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    Dinghy build: Two-Paw 8 nesting

    I thought that if you were a really good magician the trick was to make it look like you sawed your assistant in half, boats not so much.
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    Don't Be This Guy

    I assume that the zinc in the picture was new
  3. Garden hose is made to sit out in the sun forever. On an old dinghy I screwed it to the rails with small washers. The dimpling around the washer protected other surfaces
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    My balls fell out

    McMaster Carr has toro on balls for a bit less than the harken ones
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    creaky floorboards

    To provide support for thin panels, I screwed pvc threaded caps to the underside. I then threaded some pic pipe into them. The threads allowed for some adjustment
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    J24 wet core replacement material

    Balsa core is pretty possible so close as possible sounds like balsa if you want to be one design
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    Core replacement material and strategy, from below

    I made a very similar repair of the deck flange and used a shop vac to create a vacuum. It was enough vacuum to create a nice tight fit to the compound curves and hold everything in place long enough for it to set up. The one thing that you need to do is make sure that the their is a little bit of air passing through the vacuum to make sure that the motor doesn't overheat. An small 1/8" hole is probably enough. I have done things like screwing luan underneath a repair to hold things in place but you never get the same kind of even pressure that you get with vacuum bagging. Also, I might just glass over the deck flange in the area that you have cut away.
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    Crazy furling jib cover idea - work with me here

    Practical Sailor reviewed paint for Uv protection in the past year or so
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    Non Skid that works & doesn't look crap?

    I have been thinking about rolling Perfection with cabosil. I had some old Brightsides single part paint and tried rolling that. Even though I mixed in enough cabosil to make it possible to have the mixing stick stand up straight and only slowly tilt over, the peaks still tended to flatten out a bit more than I would have liked. I used a 3/8" nap roller. I was wondering if I should let two-part paint sit for a bit before applying it. Would that make it set up a bit faster and not flatten out quite so much?
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    Gasket material for a hatch

    Thanks for the suggestions. I assume that the care weather stripping has better adhesive than the box store epdm stuff that I tried? thanks!
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    better access to cabin lockers

    Thanks for all of your suggestions. The design of the main cabin settee is pretty conventional. There are two U shaped sections on each side of a folding table. The long settees have a folding plywood lid. The cushion extends underneath the cushions for the seat back and the sides. To raise the lid to the rather large lockers, you have to remove four cushions and stack them on the other side. I was trying to see if there was a way to reduce the number of cushions that needed to be removed and stored elsewhere to gain access. I have seen this kind of design in quite a few boats and it is sort of inconvenient. If the cushions were older or in worse shape, I would be tempted to make the seat backs extend all the way to the plywood and have the seat cushion butt up against them. If the lid was hinged where the seat butted up against the seat backs then maybe you could raise it enough to get fairly quick access.
  12. I always find that I have to pull all of the cushion seat backs to be able to get access to under seats in the main cabin salon. The problem is that all of the back and side seats are secured with velcro and they sit on top of the seat cushion. You can't raise the seat without removing all of these cushions. I was wondering if anyone has seen better arrangments. I have considered putting a thin sheet of luan on a piano hinge and attaching the back cushions to this piece of luan. Has anyone devised a better solution to improve access? thanks!
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    X41 vs J/122

    I have a 30 year old X boat and recently redid the bearings. The aluminum rudder stock was near perfect. Just keep it isolated
  14. I used some box store self stick silicon weatherstrip on the underside of a lazarette hatch but it doesn't stay put. Does anyone use something else that works well?
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    Choosing a drysuit - Brand and size

    From what I have seen, the zippers and neoprene parts all last pretty well. Latex booties can be replaced. What ends the suit is fabric Eelam. My gill lasted about 5 yrs before delam.