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  1. You'll probably find this easier than you think. I did mine with about 8 layers of fiberglass cloth, and the only issue was that too much wet and slimy cloth will slide off the repair. So just do maybe three at a time until the epoxy kicks and becomes gooey. Do the majority of the layers on the outside, and put one or two on the inside with a modest taper/scuff.
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    nap solvent resistant roller

    When I painted my mast in 2015 using Interprotect as the primer, Gouvernail recommended the Wooster 3/16" nap "all paint" R206-4 Super Doo-Z roller and it worked well. I see I also wrote down that sailorman44 recommended the Wooster Red Feather rollers for the later coats of Perfection, which also worked perfectly...and he did the same again above. I found both on Amazon.
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    Winch drum losing a grip.

    I don’t get it. My 50-year-old bronze Barlow winches are totally smooth and continue to grip just fine as long as there’s reasonable tension in the line. Could cpt757’s issue be a problem with the self-tailing mechanism rather than the winch drum itself?
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    balsa core deck repair

    What about the previous repair made it poor? Whatever it was, a halfassed effort using epoxy injection will be worse, and a complete waste of time, because a booger of epoxy in the middle of wet balsa mush accomplishes nothing. I agree with SJB - do it properly and remove the core. You don’t really know how large the repair needs to be until you get to dry core. The only variable is whether the situation is more easily handled from above, or below. I’m an on-top guy myself, but if you can flip the boat over maybe I could be convinced to go the other way.
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    Change # posts per page????

    Echoing disappointment with this feature removal. I'd set mine to 100 posts/page too, at some point, and it's a real drag now to read on mobile devices. In fact, I rarely do any more because of this.
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    Bulkhead repair with G-10?

    I believe some may have confused G10, which has incredible shear strength and is easy to adhere things to but looks like construction material, with Starboard, which does not have any shear strength to speak of, is virtually impossible to adhere anything to, but has a nice, finished, colored texture. It's an easy mistake to make because they're both amazing in their own ways. I've used G10 to repair rotten plywood bulkheads and it works great. I prefer it to plywood because it won't rot like the plywood that it's replacing. http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/showthread.php?5178-Chainplates-and-Bulkhead-replace/page3&p=52891#post52891
  7. I’ve used Rustoleum spray zinc paint on my prop for a couple of years. Honestly I’m not sure how much good it does chemically but it does seem to reduce prop growth a little, perhaps due to mechanical (adherent, or lack thereof) properties. Or it could be an entirely placebo effect. Regardless, it’s cheap, doesn’t hurt anything, so I keep doing it.
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    Painting a racing dinghy

    Quantum (“flows like milk”) sounds like a newer brand of two-part LP paint like Perfection and Awlgrip. I love Perfection and have painted (rolled) an aluminum mast, wooden spreaders, part of a deck, and a transom with it over the past few years. These two-part paints are far superior to one-part Brightside - much harder and more durable. They are a bit more hassle to apply, but in my experience the prep is so much more work than the actual painting that it’s almost a no-brainer to spend the 15% extra time and a bit more money on the two-part. The OP’s description of his Brightside finish sounds like a textbook case of not-enough-thinner added to the paint before applying. And the durability of the result also sounds like textbook one-part paint. It does not do well in contested elections, ie boat vs. piling, boat vs. fender, boat vs. mooring buoy. I’m not a huge fan of foam rollers; the adhesive holding the foam to the roller is always iffy and tends to let go at exactly the worst time - even on branded West System rollers, which you’d think are as resistant to solvents as possible. Gouvernail out me into Wooster 3/16" nap "all paint" R206-4 Super Doo-Z rollers from Amazon, and now that’s all I use except for a disposable little chip brush for nooks and crannies (monitoring departing bristles very carefully). My rule of thumb is that I f the finish doesn’t level like glass five minutes after application, add more thinner.
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    General fucking recall

    I'm with Blunted on this one - reaching starts introduce drama 100% of the time, and they enable T-boning at speeds that cannot happen easily with lines set more squarely. I counted four boats over early, do we agree with the general recall decision? Tough call to make in the heat of the moment. I probably would have decided that too, but on reflection, I think it would have been OK to keep running the race and call each transgressor back, especially obviously ADD, to atone for their terrible decision(s) rather than reboot the whole fleet and erase the consequences from the racing record. Given the lack of urgency by several boats in the drone footage, I'm guessing there were multiple fleets gathered around waiting for their sequences to begin. They were not being very sportsmanlike about it.
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    USS Midway 1, Sea Esta 0

    Predictable Karma for having named one’s sailboat “Sea Esta.” We expect that kind of crap from powerboaters, but sailors should know better. Or pay the price.
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    Dinghy on mooring buoy in a rolly bay - capsize preventer?

    The most frequent and effective fix to this common problem is to lash a few fenders horizontally onto the gunwales near the boat's maximum beam. This adds outward buoyancy that will significantly reduce the heeling/capsize tendency.
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    Which Topside Paint?

    I'd say Perfection is 25% more difficult to apply, 3X more expensive, but 10X better once it's on. However, the OP already knows 2-parts are great because the question is Perfection vs. Epifanes 2-part. On this I have no comparison but I've been very happy with Perfection, where even slight imperfection is still pretty darn good.
  13. For $0 up front, 6 months of hard work, and $5000 you could get that boat up and running. Or, for $2500 and no work, you could have a better boat right away.
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    New Free TOD Calculations App for Android

    Add a BARCA - Bitch About Rating Correction Analysis. 1 - what rating would a boat need to have, in order to have moved up one place in the race? This is sometimes unclear in TOT races. People whine that other boats' ratings are unfair by 3-4 points but very often the amount being whined about barely changes the margin of victory. 2 - what rating would a boat need to have, in order to have beaten the first place boat?
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    New Free TOD Calculations App for Android

    This is almost trivial, and kind of interesting, to calculate in Excel or Google Sheets.