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  1. DRDNA

    Let’s Talk Prices!! (topsides )

    Well, to have a J24 or a Moore 24 topsides painted either locally or at a specialty shop it's going to usually be about 5000USD. The quality of the work will depend upon the boatyard's painter, not the price you pay. For the money you'll get sanding- not usually with a longboard, a lot of pinholes filled, a lot of scrapes and scratches filled. More sanding. Lots of taping, A coat of primer. spraying of a darker paint to look for pinholes, followed by more sanding. More taping, Another primer. Pinhole check, More Masking, sanding and some thinned coats of finish paint. Almost everybody uses awlcraft or awlgrip. .
  2. DRDNA

    Broken Becket Harken

    I do like the old school Harken blocks with a SS strap connecting the becket to the cheeks better than the carbo blocks, but they can be difficult to find.
  3. DRDNA

    Storing o/b on its side causes problems

    My friends and I have zero success with 4 stroke kickers being stored on their side- they do love to make a mess too. The only way I could store my 4hp 4 stroke was vertical if I wanted it to start easily and quickly. I've gone back to 2 stroke kickers as they're light and are easier to store.
  4. DRDNA

    Does your dinghy have a name?

    Yes, my small boats had names- although I kept my best efforts for naming my friend Richard Byron's Lasers and Finns. I wrote names with a marking pen or a china marker. Some lovely examples were: "Talk like a barracuda, live like an anchovy", "Bad Watermelon", and "dead meat don't beat", most of mine were just called Ned.
  5. DRDNA

    Front Page - "Pecking Order"

    Fine article, D has been a fun guy to know for decades, and yes, he's super helpful. He's been sailing Scott Griffith's GybeTech Finn in the latest regattas. The class has a bunch of pretty helpful people!
  6. Wow! The masts I've seen that got done by you from Ventura are awesome. Too bad you're selling.
  7. DRDNA

    Olson 30 on FB

    The bottom is faired and sprayed with white cold cure epoxy, the non- skid is new, and the topsides are L.P. Craig at Elkhorn composites did the work. And, no, it's not mine, and I don't think Joe put an ad in anything.
  8. DRDNA

    SA front page generates link to Mac Cleaner

    I get the same B.S. ad pop- up too.
  9. Battery reads fully charged.(removed and tested) I was just wondering if anyone else has had a problem with their shift failing? It's past its warranty, and Velocitek told me it's a problem that they can't repair. However, they did offer a 20% discount on a new one. It was a good compass!
  10. DRDNA

    Diesel-proof patch

    In powerboats, we replace tanks pretty regularly that sit in a bilge area. We don't usually fix them. Plastic tanks tend to crack, although they're very common in new boats. If you're keeping the boat, buy a new tank- make sure the builder can certify it.
  11. I guess my definition of clamping is different- I only use enough pressure to barely squeeze out material
  12. so, Epoxyworks, and other west systems instructions that say to apply some clamping pressure to insure mating of surfaces are incorrect?? I'll keep bagging and clamping surfaces anyway.
  13. Don't forget clamping pressure with West products for a good adhesion!
  14. DRDNA

    Esse 850 thought someone might be interested

    It's at KKMI. It looks like she sank- There is a mast and a rudder and a tiller.