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  1. But, if their wood is imported to California it causes cancer (or at least must say it does). Mind you, not in Washington or Oregon, only when it crosses into California. The magic by which that happens is obscure, but given the choice, I'd rather tie to a cleat that causes cancer (yes, they are similarly labeled here) than a bull rail that causes splinters. Cancer is an ephemeral and distant concern, splinters are a problem in the moment. I'm not that worried about the Covid that they cause, 'cause I got my Bill Gates microchip shot. My Pastafarian colander hat protects me from Bill.
  2. As far as I can tell, the bare Dyneema in a good quality rope seems quite chafe and UV resistant on it's own. You might want a chafe cover right at the truck. It runs much freer than a covered line too, if you are 2:1 and going through a few turns.
  3. A problem I had with Endura braid for a halyard is the core which is carrying all the load is relatively small in a given size. Is it 2:1? I finally went to a 12 strand bare 9 mm Dyneema halyard spliced to an Endura braid tail, the splice ends up about 2' ahead of the winch at full hoist. It still stretches too much, but I'm unwilling to fit a halyard lock.
  4. I live in California, where any stick of wood you buy at the big box store comes with a Prop 65 warning that it will cause cancer. I'd like to say that is a joke, but it isn't. So I guess a bull rail that only causes splinters and Covid 19 isn't so bad really.
  5. Yeah - when a stick of wood has to have instructions, YouTube videos, and biohazard warnings then maybe a few danger warnings would be appropriate too. As I have said on multiple occasions I can operate a bull rail with the best of them, but being able to operate a poor piece of equipment does not make it a good piece of equipment. "It is a poor workman that blames his tools", but any workman prefers good tools.
  6. Sorry I suck at meme graphics. What I could do is get a cattle brand made with the proper graphic, that way every bull rail I tie to could be branded properly to warn others. Really should have a splinter warning too - maybe someone here more talented than me can come up with that. All I could come up with to copy is a bit lame.
  7. Ok, I'll tie to bull rails too if they let me in. But surely you were aware that bull rails spread Covid disease? I read that on the internet so I'm sure it is true. It's the Eta variant that no one talks about and Trudeau wants to bury. The galvanizing on cleats kill it quickly, like Lysol.
  8. For filling holes, especially vertical or overhead, Six10 is my go to. It actually cures as slow or slower than 206, and at 50 deg or so will take a couple of days to really harden. The properties of the filler are hard to duplicate with the usual box of tricks. It won't run from an overhead hole (unless you get it hot very quickly), yet you can wet out 6 oz cloth with a little work. If you have to work blind at arms length down a hole, wetting out some 6 oz and then sticking it in you know it is wet and not going to all run off into the bilge. Working at anchor, if you are willing to burn a f
  9. I had 8 river otters on the swim platform in Port Townsend, had to shoo them away to someone else's boat. They are very entertaining to watch and very unpleasant to clean up after. Sea otters (at least the many we have in the Monterey Bay area) do not seem to be the same nuisance.
  10. I did it with a spring of the right size inserted in the bend area. Sand is kind of messy, have to cap the ends, etc. PVC has a fairly wide plastic range, too hot and it will start to bubble but it is not as critical as say ABS or polycarb. Heat it evenly and patiently with a heat gun, on SCH80 it takes a little while to soak through. Then bend and hold with gloved hands while it cools to prevent spring back, remove the spring. If you are expecting to use it with hose, you must first turn the ends to reduce the diameter. In the US, SCH80 1 1/4" is about 1.661" OD, so turn it to 1.5" for that
  11. Of course, everything in its place and properly done. No rigidly fixed runs. And of course it can be used for high pressure fluid, just not high pressure gas. You can tidy up a lot of installations with it, not practical of possible with hose.
  12. Unfortunately no. I normally set the gain to the minimum (1? I think?) and might set it to 2 downwind. It also does not retain that setting between power cycles which is a PITA.
  13. You can even use acetone and lacquer thinner on Awlgrip. I've done so without effect, and Awlgrip says you can.
  14. I've had 5 generations of Raymarine autopilot computer and each one has steered better than its predecessor. First one I had could not be trusted downwind, or even reaching in sporty conditions. By about gen 3, it was vastly improved. Gen 4 has steered the sailboat DDW in sporty conditions at night single handed with complete confidence. Gen 5 (EV1) seems even better as the swinging flux gate is gone. It is the addition of gyros and predictive software that makes the difference. The newest ones will apply helm based on pitch, roll, and yaw accelerations before there is any deviation of heading
  15. Ears like that are usually a sign of overcrimp. I believe Ancor's branded crimper (which is Chinese sourced and can be bought with a few different labels) is 4 sided, so would have no relationship to your 6 sided crimp. I do agree they should have been able to give you the spec for theirs. The easiest way to test resistance of a large cable connection is to run a large known current through them (let's say, from an inverter running a heater) and measure the temperature of the joint. This is a comparative measure, though with a large enough current you may be able to measure the voltage
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