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    Building an A-class Catamaran

  2. Watch your ass and carry an airhorn on your life vest?
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    Fast singlehander for 60 yo's for messsin' about

    LOTS of over 60 folks (and some 70s) in the A Cat fleet. The older straight-board boats are not complicated; mast rotation, cunningham, traveller, outhaul. Set the trap up high to make it easier to get in and out, and have fast fun. Might be able to find some old plywood boats for $2500 or less, but I think even a 20 yr old Boyer would get $4K.
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    Trailer Light Thingy

    I bought an aftermarket one for my Sienna; it did come with connectors that plugged into the tail light harness, but also required a hot lead. I just ran one from the 12V accessory jack in the back, although as noted this does require the ignition to be on. No issues, and I'm pretty sure mine has a self-resetting circuit breaker, as I've had a short or two that didn't blow the accessory fuse, but did require turning power on and off. That's easily done with the ignition; not sure how the OEM wired directly to battery handles shorts.
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    what is it?

    Is the lock on the cabin worth more than the rest of the boat?
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    Marine A/C Options

    It may not matter much, but those portable units with one exhaust duct are not nearly as efficient as a window unit. You end up using your cool indoor air to cool the condenser, which then gets blown out, and that creates a negative pressure in the room being cooled that draws in more hot/humid outside air. I don't think they even list EERs for them. If you can find one with two ducts, one for air in and one for air out, it will work a lot better.
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    Looking for DIAM-24s in NA

    Thought I saw one on a mooring at Coral Gables Sailing Club.
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    who doesn;t love blue claw crabs?

    Somewhat related; anyone else seen soft-shell mangrove crabs on the dinner plate? Pretty sure we ate one in St. Augustine lately, and apparently there is an industry already established.
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    Hobie cat EPO 2 Rudder Blades

    Sailing Anarchy :-)
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    Hobie cat EPO 2 Rudder Blades

    Try the Hobie forum at, or at least the multihull forum here at SA.
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    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    I don't think the definition of "fishing" in the rules includes a recreational boat (or even a charter boat) pulling trolling lines; you have to be pulling substantial gear that restricts your ability to maneuver. Besides, that guy wasn't trolling at the speed needed to ride over the top. Damn lucky no one got squashed.
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    The Umbilical Cord

    I have been using the Bethwaite system for quite a while now; started when my daughter started sailing with me. I have an aluminum plate and a carbon one; both of them benefit from putting a plate in the back so that clothing doesn't push up into the ball slot. One advantage is fewer dings in the hull (no hook) when climbing back on. I think with a little practice there is no difference in blind hookup vs the ring/hook type. I did buy some replacement "can't miss" ball/handle assemblies from Murrays that had a much smaller ball and wire than the Bethwaite ones; they don't look like they will "stick" in the slot as well, so I haven't tried them yet. The Holt Allen ones shown above seem to be ridiculously expensive. Also not sure what that little plastic plate is supposed to screw to...
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    That's easy-I'll take the cat over that fake pirate thing.
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    Was down in Miami for the Bacardi Sailing Week. What's going on with that big live-aboard fleet anchored off Coconut Grove?