depending on boat size and how often you race i know a 40 footer that found 20 launches break even if one has a diver and pro sprayed baltiplate bottom and it is very fast.
  11. Epoxy bottom and dry sailing out of Jabins. P
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    Mast tabernacle plans

    Have you considered a block of wood or GRP bonded and fastened to the cuddy cabin and existing mast step? That would raise the mast base above the obstruction. Could be simple. Would need to shave the height off the mast butt of course. Alternatively, extend your alloy side plate back to the cuddy to provide some additional support P
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    de-icer / bubblier 411

    I hung the prop deicer from the transom and a bit of ice formed on the suspension line where it went over the edge of the hull (sleet previous night). It chipped the awl grip. Work out your anti chafe carefully.
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    Building a spinnaker crane?

    Yeah you are trying to put a lot of hardware into a small space. A similar but slightly more recent welded allow MH is shown below, though not for a Navy 44. As you can see, the shroud connections are distributed a bit more than just at the MH fitting. Good luck with your project. P
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    Building a spinnaker crane?

    Z: Old boat, so old questions: Wood spar or alloy? Internal halyard or external? Sounds like you want external which seems like a lot of windage and spaghetti and an even larger winch farm. Do you really want 4 forward halyards? Spin peels, bloopers? Check with an old timer at Navy or Coast Guard to see how they rigged and flew the kites on those old warhorses. As to chafe, if your bowman crosses your halyards, you will get chafe. May not be relevant, but If the tails could run inside the spar, then you would have a chafe point where the halyard leaves the mast for the spinnaker crane. The further out the crane, the greater the exit angle and the greater the risk of chafe. If you are trying to avoid chafe with internal tails, you'd need to bring the halyard tail from the crane to a fairlead then through the slot into the mast. You can check the rigging of the fractional boats that have a masthead kite: external block, halyard tail runs external to a spectacle (fairlead) then through slot. Some more modern masthead boats use a triple sheaves forward: center for jib and 2 wings for kite or jib change. Yes, the kite halyards can chafe on the headstay and on the cheeks of the masthead sheave box. Usually not a big deal though. 3 halyards are pretty sufficient for most boats. Reducing the kite to 1 halyard and having the ability to use one of the jib halyards would reduce the windage and slap potential 50% Or ask your rigger & sailmaker.