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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Electric pumps for a dinghy?

    we used a shop vac at the raft inspection station I worked at long ago also handy to deflate totally to get back in the canister there are small wet dry 12v DC car units that also can suck up water out of the dink or boat bilge or just use to clean up the boat
  2. How low can you go? Polyester

    I have used kerosene lamps on a beach after dark to get glass work to kick cardboard plywood or plastic sheets help to contain the heat but why not use 5200 or other flexible filler ? on both inside and out !!
  3. NEED HELP !!!

    two cheap ones they always break at the worst time we used 2 seagulls swap it then fix it when doing the intercoastal
  4. How much does areo drag matter?

    if you get a bimini right dead under the main does the end plate effect counter the drag ?
  5. Sports Marketing 101

    if you want to market to the masses you need to do stuff the masses are interested in well there is an excess of pickle dish and glory no value prizes something watchers don't care about but little real cash for winning that watchers would care about and unlimited cash spending by the racers with no control so big bucks wins far too often with no drama or suspense sure they rate a boat by complex formulas ONES that never adjust for spending on crew sails bottom prep electronics ect so two identical boats one new VS one 20 years old with old sails rate the same unless there is an [small] age allowance that may cover hull age but NOTHING ELSE gets worse when the pro crews and sail makers all are on the new boat with sat weather radar electronics ect the older boat lacks BUT RATES THE SAME AS if you want masses to watch the races need to be fair exciting with drama and suspense not he who spends the most always wins
  6. Understanding Tidal Flow - Biscayne Bay

    well wind is the other biggie in the bay as noted the bay is open to flow on three sides sorta but mostly east west in mid south bay where the races are north with the beach strip to key Biscayne is more north south except right by the inlets and Eliot blocks the south end the same way so wind can help or fight tides and currents esp long winter winds but most races are mid bay with little current with no real flow obstructions or effects unless very near the end of Biscayne channel and flats finger channels where there is a bit of funnel effects but they seldom go that far out the tides/currents are worse rowing out to an anchored boat near dinner key spoil islands then out in mid bay
  7. ARC 2017

    WHY NOT KITES for distance multi's a no mast no lever trying to flip you just strings and cloth eazy to get down and off deck too is it the RULES OR ratings or something else ?
  8. Hard vs soft dinghy

    sea gull tips if you got time heat up the sparkie plug on a gas stove then insert HOT if you don't [starting fluid] BUT SPARINGLY WARNING donot do that [starting fluid ] to normal 50 TO 1 2strokes outboards only seagulls with their 10 to 1 oil ratio seagulls are so oil soaked you can't wash it all off on a normal 50 to 1 or oil injection you can with BAD RESULTS the hot plugs work on any outboard 2 stroke may help a 4 stroke too and you can use starting fluid on a 4 stroke BUT SPARINGLY
  9. Inspecting a mooring?

    other peoples moorings can get you in years of living at anchor my only break away were from you guessed it other peoples moorings some areas eat iron and steel over time I have see 100 lbs fisherman anchors reduced to a rusty 20 lbs
  10. Hard vs soft dinghy

    btw the gators seldom get in salt water for long now we got crocks salt water crocks but thankfully they are rarely seen by those that live to tell anyway but I donot think ether a crock or a gator would make a good dink
  11. Hard vs soft dinghy

    we registered as a commercial fishing vessel as the cost was the same do to a local law that declared no commercial fishing vessel was subject to live-aboard rules even if in fact people lived on the boat and no matter if we ever caught a fish we caught some fish but never sold any so no my boat was not a yacht legally with intent
  12. Hard vs soft dinghy

    bet I have spent more time in small craft then you have mostly sailing just to get to work or home daily and have posted dink use data here and have built my own oars and rigged several types of sliding seats that are real boost to rowing want 9ft spoon oars under $20 ? sure the clubbies will lol but they work fine split a 2x4 of western red ceder or spurce or other lite strong wood 8ft stock 1'' to 3'' diagonally with a circular saw or hand saw cut down with the saw and round a bit with a router plane grinder or file the hand grip area on the 3'' end to fit your hand grip and slot the narrow end both about 6'' I use a router to do the whole oar shaft roundish but it does not need to be perfect work harder on the grip and the bit in the oarlock area split a 5 gal paint bucket into strips as wide as you want for spoon shaped ends 3 to 4'' works for me pick a strong stiff bucket some are too flexie soft leave a nub of the bottom of the bucket as an end part fence only an 1'' or less drill and screw the strip into the slot with 1'' screws 3 each oar leaving about a foot sticking out free to get 9 foot oar from 8ft stock sand smooth the grips and oarlock areas and row with your under $20 oars a sliding seat and real speed gains over hand rowing 6-7 ft oars will be seen
  13. Hard vs soft dinghy

    I always called my boat a working boat not a yacht as it was not a toy and had a real job to do [providing a home to my family]
  14. Hard vs soft dinghy

    incompetents who can't anchor or row need docks and blowup speeders I find many vets and others marginalized by stuck up ass holes like you far more interesting kind caring and more willing to help when needed then the yacht club types like you who think income matters more then their character