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    Offshore sailboat racing. Distance cruising, and teaching the kids to love to sail.

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  1. Hunky I would love to see some more photos of the build. What was the hardest part? We’re the cross beams difficult?
  2. How did the hull lay up go? Was it as quick and painless as he makes it seem on the write up? Just curious if there were any difficulties
  3. Hi I’m looking for a used j105 spin for beercans. Does anyone have one in the basement they are looking to unload? I am in Annapolis and was hoping to find one locally if possible. There is nothing in bacons that I can find.
  4. When I worked on Schooners a long time ago the headsails were run at a 2:1 purchase via a block on a strop to the clew of the jib (lizard). This was sheeted in tight by two men and a pin rail (no winches used). With Dyneema lines being so slippery I imagine this might be a relatively easy, if slower, way to handle headsails on a boat with large genoas and small crew. By dead-ending the dyneema to the front of my jib car and passing it up through the clew ring and back to the jib block you would get the purchase without the danger of a block flying around. Obviously the dyneema would n
  5. Anyone know? Curious. Iit would be nice to get a recut then use something to lock in the new shape on the stretchy cloth. Intensive interweb search only comes up with sailcare folks who apparently re-resin the sails once they strip and clean them. I'm looking for maybe 2 more years on the main if possible. for $350 for them to clean and re-resin I am getting into throwing good money after bad. High aspect main 10.5 x 44 or so. Would 303 help? Diluted epoxy or polyester resin? 5200 and a notched trowel?
  6. My 2 cents after a bunch of offshore races and a lot of cruising in the South Pacific, FWIW: 1) Music - Load up your phone with a good playlist. Depending on the boat sound system a small bluetooth speaker for tunes that fits in a cup holder can be great. Even if they have installed speakers in the cockpit, the sound through that system can reverberate through the hull and disturb the off-watch in the aft cabin. A little bluetooth cupholder speaker 2 feet from your head up top can be less obtrusive and still get the job done. Waterproof of course. Some guys watch movies but off watc
  7. Thanks very much. Getting excited!
  8. I looked in the Notice of Race and it does not show the date for the Awards party, just listing this as Friday. I am guessing the 26th? Can anyone confirm this? Need to be on a boat in England on August 1. Is the Aloha send off party on the 6th of July a big deal or is it a can-miss? Any tips on the Hawaii side? Hotel or Airbnb? Don't miss spots? Wife and two kids under 10 will be there to meet the boat in Honolulu.
  9. Wrestled with this over the years. We are a small family and the expense for the club is high. Around 5K a year membership give or take. It takes time, like a few years, to get the most out of it. But over time you build friends and recognise people and now we would not do without it. The kids love the club and feel like it is part of their lives in a meaningful way. It's where we do Easter and Mothers day. Its where the boat lives. It' the place with the kids pizza they like, and its a bar that I can drink at and hang out at with my kids, or watch my kids play on the lawn while I
  10. Any chance of getting this in the Annapolis Film Festival? March 31 to April 3? A little late for an entry I suppose but you would probably pull a hell of a crowd. Maybe next years festival?
  11. https://youtu.be/j9K796cnJ5o <iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j9K796cnJ5o"frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  12. More stories please! Will help get me through the winter!
  13. Check out this Ranger 37 just after being sprayed with a newly installed retractable bowspirit mod (from a C&C 110). The guy that overhauled this boat really powered through the refit in record time. A stunning result in my opinion. Mine is still pretty, but not quite the same wow factor just yet.
  14. Turning a mast on a lathe! WOW Try a power planer, a tree and a couple of plywood pieces with a half hole cut as a template. You guys were spoiled! I am sure the adse is even cooler in that old-timey way, but really, f-that nonsense we have electricity now. Wait, what.. this is a 2013 thread. Why bump that?
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