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  1. ChrisJD

    Where to deliver a boat to in Penobscot in August?

    Pretty self-explanatory: after last summer's storms meant we got a total of two actual sailing days in Maine proper (once you took away the trips up and down the coast, including picking our way down to Boston in order to beat the hurricane(s)), I'm going to have a friend deliver Pinniped up to...
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    Show me your blue boats!

    Of all the things I love about our boat, the color scheme has never been one of them; something about it seemed a bit too boy-racer to me.  Now it's time to redo our topsides paint and I'm looking for inspiration.  I'm a traditionalist and would go for Stars and Stripes with a gold cove stripe...
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    To trip line or not to trip line? That is the question

    Specifically in Maine, specifically when planning to anchor on a rocky substrate, all stuff we don't have to worry about in my neck of the woods but figuring I will up north. My plan had been to tie a length of nylon line to the anchor crown, run it through a block attacked to a float with our...
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    Washing dock lines

    Doing some pre-splash inventory checks yesterday, I noticed that our dock lines (Samson double-braided nylon, for what it's worth) are stiff as hell after four seasons.  Does anyone have any experience with or recommendations for washing them?  I've seen advice running the gamut from "Just throw...
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    West Marine line sale, Defender, etc. for buying new line

    I'm replacing the primary control lines (sheets, reefing lines, halyards, outhaul, etc.) this offseason, and have been waiting for West Marine's (I thought) annual rigging sale, but thought it would have happened by now based on past years.  I could also of course order from Defender, but I...
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    Where to install 4" instrument displays?

    This is finally the year that we're redoing our electronics from scratch: B&G Zeus 3s 9" chartplotter, radar, NMEA system, etc.  The only thing we're keeping is the existing Raymarine autopilot, which we installed three years ago, as the previous owner hadn't had one at all. Here's a shot...
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    iPad Pro waterproof case?

    I use a 3rd-gen iPad Pro 12.9” for work, and would like to be able to use it as an extra chart kit onboard, but need to feel safe with the risk of water intrusion.  (If I drop it overboard, that’s on me.). I’ve been looking online and it doesn’t appear that LifeProof makes any cases for the 3rd-...
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    Yacht management service?

    Probably the wrong crowd for this question (I'm a bit ashamed to ask it), but has anyone ever looked into a yacht management service for your boat?  A bunch of stuff got missed on our boat this spring, which is going to be an expensive and time-consuming project to remedy, and as much as I like...
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    Art on a boat?

    Feels a bit silly asking this in the midst of discussions of headstay trim and anchor rollers, but we have our eye on a painting that we'd like to hang on the salon bulkhead in our boat, and are wondering if anyone has any experience with how art holds up to that sort of environment.  The...
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    Pantaenius "restructured" me out of a policy

    Email this morning (all emphases in the original): Dear Mr. ChrisJD, Due to structural business changes of the lead insurer for your Pantaenius America Yacht Policy, it is not possible to renew your current policy and the policy will automatically expire on June 7, 2020. However, Pantaenius...
  11. ChrisJD

    Thoughts on proposed dink setup - E-Propulsion with Newport Vessels

    Have been doing a lot of thinking about a new tender for our boat; we've managed to avoid having one so far, but are now planning a week-long cruise around Buzzard's Bay/the Vineyard after Labor Day, which means launches will be running shorter hours or simply won't be running at all. Buying a...
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    Buying into a charter or fractional program

    I tried posting this on cruisersforum, and ended up getting lectured about how I shouldn't buy a boat, so I'm trying again here. Apologies in advance for the length: My wife and I have spent the last two summers as members in our local Sailtime franchise (my first time sailing since I was a...
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