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    Keel fell off, accident report

    I think the comparable would be if the bolts were somehow set up to run along the tops of those beams (bolts in tension) instead of along the side of the beams (shear). In the photo, not only is the shear strength of the bolts stabilizing the structure, but they impose a lot of friction between the mating surfaces that has to be overcome before the bolt shear strength starts to matter. Were the beams just hanging from the bolts like the keel in question, forces on the other end of the beam just turn that beam into a huge lever against the bolts’ tension strength.
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    What went wrong with my tooside painting?

    I agree, that looks amazing. How much better were you expecting this job to turn out, given that you can see yourself in the picture so clearly from so far away!!?! I've fussed with Perfection in white a bit over the past few years and concur with Russell's sentiment: less really is more. When I look at the stuff I've done, the areas that look less great are running 10:1 in (too much paint) : (too little paint). And I've been reluctant to go to the full thinner quotient, but at no point have I seen evidence of having used paint that was too thin, only a bit too thick. I use either West System foam rollers or Wooster 3/16" nap "all paint" R206-4 Super Doo-Z roller from Amazon, a suggestion from Gouvernail a few years ago.
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    What went wrong with my tooside painting?

    Interesting, I had never considered that angle.
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    cleaning spider poop off gelcoat

    This only happens in freshwater. I’ve barely ever seen a spider on the Pacific or Atlantic coasts, but jeebus what spiders there be in the Great and Finger Lakes.
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    When you Mattered

    Prune juice cocktails are an almost completely unexplored genre of bartending. I feel like it's 1491 in that department.
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    Non Skid Gelcoat

    What the heck is wrong with Kiwi Grip? Count your blessings if you use your boat so much that it ONLY lasts three seasons. Then take an hour or two and put on another coat.
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    Winch pads, UHMW or Delrin?

    These are intensely complicated design solutions to the basic problem of creating a nicely-shaped slab. Are you German?
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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"!