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  1. NaClH20

    Need some help, and I know it's here.

    I have a water softener system to deal with dissolved iron in my well water. Prior to installation, sinks, toilets and showers would get orange over time and would need some very acidic cleaners to deal with. Now, everything is good, except for the fact that the system is 10 years old and the orange tinge is coming back.... time to replace the resin bed. I am thinking about Katalox system or similar, mostly ‘cos I’m tired of buying salt all the time. And there’s the rub.... contrary to belief, the salt in a softener system does not end up in the treated water, and thus would not build up or affect crops. Ok, a tiny bit does, but no more than would be naturally occurring anyway. The salt is there for an ion exchange, and gets flushed out with the precipitated iron during backwash cycle. That isn’t good for crops or trees. I have the backwash outflow sent out the basement drain, just to keep the iron buildup out of the septic. I’ve got 6 acres and can see only one neighbor, so I don’t particularly care where the runoff goes
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    Lusting on Yachtworld

    It was some time ago, but I recall being on the Bruce King-designed Windrose when she was launched. One of the neat little details it had was that the dorade boxes had a thick-walled clear acrylic tube incorporated into their construction. The effect was that the air outlets in the cabin overhead had a ring around them that emitted outside light, similar to the solar tube. It was very cool.
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    Fattest boats

    Since the thread drifted downwind a bit (max length/width =/= tumblehome, for the record), here’s another wiseass post.... Max length/width warship award goes to the Russians: Length/beam plus tumblehome, and sailing! (sorta):
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    A big project!

    Many moons ago I worked on a traditionally built 52’ hull. Similar to Tally Ho, the keel, stem, sternpost, garboard, first broad and sheer plank were all built of angelique. That stuff is incredibly hard, heavy and dense (it doesn’t float). When cut, it smells exactly like a cow barn. I was the guy who did all the unskilled tasks, which was a lot of the drilling, fastening, plugging, etc. Cutting the angelique screw hole bungs was a fun time... I’d get about half a dozen done before the plug cutter got dull. Since I had to re-sharpen so often, I’d try and push it too far, and the cutter would get super hot and there would be clouds of smoke pouring out from the drill press station. It smelled like a cow barn on fire. Life would probably have been better with carbide tools, but I’m not sure how long they would have even lasted against that stuff. One of the million little tasks that Leo says he’s not filming is probably someone having to re-sharpen the counterbore used in the garboard 37 times a day. I’m impressed they can use a battery drill when drilling fastening holes, though the power available now is probably a fair bit higher than it was when I was last in a shop....
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    Fattest boats

