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  1. harrygee

    Engine Swap Anarchy - Gas Palmer to Yanmar 2GM

    You'll be fitting a good quality diesel filter. Get one that has two inlets and run your return line to the filter. That's also a way of avoiding the danger with two tanks, where you may be sucking fuel from the starboard tank and having the return line going to the port tank, which will overflow if you're lucky, or bust the tank if a bug has taken up residence in the breather. I've seen diesels that returned more than 50%, don't know about your 2 GM.
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    Struggling with low speed manouvering and docking

    Thrusters would be a last resort. Can you rig a tackle to allow the outboard to steer somewhat less than the rudders? Your cat will maneuvre more predictably astern than forward at low speed. More predictably for a car driver. We had a 45 ft cat with a single 35 hp Yanmar in a central pod. For a while I had the extended stern-drive leg steering with the rudders. Worked fine but when I tried it with the stern-drive locked, that worked fine too so never bothered with it again. Same marina. We always came in stern-first. A single 9.9 is marginal but, if you can learn to live with it, you'll be saving a lot of aggravation and the horrible sensation of overload confusion when things go pear-shaped. It must have worked for someone. Cheers
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    uh, a jib traveller ?

    I put a 3 metre curved track on the bow of my 9 metre cat, with the forestay and tack on a traveller car. It enabled close sheeting with an overlapping jib, without compromising the centre cockpit and dodger. Also adjustable for running / reaching. Sounds dodgy but, with a fixed inner forestay, sailed 25,000 miles without mishap. Ok, tore an upper spreader out on a dark, rainy night in the middle of nowhere, a mishap but not related. I stole the idea from a J-Cat I'd sailed on. My current tri has a self-tacking jib track from a Soling, works a treat tacking in our tight bay.
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    Rapid Disintegration of Saildrive Leg

    If you don't know your way around a multimeter, get an electrician to check the integrity of your negative cables, especially if each engine has a separate battery / bank.
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    Testing a Simrad TP30.

    Rather than pressing buttons to make it extend and retract, power it up and rotate it horizontally to ensure that it extends/retracts and see whether you may have to reverse its response for port or starboard operation..
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    Repairing holes from obsolete hardware

    What Midday Gun said. Light abrasion of the epoxy and polyester/qcells/cabosil bog or just car-bog, which is just polyester bog with accelerator added, soft to sand, very fast, use in small quantities. If there's no need for bog (if the remaining cavity is shallow)a spot of flowcoat to match your existing gelcoat. A repair kit is probably flowcoat, rather than gelcoat, so it will sand okay. Gelcoat cures with a tacky finish so it needs wax-in-styrene added for this application. That's what flowcoat is. Probably too much information but it's raining outside, what else am I going to do? Cheers
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    'Relentless' Alex Thompson

    Ripper vid, mate, thanks. Hope your recovery is uneventful. Cheers
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    Info for Zonker.

    Well, at least he began.
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    Manual inflation PFD

    Thanks. I'm not inclined to trust equipment any more than I need to, hence my question. I maintain my gear but there's no guarantee that the bottle won't come loose, have an imperfection or be empty. If I'm offshore and accidentally fire my PFD, I'm stuffed because I won't have a spare bottle (airlines don't like gas bottles unless they're part of the PFD). I'll probably fit an extension tube to the inflator so that it can be blown up manually. The extension will have to be removable so that the non-return valve can be accessed to deflate the PFD. I'm aware that in cold water, I'll be struggling to get a breath, let alone blow the thing up. Cheers
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    Manual inflation PFD

    My PFD is a Kru Pro Sport, rated for offshore with hood, strobe, crotch strap and harness. It had auto-inflate, which I've disabled because most of my sailing is on my trimaran. It still manual-inflates with a pull of the toggle. It also has manual inflation by blowing into the mouth-piece but this is inaccessible unless the zip has been opened, either by the gas bottle or, maybe, by a lucky finger finding the weak point in the zip which, on mine, is out of reach on my shoulder. This arrangement isn't unique. Looking at a few PFD's on the market, it seems common. So, if I go in and my gas inflation fails, I have a problem. If I have to, I'll modify it to expose the inflator but is there a simpler solution? Thanks in advance.
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    Regatta Starting App / Timer IPhone IOS

    I prefer an audible countdown so I'm not taking my eyes away from the situation. Set the volume so that you're not counting down for the whole fleet. Regatta works for me. Cheers
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    Considering a cruising cat

    I put a Yanmar 27 in my 45' cat, in a pod made from a canoe molding. The engine was under the saloon table with good access. A long tail-shaft went to a Yanmar stern-drive, which had a 750mm alloy extension to get it well immersed. The extension was full of oil to the level of the top housing, so a bit of weight. The stern drive could be raised for sailing and for maneuvering in shallow water (low power) and, initially, the stern drive was linked to the steering. I found that steering the stern drive was not needed, the boat maneuvering just as well with it locked. The boat steered equally well astern, usually with the board (only one) raised. A mini-keel cat would get some benefit from two engines. The first revelation you'll experience with a cat is just how easy everything becomes after living with monohull sailing. Good luck with it.
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    FFS power tools

