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    Wickford, RI
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    sailing golf, skiing

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  1. It is truly amazing this guy has enough pull to keep his name out of the press for this long, When the final investigations are made public. this will certainly resurface.
  2. jfdubu

    Hard dinks, nesting dinks, and why we like them

    Comment on the PB option; I have an older 10' version (removable transom) and love it. Stowing on deck is a piece of cake on my 35' performance cruiser, folded right inside the rig. Assembles in 10 minutes on deck by myself, 6 minutes with help Planes with a 4hp outboard, never rowed it. Does 10 mph with that 4 hp in a "lumpy" harbor with 2 men aboard The PB is just about indestructible. I don't care what it looks like, it works great and keeps my wife dry when we go to dinner from an anchorage. Don't normally tow but did once from Cuttyhunk, no problem I've had two inflatables, I'll never go back. Yes the seats do take up space below but I usually take it around the Rhode Island and Vineyard sounds so short runs compared to a distance cruiser. I don't use the space below in transit. I'll be selling this one and buying a new one with the folding transom shortly.
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    What have you lost overboard?

    Two things; a spinnaker pole. fastened in the chock a really sloppy tack with the lazy sheet around the end. Popped the pole outa the chocks bounces on the deck and under the life line before the foredeck could grab it. We were racing but it floated just long enough for me to spin the boat around and touch it with the boat hook: sunk in 90ft. Second my jib sheets. I coiled them and put on the bow rail for cleaning. Forgot them. came back the next day to go sailing. no sheets; must of left them home; back home, searched; nope, must be on the boat; check every where. WTF where are they? Looked at the bow rail and remembered where I put them, but of course they fell off. Three try's with a dingy anchor hooked them right under the bow. Brought them still nicely coiled. Hats don't count, not enough fingers
  4. Use a halyard knot with a swivel hard shackle. The knot works as a great "stopper" and you can replace the shackle without sacrificing 3' + of line.
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    Help us choose an inflatable

    Boarding and standing in a porta bote takes some getting use to but I can go from the water to strapped on the deck in 10-15 minutes and back in the water in less than 10. I throw mine on my shoulder and walk down the dock and most importantly the admiral's butt doesn't get wet when we go from the anchorage to dinner in Newport. I've had three inflatables, all were wet. Funny looking yes, but very functional. Ohh and don't stand on the gunwhale.
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    Help us choose an inflatable

    10' porta-bote. plenty of capacity, faster than an inflatable, easier to store, won't care about rocky shores.
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    How do you stop a British Seagull?

    When I first read the topic my first guess was to drop a bunch of "chips" in the parking lot. For American seagulls use french-fries. Then I read it was about the engines. I always heard the problem was about starting them not stopping them.
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    PFD recommendation - keelboat helmsman

    My 2 cents, I wouldn't wear an inflatable. Too many "ifs" . Works great if maintained correctly, keeps you afloat if it inflates, can't swim or maneuver that well if inflated. I wear a mustang commercial vest with mesh shoulders and pockets. Whistle in the pocket always. Comfortable back when leaning against the life lines. Has not impeded any motion or activity and I never worry about jumping in the water after a sail at anchor to see how it keeps me afloat. no effort at all to float upright , beer in hand. I second the Salus coastal keelboat, that's on my short list regardless of USCG approval. I have enough devices on the boat to pass any inspection. Which BTW an inflatable doesn't pass inspection unless it's being worn.
  9. Sail, I just replace my motor mounts with aftermarket. I have a yanmar 3gm30 and used Bushings Inc Df-2205-2 mounts. I have access to s full machine shop so riser blocks weren't a problem. I've motored from the sling to my slip so I have final alignment to do. These mount were 1/4 of the cost of the OEM.s. I thought the old mounts were bad but it turns out just rusty. Cleaned up painted and ready as spares.
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    Butyl Tape

    I've used junk I got from Home depot, junk I got from an RV store and two rolls from Mainsail by far the best. Even in spots I've used the junk It hasn't leaked. Redoing all my stations this year, only using mainsail stuff. Used butly on cleats, jib track, chainplate covers and other stuff I don't remember. I'm starting to win the war on water getting on the wrong side of the hull.
  11. I was at the Chatham bar Inn a few years ago and they had a display about this event. Absolutly amazing. I seem to remember one writing that the coast guard tried to duplicate the rescue by putting 32 men on the boat in calm water at the dock and couldn't figure out how they did it.
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    New Stuffing box

    Well, I'm not looking at alternatives, No room to move the engine. A detailed inspection of my lasdrop indicates it is just worn out. So It will either be replaced or I'll build my own seal assembly.
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    New Stuffing box

    I also would not recommend a packing that has both PTFE and graphite has the graphite can cause problems when all the lubricity of the Teflon wears out. You're left with a conductive, abrasive residue. That can cause major shaft problems. Based on my initial premise I've got some good feedback. If/when I move the engine make sure I check shaft clearance at the cutlass. Hadn't considered that. Clearance for repacking with the shaft in would be nice but I will to do this every three years or so during winter projects. After I have some measurements to make the verify engine room clearance. Other than that there's no good reason not to procced with my plan. Considering some of the other projects I've done this should be a walk in the park.....famous last words.
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    New Stuffing box

    Yes, that's it. I really like the boat and how it sails. Little things like this are a PITA but I do have plenty of room to do this. I actually contacted Steve and he send me polars and some rig tuning info
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    New Stuffing box

    Flax is a generic term. I have PTFE packing material. If more boats have sunk with packings than dripless it's more likely because of the 100year head start in use and still a 10x number in use. Yes, my failure and fear was due to the hose between the shaftlog and seal and wouldn't be a function of the actual seal, dripless or packing, and for the that I've upgraded to the BA hose not the exhaust hose that was on there (don't do that). But dripless assemblies can fail in the worst way and my experience with the dripless was not good. Run engine, pump bilge don't run engine no leaks. I had a packing gland on my old boat (2GM20) and barely a drip with the nut just over hand tight, locked of course.