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  1. I haven't read this entire thread, so you may have already considered this. I have a T-33. The previous owner had an engine/shaft/prop vibration problem. After eliminating everything possible, the yard figured out that the tolerance between the shaft and the exit hole was too close, or off in some way. I'm not sure how they enlarged it and reshaped it, but I've had the boat for five years and there is no vibration at any RPM, in any sea state. So, maybe go below and check your exit hole. He he, "exit hole". I just repainted my bottom and serviced everything below the waterline. Cleaning up the
  2. Floor anchors. PYI has them. (pyiinc.com)
  3. My Capri 25 used J-24 spreader tips. They fit perfectly. RigRite had them. They'll probably have something for your spreader section.
  4. I'm in Spokane. My boat is in Seattle. I've had boats on Coeur d'Alene and Pend Oreille, and have never heard of a surveyor here. One guy who has been around forever is Gary MacDonald, at MacDonald's Hudson Bay Resort on Pend Oreille. He'll probably know the boat.
  5. They need some Gilligan's waterproof glue. It's good on pancakes too!
  6. I clean mine with Murphy Oil Soap, then rub in some lemon oil. If that's the wrong thing to do, it has at least served me well for years.
  7. I walked through their yard a few weeks ago. Looked like any other boatyard, not like a brokerage office with guys painting bottoms in the back lot. I've never used them but they seem legit.
  8. I've sailed down the coast from Seattle several times. Fish boats don't use AIS reliably. I would not count on an AIS alarm. I did that on my first trip, and woke up to a fish boat captain frantically hailing me on VHF. When they're towing nets you need to give them a wide berth. That was years ago. Now when I go down the coast I go way out. There's a lot of deep draft traffic around 125-128-ish. El Boracho is right. Get way out there if you're alone, and make sure your AIS is transmitting. FWIW, I've done watches on a container ship. If you don't have AIS they probably won't see you. Do
  9. I'd look back to the '80s boats. Tartan 37, Ericson 38, etc.
  10. You have to pop the pilot off the tiller. If you want a good tiller pilot, Pelagic is the way to go. The guy who developed it is a serious solo sailor who knows what works. My experience with Raymarine ST2000 tiller pilots was great while I was sailing around the bay. Offshore, they all failed quickly. The gears inside are plastic, and the actuator rod does not have cutoff stops. As it reaches the limits of its travel the drive belt, which is only about 6mm wide, begins jumping teeth on the plastic gears. That boat only weighed about 3k pounds; it was squirrely surfing down swells, a
  11. I have a Capri 25 that I'd like to sell. Rates with Merit 25s, J24s, Kirby 25s, etc. It's a nice boat, but it has been in storage too long. I need to find it a nice home. We have a bigger boat we use more. Let me know if you want details and pics. It's a nice boat, and it's in your price range. Boat is an '82. Trailer is a 2005. Outboard (new in 2014, I think) has about 150 hours on it.
  12. My large Bomar foredeck hatch has two cast tabs for telescoping supports. I only use one. You don't need both.
  13. My oldest kid was a canvas fabricator for a few years. He has two heavy duty commercial machines. The important part is the walking foot. Also the motors. His machines are powerful, and can easily get through a stack of heavy canvas and Strataglass. The benefit of the extra power and the walking foot is control. He can slow the feed down to an individual stitch at a time, or burn through fabric as fast as he can control it. Those features make your project look nice. Even I learned how to use them, and I'm not that crafty. Before that I had purchased a heavy-duty household machine to fix
  14. I know of a guy who recut an old genoa into a jib top. He used scissors and 5200. As far as I know it worked fine. Boat was an Olson 30. He took it to Hawaii.
  15. Andy Evans, aka Foolish Muse, wrote a great book about setting up a boat for solo sailing. It's called Singlehanded Sailing: Thought, Tips, Techniques, and Tactics. You can find it on Amazon. The Singlehanded Sailing Society has a lot of info in its fora. Sailing Anarchy does too. My Tartan 33 isn't the best solo setup; the traveler and winches are in front of the helm. It's no problem in easy conditions, but when the wind and seas get enthusiastic I use my autopilot a lot.
  16. I think it's bunk too. I have a Tartan 33, comfort ratio 21, and have never been "uncomfortable" offshore. To me "uncomfortable" means a level of discomfort significantly higher than I'd expected or prepared for. I always expect to get a little green around the gills on the first day out. I barf once, eat some crackers, and then I'm fine for the rest of the passage. Maybe my discomfort threshold is high, but being in conditions that you've planned for, even when they're ugly, is well within my comfort zone. I love my Tartan. I know exactly what it's going to do most of the time. To me, that's
  17. I used 1/4 inch G10 as backing plates. It's pretty stout. I'm no engineer, but I'd guess a properly designed and installed G10 fitting would be fine. Just like those parts on Perry's carbon cutters.
  18. A bit of epoxy with micro balloons is easy to sand, if you have those things lying around. After that, a small can of bondo would work and be inexpensive. You could also use any epoxy adhesive mixed with talc. Add talc until the mixture is like fluffy peanut butter and doesn't run.
  19. West system makes a barrier coat additive for its resins. Its called 422. It makes the resin opaque light grey. You add it with a tablespoon scoop. Mix just what you need for your patches.
  20. Rig them so it's next to impossible to go overboard. Boarding a moving boat from the end of a tether while you're being dragged through the water is so much harder than you can imagine.
  21. Two years ago I painted my mast with white Brightside. It was previously painted with unknown white paint. I removed the hardware I could, masked the rest, sanded lightly with 80 grit, primed the bare spots with zinc chromate, filled some imperfections with Interlux Watertite, sanded to 180, and rolled and tipped the new paint. I thinned it about 10%, and put on four coats. After a week or so I buffed and polished it. It looked amazing when we restepped it, and two years down the road it still looks great. I'm going to touch up a few spots this Spring where the lazy jacks rubbed.
  22. Check out Pelagic. It's designed by an experienced solo sailor, and it's pretty close to bulletproof. https://pelagicautopilot.com/
  23. My little brother received severe TBI from an IED in Afghanistan. He eventually recovered, but it was tough. I can't imagine who might think faking a brain injury is funny. This has got to be the weirdest practical joke I've ever seen. Never have seen this guy's channel. Having seen this, there's nothing about the guy or his project that interests me. I'd have a great time kicking his ass.
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