    wiseass, I know....
  6. I think about it time to time, especially now with a rapidly escalating local drug epidemic. Still, a few houses down, a while back, someone had a little too much booze, a little too much pot. Decided it was a good idea to go walk in the house across the street. Where a state cop lives. No harm, really, and I can live with that level of criminality. You hear about things, though, and they seem to inch closer every year. Back to the thread at hand: My uncle has a Ferrari 360 that is, unfortunately, an F1 transmission. I have to say it does have its advantages and I could possibly see why one would want such a thing, but around here there’s nowhere to drive it to that level of performance and it might be more engaging with a stick. He’s got a 550, too, that is a classic Ferrari gated manual, but it doesn’t work right now. I’d love to compare the two, even if they are rather different cars if same era.
  7. When I go to work, I leave my car unlocked with the keys in it. Do I worry? No... it’s a manual. Millennial anti-theft device. (Ditto with the house... I’ve always lived just rural enough that if someone wanted to break in the house, there would be nothing to stop them, and then I’d just have to replace the door, too. When I sold my first house, went through the closing. At the end, everything signed, new owners say “Now it’s time for the keys!” Uhhhhhh, oops. Gave them a random key I had laying around. No idea what it went to, but never heard anything about it so I guess they figured it out).
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    Bark side up. Only way, and I’ll defend that ‘till my hands can no longer grip a maul... I grew up in wood-heated homes, and as much as I hated stacking wood as a kid, now I do it willingly. Funnily, my parents put in gas heat right after I went off to college.... It helps that I have a super-insulated home and only feed a little Vermont Intrepid II. Down side of super-insulated homes is that we build fires constantly. Get up, light a fire, damp down, go to work. Get home, light a fire, stoke a bit until bedtime, full charge (depending on temp) then, damp down, go to bed. Morning there may be coals if lucky but usually not, so build a fire.... Last few years we’ve managed to scrounge as well as thin our own property, so heat has been more or less free, depending on how one counts one’s time.
  9. Also, back in the day, the yawlboat might have something around three hp from a make and break gas engine. Somehow they managed, and reportedly they got good speed. That would probably be all relative, as this was an era when someone would be tagged for reckless driving at 20 mph. Reverse was achieved by opening the ignition switch, then closing it again at a certain point in the cycle, causing a backfire and running the engine in the opposite direction. The method was less than reliable, resulting in many minor bang-ups. Nowadays lawyers would come running, but back then it was seen as more comical than anything else, especially when, famously, an errant bowsprit invaded a pier-end privy. And that is your history lesson of the day....
  10. Nah. Just set it and forget it. There’ll be a crew in there to bump ahead to get over the anchor, but once that’s off the bottom they’ll set the throttle and climb out to do other things. That boat probably has something around 75 hp so is pretty underpowered when pushing the mother ship. Takes some time to build up momentum, and the captain runs the schooner in a way like he’s sailing, in that there is an understanding that he can’t really stop. No point in jiggling the throttle up and down, as that’s just not going to do much. Backing down hard once up to speed is also not going to happen, as at least one, preferably two, tricing lines have to be rigged to a corner of the yawlboat transom to keep it from slewing sideways from prop walk. This requires advance planning, such as when coming in to land at a dock. Yawlboats are a mixed blessing for drag reduction... They’re blasted heavy, and are more of a workout to get up even than hoisting the main. Can be quite an adventure when sailing with a decent breeze, and every once in a while one gets rolled and swamped. They’re also completely useless in light wind but lumpy sea, when everything is banging around aloft. Schoonering is an interesting business. Used to be that it was an inexpensive vacation for working people. That was when they had a good supply of clapped out old working boats that could be patched up cheap and run ‘till they died. Then just go out and get another one. Nowadays, you can’t careen the boat at the head of the harbor for free, and all the bottom paint scrapings have to be contained, the poop can’t just go straight overboard, and safety standards have to be met. This is all good, but it costs, and the demographic that has the time and money for a sailing vacation gets older and is less able to cope with a lot of the heavy lifting, relative discomfort and lack of privacy involved. And I should say that they’re all businesses; everything is paid for and there are no volunteers.
  11. I think it’s unfair to say that is THE reason. The allure of windjamming has always been to preserve an iconic era along the Maine coast, which was a transitional time between pure sail and modern machinery. Many of the boats never had engines, were built without them. The cussed Yankee sailors were running a marginal business by then, being in increasing competition from railroads, and then highways. They tried to get as much cargo into a given hull, and engines were unreliable and took up space. So, they got put in the yawlboat and used sparingly. They could do amazing things with just a couple guys and years of traditional experience, such as back a fully loaded lumber schooner upriver with nothing but the tide, a short haws anchor and keen knowledge of the currents. Modern windjammers just kept up that tradition, as the boats had been going for over a hundred years without an engine, and they weren’t to be the ones to change it. Of the engineless boats currently sailing, two were built in 1871, one 1895, one 1900, 1915, early 19teens and 1920ish. Two are modern reproductions. I worked on the boats for some time, and have friends who own them, and have never heard them thank their lucky stars that the engine is in the yawl so that they could avoid some regs. If they happened to do so, that would just be a happy bonus, but not the main reason.
  12. Tidal Wave, 1930 Phil Rhodes. Actually a ketch. Fun story: Friend of mine worked at Rockport Marine many years ago. He and the yard crew sailed the snot out of the boat late into the season (I forget now if this was with the owner or with the owner’s permission). Imagine their surprise when, upon haulout in the Travelift, the boat gently touched the hard and the ballast keel promptly fell off. Luckily it was in for restoration that included plank keel, frames, and other structural work. This would have been around 2000 or so, I believe.
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    Mazda Vehicles

    2.5 liter 4 was an option in 2016, in response to complaints about power, now I think is standard. 2016 cx5 gt is my wife’s daily. My car is too small to tow a trailer of any significance, so hers does the duty. We have a steel box trailer, and it towed that with the bulk of an ash tree trunk, and did fine. Uhaul to Boston and back, also no problem. Barely notices my 12’ dingy and trailer. It’s about to hit 100k and no significant issues, no rust even living its entire existence in the northeast. Only problem was an intermittent and greatly irritating squeak from the right rear suspension. There was a service bulletin about it, which we told the dealer about. They insisted on replacing the rear shoulder belt, which of course did nothing. We brought it back greatly annoyed, and fortunately the owner got involved and told the techs to take the suspension out of a new car on the lot right then. Fixed it, and none of it cost anything other than having to get to the dealer. Oh, and tires are $&@/?&ing expensive, but that’s with the 19” rims. I’d get the 17”, partly for cheaper tires, but mostly because we live in a rural area and the roads suck. Nice car. Plenty zippy (again, nearest highway is 45 minutes away so all on rural back roads). Switch gear feels a little cheaper by touch than what was in my old Toyota, but it all works fine. It is a little smaller inside than it has a right to be, considering how big it looks on the outside (especially compared to my Subie). This is a complaint I have with all modern SUVs, though.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Oh man, I gotta try that! I’ve got about 10 white pines around the house that need to go. Bunch more and some spruce in the back five, too. I’m sitting on a fortune!
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    Random PicThread

    Oh, here’s a random pic. Sorry for the oversight!