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George Dewey

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  1. 4 hours ago, b393capt said:

    > There is a difference. When you hail a yacht normally they coulud be a on a different channel or have the vol turned down. When you do DSC alert, radios make a racket and turn to channel 16

    Only if it's turned on.

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    4 hours ago, b393capt said:

    > Yes, So Do I. That is more of a MOB discussion, which flares are entirely unsatisfying for unless you kept it dry and can fire it from the water.

    No one carries pyrotechnics in their PFD, but they do have lights which automatically deploy (if it's an ocean capable PFD). Since I brought it up I'll mention that the AIS MOB beacon can be rigged inside the PFD to automatically activate upon inflation, and also it needs to be programmed to match the MMSI of the boat. The PLB can not be rigged to activate automatically, but can be carried in the PFD and does not need to be programmed, just registered once. 

  2. 10 minutes ago, Blur said:

    It's an option from the yard; "4 Additional opening ports in aft face of coachroof and cockpit". Perfect to shove halyards into, until a big wave comes or someone releases a halyard without taking it out first.

    Oh. My boat has the ones at the "aft face of coachroof" but not the ones in the cockpit. I going to add those!  Thanks!

  3. On 10/29/2021 at 8:04 PM, Krishnok said:

    J/99 or J/105?

    Asking for a friend...

    The bow team on the 105 gets wetter than the driver on the 99. Unless it's raining really hard. If it's a big concern, your "friend" can always take up golf. 

  4. 3 hours ago, floater said:

    wait. what?

    I misspoke. Of course, as always, the GF or wife or both tits are welcome, but not in lieu of the boat pics. If both are provided, so much the better.  Extra credit if the tit pics are taken on the First 36. 

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  5. 9 hours ago, Kristian Seascape said:

    well, honestly I am happy with the decision. Boat shows are there to meet people, talk to them, show them the boat and generally forge contacts and relations. However, this year, this would not be possible. The organizers are not listening to exhibitors and are pushing their agenda. Among other the entrance will be allowed only to vaccinated or those who recovered from covid19 withing 6months. Access to the boat will be limited, basically, invited only, exhibitors will have to follow disinfection protocols, wearing FFP2 class mask will be mandatory for the whole duration. Thank you, but no, thank you. I do not see apoint in going there. Fortunately the entire Groupe Beneteau decided and cancelled participation. Among other brands that took same decision are Dragonfly, X-yachts, entire Hanse group (Hanse, Dehler, ...) Oyster. And that was just the beginning. Followed suit was Beneteau Group (Beneteau, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Prestige, etc), Fountain Pajot Group/Dufour as well as most of Italian brands - Solaris, Grand Soleil, Swan and Italia Yachts.
    For us, this is good as we will launch the boat in Adriatic in second half of January, plus we can shift more resources in building the boat #2 and complete her too in mid February. 

    You all can bring your boats here to Charleston, we'll have none of that Covid restriction crap and it's an awesome place!

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  6. 7 hours ago, slug zitski said:

    I just looked at a boat ….keel bolts and backing plates had bedding compound on them …sloppy work, and the bilge in the area of the keel and frames had fresh gel coat .

    I didn’t like it and told the client to request the yard bill for the repair …then to have a pro surveyor examine the boat 


    it’s always possible to have a pro repair done..it’s not up to me to judge it 

    Get those kids from Expedition Evans to repair it. They will make it famous on YouTube. 

  7. 17 minutes ago, jdazey said:

    I think you're talking about two different needs here, boat and person.

    1st line boat ocean - EPIRB

    1st line person anywhere - PLB

    We've got a lot of beacons: 1 EPIRB, 1 PLB for each crew (2), and 1 PLB in the ditch bag (SER 3.4). It seems like I'm constantly renewing beacon registrations:)

    For offshore, I prefer MOB AIS beacons to PLBs. The boat you're most likely to be rescued by is the one you fell off of. Or better yet, both.

  8. 1 minute ago, Quickstep192 said:

    There’s a short length of dyneema that passes through that center hole and is knotted on the inside of the sprit. On the outside, there’s a loop in the dyneema with a low friction ring. The tack line passes through that ring. 

