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    Volvo MD11C Overheating

    95% of the md-11c engines were raw water cooled. i had two of these engines (both with sail drives) You need an infrared heat gun to measure where it is getting hot. You need to measure each cylinder top to bottom to see where it is getting hot, so you will know if you fixed the issue. Are you sure the hoses are good? I had the inner liner of a hose separate. Was fine until suction was applied, and then no water flow. Second, don’t be afraid to acid flush the engine. It won’t hurt anything at all, so don’t worry. Seriously. Get a 5 gallon bucket, a sump pump of some sort, and run the engine (heat helps the chemical reaction) while pumping the acid mixture through. Muriatic acid is good, and you can get it a Lowe’s, etc. Remove the water pump impeller and reverse the flow as well. Let the acid sit in the engine and do it again. obviously wear lots of safety gear, but it isn’t too big a deal. I punched a hole in the top of the bucket lid for the two hoses so it was spill proof.
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    Has the Proverbial Shoe (prices) Dropped Yet?

    I sold a fairly expensive Chris Craft launch powerboat for more than I purchased it for in about 5 minutes this spring, and could have sold 5 more if I had them. In the northeast everyone was buying powerboats.
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    Timber boat shops - Rhode Island/Jamestown area?

    Mystic Maritime museum:
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    SV Fast Break from a movie, what is it?

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    Picture Sharing From Your Boat

    Looking west
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    "Sack Lunch" needs a home

    Maybe add a location.
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    Sweetest sailing old plastic?

    Swede 55! I had a folkboat, a Hinckley, and then the Swede. Awesome boat, and very easy to single hand. The boat makes you look like a better sailor every day. This is a shot from a 35-50knot day. Had a blast!
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    Swede 55

    That looks like fun!
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    East coast where to move to?

    Burlington Vermont. Checks all the boxes. No traffic, decent jobs, great sailing and biking and skiing
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    Grain Surfboard Project

    One of the Grain founders used to live here in VT. Super cool guy, and a great sailor. I'm sure you will be pleased with your decision.
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    Where to buy Teak Strips?

    Oak. Teak has a much different grain.
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    Swede 55

    It actually adds a couple of feet of waterline - especially down wind or reaching. I would think it is definitely a performance hit.
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    Swede 55

    Great job on the website! Awesome update.
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    Swede 55

    Wow, I didn't really fathom how much they chopped off the back - looks like a substantial amount. I would miss that healed waterline aft... and the change in lines.
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    Swede 55

    Hi Kraftwerk, That is my Swede 55 (Rosina) that someone posted - feel free to ask any questions about the boat. As for single handing, the Swede is a great single handed sailboat. 95% of the pleasure sailing/cruising that I do on Rosina is single handing. For the first 8 years I did it without an autopilot, but now it has one which makes things slightly easier. I have very comfortably single handed in up to about 35 knots without concern, but I do reef a bit early if I'm alone. I rarely start the engine, but prefer to sail on and off the mooring - it is just nicer that way. Why is it such an easy boat to sail alone? I think it is because it is extremely well behaved - it can turn quickly when you turn the helm over hard, but otherwise it stays where you want it to for enough time do what you need to do. It has very good directional stability, and low windage, so you can park the boat head to wind while you handle sails, etc. It is easy to judge how much speed you need to carry into a mooring, and it gives you plenty of time to walk up and grab the pennant before the boat starts going somewhere you don't want it to. I don't have lazy jacks or roller furling, and still have no problem. I fly the spinnaker alone in winds up to about 16-17 knots. After that you might want a second hand to get it down... On a long course point to point race we once got 2nd place in the spinnaker division sailing against fully crewed boats, and have won the doublehanded race a couple of times - basically because the boat does what you want it to. You can take your hands off the wheel and it will keep going where you want it to. No nasty weather helm, no round-ups, etc. Just always balanced and in control. I'm sure that others who have sailed them will agree.