SloopJonB

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    California boaters card???

    You're right, I agree.
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    California boaters card???

    You're right, I agree.
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    Darwin strikes again

    Darwin failed - the guy had already reproduced.
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    North American deep freeze

    It appears to be a phase thing with Sluggo - he can go a long time posting useful and interesting stuff and then he drops into a hole like this for a bit. He'll come out of it - just ignore him for a while.
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    North American deep freeze

    Not really, you just get more visibly stupid.
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    California boaters card???

    What utter bullshit. Having people demonstrate the minimum level of knowledge required to get a license is hardly tyrannical. You're spouting the same sort of crap that anti-helmet bikers and the anti-seatbelt people spouted decades ago. You're talking about freedumb, not freedom. And by the way, I was pissed that we had to get a license because of the morons in powerboats and on jet skis but I was also mature enough to recognize that there are so many of them that it had become necessary.
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    Engine Troubleshooting Help

    5K to refresh a small diesel sounds like a "marine" price. Take it to a regular engine shop. Changing engines will cost you probably 50% more than the engine price. All the bits & pieces really add up. My first engine swap was a "like for like" swap of a Yanmar single - I put in a new on the pallet YSM 8 to replace a cooked YSE 8 - same engine, just a Mark II sort of thing. I did everything myself and it still cost 25% over the price on the pallet. Changing to a different engine will bump that up substantially, even if they claim it's a "drop in" replacement.
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    Mo Bettah Too

    I think I have a can of that somewhere.
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    Mo Bettah Too

    I'm no longer boatless. I finally managed to get this Nelson/Marek 1/2 Tonner bought today after nearly 5 months of trying. Now I just have to get it 100 miles down the coast to home. It has reputedly hit 12 knots so it might be a fast trip if I get a nice Northwesterly. On the sail test today we stayed at 6 knots beating into a very light breeze while trying to figure out sail trim - it's a very quick boat. I included a shot of the underbody to show that it is not the usual distorted IOR stern - that probably explains the speed. These are the best pics I have right now. Don't know why the stern shot rotated - I can't correct it. The boat is not a zombie but it is the far end of scruffy so I've got lots of projects ahead of me. I'll post the interesting stuff as it happens. It is one of the best constructed boats I've ever seen - the interior structure, bulkheads etc. are so well done and finished that they look almost like a liner. Not a hint of a soft spot or delam anywhere on the hull or deck. It seems to be a well known boat around the Salish Sea but I'm having trouble finding anything specific about it. I'd really appreciate it if anyone can advise who built it (someone in Seattle as best I can determine), any specs on it or who can put me in touch with the original owner so I can glean some data on it.
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    Mo Bettah Too

    Yes although it's not as good as it used to be. A lot fewer solids in it but it still works to tie to the aluminium. I put primer over it now to make up for the thinness of the current stuff.
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    Party Bus

    You drive at those speeds around here? With all the crap in the water you are living on luck if you do.
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    Mo Bettah Too

    Correct. 2 1/2" X 11'
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    California boaters card???

    Are you going to let them ride with an unlicensed driver?
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    Cutlass Bearing & Engine Mount Replacement

    That will show as transverse or vertical variation in the coupler gap. You align it close on the hard and then finalize in the water. You might get lucky and only need to double check in the water.
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    Coolboats to admire

    About a million 5 - just for labour.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Make good amas for a small tri.
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    Party Bus

    Our vet bought an ex-government 62 foot displacement boat - ex forestry or fisheries or suchlike. 8 GPH at 8 - 10 knots. He was thinking about taking it back to South Africa from here.
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    California boaters card???

    So more than one. How about if that one was your child? Would you still regard that as "acceptable losses"?
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    Mo Bettah Too

    I need the advice of the brain trust. I'm currently rebuilding my spinnaker pole - disassembled everything, cleaned, sanded and painted everything with zinc chromate and trim black, polished up the stainless bits and I'm nearly ready to reassemble it. One of the piston springs was corroded to bits & pieces and seized solid while the other one was very good. They were steel, not stainless so I had a replacement on hand. My question is; what, if any, sort of lube should I put on the springs and the buried part of the piston shaft? My concern is if I use a dab of white lithium it may end up staining my chutes. Is it better to just let them run metal on metal Or is a dab of lube O/K?
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    Cutlass Bearing & Engine Mount Replacement

    Feeler gauges between the coupling faces. The last time I did it the Yanmar spec for a rigid coupling was "withing 0.007" runout". Check your manual to be sure. Take out the coupling bolts and separate the faces a hair then insert a feeler gauge - I started with 0.003. Slip the faces together over the gauge until it's snug then rotate the shaft taking measurements all round it. Adjust as required. The final alignment must be done in the water because hulls change shape slightly when afloat VS on stands.
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    California boaters card???

    How many does it take to be worthwhile?
  22. Christmas dinner must be fun at their house.
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    Republicans have hit rock bottom

    They need to change their name to LFPAC - Lunatic Fringe Political Action Conference.
  24. Depends. If thick veneers - thin sliced teak planks rather than what we think of as veneer, it will depend how they are held on. If they are glued & screwed you can probably get by without the screws. They would have been used to clamp things on assembly and can be removed & plugged. You will still have probably 1/2 the original thickness left. Otherwise - replacing with ply & glass would probably be all anyone could afford these days - or replace with a teak substitute like Angelique.