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    Re: Lightning and Thunderstorms Website

    Thanks for that Mark. That site is better than having a fish tank.
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    Re: Raising main sail - 2012 400

    It shouldn't be that hard. You may want to take a trip up the mast to be sure that the halyard is still on the sheaves and that the sheaves can turn freely. It is possible for the bearings to wear on...
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    Re: Amanu - a taste of the Tuamotus

    Thanks for the story and the photos. Keep 'em coming!
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    Re: best charts for sailing San Blas Islands?

    I have found making charts from Google Earth using GE2KAP and running them on OpenCPN invaluable for areas with poor coverage. Commercial electronic charts are woefully inadequate. I have completely...
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    Re: A boat sails between water and air...

    Cool, a riddle! My guess would be light (or sound)
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    Re: Examples of Bad Service

    My thoughts exactly.
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    Re: Chris White 48 Mastfoil for sale

    I guess no boat is perfect.;)
    For me, the main attraction was that I was able to make all the components myself, no welding required. The only real downside is that, while they are retractable, they...
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    Re: Chris White 48 Mastfoil for sale

    Thanks for posting. The CW 57 mastfoil ticks all the boxes for me. As soon as my deal goes through with the nice Nigerian businessman I met online I think I will pick one up.
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    Re: What set-up for reefing the main.

    Our setup is similar to yours. We originally had reefing hooks for the tack and jiffy reefing for the clews. The hooks worked OK, but when the main is deeply reefed the tack is quite a ways above the...
  10. Re: Bow Sprit / Code 0 on Venezia 42 walkway failure

    Under normal conditions, the only side loads on your forward crossbeam are vertical and come from the forestay and the anchor chain. The forestay loads are countered by the seagull striker, the...
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    Re: Yammer - a disgusting service.

    True about the marinized parts, and Nanni and Beta are shameless in their pricing on these. But in reality this boils down to the heat exchanger and exhaust elbow. I carry a box of pencil zincs,...
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    Re: Submerged bulb hull

    Without looking too deeply into this, the first thing that becomes obvious is that these submerged hulls have no reserve bouyancy. This will make them;

    1. Extremely sensitive to overloading. Any...
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    Re: Yammer - a disgusting service.

    When I was looking at engines for our cat the common wisdom at the time was that Yanmar was the only choice because of parts availability. I priced common replacement parts like gaskets, starters,...
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    Re: Yammer - a disgusting service.

    Indeed. It's a shame that Yanmar only made good when threatened, and a caution to anyone who is making a choice about which brand of engine to put in their boat.
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    Re: New Square top mansail problem

    Until you replace the sheave and go back to a single part halyard, you might try attaching the block at the top of the main with a soft shackle. We have done this and it provides enough give to allow...
  16. Re: Fixed prop versus flexible one for Catalac 9.

    Autoprops are great, but there are much cheaper alternatives. Check out Kiwiprops and Flexofold.
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    Re: Pacific proa Crystal Clear sailing!!!!!

    Congratulations! Nothing like being on the water after years in the yard!
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    Re: Trampoline replacements? Experiences?

    You are right to think that you do not have to spend 4k on nets. Our nets are 9'x9' each. The original nets were heavy duty woven polyester with a UV coating that we got from West Coast Nets for...
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    Re: Tinnie as a tender?

    Mike
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    Re: Installing small generator?

    Sound like you've already tried fans and ventilation and found they weren't enough. If you are just trying to cool the bunk I'll bet you could find a small AC unit that would fit in the hatch with a...
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    Re: Tinnie as a tender?

    We used the tinnie when we were anchored off of Santa Barbara in California. The anchorage is basically an open roadstead ith about a 1.5 mile run to the harbor and often had quite a bit of chop...
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    Re: Tinnie as a tender?

    We used a 13' tinny with 15hp as a commuter while living aboard on the hook. It was great for carrying large loads at speed but, no matter how we tried to pad it, it beat the shit out of our boat,...
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    Re: Installing small generator?

    I don't know what your requirements are, but we are using a Honda 2kw and it works great. It will run the 30 gph watermaker and the battery charger at the same time. It will run all our power tools,...
  24. Re: Too big for a couple? Pahi 52 Islander 55 Tiki 46

    Hi Cos,
    I've not sailed any of those designs but they all have split rigs and I don't see any reason why they could not be easily handled by a couple. Our boat is 46' and is easily single-handed.
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    Bahia cap shroud diameter

    Just wondering if any Bahia owners might be able to tell me the diameter of the cap shrouds?
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    That'll do it! You should be able to lift your boat by the tramp when you're done. You will probably be the only builder of a 49' cat who can say they built it in their garage. Here's a couple more...
  27. Re: How many layers of glass holding the net?

    Paul,

    If memory serves, I made a form out of 2 layers of 6 oz laminated over a waxed piece of wood. I then tabbed the form onto the boat with 2 layers of 1708.
    Here's a photo from our blog:
    ...
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    Re: Mantus Anchors LLC

    If you haven't seen it already, this thread is worth read:

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f118/photos-of-anchors-setting-126073.html

    Assuming you are still in WA, have you looked at the...
  29. Re: New trampoline nets for my Catamaran with France Trampoline

    fsailor,
    Your Bahia has a large tramp without a compression post to break it up and extends nearly to the bows. Given that, I would suggest that the dyneema netting would be best for you. Mesh is...
  30. Re: New trampoline nets for my Catamaran with France Trampoline

    Fsailor,
    My tramps are roughly 9' (2.7 m) square each for a total of 162 ft2. The netting I got from West Coast Netting cost less than $150 with shipping and has held up well after 5 years in the...
  31. Re: New trampoline nets for my Catamaran with France Trampoline

    It looks as though the most open weave they offer has a permeability of only 25%. While I understand that a lot of production cats come with these nets, for offshore sailing I would want something...
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    Re: Lifeline Stanchions

    Try Garhaur:

    https://garhauermarine.com/catalog_process.cfm?cid=56
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    Re: Seawind 1250 Laminate cracking.

    From the photos, my sense is that they are not so bad. The cracks in the veneer may simply represent crazing of the wood with humidity and temperature change. It's hard to tell if the gelcoat crack...
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    Re: Seawind 1250 Laminate cracking.

    Photos would help quite a bit. How did you determine that these are cracks in the laminate and not just the gelcoat? Gelcoat cracks are not uncommon and do not affect the structure.
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    Re: Liferaft. Yea or ney?

    I agree that the shelter would be better, particularly in rough weather, but this could be mitigated with wetsuits in warm waters, dry suits or survival suits in cold water. When the weather settles...
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    Re: Liferaft. Yea or ney?

    This thread has got me wondering. Can anyone think of a reason why a liferaft would be in any way better than an inflatable dinghy? Thinking about it, three things come to mind. The first is ease of...
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    Re: Lightning Protection

    From the above link:

    " With the dramatic shift in the marine industry to microprocessor-controlled equipment, including power and steering controls, and the ever-present liability concerns, an...
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    Re: Rigging tension

    Not a Lagoon, but we use the PDT standard. We just cinch up the shrouds until they are Pretty Darn Tight. To be honest, I'm not aware of any other practical method. A tension gauge for your rigging,...
  39. Re: what could possibly go wrong, lifting bags

    Simon,

    Wouldn't it be easier to just slip a couple of old tires under the hull as the tide goes out?
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    Re: 40' Searunner trimaran " Maxolar"

    Simon,
    Back in the '70's every Californian was required to have either a trimaran or a ferrocement mono in construction in their back yard. It was a zoning law or something. Still a lot of good...
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