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  1. DIY Help request.

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I am trying to replace the thru transom cockpit drain on my Helms 25 project. I cannot find an exact replacement, I have left this project till last of my bottom repairs. Attached is a picture of what I am replacing, I am using a piece of PVC Temporarily to drain rain water. Can anyone point me...
  2. Please let me talk to you!

    Introduce Yourself
    I produce the podcast "Sailing in the Mediterranean" (in itunes) I need new material. If you have any stories, services or tips you would like to share in and interview for the podcast please contact me!!!!! Franz If you want to learn about me just listen to some of the podcasts.
  3. DIY Compass Calibration

    Seamanship & Navigation
    I have a new boat with a pair of Plastimo Offshore 135 compasses. They seemed off by a considerable amount so I researched adjusting them. I followed the instructions where by you follow a known North course and zero the compass, then head south and calibrate it to half of the remaining...
  4. DIY Bowsprit

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have been thinking of adding a bowsprit to my J24. Not to use for racing, just for the light air cruising days. I would fly a genaker. Could a retrofit kit damage the bow with unsupported upward forces? Would the tack of the standard 150 genoa chaff on the pole attached to the deck? Is it...
  5. NMEA 2000 to Bluetooth convertor

    Hello SailNet community! Is anyone aware of an NMEA2000 to Bluetooth converter? I've seen TakeFive's excellent thread about something similar for NMEA0183, but not NMEA2000. Such a device would let you receive sensor data, including GPS, on your iPad or Android device, for example. There are...
  6. Looking for live aboard DIY on the hard in Kemah area

    Living Aboard
    OK I'm taking the plunge. Finally after months of delays and Murphy's law, it looks like this next month I can get out of here! Looking for a place to DIY a new paint job, and misc repair while living on the boat, Preferably in the kemah area. Prefedrrably some place that does not charge an arm...
  7. Sewing Machine: Long Arm worth the extra $?

    Gear & Maintenance
    I'm looking at making at a minimum: - jib - mainsail - 8 large cushions - large custom dodger If those projects are fun and turn out well, I'll do some future work on the side and try and make it a hobby with positive cash flow (unlike the boat). I like Sailrite's machines. Question: should I...
  8. Perkins 4.108M DIY Rebuild -- A Narrative

    This Ought to Keep Me Busy... So, glutton for punishment that I am, I've started a winter project: That's our aux -- a reliable Perkins 4.108M that (as you can tell from the staining) has developed a bit of an oil leak problem that is even high by Perkins standards. We also were getting a...
  9. Help me build a windvane

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have been looking for a windvane but i havent been able to find any used vanes under around 1500 or so so i have decided to build one myself does anyone know hopw i can go about doing it. like plans step by step instructionms materials etc or a website or book would be appresciated thanks oh...