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  1. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2021/10/18/tall-ship-cisne-branco-collided-with-bridge-capsized-tug-at-guayaquil-videos/ Tall ship CISNE BRANCO collided with bridge, capsized tug at Guayaquil Brazilian Navy tall ship CISNE BRANCO collided with pedestrian bridge connecting Guayaquil to Santay Island, Ecuador, at around 1330 LT Oct 18, while leaving the port after a visit. CISNE BRANCO developed heavy list, but returned to even keel with the help of tugs, one of them which was holding the bow, was pulled back and alongside, and capsized. Under
  2. I always wanted one of these: Russian 'Volga' hydrofoils (volga-hydrofoil.net) Many, Many years ago there was one for sale locally and I didn't have the cash.
  3. White vinegar works great, and is like $2 for 2 gallons at Costco. Nice simple acid that removes small rust stains. No nasty cleanup, etc. also great at cleaning epoxy that hasn’t cured. somebody probably said this, but don’t use steel wool ever…
  4. I have had some real issues with amine blush from epoxy. It will keep gelcoat from curing properly. Soap and water with a very good scrub is really the only way to remove the blush from the cured epoxy.
  5. Thanks for the updates, and have an amazing trip!
  6. Great job, and I love the progress!!
  7. Safe Harbor Marinas retraining the team on how to haul sailboats the new way.
  8. I thought I would clarify a few things. I love Defender, but their website tech is crap, and their website was compromised for a very long time: "Based on our investigation, it appears that payment cards used by customers for online purchases between November 22, 2020 and April 15, 2021 may be involved" 1: That is disgraceful. I'm in the ecommerce world, and hackers are real, but to go for 6 months without detecting the issue makes me question their business practices (were PCI scans really up to date?) 2: Never use a debit card for ecommerce (lesson learned). It took me 3 mont
  9. Sounds like you are on the right path here. Just like buying a house, sometimes you negotiate with a survey, sometimes not. Sometimes a survey is pass/fail. I don't know how long you have been a boat owner, but I would also go into this with the expectation that stuff breaks on a boat all the time. On brand new boats, and on old boats. You should assume that stuff will break early in your ownership, and it may not be a fault of the surveyor or the prior owner. It is the fun of owning a boat. My stern light worked two days ago. It stopped working yesterday. It isn't the bulb. It is annoyi
  10. What about a portable air tank? 11 gallons of 125 psi air should be good for two tires. Fill it up at home after each use. https://www.harborfreight.com/11-gallon-portable-air-tank-65595.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=12126915354&campaignid=12126915354&utm_content=115714617294&adsetid=115714617294&product=65595&store=2953&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIj6fWq--Z8gIVbhmtBh0J9AsxEAQYASABEgIRZPD_BwE
  11. If going over epoxy, you must be sure that you remove all amine blush. Soapy water and scrubbing is the best. If have had gel oat not cure because of blush remaining.
  12. BTW, disposing of acid is easy. Just add baking soda to neutralize, and you are left with an inert liquid. You say you have 1” to work with? What about getting some long board sand paper, and one person on either side pulling back and forth? I bet you could get it pretty smooth fair quickly, which will keep growth down.
  13. Our club has installed a number of guest moorings in popular anchorage spots for use by club members. We own the tackle and block and maintain the mooring. Over the years I had a few discussions with non-club members about use of the moorings. Never anything ugly, but usually they wondered why it was a private mooring? (These discussions only happened when they were all being used, and one was being occupied by a non-club member, and a club member (me) wanted to use it). Perhaps, as suggested, the club has taken over ownership and/or maintenance of these moorings. It isn’t cheap to
  14. 23hp was up to the task. Pushed it at 8 knots in flat water, and 6 in big waves. I had an alternator regulator with two switches that could either reduce power output of the alt by 50%, or zero the output to minimize parasitic losses if you needed the full hp. I never did. I also always sailed places as it sailed so well!
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