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  1. One of the local boys died - single vehicle accident, probably driving too fast (he was known to be a reckless driver) on a local rural road yesterday evening. Texts started flying about 10pm last night with mixture of rumors and truth. 19 years old. My 17 yr old is good friends with the unfortunate boy's younger brother, knew the older boy well - football team, hanging out at his house etc. Close enough to be in our covid pod of "allowed contacts". I have the EQ of a pet rock and I have never been able to say the right things or take the right actions at times like this and I need to advise my boy so that he handles it respectfully, helps his friend (as much as anyone can help anyone going through such a tragedy) and generally takes away learning, social and community skills from this. Any words of advice?
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    Shorten Lifelines

    +1 this...
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    Bitchen’ Camaro

    Other stupid California product bans that pissed me off ... 1. Kangaroo skin soccer shoes. I pick up a new pair of Puma Kings when I have a layover somewhere on a business trip somewhere less worried about skinning skippy. All soccer shoes here are made of plastic and have the aspect ratio of a pencil. I'm not sure whose feet fit into them - not mine, for sure. 2. Denatured alcohol (methylated spirits, for the non-americans) in hardware stores to thin shellac.. But you can still buy it in camping stores as fuel because otherwise the homeless steal stopsigns and burn trash to warm their dumpster dinners. So, both kinds of french polishing are illegal here now.
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    Cars you dream about owning someday

    I loved my K5, but it turned into a bit of a death trap when the frame cracked close to the steering box. The vehicle had a big dead-spot of about 30 degrees each way on the wheel, which made driving interesting until I figured out what was going on. I could not get anyone reputable to fix the frame (liability) so I ended up taking it to a grungy rollup with no sign other than "se habla espaniol" outside. They didn't have a problem welding whatever I wanted wherever I wanted and the truck went on for many more years making trips up to the mountains for skiing and backpacking. Great vehicle.
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    Looks great - who makes it?
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    My boat is the only one I know that still has the tracks outboard. In my opinion it's not a disadvantage going upwind in decent breeze with no other boats around. I think it becomes an advantage when the wind is howling because the slot is a bit wider. It's probably a minor disadvantage after a crowded start in light to medium air when trying to hold a lane. I kept it as it was for 15 years, but my sailmaker is nagging, my crew is nagging and I'm curious - so I'm making the change. One more point - I removed the tracks today and found that the area of deck where the track is mounted is not a sandwich. It's solid fiberglass, so that eliminates all the screwing around with ghetto allen wrench balsa routers and core-sealing epoxy. I just filled the holes with thick epoxy and I'm waiting for it to set.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    No. The whole point is to get the sail sheeted in at a finer angle without blading it out. Car goes forward. If you move the car back, the inhaul doesn't do anything except pull hard on every piece of equipment it's attached to or run through. Overall, it's a crappy setup, so that's why I'm moving the cars. Incidentally, guys with inboard track ALSO inhaul in light air, so whether I inhaul or not with tracks outboard, if they are right, I'm still disadvantaged.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    Yeah, that kind of works, but it puts a lot of tension on the lines and the mast boot, and is generally a pain in the ass to manage from the cockpit. Also, you need to move the cars forward and that puts them in the wrong position if you don't inhaul. Overall it's a bit of a mess and we generally end up not bothering.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    J105. Inhaulers not allowed.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    Frankly, my preference would be to leave the old track where it is and just add the second - then I don't need to fill anything or re-do the non-skid under the removed track (with associated color match problems). Unfortunately, class rules don't allow that - I can't have both tracks available on deck.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    Yeah - that's going to be a problem because the headliner is old vinyl stuck to the inner glass skin with old contact adhesive that's probably crispy and barely an adhesive any more. Perhaps the best argument for just going with thickened epoxy to start with - and maybe filling the hole in two stages - first 10%, let that gel, then the rest.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    My deck is Kiwigrip, so making a perfect sanded finish to deck level is not really necessary. You could make a ploughed field look like a ..a.. ploughed field in the other direction, using that stuff. Getting a color match will be a bitch because I bet the deck has faded over time.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    I want to use the tube mix because I never used it before (just to try it) and because I'm really messy - I can spread this stuff everywhere if unsupervised (simple clumsiness and inattention). Also, it's hot - even in October. I want to limit the steps to reduce the chance that I'll spill something on my deck and to reduce the time from mix to application. Also, I'm guessing that the tube type does not mix so much air into the epoxy, so there will be fewer voids to pop, or require refilling. It will likely cost a few bucks more and there will be some wastage if I don't use the whole tube, but on the other hand, we're talking a few bucks anyway and I'd probably spend that in cups, stiring sticks, syringes, masking, and cleanup if I was mixing from jugs into cups into syringes. It looks like there's a difference of opinion on whether to use "thickened" or "low viscosity", which is good because that means it probably does not matter much. Maybe I'll get a tube of each and see what happens.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    So I want to move my jib tracks inboard. It's an OD class, but mine's an early boat and the tracks are outboard 2" more than the class standard - I'm allowed to make the change. The construction is the usual glass, endgrain balsa, glass sandwich. I'm mulling on using one of those epoxy resins that come in a squirty tube (caulking gun type) with a mixer nozzel to fill up the old holes and also to waterproof the new ones before I bolt the track in place. Totalboat Thixo comes in "thickened", "low viscosity" and "fast setting". Do I want the gooey stuff so it will stay were I put it when I squirt it in the hole, or do I want the runny stuff so it has a better chance to wick into the balsa and waterproof it? Other sage advice?
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    Sealing end grain?

    PEG. Poly Ethylene Glycol. Soak green bowl blanks for 6 weeks - replaces the water with waxy stuff. No more drying so no more cracking. I can't imagine how you might manage it with a big piece of tree. Perhaps a kid's paddle pool or something like that.