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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    That's great if it's Her Majesty or her consort that are controlling it from Paris, but what about the fellow from North Korea who is practicing at controlling nuclear power plants? I am not quite sure that we can trust the IOT.
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    what is it?

    I like his inclusion of "air camping" LOL "The roll-up spanker and jib facilitate handling, while for more athletic navigators the craft can be equipped with a traditional mast and full batten mainsail."
  3. For national security reasons, Canada has chosen not to use cleats. We don't have significant domestic resource constraints on timber bull rails, so their use is supported by the federal government. This is just like the U.S. protecting aluminum and steel production for warplane manufacturing. For reference, see the recent float reconstruction specifications for Port Alberni: Bull rails are to be pressure treated Douglas Fir: "Cut, drill and field treat new bull rails and risers on site to match original length and drill pattern of the replaced bull rails and risers." In addition, there are safety concerns. When driving vehicles on docks, it is helpful to know where the edge is and have some protection, especially after a few real beers. This is important for heavily loaded trucks picking up shellfish for export to Japan. I would note that a bull rail requirement is addressed in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations for Terminal Facilities (§ 1917.112 Guarding of edges). However, there is a rumour that this provision is about to be struck down by Presidential Order. I would rather use good quality Canadian timber bull rails (that are subject to so-called U.S. anti-dumping tariffs) any day over roughly cast Chinese cleats.
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    The boat on the left is 10 years older and is powered by Guiness, so it has relaxed; the boat on the right is younger, is up tight, and exudes foul smelling tobacco smoke.
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Lots of those Contessa's around in Canada. Built in Toronto by J.J. Taylor & Sons. Solidly constructed. Basically a glass Folkboat.
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Allegedly a Sparkman & Stephens design, but with the Hughes brothers you never really knew! They certainly used a lot of solid glass, but the alloy fittings were always somewhat suspect.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Which is why you see no new boats sold in that size range. The smallest new cruising boat I have seen recently is 38'. Meanwhile I see lots of decent 24-30 footers lying around the yard.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Very interesting boat. Thank you for posting. However, quality doesn’t come cheap, as she’s ~US$80,000 fully kitted out, which means over $13/pound for a 23 foot boat.
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    New imoca boats

    "A partnership agreement has been made with the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA), which provides the exclusivity to use the IMOCA 60 for crewed round the world yacht races." I am not sure that is good for either single handed or crewed round the world races. It's an arms war now.
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    New imoca boats

    Current Hugo Boss is in Toronto on a promo tour. Arrived Saturday from Montreal. They went for a sail this morning, and now tied up at Pier 4. There is a meet and greet with Alex tomorrow night at the Boss flagship store on Bloor.
  11. North Korea ceases to exist? You did mean "attack" didn't you?
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    Origami Boat Thread

    "The factory supplied (cross idler) assembly had a mounting frame fabricated from mild steel. This steel assembly was attached to the aluminum pedestal with aluminum mounting bolts. This combination of dissimilar metals led to serious corrosion of all of the components, making them weaker and more prone to failure. " The above was in reference to a Catalina install, but I suspect the same issue may have arisen on the Hunter install. As someone said earlier, depends on the vintage and the model.
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    Lesson learned - snap shackles on jib halyards

    Secure the snap shackle pin with a cable tie. Use a quality UV resistant tie. I have never had an issue.
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    My newest project

    Speaking of long and narrow ...
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    My newest project

    I note that some semi-displacement powerboats have grown fins (non-active), like the Greenline boats and the Radford 12M. Any thoughts on how effective these may be in increasing stability?