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    Removing Duct Tape Residue From Cabin Top

    Eh? Of course I’ve tried the duct tape trick. Let the original poster come back and extol its virtues, if it’s so great. My experience has been that it’s especially ineffective on painted surfaces. Duct tape residue that’s been out in the elements for a while and picked up some dirt is not following the same rules as contact cement or any other adhesive. Speaking of tricks, I will admit that trick worked last night pulling the hair off your mom’s back before she started turning her tricks. So thanks for that. I think I was clear on the expectations for acetone. The bottom line here is that there is no great way to undo the effects of bad judgement putting gooey things on top of iffy paint. Duct tape used as anything more than an afternoon solution usually results in more work than it would have taken to find a better solution in the first place. It’s not even that great on actual ducts.
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    Yeah, that's the deal! Suggest ordering erring on the side of larger rather than smaller. I bought the blue Defender brand bibs to go with - a nice complement as the Defender logo is embroidered in red. The Defender red certainly wouldn't have matched.
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    Interesting. I just got an incredible deal on an Henri-Lloyd inshore raincoat at Defender ($40) - I thought it was a mistake.
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    Removing Duct Tape Residue From Cabin Top

    I predict a satisfaction level of 2/10 with this approach. You will need something else for the remaining 8/10. If the paint peels with WD40 or Goo Gone, it was not long for this world anyway. A paper towel damp with acetone might work better than you expect. Acetone is volatile and can evaporate without disturbing the paint much. Goof Off is designed to stick around and soak in quite a bit longer. Sandpaper and Magic Eraser: adhesive is not hard enough for these (mild) abrasive to work.
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    Removing Vinyl Lettering at Mooring

    Seems like you got a great tip from that approach. How did you talk to him weirdly? Was it your pronunciation (“ptay, pman, pthow ptwere pyou planning pto pscrape pthat pcrap ptoff pthat pcar?”), or did you bring up inappropriate topics like how hot his wife was in high school but how fat she is now, and how just the heat from her thigh friction when she walked could scorch varnish off? Presumably that was how the tits came up in conversation.
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    What To Do With This Cabin Sole

    My deck looked exactly like yours and my boat partner surprised me one spring by laying down Trafficmaster Allure vinyl flooring, in teak color. He bought it at Home Depot and it was inexpensive by any measure. It took him a couple of hours with no previous experience and only a box cutter for tools. I figured it would last a season and fall apart. That was six or seven years ago and it’s been fantastic with zero maintenance. If it ever needs replacing I’ll likely rip out the old underflooring, which by now must be a real disaster, and put in the exact same stuff.
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    Trying to Buy a Boat

    Welp, sorry you think that, but billions of dollars' worth of investments in Bank-Owned Life Insurance and Company-Owned Life Insurance (BOLI/COLI) over several decades disagree with your personal opinion. You are absolutely correct that every once in a while something unpleasant/unseemly happens. But that is the magic of the insurance industry: companies are willing to underwrite across a wide enough population that the extremes that would ruin an individual's situation can be offset by the law of averages. What really messes things up is fraud, which is why the "insurable interest" criterion is necessary. In the absence of that, individuals' abilities to find holes in the system vastly outstrips an insurance company's ability to avoid or plug them.
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    Removing Vinyl Lettering at Mooring

    Heat, heat, a round of beet, for "Seize Naut"!
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    Keel strike

    "A feller who ain't been aground, ain't been sailing very long." Sounds like mud to me. Carry on. My boat partner learned last season what the blue color on the chart, small single-digit numbers scattered about, the "*" sign, and the abbreviations rky, Rk and Rks mean on the chart vis-a-vis the "Stepping Stones" area off of King's Point. It has always seemed obvious to ME what those all indicate. Now he does too, but unfortunately I'm the epoxy guy in the relationship. (Not launched yet this year.)
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    Removing Vinyl Lettering at Mooring

    I don't think you're going to like the result more than waiting until the next time the boat is hauled, allowing you to do it properly. How long do you think the letters have been on there? Removing the ridges from the letters can involve a lot of wetsanding, and you might end up sanding through the gelcoat on the non-raised area, and needing to paint the transom. Happened to me, at least.
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    Trying to Buy a Boat

    First boat for you? No second buyer would suffer this treatment. Let this guy find a dumber buyer willing to accommodate his BS after another year of storage payments. He should either move the boat, have someone else move the boat, or help you move the boat, and any insurance he had should already cover those activities. If he suggests otherwise he is hiding something. I’ll hazard a guess a divorce is pending and he doesn’t want to sell.
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    Switching from Rope Luff to Slugs

    Keep the profile. This is not even registering on the dumb scale, of which I am the Curator. Next time you have friction you'll stand at the foot of the mast and saw both sides of the halyard back and forth a few times to determine if it's the halyard, or something else, and you'll already know what a properly-run halyard feels like. Several boats ago, with the boat in the water, I drilled a hole directly through the bottom of the cabin floor, and convinced both myself and my father that the water squirting through the hole was coming from an unseen compartment in the hull that was filled with rainwater. Fortunately, this was over a decade before the internet was invented so there is no electronic record of this idiocy, anywhere. Until now.
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    Where to Buy Marine Plywood?

    You’ll want to go to ML Condon Lumber, 250 Ferris Ave, White Plains. One of the best wood stores on the East Coast. They have stacks of marine ply in stock, many thicknesses, full and half sheets. How thick do you need? I’m ten minutes south of them and happen to have overbought an extra 4x8 sheet that I’d just as soon get rid of. It’s either 1/4” or 3/16”. They had a slab of Sitka spruce in stock waiting for me to stroll by when I needed to fabricate new spreaders for my ‘69 about fifteen years ago. On the shelf! I thought I was going to have to go chop down a tree in Alaska. They did politely laugh at me when I tried to buy a few dozen plain eight-foot 2x4s last year. “White pine, sir? Perhaps you’d like to try Home Depot for that.”
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    Switching from Rope Luff to Slugs

    This is critical. The mainsheet and vang should be loose too, or else the sail tension will be placing tons of friction along the entire track. Your symptoms sound like these three conditions are not all in place. But if they are all in place, it should be pretty easy to identify what the problem is if you're systematic about it. You can confirm it's the masthead blocks, or at least something having to do with the halyard path, if the friction persists when you try to hoist a load up the mast that isn't the sail (like a bucket of water). In my experience the sheaves have to be extremely messed up in order for the situation to put up a fight with a winch. But in that situation it's also possible the halyard has jumped out of the sheave and is jamming between the blocks. That's a design problem that can crop up if the halyards have been downsized to take advantage of modern fibers and some slop has developed between the sheaves. I don't care for large rope-luffed sails. The ability to drop a sail with slugs and capture the slugs in the track at the bottom of the hoist is substantial. The rope luff also typically requires somebody standing at the gooseneck to feed the rope into the track as it's being hoisted. Which reminds me...are you doing that that now? If the luff rope gets pinched in the groove as it's being hoisted, it will be very difficult to winch the sail up, and well-nigh impossible to get it down.
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    Atomic 4 Wanted

    I worry with that paint job that your engine is going to get pregnant even before it gets into the boat, wristwister!