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My wife gave me a new drone for a birthday + Christmas present this year. I'm still fairly low on the learning curve with the DJI Air 2S, but fortunately the curve isn't ridiculously steep. Here's a sample vid with a remix from one of my former band projects.

 

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All kinda good shit!  :-)

Inner forestay release lever from NZ, a HookLever.  Beautiful piece of forge and mechanical work.

A Baja diesel fuel filter.

Buncha shackles, sized for my toe rail, for various blocks, amd a fancy-shmancy Wichard trigger release snap shackle. 

Plastic sextant and 500mb weather books.

And, the crowning glory... :-) ...a classic split horizon mirror (to replace the full horizon style one) for my sextant!

Things are really looking up for the New Year, sailing-wise.  Sometimes, ya just gotta buy yourself what you really want :-)

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1 hour ago, Greever said:

What make and model is that boat?

Its our Santana20.  She was knocked around pretty hard in Hurricane Laura.  Hurricane Sally destroyed our S2 7.9 and with the exception of the MC Scow and the Solsa, we were boatless.  The cost to restore Anna’s deck and hull and mast far exceeded the value of a Santana 20, but after a year of trying to find a boat that suited us, with zero luck, we decided to get our little Santana restored for our Christmas.  

We have sailed her for decades, knew pretty much everything about her and with both of us in our 70’s, we decided that more boat might just be too much ‘more.’

 

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18 hours ago, Santanasailor said:

Its our Santana20.  She was knocked around pretty hard in Hurricane Laura.  Hurricane Sally destroyed our S2 7.9 and with the exception of the MC Scow and the Solsa, we were boatless. 

"After two hurricanes we were down to our last two boats". :lol:

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41 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

"After two hurricanes we were down to our last two boats". :lol:

Well heck, at one time we had the sixth largest navy in the free world.  Then the stupid Soviet Union collapsed and ruined our bragging rights.  

I love sailing the scow, but to me sailing is year round and sailing the scow in winter in the absence of a committee boat for rescue and sailing the Escape any time its not swimsuit weather just isn’t sailing, its Darring-Do

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3 hours ago, Rain Man said:

This little unit. How did we not have one of these for so long?

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Great little devices, we have had ours for a couple of years now. Just picked up a 4K version for cheap at Canadian Tire just in case we get a 4K TV someday.

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4 hours ago, Rain Man said:

This little unit. How did we not have one of these for so long?

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Our son gave us one a couple of years ago - it's been a Godsend during Covid.

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Just now, Russell Brown said:

What in the hell is it?

Roku is a streaming video device.  If you have a Netflix subscription, for example, you can get one of these, plug it into the HDMI port on your TV, log it into your wifi, and watch.  Prior to getting one we were connecting one of our laptops to the TV to watch Netflix.  Works with many streaming services.  There is an app you can put on your phone that turns your phone into a remote.  You can also plug your headphones into your phone and listen at any volume you want.

Good device and reasonably priced.

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2 hours ago, toddster said:

But… you can just do that without an extra box and wad of cables.  ???

If you have a smart TV, maybe. Our Sony smart TV works kinda. The Roku works well. You can get TV's with Roku built in too.

And it's a tiny box and one HDMI cable.

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On 12/30/2021 at 10:38 AM, Santanasailor said:

This is not the latest picture but Having Anna’s Hull and Deck repaired as well as some fiberglass touch-up was our Christmas Present

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I'm confused. That doesn't look like the standard keel on a tuna 20.th?id=OIP.EYWPbLYJFlnSw0A0h9ArMgHaFj%26p

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That’s because it’s a Santana 20.

On 12/30/2021 at 7:20 PM, Santanasailor said:
On 12/30/2021 at 6:02 PM, Greever said:

 

Its our Santana20

 

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1 hour ago, Remodel said:

I'm confused. That doesn't look like the standard keel on a tuna 20.th?id=OIP.EYWPbLYJFlnSw0A0h9ArMgHaFj%26p

During the middle 1980’s W. D. Schock experimented with a wing keel.  It was hoped that it would be as quick as the standard keel.  It wasn’t.  I longed and pined for a boat with a standard keel, but when this little boat became available in 1990, at a great price in excellent condition, we purchased her.  she looked like she was just popped out of the mold.  Her owner, had double knee surgery and could no longer sail.  

