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  1. This is a lot of faffing about for a 27 Trimiran that can fit on a trailer in your driveway. Don't get me wrong, I sailed on one back in 1997 in Jakarta - great boats. Just chain it to the trailer and call it an RV.
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    Bravura 29

    Did you have a TL25 mast display that you installed, but didn't use? If so, I think I acquired your mast instruments. I'm running a full set of NKEs on my S-40 in Vancouver. I also think I sailed a few times on your boat back in 2004. Nicely built boat. Owned by a grumpy old man and sailed out of MDR. Remember him complaining about how I coiled lines. Didn't sail with him much after that.
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    Converting figaro

    In the summer of 2018, I was shopping for Beneteau Figaro 2s in France. With the launch of the F3, many were about to come onto the market and I was anticipating some deals. All the ones that I saw were beat to death, despite being professionally maintained. Sponsor owned boats had the benefit of people taking care of them, but seemed to lack the care of an attentive boat owner. I know its a race boat owned by corporation, but that's what they felt like. Awesome boats, but I went with another French build with less wear and tear maintained by an amateur team as though it was their own baby.
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    Jib Top for Cruising in the PNW?

    My S-40 came with two North Jibtops. Sold one to a friend on his X-119. Kept the carbon one. They are impossible to fold with the battens in and move around the boat, but in the right windy conditions they are amazing (and now forgotten) sails. The previous owner managed 26.7 kts with it up on a Honolulu to Kauai race. The fastest I've ever sailed was 27.1 kts with the Jibtop up on a ULDB70 ripping down the coast from Hong Kong to Vietnam after we had blown up literally all the kites.
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    Help in Honolulu

    That's only like an additional 2000nm added to 3700nm trip. Hope they were well provisioned. Being at sea for so long should mean any quarantine requirements have been fulfilled.
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    Looking for boat suggestions

    What a great video of happier days and a reminder of what we need to look forward to. Thanks for posting.
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    Single line reefing?

    What the hell is with the dead goat carcass and garden rake on the stern pulpit?!?
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    Melges 24 solo mods

    I sailed a Magic 25 for years in Hong Kong. Normal crew is 4-up: 3 on the Traps, helm on the rail. No chance you can single hand it any breeze above 7 kts. Sure, we've double hand delivered it, sailed 3-up when short, even taken it out single-handed for a quick gan, but this is not the single-handed platform of choice. Neither is the Melges 24 no matter how young, fit, or brave you are. I also owned and regularly single-handed an Olson 30. Awesome single-handed reaching or downwind. Hands full upwind in any breeze or gybing the Sym Spin. At least it will stand itself up when you fall down.
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    New imoca boats

    I think this is why they are going to have to sleep feet forward...
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    I shipped a 40' race boat on a cradle from Honolulu to Seattle in January: carbon mast down but keel still on. Jim Maynard from PDF is the guy you need to talk to along with the Keehi Marine Center. They are very, very helpful. Alaska/Aloha Marine Lines has a barge service from Honolulu to Seattle and they were great to work with and accommodating. Boat got here in perfect shape in relatively short order. Main problem is that you can't sail over and get loaded at Pier 27 and will have to truck from the yard in Keehi and need to deal with max 16' road height, oversized/wide load permits and police escorts. All this is not for the weak of wallet (or faint of heart). Getting craned down 3 stories from the barge down to the Duhamish river with a giant forklift was one of the highlights! PM me for details and contact info.
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    Vesper Cortex

    Looks very cool. Would definitely need a wrist strap or lanyard on that handset as I don't suspect they'll be cheap...
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    Manuard C40 & IMOCA 60 interview

    Many thanks for the translation. That was a pleasure to read.
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    Tuff Luff Luck (Installation)

    We just wrestled one of these Harken Carbofoils on. It was easily the hardest and most stressful job I've had to do on the boat. Unroll it 24 hours in advance if possible. Let it sit in the sun. Putting it in a hot tub might have worked... You will need a proper heatgun and a good extension cord (our was smoking until we switched directly to the 30amp line) if you want any chance of getting it on. Lots of soap. Do not use McLube. Fitting the barrel nut onto the top part over the bow in the water is stressful. Plan on it taking the whole afternoon. You'll need two people and a sense of humour.
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    2019 Southern Straits race

    Upwind in breeze we need to do a lot of work figuring out the boat and tuning the rig for the conditions. It was only our fifth sail and second time in any wind. Boat is powered up in any breeze. We also had crap on the bulb and had to do two back downs with a huge branch and bull kelp coming off. Helm is very neutral and didn't give off vibrations. Must pay attention to boat speed and polars. Downwind, we were much better. Rounded Sisters at 9:30pm-ish 14th around. Botched the initial hoist with the A2 and went with the A3. Were sailing well (even gybed), but later had a wipe out due to the wave action. Dropped and saved the kite, gybed Main only (ripping the mainsheet attachment off the boom - thankful for the safety strop), hoisted the S5 Frac chicken kite and then made off like scolded banshees, hitting 17.8kts on the surfs and regularly in the teens passing 8 boats on the run. We stayed mainly in the middle and went wide on approach and pipped Dolce and Rubatto on the line crossing 3rd at 2:30am, but correcting 13th. 11 hours up. 5 hours down. Ross on the X-41 was sailing in a completely different class than the rest of the Medium Course. He was at Sangster when the rest of us were at about Ballenas. The wind was light for him at Pt. Atkinson finish, whereas we rode the kite all the way in at speed. Going to be heaps of fun on the Outside. Bashing our way to the Nawhitti Bar for a week, not so much...
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    Baltoplate and 355 Thinner?

    Able to answer my own question now. Called Interlux and they recommend 216, but can of Baltoplate says use 355 right on the side of the can. Guess they can't recommend a discontinued product.