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  1. gcutter

    Who makes custom soft fresh water tanks?

    What I've used in my sporty are cubitainers, 2.5 and 5L. They are pretty sturdy, fit anywhere and last a year or so, but super cheap. See: Cubitainer You can get various spigots to replace the cap, so easily turned on and off. Cheers, Greg
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    Moving a wide boat across the US

    Boat US has a service that gets the permits, etc. Did it once and it cost a fortune. Just hire it out, you still love the boat and having her on a professional with low boy is simply the most effective. Then, save your wife credits and vacation time for real sailing in your new home. Cheers, Greg
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    Pukers United – For those that have

    Regarding promethazine, that's the generic/real name and it doesn't matter which commercial version, but 25 mg. Regarding sudafed, in the US you just have to fill out the paper work and show identification, but yeah, the "chemists" out there have made it hard to get. And in this respect, I just use the 4hr, 30 mg version since it matches the promethazine duration. But, any stimulant can do the same, so I guess caffeine could do a reasonable job given enough. I was a bit surprised not to see any comments on the why barf hypothesis. cheers, Greg
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    what is it?

    Tell Jim to see if Seabird Scientific in Bellevue might want some to make brackets, etc. for their oceanographic sampling equipment. Cheers, Greg
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    Pukers United – For those that have

    As an oceanographer who goes to sea often, I have been using promethazine AND pseudoephedrine ("navy cocktail") for the last 30 years with 100% effectiveness. More significantly, I have had many others on the same trip expedition use it when they got mal de mer with the same 100% effectiveness, and I am talking about >75 individuals; statistically significant. I've kept whole ships running in bad weather, it's that good. If you get sleepy, take an additional sudafed...easy. Now, here's the part I like. If you are getting sick, take the meds, lie down and take a nap and when you get up..poof, all better. As long as you can keep it down for ca. an hour. Can't do that with the patch, and then there are the pink elephants too. For me I take it (25 mg of each every 5 hours) on the first day and then I get my sea legs, so I stop taking it. This is the same for most people, but some are the ones who can't adapt; they just continue the regime. On this topic, what I think is interesting is the sea sickness response - barfing! Why don't we just get a headache or such? The theory I prefer is one of simple evolution: animals that ate something poisonous/bad, which in many cases causes hallucinations, spinning head, etc, and threw up survived; those that didn't barf, died. So, the mixed signals from a moving 3-D world is like eating some bad stuff, so barf. Simplified description for this thread, but could explain many people's response to going to sea. I'll leave you with that thought, Greg
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    Andrews 28 Hulls 2 and 4?

    The A28 sails to her rating in light (<8kts) and heavier (>16kts) conditions, it's in-between where she gets killed (up to hull speed, but not planing) by longer waterline boats.
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    Andrews 28 Hulls 2 and 4?

    Sorry I missed many of these posts but being at sea and gone for 3 months with no internet kinda put a crimp on SA posts. I have a 93 in Ches Bay, so #2's rating will be somewhere near that and therefore the fastest boat of the boats you mentioned. The Melges 24 is tough to beat unless it's really light. Oh wait, SD Bay, yeah no problem for an A28! Cberg: I agree with K9 and Ryley, the Columbia is probably the closest to the Andrews concept, although 30% more race-oriented and therefore faster. There are more of them too. Interestingly, back in 2012-13 when we were looking for a bigger boat, stepping up from an Elliott 770 just like Ryley, we looked at what is now Ryley's RockIt 2.0 but it was just a bit to "spartan" for my sailing wife. Cheers, Greg
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    Sinergy 40 vs. Sydney 40AC

    Got a longing for a Euro boat now? One of the Spanish ones looks pretty beat. Besides shipping costs you'd have to rewrap them unless you really like those graphics. Cheers, Greg
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    Andrews 28 Hulls 2 and 4?

    As I recall, all the running rigging needs replacing, but this winter you need to drop the mast to sand and paint/recoat. With 10 years of UV, it's past time to clean up the carbon fiber clear coat on the mast and boom. We don't reapply clear coat and have instead used 2 part poly paint - Interlux Perfection. Greg
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    Andrews 28 Hulls 2 and 4?

    You won't regret getting her going again and given how much and far we've sailed doublehanded, including a lot of races, 4 old or new farts will be fine, especially for point to points. Cheers, Greg
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    GOOD LOOK-from the mythical FRONT PAGE

    I don't think you used this pic my wife sent you but it's a good one of our Diablo's crew in superb shirts! Thanks for being a good and principled supplier to all of us, Greg
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    Andrews 28 Hulls 2 and 4?

    Glad to see everyone knows Diablo, Hull #4. Ivan still says he'll build more if he gets enough interested buyers (just a guess but another 4 hulls), in between his mining equipment business. We'd love to have a one design start like we used to with the Elliott 770s. And, indeed Hull #2 is now in San Diego and getting ready for racing and cruising - John sold her to David, who's anxious to get her on the water soon. The A28 is a great single/doublehander for round the buoys or distance races, but fully crewed (4 is fine in light air, but 6 is the perfect #), she's a sweet ride...and dry too. Some pics from the last year: Cheers, Greg
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    NMEA/AIS/Multiplexer/Autopilot

    First, post this on Fix It, then you need the Actisense "translator" not a multiplexer to get info to the autopilot. If you add one more talker, you will then need a multiplexer. Cheers, Greg
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    Is Viking life raft still in business?

    No clue but I drove by their Norfolk office yesterday and it seemed to still be in business. Can't say why they don't answer the phone though. I'll try calling them tomorrow if you want. Cheers, Greg
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    Ordering new sails - set wind speed?

    Yes. But, is this boat racing or cruising, overlapping-jib vs non-, masthead vs fractional, etc. All of these things factor into the choice of sail for a set of wind and wave conditions. And, the discussion of such stuff with the sailmakers will allow you to see if they really know their stuff. Cheers, Greg