Breamerly

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    Video editing & "quick cuts"

    Yes
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    Cruising Cats in the PNW why not more?

    Come again?
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    Cruising Cats in the PNW why not more?

    Learn to lay a kedge and hang the rest of it.
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    What's your approach to Risk Management?

    Welp this appears to have petered so I'll say thanks to all (except zitsky maybe lol) for your thoughtful input. Learned a thing or two! I especially like @blunted's idea of a tie-breaker vote from the invisible 'prudent sailor' - very clever. And @zonker's idea of discussing bail out harbors/points in advance is interesting, too - seems like a good way to empower the crew - ie, "well, where would you like to go?"
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    What's your approach to Risk Management?

    Welp this appears to have petered so I'll say thanks to all (except zitsky maybe lol) for your thoughtful input. Learned a thing or two!
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    Thoughts on this 27' boat

    dude could just get a 27' that isn't some kind of rusky RocketCoffin the interior on that thing looks like my buddy's SJ20. I suppose it's fast as hell, or whatever. Added bonus: gimballed kero lamps: take your pick between a sooty headliner and dim light vs a boat fire and lots of light. if I'm being honest though it does sound appealing as hell to be able to trailer out to your sailing grounds. I'd go for it if I didn't have a rugrat chewing my wallet and a wife who likes to stand up straight (weird brit).
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    whats up with West Marine?

    Maybe they saw your posts on here
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    Rudders and roundup

    Shit it's people who know what they're talking about, run! In all seriousness, yes, this makes basic sense. But I think it confirms what I'm describing? Your hand out the window is a foil. So is your hull in the water. Curve your fingers and it creates a pressure differential (force vector) on the front of the curved side, as well as a little little bit (I assume negligible amount) of lift, which you experience as pressure forcing your hand 'away from' the curve. With your hull, if you stick the more-curved surface of your hull into the water on one side the same thing happens, yeah? Pressure is generated just behind the leading edge, pushing the front 'away from' the newly submerged curve side; because you have a keel resisting sideways motion, this predictable acts as a turning moment/toque, rotating the boat to windward, yeah? What is this monkey missing?
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    Rudders and roundup

    This quickly gets to my other point, which is that I have no idea what I'm talking about, just what I've observed and "figured out", like a dangerously curious chimp. Or another way of putting it: a hull is essentially a big foil in the water, but since it has a keel, any induced lift manifests as a force rotating it about its keel (especially if, as in either the hand scenario or a close-hauled scenario, the lift is concentrated on the forward half). And you can feel this with your hand if you actually literally try it: cup your fingers downward and your hand doesn't just want to move downward, it wants to dive/rotate. Ooh-ooh, aah-ah!
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    Rudders and roundup

    Right but I'm pretty sure if your hand were a hull with a keel, presenting one curved face, that force would *result in/manifest as a turning moment.
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    Rudders and roundup

    The way I finally got it was sticking my hand out the car window in the highway, fingers pointing forward. Flat hand is a symmetrical hull shape. Cup your hand - an asymetrical hull profile moving through a fluid - and you're hand is immediately pushed downward (a turning moment)
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    A big project!

    A fantastic summary
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    Rudders and roundup

    This image is correct in that it points out that the two vectors combine. It is incorrect in implying that they combine to form a perfectly straight-ahead vector - in reality, I'm pretty sure you still make at least some leeway in the vast majority of circumstance, as any comparison of true and apparent headings close-hauled will show.
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    whats up with West Marine?

    Their usual level of sucking has increased, I guess
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    New guy, first sailboat

    Well. I also live in Seattle and have watched two boats drag them ashore but as they say anecdotes ain't data. I hope OP reads a couple anchor tests and makes up his own mind.
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    Rudders and roundup

    Do you know how to read? I'm all but incompetent and barely have a second-rate third-grade education, and even and I can see the point, politely made by multiple people on this thread, that the foils can't be "in line" if you're making any leeway at all.
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    New guy, first sailboat

    Yeah, this has been tested and is questionable. I don't want to thread-jack gybetalker here into (yet another, interminable) argument about anchors, but I think there's a fair bit of evidence that Danforths are not great at resetting after a big veer. Don't have the PS anchor test to hand but can certainly say that the last 3 or 4 vessels I've seen drag ashore have had a danforth at the end of their rode, and broke free on a tide change.
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    Ethanol and outboard carbs

    And here I thought I'd thought this up all by myself.... Add me to the ranks that swear by this. Anytime I'm shutting down for the day I just pull the fuel hose and let the motor run dry (only exception is at anchor). At the dock I do it with the engine raised and the muffs on so I can rinse the cooling passages, too. Makes me feel very smug. Like other folks on this thread, I too was skeered of my carb for a long time - till I jerked that fucker off and got up in it. Then I discovered all the voodoo around it was just more hokum the 'necks use to keep a mystique around their stinky gas-toys. Two other things to consider: 1) Get a real fuel filter and fuel/water separator. Easy install, mega protection. 2) If you go through fuel slow, use a grease pencil to mark your tanks with the date when you fill them. Then when you refill, take a spill rag, daub out a tiny bit of gas, use it to wipe off the old date, and repeat. Tuck the grease pencil behind your new fuel filter and go sailing.
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    What's your approach to Risk Management?

