Ajax

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  1. Ok, it's not a tale of woe on par with the environmental disaster of the Olympics in Rio: http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=173656 but I felt the title was accurate enough to make it worth stealing. I've hogged VALIS' "boats worth rescuing" thread long enough, and that discussion should be allowed to resume its course, so here we are. I've known about this Tartan 33 sitting on the hard for about 8 months. A friend intended to buy it, but found a version in better shape. He, other friends and the Most Significant Other have been nudging me to at least inspect it for months. It's like a lost dog that keeps showing up on my doorstep. "Shoo! Go 'way, I already have one!" #168 of a little over 200 boats produced. The history of the T33 is easily available so I won't rehash it here. Suffice it to say that the 33 was regarded as a "middle child" that enjoyed decent sales and earned a decent reputation for Tartan. To me, the biggest deterrent to the purchase was "starting over." I can't afford big boats that are beautiful and ready to sail. I always have to rescue a near-zombie and breathe life into them as fast as my wallet will afford, and still let me grow my retirement accounts. And Jesus Christ, is Bright Leaf almost a zombie... Almost. The bones are solid and the engine started up without putting up too much of a fight after 5 years of sitting on the hard and the boat partially flooding from rains. The trunk of my car is FULL of shiny new boat crap and my wallet is gasping for a reprieve. A brief history of Bright Leaf: - Seems to have spent most of its life on the Chesapeake Bay. A friend vaguely recalls racing against it in the 90's. He *might* even have a photo. - Most recent PO says the boat was raced until he bought it. - Most recent PO sailed it for a year or two and mostly due to personal issues, parked it on the hard and walked away with pretty much 3 visits in 5 years to unclog the cockpit and pump out the over-full bilge. So...discarded. Work starts this week and I'll try to take lots of photos.
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    Go or No Go

    Hi Svanen, This is a tiny paper club. A typical Wednesday is about 30 boats when the season is in full swing. This seems to be a recent policy...the last 2 or 3 seasons. I have not attended any of the club meetings so I don't know how this came about and I do not know if the rest of the club members were officially declared incompetent. No one seems to care that this is going on. The RCs are the racers. We are all required to send in our choice of 3 RC dates at the beginning of each season. Then, the RC coordinator emails us and tells us what our date is. There is a well written procedure for the RCs to follow. In the RC binder, is a very well written guide for how to choose a course, listing wind directions and intensities. Choosing a course is practically a no-brainer so I really don't understand why the commodore has overridden the RCs and personally posts the course each Wednesday. We all only pull RC duty once a year, so it's easy to forget the procedures but if you just show up an hour before hand and review the binder, it all comes back to you. We don't even manually sound the horns. We have an automated box that makes the sound signals in a rolling start mode. Let's assume his motives are pure and that he's not choosing courses for his own benefit. Even so, instead of educating the RC's, he's taken the decision out of their hands so that no one can learn from the experience.
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    Go or No Go

    My beer can club never cancels unless it's a bona fide gale warning or lightning is in progress. That's fine with me, I accept the responsibility of deciding to race. What I don't think I like, is that the commodore chooses the race course every race because apparently the RCs aren't competent enough to select a proper course. He races. Doesn't that seem like a conflict of interest? Is he choosing courses that play to his boat or his crew's strengths? Am I off base or is this normal in some circumstances? Not sure if this matters, but we don't use a committee boat. We have a fixed starting line between a buoy and a point on land. We have list of buoy patterns that offer a selection of like, 26 courses.
  4. I did obtain a quote for a crosscut main. The price difference was only $170.00!! That's not a typo. Also, my sail plan is much more "main driven" so my main is going to see more loads than a high aspect ribbon-main on a mast head rig with big, overlapping genoas. I do want more roach and I'll discuss that with the sailmaker. I want to be careful about not causing any extra weather helm though. If I add a lot of roach, powering up the main, what is the risk of that?
  5. For the Nth time, we (sailors) are not the target demographic. The target demographic is landbound cubicle dwellers who are leading lives of quiet desperation, seeking escapism and distraction. Back in the 80's, that demographic watched escapist TV shows like Knight Rider, and the A-Team. Now they watch "reality" vlogs on YouTube. This guy will get his clicks regardless of what we think. I watch Dylan for the scenery and the history, not as much for the sailing and certainly not for artificial drama and I watch him in the winter, when the boat is laid up. In the northern hemisphere, sailing season is upon us and we'll all be out sailing and not wasting our time on BoobTube. Ceil will be racking up clicks from some guy in Oklahoma fapping away to his videos on a dry, dusty day while he's waiting for Sunday football to come on. Good for him.
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    Ever heard about Coppercoat? Is it effective?

