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  1. 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 ?
  2. Soft Jib Hanks

    Wow, interesting, I would have thought that they would break, but I guess not, learn something new every day...
  3. 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
  4. 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.......
  5. 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 ?
  6. They will all probably work for what you are doing. I have found lanocote good for what you are looking at, and if you can get in Canada, go Leaf Nation, great. Try it, keep an eye on the pole and if it is not doing the trick, try something else, it is not like you cannot monitor it where it is being used. I have used TefGel, and yes it is expensive, on many mast fittings, and you do have to monitor them, but it does work, and again you can keep an eye on it for your application. I am going to order some Duralac next time I am in the US as many people rave about it.
  7. North sails ,pricing, discounts

    no evidence to back this up, but I thought many lofts essentially buy the sails from a centralized North company, add their markup, probably very much influenced by North central to keep pricing somewhat consistent and it goes from there. At certain times, like recently, North central will offer a discount that is passed on to the customer. The premise here is that the lofts are not "owned" by North, but operate almost as franchises. I might have this totally wrong as well, but it might help to explain what you are seeing. Local sailmakers can then have latitude to offer some deals, although it cuts into their profit, not North central.
  8. Carbon vs Aluminum spin pole

    What is the actual difference in weight. On my 42ft it went from 50# to 22#, a lot easier to handle in all maneuvers from getting it set up to getting it stowed. Worth the $$$ ? Your call completely.
  9. Homemade Sail cover: sailrite kit

    Hmm, I have a Sailrite machine and have made my sail cover, winch covers, wheel cover, just finished a windscreen cover for my powerboat, and a ton of other things as well as some misc repairs to sails even. The machine has easily paid for itself, several times over. With some patience and practice you can make nearly anything. The sail cover was not that bad at all, but did take a little time. I guess it sort of depends on your time, space and inclination to learn new skills.
  10. Navtec Hydraulic Vang

    I take a line from the end of my boom to a cockpit side cleat and with that, the main halyard and the mainsheet basically triangulating you can get the boom to be rock solid with no movement whatever...
  11. Covering bulkhead instrument holes

    Laying on some 2 part paint by hand to the covers ( whatever your choose, ) should not be that hard.....
  12. I've lost my balls

    Interesting to read this as I have an Antal traveller car, so same principle, and we bust out the end caps once in a while. Somewhat comforting to know it happens with other brands too. I figure it is just a product of the loading on the car ( jib or traveller ) getting too high and the balls not moving, determined on my boat better to ease the main in big winds versus car movement. Getting an aluminum end cap done is an interesting option.
  13. stuffing box problems

    Strange coincidence... when cleaning the bottom of my boat on Saturday, I noticed the shaft was hard to turn, like really hard, did not think too much of it ( I should have ! ) and finished up the boat and went home, not checking the actual shaft situation in the boat. Went sailing today and to make a long story short, my shaft seal must have been mated together as the bellows got twisted before the seals broke free and I had some leaking, enough to be alarming but enough the bilge pump could handle it. Boat had been used 3 weeks ago, so curious that it was stuck, but I will certainly be watching it a lot more closely and doing as Dave suggests and checking shaft before setting off. I actually only picked this one up as I normally do a quick check on the engine once we are going and noticed the water in the bilge. Of course I have a v-drive so the whole thing is pretty inaccessible. First time in 15 years on this boat that I had this problem. Another spooky thing, I had a nightmare that the boat was taking on water last night....
  14. New Dive Mask- User reviews

    Funny, I just got back from being on the boat today and while on a raft up here a couple of these masks appeared from one of the boats , people gave them a try and seemed to like them, but it was just tourist snorkeling shit.... nothing wrong with my traditional mask so I will probably give these a miss.
  15. Diva 39- Any Experience?

    T The boat was really hard to beat here, but the owner is one of the best sailors in Bermuda and he really knew how to get the boat moving. Sad to see it leave, she was a steal at the price being asked as the mast was new and I am pretty sure the boat was well maintained, but rarely used. Surprised to hear of the issues on the delivery, but then again, I do not think the owner here ever ocean raced her.