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  1. Canvas steering wheel cover

    Maintenance/How-to Videos
    Hey everyone— I decided to start making how-to videos for some of my boat projects. Here's the first one. Let me know what you think!
  2. How to track maintenance?

    Gear & Maintenance
    So for years I didn't adequately track the maintenance that I did on my boat, and then subsequently did an inadequate job keeping a list in a physical log book. When I went to sell my prior boat, I found that I had to try to figure it all out, and it wasn't easy. Now, with a new boat, I'm...
  3. What are the Toyota of 30-40' bluewater sailboats?

    Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    I mean in terms of ease of maintenance, access to components, thoughtful design, durability, build quality, upgradeability. Maybe a better way to ask, what are the boats that type that y'all recommend NOT buying, because of higher than average maintenance requirements and costs?
  4. Whitlock Cobra Pedestal Lube / Service

    Gear & Maintenance
    Greetings, I have a Whitlock Cobra pedestal on my 1992 Beneteau First 310 (should be same as B311). I've located the Whitlock Cobra PDF manual, but it's extremely vague. I'm not currently having any problems with steering, but I'd like to take it apart to standard service levels, clean...
  5. exchanging experience...sometimes not even the hard way

    Introduce Yourself
    I am a lifelong sailor and boat owner. After a decade without a floating sloop, (ran my own business) I figured it was time to rejoin the pursuit of life. I purchased a 1970 Allied 39 Sloop project boat, because was there and I really wanted it. Now I'm left to fix it. I was previously...
  6. Sun Yacht 34/SJ34/Crown34 Keel Bolt torque/tension

    Gear & Maintenance
    I own the earlier version of the San Juan 34, a Sun Yacht 1030. It is a 1978 hull and I wanted to check the tension/torque on the keel bolts. Where can I obtain info on the proper tension(torque)? Thanks Bob Jones
  7. Atlanta 8.5 coring locations

    Sailboat Design and Construction
    Hello :) , I've been looking for a bilge keeled sailboat around the 30' mark to use as a liveaboard for some time. I've been looking at a 28' Atlanta 8.5, bilge keeled model, in Portsmouth, UK. It was laid down in 1977 at Fareham by Atlanta Marine, and i understand it is based on the Macewster...
  8. sail maint.

    Gear & Maintenance
    hello everyone. first I want to thank everyone who has responded to my earlier post. good info. I have been inspecting my sails and have found very small holes in the bottom of my mail. when I say small, I mean really small. a couple larger ones are around an eighth of an inch across. is this...
  9. Daunting Project

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Boat maintenance is an ongoing chore. Every few years there has to be a major refit. We have had several in the 25 years I have owned Lealea, now 40 years old. She needed a new engine in 1993 and a major engine overhaul In 2010. The standing rigging was replaced in 1996 and again in 2007...
  10. Flying Junior Project

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hi all, I recently purchased a used FJ with no paperwork on the boat itself unfortunately. The boat is in sound condition with some spider cracks on the finish of the hull and one patchwork job done on one of the gunwales. My problem right now is that there are parts missing for the rigging that...
  11. Do these keel bolts need replacing?

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have just bought a Santana22 of unknown age (suspect 23 years old). I've heard the keel bolts need replacing on this every 30 years. Can anyone tell me if these keel bolts look like they need replacing?
  12. Santana 525 Main Halyard issue

    Gear & Maintenance
    I've had this Santana 525 ('78) for less than a year, so I don't know its history. It has a wire-to-rope internal halyard, and the wire just got a fatal fray near the wire-rope interface. -I'd replace it with an all-rope halyard, but I can't do that without knowing what the sheave is like...
  13. The Saga of the Sad Swinging Keel

    Introduce Yourself
    First of all, let me thank those that have been kind enough to reply to my earlier posts. FishDragon is my first real sailboat (relatively speaking), and the first boat I've ever worked on - so if I seem clueless, that's why. Just got the boat up on blocks (is that the correct term?) a few days...
  14. Removing Swing Keel Advice Sought

    Introduce Yourself
    My '72 Venture 21 has a 400-lb swing keel (according to VENTURE 21 sailboat specifications and details on that needs to be removed, cleaned up and painted. The boat should be put on blocks tomorrow so I can start working on it. Any advice? It's held in place by a single...
  15. How often should I take her out of the water?

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I want to buy a used sailboat, but she's been in the water(freshwater) for 10 yrs. I don't think she's been out of the water during that time. I will double check with the owner to see if she's been taken out for maintenance, etc. What are possible problems that I should be concerned about? (The...
  16. Cracking Inflatable Dingy

    Gear & Maintenance
    Any idea what to do for a dingy that has been weathered and is starting to feel cracked a bit and looking rough?
  17. Boat Buying Costs

    Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    Hi, The Sailnet Community was very helpful in responding to my first post, so I've decided to come back to you again for more insight. I'm trying to put together a budget plan for buying our first sailboat. Although I haven't picked a specific boat, I already know what I'll be targeting: -...
  18. A pair of non-paid hands available to help you work on your boat

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I am looking for someone in the San Francisco Bay area who is working on a boat and might need an extra pair of hands. I will help you with whatever I can. In return, I gain working experience in boat repair/maintenance skills (fiber glass/epoxy jobs, thru-hulls, stuffing box/cutlass bearing...
  19. Engine paint.

    My Volvo MD2020 needs a touch say the least... What is new in the world of engine paints? Any high temp epoxies? Primers?
  20. How Can I Lift My 21-Foot Sailboat Off Its Trailer?

    Introduce Yourself
    Hi - Newbie Sailor Here... I have a 1972 MacGreggor Venture 21 currently in a slip - but come mid-October, I'm going to put it on its trailer for the winter. As I want to work on the keel over the winter (it has a swing-keel), I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how I might be able to lift it...