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    New SWAN 48 and sweet dreams

    The new Swan 54 I have sailed on has mid-boom sheeting to a point over the comanionway. This is probably the best solution for a large-ish cruising boat on which there is no plan for a traveler - although that setup can have a short traveler. if, on a cruising boat, you are not going to put a full-width traveler in the cockpit, i think it probably makes sense to forgo end-boom sheeting. without the traveler, you don't get much more control than a good mid-boom system.., and not only is the sheet in the way, it can be dangerous when it sweeps across a cockpit. obviously, the boom needs to be built for mid boom sheeting I feel like on this boat, they didn't want anything disrupting the clean line forward.., but - away from the boat show - there will be a dodger that never goes away, and you won't even see the companionway sheeting.
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    New SWAN 48 and sweet dreams

    well, i've never seen anything like that on any of the Swans i've sailed on. I have a feeling that is a specific owner request.., not a stock feature it's pretty ugly, and i am not sure it would withstand an uncontrolled gybe without some damage. however, it might offer some protection from the main sheet to a crew member in the cockpit
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    New SWAN 48 and sweet dreams

    i've sailed quite a lot on the 53, and the newer 54 - this one is an even newer design, but has a lot in common with the ones i have sailed on. They are very comfortable cruising boats that work well offshore. the build level is quite high, giving a lot of confidence in bad weather. they are not meant for racing; they are heavy.., have cruising keels, winches are wrong.., no traveler, and so on.
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    Harken Bolt-Down Fairlead at End of Sprit

    it's not totally clear what's going on with that... looks like an eye splice around the ring - from what i see, you are not supposed to have tight necks on rings like that, but i guess if you oversize the line it will be okay. but i can't tell what's happening with the rest of it. in any case, i have two holes, not one central hole
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    Harken Bolt-Down Fairlead at End of Sprit

    i just looked - that's the breaking strength.., not a safe working load
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    Harken Bolt-Down Fairlead at End of Sprit

    that's not the problem - i just prefer to have no moving parts. The block gets in the way of one of the mooring lines, and having a fixed ring, or a fairlead will be cleaner than a big block - spring, or no spring.
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    Harken Bolt-Down Fairlead at End of Sprit

    i thought about that, but the U bolt might be too small, and I wasn't sure how I would secure the ring i will look for a picture of a european 109 to see how they do it.
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    Harken Bolt-Down Fairlead at End of Sprit

    I would make a Delrin piece that is flat on top, and curved on the bottom, to match the sprit. I thought about a ring.., but I would prefer to have nothing flopping around up there.
  9. I want to simplify the setup at the end of an extendable sprit on a 30ft boat. It currently has a large U bolt with a Harken 57mm Carbo Block I am thinking of taking the U bolt off, and just putting a 12mm Harken Fairlead there in its place. They make a bigger one, but the working load of this one exceeds that of the 57mm block, and the hole should be big enough for the stripped line i will use. are these commonly used for this application? is there any reason it won't work? https://www.atlanticriggingsupply.com/hasi12bofa.html
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    Commercial Ship Admiration Anarchy

    When i was a kid, i lived for several years in the Netherlands - in Den Haag. The Savannah came into Rotterdam, and we had a school field trip to tour the boat and see the reactors - i was probably about 8. it was an amazing experience.
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    Deck Cleats and mooring lines

    I probably wouldn't use one of those as a permanent attachment for a boat that lives on a mooring - they look chafe prone.., and even might have a possibility of failing - maybe a manufacturing defect in where you can't see. That one in particular only has two fasteners - the better deck cleats have four fasteners. a plain old horn cleat is pretty reliable I know that plenty of big boats use the Nomen folding cleats for moorings - but they look a lot better than that cleat. They also cost a lot...
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    Deck Cleats and mooring lines

    i think that could work - as long as you got a really strong fiber padeye - i have seen some really nice ones on the gunboats.., and i'm sure they are on other big boats too. the only problem i have with it is that often my wife is picking up the mooring.., and getting the eye splice over a horn cleat is pretty simple, and can be done in a second or two... if it is windy and there is any load on the mooring line, she will not like fiddling with a soft shackle while holding the mooring line under load... yes, i have a motor.., but in this case i think easy is better
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    AIS receiver info anyone?

    this one is only US $55 - with a splitter https://www.hodgesmarine.com/Shakespeare-5257-S-Antenna-Splitter-F-Vhf-Radio-p/sha5257-s.htm
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    Small Handheld DSC VHF

    I am looking for a small handheld VHF with DSC capability. I am not looking for an emergency or MOB type of device - I am looking for something you can actually talk on. The smallest I have found, are: Standard Horizon HX890 - 2.6" X 5.4" X 1.5" and Icom M93D - 2.3" X 5.7" X 1.5" The Standard Horizon feels a bit less bulky to me when I hold it. Any others I should be looking at?
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    Vineyard Race SI amendment #1

    but that relates to what has already transpired. is it necessarily the case that, having once held an invalid hearing, the committee can never again consider the case? i haven't seen anything that says that