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    Boats that are sailed and bikes that are pedaled. Tech, all kinds.

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  1. Interesting article(s) this weekend: https://science.slashdot.org/story/21/04/24/0227246/is-spacexs-starlink-becoming-the-worlds-dominant-isp Not ready for boaters yet, but I'm sure it will be. No escape from social media!
  2. https://blog.sfgate.com/latitude38/2021/03/23/chris-welsh-an-adventurers-adventurer-passes/
  3. ^^^ Perusing the options at home stores, I was already leaning toward PT, no pavers. I think there's a pile of old 4x4 fence posts I can use. If not I'll buy some 2x10 that I was looking at. Thanks all!
  4. This is the one job on a boat where 5200 might be a good idea. You want something that stretches and gives a bit, and sticks really well, so it doesn't crack or peel off. Just know that once it's in there, it's in there for good. I won't say you'll never get it apart, but it'll be really, really hard. Have you asked on the Dolphin site? Chances are, somebody's BTDT.
  5. The pavers I'm thinking about are the 2'x2' ones from Lowes, probably ~3" thick. I'm concerned about point loads from jackstands. ??? I would never use hollow concrete blocks, though plenty of boats are on them. I may be able to find blocks of wood, also some 2x8 pressure treated. Will explore a friend's junk pile! Thx
  6. BTDT, though not w/ my own boat. Yes it works but not forever, for either the varnish or the covers. Faux-painted "wood" trim can look good. I've seen a bit of it here and there over the years, and wonder why it hasn't caught on.
  7. Before my boat can move, I need to fix the trailer. It's sitting on grass that can be wet and soft. The plan is to put it on jackstands, one under each rear corner, another under the tongue. (Should I use more?) Then I need to put the jackstands on something, to keep them from sinking in. So, 2'x2' squares of 1" plywood (sealed somehow), or concrete pavers (are they strong enough)? Something else? Is this unsafe? The trailer frame is ~2' narrower than the wheels, and the whole thing will sit a few inches higher. It may sit like this a few months, with me climbing around on it o
  8. @climenutsis right, a modern, constant-pressure pump sans accumulator is the only way to go.
  9. If you trust your motor and have 3-4 days to spare, head up to Princess Louisa. In your boat it's probably a 10 hour trip from PH. You'll need to time your arrival for slack tide at Malibu Rapids, and another hour to get in and get anchored. A long trip up Jervis Inlet, but well worth it! You may be able to sail for some of it, but plan on motoring.
  10. ^^^ Love that picture, and that story. Another great story, that Chris' mom loved to tell, was how he "swam to Catalina" doing laps along the dock at BYC - all 26 miles. Chris was not an athlete. He just did it, and didn't give up. That was Chris. Our families were close. I could write pages, but I don't feel like it now.
  11. ^^^ Likely they just scrubbed it. Based on our costs, they weren't spending much time on it. Good point about sanding the Trinidad.
  12. Thanks @DDW I don't know what the Bellingham yard did with recoating Micron 66, if they sanded or scrubbed or what. On haulouts - every 2 years - it looked worn, as if it had ablated (or been scrubbed) off. By the end of the second season we got more algae at the waterline, which I had to scrub if we were stationary a few days. Our neighbor kept it scrubbed over the winter, and we had a diver every 2-3 months too. Otherwise the bottom stayed clean while the boat was used. There may have been a few tiny barnacles at haulout. A sailboat yes, but we spent far more time motoring at
  13. It's the most popular around here, and the yards kinda push it. But most of the boats are >15kt fishing boats that spend more time out of the water than in it. I don't know if it's antifouling enough, or ablative enough, for slower sailboats that are in the water all the time. If it works it's appealing, so keep us posted. I'd be impressed if it works as well as Micron 66 did in the PNW.
  14. There's even a ship named after him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_Johnson_(ship) If you sail in SoCal you might have seen her.
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