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  1. Callahan

    BYC-Mac Weather

    Another day of this and there might be cannibalism on some of the big boats. The A and B classes plan on a 25-40 hour race. Not this year. How much protein is there in those giant black flies?
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    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    Just got back yesterday from trip from Chicag to Port Huron. Water temps f.rom 58 to 50 degrees. No bad lweather but thick fog from thunder bay to port sanilact. Time to get AiS , we did and it hepejd a lot
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    Removing Vinyl Lettering at Mooring

    Old school way. Wait for a sunny day and use a big magnifying glass. It will soften the decal enough to get the peeling process started. Also use a plastic scraper.
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    College Anarchy

    Hey Marc, Congrats to you, your daughter, and your bank account. I got into Georgetown and ended up at Fairfield instead. Parents couldn't swing G-town tuition at the time. Something about 5 brothers and sisters.
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    College Anarchy

    Hey Marc, As a change of pace you might consider Miami University. No not the University of Miami in Florida. Good nursing program. Beautiful campus. College town atmosphere. 45 minutes outside Cincinnati so not all the way in the sticks. One of my daughters went there and loved it. It was a good foundation for her masters and PHD in anthropology. https://www.unigo.com/colleges/miami-university/q-and-a/what-is-your-overall-opinion-of-this-school-21/1
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    Buying a 1988 Beneteau First 285

    The wing keel on the 285 is not that good of a design. Boat is a little under powered and under ballasted compared to other boats of its time. Upside is a more modern interior although a bit cramped (probably o'k if you are a skinny short French guy). Tartan 28, C&C 29-2, Sabre 30, Express 30, CS 30 are all better choices although a bit more expensive.
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    Bowsprit Retro-fit (in-hull)

    Crash -J-27,1530 ballast/3800lbs displacement. J-80 1400lbs - 2990lbs displacement. 48% ballast/displacement vs 40% ballast/displacement plus J-80 carries its weight lower. Pretty significant difference.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    We have 3 Steel Clippers. Hardy and nobody in their right mind hits one at the start.
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    Bowsprit Retro-fit (in-hull)

    There is a reason why J/80s have a bulb on the bottom to keep ballast low. The question is whether the J/27 has the righting moment to handle a big A Sail. I can imagine the 27 would go sideways a bit on a reach with this configuration. Then again I could be wrong.
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    C&C 29-2?

    Run from the 29 you are looking at. Too many issues. I like the J-30. Most have rotted transom core and some deck delay. Keep looking for a 29-2. Decently maintained ones don’t have the problems you talked about. Mine surveyeyed with a completely dry deck. I mold etc. Then again I took care of any issues. You can find a good boat in the neighborhood of 10-15k
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    C&C 29-2?

    Port lights are not that easy to fix because they have a slight curve which causes corners to leak. Replace with proper adhesive (Dow 795?). Over drill oversize screw holes (about 6) and caulk holes. A heat gun applied judiciously might help bend the plexiglass a little. Cockpit soles are cored with plywood under pedestal area and where rudder post penetrates sole. Very common for core to be wet there. Lean heavily against the pedestal and if deck flexes you have a problem. $2500 fix if done professionally. Rudders are susceptible to absorbing water. If in a cold climate, they can delaminate and distort. $1800 fix to recore, glass, and refair. The 83 had the old style stanchions. Check for spider cracks and delamination where they penetrate the deck. The only real deal killer is the sump. Check for any cracks around mast step and in stringers in forward section of the bilge. Repair is costly because the port bulk head needs to be removed, some stringers cut out, reglassed, and and everything put back. Big dollars for labor on that one. Fortunately that only happens after a hard grounding at the perfect angle. Good luck, they are great boats. I have a 85 for sale with no problems in Ohio. I also have an almost new set of teak and holly floor boards for an 83. Bought them to find out they had different cutout than my 85
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    C&C 29-2?

    O’k. Boat is completely stock.
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    C&C 29-2?

    Yes USA 236, why is it a cheater boat?
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    C&C 29-2?

    Irish member if anyone wants a 29-II at Genesse I've got 1985 model for sale. Ready to race with full race inventory including spinnakers. Freshwater only on Lake Erie.
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    Removing hard scale on gelcoat

    "The Works" Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Spray it off with water after wiping it on. Use gloves, eye protection etc. Dilute hydrochloric acid (aka muriatic acid) is main ingredient. About $1.78 at Home Depot