Spring Is Coming

bgytr

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I'm gratified to hear that I'm not the only person who replaces the rigging piecemeal instead of all at once.
Ya my rigger suggested doing the lowers first as those are most likely to fail first.  So I did the lowers, headstay, babystay, and jib furler winter before last, then the intermidiates and uppers this past winter.  Backstay upcoming.

 

bgytr

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Ah, ok. Your boat is well suited to the nooks and crannies around here. An 11' foot draft with the board down...wow!
Ya it's a good Chesapeake boat.  Can be tricky upwind with the board down in spots tho.  You on the Bay too?

 

Prairie Boater

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I have used straight beeswax on our prop, however we drywall our boat so it has never been in the water long enough at one time to grow anything.  It is easy to do and doesn't cost much.

 

Iain A

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You're already in the shit with that bolded statement.  :lol:    

Being in lockdown just takes away any pretenses. You get tested every 48hrs if you want to go anywhere in the city. You also need a green health code and travel code. I can't get the travel code because I don't have a local phone. Testing positive means a trip to COVID camp if you don't have a Shanghai residence.  Not many here on a business visa.  Actually 20 of 29 staff are on lock down. My entire facility in SZ is on lockdown and I can't get any of the candidates I need to interview into the city nor can I visit most of the facilities I need to see as the district they are in is locked down. In all, this was a silly trip as I predicted before I left.  The city is a ghost town. 

Still, can't lockdown the ice cream. 

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Bull City

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I'd worry about putting melted wax on a plastic prop tho..
I've got some Zog's and Mrs. Palmer's tropical; they practically melt in the summer sun. I've also got a folding prop on order; it's NAB.

BTW, I like your boat.

What is "bgytr" anyway?

 
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Hukilau

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I've had surprisingly good results with Petit zinc prop spray even in the Chesapeake's warm water. It lasts a solid year if properly applied.
I think the Petit spray is pretty much the same thing as the galvanizing zinc spray paint you can get at the hardware store, except the hardware store price is about $8, and the Petit is about $40.  I looked up SDS for each, and the percentage of zinc was the same in both. I bought a can from Amazon, and applied to my prop as per the instructions (three coats, with something like an hour between coats) before splashing last spring.  Maybe one barnacle on the shaft and prop at the end of the season.  I call that a big win.

 

Ajax

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I think the Petit spray is pretty much the same thing as the galvanizing zinc spray paint you can get at the hardware store, except the hardware store price is about $8, and the Petit is about $40.  I looked up SDS for each, and the percentage of zinc was the same in both. I bought a can from Amazon, and applied to my prop as per the instructions (three coats, with something like an hour between coats) before splashing last spring.  Maybe one barnacle on the shaft and prop at the end of the season.  I call that a big win.
Excellent.

 

T sailor

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Looking good bgytr!  I am 2 weeks out from splashing.  Lots to do still do but I feel like my master list is getting smaller…. 
 

Ajax, what marina are you at?  

 

slug zitski

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Spring is coming.

Word of the day: rasputitsa” (Russian: распу́тица).

Rasputitsa” is a Russian term for two seasons of the year, spring and autumn, when travel on unpaved roads or across country becomes difficult, owing to muddy conditions from rain or melting snow. "Rasputitsa" also refers to road conditions during both periods. (Napoleon’s and Hitler’s invasions of Russia were heavily influenced by weather conditions - the Nazi advance especially got bogged down by “rasputitsa”.)

A fascinating Twitter thread today on why the huge Russian military convoy currently  approaching Kyiv has been halted.  A former US Army truck maintenance and tire specialist (it’s a thing, seriously) briefly explains the tire-related maintenance/breakdown issues the massive Russian Army appears to be facing.  Actually, a quite interesting read. Incredible - I love the Internet!

https://mobile.twitter.com/TrentTelenko/status/1499164245250002944

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It was a Interesting conversation 

of particular interest was his statement ….Russian vehicles parked too long in storage , compared  to American vehicles that are engaged is constant war and have a more rigorous maintence cycle

 
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bgytr

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I've got some Zog's and Mrs. Palmer's tropical; they practically melt in the summer sun. I've also got a folding prop on order; it's NAB.

BTW, I like your boat.

What is "bgytr" anyway?
bgytr.. random letters, nothing more or less.

Sounds like I might try that zinc spray next time per Hukilau's comment.  I'm guessing the surf wax  will wear off pretty quick, but figured wtf, see what happens.

 

bgytr

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I'm in the middle of replacing my standing rigging and gooseneck. I don't know the age. Might be 1996. Might be 2006. 

I'd love to fix my old awlgrip, but not in the budget this year. It's passable at 10'.
10 feet is better than mine!

 
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