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    Winch patina anarchy

    New to me boat. 1980 Swan 47. There are two Lewmar 55ST winches that were under the dodger (and will be once the new one is done). They have chrome bronze drums, but I suspect that being under the dodger concentrated the salt/moisture and caused this patins. None of the other 11 winches have this issue. What is the best way to get these as nice looking as possible?
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    Replacement upholstery anarchy

    I'm considering replacing the upholstery in my main salon. The foam is fine but some of the buttons have popped and others have rust from lots of cruising. The boat is dark teak below and even with light tan headliner. So I have some questions: Is ultrasuede a reasonable material? Does it clean easily? I am thinking about either white or off white, which brought up my wife's question "what if someone spills red wine on it?" Thanks for the input!
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    I need a new iPad. Which one has real gps?

    My current one is about 7 years old with a lifeproof case and has been through a lot. A lot. The only time it didn't perform 100% was off of Nicaragua in a "chubasco" lightning storm that looked like the strobes at an Oscar Awards press conference. It kind of freaked out, but has worked perfectly before and since. It is just getting a bit slow (I think that is an Apple 'design feature' to make you buy more), so it is time.
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    Mysterious monolith found in Utah desert

    Maybe it's used for sharpening razor blades.
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    Mysterious monolith found in Utah desert

    Maybe this is what happens to things that return from outside the environment.
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    Festoon LED bulbs - 39mm

    I am looking for some 39mm festoon LEDs. I want ~2700K NOT the 6,000K car bulbs. The only place that I can seem to find them is West Marine, but the want $16.99 each, when I can get the 41mm 2700k from 1000bulbs for $0.98 each. Does anyone else have a source in the US?
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    Mysterious monolith found in Utah desert

    Too bad the folks with expensive helicopters, off road vehicles and expensive drones couldn't have figured this out faster than Sailing Anarchy. That being said - one of my most memorable discussions with Capitan - )who has done 1 - 1/2 laps and is one of the smartest people I know) asked me a couple of years ago why I was asking "sailing anarchy" for help with a technical question, my reply was "Capitan, SA, and sailors in general, are independent, self reliant, problem solvers that follow the code of the sea: help other mariners". Now I am sitting in Mazatlan on his Swan 47 diagnosing the voltage differential between the house bank and starting battery. I'll be checking the specific gravity in the morning after the Phoenix 12/50 charger does its wizardry overnight.
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    LONQR 2

    Ectoplasm? Better call ghostbusters.
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    Mysterious monolith found in Utah desert

    So we can agree, it is not a monolith. Do we call it: A) multilith, or b) polylith. Any others?
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    Festoon LED bulbs - 39mm

    Marinebeam has a lot, but no 39mm.
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    ID this cabin light please

    Thanks Zonker! The first one I tried didn't budge, so I was reluctant. The second one came right off. Then with a little persuasion, all is fine in the universe.
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    Jimmy Hoffa. Fo shizzle.
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    LONQR 2

    Wait.... Is it "Let's eat grandma" or Let's eat, grandma"?
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    How long did it take to find/buy your boat?

    Yup. Swan 47, 049, K-1247, Bones VIII
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    How long did it take to find/buy your boat?

    It either took 15 minutes, or 36 years. It all depends on how you check the time. I started sailing on her in 1984. She was 5 years old and in pristine condition. For the next 6 years we did a bunch on ocean races and really enjoyed her. Then, capitan started off to do two laps of the Blue Ball. He made ~2.9 laps and got the cancer. We spent parts of the last 5 years getting home to home port. Capitan got the cancer twice, and got it fixed, but at 88 it wasn't going to be a come home and do a victory lap. We reached an agreement to her the rest of the way home and agreed that I would keep the legacy going as long as I could with the old crew and never change her name - Easy peasy -- she was named for his first wife (who the cancer too and wa much like my second mother) and all of the 8 boats had that name. It would be sacriedle to change much. Over the years, Capitan has kept her in the best condition imaginable, and I would not hesitate to go anywhere on her right now. She is built by a legendary builder designed by a legendary firm from New York. I cannot wait to get her home from the last 10% of her journey to make Capitan and myself feel at peace. She still is in pristine condition 2.9 laps later. Including the teak decks Capitan put on with the help of a shipwright when he was ~ 70. Capitan is a stud.
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    Volvo TMD 22 engine origins?

    Thanks! It's a start. I think that Perkins date back to some sort of tractor. As I said, I don't need parts any time soon, I'd rather pay regular price than green powder coat price.
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    Amateur couple rebuilds salvage cruiser

    Looks like Beneteau has some 'splainin to do about their construction vs. design specs. Inquiring insurers want to know.
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    fenders in Mazatlan

    I was hoping foe marine fenders; not tugboat fenders. Is there a yacht fender dealer there?
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    LONQR Free of PA

    Let's here for Kelly!
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    Volvo TMD 22 Parts

    My (new to me) boat has a Volvo TMD 22 Diesel. From what I van tell, most smaller marine Diesels owe their heritage to some sort of farm or industrial lineage. Any ideas on whence the Volvo TMD 22 was spawned?
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    Inflatable fender anarchy

    I need to get a couple of fenders from the US to Mexico. I'm looking at about 11" x 30" size. Are there inflatable fenders that I can deflate to tak down?
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    faint oil sheen in diesel exhaust

    Asking for a friend... Faint oil sheen from diesel exhaust. Well maintained, mid hours (~2,000 hours), 60HP Volvo turbo diesel. Usually run at ~ 1,800-2,000 RPMs (with a max of ~3,000+). New to me boat so I am not sure about the specifics of what the exhaust looked like when the engine was put in brand new in 2008, but I know the previous owner, and he kept the boat in ready to go around the world condition (which he did 1 7/8 times - hence me). So I know the maintenance was spot on. Thoughts? Marvel Mystery Oil? Sawdust in the crankcase? Bueller, anyone?
  23. The last time MS Windows did this to me, was in the early 2000's. Same like with AOL - in a hurry to log off and it hijacks you for a 20 minute download/update. Why so long ago? I did #2, above. If nothing else, "finder" is astounding. If everything else, see post #1. The door was open a crack. I'll make sure it closes more firmly.
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    LONQR 2

    We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto.
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    Tell me about the Mason 43

    I have never seen one, much less been aboard or sailed, but I am fortunate enough to have stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night. So, that being said, here is what you can expect: Pointing: 0 degrees apparent and/or true. Amazing! Speed to weather: 3.461x true wind speed, 19.409x apparent wind speed. Draft: -2.6 feet - that's correct, no typo. fully layden, she is over 2 feet out of the water. Engineering mastery. Water tankage: No need. there is a Farfegnator that takes the moisture in the air, condenses it and puts it in the tank. The rest, is separated into hydrogen (for the fuel cell) and oxygen (to fuel the stove/oven). Displacement: see draft, above - very light. Downwind performance: best point of sail = DDW, figure speeds of 3.14 - 3.14159X true wind speed. Powerplant: Caterpillar drive (think: Hunt for Red October). You will never hear it (unless of course you like to do Crazy Ivan's). I know that doesn't cover all of the aspects, but I think it gets you well on your way. PS - Teak decks: This is a very interesting feature that I don't think ever really caught on. The teak decks are made from laminated layers of Cambium - this is the living layer that grows each year. If periodically doused with clean, fresh water, the decks actually will increase in thickness. There are countless tales of owners who don't regularly use their boats having to sand down (or pay to have sanded down) their decks. If left neglected (say in the Pacific Northwest), the decks have been reported to being close to 3 inches thick. EDIT: forgot to add, it has more interior volume and amenities than bost 80 footers.