Suijin

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    Annapolis, MD
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    Sailing, boat restoration, salt water flyfishing, hard drinking.
  1. Suijin

    Suggestions on how to remove Sikaflex residue?

    Another vote for the 2" roloc "material conditioning" disks, preferably on a air angle die grinder. Will make short work of the whole shebang except in tight corners. Maroon or beige will work equally well. It won't remove material if you use it intelligently and develop a feel for speed/pressure/etc. I did four aluminum Lewmar ocean hatch bases not so long ago with the disks, getting 5200 off. Was a Godsend. That said when you're done I would still hit it with DaBond or similar, then wash clean, then appropriate solvent to ensure you have a good clean surface for rebedding.
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    Newport Bermuda Race 2018

    I suggest you take a different approach. You're not showing anyone of the younger generation anything by coming here asking for a handout, and just doing the race itself won't garner you much publicity. Start vlogging your preparations and training, on YT (yeah, as though YT needs another vlogging channel, I know, I know...) and get contributions that way, through Patreon or whatever. If you want your efforts to have some lasting impact regarding getting young folks into sailing, then you have to document it. Kill two birds with one stone. But one of you is going to have to get good at video editing. I'd rather chew broken glass than watch another poorly made sailing video.
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    Black Widow

    That Farr 400, Jeroboam, won it's class in Annapolis to Newport and did well at Block Island pretty much right after the bottom was completely redone and painted with BW. Pretty sure Laurent had it burnished. He was thinking about dry sailing it, not sure if he does so dunno how it's anti-fouling properties have held up.
  4. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/washington/articles/2017-10-10/police-man-tried-to-steal-sailboat-called-owner-in-process So now he gets to be a butt pirate, so wishes do come true, after a fashion.
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    We are doing it!

    I smell another YT sailing vlog coming... Yeah people watch these vids to be entertained and to relax, not to be assaulted by the music. Even Die Walk├╝re would be an improvement... Cool boat, hope you guys have fun and stay safe.
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    When you see your old boat on Craigslist...

    The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing... ~ Oscar Wilde
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    Replacing standing rigging w/ boat in water

    Call them an ask what they want to do. I expect that they'll take rough measurements to stock the appropriate materials and then when the time comes take them off one at a time for specific measurements and fabrication. How they do it depends a lot on the facilities. That said, when was the last time you had the stick down? If you haven't, this is a good time to do it. The rerig will be cheaper, and you'll be able to go over the whole mast, check/rebed mast hardware, rewire, clean it, etc. And check the mast step. You'll be amazed (and perhaps horrified) how much work you see that needs to be done that you don't notice while you're hanging in a bosun's chair counting the minutes until you can come back down.
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    Can prop walk change over time?

    If you were backing out more slowly the usual then you're going to experience more prop walk. Until you get enough flow over your rudder it's not going to bite enough to counteract prop walk. At a slower speed your prop is just going to pull you to port while your rudder picks it's teeth waiting to be useful. The best way to counter prop walk is with speed. Get the boat moving then ease off the throttle and the rudder will respond.
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    Making leeway

    He has two electronic compasses so his heading information is likely accurate...provided the compasses are properly calibrated, and his plotter is calculating COG. Leeway is not calculated, it's observed from the heading line vs. the COG line.
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    Annapolis to Newport 2017

    I noticed that NASA postponed a launch from Wallops Island due to one of the race boats being in the danger zone at the scheduled launch time, lol. Bad racers, BAD, wasting our tax dollars. SAD! Congrats to Laurent Givry for 1st place in PHRF 1 in his Farr 400, after his domination earlier in the Down The Bay race. Never would have thought the 400 would be competitive in PHRF but 2 for 2 both convincing wins... I guess in the right conditions with a little ratings magic...
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    huge wave

    Big waves but long period...like 10 to 12 seconds. No sweat.
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    Severn Sailing rescue

    I was headed from Solomon's to Norfolk on the 18th. Forecast was for 22 gusting to 30. By mid-morning it was blowing a steady 35 gusting to 50. Getting into the James with that NW headwind was Not Fun.
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    Offshore harnesses / PFDs, yet again

    The white plastic piece is the safety cam. You have to depress it to be able to open the gate to the mouth of the clip. That's actually a fairly easy and straightforward operation. It's the hook on the end, that the gate mouth wire locks into, that is a problem when unhooking from a jackline. Snap shackles are meant to be easy to operate when under load, at least theoretically. The load is on apex of the swinging gate and the piston bar is angled up towards that apex to reduce friction on the bar to make it more easily releasable under load. Not perfect but not a bad solution. Some examples have a beefier pull lanyard, like with plastic balls on them, that is an improvement. I consider those webbing cutters for tethers to be a poor excuse for a safety item. Imagine trying to locate it, orient it properly, get it on a twisted tether, and cut it while inverted hanging over the leeward side in the water at night. Fuck that. Give me a super sharp sheepshead safety knife, like a Boye, thank you very much.
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    Offshore harnesses / PFDs, yet again

    I've seen them both ways, although the nutter cutter style is what I see most and what I use. I've tested them out, jumping off a high dock a few times and found that when "comfortably snug" they do their job. They don't limit my mobility or comfort, but that might just be how my body is shaped or how I move, I dunno.
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    Offshore harnesses / PFDs, yet again

    The SAS course pounded on the fact that you shouldn't be trying to move or swim offshore in a PFD. You should wait for a rescue. Reason being, in waves, current, and wind, you can't swim anyway. A rescue swimmer has a gumby suit, and large flippers with a snorkel as aids. And your crew on board is much more maneuverable in a floating boat than you are in the water. That is the recommendation if all you can do is sit there and wait, since preserving your body warmth becomes the first priority. That said, there are circumstances where some degree of mobility is helpful, such as climbing into a life raft or getting to a throw rope, etc. I think for me the biggest factor is failure rate. I've always looked at my inflatable a bit sideways and suspiciously, despite checking it regularly. The notion that the bladder might fail at just the point where I need it not to is pretty disconcerting and does tend to haunt me at times. Eliminating that fatal point of failure does have it's merits if only ultimately for piece of mind.