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    Advanced and future boat building trends

    Wood and epoxy.
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    Suzanne Heywood and her Epically Misguided 70's Cruising Parents

    I just read "the boy who fell to shore" By Charles Doane. Another story about a cruising family gone bad, except that innocent people died. Very interesting and a little too close to home at times, but I highly recommend the book..
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    GGR 2022

    All I can think is that the serious testing came up with some results that you don't agree with.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    What about Monty's on the Cabolture river? I did my time there. Ate a bunch of mud crabs before finding out that it was the most polluted river in Australia. Had an extremely close call with a Brown snake and more close calls with some locals. great boat yard, but sailing away from there was...
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    GGR 2022

    Is this based on serious testing or just personal opinion?
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    Keeping our Multihulls shiny side Up!

    I'm looking forward to the response to this question. Also looking forward to seeing the long term safety of the Rapid series.
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    Wa'apa build - a few questions

    This guy is going to have more fun doing it his way. Just my opinion.
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    A really big franken-tri kit

    The rig seems like it could be worth investigation. Too big for what I'm doing, but good fore something.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    My favorite cruising boat was a Tornado beach cat. It took me to my "happy place" quicker than any of my other boats. Yes, It rained sometimes, but I had a great tent that went on the trampoline and had some great extended trips. When the wind died it was time to nap, when there was wind, the...
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    Wa'apa build - a few questions

    The Waapa is a well developed boat designed by Gary Dierking. They do go to windward with low-tech rigs, just as pacific proa's were going upwind very, very long before Columbus, both using low buoyancy ama's. High-tech is great, but may not provide the best quality of life...
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    Loss of S/V Raindancer (KP44)

    As Zonker said, a skeg is hard to make strong if molded with the hull. If the skeg is installed separately, it can be far stronger than a rudder hanging on a shaft. Skeg rudders obviously aren't the best at low speeds, but the skeg adds power to the rudder area at speed and the shaft can be...
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    'Triple Jack' rebuild...FU Irma!

    Hat's off to you guys. Something tells me it will all be worth it.
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    Food, fixes and notes from the casual coastal sailor.

    I often just push parts together when gluing with epoxy as well. It's suction more than gravity, but only works if the parts are flat. Graphite powder (linked to above) can be good for bearings, but makes a black mess when sanding that's hard to remove from wood before finishing. A dab of black...
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    Loss of S/V Raindancer (KP44)

    I've had so many close calls with whales (including a sperm whale) that I've come to think that they don't always know we are there.
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    Is it just me

    I don't know.
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    Choosing the right performance cruising cat for Uhuru.

    I don't agree with Wess all of the time, but this time I do. You people buying ugly Sunseeker-like condo cats should consider the negative effect you will have on the landscape and on the mood of people who are offended by your tastes. Buying things from China is also very questionable at this...
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    Is it just me

    Which proa where? Sorry Sidecar, I wasn't ignoring you, I just have no idea how to answer. one's an inshore boat and one's offshore. Neither had instruments when I sailed them and I'm not very scientific. Jzerro is really fast upwind, that's about all I know. Ryan has the answers about Jzerro.
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    Chasing Elegua

    I fully approve of that photo, but question the beer/water ratio.
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    There's a great used marine store in the port of PT, run by the Maritime center, but it's all donated gear. Great deals there!
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    TS5 capsize

    Something tells me it's not because you are a scairdy cat either. I'm a total pussy. That's how I get away with the things I do.

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