As stated, she cannot sail with the standard keel, but she is easy to trailer launch off of a decent ramp and she has a foot less draft which kind of suits our purposes anyway.  It is rumored that the wing keel is faster than the full keel in very light air.  This little Santana is a killer when the breeze is barely there. Of course, when the wind comes up, she digs herself a hole and tries to hide in it.  (The bow wave coming off of the stern is impressive) 

Bottom line, there are plenty of boats that are faster than the Santana 20, but she handles like a little sports car, not the fastest, but the most fun to handle and sail.  I liken her as being the MG TC of sailboats.   image.thumb.jpeg.c4a492033ce5f9c60ab9b9025aa0239a.jpeg

Look closely and you can see the wing under her keel

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1 minute ago, Santanasailor said:

During the middle 1980’s W. D. Schock experimented with a wing keel.  It was hoped that it would be as quick as the standard keel.  It wasn’t.  I longed and pined for a boat with a standard keel, but when this little boat became available in 1990, at a great price in excellent condition, we purchased her.  she looked like she was just popped out of the mold.  Her owner, had double knee surgery and could no longer sail.  

As stated, she cannot sail with the standard keel, but she is easy to trailer launch off of a decent ramp and she has a foot less draft which kind of suits our purposes anyway.  It is rumored that the wing keel is faster than the full keel in very light air.  This little Santana is a killer when the breeze is barely there. Of course, when the wind comes up, she digs herself a hole and tried to hide in it.  (The bow wave coming off of the stern is impressive) 

Bottom line, there are plenty of boats that are faster than the Santana 20, but she handles like a little sports car, not the fastest, but the most fun to handle and sail.  I liken her as being the MG TC of sailboats.   

Thanks for the history lesson. I had no notion of any of this. Glad you are enjoying your boat!

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I had hoped to gift myself with official retirement today, but there are too many open accounts.  Looks like it's going to take at least another month to wrap things up.  Maybe two.

2 hours ago, Bull City said:

I asked for one of these but didn't get it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_U-238_Atomic_Energy_Laboratory

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I've been cleaning out my (real) lab and selling off the easily-shipped bits for the last few months.  Or trying to.  Even the nice pieces that aren't very obsolete are difficult to move.  (Limited market and a flood of inexpensive Asian imports, one suspects.) One surprise was an old Geiger Counter that I put on eBay.  Bidding was relatively ferocious and it went for twice the price of identical NOS units that are available from old Civil Defense warehouses.  (And those are selling like crazy.)    IDK why, except perhaps I put in the key words "SHTF" and "Bug-Out-Bag" in the ad copy.  It seems as if the retards really are frantically preparing for war.  So even though I pocketed enough samoleans to cover a week's groceries, it was a little depressing.  

BTW, I will be offering up my vintage Gilbert microscope set in the next round.  And a few other old things that I've kept as objets de art.  Somehow I suspect that they might sell for more than the functional stuff.  

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58 minutes ago, toddster said:

I had hoped to gift myself with official retirement today, but there are too many open accounts.  Looks like it's going to take at least another month to wrap things up.  Maybe two.

I've been cleaning out my (real) lab and selling off the easily-shipped bits for the last few months.  Or trying to.  Even the nice pieces that aren't very obsolete are difficult to move.  (Limited market and a flood of inexpensive Asian imports, one suspects.) One surprise was an old Geiger Counter that I put on eBay.  Bidding was relatively ferocious and it went for twice the price of identical NOS units that are available from old Civil Defense warehouses.  (And those are selling like crazy.)    IDK why, except perhaps I put in the key words "SHTF" and "Bug-Out-Bag" in the ad copy.  It seems as if the retards really are frantically preparing for war.  So even though I pocketed enough samoleans to cover a week's groceries, it was a little depressing.  

BTW, I will be offering up my vintage Gilbert microscope set in the next round.  And a few other old things that I've kept as objets de art.  Somehow I suspect that they might sell for more than the functional stuff.  

The Gilbert name brought back memories. When I was about 9 (c.1957), my older brother, 10, had a Gilbert chemistry set. One day, while mother was cooking dinner, my brother found our sister, 2, in his room eating the contents of the chemical bottles. He was livid and stormed into the kitchen to tell mother of this transgression. She grasped the situation at once, called a neighbor to watch us, grabbed sister and took off to the ER.

My father was flying back from a business trip, and got home about an hour later. The neighbor brought him up to date. He listened to my brother's whining about his chemistry set for about five seconds, and went to the ER.

Some hours later, they all returned, sister looking worse for the wear, after having had her stomach pumped out. She stayed out of our room/lab after that.

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22 minutes ago, Bull City said:

The Gilbert name brought back memories. When I was about 9 (c.1957), my older brother, 10, had a Gilbert chemistry set. One day, while mother was cooking dinner, my brother found our sister, 2, in his room eating the contents of the chemical bottles. He was livid and stormed into the kitchen to tell mother of this transgression. She grasped the situation at once, called a neighbor to watch us, grabbed sister and took off to the ER.