    I don't think this is a terrible strategy, but it's worth noting its flaws. Humans routinely over-estimate their own experience and abilities, and it is a major cause of accidents. That said, sailboats are usually not terribly high-risk environments, so I don't think it's the worst idea to just say, "Hang it all, lets go, I can probably handle whatever happens." But I you can't really call that a risk reduction strategy, especially if your interest in the sport includes doing new things (IE, pushing the limits of your experience). This is exactly my interest. Over-stressing is clearly a risk in its own right. In climbing there's a saying that 'Speed is Safety' - weighing yourself down with gear for the most remote 'what-if' scenarios actually increases fatigue, exposure, and risk overall. But I've noticed most climbers discuss risk explicitly, while in sailing it seems often just taken for granted that 'the boss has plan.' Hence, my curiosity as to how many actually do, and what the common elements are. Of course, I fully expect the "you're the captain, you manage the risk with your years of experience, if you have to think about it you're a pussy/idiot" crowd to pipe up. Which is fine - I'm curious, not advocating, and anyway they're answering the question, too.
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    That Look You Get...

    It sounds like maybe you could use some tech help? For the record, I'm not saying biweekly emails would be useful - it actually seems insanely annoying! - or that you should be taking pictures. But neither one is some feat of technological wizardry. After all, Amazon texts me a 'delivery evidence' photo of every single package I order (times a few hundred packages per customer, per driver, per day), and my (independently owned) mechanic has figured out how to use MailChimp (or something) to send me a reminder email when I'm due for an oil change.... Biweekly would be insane but actually an automated email two months after their last cleaning might not be a bad idea... "Hi customer, it's been two months, and by now the very first seeds of hard growth have taken root, and tiny barnacles are sprouting on your beautiful boat...."
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    PVC below the waterline

    Came upon this little divergence from ABYC dogma during my thru-hull replacement adventure recently. So, we all know ABYC recommends only corrosion-resistant materials below the waterline, and most take this to mean bronze (stainless being subject to crevice corrosion) or Marelon. But while projecting I got the impression that commercial fish boats sometimes use Schedule 80 PVC (grey, thicker-walled than white) fittings below the waterline, after the nipple. in other words, in applications where they are not mated to a fixture such as a seacock, but instead are connected to/buried in flexible hose on both ends, such as a 90-degree bend or a tee. It seemed a little sketchy to me, so I avoided it, but I did end up using it in one place where I couldn't find an equivalent bronze fitting. In that case, bronze would have been a Franken-fitting constructed of 6 individual pieces and amounting to ~10 pounds of weight hanging on the hoses/clamps, and costing several hundred bucks -- versus 3 Sch. 80 fittings, mostly buried in hose, weighing about 8 ounces. Since the location is in fact above the waterline (just), and also extremely protected, so I went with the plastic. I wasn't happy about it, but I also figured that since that line now has a seacock I can easily swap the fitting for a metal one if I can find something better. The next best solution I've found is buying a block of bronze and having a machinist friend mill it into the correct/ideal single fitting (a 1"-to-2" reducing Y). Anyone seen or heard much discussion/opinion on Schedule 80 being used this way? Any clever ideas to avoid the franken-fitting short of custom milling/casting?
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    Whale Mk V caution

    Bless this man for he speaketh truth
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    Bilge drain tubing

    I am really outside my depth here - was just recommending based on what I've heard others say, which is that sludge/debris in fixed fuel tanks is awful. Based on you being chest-deep in the lazarette, I just figured it might be worth considering, especially if you figure the engine to be a piece of life-safety equipment and (as it sounds) this engine is relatively new to you. That said, yes. There are marine fuel tank cleaning services at most major ports, is my impression. There certainly are here in Seattle at the working boathaven, and google shows similar elsewhere. I assume it's some sort of vaccuum/shoot-it-out-with-high-pressure-cleaner/repeat operation. Also so long as you're chest-deep in the lazzie and thinking about it, might be worth thinking critically about the fuel filtration, and whether it's up to snuff. Maybe if your tank looks relatively clean, you could just swap filters/upgrade the filtration setup as needed. And pull the injectors and have them cleaned! And repaint the engine! And and and. See? This is what you get when you ask an amateur!
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    Bilge drain tubing

    Thanks? I think? There's definitely a thing that is real that is doing a project once, start-to-finish, and realizing 2/3 of the way through that you've managed to do a just-alright job, and that what will ultimately end up happening, hopefully, is that in a couple of years you'll end up re-doing it and applying the knowledge you gained the first time to do an A++ job. I guess that's the Zen of the whole thing. As to the blower, I believe that's correct, but have no fucking idea what I'm talking about. While you're down there though you should have your tank professionally cleaned or just replace the fucker and also do all new belts, filters, and do-dads.