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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-24-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 4,476
Posted By 39512
Over the years I have had many requests to remove...

Over the years I have had many requests to remove baby stays. After checking with mast builders and engineers, certain babystays can be removed. You would need to add pre-bend (mast slightly forward...
Forum: Racing   04-23-2009
Replies: 124
Views: 16,015
Posted By 39512
When I was a kid, I saw a photograph of Nina...

When I was a kid, I saw a photograph of Nina reaching in a big breeze and I knew I wanted to do that someday. I think US Sailing should get a couple of billboards and put up 49er or Laser photos,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-23-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 598
Posted By 39512
I see in a photo that there are 4 portlight...

I see in a photo that there are 4 portlight frames on an Apache so I understand why you would want aluminum. I would guess that they are fairly expensive to fabricate but who knows? I have had metal...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-23-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,984
Posted By 39512
The enviro cops is a term used here to descibe...

The enviro cops is a term used here to descibe any authority associated with environmental issues and in fact the determination was not done by some guy in a marina but the result of a request by the...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   04-23-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,042
Posted By 39512
It sort of looks like a Sam Crocker design.

It sort of looks like a Sam Crocker design.
Forum: Learning to Sail   04-22-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,114
Posted By 39512
Charleston, SC.

Charleston, SC.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-22-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 766
Posted By 39512
Chalky sounds like gelcoat. If it is, priming and...

Chalky sounds like gelcoat. If it is, priming and painting will work. What kind of boat and what year was it built?
If it is an unidentifed paint, I would strip it. You might take a paint chip to a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-22-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 4,737
Posted By 39512
Interlux recommends 1. Brightside 2.Perfection...

Interlux recommends 1. Brightside 2.Perfection 3.Toplac for boottops. Depending on the boat, eliminating the boottop can look very nice as well.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-22-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,984
Posted By 39512
We discussed this with the enviro cops last year...

We discussed this with the enviro cops last year and they determined that cured epoxy is not a biohazard.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-21-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,984
Posted By 39512
I care for 3 boats with VC, all well travelled,...

I care for 3 boats with VC, all well travelled, serious racers. We supply the diver with extra fine 3M sanding sponges, about 600 grit, and 3M blue sanding pads. We recoat the bottoms between 3 to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-20-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,388
Posted By 39512
Some of the CCA boats would splice eyes in the...

Some of the CCA boats would splice eyes in the jib sheets then lash to the clew. Some others would seize an eye in the middle of a continuous jib sheet then lash.

Also, when unloading the weather...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-18-2009
Replies: 34
Views: 7,163
Posted By 39512
Why not use Aquabon? It works.

Why not use Aquabon? It works.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-16-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1,725
Posted By 39512
Nerf footballs and basketballs to stuff in holes...

Nerf footballs and basketballs to stuff in holes and thru-hulls. You can cut them in half.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-15-2009
Replies: 1
Views: 1,060
Posted By 39512
A 50mm OD with a 2mm wall thickness would be the...

A 50mm OD with a 2mm wall thickness would be the minimum recommended size and thickness for a 25' boat like a Catalina 25 or Helms 25. 60mm & 70mm OD allow for a safety factor and the wall thickness...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-09-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 763
Posted By 39512
I use 3M adhesive remover frequently and I find...

I use 3M adhesive remover frequently and I find it effective if the solvent is left on the adhesive for a time in order to soften it. In this case, the above recommended technique of using a heat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-09-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,955
Posted By 39512
If you look closely at erps cutless bearing,...

If you look closely at erps cutless bearing, there is an irrigation 'port' drilled forward of the encased bearing. A cruising boat I maintain had the same config. as dhornesy. The bearing lasted...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-04-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,713
Posted By 39512
Try marking one of the impeller vanes to make...

Try marking one of the impeller vanes to make sure the pump is spinning. The drive shafts on pumps have failed before.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-13-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,168
Posted By 39512
Frank Bethwaites book Performance Sailing has a...

Frank Bethwaites book Performance Sailing has a lot of information regarding the differences in wind at the surface and wind aloft and some of the factors involved.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-12-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,104
Posted By 39512
Plus you will probably need the heat gun to...

Plus you will probably need the heat gun to install the new hose.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-10-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,533
Posted By 39512
If the halyard is double braid, I remove about 2"...

If the halyard is double braid, I remove about 2" of core and heat seal the bitter end. I then heat up a knife and melt a slit in the uncored cover and tie on a messenger. I now use this method...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-09-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 3,088
Posted By 39512
I think you are better off using the least...

I think you are better off using the least aggressive sandpaper that you can. I'd bet 120 will do the job. Lightly means thoroughly dulling the surface. If you break through the paint, touch up those...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-09-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 551
Posted By 39512
It is well past time to check it. Most wire rope...

It is well past time to check it. Most wire rope manufacturers note that the life of rigging assemblies to generally be 8-10 years. Spreader ends are also a problem area.

Wire stretches. If...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-04-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 1,807
Posted By 39512
The new laws regarding run-off are going to drive...

The new laws regarding run-off are going to drive prices up. The local yards here are installing reclamation systems that are expensive to do right.

I urge sailors to do the right thing and not...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   03-04-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 827
Posted By 39512
You might consider leeboards. Probably easier to...

You might consider leeboards. Probably easier to install and would work as well as a keel shoe. There may be centerboards from other vessels that can be modified.
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction   03-04-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 4,606
Posted By 39512
The spin staysail is not normally rigged to the...

The spin staysail is not normally rigged to the centerline but to the windward side while the spin is up.
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