My father was flying back from a business trip, and got home about an hour later. The neighbor brought him up to date. He listened to my brother's whining about his chemistry set for about five seconds, and went to the ER.

Some hours later, they all returned, sister looking worse for the wear, after having had her stomach pumped out. She stayed out of our room/lab after that.

Similar experience.  I think my chemistry set had been "safed," in that a key ingredient often seemed to be missing to complete many of the more "interesting" experiments, (e.g. those that were supposed to produce smoke or fire) but there were often two bottles of some of the "dull" chemicals instead. However I had a little pot of dirty paint thinner left out on my work/play table, to clean my model-painting brushes.  One day my baby cousin drank it when no one was watching, and shortly thereafter became violently ill.  Somehow, my Great-Grandmother, who was already more than a little around the bend, managed to put together the stains on the kids clothes with my pot of paint thinner, and off they all went to the hospital.  

Hmm. That cousin ended up having a life-long issue with substance abuse.  I wonder if that started it all, or if it was just an early symptom...     

Edit. That got me thinking so I checked and the old microscope set, for some reason, has a little vial of potassium dichromate (as well as some relatively harmless things) in it.  Better pitch that before selling it on, for liability reasons, I suppose.

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The last —and perhaps the most dangerous— of the Xmas presents! :-)

Gary Dierking has an interesting background as an “accidental” designer and builder of proas, going way back to the 1960s (as I learned from the introduction).  Looks like a great beginner book for a homebuilder looking to build a small proa, or just learn a bit more about them.  In no way do I have the time to build one, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to get sucked into building one :-) 

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13 hours ago, Jud - s/v Sputnik said:

The last —and perhaps the most dangerous— of the Xmas presents! :-)

Perhaps there is one more lurking out there!

 

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On 12/28/2021 at 12:38 PM, Kolibri said:

My wife gave me a new drone for a birthday + Christmas present this year. I'm still fairly low on the learning curve with the DJI Air 2S, but fortunately the curve isn't ridiculously steep. Here's a sample vid with a remix from one of my former band projects.

 

Love this, Kolibri. Surf my SUP at Pau'ena Point in winter, when the waves get too big elsewhere on the North Shore. Got a drone from my kids a couple of years ago and lost communication with it over Pipeline. Didn't even see it hit the water. Hope yours lasts longer than mine did.  We're here for a couple of more weeks - are you here now or in SF?

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Just this vintage DVD

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Jud - re the Baja filters. The originals came with top and bottom flexible plastic caps because there was always residual diesel in them that would otherwise leak out. Maybe get some silicone stretchy lids in place of the originals. 

https://www.amazon.ca/Silicone-Reusable-Expendable-Eco-Friendly-Container/dp/B083JHDPJF/ref=asc_df_B083JHDPJF/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=335365390998&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9514638913598503568&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1001970&hvtargid=pla-922224213539&psc=1

 

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A brand new kiteboard, but to be fair, used insurance money from the three that were stolen from my garage in Cape Town during covid.

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8 hours ago, jparriott said:

Love this, Kolibri. Surf my SUP at Pau'ena Point in winter, when the waves get too big elsewhere on the North Shore. Got a drone from my kids a couple of years ago and lost communication with it over Pipeline. Didn't even see it hit the water. Hope yours lasts longer than mine did.  We're here for a couple of more weeks - are you here now or in SF?

I have a house up the hill from Sunset Beach and work remotely for an aerospace company with facilities in Colorado and the SF Bay area. Right now I'm spending 2 to 3 weeks in CA followed by 1 week in Hawaii and will be flipping that ratio in the next month or so.

Pua'ana Pt is a great surf spot, especially in the winter when the surf is often far to big for me to get in the water near my house.

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9 hours ago, Zonker said:

Just this vintage DVD

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Jud - re the Baja filters. The originals came with top and bottom flexible plastic caps because there was always residual diesel in them that would otherwise leak out. Maybe get some silicone stretchy lids in place of the originals. 

https://www.amazon.ca/Silicone-Reusable-Expendable-Eco-Friendly-Container/dp/B083JHDPJF/ref=asc_df_B083JHDPJF/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=335365390998&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9514638913598503568&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1001970&hvtargid=pla-922224213539&psc=1

 

Thanks for this, Zonker.  I haven’t had a close look at it yet, and don’t know much about them.  Saw it in eBay and just decided to buy it.  Much appreciate the info.  

