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  1. Hayden Watson

    Should the prop shaft flange be painted?

    I am installing a LasDrop lip seal dripless packing and the old flange which is only 8 years old it very rusty. I know that I should not get that amount of rust with the dripples packing but it still seems good to protect the flange from atmospheric salts. Should the prop shaft flange be...
  2. Hayden Watson

    Sanity Check: Winterization...Covering winches in a below freezing winter ? Maybe a cockpit tarp over the boom or unstepped mast ?

    The math geek in me cannot get past the "The 99% of the 50+ boats in our marina are stored mast up." Did the 1% of the 50+ boats drop the main mast or the mizzen? :biggrin::cowbell:
  3. Hayden Watson

    Repairing Hunter 40 damage from Hurricane Matthew

    You nailed it!
  4. Hayden Watson

    Can't find the intake water strainer

    Wow, that is one sad impeller. I have seen them with 1 or 2 broken vanes but never all of them. As Davidasailor26 said, a bit of dish soap and it should self prime. If it does not you still have a problem somewhere.
  5. Hayden Watson

    Repairing Hunter 40 damage from Hurricane Matthew

    Beautiful. It suits the boat.
  6. Hayden Watson

    Can't find the intake water strainer

    If your raw water pump does not pull water through the strainer, you might think about changing the seal in the strainer because that would be a sign of an air leak someplace.
  7. Hayden Watson

    Can't find the intake water strainer

    While it is true that a Centrifugal pumps pump will not self prime, the same is not true for a positive displacement pump such as a vane, gear, diaphragm or screw pump. the raw water pump is a rubber bladed vane impeller pump so it will self prime up to about 2/3 atmosphere (20')...
  8. Hayden Watson

    Bare lead keel prep

    I won't be using 2000e because I have at most 10SF to cover so I plan to use West System epoxy.
  9. Hayden Watson

    Bare lead keel prep

    The fairing compound on my lead keep has debonded from the lead and will need to be redone. I also have some areas lower on the keel where the lead was exposed when I was scraping the bottom paint. What do you need to do to to bare lead before you lay on fiberglass or epoxy, fairing compound...
  10. Hayden Watson

    asymmetrical spinnaker sock

    I sail with my Assym a lot without the main up. My sail is 1 square inch smaller than the 95.5% of standard class spinnaker size to get a code 4 ASTM rating so it is a very large asymmetrical. To douse with the wind it up I head down to below 160º and blow the sheet which lets it flag out in...
  11. Hayden Watson

    Repairing Hunter 40 damage from Hurricane Matthew

    WOW, just WOW!!!
  12. Hayden Watson

    Jib Sail Trim Controls

    I have also thought about twings but have not found a good anchor. Maybe a double anchor between the aft lower and my midship cleat. For balance, I have a line whipped to the wheel at straight ahead and trim to keep it near center. Not the topic of this thread but I have found some really big...
  13. Hayden Watson

    Jib Sail Trim Controls

    TRIM, TRIM, TRIM. I prefer solo sailing because then I don't need to feel guilty for letting the auto pilot steer which lets me trim to my hearts content.
  14. Hayden Watson

    Jib Sail Trim Controls

    I would love to have the Garhauer EZ adjustable fairleads but they are just too many boat-bucks. Until then, I will continue to "walk down" my genny sheet to change them (which I do a lot) Easy? NO but it does not prevent me from properly adjusting the fairlead position. I also adjust my 12:1...
  15. Hayden Watson

    Repairing Hunter 40 damage from Hurricane Matthew

    That is looking fantastic. I really like how its shape looks like it was designed there from the beginning. How are you finding the surface quality of the 407? I have seen several DIT Youtuber who find that it gets a lot of tiny pin-holes which are hard to paint over. Have you ever tried...
  16. Hayden Watson

    Ripped off at Point Wilson?

    Personally, I have never gone between the green buoy off Partridge Point and the Whidbey shore because my experience in the past 16 years at that point has always been in the Round Whidbey and that course of action would result in a DSQ! :facepalm: That said, I would not look to that shallow...
  17. Hayden Watson

    Repairing Hunter 40 damage from Hurricane Matthew

    PNW SER's (Safety Equipment Requirements) They have different levels base on the challenges of the race. Nearshore, Inshore, Coastal, Offshore and Ocean. The mid-distance and over-night races that I like best are in the Coastal classification. I use the SER's for the basis for my standard...
  18. Hayden Watson

    Ripped off at Point Wilson?

    Well said John. Comments below from jssailem with my additional comments in red The waters of the Puget Sound and Salish Sea are complex. They deserve a skippers attention and a sense of caution. You should not just put on the auto pilot, layback and start sipping beer. I feel they can be...
  19. Hayden Watson

    Ripped off at Point Wilson?

    Anchoring in a race is perfectly legal and you are required to carry an anchor in many classes. On the Round Whidbey, it is no shame to anchor and I have done it on numerous occasions. When you are at Possession point with a 2 knot ebb current and 1 knot of wind out of the north, you anchor or...
  20. Hayden Watson

    Ripped off at Point Wilson?

    Boats do it without spinnaker most every year, it just isn't as much fun. If you are not familiar with the race, it starts at the northern-most tip of Whidbey just outside Deception Pass and circles the Island back to Oak Harbor, leaving all buoys on the island to port. It begins at 8:00am on...