Major Tom

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    Dinghy String Drop system

    What about a pump up, pump down system? Both using 2:1 reverse purchase and north fix cleats.
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    I wouldn’t waste time trying to do something like that, the veneer on the ply is probably so thin from being sanded too many times so there is about a 90% chance you will sand through the surrounding veneer on the ply after attempting the repair. I would sand the damaged area down to wood, put a layer of ultra light glass on using a clear epoxy, then overcoat with a clear uv stable varnish. The other option is to work out a paint pattern on the deck so all dodgy areas get hidden away.
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    The top veneer has been sanded through exposing the middle, coarser grained middle veneer which has cracked due to wate ingress either caused by too little varying ur expansion and contraction of the veneers.
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    The front fell off
  5. You miss the point, the fact is that this pice of shit was designed to work on existing spars, it was supposed to be an improvement, yet it looks worse than the cross cut sails and the panel layout is not used in any other current generation sail that I have seen as the cloth bias up the luff below the horizontal seam means you have to overuse the cunningham to get the desired result over the whole sail.
  6. For a piece of shit that looks like this?
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    Captain Sir Tom Moore
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    Captain Sir Tom Moore

    This man was someone who none of us had heard of until he made a decision to raise some money for a worthy cause. In doing so he inspired a nation and many others who followed his efforts. The world needs more people like him.
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    Dinghy Hand Launching Cart

    You could easily knock something together with some 4x1 timber. A basic triangle with the handle at a slight angle forward, bevel the longitudinal where the handle fits between them so the joins are snug. Use epoxy. Put some ply triangles on the underside of the aft corners, across the longitudinals aft of the handle, above and below the longitudinals, and on each side of the top of the handle where you will drill a hole to put an aluminum tube through for a pulling handle. Axle goes directly under the aft cross piece of the triangle. Attach suitable shaped supports to the trolley above the aft crass piece and about 1 metre aft if the handle. Use decent wheels, preferably inflatable if you are dragging over gravel.
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    One sunny day in late January 2021, an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Trump." The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr Trump is no longer President and no longer resides here." The old man said, "Okay", and walked away. The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Trump." The Marine repeated, "Sir, as I told you yesterday, Mr Trump is no longer President and no longer resides here." The man thanked him and, again, just walked away. The third day, the old man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U.S. Marine, saying again, "I would like to go in and meet with President Trump." The Marine, understandably irritated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you've been here asking to speak to Trump. I've told you each time that he's no longer the President and no longer resides here. Don't you get it?" The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it !" The Marine snapped to attention and said, "See you tomorrow, Sir."“
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    I like the type of people whose sense of humour may best be described as ‘inappropriate with a chance of ruining a family dinner’.
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    29er Trap Shackle

    I have noticed that using T terminals for trapeze wires often ends up with a wire failure at the lower end of the terminal stage due to friction in the socket not allowing the t terminal to not immediately align with the wire causing fatigue in the same place over a period of time. This was particularly noticeable in International 420s using 2mm trap wires, it was even worse on the rigs using hooks for the trap wires.
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    INEOS Team GB
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    18ft Skiff mas prod

    It also does a heap to control to jib sheet angles and slot, as the head of the jib would normally move aft when you sheet in.
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    29er Trap Shackle

    The further away from the mast you put the tang the more likely you are to bend the bolt.
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    Vanguard Zuma mast / boom specs wanted

    We had a president with the same name, biggest crook ever, the dump would have been too good for him.
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    Epoxy brand compatability

    As you will be relying on a mechanical bond ensure your surface preparation is done properly, well sanded and acetone wiped prior to laminating. Properly mixed cured epoxy is inert and will not react with other epoxies, it may however inhibit the curing of most polyesters.
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    The wide bow boats are almost 100mm wider about 250mm from the bow, your boat looks very straight along the sides from the bow so I am positive it is a narrow bow.
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    Your boat predates the proper wide bow boats by at least 10 years, the first Delanges were in the 13000 sail no range if my memory is correct. The white/Northampton boats were late 13 to early 14000s and there were Severn and Winder making composite or timber wide bows, but all following on from the Australian Delanges.