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  1. Lost the rig

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    My description and takeaways for a nasty event. I will humbly accept feedback. This event took place in October, 2019. It was the first day of a 12 week beer can – lake sailing - race season; racing every other Saturday. Typically, we manage to get in three races each race day. During the...
  2. Mast mounting plate damage, repair or replace?

    Gear & Maintenance
    The mast mounting plate has a crack in it and two screws are sheared off, one on each side. Is this repairable or should it be replaced? If replacement, does anyone know a good place to start looking? Could the crack be stop drilled and the welded? We have a furnace at work if it needs annealed...
  3. Patterned non-skid surface. Any way to replicate after damage?

    Gear & Maintenance
    Same colossal project of a boat I’ve posted about a few times. Sustained fire damage from blow-over from a neighboring boat. Fiberglass needs considerable recoating. The boat is at my dad’s shop and I have his auto mechanic (w/ some experience laying fiberglass) doing the work. Figuring it out...
  4. Structural Assesment

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have dreams of buying a beat sailboat to live on and fix up for the summer. Since I am only two years out of school I am on a low budget. I figure though that if I can live aboard a boat for less than paying rent, using most of my free time for repairs, it will be well worth it. I like...
  5. A Mystery

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    What bent the boom vang? Last October we had our Catalina 36 hauled. We winterized her and put on the winter canvas. When we removed the canvas this spring the boom vang was seriously bent. There appears to be no damage to other parts of the boat nor to the winter canvas. Had the vang been...
  6. Bottom Damage by Pressure Washer

    Gear & Maintenance
    I just purchased a 1967 Pearson Commander. The yard lifted the boat from the shipping trailer and stored on blocks. One day later they pressure washed the bottom. The boat had loose ablative paint but not too bad. After the pressure wash the gel coat is damaged and fiberglass maybe also damaged...
  7. Camping in a (trailered) boat

    Gear & Maintenance
    Is it possible to cook in and/or sleep in a sailboat that is on it's trailer? This question popped into my head when I was tent camping near a beach (Lawson's Landing, a campground behind sandunes withing walking distance to the water), with my trailered skiboat parked as a windbreak. Could I...
  8. Ice blocked Longyearbyen in July

    News Feeds
    Harsh ice conditions damaged two boats at the guest harbour in Longyearbyen, Svalbard in the end if July. Read more on TheSailBlog.