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  1. Diarmuid

    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Jesus Christ. S/V Woolrich Car Blanket.
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    Time to get serious, daysailer shopping

    My fear with the Laser 28 is that it's too fast for our littleponds. You'd need to tack and jibe 500 times a day, rather than 250. Just get the thing up to 1/4 mile speed & it's "Helm's alee!" again. One reason I like our SJ21: it handles like a dinghy, you can spin circles in its own length, it accelerates out of a tack okay, got some strings to pull, there's pressure on the mainsheet and bubbles at the transom.... But with a PHRF of 255, it makes the lake feel reasonably spacious. Got some friends with a Hobie 16 on our lake; they barely have time to get in the traps.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Soft lead scrap price currently $0.67USD/lb; clean ingots for use selling $3/lb. Tough times for lead sinker startups. Besides, the future isn't casting fishing weights -- it's 3D printing them! /s
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    Through hull indecisiveness

    This is a great opportunity to glass a thick, flat mounting base to the inside of your hull for the new seacock to rest upon (and screw/bolt to, without the need for external fasteners.) Some sing the praises of G10; I like a phenolic countertop material called Paperstone, mostly because I have many leftover chunks of it lying about the shop. Shaping these to fit the hull curvature is unpleasant but not difficult work (50 grit sanding belts are the ticket.) Bed to lightly-ground hull FG with thickened epoxy, with blue tape over the exterior to capture the drips and simultaneously fill your old holes. Drill new holes, install thru hull, screw seacock to thick base plate, you have a monster strong and rot-pruf installation.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    My grandfather's axe, etc.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Pope Gregory was like, "We need one month with only twenty eight days to make the math work. Can we all agree February sucks?"
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    Time to get serious, daysailer shopping

    Ensign is good on small lakes. Also any of the smaller Cape Dorys, from the Typhoon to the 25. They usually come on their own trailers, too. Conservative, forgiving, social cockpit seating, big enuf below for one or two to overnight.
  8. Diarmuid

    "I Got A Guy..."

    From the very funny Julie Nolke: "You got a body bag guy? Do you ... call on him a lot?" "I'd prefer not to say."
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    How do you clean up butyl tape?

    For localized butyl mess, a spritz of WD40 is adequate. WD40 is mineral spirits, mineral oil (parrafin/petrolatum), and stoddard solvent. Takes longer to evaporate than either straight or low-odor mineral spirits (which is regular minus xylene/toluene), but that gives you more time for careful wiping off of residue. Lacquer thinner (xylene+toluene) will take butyl off to the last molecule -- but you have to work fast. My typical schedule for removing butyl is: mechanical scraping off 90% of it. Shot of WD40 and a dry rag for areal cleanup. Clean rag dampened with mineral spirits or laq thinner for final wipe. (Our Albin Ballad used butyl sealant for the hull/deck joint, which is fine in that it stays flexible forever and does not crack out of the joint. But with time & temperature cycles, or when you go around re-tightening the many, many perimeter fastenings, fresh butyl does ooze out inside the seam and can even drip like snot in a couple places. So I've been slowly working around the boat, scraping and wiping the joint & glassing it solid.)
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    Time to get serious, daysailer shopping

    The U20 has a presence on Colorado mountain lakes. There were at least four of them slipped on Cherry Creek Res last year, and IIRC the class held their Nationals in CO several times. Not saying Bmiller plans to race OD, but it is a pretty good performance match to mountain lakes -- IF you add panic reefing ability to that mainsail. Is the cockpit reasonably comfortable? Remember all, we are talking about lakes here that are typically 1.5 x 3 miles. You do a LOT of tacking and jibing and sail trimming and reefing and unreefing. It isn't reaching across Pamlico Sound and reaching home.
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    Time to get serious, daysailer shopping

    Are Dillon and nearby mountain lakes your primary venues for this boat? Does that influence some other criteria? Our first sailboat was a Chrysler Buccaneer 18 dinghy, sort of an unballasted version of the Flying Scot. Which was definitely fun and ghosted along in the slightest breeze. But freeboard was minimal, and singlehanded (or even two up) in a typical 60mph mountain wind event -- which occur daily on Dillon, Granby, etc, as you know well -- the Bucc simply was not survivable. I spent some unpleasant half hours in 50°F water waiting for the wind to abate enuf I could right and empty the dinghy. We bought a SJ21, which can still be a handful in the stink but at least is drier and gives you a chance at keeping the pointy thing upright. Water ballast is cool for towing and launching; WB boat like the Hunters is going to be initially tender, tho.
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    "Gybe Draulic" Preventer on SY Gefion

    At the worst possible time, there would be an issue with leaking hydraulic pressure in the GybeDraulic mechanism. Crew expecting the boom to be prevented would be clubbed/swept overboard when it suddenly gybes. Hydraulic systems on sailboats are not famed for dependability. There exists a dynamic loading situation in which the GybeDraulic would also prove inadequate and break, causing large heavy things to fly across the cockpit area. Thanks for posting this topic and the story behind it. It is a fine illustration of the way our human mind works to solve problems. Sometimes the results are amazing and revolutionize how we live, fixing issues that have menaced us for decades (bread mold and penicillin; shoulder harness belts and auto crashes). Other times, we end up with overengineered Rube-Goldberg solutions to simple problems which introduce more failure points than they obviate. I'd put GybieD firmly into the latter bin. An adequately strong hard point and energy-absorbing preventer line is the simpler answer. When you meaningfully alter a rig (like doubling boom weight with roller furling), you need to chase down every component attached to it and ensure the hardware meets the new loading requirements. Amazing how often even trained engineers fail to follow this rule; boat yards and we owners are even less apt to think of that one shackle that wasn't upsized to cope with the new fathead mainsail.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Yes! We have no rear aka, We have no rear aka today.
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    Ultimate Cruiser? Route 66 Is For Sale

    Sidedecks look like fun in a rolling seaway. There's a rule attached to unique houses -- straw bale, or earthship, or earth-bermed -- that the sort of people who want to live in one are the sort of people who want to build their own. And however clever or artistic or innovative or livable or efficient your oddball house is, any prospective buyer capable of appreciating the advantages of such a house has some pretty-well-developed ideas of their own about the perfect 'machine for living in,' and those ideas prolly are not congruent with yours. We understood this rule when we built our all-steel, passive solar, off grid home. It meant alternative financing, really strange tax assessments, and forgoing homeowner's insurance. But it makes us happy, and when the time comes, our heirs can sell it for scrap metal, or for the price of the land. We will have got our value out of it. We certainly won't expect some other weirdos to cough up $1.2m for it.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I believe the nautical term is 'razee.' Long and noble tradition. Haven't seen a Trojan that cut up since Achilles hunted Hector down outside the walls of Ilium.