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  1. CaptainAhab

    HobieOne with Laser rigging

    Weather helm is mostly caused by not sailing flat. The more the boat heels the worse the rudder performs. Other than using the controls to depower the rig to the point that the hull is not heeling, there is nothing those controls will do to improve weather helm. The hiking strap is the solution...
  2. CaptainAhab

    HobieOne with Laser rigging

    12kts is nothing. The dinghys were all designed to sail well in 10-12kts. The Laser was designed for under 10kt Canadian lake sailing. That is why it is overpowered at 17kts. It's not about working well in your boat. I'm concerned about you ripping the deck/mast step off. I had it happen to one...
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    HobieOne with Laser rigging

    The full Laser rig has a fair amount of force. I'm very very surprised that the Hobie(68ft2) has such a large sail compared to the Laser full(76ft2), Laser radial(62ft2) & Byte (58ft2) I sailed one of the Hobie's a few times when I was a kid. I don't recall it being very fast. Just looking at...
  4. CaptainAhab

    Re-gluing seam in Corian galley top

    Bull shit It's common to glue up acrylic countertops and set them on silicone. The seams should never open up. I've been in the cabinetmaking game for 30 years, I haven't seen a failure like that. I suspect it was bonded together with West System epoxy or the like. Not the proper acrylic...
  5. CaptainAhab

    Sunfish Porn

    I've always thought of the Sunfish as the adult Opti.
  6. CaptainAhab

    Why windward middle and top tell-tales stream up at jib?

    This all depends on what mode you want sail. Pointing or footing. Horizontal when footing(speed). More vertical when pointing(almost luffing). The difference top to bottom is combination of the straight line of the luff, cut of the sail, angle of attack. The major variable is apparent wind...
  7. CaptainAhab

    "Marine Grade"

    I agree. I was simply pointing out that there are 300 series (austenitic) stainless in the wild that does rust. The typical brand is Zenith. Read the labels.
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    How to deal with old sunburned epoxy repairs?

    What other option would there be? Bonding with epoxy to an obviously damaged area would be stupid. You need to do prep work regardless. The resin is burnt out of the fabric. At the least, you need to grind off that top layer of glass and replace with more. There is no easy way jout. No one is...
  9. CaptainAhab

    Drilling Rubber

    Buy a regular piece of tygon tubing(clear vinyl). Put one slit in it. It's got about an 1/8" wall thickness
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    "Marine Grade"

    About 6 or 7 years ago in AU we started getting 302 stainless construction(decking, self tappers, batten screws). They are magnetic and rust very quickly in our seaside area. Interestingly, there is no rhyme or reason. It's not just the brand(one in particular), it's the sizes. If you are buying...
  11. CaptainAhab

    To Hurricane or not to Hurricane 2022...

    The Global weather has obviously been rather fucked this year. The heat waves in the Artic, Europe & Middle East. Yellowstone. Floods/heavy rains in Eastern AU(checkout the Sydney annual rain total with 4 months to go). Point being. With that amount of divergence the number of Atlantic...
  12. CaptainAhab

    Rudder glass repair

    I will defend the Gougeon Brothers. I dislike West System epoxy. Its a high blush, very amber, pain in the ass 5:1 ratio that is the wrong viscosity for almost everything. It would be better if it were thinner for fibreglass, better if its thicker for wood. There are other brands of epoxy I prefer.
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    Rudder glass repair

    The Gougeon Brothers have done more to advance the science & art of composite(wood/ply/glass/carbon/epoxy/poly/foam) than any other manufacturer or player in the composites industry. When it's said they wrote the book, it's true. They did it to sell epoxy, but also to share techniques that they...
  14. CaptainAhab

    HobieOne with Laser rigging

    3m Perfect-it is the Auto version of the Marine 3m Finesse-it. You know which costs less. I've been sailing Lasers for 30 years. I've sailed one of the Hobie's in light air on a lake about 20 years ago. There is no way I would put a full rig sail on the Hobie.
  15. CaptainAhab

    Untinted vs White Gelcoat Anarchy

    Matching gelcoat is a real pain. If you can remove a seat and take it to a fibreglass shop that will match it you will be miles ahead. My local guy can do it by eye in a few minutes and charges me $25 to tint a litre. You can spend hours yourself mixing little batches that never look good.
  16. CaptainAhab

    Open Cell Foam for Cockpit Cushions

    You need to go full race mode. CoreCell makes non absorbent high load cushions. You can carve personalized details into it as well. If you like stiffer cushions, skin them with glass before adding the cover.
  17. CaptainAhab

    The return of IOR

    You are not familiar with the IOR Rule or boats. This ride was built in the last 15 years.
  18. CaptainAhab

    Working around "Karens"

    Fuck no. I'm your neighbor that started framing his house at 6am when it was going to be 40C(104F) by noon. It's legal in AU for the tradies to make some noise at 7am. It wasn't that bad, we didn't turn on the compressor until 6:30.
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    Working around "Karens"

    I take a different route with a Karen. Start off at nuclear levels and deescalate to appease her. For instance: if you are one of those yahoos that like to burn brush in your yard for the fun of it. Start of by burning a tire or two. After she loses her mind, tell her you will only burn brush on...
  20. CaptainAhab

    How to repair failing paint & fairing compound

    1/4" electric die grinder. Buy the lowest cost good one like a Makita or yellow or red($100). Do not buy a cheap generic one(They don't include the bearings).  The die grinders work great with carbide burrs, flap wheels, small sandpaper drums. They also have small screw on sandpaper discs(2")...