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  1. Boom stiffener has little to do with forgetting to ease vang tension for offwind work, we started using them when we started "super- vanging" upwind. They saved a fortune in new booms, although the upper sections often bent instead!
  2. In the beginning Laser days, we learned that trailers with bunks put dents in the hull eventually. We also saw that trailers with bunks put dents in the decks when upside down unless the bunks were right where the decks were strongest. It didn't take long for trailers being made to hold the boats under the roll over hull/decks joints. Plenty of us modified trailers to hold the boats that way. I owned about 3 Kitty Hawk Laser trailers over the centuries. If you have a dolly, just keep the boat on the dolly, and fasten the dolly to the trailer.
  3. Signet Marine still sells the speed transducers on their site.
  4. My name was from a Finn Solo magazine- Chuck Queen wrote an article and called me "Dr. DNA " Why? It's a mystery.
  5. How about a Cal 20? I'm sure there are still some over in Kaneohe. They really are fun in breeze, and won't get ruined being wet sailed. My friends and I sailed one ever time it blew over 20 for one winter- they're also pretty cheap!
  6. Anyone headed to California from Midwest, I need to have a dingy towed on out. Has a trailer with new tires. It's an 83 Vanguard Finn. It's in Missouri now. U ship prices all higher than the boat's value. PM me if you're interested! Thank you, Dave
  7. Let's see: New non skid on entire deck and cockpit sole- gelcoat /cabosil.(with added sand from 40 knot breeze, and ashes from Thomas fire in hills.) All new halyards- vectran or dyneema with polyester covers. New blocks everywhere. New genoa tracks. 2 new Harken winches. New cam cleats. Removed bulkhead compass that had no fluid, put inspection port in hole, added Tactick compass to mast. 5 new sails- three from Deke and Gary in Ventura, one from Santa Cruz, one China sail. Replaced trailer tongue and axle that had multiple rusted through areas, also replaced hubs and bearings
  8. Well, to have a J24 or a Moore 24 topsides painted either locally or at a specialty shop it's going to usually be about 5000USD. The quality of the work will depend upon the boatyard's painter, not the price you pay. For the money you'll get sanding- not usually with a longboard, a lot of pinholes filled, a lot of scrapes and scratches filled. More sanding. Lots of taping, A coat of primer. spraying of a darker paint to look for pinholes, followed by more sanding. More taping, Another primer. Pinhole check, More Masking, sanding and some thinned coats of finish paint. Almost everybody
  9. I do like the old school Harken blocks with a SS strap connecting the becket to the cheeks better than the carbo blocks, but they can be difficult to find.
  10. My friends and I have zero success with 4 stroke kickers being stored on their side- they do love to make a mess too. The only way I could store my 4hp 4 stroke was vertical if I wanted it to start easily and quickly. I've gone back to 2 stroke kickers as they're light and are easier to store.
  11. Yes, my small boats had names- although I kept my best efforts for naming my friend Richard Byron's Lasers and Finns. I wrote names with a marking pen or a china marker. Some lovely examples were: "Talk like a barracuda, live like an anchovy", "Bad Watermelon", and "dead meat don't beat", most of mine were just called Ned.
  12. I have a classic 18 ft. whaler outrage- 1986, 1996 engine.  Solid.  Trouble is, I'm across the usa in California.

  13. i drill open un -popped blisters instead of sanding large areas. I use pretty big diameter, shallow countersink bit. I did about 200 gelcoat blisters this way.(they were small)
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