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    Corby 33 Rebuild

    Well, he did say "Which" boat, not "what" boat. For me that sort of implies he feels he might know the boat. Just sayin' End of defense of Mad.
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    Helm mounted GPS recommendations

    Keel, I sort of have the same dilemma, want something like that Garmin series for the helm, mostly to nav to the next mark, or just figure out where I am when it is dark, everything else I have on instruments. Battery power is best, want it small. Shame Garmin give up on that series of products, they were good. You can still get them on Ebay..... Good thread, will look at some of the options listed. Good luck.
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    Dumb Poweboat Running Light Question

    Aside from the legality of your configuration, you should be really focused on making sure you are visible at night.... accidents can and do happen and frequently at night when visibility can be an issue. Legal speed limits are not always observed.
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    "Y" Mooring Bridle/Pendant Prototype

    How much wind are you expecting the boat to handle and in what sort of waves ? That is, what is the load here. For my 27k# boat I use 1 1/8 Yale Double Esterlon, 2 pennants or bridles with the Suncor thimbles on them joined to the mooring chain. Works in hurricanes....... ( adequate chafe protection included on the bridles ) regular splices done on them. Not sure if this would fix your problem or not.
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    Ordering new sails - set wind speed?

    Definitely get your sails optimized towards what you usually sail in. The good sailmakers will be able to assist you in this and their feedback will be useful. Just bear in mind that the sails are just one part of a big equation on race performance, not much use having optimized sails if your bottom is dirty, or you don't have capable sail trimmers....
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    Beta Marine vs Nanni Marine

    For reference, i have 27K of boat, 42 ft Albin Nimbus, and I have the 50HP Yanmar 4JH3E with a Martec 3 blade feathering. I was lucky and got the prop dialed in pretty perfectly to the engine and she pushes the boat along well in any condition really. I keep the prop and bottom very clean which helps. The newer model from mine, I think its the 4JH4 series, is quieter, came out just as I installed mine in 2006 I guess. YMMV
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    Genoa question

    Obviously it depends on budget, but if you are serious about racing, buy a new sail, the best you can afford, do the other things that you can to your boat, clean bottom, systems that work etc, and take it from there. Buying second hand sails, well you never know how they were treated, so age is probably not the biggest factor and nobody can predict how long they will last, nor if they were a good cut to start with even.
  8. Sitting here in Bermuda on my porch looking down at Sly, the Navy boats and the J all docked @ RHADC.... winds getting light for the next few days here, N2B looks slow this year. Life is good when you sail.
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    Taffeta filmless w Technora

    I would suspect that like any technology like this, it's good till the glue gives out and the sail starts to degrade rapidly..... I had a taffeta over 3dl, early version, and it was great until it wasn't, but overall I was happy with the longevity. In my case I bought the taffeta version for added protection. YMMV
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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.