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Hike, Bitches!

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  1. Well..I have managed to get the boat out sailing once in the month of July. Had to take care of a little problem first, though. The sailing ended up being fabulous. Now, I've been out on OPB's again.
  2. Hey dew, good to hear from you. Just make sure your wires to the running lights haven't failed yet from being jammed up inside the cabin liner. This was the FINAL circuit from the old panel that I've re-wired. I finally re-ran mine after seeing the chafe during the anchor lid work. I ran a new set of wires thru the v-berth and into the anchor locker via daylight I saw in the laminate in the sunlight, and sealed it up with 4200. I like the panel too..way overkill for our old boats, but big fun. I bet I am probably using about 65% of the breakers now..(I'd have to check..it is nice to separ
  3. no pics to update, but glassed in the core this morning, and did the first 'repair layer' on top after dremeling out and filling the gaps with West six-10. Good stuff...I can see lots more uses for that in the future.
  4. anchor locker in works. Adding a tunnel for the chain, and redoing the core with Nomex.
  5. Hahaha...yeah..it is a BOSS...I have a powerboat anchor on my sailboat...might test it out this weekend..Well..at least we'll detach the 4KSB from the dock. About damn time. Did a bit of electrical work to her in the last couple weeks. Got rid of the old analog gauges that had a 100(!) amp ammeter. C'mon, man! I am lucky to get to 10 amps with all lights and pumps running. The first pic is circa 2013. Still working on the anchor locker lid mods to accommodate the BOSS.
  6. In the consumer market, I am finding LiFePo batteries that look like AA's in some rechargeable LED landscape type lighting. I had one in my shed light, but it ended up being cheaper to replace the whole unit than find a suitable battery replacement (i.e., a 1.2v NiMH AA was not a drop in replacement, as the LiFePo's are closer in per cell voltage to a 3.7v Lithium ion cell phone battery.) The solar panel tuned to the LiFePo would have probably fried the NiMH pretty quick.
  7. +1 what IB said, but I'd also just get a cross cut. Cruising boat dude..tri-radial dacon on a cruising boat does not compute to me. A cross cut might be 30-40% cheaper. Maybe I could justify it on a roller genoa since it is bigger and their might be a benefit from weight savings to justify the cost, but for a main, take the low road and get a cross cut. (I have a Quantum cross cut 2+2 made from Challenge 8oz-ish, that is going on 10 years old.) I try not to abuse my sails and it is holding up great. One reef at 20%, but I don't ever plan to take my 4KSB out of the Chesapeake. and +1 what
  8. Ok, well it is not ten years yet, but we are getting close and I am going to the dark side. The "flying skate/stingray" has been successfully mounted to the bow along with a new anchor roller. Elegua, the biggest difference is interior work, which I've chronicled pretty well, and new cushions for Mrs. Bitches to sleep on & main salon that I sewed as an old sail loft guy. We would not want to re-visit window rebuilds, re-wiring, shaft log/prop, stbd bulkhead replacement, re-bed deck hardware, anchor washdown, standing rigging, Catalina smile, still trying to solve the tiller post water
  9. I am drilling holes in the boat again..need an excuse to bump the thread. Might be a bigger anchor in the 4KSB's future. Need a roller.
  10. Ajax, I am using the Helmsman poly, which is also a Minwax product, and it looks great.
  11. +1 what IStream said..if you never drop the stick, it might be OK. On the Farr 30 we had trouble getting it to break when we pulled the stick, but it still leaked after first pour.
  12. Ajax, In my opinion, SparTite is really designed to keep the mast in place in the partners especially for tuning a race boat..but is NOT water tight by any means. Sailing Specialties Inc, right near me in Hollwood, MD, makes a stepped mast boot...You can usually get it at the local Worst Marine. Pete has been using one of these on his Tartan 3000 for years...It seems to last ten years or so..I think we might be on the 3rd one now after 20+ years. I also made a few out of acrylic back in the day in the sail loft..Measure circumference on the mast, and circumference on the base at
  13. Re-bedded the middle stbd window which was leaking a bit. I'll take one window out of eight leaking after replacing them all a couple years ago. The re-bed was successful with butyl tape. I must have not had quite enough packed in the window frame on the first go 'round..but for now, all windows are water tight. No window leaks are a big deal on a 40 year old boat!
  14. Ajax, that is a bottle opener, disguised as a paint can tool. Speaking of routers, I have a cheap one from Harbor Freight, with a table, and I made 6 new plexi windows using the old glass windows as templates. I used a bit similar to posted above, and it worked OK. Run the bearing along the old window attached with carpet tape, and it cut the new window. Came out OK, but the bearing & bit were finished when I completed the job. I can guarantee you it was not a high $$ Rockler bit. They make good stuff.
  15. Ajax, I made one out of some leftover maple I had. My table saw is crap, but when sawing small pieces, the ZCI helps. You basically go thru all the trouble build this perfect plate that is flush on top, and then crank the blade up thru it. The next one will not be maple (it was scrap), but since this turns out to be basically disposable, it will be something softer and less difficult to mill down.
  16. Seal everything with epoxy! No exposed anything, and it will last long after our bones are used for a bonfire on a remote island somewhere, Ajax.
  17. Well, shit this will be easy..I'll update it about whenever I feel like it. How about, today! NW winds 15-20 gusts to 25, and 22°F. The seawater is mushy, but not frozen. Need a little more sunshine to get my solar panels out from under the snow!
  18. well..the good ship TA is laid up for the winter. I always have projects so we'll see how things go between now and April.
  19. When in a big-ass boat against another big-ass boat...tack (or duck) early! LOL. Thanks to the jury for a good decision.
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