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  1. AaronD

    Do I need outside jib tracks?

    It's time to rebed my outside jib tracks. They're one of the last bits of deck hardware I haven't attacked with @Maine Sail's approved approach. But we haven't been using them recently, so it seems it might also be the right time to ask whether I need them at all (perhaps that question is next...
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    Oversized temperature-sensor lugs on battery terminals?

    Is it safe to mount a charger's temperature-sensor on a smaller terminal bolt? Reading @Maine Sail's charger-installation article , I see: "Any terminal mounted temperature sensor also needs to be connected directly to a negative terminal, and not the positive terminal." I hadn't thought about...
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    Chart plotters or "Fish Finders" for cruising

    I'm considering a chart plotter for our little C-22 cruiser sometime in the next couple years (my reasoning is below, for those who really want to read that far). It looks like some manufacturers offer a midrange line primarily marketed as a 'fish finder' and another line marketed as an MFD...
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    Cockpit pocket covers, or drains, or ... ?

    A couple seasons ago, I sealed my leaking cockpit pockets. I'm happy with that result - the pipe berth and coffin stay dry now. But, now that means that in a real rain, the pockets fill up with water. The first few times, I just sponged out the pockets happily. But a few weeks ago, I arrived...
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    Cheapskate Wifi Extender

    Here's something I found useful on our recent cruise in the San Juans. I started to post it in my boat thread, but thought it might be of more general interest. I've found that even relatively good marina Wifi setups often have dead spots. I found myself trying to telecommute from a dock in...
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    Inline fuses for small wiring - ABYC compliant?

    Is it sound practice and ABYC approved to downsize a wiring run with an inline fuse? E.g. I have a couple buses (in different locations in the cabin) on a 15A breaker, with the main runs from the breaker in 12 or 14 AWG (so far so good). I wanted to connect my handheld VHF charger to that bus...
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    AC ground / DC negative connection on an outboard boat

    I've been doing some reading in preparation for a small shore power installation. It's clear that I should connect the AC ground (green) to the DC negative (consistent practice, from ABYC specs, Nigel Calder, @Maine Sail's posts at AC-DC ground, and other reliable sources). And it's clear that...
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    Shore Power Inlet Location on a C-22

    I'm slowly accumulating parts for a shore-power installation (maybe this winter, or maybe not...). More questions coming, I'm sure. But for now, I'm just trying to decide where to mount the inlet (which will also affect where to put the panel, since we want a short cable run before the main...
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    Leaving the Dock (Fail)

    This has been a few years, so I'm willing to admit to it now. Perhaps some of you will enjoy... I haven't always done that well with leaving the dock (at least not if you consider 'bring along your spouse' as part of a successful launch). We were just moving up from a little daysailer to the...
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    Splicing Tiny Dyneema

    I've been using single-braid dyneema (Amsteel, Endura 12, etc.) for a variety of applications. It's lightweight, incredibly strong, and easy to splice. In fact, it's so strong that for lightly loaded applications (on my small boat), I thought I'd try something even smaller. The smallest...
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    Cockpit pockets separating

    Has anyone else had problems with their cockpit pockets separating and leaking? I've been slowly hammering out leaks, and tracked the most recent down to the cockpit pockets. It's hard to see the joint from the cockpit, so it wasn't obvious until I pulled the teak trim. Now I see that both have...
  12. AaronD

    Sailing and restoring #9874

    It's still (officially) winter, at least for another day or two, and it'll be awhile before I make it back on the water. So I'm going to entertain myself (and perhaps one or two other bored souls) with pictures from some C-22 projects. Nothing comparing to @CloudDiver, but maybe a couple things...
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    Reefing rigging questions

    Our new main sail has a second reef point, so I'm revisiting our reefing system as I think about rigging it. Thus, a couple rookie-ish questions (I know, this is likely a religious war second only to anchoring...) Previously, we've used a single-line reefing system, with the line led back to...
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    Storing furled spinnaker

    Continuing my pattern of dumb rookie questions that are probably answered somewhere: Is it OK to store a spinnaker furled on its torsion rope in its bag? Or do I need to unroll and fold every time we drop it? If it's OK to leave it furled, is there a limit on how long one should do that? (I'd...
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    Mid-boom brake or preventer

    Are our C-22 booms strong enough to rig a boom brake or preventer mid-boom? I've been seeing really positive reviews of systems like the Dutchman, and several people have reported good results with climbing belay devices (e.g. a figure-8) for small boats. But a brake is usually rigged mid-boom -...
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    Inspecting / augmenting rub-rail caulking

    Well, here's my first dumb question of the week (likely several more to come...stay tuned... :) I believe other posters have discussed the potential for leaks under the rub-rail (through the deck-to-hull joint) if the caulking fails. I haven't noticed leaking there, but I'll do something...
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    Structural Importance of Liner?

    As I was cutting more holes in my interior liner the other day (mounting a couple electrical components), I had a curious wondering: What areas (if any) of the liner are important to the structural integrity of the boat? The simple answer might be that none of it is required, and you could cut...
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    Plastic or synthetics that bond with epoxy

    I'm filling in a concave space in a locker to mount a battery; a previous owner had just set a battery there, and I'd left it thus far (adding a battery box, at least). But the hull is rounded enough that the battery is only supported at the ends, and I'd rather fill in the void beneath to...
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    Handrails on pop top?

    Is there any reason I shouldn't consider moving the handrails on a 1981 to to the edge of the pop-top (shortened as necessary)? I promised my son rope clutches - he wants the job of line management while raising and dousing sails, but he's not yet strong enough to uncleat the lines from the jam...
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    Solent stay

    So, I'm hoping someone can tell me just how crazy I am (ideally, by providing a simpler solution). We're considering moving from hank-on headsails to a furling genoa (for all the normal reasons). We have a pretty complete selection of hank-on headsails, including light and standard 150s, a 110...