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  1. Yeah, turns out stripping VPC is not recommended. Would go with Viper were it not for the limited color selections. I've decided instead to splice Sta-set onto 6mm 12-strand. That should do the job.
  2. Right. If treated with a UV resistant coating, then maybe it's up to the task? I'd look into Samson or others but my supplier's main marine product is NER, and their products are great.
  3. I'm looking to make up some stripped reef lines, and VPC looks like a good price/strength/ease-to-hand combo. I just don't know how the Vectran core will hold up to the UV. I've tried to get an answer from NER directly, but they are hard to get a hold of these days it seems. Anyone have experience with this line stripped? I'm open to other lines as well. Endura is a bit too pricey for me, but Viper could be an option. I just don't know if it is recommended for reef lines. The color scheme for one looks like it would be hard to distinguish the lines at night.
  4. Very odd statement. In one breath, Culver alludes to a legal challenge, presumably from NYYC, and concedes that their gripe isn't really legal in nature. They just doesn't like a 1v1 challenge.
  5. Thanks. I'll try dish soap. I suspect that I could have done more of a taper on the buried core. There just seems to be too much material in the throat.
  6. Sounds like it's going well and in a good environment. I'd just say that putting coats one on top of the other without sanding in between is a shortcut not worth taking in my experience. I don't think any manufacturer recommends it, though I have tried it with Epiphanes and Pettit. The result ain't good. Whatever imperfections and unevenness there are in the first coat will be repeated in the second coat. Might also want to use a finer grit between coats, say 180-220 in the beginning, then 320 for coats 3, 4 and beyond.
  7. Trying to make an integrated soft shackle. See e.g.: The de-cored cover is supposed to pass over top of the soft shackle and be fed back through itself. It exits about 10cm from the eye. As you can see, I've managed to pull about two feet of that de-cored cover through. Now it's not budging. I've hammered away at the throat and picked at the entry and exit points with a small fid to loosen the fibers, and reefed on it with as much force as I can muster. Still not moving. Does anyone have any other tricks?
  8. Retroboat was/is great. Videos are very well done and the content is unique. However, because of its small, yet likely well-heeled, target audience, the Youtube/Patreon model is perhaps not the best way to fund the series. My favourite sailing video series/collection is not on Youtube, but on a subscription website: Off Center Habor. Costs something like $30 or 40 for the year. Lots of videos; great quality. Seems to be sustainable funding because it's been around for a few years now. I'd pay that amount for a year of Retroboat. It's anyone's guess whether there would be enough int
  9. Certainly a standout of his time. However, another advantage that Barr had over Coutts and DC was that at the time he raced, the DoG still required challengers to sail to the port of the race.
  10. Love him or loath him, I think it's gotta be Coutts. DC's loss in '83 puts him behind Coutts. Barr did not have to go through challenger series, nor win as many races in each campaign, and he defended from a position of significant relative strength (NYYC having successfully defended 9 times before Barr won with Columbia in 1899). For me, that puts Coutts' nearly impeccable record ahead.
  11. I've clarified. See below. Insofar as your comment relates to the topic of women sailors in the AC, Ssome suggested edits above. Please, go on, professor.
  12. Wouldn't/couldn't the tension of the inner forestay be set by the outer, aft-swept shrouds, while the outer forestay is tensioned with the backstay?
  13. Some suggested edits above. Please, go on, professor.
  14. I have this setup with my Axiom 7. I think my iPad is from 2012 or 2013, still works fine as a repeater on RayView. I take it your plotter is down below and you want to have your tablet on deck? Otherwise, if your plotter is in the cockpit, and the iPad is just for down below, then brightness shouldn't be an issue. Btw, it doesn't look like the RayControl App is still available. Search "RayControl" in the app store and you get a link for RayView, which is essentially a repeater (works best on an a tablet for bigger display), and RayRemote (works best on a phone for easier
  15. I’m not calling this out for the sake of ostracizing you, nor to play PC police on a forum that is notorious for the opposite of that. I could just hit ignore, delete or whatever. I’m calling this out because I’ve come to learn that you are very capable of hearing the other side and recognizing when you’re wrong—which is all that anyone can ask of a conversation partner. Blitz, leave the grotesque misogyny aside. I much prefer hearing your thoughts on sailing.
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