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

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  1. blurocketsmate

    No-Wear Chafe Guard, Any good?

    They look fine, but the skinny old-school SS rub rails work great when placed right, and look better. Stick-on may have its advantages though.
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    shit show (front page)

    I was gonna say that.
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    Exemplary Cruising Videos

    "The classic film of Frank Dye's sail from Scotland to Norway via the Faroes in his Wayfarer, Wanderer, a 16-foot open dinghy, a boat that is now in the British Maritime Museum."
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    little River SC YC & Marinas ?

    Our local sailing community is here: I haven't had a chance to get involved, so I don't know how many boats they get, or how good the racing is. Little River has the most sailboats in the area, and the only racing that I've heard of. Where MBYC is, is well protected and safe. I think it's about 5 miles from the ocean. There are condos all around, and condo slips. Everything there looks a bit tired (but OK). There are nice, well protected marinas on the ICW all the way to Georgetown. But they're pretty far from the ocean. Georgetown is 10 miles from the ocean but sailing in Winyah Bay is nice, with lots to explore/cruise. There's no racing that I know of, but it has lots else going for it. More sailors should move here. The potential is great. Where you should live depends on what you like to do and be around -- the beach, golf, fishing, kayaking, nightlife, etc. This is the second fastest growing metro area in the US. It'll change a lot in the next 5-10 years.
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    The Zombie Fleet

    It was pretty shabby when I was there 11-12 years ago. I thought what a great opportunity it might be for someone who wanted a nice little marina in a great spot. Fishermans Cove is neato. The city/county/whomever should have acted a lot sooner. Now the cleanup/rebuild costs are probably a barrier to anyone taking it over.
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    cleaning spider poop off gelcoat

    I've had good luck with peppermint oil to keep the wasps away. Magic Erasers are great for spider poop, and purple-berry bird poop.
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    Upholstery fabric anarchy

    Zonker, Perhaps I'm being too hard on the non-marine stuff. The regular microsuede is great. It was on Blurocket for 20 years before we redecorated with a plaid Sunbrella. Another great one, and really cheap, is the chenille (Charisma?) from Bartson, which comes in lots of colors. It's child and Labrador-proof. Mostly I want to encourage people to look around, as there are so many options now. I agree completely on the rest of it.
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    ...needs TLC!
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    Upholstery fabric anarchy

    ^^^ Excellent, as long as it's outdoor ultrasuede from Sunbrella, Outdura, Tempotest, etc. It's incredibly durable, comfortable, and rich looking. But a lot of others are as good now. Outdoor fabrics have come a long way in the last few years, with fancy stuff you'd never believe was outdoor. All the major brands are great. So shop around.
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    Sailing “bucket list” thread

    Transpac, like any SoCal kid. Weird that I haven't done it yet. Charleston Race Week, on anything. In SC four years and haven't done that yet either.
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    Reducing Anchor Swinging

    The problem is noise -- little waves slapping under the stern all night.
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    Reducing Anchor Swinging

    Maple Leaf 50 here. All the Maple Leafs have a lot of windage at the bow, and not much underwater up there. We thought about a riding sail but decided it probably wouldn't work.
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    Reducing Anchor Swinging

    A kellet does the same thing as a bunch of heavy chain. In light conditions it can make swinging worse. The bow blows off one way, stretching out the rode, then the weight of the rode pulls it back the other way. Back and forth, back and forth. A shore tie or stern anchor with some tension on the system can minimize or stop the swinging.
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    Boat BBQ Feedback?

    Those cheapo trigger lighters from Walmart or wherever work fine. They come in 3-packs for under ten bucks.
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    Boat BBQ Feedback?

    For us, always the elements inside. Our last Magma was turned into a flying saucer when the captain snagged it on someone else's dinghy davit, which flexed about a foot before the BBQ mount failed.