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    Electrical Issues

    Good switch, simple and works...
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    Awlgrip touch-up

    Perfection is the mortal enemy of the adequate. I did a similar repair/repaint where I had damage on the lower bow, you can see it close up with the tape lines etc, but from a distance looks fine. It's the nature of the beast with Awlgrip it seems.
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    Taping rigging to prevent snags on cotter pins

    The SS Welding rod is great.
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    Going up the Mast

    I had to replace some stuff at the top of my 55' rig a couple of years back and I rented one of those highlift platform things. Cost me $400 but worth every bit as I was able to work in comfort, it was a complicated mast light replacement. It was sort of comical in a way, they delivered it to the yard on Saturday, gave me some basics training and said have fun... I had a blast playing with it. Also allows you to go up and down the mast and really inspect things, depending on your skill level with operating one of them, but you get used to it. I remember I took a rope up just in case I had to lower my self down...
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    old meets new - low friction rings & spectra

    Probably got a canting keel and CF Rig too.... a sleeper, and right, a lot of friction rings.
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    PSS Dripless Shaft Seals: Pros/Cons/Experiences?

    When I had my "mishap" the boot was twisted very severely to the point where the hose clamps on the forward bearing face slipped and no damage, that I could see.... to the boot. They are very very resilient. Still rubber being rubber, replacing every 8 years or so is pretty prudent. It's probably on a similar schedule to when your engine mounts and other things need to be checked and you pull your engine to do it all.
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    PSS Dripless Shaft Seals: Pros/Cons/Experiences?

    I have had one on my boat for 11 years, and as with most posters here, no issues. Aside from one.... I was cleaning the bottom and as I usually do did the prop and of course turned it to work the blades of the prop into a better cleaning position. The shaft seemed stiff, gave it some muscle, mental note to check in gear ? turns out that the faces had mated as DDW said and I was twisting the bellows inside the boat, which BTW, is not easy, those bellows are very durable It was actually slipping under the hose clamps in the boat and had I been more aggressive with it, or less lucky, probably would have dislodged it from the bearing face it was attached to. I forgot to investigate it after doing the bottom ( big error, but was ignorant of what the potential issue was ) and next time out the torque of the motor did break the seal between the faces so it was working, but the whole bellows had been twisted and was leaking a minor, but steady amount. As I normally check my engine bilge while underway I did notice the water coming in and we went back to the dock, I stuffed rags in the stern tube from the outside, which did pretty well stem the flow, good to know. loosened hose clamps etc and got it all back together. As it is a V drive it is a nightmare to work on and I was worrying about an emergency haul, but it all was good. I now check the shaft each time. It usually does stick a little but I get it freed up. My boat never really goes more than 3 weeks not being used, so no idea why this happened and it was so well mated together this one time. Lesson learned. Aside from this one thing, it has been very effective. Over and out
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    The RC 44 Is a Great Boat ! ! !

    These machines raced in Bermuda prior to the AC and there were very impressive to watch up close out on the race course. Sure it's pro's and wealthy guys, but someone has to do it ! It's no different in some respects to the big money running WOX, Black Jack etc All sailing is good.
  9. Nautical equivalent of around the block.... mooring to where we hoist sails typically under 1/2 mile and we don't tend to motor long distances this time of year, I can live with adding oil as needed until the haul out in January to do the bottom. I was just curious if the Blue Devil works and nothing to be lost by trying I guess.
  10. I have a slow leak, few ounces a week maybe in my ZF V drive transmission. Its going to have to come out, pain in the ass, to get the seals done. Curious if anybody has tried something like the Blue Devil Transmission leak sealer. From the reviews, it seems to work often on cars etc. ( I also tried to search for this topic but could not seem to get the search to work, I seem to think I might have asked this before even.... )
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    Old NORLAM from North Sails

    My experience with this area is that once you get that "pillow" effect of delam, it is only a matter of time. Have you considered checking in with a local North rep ?
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    Soft Jib Hanks

    Wow, interesting, I would have thought that they would break, but I guess not, learn something new every day...
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    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    I don't think I have seen that much from her home port/area, some people must know her, the boat etc. are we getting any "news" from them. What about the yard that hauls her boat, someone out there "knows" but is not talking yet. Send in the National Enquirer
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    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    this might have been covered in the preceding 7 pages of comments, but who says they left with just 2 persons and 2 dogs on board.......
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    Soft Jib Hanks

    Just to clarify, shown in the picture is your soft hank? Reason I ask is that new jib has some loops sewn in the sail there to allow you to run a line from one loop to the other around the forestay and hold it closer to the forestay between the tack and where it goes into the luff groove. Your shot looks like an upgrade where a plastic buckle is used. I would not have thought the setup shown is strong enough for being a hank ?