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  1. Unless he clearly TURNED into you (tough to prove), you're pretty much in the wrong. You'd need an official right there and it would have to be a major turn, and you said you basically turned up into him in getting out on the wire. Buy those sailors a round, bury the hatchet, and go practice in the gusts -- you'll minimize ill will, have more fun (time on the water > time in protest), and be better set to roll under him next time... ...or if he starts footing down on you again, ne ready to bear up and roll right upwind of him next time. Your F18 oughta eat him for lunch, especiall
  2. There's not a huge amount of info kicking around on these boats... their name/brand is almost optimized NOT to web-search with specificity! They are laid up in Viet Nam. and you can have one built to spec there, or get a boat-in-a-box. https://maxcruisemarine.com/max42sc-sailing-catamaran/ Will be interesting to watch. I'm nowhere near in that market, until enough other folks buy them to generate a used market. :p ...and a used home-built catamaran-in-a-container from a relatively unknown yard? What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
  3. Youtube served this into my feed... a build-kit 42, designed to fit into shipping containers. I've no affiliation to these folks, and I'm not the biggest fan of formula-based vloggers who mill out content with clickbait. I haven't seen enough of their stuff to make a judgement but their website clicks for free to this boat: https://www.mjsailing.com/catamaran-build/ It looks pretty cool. They were also looking at Schionning flat-pack cats, which seems like pretty well-tested technology at this point. The Max cat is apparently moulded and dry-fit aligned/assembled at the factory, then
  4. Harder than you think, with airband using AM and marine using FM. With some of the Chinese HTs, you can actually program in the right frequency, but you won't hear much (if anything) and will transmit even less.
  5. Sharpie wipes away on most hard surfaces with alcohol or most non-water solvents. Wax before if you want to be absolutely certain it will come clean. Once you are certain of placement, you can choose a more permanent solution (nail polish, paint marker, stamp/emboss, etc.).
  6. Projects can over balance the actual usage. I've been there on 4x4s, boats, and motorbikes... even RC planes (thank God it wasn't a real plane with real A&P dollars!). I don't think there's any shame in it, as long as you love it. Tough to explain to others, sometimes, but if it makes you happy, go for it!
  7. I didn't see much chit? Lots of doom claims from the voice over, but not much drama from the sailor. He nosed up to the first dock and let two folks step up, then one dropped the bow line... without that, it seems like he would have been in solid shape to toss a stern line to the second and/or rotate in with the motor. The single centered board on those Stiletto cats allow surprising pivots, especially with separate rudder and motor tiller controls. With the first line dropped, he backed out and throttled up to clear the docks upwind to reset, then successfully docked on the sec
  8. I am unfamiliar with this "enough boats" phrase. Plz explain? :p Actually, no... don't. I don't want to understand! I suspect Stephen looked at this and was questioning whether it flies or floats.... those pictures look like a fuselage at first glance. Beautiful.
  9. Looks like you are having a blast! Excellent!
  10. Measure, order, upgrade. Unless the weldor is a buddy and you'll be getting a buddy price, a new axle will probably be in the same neighborhood of the 2-hour minimum most guys charge around here... I have welding gear and would probably still buy new, unless the spindles and bearings were brand new. The welding wouldn't take long, but the cleanup, prep, and fixture to get it straight... that will. I went through something similar on a weird little camper that sheared off its spindle... after watching craigslist for a while, I found a new axle that didn't fit as intended, and br
  11. Let's hope it infuses the secondary market with desirable multi hulls! I love that new choices are available for new boats but my budget suggests that I need several owners involved upstream of me.
  12. West Systems has information about using their products with diesel: https://www.epoxyworks.com/index.php/epoxy-composite-tank-guidelines/ Might be able to.scuff up the existing float and build up a new skin... then just reuse the float.
  13. So this (girlfriend) has a weight 38% greater than advertised. Interweb sez the average American female weighs 170.6 lbs. https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/average-weight-for-women Now add 38% (65), adjust for Canadian exchange rates, then convert to metric. Even if this is a blind date (the sail hasn't even come out of the bag yet), one could argue that her personal ad didn't quite match reality. I'd probably still go on the date, FWIW, and at least spread (the sail) out for further inspection, but I might wonder about stretching (the metaphor) too far.
  14. Simple enough to re-anneal copper washers and re-use... use a torch to heat the washer up to a dull red color, then quench in water. Even a butane mini torch will do the trick. New copper washers are simpler, but annealing is a handy thing to know when easy replacements are unavailable.
  15. https://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/ryan-finn-sail-proa-solo-new-york-san-francisco/ This should be a cool adventure to watch... exactly how old is Jzerro? Cool to see such a storied boat out collecting new stories! Perhaps this will give more data on proa sails getting caught aback and blowing the mast away. :p Randii
  16. This is better explained, less fictional, and likely overall more economical than most marine coatings. :/
  17. Looks awesome... I worry about shrink wrap directly on paint for the winter, especially if it sits in the sun. I had a project motorcycle with an ok matte paint go bubbly when I stored it under a cover in the sub. I suspect the sunlit cover somehow green-housed and cooked the coating film. What was once a pretty good looker from 10 feet away now requires a good bit more distance, a later night, and a few more beers... and you best hustle this girl outta the bar before they pop the lights at closing time! She still rides well, but she needs new paint thanks to the sunshine and that co
  18. Yup. There are dryer experiences, you could foil for more speed, and some folks want the thrill of matching shirts with fellow rail-meat... but for broadest grins at 10-20 knots, for my paltry dollars, beachcats are the best!
  19. My significant other works in risk management at a corporate scale. It does happen. Usually insurance companies will simply refuse to renew if they don't like your usage/risk profile.
  20. I sail mostly multi, so never... but if it is anything like car insurance, they ask few questions up front, but when there is a claim, they ask however many questions are required to deny the claim.
  21. I'd be happy to see updates in a thread here... you can copy and or link the content elsewhere if you come up with a way to monetize it
  22. That would be less flybridge and more crow's nest!
  23. ...and motorcycles. So easy to buy more technology than can be used well, and so costly to run out of talent or vessel/vehicle, the results of failure often being the same. The faster you go, the higher the stakes, the bigger the splash/crash.
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