    Back to Coppercoat- There seem to be two main arguments. It either works or it doesn't work. The rebuttal to it not working, is that the user applied it incorrectly. The young couple in the Sailing Kittiwake blog have applied Coppercoat and they are sailing in the Med. I'm definitely curious to see how it works out for them.
  7. I sent a a quote request to North. Crickets so far. 2 normal reefs.
  8. I don't know. :) You know I have aspirations to travel outside the bay and I figured it would be less expense and hassle to have the 2nd reef added now, rather than later. Hey, at least I didn't go full bluewater and request 3 reefs.
  9. Eh, it's not really sharp it's just thin. The root problem is just that the sail is old. It'll be a great backup sail if I stop using it soon and replace it. I have a $3200 quote for a tri-radial main. Loose foot, 2 full/2 partial battens, cunningham, 2 reefs, draft stripes, numbers, insignia. Challenge Newport Pro Radial cloth. 2 year warranty. The price is inline with my expectations and this local sailmaker gave me top notch service when he made my genoa. *Sigh* Money.
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    Abnormal Psychology of Sailing

    Oooooh, good recommendation, thanks. I'll pick up a copy to read on the boat this season.
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    Ever heard about Coppercoat? Is it effective?

    or even: https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine--cpp-ablative-antifouling-paint-with-cct-gallon--P004_121_001_514 I was very skeptical of an inexpensive WM paint but I'm on my 3rd season and I still have zero hard growth. The Chesapeake is a high fouling area. I just use a soft brush on a long handle or get in the water and wipe it down.
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    Olympic sailing, is it still the pinnacle?

    I don't think you were censored. I've had posts get lost in the bit bucket. Post it again.
  13. No. None of the battens came with end caps. Good point. I'll check with the local shop to see if they have any that will fit. If not, I'll pad the tips with duct tape or something.
  14. Hmm...that's interesting. Maybe they're supposed go in thin-first and this was just wear and tear on an old sail. I thought I did it wrong. I sewed a new zipper into my sail cover and some minor re-stitching last night. Nothing like a 40+ year old Sears Kenmore sewing machine. That thing is tough!
  15. I learned a slightly painful lesson today. While sailing yesterday, I looked up and observed a small hole in my mainsail, forward of the 2nd batten pocket. Upon detailed inspection back at the dock, I saw that the batten tip had chafed clean through the pocket, and then proceeded chafe a hole through the mainsail. I took the main down and brought it home for patching. When I removed the batten, I observed that the batten is tapered. Like a fool, I put the thin, sharper end into the sail instead of the thicker, more blunt end. The push-in, velcro closure is easily strong enough to endure the chafe of the thin end of the batten. I'll pull all the battens and make sure they're inserted in the proper direction. The holes aren't large, and are easily repairable. Some 3M 5200, sail repair tape and sewing the patches on in a belt/suspenders/zippers and buttons approach. The sail is old but the shape is surprisingly serviceable. Even so, I submitted some quote requests from two lofts this morning. I guess that Firefly battery is going to have to wait. I really don't want to go down the "used sail" route again. The genoa is new, so the main should match.
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    1983 buhk starts - but not well

    Bleh. I agree. If it was just the engine, or even the engine and electrics, that might be a different story. At least you're at a point where you've beginning to shop. That's promising.
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    1983 buhk starts - but not well

    The thing is, Dylan only owns boats long enough to serve a particular purpose. With a little maintenance and adjustment, couldn't this engine last long enough to serve the purpose, and then sell it?
  18. I'm not criticizing anyone, I'd just like to point something out- Money (even unused money or social safety nets sitting in the background) allows choice. It's easy to be hardworking when you're doing something that you choose to do, and love to do. If you end up hating what you do, or aren't successful at it, you have that safety net waiting for you so that you can choose to try something else. Not everyone has that luxury. Like I said, it's not a criticism of the person under scrutiny. I haven't even watched any of his videos.
  19. Holy crap. Barely enough room for the man in that boat. Very cool though. Weird hat. A modern version of a Chinese farmer's hat?
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    Things on the Bow.

    You can actually fit more than just one:
  21. That was a beautiful piece of creative writing. (I know the guy is real, I just love the style of writing.)
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    Abnormal Psychology of Sailing

    Good comments. My longest run was 94 days, continuously submerged. I only ever saw the sun through a black and white monitor piped into the radio room via the Type 18D periscope camera. When we finally surfaced through the ice, far above the Arctic circle, the day was heavily overcast and the environment somewhat resembled descriptions of the mythological Tartarus. Here's what I learned about going to sea on a U.S. steel ship vs. going to sea on your own sailboat: On a submarine, there are 114 other highly trained men who are highly motivated to survive and return to their loved ones. As a team, you are well equipped to survive, the ship is in excellent material condition. Your odds are good. When I took my Pearson 30 to sea, completely solo, it was not lost on me that I was taking into the ocean, a tiny, 40 year old, plastic boat that I had put back together with my own two hands, and not a whole lot of professional advice or repair work, and had no help onboard, and no one to blame except myself if things went badly.
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    Got in a bit of trouble.

    Quick, get the EpiPen she's been stung by a bee! A whole beehive, in fact!
  24. Eh, I could do without it. I put up with endless jokes and comments about my "rich" lifestyle because I own a sailboat. I constantly remind one co-worker that he has more money invested in his Harley-Davidson than I have invested in my boat...and that includes all the money I've poured into it over the last couple years.