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Search: Posts Made By: Bruce_L
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-01-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 992
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Looking for welding plans to build trailer

This is a great idea! As long as you have plenty of truck to haul the extra weight of all the extra steel involved. You could even incorporate lift eyes on the cradle and have the boatyard crane or...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-29-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 992
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Looking for welding plans to build trailer

Here's a good source. Boat Trailor Plans | Glen-L Boat Plans (

I used the Glen-L book to build a custom trailer for a 19 footer with a heavy full...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-15-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,922
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Deck core - what on earth am i doing wrong....

btw- i used a circular type blade to allow me to control the depth of my cut... couldnt do that with a jig saw blade as easy... masonry blade was also very thin, ate up very little of the fiberglass...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-14-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 536
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Stone Horse Launching

Your best solution is a trailer hitch extension. This lets you really sink the trailer deep to get the keel to float off. My extension gives me almost 17 more feet of tongue length. Also, if there...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-14-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,922
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Deck core - what on earth am i doing wrong....

Yep... and on a Bristol vessel too! A 19 foot Corinthian model. Deck was a spongey trampoline almost. Core was rotten from a previous owner installing a bow pulpit without sealant. Water came in...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 03-16-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 4,268
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

I play a Seagull S6 - cedar top and a nice sound too - traded for it about 15 yrs ago and it sat in the case in the closet forever because i couldnt play a thing. About 2 yrs ago, I started...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 03-13-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 318
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Hello from Dunedin, FL

I started out on a windsurfer and it did not take me long to figure out that I couldnt bring my friends, cooler or even a sleeping bag with me. But it was a great way to learn about how to read the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-12-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 782
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Smooth epoxy base for clear coat finish

My trick is to use a slow cure epoxy. Mix it in a cup and use a heat gun to convert it from a thick syrup into a liquid thats a lot more fluid like. Dump it out, spread it with a toss-away brush and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-12-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 638
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Un-stepping a mast

Excellent idea !!! I place a yardstick next to anything critical that I have to shoot w/ a close-up setting. Most freebie yardsticks are only in 1/8 in. increments and those tick marks are easy to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-09-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3,093
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Thug proofing

How about connecting the black-120v AC line from your shore power to the motor itself and then have a small dc motor mister (that is grounded) spray salt water off the transom. When they touch your...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 02-27-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 11,237
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Where should we retire with our boat?

Ever think about the USVI? St.Croix is not your typical tourist trap island and there is great sailing everywhere. Hurricanes are much worse on coastal US shores than in the USVI. Last bad storm...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 02-03-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Attwood Automatic Bilge Pump Switch

I fought the automatic switch battle a while myself...worst one was was a switch that would hang up and then run my pump dry and drain my main battery. I finally got to the point I decided I could...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-31-2014
Replies: 133
Views: 11,918
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

All I know is that I am at my marina often enough to notice I am the only guy on my pier that sails most of the time. I sail almost every weekend unless its some really terrible weather. I sailed 17...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-25-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 3,400
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Can a mainsail w/ a bolt rope foot be sailed loose footed?

I tried a loose foot setup for the first time ever last weekend. I always ran the bolt rope foot because thats how the guy I bought the boat from rigged the mainsail. I always dreaded sliding the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-19-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,597
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: R.I.P. Russell Johnson, The Professor.

I still cant figure out how he could make a transistor radio out of coconuts and sand but couldn't fix a simple broken plank on a beached fishing boat !!!
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-06-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,205
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Towing and trailer questions.

An extended tongue is the key to painless launch and retrieval...My keel is pretty deep and my trailer disappears on launch while my rear wheels on my F-150 are bone dry. My extension adds 16 feet...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-18-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 3,438
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Washington State - Sailing? Living?

Oh, how about growing up as a kid on St.Croix in the USVI and moving to central Mississippi to attend college after high school? I went from pleasant tropical days to insane heat and epic...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-14-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 3,438
Posted By Bruce_L
Washington State - Sailing? Living?

I am entertaining a move to Washington State... Coastal area for sure...

Curious about sailing conditions there year round...

Hear all this stuff about endless rainy days too...

Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 12-14-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 1,698
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Fairing Compounds, what do "you" use?

I use this stuff: System Three Quick Fair Fairing Compound

It is epoxy based, a must have for the task...

+ + + Works great, not too hard to sand down

+ + + End result is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-25-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 1,523
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Thinking about a new project

No motor is a plus actually, unless of course a new one in the box was part of the deal. If the boat was not in pristine condition when you got it, I doubt the motor would be. Used outboards can be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-24-2013
Replies: 59
Views: 3,224
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: How often do you visit your boat during winter layup?

Unless it is raining hard for days, I go every weekend. Don't always get to sail due to high winds or rough seas. Today its blowing at 23kts gusting to 30. Pointless to go out and get beat up on a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-20-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 932
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: Precision Sail Loft... Any advice about vendor?

Thanks for the lead on Intensity...their prices are as good as used sails.

Will consider them for sure.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-17-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 932
Posted By Bruce_L
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-17-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 932
Posted By Bruce_L
Precision Sail Loft... Any advice about vendor?

Does anyone have any feedback about a company called Precision Sail Loft?

Positive or Negative... I want to get an idea of how well their products and customer service is.

I am in the market...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-20-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 641
Posted By Bruce_L
Re: In Search of Custom Sailmaker

Does anyone have any experience dealing with Mack sails?
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