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  1. So far, my anchor and tri-color LEDs, both mounted at the masthead near my VHF/AIS antenna have caused NO noticeable interference. I did pay top dollar for name brand LEDs at a proper chandlery. That was in 2009, and they are still running just fine.
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    A Form of Cruising...

    Sun shower.
  3. Also, if using in colored nav lights, make sure the LED you buy is spec'd for that particular fixture. Otherwise the colored lenses will filter out most of the light. Cheap "white" LED's DO NOT WORK is colored lights. They work fine in clear fixtures, just not in red/green ones.
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    Varnish peeling off in patches.

    If your varnish was "spar varnish", it's designed to peel off like that to "make it easier to refinish". Really.
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    Removing Duct Tape Residue From Cabin Top

    I've had very good luck with plain-old denatured alcohol.
  6. If it was a Triumph (actually, most British cars) it was probably put there because the rocker panel had rotted out ..., I once had a TR5 (250 in US) that had a bit of oak in the rocker. On further inspection, it had been sistered in to reinforce the rusted frame member.
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    Marina Laundry

    dock carts? Dock Carts??? You can find forking DOCK CARTS in your marina??????
  8. Ditto what Shoal said.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    On SF Bay
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    Clamptite hose clamp

    They work, mostly. Good where you have really good access. Not so good (often impossible) where access is not good. Not only do you have to get that 6-inch (or so) tool to the work piece, you need to swing it some 90-degrees to lock the clamp. When they work, the clamp is quite strong. A neighbor used one to do an emergency "splice" on a damaged dockline and ended up using the dockline for years!
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    Cabin storage fasteners

    That's why they are commonly called "knuckle busters"
  12. PM me if a Valiant interests you. We are about to put our 1989 Texas-Built (no blisters ever) V40 on the market.
  13. Yeah, Jeff (aka the Jefe") did it a year or two so ago in a Baba. His blog entries were posted by Bob in Cruiser Anarchy.
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    The Jefe is off again

    With Apologies to Jeff for forwarding: Wow can you believe it, once again the time has come to embark on yet another great adventure. I must admit the last one nearly killed me, but somehow I think this new one will be a piece of "cake" hmmmmmm. The plan is to sail to Kauai, Hawaii one of my most favorite Hawaiian Islands. I will depart on the first of March and barring any unforeseen disasters I should arrive within about 23-days as the distance is about 3200nm from Barra De Navidade, Mexico. Sailors Run is in top shape once again after much work and money with all things operational with the exception of the water maker who's transmission recently give it up and I have elected to be more aggressive at collecting rain water off of my new Bimini that has a rain gutter on each side. The combined area of the mizzen sail and the Bimini should end up producing lots of water where I plan to be sailing in the near future. I think Kauai is one of the wettest places on earth. After a short stay in Kauai Sailors Run and I will next venture out to the Marshall Islands to Majuro another 2000nm to the SW where I hope to spend a year or two exploring the outer atolls. I had a wonderful month with my wife Debbie here in Mexico and she is thinking of doing something similar in the Marshall Islands. I will keep you all updated with reports each three days while on passage. If anyone wants to be removed from the list of Amigos or added please let me know. Also remember when responding to an email please do not hit reply as it sends the whole adventure back to me via a slow email connection. I must admit it's always the last few days before jumping off that my adrenalin starts to flow and the excitement builds within me. I can still say there is nothing else I would sooner be doing than venturing far out to sea once again. Whoops-awe -shit, can you believe it I just talked to several of my friends that cruise out of the Hawaian Islands and they informed me that Kauai does not have a complete immigration service. Wow this spells trouble for the Jefe'. Trouble many times can be avoided by compromise, sometimes small sometimes large. The problem here being I must clear in at a different island before Kauai, that in itself s not to bad but when I eventually want to leave Kauai I must now sail 100nm into the trades to get a Zarpa in Owahu for the Marshall Islands. Now having been a lineman working with electricity much of my life I have found that electricity follows the path of least resistance as I have decided to do and will give Hawaii a pass. I will miss not seeing my friends, but the Marshall Islands are after all my ultimate goal and what is 2000 extra miles when you are sailing downwind in the trades anyway? Standby and possibly we might all learn something from the Jefe's next great adventure. Love you Amigos The Jefe'
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    Purple Heart .. Teak Oil??

    Just let the oil dry and they will be fine. I've used PH in many furniture and boat projects. Heck, they build boats from the stuff in some places. Only issue I've come up with is that it is a dye wood, and will bleed color "forever" and sanding it just brings up new rosin to bleed afresh. Varnish does help kill the bleed, but not after fresh oil of course.