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  1. Practical Sailor did an article on lubes some time ago and recommended Elmers Slide-All - decent stuff but can’t find it any longer and see mentions that it may have been discontinued. Anyone try SuperLube Dri-Film PTFE lubricant?
  2. I can’t find any information on a Tanzer 23 — Tanzer made a 22, a 7.5 (24.5 ft) and a 25 (others also but these are closest to 23ft). If this is part of someone’s estate and you’re looking for information in order to sell it, you’ll first need to verify the model. Check the mainsail to see if there’s an insignia on it or share the Hull Identification Number (HIN) which can usually be found on the transom molded into the fiberglass. The HIN can reveal a lot of information about the boat, model, etc. Selling price for a Tanzer will come down to condition and included gear.
  3. Why not a rubber grommet? https://www.mcmaster.com/grommets/grommets-6/
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Yup. If you're blathering on about politics you won't be invited back. I sail in part to get away from that shit.
  10. 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
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