    First thing to try is, with the LEAD UNPLUGGED, grab the router chuck and rotate it. Then fire it up and see if it goes. Same with any power tool that has a commutator motor. Cheers
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    New Stuffing box

    Whatever system is used, I'm in the habit of clipping some big cable-ties loosely over the tube so that, in the event of catastrophic failure, plastic bags can be shoved around the tube and shaft and cable-tied in place, without the drama of trying to fit cable-ties around the shaft with water lapping at your nose. Cheers
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    I just spent two hours trying to read faster than you blokes can write. Thank Christ someone started a new thread. It's like running up the down escalator. Plenty of wind here now, NW gusting forties. I see Tasman Island had NW gusting 66 knots earlier. That must be fun around Cape Raoul.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Bucc. Don is an alpha male, born with the collective knowledge of the human race. Alpha males don't make mistakes. They don't learn from them either.
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    Handheld GPS for backup

    Navionics on a cheap water-proof phone (Sony have been waterproof since the Z1, light-years ahead of the rest.) Works offshore, forget about the "no signal" stuff. I wasn't keen on my Garmin 78 CSX (bought for paragliding, which it handled well) and it drowned eventually.
  18. I race my two boats (24' cruising mono, 30' racing tri) single-handed against fully crewed boats and do okay, especially when it's light. Communication is quicker between brain-cells (not much) and there's no hand-brake. Both boats are set up properly. I can sail off the mooring in either boat in 8 minutes, main and jib. I used to have good crew but club polititions moved them on. Good luck with your proposal, hopefully it will spread and I'll have a chance to race other single-handers.
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    making a bigger hole

    It's not that hard if you have a bit of space to work in. Us a holesaw of the size you want. Hold the edge of the holesaw against the edge of your existing hole and angle your drill so that only the edge is in contact, acting as a guide. Probably 20 degrees or more but I've never measured it. Hold your drill firmly and, at low speed, start drilling. The holesaw will soon create a groove and you can start to reduce the angle if you want a round hole. The new hole will be off-centre from the old, if that matters.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    If he can afford the loss of one of his poles, he can use one as a "spreader". Clipped to the shroud on the "vulnerable " side, strapped to the spreader forward of the mast with a knotted halyard through the other clip and anchored at the toerail / chainplate, it would reduce movement at the lower spreader. It limits overlapping headsails and makes rafting up a bit challenging but that's the least of his worries. I'd send a picture if I knew how.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Ours was a two-tonner, 42 ft. For Pacific cruising I'd prefer one of our multis, with 2 ft draft, rather than the 7 ft plus, a bit limiting.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    You may be right Jack (again). We had Mercedes V as a cruising home for a few years. We chose to cruise in conditions that we could handle but the boat felt bomb-proof. Olaf, I have to agree. I used a heavy No. 2 on a furler and a staysail. Single-handed her a few thousand miles, big three-speed winches made it easier.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    An interesting discussion and this is a lot easier than the school of hard knocks. The consensus seems to be that boats of the IOR era, even if they weren't IOR boats, were a handful running, regardless of the keel. I've sailed "offshore" (out of sight of land, for lack of a better definition) in dozens of full-keel boats of this type and a similar number of fin-keelers but I didn't go looking for trouble. Without pushing the boats, they were squirrely running in moderate to big seas and IMHO, the boats built to the later IOR distortions were the worst of them. I'd have to be happier running square in one of these long-keel clunkers than a late-design IOR of similar size, especially if I had to do it with a windvane. I think they'd be more forgiving for longer, less prone to broaching (I expect Heede broached, I think Don misunderstood him) until they reached the point where they start nose-diving, a point that they would reach before an IOR boat would do the same. The formula that produced these "race" boats makes some sense. Affordable, known attributes and weaknesses, load-carrying, agricultural to maintain and repair. They just have a habit of falling over.
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    Stripping Paint from Hull interior

    Be very careful if using powerful paint-strippers in a poorly-vented area. A friend of mine suffered multiple heart-failures on the way to hospital after doing just that. He had access to some evil stuff from work. For grinding work inside a boat, I use a plug-in speed reducer to reduce the amount of dust that gets flung around.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I have to agree. Hopefully, after the event, some information will come out so that we can all learn from it. I'd be interested to know whether the tactics varied and, especially, whether any tried the tactic mentioned way back in the thread, of running with small headsail / staysail, sheeted hard and flat amidships, and, if so, did it work? Did they tow warps? There are other boats in the same area and we're not hearing much about them so what sets these almost-one-designs apart?