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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-02-2015
Replies: 89
Views: 5,900
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: My boat was boarded (and messed with) at anchor!

I think you may be missing the larger problem.
She's clearly infatuated with you and desperate to engineer any opportunity to interact. Probably a raging borderline personality disorder. You'll...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-27-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Marine Plywood Near NYC?

Use exterior grade plywood from any lumber yard. The only difference is that the marine ply has no voids in the inner layers. Exterior grade--like they use on roofs--might have a few small ones. The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-19-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 5,825
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Flying drones

Who's "we"?
Give me one reason why anybody should assume, much less take the word of some stranger who doesn't seem to like middle aged white folks, that you're using your rich kids' toy in purely...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-04-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,174
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Mast Inspection Opinions

I wouldn't hesitate to pull it. Contact between aluminum and SS is obviously fertile ground for galvanic corrosion. I'd worry more about that, given the large area of dissimilar metal contact, than...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-19-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 1,884
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: How to cut stainless steel railing

You're using fittings for the corners, etc. That means your cut-off ends need to be free of burrs that would interfere with the fit, but the ends don't have to be perfectly square. The sockets are...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-18-2015
Replies: 80
Views: 7,049
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Whats your best bit of kit??

Westsailpatti--that's nice wood. Can I ask what you finished it with?
John V.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-20-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,236
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Stinky Foul Weather Gear

Why toss it till you try? The "chemicals" are basically waterproofing that you can buy in a spray can. (Practical Sailor reviewed them recently, by the way.) You can find out if they're still...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   12-20-2014
Replies: 1,154
Views: 82,796
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Is flying a pirate flag lame?

Wow. I posted early in this thread in response to the original question: is flying a pirate flag "lame"? I must have been in an irritable mood. I said, "yes" and half the deep-thinkers on the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-20-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,236
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Stinky Foul Weather Gear

Probably depends entirely on what the odor is. I bought a rug once that had cat urine odor which is notoriously hard to get rid of. A product called "Anti Icky Poo" (I know, dumb name) got rid of it...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-28-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 810
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Drilling out bungs

I've found the screw trick to work well in the course of pulling dozens of bungs. Drill a pilot hole about the center with a 3/32" or smaller bit, then drive a coarse-thread drywall screw in slowly,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-27-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 3,538
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Solo Climbing the Mast- Block and Tackle

I don't use block and tackle. I use klemheist knots--similar to prusicks but I like them better--in 2 loops of 3/8" utility line from a rock-climbing store. The knots work as well as mechanical...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-23-2013
Replies: 35
Views: 2,259
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Have a workbench?

Problem I have with the c'way ladder is that a workbench takes a lot of strain--hammering, planing, etc., and I don't want to accelerate a breakdown of the joints in the ladder.
My Alajuela has an...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-05-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1,913
Posted By VallelyJ
Re: Cheap boat parts?

Know the Chinese word for quality?
They don't have one.
For rope, try Milwawkee Rigging on ebay. They deal in New England Rope and are always auctioning pre-cut halyards and other useful lengths,...
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