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  1. Personally I'd tie off to the gal's legs. Nice and smooth, no splinters, and easy to sweat in..... I was at Sullivan bay two years ago and can assure you of splinters on their bull rails.
  2. Just following his instructions. But whether you do the whole length or just a bight, it's still slow, splintering, and annoying. Cleats just work better. "." That's a period.
  3. I've yet to puke on a boat, but there have been times when I didn't want to spend too much time below. The worst for me is working below with my head down, on a smelly diesel engine while there is big motion. After a few days I can even do that. If I've been doing a lot of soaring, even the first day - that motion is worse for sickness than a boat typically. It'll be interesting to hear form Actel if he's over it by the end of the trip. There are a range of sensitivities and there is a genetic/racial component according to research.
  4. I've seen a few metal bull rails but never been to the hospital because of them. You can at least sweat a line on one and they don't shed splinters. The ones for example on the breakwater at Lund are in bad shape but still work. There are nice new galvanized ones at the Toba marina and they work better than wood bull rails by far. But still far behind cleats. Maybe Canada can cast cleats out of all the steel they can't sell to the USA now because of Fuck Head's tariffs.
  5. Fucking problem, eh?! I gotta pass the whole length under a splintery poisoned board, then double and do another pass (more splinters and bird shit), then two half hitches? I can do a cleat hitch in about 1/4 that time, no spinters, don't ever need to see the bitter end of the line, and I can sweat it in without having to undo the wot half hitches, undo the doubled wrap, then drag my line under a splintery board and redo the whole mess. I can tie to a bull rail about 12 different ways. That don't make it better than a cleat in any respect. For the 10th time - yeah you can tie a boat to a bull rail. You can tie a boat to a tree or a rock or even a pedestrian, but that don't make it right.
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    My newest project

    The older boat towards the front is a Swan 40, one of the guys is restoring it. Cassiopeia is there for major repairs from a serious keel strike. My boat is the little trawler bought for PNW cruising - the sailboat was sailed down the coast home to SF a couple of weeks ago.
  7. DDW

    Bolt-on external ballast keels

    A chance in a million.
  8. DDW

    My newest project

    You managed to miss getting my boat in the pic just to the right. She's not lonely. That's Blue to the left, there are at least four other boats in the parking lot not counting the 7 or 8 under construction inside. Betts is a busy place right now.
  9. DDW

    Bolt-on external ballast keels

    On the type of boat you are talking about (V40) there is a molded in fiberglass keel stub. Flanges are not the answer here and as far I know has never been used. The keel lead is much lower in height than a full bolted on lead keel, the keel bolts are proportionately less stressed. There are really only two methods used, cast in J bolts (or bolts backed up with something cast in), or bolts drilled in after the casting. These can either go all the way through, or to pockets cast in the sides into which the nuts are placed. The former method is far more common. You can theoretically put in new keel bolts with the latter method, but again it is rarely done. Keels can be dropped to inspect the bolts, but it isn't fun.
  10. About the third day you'll be fine - at least most people are. Also the time you've spent already counts. The Navy has done tests, aclimatization to motion sickness lasts about a month. They would put Navy Seals in a barfo-matic (the machine that twirls you in all 3 axis), gradually increasing the time until they were pretty used to it, then knocked off. Up to a month later, still good. The reason the Navy was interested was they don't want the Seals hitting the beach in rubber boats for a black op, and having all of them puking and incapacitated. I liked Marazine, better than Meclazine I thought, but no longer made. After a couple of days you don't need it. One of my crew was pretty much incapacitated the first day, borrowed a scopalamine patch from the other one and was saved by it. I took some Meclazine the second day, seemed to help a bit (we were rolling downwind). Normally I'm pretty immune from flying the glider but I haven't flown much this summer. I'm surprised you saw that much traffic - we didn't see much except around the Columbia river.
  11. DDW

    Show your boat not sailing

    In The Pool, Georgian Bay:
  12. DDW

    GB5508 Rebuild - Soma's Project

    Soma, looks good! You'll be wanting my new Grand Prix version of the Anomaly Headboard for that one. Saves 4+ lbs. 5 with the titanium block.
  13. According to Predict Wind, you will have headwinds for about a week. Light, but from the south. Make sure your tanks are topped up!
  14. Yes, the colonists brought the tendency along with them from Europe. Part of our (mostly) British heritage. But there's nothing wrong with genocide, as long as bull rails are the subject. I don't want to get along with bull rails.
  15. This thread will continue until bull rails are eradicated from the earth. I ask only for genocide against them. Is that too much?