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    Embarking on an enclosure project

    Thanks for those pics/tips guys. I see bits of both that I'll take into consideration. I've decided on the canvas color (Sunbrella Tan) but haven't go the frame set up yet or the patterns made. Hopefully I get to that within the next two weeks. Summer is here finally so the pressure is on.
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    Embarking on an enclosure project

    I received the fabric swatches yesterday. After reading so many posts about "another blue enclosure" I thought I'd have a look at Sunbrella Slate (too dark for me), Tan (pretty nice....reminds me of like a high end ragtop convertible luxury car?) and Turquoise (the family favourite but awful...
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    Embarking on an enclosure project

    I wonder if I saw yours at one point in my life. Did you do it a while ago? I actually found a giant tent to attempt the same sort of thing with a couple of years ago but it sat on the to do list. I wonder if I should look at that once more before committing the boat buck (gotta love the Amazon...
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    Embarking on an enclosure project

    My patterning materials arrived today - the bimini frame should arrive tomorrow or the next day. I bought a four bow kit so that I would have eight pre-bent corners and four arched top tubes to work with along with an extra set of jaw slide/hinge fittings vs what I would have received had I just...
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    Imagine my surprise

    Am I crazy or are the Mac 25's literally just a lazarette shorter than a 26? Do they differ greatly below deck?
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    Embarking on an enclosure project

    I've just ordered a 3 bow bimini top kit that I'll cut and bend to suit my needs as well as a dozen yards of patterning fabric and tapes. The best bang for the buck is/was a bimini top kit from the Amazon that I'll just find something to repurpose the "free with purchase" top fabric for. I'll be...
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    Thinking about painting my hull

    I bet you're onto something there....it'd be interesting to do some testing on some random chunk of material. I'm most amazed because you're working on a sub-vertical surface. I've used Interlux (the one part stuff) before but it was a dead horizontal. Pretty fantastic stuff!
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    Macgregor 26s Mods

    And look up “analog engineering macgregor” - Or click here....
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    Thinking about painting my hull

    Wow!
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    Late to the party - Raspberry Pi & OpenPlotter (Moitessier Hat)

    hahaha I only know about it because I'm cheap and I like to tinker.
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    Hydrofoils future impact on sailing

    I felt like “this isn’t sailing” when I first saw the AC’s. But I watched (in awe and curiosity). And the more I watched the more I saw the “sailing” part shining through. But it was when one of the commentators stated “the Americas Cup is about pushing the sport to the bleeding edge of...
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    Late to the party - Raspberry Pi & OpenPlotter (Moitessier Hat)

    Thanks Kappy. I figured the only ones that MIGHT have one kicking around would know immediately what it was but of course I should have explained for others that might also be interested. If you search YouTube for OpenPlotter you'll find all kinds of variations on how to set it up. The...
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    Late to the party - Raspberry Pi & OpenPlotter (Moitessier Hat)

    So I'm literally one year too late to the Open Plotter party (Raspberry Pi) and it looks like the Moitessier HATs are no longer available. Does anyone have one that they didn't ever get around to using that they are looking to sell?
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    M26swing: where mount a shoot through the hull depth transducer? (newest project)

    As I was making my way through this thread I couldn’t help but wonder why we shouldn’t mount the transducers beside the ballast tank midship or even up front? True it won’t be as accurate as a centreline mounted aft installation when heeling becomes a factor but wouldn’t we mostly be under power...
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    Embarking on an enclosure project

    It looks like my best bet might be to “sort of” fashion a frame system that would hold the pop top cover in place without the pop top lifted. That’s about as close to a typical dodger as I’ll be able to get. Which is fine. Makes for some easy sewing for that part of the project. Of course I...
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    Embarking on an enclosure project

    If there was a single certainty in my life as far as sailing goes it is this. Bugs could very well put an immediate full-stop to all of my family sailing hopes and dreams. Our inland lakes in Alberta are wonderful - even more wonderful for these little (I call them) fish flies. I know they're...
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    Chartplotter for Raymarine ST 1000

    Thank you. Some learning to do! And thanks for the thread Jerry! I'm now diving into OpenPlotter on the Raspberry Pi which can also output to the ST1000.
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    Chartplotter for Raymarine ST 1000

    Forgive my lack of knowledge here - am I reading this right if I'm starting to think that there is a way to plot a course in software and have the ST1000 steer said course out on the water? Is that such a thing? If so I've got some rabbit holes to go down!
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    Mac 26classic LAZARETTE...set up and access

    I'm in the process of pulling out all of the electrical bits from our Laz - it's completely empty now. I have to replumb the cockpit and motor well drain while I'm down there. I can hop right in and sit comfortably to do the plumbing - it's cavernous! We'll then be using the space for fuel...
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    Summer in the Salish Sea

    Agh! Haha. Looks like a bit of time to get my wiring done hey? Man I hope we get a pile of time on the boat this summer for once and for all. I’m meandering through this thread thinking forward to next June on the coast - prerequisite is a lot of family outings this summer. Maybe we’ll see you...