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    Dodger or no?

    Hey! Whachoo want with a little tri- I thought you had a new toy, what was it- a platypus? As it is the dodger question is longer term mulling over as I'm leaving on or about July 1 to tow the 242 to the Yucatan (behind a 1993 Ford E250 van) and sail down the coast through Belize to the Rio Dulce. I've got three months to do that trip, so ultralight cruising is upon us! The Cal is my current liveaboard and relatively soon to be (2 years +/-) retirement home. Same vintage as you? Really?? Fuck I'm old. Lemme know if you're going to be in this hemisphere and want to camp on a tramp over clear blue water!
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    Dodger or no?

    Zonker- VERY cool! Thanks tons for taking the time. That is what I'm agonna do. The traveler track is 5' long. I'll price out the Harken, and I know that it is top shelf all the way, but last time I looked into it I thought that it was about twice as expensive (+/- $2k vs 1k) and if that is the case I may still go Garhauer as long as it's strong and it works. I think both of these should be completed before I try to get a dodger fitted, so I'll be working some OT to secure da funds. We lookin about 5 grand easy (w/dodger) or about 1/3 of the boat's value FCOFL.
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    Dodger or no?

    The votes so far are near unanimous in favor, with one dissenter. Quite persuasive. I believe that I'll be ordering one up. The lack of sea hood complicates the decision tree- build a sea hood first? Go without? I'd really like to have a sea hood, but at my current rate of project completion it will take me about 20 years to build it and even then it will be a POS. Sigh. I really cant afford to pay someone the $100/hr to do it..... But first comes the new traveler! I should post some photos but the existing traveler which the PO installed, relocating the position from the cockpit to the cabin top, has risers which were apparently cast aluminum with perhaps sand pocket inclusions, so it is pitting and corroding badly. I'm thinking of going with a Garhauer set up (another boat buck) and going straight rail instead of cambered with the cabin top. Anyone have any thoughts on Garhauer or curved rails? Thanks for the help!
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    Dodger or no?

    So I'm thinking of eventually sailing south from SF Bay towards warmer climes in my Cal 34. The boat has no dodger. Should I spend the +/- $4 boat bucks to get one? I don't like the closed in feeling and lack of visibility when I've been on OPB's that have one, but they do seem like it would provide a good place to stuff wet foulies...... I'm also lacking a sea hood, or whatever we're calling the cover over the sliding companionway hatch. I'm mulling in general the difference between spending a lot of money getting properly outfitted versus fack it just get in and go (after replacing the through hulls, the standing rigging, and dropping/evaluating the rudder). Side note- I recently went to shut the valve for the head output through hull and noticed corrosion around the valve handle. While wire brushing that area off I noticed water weeping. Further investigation showed that the bronze elbow just above the ball valve was leaking through its wall which was tissue thin. Big time bummer had it failed completely at night offshore or even in the slip! A reminder to check all those through hulls, valves and fittings! This is on a 1979 boat, no idea if it was the original. Thanks for thoughts on the dodger and/or sea hood
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    Coolant flush and exchange

    I've replaced the heat exchanger on my Westerbeke 30 and refilled the fresh water side with plain water to check for leaks. All looks good, so I'd like to swap out the water for heavy duty coolant. What I'm thinking of doing is disconnecting the outlet side of the heat exchanger and running two hoses: one hose from a bucket of coolant to the inlet of the engine water pump and one from the heat exchanger outlet to an empty bucket, then let the engine suck the coolant through until it appears at the Hx outlet. It seems to me that this will involve letting the engine water pump self-prime the coolant because when I disconnect the hose everything that can leak out will, and there will be a brief time before the pump can suck the coolant up out of the bucket. I could probably rig something higher (up in the cockpit) and run longer hoses and try to pre fill them if I have to- and that is my question: Do I need to go through that trouble or can the engine fresh water pump self prime without damage? I could also just pull the zinc out of the Hx and drain the 70% or whatever that comes out and refill from the top and avoid all of this, but I like the idea of getting a complete flush/fill. Thoughts appreciated!
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    My Last Post; Good Bye

    I've been wondering what to call them. So far I'm leaning towards "Trumplodytes" or "Trumpettes". Any other suggestions? As for the Cheetho Grande himself: Baby Duck (Donald Duck/Baby Doc mash up)
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    Cross Country Towing - Wide Load

