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    Boats that are sailed and bikes that are pedaled. Tech, all kinds.

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  1. blurocketsmate

    Synthetic standing rigging conversion

    So I wonder if the stretch (except for the lashings) can be dealt with at once by prestretching the completed shroud. Building a rig to do this shouldn't be hard or expensive. I haven't done it in a long time, but splicing this kind of rope is pretty simple. It doesn't take too much practice to get consistent splices. Again, I agree with Guvacine about special fittings and rope -- might as well stick with wire.
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    Synthetic standing rigging conversion

    Synthetic appeals to me too, especially with cheap Amsteel and simple lashings. But it seems fiddly to get all the construction stretch out -- of the rope itself, the splices, and all the lashings. It seems to me it would be "settling" for quite awhile, before even getting into creep. I'd like to know more about prestretching, what loads to bring it up to, for how long, etc.
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    New WLYDO Project - Gentlemen's Powerboat Cruiser

    I've been thinking about a project like this for a long time, though not quite as big (26'?). Solar would be great, but for me the size limit was how much battery could be charged overnight, for perhaps a 30 mile range at cruising speed. Most marinas near civilization have 50A plugs. A lot of cruisers, especially older, just harbor hop from marina to marina. We used to talk about cruising the San Juans in a Duffy. Quiet, simple, reliable, with very low ongoing cost.
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    Lusting on Yachtworld

    If you had kept those things, you would have 6x'ed your money, except for the boat and the gas.
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    Off Center Harbor offer

    I've enjoyed the teaser videos! It's well worth it, but I've been too cheap until now. I'm so glad to see somebody doing this. And it's great work. Consider buying a subscription for a friend who would appreciate it. I can think of several. Remember them next Christmas too.
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    Sailing Centre Designs / Best Practices ?

    I didn't have a photo from Balboa Yacht Club handy, but Google was bound to turn up something: The uprights are ~4" galvanized pipe set into the pavement, with 2x6(?) wood crosspieces. Boats sit on small dollies that fit on the transom. Boats are wheeled out vertically, then lowered to a yard dolly. As I mentioned, even a kid can do it without help. I would guess BYC's racks hold about 40 boats, in a space about like two car parking spaces end to end. These same racks have been there since the 1970s. Maybe somebody else has a better picture. Maybe a video of it in action? A picture of a transom dolly? Any BYC members here? The wooden racks pictured above are great too -- probably the most common type that I've seen around, and very easy to build.
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    Coppercoat Redux

    I don't see much difference in concept between Coppercoat and Trinidad. They're both hard coatings with copper dust mixed in. They both need scrubbing to expose fresh copper, and a full sanding (ugh) if left out of the water too long. I'd hate to spend so much time/effort/money on a Coppercoat bottom, expecting 10 years, then have it fail in under two; when I could have just slapped on some familiar, reliable Trinidad, three times in that 10 years. Or Micron 66 every two years, as we did in the PNW. It worked. The silicone stuff may be the future, but for most it's still experimental ($$$).
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    Sailing Centre Designs / Best Practices ?

    I'm a big fan of vertical Laser racks. Just wheel the boat out of its slot and lower it to a yard dolly. I was doing it alone when I was 12. The biggest issue is securing the boats for high winds -- so they don't bang around or blow down completely -- and having somebody available to do that. The footprint can't be beat.
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    Where Didja Get Your Log In Name

    I was literally Blurocket's mate, for 9 summers, for Bill Blurock and his wife Dolores. The boat lived in Bellingham, and we did most of our cruising in BC. After Dolores died, I moved in with Bill as a caregiver for the last 3 years of his life. The original Blu-Rocket was Bill's P38 in WW2. Then there was a Cal 25, a Cal 2-30, an O'Day 37, and finally the custom Maple Leaf 50, Blurocket 4. Bill hung up his captains hat at age 87, when Dolores' leukemia became serious (main reason), and his own parkinsons made walking on docks too difficult. I sacrificed a lot career wise to be on the boat with Bill and Dolores. But it was a great experience, with great friends, maybe the high point of my life so far.
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    Blackcat 30 Multihull supercat by McConaghy

    I bet it gets hot in there with all that glass.
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    Glut Of Used Boats (30') For Sale

    It still is, just like an old used Corolla is an entry level car.
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    Best sailing lakes North America?

    A shout out to Lake Norman (near Charlotte) too, maybe more racing there than the coast of NC. Summer brings light air and powerboat wakes.
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    Waquiez Gladiator

    Congrats! I had seen that one in the listings, forever. Sometimes a boat that needs work and sails but bought cheap is a better deal, because you'd want to do all that stuff anyway. I haven't been on a Gladiateur, but I've sailed on two Pretoriens, and they were great.
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    CLC Jimmy Skiff 2 - Thoughts

    The only reason to build a boat is if you really want to build a boat. If you want to go sailing, buy one. Or do both!