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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-05-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 642
Posted By rd1900
Re: Starting weeknight races for the first time.

Those Wednesday night races with North Star are really laid back, and you almost certainly won't be the slowest boat out there. Just find a couple crew people and do it. Everyone is right that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-26-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 895
Posted By rd1900
Re: winch location

A simple inhauler on the cabin top for the jib sheet could work too, let it out for the 150, haul it in for the small jib.
Forum: Learning to Sail   08-16-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,263
Posted By rd1900
Re: Learning to sail w/o water....

Lake Jerico is about 5x the size of the little pond I sail my Laser on. Get a little boat, you'll learn to sail quickly. Sailing fundamentals are the same on any size boat. Get competent on a...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-11-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 3,822
Posted By rd1900
Re: Replace cotter pins with welding rod

Not that kind of welding rod, you want stainless filler rod as used for TIG welding. Search Amazon for ER316L Stainless Steel TIG Welding Rods 1-Lb 1/16"x36"
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-03-2013
Replies: 13
Views: 1,808
Posted By rd1900
Re: A portable fuel can that doesn't STINK!

The race car people have the best options, look up Fuel Jugs at Summit Racing or Jegs
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-28-2013
Replies: 22
Views: 2,314
Posted By rd1900
Re: Scary Low water on the Great Lakes

There can't be more evaporation and less precipitation, globally. What is getting deeper as the Great Lakes get shallower? The water doesn't disappear, it's just moving around.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-29-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,271
Posted By rd1900
Re: Wire my Garage like a Boat?

These are great ideas for working around the rules, but remember when your garage and house burns down, and the insurance company finds this non-code electrical installation, you will get to start...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-11-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1,680
Posted By rd1900
Re: Pop rivets: AL vs SS

There is no shear pin in cheap pop rivets, go for structural rivets like Cherry Q series (available in Monel)
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-27-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 1,729
Posted By rd1900
Re: Howto drill center of a rail.

Instead of that half-circle groove, make it with two passes on the table saw at 45 degrees. Much faster, easier and will fit the rail better (two lines of contact on the V flanks instead of one line...
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