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    Turnbuckles - Navtec "Rigging screw" vs Open-Body

    Helo all -- I will be having a new headstay put on the boat as part of adding a roller furler unit this fall. The rigger in the quote included a new turnbuckle. Is it normal to replace all the turnbuckles when replacing the wire? Also, the boat has what I think are called rigging screws (...
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    Drain Hot Water tank during non-use

    My Cal 27 has an old hot water heater that works on 120v only now. It had a heat-exchanger for engine coolant but the diesel died in 2006 and I have removed all the old hose and crap the PO left behind. The boat sits on a mooring behind my house for 6 months of the year during the sailing...
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    Freshwater plumbing question

    My Cal 27 freshwater system has never really worked since purchasing the boat last fall. I day sail mostly and use bottled water so it's not been an issue, but I"m planning on a short 2-3 day cruise to see what it's like living aboard, etc., and would like the water system to work for that trip...
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    Fresh water pressurization time lapse

    Our boat has a PO fresh pressurized system that seems kludged together. The '77 Cal has solid copper water supply lines for the most part. The tank, pump and pressurization home-made looking 'accumulator tank' are under the v-berth and a variety of tee's and valves in this area. It's a...
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    Reconnecting cut transducer cable on Standard Horizon DS35

    Due to my stupidity I cut the cable between the display unit and the transducer. Can I simply reconnect the wires using marine grade crimp and heat seal connectors or flux and solder and then wrap, or do these cables need to be replaced when stupidity rules? The DS35 is a standard 200hz type...
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    Schaffer Snapfurl 700 ( or smaller 500) - thoughts by owners

    If you own one of these Snap Furler units I would love to get your thoughts on the unit. Plus, if you actually installed it - that would be great to hear about your experience with that project. I asked a similar question a few days ago about the CDI flex furler and learned about the snap...
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    CDI Flexible Furler - Thoughts

    What do others think of their CDI FF units? I have reached out to various lofts around Puget Sound and gotten mostly avoid CDI, but I question where those opinions are coming from - meaning this is not a profit center for the lofts possibly. I'm not sailing in winter or offshore. I'm sailing...
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    Mooring - Boat to Bouy

    I have moved my day sailing Cal 27 to the mooring ball "out back" as my wife would say.... (I think of it as the front-side). The basic setup is a helical mooring with Nylon and chain to the ball you see in the images. Two Yale pendants from the ball (swivel) to either side of the boat. The...
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    Tapping threads in mast

    I am planning on drilling and tapping 1/4 - 20 thread for SS machine screws to hold an additional cleat and a small pad-eye to the side of my Cal 27 aluminum mast. I purchased the drill/tap kit and figure this should be a pretty easy process, the only minor concern is to avoid wires for lights...
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    Moving mast winch to cabin top for easier solo sailing

    Hello all, I have old Barient 9's on the mast and would like to move one to the cabin top along with line clutches to make halyard handling easier when solo-sailing. It's not pretty but works fine. I can't find the manual on L-36 (or Google) for the No. 9. The center screw is loose but I"m...
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    Low "reefing" holes in main sail

    Hello experts, Can someone explain to me what the "reefing" holes in my main sail about 6" up from the foot at the tack and clew are for?
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    Scrub the bottom-paint or leave it be ?

    We had our new-to-us sailboat painted with Micron CSC on Dec 2nd 2020. It's been sitting in the slip for nearly 4 months now and there is a blackish "scum" on the blue paint now. In May the boat will move to the mooring behind the house for regular sailing. Is simple sailing enough to...
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    1 pound Propane bottles for Kenyon cook top

    My "new to me" old Cal 27 has a Kenyon 219 - 2 burner propane cook top. The PO had a 20# tank connected to below the cockpit, which was just stupid. I have removed the hose, regulator, etc. and I have it in the shop for testing. Given the counter "cut-out" it would be nice to keep the Kenyon...
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    12 volt charging at marina

    During the first bottom painting when we purchased our Cal in November 2020 we had the yard test the charger and flooded batteries (2 banks) and all items failed their testing. The yard asked what we wanted to replace it with, and not really knowing I selected AGM batteries for the sake of not...
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    Eye Splice double-braid

    I am starting the process of learning (I hope) how to complete some splices. I have watched YT's from Sampson and Premium Rope: In both of these the outer and inner braids are so nice and loose that moving the fid is no issue. In the playing around I have done so far with 3/8 line I...
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    Mooring lines to permanent buoy setup

    Hello all, I plan on storing my Cal 27 during the Spring-Fall period each year on a helical screw mooring buoy I'm having put into the beach behind my home on Puget Sound. During the winter I have access to a slip at a local marina. The smallest helical screw setup offered by the installer...
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    Mounting turning block to the base of the mast

    I would like to route my halyards to the cockpit for single hand sailing this summer. The cost to have a crane pull the mast simply to put a mast base with holes for the turning blocks was prohibitive when the boat was pulled for paint. I have read that mounting the blocks to the cabin top is...
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    Lines - how to determine if what I have is junk or okay

    I purchased a 27' sailboat and there were a number of lines on the boat other than mooring type lines. A rigger looked at the jib and main halyards when I was having the bottom painted and stated the lines were to small to risk having someone use them to go up the mast. He said I needed 5mm...
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    Jabsco (Twist N Lock) - Head Use for novice

    First post from a new member - be kind. I have purchased a Cal 27 and for the first time and have a plumbed manual head to deal with. There is a seacock below the head and a holding tank with deck pump out setup. There is a secured Y-valve to a 1.5" seacock (closed) for overboard discharge...