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    Small diesel manufacturers

    A chum is going to repower a 25’ sailboat. Which makers of 12-15 HP diesels should we look at? We’re in Massachusetts.
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    Sourcing recycled keel

    During the Covid confinement, I built myself a 22’ daysailer based on Joel White’s Fox Island Class design. [PIC] The design called for a 950 lb. lead fin keel. I had no interest in the aggravation, danger or cost of casting a keel or paying someone to do so. Instead, I recycled the keel of...
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    Sourcing recycled keel

    During the Covid confinement, I built myself a 22’ daysailer based on Joel White’s Fox Island Class design. [PIC] The design called for a 950 lb. lead fin keel. I had no interest in the aggravation, danger or cost of casting a keel or paying someone to do so. Instead, I recycled the keel of...
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    Panel material for overhead?

    I vaguely remember someone using some kind of flexible plastic sheet for overhead, i.e.the deck’s underside.  What material was it?
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    What paint for dinghy?

    I’m rehabbing a twin of this dinghy. Aside from some recent epoxy&glass patches, it’s original gelcoat.  and haven’t decided what finish it should have. Most of my dinghies get knocked around a lot, so annual painting was needed regardless. That means a coat of Kirby’s. THis one is...
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    Cabin Sole replacement

    I’m replacing the main cabin sole on my Alerion Express 28.  The original is 1/2” ‘teak & holly’ plywood and I’ve bought a sheet of same.  The two removable sections of the original sole are secured to the floors by small elbow catches on the underside. They’re accessed through 1” ID...
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    Barnacle solvent?

    One of the small boats got left in the water too long without antifouling. We scraped off most of the wildlife but still have the remnants of the barnacles. They can be sanded off, but that removes a lot of paint. I remember there were acids that dissolve them but can’t remember product names.
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    Sailboard radar reflective?

    How to make a sailboard mast radar reflective?  Fill with wads of aluminum foil?  
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    Source for carbon yarn?

    Where can I get  very small quantity of 50K carbon tow (yarn)?  I want to try fabricating some small hardware.
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    Pettit EZ-Poxy Performance Enhancer Additive

      Pettit sells a performance enhancer additive for EZ-Poxy. Has anyone evaluated it?
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    Access panels for buoyancy tank

    I’m building a 22’ daysailer with a fin ballast keel.  It’ll have buoyancy tanks in the ends.   PLanning on using one of the plastic access panels such as Beckson, Bomar, Tempress...  in the bulkhead.   Which brand do we like?
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    Weather resistant masking tape

    What masking tape will tolerate a couple of weeks of sun and rain and still be removable?
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    G10 for chainplates?

    In a new build of a small daysailer, I’m contemplating using G10 for chainplates and other anchors for rigging loads.   The published tensile strength is about 40,000 PSI, about half that of stainless, so they’d be bulkier, but bonding into structure could be cleaner. Ideas?  Alternatives?
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    PEX tube conduits for control lines?

    Bike brakes, motor controls, and outboard steerers use flexible conduits for cables. How about using PEX tube for routing lightly loaded control lines?
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    Access panels for floatation tanks

    I’m looking for access panels for flotation tanks.   Maybe 1-1/2 or 2 ft^2, won’t be walked on or otherwise assaulted, able to withstand hydrostatic head of  2’ in both directions, preferably hinged versus loose. Recommendations?
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    Picking a J/24 as organ donor

    I’m designing a daysailer which will use the keel and rig of a retired j/24.  I have a number to choose from.  Other than the condition of the components, are there reasons I should pick any age, color, etc.?
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    Refreshing scuffed Awlgrip clear coat

    My topsides are blue Awlgrip with a clear top coat.  The top coat is scuffed, but not back to the blue.  An Awlgrip tech rep says that the right way is to give it the ‘full Monte’ refinishing, from primer up.  That’s not in the budget. Can I give it a full #320 sanding and roll&tip a coat...
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    Recommend a ratchet crimper

    ... for boat wiring.
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    Bulkhead clips for short ladder

    I'm going to make a two-step wood companionway ladder.  The bottom of the stringers will rest on the cabin sole and the top will lean against a vertical motor box panel. I need some kind of hardware to secure the ladder top to  the vertical panel. Suggestions?
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    Moisture meter for boat and cabinet shop use?

    Is there a moisture meter that is suitable for sleuthing wet cores and cabinet shop use?
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