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  1. 2airishuman

    The prevalence of negative experiences among the broader boating public

    So, sure, humblebrag coming, fuck you. I recall from my childhood that my relatives had generally unsatisfactory experiences with boats, in that they deployed great lashings of time and money and thought to get the Right Boat For Them and followed the Prescribed Maintenance Procedures and still...
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    Wood heat

    We are shopping for boats, with the short list including 37'-38' models from the 1990s from Tartan, Sabre, and maybe Catalina. We will have a slip in either Bayfield or the Duluth area (on Lake Superior). Cabin heat is a necessity in that area. Generally, heat pumps (aka reverse-cycle A/C)...
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    Furlboom

    I am thinking of making an offer on a boat that is equipped with a 10 year old Furlboom. The mainsail is also 10 years old, having been replaced when the boom was fitted and not since. Should I: Be happy that the boat has a convenient sail handling system Look for a different boat Plan on...
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    Shock cord sizes

    I work with mail-order chandleries, and nowhere has that been more frustrating than in trying to purchase the correct size of shock cord and accessories. I offer herewith those things I have learned, for the benefit of anyone who needs the info, and so that any mistakes and gaps can be...
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    SkiSafe insurance

    My 4ksbs were insured through State Farm; for my next boat I want insurance from an outfit that actually pays their claims. Poster child is a 1999 Tartan 3800, I'll probably end up with something of that size and vintage. Local insurance agent would like to write through SkiSafe. Premium...
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    Boating and sailing vocabulary in Spanish and French

    I already speak some Spanish and am learning French for ease of travel.  I may also learn Cockney Rhyming Slang so that I can visit Dylan, but that's a topic for another thread. Does anyone have a list or a reference with some vocabulary lists for boating and sailing related terms?  Any of the...
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    Sprit rig brail line - worth it? best way to rig?

    Question regarding the sprit rig for my dinghy.  I am hoping to embrace sail as my preferred means of dinghy propulsion.  With that in mind, it is of vital importance that I be able to sail to and from boats and docks.  Proper prepositions are important -- I want to sail "to" and not "into." My...
  8. 2airishuman

    Beach chairs and umbrellas

    It took a large application of google-fu but I was able to find a beach umbrella that is light, easy to stow, and doesn't suck.  It got here yesterday and I like it.  The two main innovations are that it's aluminum rather than steel, and has arms that collapse so that the overall length is just...
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    Lashings and small stuff

    I am wondering what you all do for miscellaneous lashings and tiedowns, and other situations calling for short pieces of smaller cordage.  Both in terms of materials of choice, and technique (knots and more technical lashings). I find that I am typically using either: cutoffs from 5/16"...
  10. 2airishuman

    Duck punt build

    Recently I've become a member of the local makerspace.  They have all the woodworking machinery that I wish I had but for a lack of space, funds, and 3-phase electricity.  Big table saw, band saws, jointers, planers, shapers, surface sander, and little stuff that's handy like a drum sander and a...
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    Catalina 42

    We are close to starting to do some serious boat shopping.  We will be based in western Lake Superior (Duluth, Superior, or Bayfield) and cruising the Apostle Islands and the north shore when we can get away for a while and just going out for daysails and weekends when we can't.  We would like...
  12. 2airishuman

    Motors for displacement dinghies: electric & gas

    The received wisdom is that even for those who prefer to row a dinghy there are situations where a motor is necessary or at least welcome.  The two situations I've heard cited are heavy weather where rowing is exhausting and multiple trips over longer distances ferrying people/stuff particularly...
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    Chameleon dinghy build

    I have started building a Chameleon dinghy from Danny Greene's plans.  I've only been able to find a few build narratives -- there's a youtube video of a poorly executed build, and some blog posts out there that are a little better.  Rather than just focus on the steps themselves, I want to...
  14. 2airishuman

    Acutal use of celestial navigation prior to the GPS era

    It's January in Minnesota, my (current) boat is for sale.  I'm learning celestial navigation, partly as a mental challenge, and partly as a way to understand history.  I find it interesting: the math is easy but the arithmetic is hard. Reading through some older tutorials and, especially...
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    Setting up cruising boats for upwind performance

    The majority of cruising boats out there have poor sailing performance on a beat.  While design and blown-out sails play a role, from what I see the culprit more often is windage and weight.. Most cruisers would rather have radar, beaucoup solar panels, a big dinghy on davits, outboard on the...
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    Dyneema school

    Realizing that some of the pioneers in using Dyneema lines post here... ...Is there a book, article series, or other reference that summarizes the accumulated knowledge on the use of Dyneema for sailing? when to use Dyneema, when to use something else splicing technique loops, soft...
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    Extra lines for kedging, towing, shore ties, swim lines, etc.

    I am selling my 26' Hunter with the idea of getting something 36-38'.  We will be on Lake Superior and anticipate visiting some remote portions of the shoreline with possible trips or rebasing to someplace warm. On the H26 I didn't really have any "spare" line aboard.  In addition to the usual...
  18. 2airishuman

    G70 chain

    On paper, G70 chain offers considerable weight savings and makes an all-chain rode more palatable.  While it cannot be regalvanized, the cost savings obtainable by regalvanizing anchor chain are not as considerable as once once the case.  Cost is about the same as G43 chain one size larger...
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    New hoistable anchor lights: Sofrin BLF LT1 and Lumentop CL2

    The last few years have brought us a good deal of innovation and falling prices in the flashlight market, and this has spilled over into related categories.  Two hoistable, water resistant, battery powered, all-around LED lanterns have come on the market in the last year or so for under $100...
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    Cruising Electronics Design Brief of the Week #2: Shore power high-temperature shutoff

    Shore power inlet connections that overheat due to progressive deterioration of the connector contacts are a common, ongoing source of boat fires that have led to more than a few lives lost and countless millions of dollars of damage. The only recent innovation in this area is the SmartPlug...
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