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  1. steele

    Wood Stove

    Our fire place insert at home was pretty badly corroded when we bought the place. We had it inspected and it was deemed safe but the guy stated that he had seen the problem often in stoves and inserts where driftwood was used.
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    What Size Prop?

    What type of prop is on it now? If you are lucky it might be a maxprop, they can refurbish it and it will be indistinguishable from new. Other companies may have similar programs. Keep in mind folding or feathering props not only reduce drag sailing, but most offer much better performance in reverse.
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    Occasional/special tools for club to share

    In my area there are tool libraries, one for bike repair the other for more general household use. You could set something up with limited hours where tools a checked in and out with inspections etc. Of course this ends up being more work for whoever organizes it. But a small fee might offset that. I would be happy to pay $5-10 for a few hours use of a crimper rather than buy one never to use again.
  4. Agree with above, and scrape the mold off every few weeks. I used to pick the mushrooms of the wood and other soft bits but now I kind of like the decorative effect. Inside I run a cheap peltier dehumidifier. They ice up at well above freezing temps so I got an electronic timer that cycles it off and on every few hours. The freeze/thaw cycle does not seem to hurt it.
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    Powder coat or paint wheel

    Boat Leather is a good source for recovering, http://boatleather.com/product/boatleather-wheel-covers/. The owner is a local sailor.
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    Best cold weather sailing gloves?

    Agree with Atlas, I have the blue ones with fleece. Good grip, also handy for pumping out the holding tank and anchor handling. I also have a set of REI lobster biking gloves. Thinsulate plus gortex. They are kind of lightly made but have held up better than I thought they would. I found the skiing version too thick for line handling.
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    Searching For The Right Boat

    Is there a reason you are looking on the east coast? Your profile in the first post lists the PNW where old boats mold, but are not subjected to gobs of UV or freeze thaw cycles that break things down over time. Lots of the boats you list are popular around here. Is the 70 k your purchase cost or total? The boats you are interested are of the ocean going variety and if that is your goal then fitting out and updating will max the budget pretty quick even with you doing most of the work. For coastal cruising you may have some options. To get an idea what to expect talk to one of the big lofts about the cost of a set of offshore sails for a Valiant 40.
  8. The big issues are is it truly ready to rig, and is the price fair for the area it is selling. If someone was looking for a big family coastal cruiser it does not look so bad. The photos make it out to be in good shape and the interior is well finished; altough I am not sure why the anchor windlass motor is uncovered in the V berth. In our area used aluminum rigs are easy to get and standard wire rigging is not too expensive. Decent second hand winches etc are also available. All this assumes the buyer has some basic skills mounting deck hardware. Paying someone to do it all would probably cost more than a fully rigged used boat. If it lacks backing plates, tie rods etc then forget it, and the dodger thing has to go.
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    Hallelujah

    KD Lang's version at the beginning of the 2010 Olympics has stuck with me for a long time. It was such a perfect contrast to the overproduced 2008 opening ceremony in Beijing. One woman, one song, more soul.
  10. steele

    Catalina 30 :)

    I have been around a fair number of 30 ft boats, and owned a Tartan 30. If you factor in purchase and upgrade budget, the need to live aboard with 2, cost savings by keeping the boat at 30 or less, and parts and knowledge support, it is hard to beat a C30. As with your 27 watch out for rot at the chainplates, and check the mast step as I recall it is wood and prone to rot as well. Lots of info about the "catalina smile" at the keel joint is available on line. Some came with diesel engines but the older ones were way underpowered, 12-18 hp for a heavy 30ft boat. Look for the 25 hp universal. Get to know Hike Bitches on this site, he has done so much work on his he could probably build one from scratch. Finally, the inside to Alaska is probably fine with planning. The PNW to Mexico is another animal and I would research this a lot before doing it on an old C30. I have never done the trip myself.
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    J 108 - did they actually make them

    You probably know this but if the 108 is not an option there were a few shoal draft 109s. One was on YW a year or so back.
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    Very minor side note but if you go with the 109 it is easy to add a fold out shelf to the galley that is very handy to increase counter space.
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    Dehumidifier Anarchy

    I have used a peltier Eva Dry model for a few years. Much less capacity than a compressor driven model but on my 35 boat in the PNW it works well enough. There are some caveats. My boat is very dry overall so it does not have to do much, I use a WM frisbee style heater in the front of the boat to add a little warmth (about the same as a light bulb) and move some air around, and plug the deumidifyer into a inexpensive electronic timer that turns it off and on on a 4 hour cycle because below 50 degrees or so it will ice up. I know all this sounds kinda PIA, but the set up is small light and draws little power.
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    I admire the steering station being so low there is no hope of seeing out of the windows (not ports, if it has a kitchen they are windows). This plus the steel construction allows you to blindly bash your way out of marinas without fear of harm.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    I have the webasto air unit not hydronic but most of this applies. The set up Kim purchased includes the surewire control which makes figuring out problems easier. I would check to see if the fuel pump is the new quiet one or the older model like mine. It makes too much noise for what it does so an upgarde may be a good idea depending on where it is mounted.