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  1. It gets you extra room on the starting line and at mark roundings. Helps if you and your crew are foaming at the mouth and screaming a lot.
  2. I replaced mine over the winter after a boat dragged down onto me. Top was kinked -- no way to repair/cut based on the location. Also, welds at the base had cracked (looked as though they had been repaired once already). I ended up having a new rail fabricated by Whitewater Marine -- they did a great job and turned it around in about 2 weeks (over the winter). No affiliation -- just a recommendation.
  3. The ability to better adjust for construction stretch is a concern of both form and function. To your point, using the least amount of threads on the turnbuckle and pelican hook to determine the position of the final splice may over time still not fully compensate for construction stretch.
  4. Good points. I'm considering a couple different single-braid dyneemas -- regular inspection is a given both for chafe and UV damage over time (especially for single-braids). As far as chafing through the stanchions, I'm looking at a dyneema chafe sleeve, but there comes a point where uncoated wire may start to make more sense.
  5. Replacing vinyl-coated lifelines on my Pearson 30 after sustaining damage when another vessel dragged into me during TS Isaias this summer. After pretzeling my bowrail and dragging down the STB side, the other vessel managed to snag the upper lifeline, folding a stanchion and opening the vinyl-coating. Lifelines were about 10-11 years old and otherwise in good shape (at least based on what I could see...). Fittings are all good. Having weighed the alternatives (including just replacing the one vinyl-coated line), I've decided to replace the lifelines with synthetic. Looking at eithe
  6. Yup. If you're blathering on about politics you won't be invited back. I sail in part to get away from that shit.
  7. Try Milwaukee Rigging on EBay. They current currently list 10mm @ $1.03/ft. Contact them to see if they can get 8mm. I've had good experience with these guys. https://www.ebay.com/str/Milwaukee-Rigging?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
  8. 51kts - very impressive.
  9. See what you mean by your photos. The 'C' dimension in their diagram seems as if it should include the mast and not just go down to the tack.
  10. Diegocustommarine did a pedestal cover for me -- good job. Fit perfectly -- in part because I measured carefully. If your measurements aren't spot on, you won't be happy - no matter who you go to. If you don't trust your ability to measure accurately, go with someone local who will come to your boat.
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