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  1. GMiller

    Duck!

    I wouldn't take my 44' stick under this bridge last summer. Not worth the risk. Can't believe someone thought this bridge was doable for this boat. https://outerbanksvoice.com/2018/11/11/catamaran-loses-mast-after-colission-with-umstead-bridge/
  2. GMiller

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    My mail delivery people are a new breed. Current ones love the new relationship with Amazon, adapting their business model to compete and stay relevant. Cheerful and helpful people. My old ones were complacent, job-secure lazy-asses. When I worked nights I was forever being wakened by the assholes leaning on their fucking horn to get someone, (me or any neighbor) to come to the vehicle to pick up a package so they didn't have to burn 20 calories to quietly leave a package at my doorstep. This in spite of me having genial conversations with him regarding my schedule. When I started working days, I relished in ordering the heaviest items (dog food by amazon!) I could to be delivered by the USPS. I can just picture them sitting for 5 minutes in my driveway, pining for someone to do their job for them. I'm a nice guy, but they brought out my mean streak.
  3. I'd suggest befriending the local dockmasters and marina owners, and inquiring about abandoned boats. Around here there are MANY boats that have not had any attention for years, and are sitting rotting where they are. Periodically the marinas crush boats (not even attempting to salvage anything but the lead) and haul them off. I know of at least 5 boats on our small creek that could be taken off the marina's hands with a stroke of a pen. I forget his name, but he's a frequent poster on here, runs a boat repair shop near Lake Travis. (Anyone?) He'd be a resource.
  4. Follow up. Boat did great, but we were just on the northern end of things and were sheltered from any wave action, and had maybe 60kts in gusts. I used portions of several ideas. Impractical to fit a U-bolt at this late date. We got out early, Tuesday AM, in order to get the favored side of the anchorage. Around here it's more the others technique that is going to damage you, rather than your anchoring technique. I used 3 layers of chafe protection. Vinyl hose, then plain woven fire hose, followed by rubber lined firehose. Secured the chafing gear to the toerail and around the headstay on either side. Chafing gear 2.5' long. I used 2x 22lb danforths in our very muddy bottom. Used my powerboat to set the anchors, then brought boat to rode to secure. Anchors set for expected wind direction, which was correct. Boat didn't move. Thanks for your advice.
  5. Follow up. Boat did great, but we were just on the northern end of things and were sheltered from any wave action, and had maybe 60kts in gusts. I used portions of several ideas. Impractical to fit a U-bolt at this late date. We got out early, Tuesday AM, in order to get the favored side of the anchorage. Around here it's more the others technique that is going to damage you, rather than your anchoring technique. I used 3 layers of chafe protection. Vinyl hose, then plain woven fire hose, followed by rubber lined firehose. Secured the chafing gear to the toerail and around the headstay on either side. Chafing gear 2.5' long. I used 2x 22lb danforths in our very muddy bottom. Used my powerboat to set the anchors, then brought boat to rode to secure. Anchors set for expected wind direction, which was correct. Boat didn't move. Thanks for your advice.
  6. What's the upward/downwar/lateral force on this arrangement? Concerns about taking out headstay on a big lateral load?
  7. GMiller

    Calling all Arduino geeks

    Go Frisco Viking!
  8. Have a friend I'm helping with anchoring ahead of Flo. Race boat, not much hardware forward such as chocks, properly sized cleats. Boat, Olson 25. New owners. Hurricane imminent but haulout they were banking on nebulous now. May have to anchor. Has aluminum toerails and stainless bow casting for jib tack. See pic. Boat likely to sail at anchor with varying angles of lead to rode. Tough to tell from pics, but I'm concerned any rode will likely chafe on toerail aluminum or bow casting. Q- Is neoprene-lined firehose or plain weave firehose enough chafe protection for this bow setup? Yes this bow cleat is maybe 5", but we will run rodes aft. I have 1.5" thick delrin sheet. If a trapezoidal piece forward of the bow cleat, affixed to bow and to each toerail were fitted, is that likely to afford good enough chafe protection from the toerails? Heading out in 10hrs. Any ideas?
  9. Have a friend I'm helping with anchoring ahead of Flo. Race boat, not much hardware forward such as chocks, properly sized cleats. Boat, Olson 25. New owners. Hurricane imminent but haulout they were banking on nebulous now. May have to anchor. Has aluminum toerails and stainless bow casting for jib tack. See pic. Boat likely to sail at anchor with varying angles of lead to rode. Tough to tell from pics, but I'm concerned any rode will likely chafe on toerail aluminum or bow casting. Q- Is neoprene-lined firehose or plain weave firehose enough chafe protection for this bow setup? Yes this bow cleat is maybe 5", but we will run rodes aft. I have 1.5" thick delrin sheet. If a trapezoidal piece forward of the bow cleat, affixed to bow and to each toerail were fitted, is that likely to afford good enough chafe protection from the toerails? Heading out in 10hrs. Any ideas?
  10. GMiller

    What's your boat beer?

    Love IPA's but don't want too much alcohol for on the boat. This is my favorite compromise. https://highlandbrewing.com/beer#beers-year-round
  11. GMiller

    SUV anarchy

    We just had to buy a new car, at about the worst time with 2 in college. My wife has suffered driving high mpg smaller cars while driving 40K a year. Has started feeling insecure in smaller cars with many commutes through the Raleigh/Durham/Greensboro/Charlotte areas. We looked and drove many SUV's, and finally settled on the Honda Pilot. She is very proud of an OVERALL average of 27.2 mpg, and gets 31 on the highway often. When rotated to my use at 150K miles, it should still tow our powerboat well at 5500lb rating. She won't allow a hitch on it yet. AWD, the smart driving aids like lane keeping, adaptive cruise, cameras, etc. OTD for 35K. Negotiated over the internet with a dealer 30mi away, picked it up and was out of there in 2hrs.
  12. GMiller

    Show your boat sailing thread

    Love my Lindenberg 26
  13. GMiller

    Beta Marine vs Nanni Marine

    A good friend had a Beta 2 cylinder diesel "professionally installed" as well. The engine was not mounted flat, but rather sloped to the stern. The fill for the heat exchanger was on the low end. He had coolant troubles right off the bat. Stanley from Beta met us mid cruise to problem solve and spotted the issue immediately. Perhaps that's what you meant by vapor lock? No problems since, in 10 years.
  14. GMiller

    oh Craigslist, you don't disappoint

    This had to be done in a place with loooooong winters.
  15. GMiller

    Lewmar 40 2 speed

    Punch out the pin on the lower gear. That will expose the circlip on the underside that holds the drive shaft in. Remove that and lift the driveshaft off the top.