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    Roly Tasker sails

    Rather as I suspected, thanks. The lady agent here is what, in another incarnation, would have been called a 'babe'. I have it in mind she knows her stuff, so I'll go quiz her on fabric options. You're 'the man', Zonker.
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    Roly Tasker sails

    Having managed to extract just one of three sails ordered almost 12 months ago from a prominent UK sailmaker, tomorrow at the Southampton Boat Show I expect to speak with the Roly Tasker UK agent about 2 x furling headsails. Anything I should know about their quality of build and Value For...
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    torn down capt dick's aka anchorage sailing club in dinner key

    'a bit after spencer M got the old santana boat yard....' That wouldn't be Spencer Merz, of Brookline, MA in Nota's #2 above, would it? He was involved with multihull builders, sailors and tris - Walt Greene, Phil Weld and 'Moxie', and some of the French OSTAR types - and saw out his days...
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    Which soft shackles are in vogue?

    A cheaper but effective alternative to an LFR is to use a pair of smallish stainless rings side-by-side. That solves any D:d concerns. As for my pictured red 'softee shackle' with antichafe tubing.... that's to join one arm of a JSD to the boat. There's another on t'other side. The two arms are...
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    Which soft shackles are in vogue?

    What d'you guys reckon to this, in 11mm Dyneema...? I'll use 'removable cable ties' to ensure the loop doesn't open.
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    Beefing up the insides for JSD

    You're the man! Will do.... B)
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    Beefing up the insides for JSD

    Yes, thank you, 'Z'.  I already have a 2' square plastic-covered 'table' I made up which clamps into a 'Workmate' portable bench ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtdblY_ChV8 ), which I've used effectively for smaller jobs. I think I'll make up a larger table to fit across the cockpit, rimmed...
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    Beefing up the insides for JSD

    I've caught myself reading chapters of the Machinery's Handbook 27th Edition during the last Lockdown. That syndrome probably has a name.....
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    Beefing up the insides for JSD

    I'll do 'zackly that, thanks, Zonker. You're a star! ( You don't do 'housecalls', do you? :rolleyes: ) I'll also grab a couple of those IR heat-lamps used in pig hatcheries/incubators to keep me warm while the glue goes off.
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    Beefing up the insides for JSD

    I've followed up on Evans' helpful pointer to FLiNK Ltd, and had a lengthy 'consult' with Julian S. their top specialist. He certainly has the background and the 'hands on'.... or pro CV.... and understood exactly the objectives and the constraints. He endorsed much of what was raised here/above...
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    Time and place for everything...

    Of course there is. Discussion of the periods for Max and Min Ice in the deep Southern Ocean tend to obscure the need for such discussion closer to home. I'm thinking of singlehanders - 'Jesters' - considering the Jester Atlantic Challenge next year. Here's one seasoned commentator raising the...
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    Beefing up the insides for JSD

    I haven't gone away. I'm listening hard.... ....and reading hard, too. And please don't worry about Imperial Measures - I'm bilingual, and drink local beer in pints! One supplier of GFRP product is  East Coast Fibreglass UK E-Glass Quad S-Glass Carbon
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    Beefing up the insides for JSD

    Damn! Back to the drawing board.... :angry:
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    3d printing Ti?

    The 'arboriculture'/'commercial rigging' industry has come up with some devices of interest. Here's one. There's a US manu doing something similar. Then there are the excellent DMM shrouded thimbles...  
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    Beefing up the insides for JSD

    I'm grateful again to 'Zonker'. Substituting for my 4 BUMAX88 bolts, I note ~18608kg/40937lbf, which should be 'quite sufficient'. I hope.... "Minimum specification for BUMAX 88 is a tensile strength of min. 800 MPa and a yield strength of min. 640 MPa. However, in reality BUMAX 88 counter-sunk...
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