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10 hours ago, Zonker said:

Just this vintage DVD

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Jud - re the Baja filters. The originals came with top and bottom flexible plastic caps because there was always residual diesel in them that would otherwise leak out. Maybe get some silicone stretchy lids in place of the originals. 

https://www.amazon.ca/Silicone-Reusable-Expendable-Eco-Friendly-Container/dp/B083JHDPJF/ref=asc_df_B083JHDPJF/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=335365390998&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9514638913598503568&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1001970&hvtargid=pla-922224213539&psc=1

 

What's a DVD? 

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On 1/1/2022 at 12:05 PM, Bull City said:

I asked for one of these but didn't get it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_U-238_Atomic_Energy_Laboratory

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I had a different children's geiger counter as a kid- it was kit built. The geiger tube was cracked when I got it, so my dad too me down to the Cortlandt and Vesey Street area in NYC where they had bins of them! That neighborhood was called Radio Row, but went away when they built the World Trade Center on top of it! 

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25 minutes ago, Zonker said:

Do not diss the Robertson. It's slowly creeping southward from Canada. Though they call it "square drive" for some reason.

I feel like someone should modify this pic for the bull rail thread, to show the dramatic evolution of cleats into bull rails, to illustrate the ways in which Canada is slowly, carefully, patiently beginning the invasion of Divided America (divide and conquer, one of the oldest battle strategies ever), eventually to rule supreme :-). (In a loving, caring way, as a parent applies loving discipline on unruly children.)

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28 minutes ago, Zonker said:

Do not diss the Robertson. It's slowly creeping southward from Canada. Though they call it "square drive" for some reason.

Betamax was the superior standard; just mismanaged by SONY. 

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1 hour ago, Bull City said:

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:D

It’s true! Beta was technically superior.

„Mismanaged“ = didn’t license to porn industry. Philips weren’t that scrupulous. The rest, as they say, … 

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7 hours ago, Kolibri said:

I have a house up the hill from Sunset Beach and work remotely for an aerospace company with facilities in Colorado and the SF Bay area. Right now I'm spending 2 to 3 weeks in CA followed by 1 week in Hawaii and will be flipping that ratio in the next month or so.

Pua'ana Pt is a great surf spot, especially in the winter when the surf is often far to big for me to get in the water near my house.

We've had a place at Pipeline for 30 years - get here as much as we can. Mainly based in LA. Retired now, and sail out of Marina Del Rey. 

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14 minutes ago, jparriott said:

We've had a place at Pipeline for 30 years - get here as much as we can. Mainly based in LA. Retired now, and sail out of Marina Del Rey. 

Awesome. My wife grew up at Rocky Point. Her parents still live there and are psyched that we moved back to the North Shore. 

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5 hours ago, Zonker said:

Do not diss the Robertson. It's slowly creeping southward from Canada. Though they call it "square drive" for some reason.

Because NIH.

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1 hour ago, 10thTonner said:

It’s true! Beta was technically superior.

„Mismanaged“ = didn’t license to porn industry. Philips weren’t that scrupulous. The rest, as they say, … 

Plain old greed - Sony knew they had a better product and wanted the entire videocassette market to themselves so they wouldn't license the technology to other manufacturers.

Robertson had the same result but a different root cause. He was driven by a need to maintain control due to being burned by previous business partners.

At least Robertson's idea survived.

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2 hours ago, 10thTonner said:

It’s true! Beta was technically superior.

„Mismanaged“ = didn’t license to porn industry. Philips weren’t that scrupulous. The rest, as they say, … 

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:lol:

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2 minutes ago, Zonker said:

I love Ideal windlasses. They look like they will last forever unlike their European cousins.

Schaefer marine, has bought out Ideal and is now repairing them. 

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Double & triple check the alignment of the bottom unit to the deck unit. ANY mis-alignment causes friction/wear/increased power draw.. There's a reason all modern windlasses have the drive motor bolt to the deck unit directly.

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11 hours ago, OSPREY said:

Had windless rebuilt for Tara

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I have one of those. I have no idea how old it is (at least 35 years). Despite an embarrassing lack of maintenance on my part, it works great. What was wrong with it? 

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2 hours ago, Kris Cringle said:

I have one of those. I have no idea how old it is (at least 35 years). Despite an embarrassing lack of maintenance on my part, it works great. What was wrong with it? 

