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About Murphness

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    Sailing, Brewing Beer, Drinking Beer, Skiing and other outsidey things

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  1. Murphness

    Trailer-able performance cruisers under 5k?

    Get off the fucking bow!!
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    PTFE Rod instead of Torlon Balls?

    Haha. Never enough rod/balls jokes in life. They're 5/16" for the medium track. I went to McMaster first and they didn't have that size in Torlon rod. I found it somewhere else though and forgot to bookmark it. I'll post it here after I dig it back up and order it.
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    PTFE Rod instead of Torlon Balls?

    Yea, put them in last night and they fit surprisingly well. I was only able to load up the main sheet with the halyard cause I was too lazy to put a sail up, but it seemed surprisingly smooth. We have a race tonight so I'll be able to test it out. Only concern at this point is whether it'll ease to leeward in lighter air if I need it to. The material is pretty soft, too, so I'm sure it'll end up grooved somehow, but it was the only thing I could get overnighted. I'll buy some 5/16s Torlon today and test it out next week. So far I'm impressed. Especially if it allows me to continue my new dad/homeowner boat maintenance program!
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    PTFE Rod instead of Torlon Balls?

    I couldn't get 5/16" torlon overnighted. If this PTFE isn't slick enough I'll order up some torlon on Thursday. Thanks! It's possible, but i generally don't count the balls as they go in, and maybe I've never read the instructions very carefully, but I don't remembering them giving you a number. I just fill the tracks until they're full without forcing the last one in. Low maintenance likely played a role this time around. Forgot to McLube it before heading out in 20 knots. First race of the season too, so it was likely still crusty from sitting under the cover all winter.
  5. I've rebuilt my main trav (T-Bird for reference) just about every year because the balls bind up and blast through the end plates. Harken doesn't seem to make metal end plates anymore for the medium sized car. In an effort to never have to do this again, I just purchased a couple feet of 5/16th PTFE rod. Anyone have an opinion on whether this will work? I'm assuming I'll need regular McLube-ing, but there's a lot of purchase on the windward sheeting car, so I'm hoping this will do the trick. Cheers! Murphness
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    Pier View (Cowes) closing. End of an era

    Sad news. Enjoyed dozens of pints of Doombar there while we visited after the 15 TransAt. What a shame.
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    Interior "Battens" (or whatever they're called)

    Yea, I love the pop tops. My boat was purchased unfinished by some dolt who thought he'd do a great job and save some money. We all know how that goes... He came up with some ridiculous slider that leaks like a sieve. It'd take quite a bit of work to change it, although maybe it'd be worth it for water ingress purposes alone...
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    Interior "Battens" (or whatever they're called)

    52,000,000 it is!
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    Help me choose: Sun fast 3200 or J109

    I've sailed on a 3600 and a 109. If cruising comfort is more important, go with the 109. If speed and simplicity is more important, get the 3200.
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    Diesel-proof patch

    Not sure this would even work on a boat because the tank is much smaller, but we used to do it with oil tanks all the time. See if you pull a vacuum on it to stop it from leaking and then slap the JB Weld on. I suppose you could just drain the tank too, but that can be a pain in the ass. If it's still leaking, you'll prob have to rip it out and properly weld it.
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    Interior "Battens" (or whatever they're called)

    I'm liking this suggestion. What to do with the joints? 1/4 round or something? Just checked and it's $90 for a 4x8 1/8 teak ply. That would probably cover the whole cabin top. Other issue is how to secure it? More furring strips? Glue?
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    Interior "Battens" (or whatever they're called)

    Do you mean just gluing foam to the sides?
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    Interior "Battens" (or whatever they're called)

    Def going to glass in some furring strips. Hoping to wire in some LED's or something and the space would make a good chase. I'll check out the express' to see what they're doing. Good luck with the Andrews!
  14. Hey Folks, Looking for advice on sprucing up the interior of my fiberglass cave (Thunderbird). Currently it's painted white over heavy weave poly glass. I think a cruising boat is in the near future, but I'm hoping that I can spruce it up for a couple of reasons anyway. 1: I have a 2 year old I'm hoping to get out on the water this season. My wife is pretty chill, and generally doesn't mind that she has to use a bucket, and that the boat is full of beer cans, but it would be nice to be a bit more comfortable for everyone, and maybe look a bit more welcoming. 2: The boat is under weight anyway, so adding 100#'s of wood won't be the end of the world. Yea, it's not in the right spot, but it's a Thunderbird and I don't really give a shit. We've got a 15 boat fleet now and most are similarly outfitted (with somewhat of an interior) and mine is stripped. I'm pretty handy and have all the tools needed. Really just looking for some ideas, I'm not married to "battens", so if there's some other product that will achieve a similar result (decent looking, more comfortable, won't take 200 hours), I'm all ears. Some pics to help visualize what I'm starting with. Cheers, Murphness
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    flying in pro Race Officers

    Anderson Reggio or his dad Peter are probably some of the best in the biz. Bill Canfield puts on a good regatta. If you want to put on a world class regatta, look who other world class regatta chairs have used. Melges, J-Boats, TP52, etc...