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  1. MiddayGun

    Adding thickness to a thin laminate edge

    The cover that goes across the aft end of my cockpit is getting some TLC this winter. New non skid on the top and some fresh gelcoat for the sides & edges. But the edges are really thin, they've already split and cracked in a few places, and I'd like to add some more material to stiffen the...
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    The future of diesel inboards in an all electric future

    So I was reading an article today about the upcoming bans on combustion engines in new cars and it got me thinking about inboards. The EU are saying all new sales must be electric from 2035, the UK before that at 2030. Now this doesn't apply to boats yet (as far as I'm aware), but it can't be...
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    Glassing inside radius stiffeners - getting the glass to lay flat

    Does anyone have any tips for getting bi-axial cloth to lay flat when glassing inside hull top hat stiffeners?  The initial layer of CSM lays down nicely as the binder dissolves, but I find that because of the curvature of the hull, the cloth tends to bunch up at the top of the stiffener and...
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    Class 30 - New One Design

    So this just popped up on my Instagram from the RORC, and I don't remember any threads on it just yet.  Apparently its a new 30 foot one design from the boards of the VPLP and a joint project between the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and the Storm...
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    Anyone got any experience with the Garmin GNX 21?

    Looking for a couple of displays to go on my mast, don't need the big wide ones as as he's a small boat.  Quite like the look of the Garmin GNX 21 https://www.garmin.com/en-GB/p/145989 Anyone had any experience with these?  The rest of my displays are B&G Triton, but at £550 for a...
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    Good LED Tri-Colour / Anchor Light

    Does anyone have any recommendation on a good LED tri-colour light?  Anchor light built in would be nice, but entirely optional. Previously I just had one of these with an LED bulb in, but it's been damaged in the yard & needs replacing, plus the wiring is a pain because its switched on...
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    Best bush material for Pintles & Gudgeons?

    I have a transom hung rudder on my boat, when I first bough her there was a fair bit of play in the rudder, noticeable when shifting between pushing & pulling.  I had a local guy bush them, I think he used some kind of Bronze alloy, which worked for a few years, but now I'm starting to...
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    Hand laminating foam core panels - any tips?

    Q for the resin experts. I want to laminate some foam core panels to replace some locker partitions and settee backs in the saloon bunks that I've had to cut access through in the boat.  For some of the bits, it will be easier to make them outside of the boat & then glass them in place...
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    Hanse 418 - Glued in Keel grid repair (vid)

    So we've all seen videos of inexperienced couples trying to repair the structural floor pans that are all the rage in cheaper production builders today.  Well I actually just stumbled across this video of a professional repair being done at a yard in Stockholm.  I've not finished it yet so...
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    How would you build these?

    A part of my outboard chain-plate project was that I had to rip out a lot of the existing cabin interior on my MGC.  While I've rebuilt the saloon backs & shelf a long while ago, I need to build some storage lockers under the deckhead. I've been scratching my head about the best way to go...
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    Tips for glassing in a GRP tube.

    I'm finally getting around to fixing my cockpit drains, I had a topic on this a while back.  I'll be glassing a piece of angled tube from the aft corner of the cockpit through to an existing pocket in the transom, this is to replace the existing POS setup that uses what appears to be a sink...
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    Bonding Acyrlic port lights to a painted boat - good idea?

    I'm helping someone out with a cabin window / port light replacement project, their frames are completely shot & basically scrap so they're going with acrylic directly onto the side of the coachroof. The modern way seems to be to bond them on using a modern structural silicone or 3m VHB...
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    Who knows their alternator wiring? Wiring an external reg.

    I've got a WS500 external regulator that I've had knocking about for around a year & I've decided its time to fit it. I'm hoping someone here is better with alternator wiring that me. The alternator its going on is currently internally regulated, its an N-Type, so the regulator sits...
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    Lightweight Interior Construction Ideas

    I'm looking to build some new shelving and cupboards in my saloon for a bit more stowage, and while I could just knock it up out of plywood, I'd like to try and save some weight if at all possible and try and come up with something a bit lighter than 12mm plywood all around. Here's a rough idea...
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    Cockpit Drain Anarchy

    My cockpit drains have always been a bit rubbish, they aren't especially big (and I've fairly large cockpit), and they've always been prone to blocking up regularly, one glance at the design shows why. Its almost like they went out of their way to make the water follow a tortuous path, the...
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    Mast foot repair - Need overkill layup schedule

    As some of you who already read my other post may know, I'm re-rigging my boat. Its a thankless task that I'll never make back in resale value, but that's boats. Anyway, so the new mast necessitates new mast base, so as that turned up I unbolted the old mast compression post from the deck...
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    Non Skid that works & doesn't look crap?

    What's the best way to get a professional looking non skid deck that will last a while & is easy to keep clean? Don't mind hard work or spending money on good materials. No KiwiGrip recommendations please, I used it on my last boat & didn't like it, pretty grippy but it was a...
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    B&G NAC-2 - No rudder feedback sensor

    Anyone using a B&G NAC-2 Autopilot without a rudder feedback sensor?  Looking at the manual it seems it supports virtual rudder feedback, just wondering if anyone has any idea of how much if at all the autopilot performance will be compromised? Currently have a Pelagic which works well...
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    Increasing spreader length and adding sweeping aft - Anyone done it?

    I'm thinking of increasing the 'sweep' on my spreaders as well as lengthening them to move the shrouds outboard and I'm looking for some input from people that have made some big rig modifications to their boat, or understand what they're about when it comes to rig dynamics. So this is purely...
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    Slipping Spinlock XA Clutches - Worth fixing?

    Got these museum pieces fitted on my coachroof.  Since I'm already resigned to the fact I'll never be a rich man as long as I own a boat its time to repair or replace.  Right now I've got 10mm halyards in covered dyneema, no idea what type, the PO fitted them.  Problem is they slip quite a...
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