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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Stove flame safety device

    Hi Trica A bit of googling brings this up. If the thermocouple is fucked, the only thing that works is to replace it. Looking at the picture I hazard to guess that the probe end of the thermocouple is held in place with some sort of circlip. I would expect that the whole top of the cooker is removable without too much difficulty, once it is on a work bench.
  2. Stove flame safety device

    Replace the thermocouple. What make of cooker? On the better designed ones, the fascia plate comes off. Pull off the knobs and there's usually a couple of nuts which come undone to release the fascia plate. If you've got a POS Dometic, they need all the rivets drilled out.
  3. Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    Do the decks/bimini go up and down on hydraulics? Like the pop-top on a campervan. Hey presto! at the touch of a button your super sleek racing cat, turns into a block of flats, with all the accomodation you require ...
  4. Coolboats to admire

    IIRC the 'domed' companionway was invented by Cees Van de Stadt. 1963 Excalibur
  5. Scanmar 33 - rebuild after dismasting

    Does the Scanmar have the Ballad's dodgy mild steel mast truss arrangement? Like what failed on my Ballad
  6. Coolboats to admire

    One sided saloon table, perfect for last supper impressions. Cue Mel Brooks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA1sx-vyWVk
  7. Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    On a recent trip to The Netherlands this curiosity was spotted. Certainly caused plenty of interest with the other lock users. The bloke on the bow is looking grumpy as he's being poisoned by the fumes from the barge in front which hasn't turned off its engine. Dunno why the photo is on its side ...
  8. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    All this talk of strobes, PLBs etc is surely putting the cart before the horse. The bloke shouldn't have gone overboard in the first place. I usually sail double handed and losing someone over the side is my biggest fear. I always adhere to RORC's recommendations. Lifejacket and harness is worn when: Between sunset and sunrise When alone on deck When reefed When true wind speed it 25kts and above When visibility is less than 1 mile. Plus if it's at all dodgy.
  9. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    Was the MOB clipped on? if not, why not?
  10. Bird Deterrants

    Motessier in 'Sailing to the Reefs' describes using a catapult to kill cormorants, He then eats them... A book well worth reading; it is one of the few sailing books that's funny. In the cormorant description, the talks about laying in a stock of steel nuts for the catapult, as brass ones are too expensive. Dog biscuits are on the menu too.
  11. Bird Deterrants

    I find a traditional burgee on a pigstick does a fine job of keeping the crows off my masthead. Having neighbours with taller masts helps when the starlings come to call.
  12. Tool kit must Haves

    My father's boat had work bench (with vice) that fitted over the galley work top. A couple of through bolts and pads made it rock solid. I keep on thinking about making one for my own boat. I wish he was still around to ask how he did it.
  13. Dave's perfect sailboat

    In Europe it's very common to have to raft up in our crowded harbours. To be polite, you always walk round the foredeck of your neighbour. With those idiotically high rails, you'd lose your bollox every time you stepped ashore.
  14. Tool kit must Haves

    Jubillee clip driver (aka 7mm socket on a bendy stick) perfect for one handed clip tightening carried out by braille at the back of a locker.
  15. Coolboats to admire

    My family used to own a Choy Lee Offshore 40. Almost a sistership to the Reliant, but a smidgin shorter, and reversed layout. If my father hadn't decided to build a new boat, I'd probably still own her. We didn't have any dodgers; got to make sacrifices if you want to look good!