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    There is something weird about her stance. To my eye she coud not be standing like this unless her left foot is standing on someting. Or perhaps the gravitational force on her right tit is so massive that she manages to balance.
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    Stuck in the mast

    Attach thin lines to lower end of halyards. Pull them through to free the congested area. Luckily the chain shall find more room to untangle itself.
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    Selling a boat - reverse auction?

    Can you not gather a few interested buyers first and hold an open reverse auction at a specific date and place where people attend in person. Thereby you can eliminate the risk of the potential buyer not having yet entered the market.
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    what is it?

    I cannot imagine how much fun it would be to drop the mainsail without anything holding the luff of the sail.
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    Wooden boats thread

    This is my wooden boat. which I designed and built myself.
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    A big project!

    Yess... I have no problem with that. but the earlier picture you sent had no floors bolted to the frames. The floor fittings did not have any means of holding the frames except the curve preventing the keel dropping off. There I got confused.
  7. Deploy a longer and floating mooring line between the boat and the buoy. Allowing the boat to freely move around/ sail around and have time to adjust itself to the changing conditions. Keeping her nose close to a fixed point makes her life more difficult and erratic. Think of it as if she was not moored at all. She would drift yes but probably not capsize.
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    A big project!

    Thanks for the explanation. But I am still not getting it. The frame can move in three possible directions. Vertically up and away from the keel. Side to side along the direction of the keel, and horizontally away from the keel. looking at the picture above, I can see that the frame cannot move vertically because of the curve of the floor fitting. It cannot move along the direction of the keel because it is somewhat notched into the keel. But there is no fastening preventing it to move horizontally away from the keel. If the floor fitting had also bolts going into the frame it would be easier for me to understand how it cannot seperate itself horizontally and at 90 degrees to the direction of the keel. All I am left with are the planks pressing the frames inward to prevent that. But are the planks holding the frames or the frames holding the planks! I imagine putting the boat on hard and filling it with water, trying to force the frames to move away from the one on the opposite side and part from the keel. And can not visualise what are keeping them in place except for the outside planks and probably some deck beams
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    A big project!

    What I am really trying to say is this. Since the frames are nearly vertical to the keel, and relatively less meat is left on the side, to me it seems quite an awkward job to fasten them horizontally to the keel.
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    A big project!

    When and how will the new frames get fastened to the keel I wonder. They will keep the boat together, take all the weight of the keel and lead ballast and all the stresses imposed by hogging and sagging when at sea arent they?
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    A big project!

    Great Job. Congratulations. One thing i do not understand completely. Since the shape of the boat got distorted over the years, and the resulting shape is not adhered to, by simply replacing the damaged wood, as it is, how is the effort any different than building her as a new boat. From what i see, the keel, ribs, planking and all are going to be replaced anyway. So what you end up with is a boat built to her original design and not having anything significant belonging to the old boat. where is the line drawn between Rebuild and restoration?
  12. Reefing or reefing earlier does not put an end to the problem. You still carry the added weight of the spar, halyards and what not at a height least wanted., as well as the added windage. Going upwind , you probably loose all the gains a taller mast provides when reefed. Not mentioning the less than ideal shape a reefed main has compared to its full shape.
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    Coolboats to admire

    I don't think they are the same boat. the one in the earlier picture seem to have a divided cockpit. Stern shapes also seem to be different.
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    How make a cruising boat fast for racing?

    Do all of the above and then start practising starts. Most races are won or lost if you are not on the line , at the preferred side, at full speed, in clean air, a few seconds after the gun. Especially for short races you will likely enter. Calculate roughly how many seconds of advantage all of these improvements will likely produce. Then compare it with a non perfect start you may have done.
  15. "I can't believe people close their boats with little pieces of wood" --- From my  friend Monique from the Garcia 47 "Passion",  Cape Horn, Antarctic & Baffin Island veteran. It is almost impossible to buy a new or used boat with a dog-able watertight companionway hatch. And as a result  99.9 % of "ocean cruising sailboats" have no way to secure the boat against  water intrusion if they are laid on beam ends or rolled, and are therefore unsuitable for ocean sailing in my opinion. 

    It's perfectly possible to sail around the world  for 17 years and never encounter any real weather.  I've done deliveries up and down that  piece of water off the Oregon/Washington coast, and can testify that the combination of the Japanese current and almost any common SE storm can make it look just like the Gulf Stream in November,--  It doesn't matter if you are only 100 miles from the barn. My basic rule is if you are planning to sail out of sight of land anywhere  the boat should  be secured as if you are heading for the Gulf Stream. or Gulf of Alaska.

    The other thing that is lacking in all almost all "ocean capable sailboats" is really adequate storage design . (unless the owner does it themselves.) A loose floorboard is a lethal weapon when it is targeting you while you are standing on the inverted cabin top. The spare oil cans that have come adrift will turn the entire interior into a skating rink in an instant.  To say nothing of sledge hammers like dive tanks.

    Buying a multi-million dollar award winning sailboat is no guarantee that the Interior Desiccator//Stylist gave a moment's thought about how to move about safely at sea. 

    About a decade ago I flew across country to deliver an Oyster 53 from Newport to St. Martin in November. The crew was already onboard and had stowed the Lazerette up to the top with gear.  (Now the lazerette in an Oyster 53 is big enough to live in, so I started pulling stuff out to see how it was secured. Roll up dingy. Outboard. Gas cans. Spare anchors. 80# emergency tiller-- etc.  And at the back the exposed steering quadrant.  Of course Oyster didn't anticipate that the locker would ever be used, so there was not a single padeye or any way to actually secure the gear.