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Search: Posts Made By: heinzir
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-21-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,517
Posted By heinzir
Re: My new sailboat, El Toro?

You got lucky. I had to pay $99 for mine. It came with everything but the sail. National Sail Supply made a brand new sail for me for less than I was able to find any used ones. The quality is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-31-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,686
Posted By heinzir
Re: Hard dinghy rubrail ideas?

I covered foam pool noodles with Sunbrella fabric, attaching the fabric to the noodles with contact cement. The split noodles slip over the gunwales of my El Toro dinghy and are kept from slipping...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-29-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 371
Posted By heinzir
Re: Suncor Integrated Turnbuckle/mechanical fitting

I like the concept but would not use these for two reasons:
1. The turnbuckle fork does not have an integrated toggle
2. Closed body turnbuckles do not let you see how much thread is left for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-11-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,350
Posted By heinzir
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-24-2013
Replies: 1,169
Views: 376,660
Posted By heinzir
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Here's another super low buck "project" for trailerable boats. Slit some 12" or 18" pool noodles and slip one over each shroud and turnbuckle. Use tape to keep the slits closed. The noodles will...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-24-2013
Replies: 1,169
Views: 376,660
Posted By heinzir
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Might help a little but I chose to glue the finished noodles directly to the dinghy gunwales top and bottom.

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Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-27-2013
Replies: 1,169
Views: 376,660
Posted By heinzir
Talking Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Why noodles instead of pipe insulation? Because I like Big Uns! :-)
The new pool noodles are available in 3" dia. They will also add a bit of flotation. This old fiberglass has no flotation...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-14-2013
Replies: 1,169
Views: 376,660
Posted By heinzir
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I am in the process of wrapping large (3" dia) foam noodles with Sunbrella for my dinghy rub rail. I am using contact cement to attach the fabric to the noodles. I slit the noodles lengthwise and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-12-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 5,947
Posted By heinzir
Re: Cool, soft way of attaching jib sheets

A cow hitch is fine if the sheet does not need to be removed/attached quickly and easily. You may want to use the same sheets for several different sails, in which case a soft attachment that is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-21-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 3,830
Posted By heinzir
Re: Sailrite LS-1 or LSZ-1?

FWIW, I just bought a new LSZ1 on ebay for $758, shipping included. I ordered it Monday, it arrived via FedEx on Wednesday. It is a brand new unit in the original unopened box, with case, thread...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-04-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 2,657
Posted By heinzir
Re: Help me decide - Mooring bitt or cleat?

Bitts/bollards are very good for dock lines and for towing but for attaching a permanent home mooring your best bet, IMHO, is to use the bow eye. Your boat is small enough to be trailerable and no...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-19-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 573
Posted By heinzir
Re: Lazymate system

I have been using a homemade version of the Lazymate system ever since I saw an ad for it many years ago. I started out by attaching lines from the two reef cringles to the topping lift with loose...
Forum: Racing 08-08-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,122
Posted By heinzir
Awww---they pulled it!

The video was pulled, apparently under pressure from the Olympic committee. Must have been too embarrassing! Has anyone found it elsewhere or downloaded a copy before it was pulled?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-20-2012
Replies: 1,169
Views: 376,660
Posted By heinzir
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I didn't have any seams; my cushions are narrow enough that I was able to cover them with a single piece of fabric each. The sides are just folded over extensions of the top. If I did need seams, I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-19-2012
Replies: 1,169
Views: 376,660
Posted By heinzir
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I have the video but don't need to mess with any of that; the project is done. And it took less than 1/10 of the time it would to sew covers for the cushions. I might reconsider when it comes time...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 07-19-2012
Replies: 1,169
Views: 376,660
Posted By heinzir
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Gluing the Sunbrella directly to the foam with contact cement for my dinghy rowing seat was so easy and turned out looking so professional that it inspired me to finally make the cockpit cushions I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-16-2012
Replies: 1,169
Views: 376,660
Posted By heinzir
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Here is my dinghy seat "upholstered" with a piece of Sunbrella fabric. I used contact cement to attach the fabric. It turned out so well that I think I will use the same method (contact cement) to...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 06-16-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,427
Posted By heinzir
Re: Mooring lines

Here is a link I found on Google that will give you several alternatives:...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 06-15-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,427
Posted By heinzir
Re: Mooring lines

Put a seizing at the throat of the splice to cinch it up tight against the thimble.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-11-2012
Replies: 1,169
Views: 376,660
Posted By heinzir
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Instead of dragging the heavy inflatable down to the lake each time I wanted to go sailing, I decided to start using my son's 8' El Toro as a dinghy. I can keep it right next to the docks. I put...
Forum: Sailnet.com Polls 05-30-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 7,632
Posted By heinzir
Re: How many children under the age of 18 do you have living with you?

We were soooo close to an empty nest but are now raising 3 grandchildren ages 12, 11, and 5. We are in our sixties.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-06-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 2,494
Posted By heinzir
Re: Can I cut my mast? (with pics)

Why not just work with the mast step you have? It appears to be the standard mast step used on all Ventures, Clippers, Lagunas, etc of that era. I did several things to mine to make it easier to...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-12-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,522
Posted By heinzir
No, the old lines were still in great shape. I...

No, the old lines were still in great shape. I replaced them for color coding. Including control lines I have about 20 different lines coming to the cockpit. Using different colors makes it easier...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-11-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1,522
Posted By heinzir
I've noticed that when I buy new line that is the...

I've noticed that when I buy new line that is the same nominal diameter as the old line, the new line is almost invariably thinner. My old 3/8" sheets feel thicker than the new 3/8" sheets even...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 12-21-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By heinzir
Try using a strong (50%) bleach solution instead...

Try using a strong (50%) bleach solution instead of soap on the algae. Let it soak for 15 minutes or so and then wipe off with a rag or soft brush.

Oxalic acid from the hardware store will remove...
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