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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.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Does this mean you will not be mounting giant speakers to the aft deck to blast techno bagpipe music? I'll get my hat...
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    It's a shame you plugged the hole, it would have made a great mount for those neon underwater disco lights the powerboat set likes so much .
  4. I have not used a offshore jacket with seals, but have used a gortex surface sport drysuit. The seals are noticable at first, but after a few mins you don't even think about them. I had no trouble with 6-8 hours of use. The issue is they do not ventilate at all so the breathable fabric is very important. If the offshore smock is a great deal why not pick it up for snotty weather, and get an inexpensive lightweight one for other times. For light use hiking or ski shells are fine and tend to be less expensive than boat stuff. There should be lots of end of the camping/hinking season sales now.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Day one of last years cruise to the San Juans with our home marina in the background. The wind picked up a few hours later and the sail covers came off.
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    Friends on our dock have a C&C 99 which I like a lot. Some of the interior features are nicer than our 109, especially a reasonable sized salon table. The 109's is too big and in the way even when folded. I have not spent any time in the aft cabin but it looks workable. I like the cockpit on the 109 better. YW has a 99 close to you listed in white which i mention since lots of the 99's were made with dark hulls and by this point are looking pretty faded.
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    First boat at age 50

    Skip a propane cooktop unless you already have a serviceable system in place. Look at a single burner Origo alcohol instead.
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    Cassette Rudder Sticking

    Since it has been stuck since new was it just made too tight? If so perhaps very careful use of fine grit wet sandpaper on the rudder or interior of the cassette might help. You could squirt some dye in between the mating surfaces first to see if there is a high spot that binds.
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    Cockpit Cushion ideas

    I went with these, http://www.ccushions.com/marine.htm. The covering is naturaly non slip and they are low profile, heavy and never move. They do not soak up any water at all, but do not breath either. The set I had on my last boat lasted 20 years and the new owners are still using them, which almost makes the crazy high price seem reasonable.
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    Whale Gulper IC reviews

    I also have the IC pump. My sump is very small, I even had to angle the pick up hose conector to 90 degrees to get it to fit (it is designed for that). So far works fine but like Daddle mine has never had to do much. I dump a bucket of fresh water in the bilge once in while to make sure it works. It is too expensive for what it is, but when I priced all the parts to build my own remote pick up system the cost was about the same. Wet's experience is a worry. I try to keep the bilge very clean to avoid blockages, but will have to pay even closer attention.
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    Helm mounted GPS recommendations

    Garmin has some new chartplotters marketed to fishermen under the echomap name. They are stand alone units with buttons. Some have NMEA compatibility if you want to add it later. I looked at them recently because the price is fair and they have adjustable quick release mounts. I have no personal experience, just saw them in the local marine store. They should be able to calculate simple VMG but not VMG wind.
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    A/C ducting

    How about coroplast? Light strong and with the double wall it may even offer some insulation.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    I think the solid railings are fine, they might be a little more pleasing if reconfigured by a certain expert in that kind of thing. The old bruce anchor is another matter. Overall a great looking boat.
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    Anchor snagged on stump

    I am not sure about your danforth sizing, but if want to know about how anchors actually work ignore all other advice and watch this. He has a video on danforths and Fortress as well.
  15. The point of the test is to push until you can't go any further. If you made it to average time and heart rate for age, with a reasonable blood pressure response, without chest pain or EKG changes, you passed the test (low risk of critical artery disease in your heart). I have seen several people max out the test, most were young fire fighter recruits needing to pass their physical before training. When someone fails the test they rarely go to surgery, most need more testing first. A final odd fact, Dr Bruce helped teach me to read EKGs.
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    Thoughts on old molds and new boats

    I was disappointed when Sabre stopped production of their sailboats and destroyed the molds since they were some of the nicest cruising boats at the time. It was pointed out to me that anyone willing to spend that much on a new sailboat would want all the advances in rig and other changes over the last 10 yrs. A Nordic 40 was made many years after the end of the production run. It was very good looking with some updates like an opening in the stern and updated components but the rig was the same with a huge masthead jib. I think Perry pointed out the changes that would have been required to move the mast forward and modernize the rig did not make sense. I think they only made one.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Although we are thrilled you found the perfect powerboat we are a bit sad to not be able to mooch on your moorings anymore. I do look forward to seeing it next time we sail by
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    Dave's perfect sailboat

    Not only are the masts up, many have roller furling jibs on the forestay as well. Even my local yard insists the jibs be removed after having one to many come loose. It is hard to tell from the photo but it appears standard issue stands are used as well. I assume they are all tied down well.
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    canister gas stoves - how do people deal with safety ?

    I am very wary of those small single use propane bottles having had one leak after use and would never store one inside the boat. It turns out non perforated PVC drain pipe is the perfect diameter to hold them. Using the pipe, end caps and cheap rail clamps (http://www.sea-dog.com/groups/1531-removable-rail-mount-clamps) I built a simple holder that can be mounted outboard on a pulpit or stantion.
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    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    I have read that USCG does not require crotch straps because doing so would reduce PFD use even more than the already low rate. They are choosing to accept a less safe product rather than have boaters use none at all. This is of course is not a unique situation. If we would put up with 4 point harnesses in cars they would not need 6 airbags, but most of us would not find that acceptable.
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    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    I also have the the pro, for me it was more comfortable than the spinlock. I found it put less pressure on the back of my neck but still fit securely. Like you I could not get good info off the website and ended up ordering the pro as it was available in the US and the only model available to try at the local store. I think it is has a more secure harness attachment system and larger straps, but confirm that if important to you. Now with two years of use I am still happy with it. One issue that bothers me with all these manufactures is they show their PFDs without crotch straps on, but most need them to work properly. The straps on the Crewsaver are not really removable, not that I would anyway.
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    Asymmetrical spin (only) takedown

    My boat is about the same size, I suspect your spin is a bit bigger. Blanketing it with the main helps. I have a sock and snuffer which also helps but the whole package of sail, bag, sock, snuffer and the extra halyard to raise the sock is big and heavy. If I were starting over I would look at a Harken top down furler. More money and it seems to take some practice, but once set up seems to work well on a friends boat that is larger than mine.
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    Amazing plastic polishing product

    I have used Imar products for clear plastics for a few years. The polish is mild but works well, the cleaner has UV protection. It is expensive but a little bit goes a long way so I have been using the same bottles for a few years. I like that it is made for dodger windows and is a low risk for causing damage.
  24. It is an interesting boat, and a bit of a lesson in excess wetted surface. It should keep them safe at low cost. I don't mind the help from family at all, but it is an example of a 15 min video that could have been 7 1/2 mins and better for it.
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    Sinking car (DUKW ) Anarchy

    These things are popular in Seattle where I see them all the time. The photo of the traffic accident above occured on a bridge when a front suspension piece failed. I talked to a first responder who said if it had not hit the bus killing multiple kids it would have gone over the edge and fallen hundreds of feet. In the water they are slow and always seem bow down with little freeboard for their size. I suspect the biggest issue is they are 80 year old and no longer safe on the road or water. A modern version designed from scratch with updated materials could be made much safer, but the cost of entry is most likely too high.