    ^^^^This^^^^^ Towed a 12.5' beam catamaran (Catalac 8m) from Galveston to SF on a utility trailer towed by a full size van. I got lucky and the hulls just spanned the fenders; a few timbers laid across the bed and off we go. Using one of these permit services, as noted above, gives you the exact routing and all requirements. It is comforting to know that you will not run into a nightmare of several possible forms if you just do what the papers say, and it was easy. They had me mostly on the old State highways, nice and scenic vs. the interstates. I needed a pilot car behind in California only (buddy with a light on top) - for the rest of the states just wide load signs available at any truck stop. Easy.
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    seaworthyness of a Cal 24

    I had a 1963 or so that I purchased and sailed on SF Bay, then towed it to Florida and sailed to the Rio Dulce. I left it there on the River and went back each year for some Belize sailing. Great boat, I had a Navik windvane on the back that steered pretty well, a cooler, a bucket and a camp stove. Instead of using the engine well in the lazarette we used a pram bow inflatable as a push boat on the transom. When it was sold I was told that it was heading to Lake Atitlan; I hope it is still there and will definitely try to find it if I get back that way. Leadbelly was the name. I did have to get the deck re-cored under the mast, which they did from below. That and one of the bulkheads which supported the mast had a funny bow or a wow in it but it didn't cause any trouble. In big seas when twisting it would emit horrific cracking sounds presumably as the bulkheads shifted, but I've been on several boats power and sail that do that.
  9. Modern warfare is done slowly via the burbs and breeding. See how the Mexicans have changed the language on street signs, in the UK see how powerfull the minority Pakistani have control over daily life considerations. Donald, is that you?
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    I have just been Alan Mackie'd

    Let's get serious.
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    Planet down 1/2 marine life since 70's......

    Just another liberal media stunt, probably going for government funding so that they can justify there global warming attacks on the coal industry as a way to take all of our guns. Theirs plenty of fish. When was the last time you didn't see a fish for christsakes?
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    Rattle can paint

    Lacquer rather than enamel you say! It will last longer? A lot of cans don't even say on them what kind of paint it is- I had to look online to see what Fusion is and even then didn't get it off the manufacturer's site. I wound up using Rustoleum Universal (the store didn't have Fusion), only because it was twice as expensive as the other cans and I'm a sucker. I used satin white and it went on beautiful- nice spray pattern, excellent leveling, really nice. I don't know what kind of paint this Universal is but it was toxic enough that I ran for the hepa respirator. I'll remember to heat it next time. I heard that also about putting it in hot water before spraying. Definitely a higher level of finish than old school spray cans but I think that spray can paint in general has come a long way. We'll see how it holds up.
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    Filthy nights at anchor

    I had a boat that did this- a 1963 Cal 24. It was ridiculous. It would, on occasion and for no apparent reason, roll the rails under on each side, mast swinging wildly in an arc, while other boats in the anchorage sat unperturbed. Once while enjoying a happy hour beer at a waterfront bar someone asked "is that your boat"? I looked up to see it doing that. Embarrassing.
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    Sailboat Mooring Paradise in El Salvador

    Someone needs to publish statistics based on injuries/deaths of noncombatants. There are a lot of places, including my current hometown of Oakland, and also Mexico to some degree, that have quite bad crime rates but a LOT of that involves people "in the game". If you are not a drug dealer or gang member, and not in an area where such people congregate, I believe that you are quite safe- but there is no data on that. No one separates it out and publishes crime rates for regular civilians. That would be very helpful. And we might very well find that outside of a couple of neighborhoods in a couple of cities El Salvador is reasonably safe. I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said "Keep Oakland Scary". Kind of funny, kind of sad.
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    Rattle can paint

    It's funny you mention that- I had used Fusion on the inside of a sportbike windshield to black it out, and it went on so nicely that I was just today wondering if it could be used on other materials; it is somewhat sold for use on plastic but looking now I see that it has all kinds of shit including "metal" on the to be used on list. And wicker. Further research indicates (from one source) that Fusion is an acrylic alkyd type enamel. I like it, I've heard some of those words before. No primer. One less can!