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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   13 Hours Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 11,063
Posted By asdf38
Re: Ideas for cockpit shade

Yep I also bought a cheapo tarp, shock cord, and 4 $1 carabiners and made myself a boom tarp this year.

I went with a white tarp which I think looks decent from a distance. When I've spent time...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 53
Views: 1,593
Posted By asdf38
Re: Mast on or Mast off in winter

The mast and hull [of a sailboat] are most assuredly designed for the forces exerted on them by wind...

Some people will argue that "the hard" is hard and that it makes a difference for the rig. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-13-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 681
Posted By asdf38
Re: Aluminium

A less effort/less reward option I went with for some new portlight frames was rustoleum aluminium primer and rustoleum aluminium color paint.

I can't speak to the longevity but I know I'll be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-11-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 2,658
Posted By asdf38
Re: West Marine

West marine has decent quality products in good locations. When I'm working on the boat and need something they're 10 minutes away and they probably have it. If it doesn't fit I can return it. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-08-2015
Replies: 1,441
Views: 528,662
Posted By asdf38
Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

My front portlights were in desperate need of replacement and this year I finally made them a priority by removing them in the fall (not hard, they fell apart in peices).

Prepared to spend...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-21-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,419
Posted By asdf38
Re: Prices for everything

My projects, 1979 Contessa 26. Showing cost and my hours (profesional hours included in cost).

Re-wire - ~$1000 + 100 hrs
-All interior wiring except engine panel
-Cost includes crimper,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-04-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 3,763
Posted By asdf38
Re: Dinghy and Engine Choices

I went through a few iterations trying to find the right dingy for my Contessa 26.

I've had an $80 "Sevylor Fish Hunter 3-Person" since I bought the boat. This fits comfortably in a locker in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-28-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,755
Posted By asdf38
Re: Funding retirement boat

Financially this is pretty straightforward: Home equity loan.

A boat loan is higher interest and taking money from an IRA is nearly always a bad idea.

That ignores the question of whether it's...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   09-18-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 6,236
Posted By asdf38
Re: When Do You Reef?

The boat turns "into the wind" because it's designed too!

Find a diagram of your boat from the top and note the position of the keel. The keel anchors the boat. Now consider that the wind is...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-31-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 4,324
Posted By asdf38
Re: Red over Green Navigation Light

Yes thank you, I finally realized that looking back at my own diagram. Somehow that understanding has escaped me for a while.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-08-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 2,232
Posted By asdf38
Re: Handheld GPS differences

Touchscreen concerns me although some quick research suggests it's resistive. Does anyone know for sure?

Resistive should continue working with gloved hands and after getting soaked. Capacitive...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-01-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 623
Posted By asdf38
Re: To do it myself or not ?

You didn't mention the boat or engine, but I'll guess anyway for fun - assuming its a normal 25-40' boat I think you're in the $2k territory within +/- 300%.

That's what I'd expect for my boat...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-10-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,489
Posted By asdf38
Re: Leaking Window-Hatch

I actually just redid my main hatch. It took 2-3 hours to get it and the spacer off, cleaned and back on. I was leaking mainly between the teak spacer and the deck it appeared. I rebed everything...
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