Motor frozen, gear case had deteriorated to the point it leaked oil. Shaft would not turn with motor removed. Mounting plate rusted away at bolt holes. 8A55DD5B-986D-4FEC-9892-797CD1F3A24D.thumb.jpeg.77810b6cbc2e6182c0e8fa483738d1a9.jpeg

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11 minutes ago, OSPREY said:

Motor frozen, gear case had deteriorated to the point it leaked oil. Shaft would not turn with motor removed. Mounting plate rusted away at bolt holes. 8A55DD5B-986D-4FEC-9892-797CD1F3A24D.thumb.jpeg.77810b6cbc2e6182c0e8fa483738d1a9.jpeg

Now Tom is thinking to himself, “hmm...35 years and no problems...embarrassing lack of maintenance...hmm...what lurks under my foredeck this bright New Year...” :-)

(Mine, a venerable old manual Simpson Lawrence Sea Tiger 555, many decades old, started to go year before last...but I discovered that the cost of overhaul just didn’t make financial sense compared to a new electric one.)

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The rebuild was 50% of the cost of a new one, also didn’t have to change anything bolted right back in. 

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30 minutes ago, OSPREY said:

The rebuild was 50% of the cost of a new one, also didn’t have to change anything bolted right back in. 

For sure, well worth it.  Having to modify mounting etc etc etc for something different would be difficult and expensive.  In my case, it was simply time to go electric.  But I kept the old SL one, all fully disassembled, “just in case” :-).  Hmm...New Year’s resolution to do something with it...exactly what, I dunno!

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1 hour ago, OSPREY said:

The rebuild was 50% of the cost of a new one, also didn’t have to change anything bolted right back in. 

Wow, that sounds reasonable. It looks like everything is new except for the on deck bronze. Deck leak cause that corrosion? Mine has some rust but not much considering it's never been out of there. I don't think mine leaks thru the deck but I may take a closer look,...

It's held with pretty large carriage bolts. Were you able to remove those or have to break/cut them?  

 

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Everything below deck is new, above deck was cleaned and polished. The previous owner was very ill for many years so the boat sat on the hard for a long time and may have been leaking. I put a two foot breaker bar on the bronze bolts and they sheared in half. The big problem was getting the deck plate to break free of the shaft. Wood shims, blood mixed with penetrating oil, and heat and four hours with a rubber hammer it broke free. 

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I got a bottle of this:

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It will definitely be sailing related, hopefully tomorrow!

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23 hours ago, Steam Flyer said:

Very cool... is it the Quebecois Klon?

- DSK

I had to check Klon, actually. Holy shit. Nah, Fairfield Circuitry has a more realistic price policy, even though they are on the expensive side of it. Their effects are moody, completely analog and insanely warm and watercolorish. Their ring modulator is a far better tremolo than most actual tremolo pedals for instance. 

 

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31 minutes ago, leuk said:

I had to check Klon, actually. Holy shit. Nah, Fairfield Circuitry has a more realistic price policy, even though they are on the expensive side of it. Their effects are moody, completely analog and insanely warm and watercolorish. Their ring modulator is a far better tremolo than most actual tremolo pedals for instance.

 

I've played around with a few Fairfield pedals that a friend owns. If you like those you may also enjoy stuff from LovePedal. I have an Amp50 and Eternity Boost. Both provide incredible tones.  http://www.lovepedal.com/

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1 minute ago, Kolibri said:
35 minutes ago, leuk said:

I had to check Klon, actually. Holy shit. Nah, Fairfield Circuitry has a more realistic price policy, even though they are on the expensive side of it. Their effects are moody, completely analog and insanely warm and watercolorish. Their ring modulator is a far better tremolo than most actual tremolo pedals for instance.

 

I've played around with a few Fairfield pedals that a friend owns. If you like those you may also enjoy stuff from LovePedal. I have an Amp50 and Eternity Boost. Both provide incredible tones.  http://www.lovepedal.com/

I have a couple of Lovepedals, their fuzz-tonebender and the HBR-3 reverb... by far the nicest sounding reverb pedal I have and despite the 4 knobs and 3-way switch, it's quite easy to dial in.

The Fairfield pedals are very intriguing but they're a little above my comfort level for spendy-ness. They look quite different in the their layout and control configuration. Definitely going to look into them some more!

Apologies for the hijack. My Christmas present... well, a great year of my wife and I buying whatever we want, pretty much (like some pedals I definitely do not need but enjoy).

Christmas Day I had to joy of seeing my wife unwrap a book I'd found for her, Bad Girls In History. It's one-page biographies of women rulers, generals, pirates, rebel artists, etc. She flipped through it and said "I -LOVE- this!" and she's not just reading it, she's reading favorite entries over the phone to her friends.

- DSK

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My sistter gave me one of these:

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It is warm and toasty, and a sudden gust will not blow it off your head. Although were I to meet up with a motorcycle gang, I wouldn't fancy my chances.

Mrs. Bull gave me this. Very nice for cool sunny days.

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