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  1. We always run our outboard carb dry before putting it down below before a race. We close the vent on the 3 gallon fuel tank and that goes down below as well. Never a problem. After racing for the day, I leave the fuel tank in the cockpit with vent open. For longer deliveries(when I carry 6 gallons of extra fuel), the spare fuel is always kept in the cockpit. I had a gasoline powered Atomic 4 in a previous boat. While coming up to it in the dinghy one day I could smell a lot of gasoline. The carb float had stuck open and drained 20 gallons of fuel into the bilge! What a mess.
  2. Could be a seagull floating in the waters view.
  3. Yes believe it or not that's how a lot of welding is done. To weld two rods end to end, you would typically grind the end of each rod to a 45 degree point. You would then use a piece of angle iron or other jig that would keep the two pieces of rod relatively straight end to end. This would be clamped in place. You have to be very careful with the weld....... if you keep too much heat on one side it will pull the rod to that side regardless if its clamped or not. Good welders know all the tricks. That being said, I wouldn't repair a critical component like keel bolts in this fashion
  4. I grew up sailing on BB since I was 7, and have cruised and raced on it for the last 45 years. In my teens I sailed my family's H 12 1/2 all around the Elizabethans from Cuttyhunk down to Woods Hole and all along the mainland. We even sailed her to Menemsha(thru Quicks) one trip.(without my parents knowing) Buzzards Bay can get very nasty for a small boat. Not sure if that's what the OP has in mind.
  5. Buzz Bay is great for cruising and the wind is 90% always there, but he's got a little 17 footer. He'll get beat up trying to sail anywhere worth sailing to.
  6. Everything else in a scrimp J120 is secondary bonded in(bulkheads, ect) I would wager, it was either prep or design flaw for the initial 24 hulls.
  7. All the pre scrimp J Boats had their floor timbers secondary bonded/tabbed in after the hull was layed up. There must have been some other issue with the 120's that caused the initial failures. Not an adequate amount of floors maybe?
  8. Bruce Gardener from Annapolis was ultra competitive in his FC10 L' Outrage. He won a lot of hardware with that boat for many years up and down the east coast. He would be the one to answer your questions. In regards to the aluminum toerail, I believe L' Outrage had a good portion of it cut off, to make hiking more comfortable.
  9. Vectran has(pretty much) zero creep. Even the best Dyneemas still have some creep. I have tried SK90 genoa halyards and I could tell the difference from vectran. A stripped vectran halyard is a vampire to some extent. I usually get 2-3 seasons out of mine. Dyneema will last alot longer.
  10. People just don't dig sailing.(unless there's T&A involved and then just barely) My buddy/crewmember opened a YouTube channel for our racing team this year. He did a great job on the editing(professional work really) and all of my sailing friends love it. We're lucky if we get 1200 views. Meanwhile, my 12 year old son is making basic youtube and instagram videos about exotic cars. Just basic videos of lambos and ferraris revving their engines set to music. Cool videos, but nothing special. He easily gets 30K-50k views in a matter of hours. The average person could give fuc
  11. Just a slight correction........"The J29 is really a big GOOD LOOKING Flying Scot with a cabin you can't stand up in."
  12. Congrats. You'll enjoy it, 29's are great boats.
  13. I pull my outboard off the back of my boat too. I don’t want to hear “sploosh, sorry I fucked up” (and yes we use a safety lanyard but shit still happens) If I drop it in the drink or on deck, it’s all me.
  14. The Torqueedo pod link above has a bunch of information about the pod. It compares drag of a pod to no pod at all, but doesn't compare it to a saildrive or standard shaft arrangement. I'm pretty sure that omission is by design.
  15. My point was a torqueedo pod is fine for a daysailer(no intentions of racing), but not for any serious race boat at any level. The pod and leg is just too big creating way too much drag.
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