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Member Since 31 Aug 2005
Offline Last Active Apr 14 2014 11:05 AM

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In Topic: line strength when passing through blocks

14 April 2014 - 11:03 AM

Shit NO, I was not on board!! Geez, no one has ever been on any of my boats when being lifted, I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid. No one was injured, "only" the mast, but it did hurt me inside! BTW, there were no knots and according to my calcs, everything was it least 3x below SWLs, but shit happens. It was only a one time lift to get the correct lengths for the slings...which I now have and they are all over 5x strength.

Cheers, Greg

Sorry, Greg. Didn't see you get out!  The query re line is mostly for me.  I knew knots were weak points but hadn't thought about the turns.  Clearly your line was good as the remaining bridle held the whole load.  Leroi

In Topic: line strength when passing through blocks

12 April 2014 - 07:37 PM

Crash.  Yeah, Greg's new baby.  Looked great on the course last Sun. so we were checking it out at the dry sail lift when a block blew and the boat dropped a few feet.  Greg was inside!!! I'm sure he about shit, but the other strop and the line to the keel lift held.  The broken block caused the boat to swing into the lift boom which broke a spreader and gouged the mast.  Pretty sure he'll need a new stick.  Selden told him June on delivery.  


Thanks everyone for the links.  Clearly knots weaken line as well as every turn on a block.  

In Topic: baltoplate - HVLP spraying

11 March 2014 - 10:24 PM

Vinyl and epoxy paints will sand and polish.  Ablatives do not, at least not for the duration of the season.  We adjusted the gun to spray the diluted mix we created.  We wanted to spray the mix at the thickest most viscous mix possible. 10psi vs. 15psi  vs. 40psi for conventional guns is significant.  The PSI's I posted worked.  We'll wetsand this weekend and sail for 2 years.  After that, I'll let you know.  

In Topic: Keel Damage - Anyone have any ideas on what caused this?

03 March 2014 - 05:56 PM

I'm looking hard at the pics....is there fairing under the paint there at the leading edge?  If so it may have gotten water in it from the gouge and is blistering off - ie wrong fairing compound.  

In Topic: Contracting Anarchy

22 February 2014 - 11:20 PM

I'm a contractor.  I have subs I've worked with for 25 years.  My pricing from them is 20-30% less than they will charge a homeowner or someone they don't know based on the amount of work I send them and their confidence in me re getting paid and that the job will run smoothly, they will get in and out and make money.  When I build a house for you I charge anywhere from 15-25% based on the project so you actually save money and I take care of the headaches and schedules.  Current building prices are north of $125/ft in my area( Richmond, Va) for basic finishes, much more for tile, granite, roofing options, etc.  Also, you simply will not build your house in the same time frame as I will, incurring extra finance costs.  An intelligent individual can certainly build themselves a house, it's just likely to cost more and take longer and will be of lesser quality than what I would have built because I know how to do it!  Leroi