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    a rules question; a silly one maybe

    Just a minor technicality - I don't believe that a competitor can 'dsq himself'; only a protest committee can do that. He can inform the race committee that he is withdrawing. That might make a difference since many races record DSQs from the protest committee as DNEs, whereas a withdrawal might...
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    J105 cruising

    We did have some problems anchoring our J105. On several occasions it liked to sneakily drift over its anchor line. Waking up the next morning after anchoring overnight and wondering why all the other boats were facing the wrong direction. Uh-oh, it's not them, it's us. On another occasion...
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    Why am I now getting emails every day from SA?

    If you use the link from ProaSailor above, after you've unchecked the email preferences boxes don't forget to scroll all the way down and hit the 'SAVE' button.
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    Mast stepping/unstepping

    As for the disconnects for the electronics and VHF antenna, on a deck-stepped mast there's a good chance they are inside the stick right at the base. That's just where they were on my '84 Cal 27. To reach them, make sure when you start to lift the mast off the deck, you only go up a few inches...
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    Did you know winches need to be maintained? It's true! Shocking, I know. WTB Comprehensive list of maintenance.

    Winch maintenance was both my, and my wife's, favorite springtime boat work activity. It was at once both mechanically satisfying (wow - we can actually disassemble and re-assemble this intricate piece of machinery!), and rewarding - nothing like the sound of a smoothly rotating well- lubed...
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    J/105 bow roller fitting

    I'm guessing he means 'chocks'.
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    Bottom Paint removal?

    If you're committed to chemical stripping, the trick is to get the timing right for how long to let it sit before scraping it off - too short and you'll be going back over the same area several more times; too long and the stripper will dry and nothing will come off. I did the whole bottom on my...
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    J 105 Halyard

    For what it's worth, a short length of bicycle chain makes a great weight for your messenger line when feeding a new halyard. It's flexible - easily sliding over the sheave - and it's also magnetic - easy to pull out the exit hole with a magnet. The last two times I've had to use this, the bike...
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    Rules Question - Shortening the Race

    There is nothing that I can see in Rule 32 that does not allow an RC to shorten the course so that boats finish on the leg they are currently sailing. However, Rule 32 does say that the RC can not shorten the course after the first boat has crossed the (new) finishing line, which appears to have...
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    Overheating yanmar 2gm

    I had a similar problem with a 1GM years ago. After replacing impeller, thermostat, etc., and not curing the issue, it occurred to me to look for the simple explanation. Took the intake hose off the raw water intake seacock and opened it - no water flow. Check that raw water intake for an...
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    Another Awlgrip touch-up question

    For what it's worth, this Alerion is most likely from TPI/Pearson Composites, and when we ordered our 2000 J/105 from them, they were very strongly recommending only paint for colored hulls rather than colored gel coat.
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    Front Page Mac 26 3ksb

    Correct.  The front one is a Venture 22 or maybe a Venture 25 (made by MacGregor). My first boat - frustrating as hell with that swing keel whose winch wire would 'sing' at speed and that pop-top that managed to leak on you wherever you were down below - but a fun intro to sailing that just...
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    Rules Question for Start

    No - see the definition of 'start' in the RRS: "A boat starts when, having been entirely on the pre-start side of the starting line at or after her starting signal,...". Edited to say this assumes you're referring to the actual starting signal.
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    Another rules question

    So, although no one has said it specifically, it should be clear that you did have an obligation to retire since there was damage.
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    Race Committee screw ups

    Oh my - where to begin... - for a day race planned to last 3-4 hrs back in the time of only using government marks, picking a course with no upwind leg and then wondering why everyone was finishing so fast. - inadvertently mixing up the order of division starts. - accepting a last minute...
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    Rules Question??

    Protest who? You can't protest the RC, you can only ask for redress. But, having experienced this once when serving as RC, can a boat protest another boat for being OCS if the RC did not call them OCS?
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    A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma......

    In the world of parliamentary law that most organizations use (Robert's Rules of Order), adjourned means the same as closed, and ended, and ceased, etc. What you might be looking for is a separate motion called fix the time to which to adjourn, which establishes a continuing meeting.
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    Need clarification of Rule 18

    I don't think so. Check the definition of overlap. It looks to me as if the overlap was established long before the port boat gybed.
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    Lewmar Vs Spinlock line Clutch

    Are you absolutely certain that your halyards are slipping in the sheet stoppers rather than stretching? A 40-50 ft halyard that is not an ULS line can stretch noticeably when under tension.
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    Block Island Race Week 2015 - 50th Anniversary

    Good news on launch service and the dinghy dock, but what about The Oar???