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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. Thank you very much. I think I may be limited to 1/2" core material if I'd like to match the current. The only penetrations are currently for the traveler. Weight is not as much a factor as ease of use, machining, filling, laminating in situ, and never having to do it again!
  2. I am going to be re-coring the cockpit benches of a boat that was originally cored with foam when built in 1977. It has been neglected for several years and the benches are very soft. You can hear the foam crackling when you step on the bench and there is significant flexing. What type of core do I replace it with? Coosa Bluewater 26? Nida core? Divinycell? Core cell? I have used plywood in another boat before, from below, and I will never do that again. I worry about water intrusion too much to use balsa, but recognize it is much cheaper. What product would you use?
  3. 30-35 ft sprit boat - up to 75K

    I've always like the Synergy 1000.
  4. East Coast version of a Moore 24

    Olson 25 in NC is a sweet boat. Well loved by an engineer owner. http://towndock.net/cgi-bin/classads/view.cgi?cat=Boats.
  5. Ideas needed for removing a water tank

    It's a common problem on powerboats, especially center consoles with foamed in fuel tanks. The least painful method I've seen involved dropping a metal pipe into an access hole with a line attached at the middle, and then hoisting it out using a stout beam across the gunwales or whatever structure you have available.
  6. J/27, newbie questions

    I don't think the t-track on the rail is just plain t-track. I'm pretty sure it is t-rail. http://www.rigrite.com/Hardware/Toerail/T-Rail.php
  7. Best trailerable sailboat for family of 6

    San Juan 21 The one in Altoona looks worth the drive at 650. https://southbend.craigslist.org/boa/d/san-juan/6202058080.html https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/boa/d/sailboat/6210640412.html https://altoona.craigslist.org/boa/d/san-juan-sailboat-with/6213228273.html
  8. I like the looks and layout of the Hanse 455. No idea how it sails. Yachtworld has a shoal draft version for sale in Texas. http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2016/Hanse-455-3073472/Kemah/TX/United-States#.WWp0WU1TFaQ
  9. Viper 830 for sale

    Gbk- talk to Pete hunter in kdh about these boats. Raced one for a while. Now has wai rere.
  10. iPad GPS module

    A cheap power supply for I devices. I have several, and am impressed. https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=108&cp_id=10831&cs_id=1083110&p_id=14575&seq=1&format=2
  11. watch bands?

    https://www.amazon.com/Timex-Ironman-16-20mm-Replacement-Watchband/dp/B003OPZ5NK If one pin is knocked free the other retains the watch.
  12. Bits n pieces n superglue vs medical stuff

    A word of caution for folks thinking to try any of the glues. I was an ED nurse for a long time. We saw a lot of folks for glue-type injuries to the eye. They suck. If you are trying to glue something around your eye socket, like your forehead, nose, cheek, etc, plan ahead. Try to be prepared for additional glue being expelled from the container so there is no danger of it falling into your eye via gravity. IE, don't close a forehead lac while standing in front of a mirror. Lie down and have someone else do it. Make a dam with tape, cloth, anything. Several years ago on vacation my wife was looking for some bugspray. My daughter, trying to be helpful, ran to the 3 floor balcony of our rental house and got some for her. Incoming! My wife looked up just in time to catch the can at the hairline. Nice little crescent shaped lac about 1.5cm. Kept some superglue on the boat for fixing luff tape bits, and after some ice for swelling it was all fixed. Daily sunblock on a stick for a year and you can't even tell it was there.
  13. Yup, that's another doozy, but we were doing NCYRA off Beaufort that year. (1998?) That one had me questioning whether I wanted to do this sailing stuff anymore, being a new father and all. The awesome sail back to Washington the next day reset my priorities. I have sailed many thousands of miles since then, but that was still the worst I've ever seen.
  14. SOLAS Big Boat Race - Near miss at start

    If you look at the video from on board it, there's some fine quality yelling It's on their facebook page. Link for the lazy?
  15. I was young and stupider, with a wife that largely trusts me. We bought a boat that had been a racer, but had languished for a while. Only the second owner, it was a 17yr old boat at the time. It was our first extravagance after 4 years of marriage and the sacrifices one makes to keep their head above the water. We looked at our boat,which is a Lindenberg 26 and a Tanzer 22. The broker, now a great friend, took me by the arm and said, "you want this one!". We sailed it often for 6 weeks until the fellow that runs the marine store said, "Greg, you really oughta race that boat to Ocracoke this weekend!" Well, OK, if you think I can do it?... We left on a Friday to the rendezvous area, where historically a large raft up party was held, sponsored by a Raleigh-area liquor distributor. What could go wrong with that? Just me and my wife as crew. Not confident in close in maneuvering, we anchored near the raft up. Swam over, drank some paint-remover, and swam back, right through a hundred yards of jellyfish. Awake to the sound of starting cannons, we ran around and followed the other boats. After about an hour the wind fell out completely, and we were soon being passed by crabs. We drank all of the fluids on the boat, including the warm Busch Lite, the Capri Sun juice bags, and both waters. Finally the breeze fills and we can still see some of the boats in front of us, and we persevere across the sound. My wife learned that seasickness does not abate with age, and I learned to not be downwind when she dumps the bucket as she's puking on the rail. We arrive in Ocracoke at dusk, assisted into our slip by a preppy dude stepping off a 48' DCMY. "You look like you could use a beer!" That Icehouse bottle beer (haven't had one since) was the best damn beer my wife or I have ever had. We made it to the party to meet the cleaners, and one of the club officers said, "here's your trophy". 4th place, non spinnaker. Of the many trophies that we have one in the interceding years, that's the one my wife allows to remain displayed. Back then there was a USCG station at Ocracoke. Leaving the Island and motoring out the 6 mile channel into the sound, our motor starting running rough. We had 2 6-gallon OMC metal tanks. I figured one was getting low, so I switched to the other. Motor still running very poorly, so I start pumping the bulb, thinking it wasn't getting fuel. My wife says, Oh, No... and I look back to see the slick of gasoline I have been pumping out of the fuel line from where it has pulled off the fitting at the motor. I can follow the trail right to the USCG boat following us. They took pity on us. Lost in my relief after this episode is that we probably now don't have enough fuel to make it all the way home. I realize this at about the farthest point from any land in the middle of the sound. So I call the boat passing us to see if they can spare any fuel. They patiently explained that their diesel would not help us. So, up the sails go and we hope for breeze. Hey, hon, let's head for those big tall dark clouds over there. Soon there is plenty of wind. Like straight line squall wind. My wife (smarter than me) refuses to go up to bow and get the headsail down, but is able to pull most of it in through the forward hatch. It has now become a big funnel for rain and spray. She comes out and puts two life jackets on me, and goes below, to bail and puke again. The wind abates somewhat and we see that we are up in the river and nearing home. Fuel tanks almost bone dry. The RC boat, and old wooden Chris Craft has anchored and is now getting under way. We ask if they have any gas to spare, and they have a 2 gallon tank. I head at the boat at a not very oblique angle and throw the transom right into their topsides, breaking a plank. As we enter the creek, tie up the boat, and hit the head, the sun comes out with that particularly beautiful, low angle through mist thing it does, and we were hooked. We didn't think about all the things we messed up, how bad it could have been, how unprepared we were- we were full of a sense of accomplishment and pride. We asked about racing, had a couple of experienced people come aboard and learned well from them. We have continued to learn, and sailing will always be a large part of my life.