    Oh I see. Well in a pinch, perhaps you could just add an attachment point to that sprit end to attach a bobstay? 

  9. 13 hours ago, Quickstep192 said:

    Blur - Unless it's already been modded, my sprit cap is not the same. Mine is just a plug with a hole through the center. 

    Monkey - I'm seriously envious. I think I could actually draw the design, but I'd need to find someone to fab it. 

    If it's just a plug with a hole in the center, how do you run a tackline out through the end? If you can design a part, you can prototype it in plastic on any 3D printer and when you reach the final design, you can send the design out to be printed in carbon. But, 3D carbon has a lot of nylon so I wonder if it would be strong enough. 

  10. 50 minutes ago, Caecilian said:

    Sailing as a crew is about the cheapest gear sport there is, all you have to do is turn up and there is a line of owners who will give you a blowjob to sail on their boats. If you are any good, reliable, fit then they will give you their wife to fuck in the mornings and their daughters for the weekend bukkake party.

    Hm, maybe I should sell my boat and crew...

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  11. 28 minutes ago, slug zitski said:

    Yah , sailing is expensive and requires free time 

    It is expensive for the owners, but when you consider that at least for keelboat racing, if there are 10 people on boat, typically 90% of them are not owners. As others have said, most owners have to go looking for crew and I would think that for the vast majority, skin color is not a consideration. Showing up reliably and being willing to learn are considerations and no, I am not implying these traits are only found in white people.

    I would point out, though, that with most kids, video games are more appealing and don't require parents to drive them to a marina. Kids in their 20s are focused on video games and new jobs and dating, people in their 30s are starting families, people in their 40s are taking kids to soccer games every weekend... I think any hobby (except maybe soccer) has trouble competing with all that.

    I expect this thread will devolve quickly. Firing up the popcorn popper...  

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  12. 30 minutes ago, Quickstep192 said:

    Any thoughts on how to rig the bobstay to the end of the sprit?

    New England Yacht Rigging made this custom sprit end for my J/111. You can see the bobstay feeds into it. Inside the sprit is a system that automagically retracts the bobstay when we retract the sprit, and lets it feed out when we extend it. Of course, we always have to fully extend for any sail. My Code Zero is North (a slightly older design I think) with a top down furler. Under the drum is a shackle that we connect to that loop. 

    Excuse the dock line and headsail feeder, this was taken at the slip, standing on the bow.



  13. 37 minutes ago, darth reapius said:

    Growth in rudder bearings god fucking damn that sucks. The growth happening here at the moment is insane, the guys racing I catch them cleaning their bottoms WEEKLY.

    Oh I have always cleaned weekly. I don't have an articulating keel but the diver manages to keep the growth out of the folding prop gears without any trouble.  

  14. 2 hours ago, Blue Crab said:

    Reminds me of a guy who spent a small fortune building a 46' catamaran using polyester for glue and hammered in all the screws, commenting the heads and threads were for removal. Broke up on second voyage ... wasting 5 years of the "Captain's" life plus the actual money.


  15. 1 minute ago, SloopJonB said:

    Torx shouldn't even be on a boat so...

    I did a headstay tang with Allen heads once and clocked them - decided I wouldn't bother again because it just wasn't noticeable.

    I just didn't think of it. Basically, one guy put as much force on the nut as he could from below, then we added another 1/4 turn or so from up top, where we could get a lot more leverage. But here's the thing... I won't be able to see it from the helm! 

  16. 4 hours ago, Quickstep192 said:

    Gotta love it when a plan comes together. 

    Why is the headstay too short; didn't it fit before?

    Maybe you need to ease the backstay a bit?



    It's a whole new headstay, with a Tuff Luff. All the hardware is new, including the toggle at the top. 

    I'm pretty sure the issue is that the toggle won't articulate freely, and therefore will not angle down enough. A close look at the pic shows where the old toggle sat. The new one you see there won't move any lower. The old toggle was 1/4 or 1/2 inch longer. Sadly I didn't have a long enough clevis pin on hand to use that one. 

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