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  1. Yes consult the torque tables the boat yard generalization for lubricated stainless to stainless is to reduce torque by 20 percent to achieve the desired clamping force do not mate stainless to stainless without assembly paste
  2. When working with stainless and tefgel or other assembly paste is not available , Loctite with ptfe is a good substitute some folks prefer it because it is also a thread locker
  3. In addition, stainless keel bolts are prone to galling
  4. Normally you buy a cheap socket and a length of the appropriate diameter steel pipe cut the socket in half with a grinder Then weld the socket to one end and weld the drive to the other
  5. First you remove the keelboat nut then you clean the threads then you lubricate the threads with tefgel then you reseat and torque the nuts torque settings are meaningless if the nut , bolt are fouled and high friction obviously you don’t remove all the keel boats at the same time , start from the middle .. remove , clean , reseat re torque to final setting once all bolts have been reseated if your situation requires a long socket extension you should fabricate a wood guide for the extension to help keep the socket perpendicular to the nut and avo
  6. Hard to understand what going on part of the issue is the functioning of European Union.... Germans telling Spaniards what’s good for them I suspect that the astra scare will soon die down and vaccination will proceed
  7. Naw In trade winds sailing... +120 awa ...it’s your poled out Genoa with a furling Jibtop to leeward , that generates the horsepower needed to pull you to your destination Even in fine conditions the main is typically reefed to reduce chafe , then over-trimmed and prevented to dampen roll this combo is very easy to single hand from the cockpit , its gentle on the boat, the crew , the autopilot, the sails and it’s plenty fast It’s possible that I loose a few daily miles ... but remember the tortoise and the hare us tortoises arrive fresh and immediately
  8. With modern satellite communications and weather data you can clearly “ see” weather conditions a week out By using patience and good seamanship you can minimize your interaction with heavy weather it a mistake to make your boat into a battle tank ... 90 percent of ocean sailing is broad reaching in light to moderate conditions concentrate your sail inventory cash pile on these moderate reaching conditions
  9. If you are sailing west across the Atlantic this week you are sailing downwind in 10 knots of wind ...for days and days and days this means that normal folks build the biggest most powerful mainsail that fits on the rig ...and that rig chafe is the biggest issue when choosing between cross cut and tri radial, I prefer cross cut the direction of the seams is parallel to the boom so it flakes better and these horizontal seams are less prone to chafe on rigging ask for highest quality Dacron and the best detailing
  10. And race boats carry 4 reefs this doesn’t mean that it’s suitable for a cruiser A cruiser needs the most function that’s easy to use , with the highest reliability
  11. The third reef... deep reef is the night watch sail very often in the trade winds you are cursed by thunderstorms during the day you use your eyes and take action accordingly at night you tuck in the third reef and autopilot till dawn you and your autopilot can withstand heavy squalls under the deep reef and a rolled up headsail
  12. And full length battens I don’t like them,, the extra mass aloft makes the mainsail unstable in light wind and a seaway thec mainsail stack gets too tall chafe is always a issue the compression load on the batten cars causes problems If you go full battens carry spare parts and take your main to the sailmaker regularly to repair damage
  13. Yah you need a selection of life jackets SOLAS PFD , a swimmers type PFD and your inflatable harness PFD never voluntarily jump over the side with a harness style pfd , you will be reduced to a jellyfish
  14. It is very difficult the go from mainsail to trysail You need A second dedicated trysail track with a dedicated trysail halyard , sheave box When flying the trysail from the main halyard ... the wind gets your masthead length main halyard “singing and dancing “ ..it will tear things apart after s few hours for a normal cruiser... third reef and storm jib is how you attack a breeze if things get wild , strike the main and sail under storm jib , staysail if things get even worse, roll up the storm jib, staysail .. hunker down and run downwind under ba
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