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    Eternal Father - Navy Hymn

    I put together a brass choir version of this for Memorial Day. Sail on Brian. I've been thinking about this crew this year. And wondering ...
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    Sail Trimmin'

    We seem to be in the same camp whilst above the sole. This is an excellent example of the difference between racing and, well, every other kind of sailing I guess. Yours is a cruiser's solution. I also use the helm to move things around as opposed to going forward. What's the hurry. A...
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    Sail Trimmin'

    I'm with Todd. If you don't have a working traveler then sail as though you had none at all. Is there a reason you can't rig lines to the traveler? Do you use a vang? Does the 23 have a centerboard and do you use it? If you are having trouble pointing there may be other solutions.
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    Case of the Damps

    Thanks, that sounds like something worth trying.
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    Case of the Damps

    I have a towel now to prevent water leaving the stove pan and pooling on the sole. Huggies sounds like a good idea too. Unfortunately I believe water sat too long. I have some bubbles in the corner where the sole meets the cabinet. I'm hoping when I go back to get a better look I'll find...
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    Case of the Damps

    Yes, thank you - condensation. The source and return for the evaporator run behind the stove on their way to/from the cooler. Though they are both insulated (as I recall) they are building up excessive condensation that drips water into the pan below the stove, and it eventually finds its way...
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    Case of the Damps

    Nope, not coming in through the deck. It's definitely an internal source. I'll give it another hour or so. If no takers I'll reveal the answer. I suspect someone out there has had a similar problem, particularly this summer. For some reason I think old J-boats have this kind of problem in...
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    Case of the Damps

    The forward most portlights do collect water, but they only pee if you open them while wet. The ones by the galley don't have that problem. Nor do the main hatches or the companionway hatchboards. As for pets, only if our pet spiders can excrete their body weight in fluids many times over in...
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    Case of the Damps

    This summer we've noticed various small amounts of water loitering around on the sole near the ladder when we arrive at the boat. Sometimes it's just a few drips, once or twice a small puddle. The puddles finally kicked me into gear to find out the source. At first I suspect a blocked cooler...
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    Fear Of jibing

    Just out of curiousity, for those of you who regularly use a boom brake or preventer on a larger boat, where do you make fast the ends of the line?
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    Let's talk twist ...

    Sounds right and adds one last piece, maybe. The shape of the sail effects more than just the amount of force/power generated. If I understand you correctly, you are saying that a speed trimmed sail will reach max force/power/speed, sort of hitting a design limitation on performance...
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    Let's talk twist ...

    Thanks Todd, that gives me something to chew on tonight. What assumptions regarding sail shape go into making a polar? If you change the sail shape (by altering any of the trim controls other than angle of attack), then do you really have a different sail with a different polar and a different...
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    Let's talk twist ...

    Good points. Power because acceleration because waves keeps pushing back. I still get it, power for waves, retrim for speed when wind comes forward. However, I'm thinking of power as in physics, Work per time, or Force*dist per time. It all comes back to force. You overcome the force of...
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    Let's talk twist ...

    Alan, that's about what I've heard before. Could you elaborate? Is it the change in attitude experienced by the sails as the boat pitches and crashes through waves that requires a 'power' setting? Let me put it another way. If the power setting is powerful because a large force is generated...
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    Let's talk twist ...

    One point that I believe has been overlooked is that each control appears to have it's own effect, but that generally the adjustment of one control necessitates adjusting others. If you let out the mainsheet and bring up the traveller, then you've induced twist and brought the angle of attack...
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    Travelers

    For you outhaul fans, what's the size of your boat and what is the maximum practical travel of your mainsail clew under normal usage? On my 37' Tartan the outhaul goes from slack to high tension in 6-12" or so. The clew doesn't really move much. It's all tension. There's also a pouched foot...
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    Travelers

    I had a spectacular traveller failure a couple seasons back; but that's another story. In my opinion, most newbies will use the helm to depower in gusts. If you're not racing or cruising long distances, but rather just out learning and having fun, then why not. Eventually, with experience...
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    The ultimate boat maintenance mystery

    I must have missed something. If the defective pumps cleared the bilge but continued to run dry (ie defective switch), then it seems that capacity was not the issue. How does your find explain why the pump kept running? Is the internal float somehow not independent of the outflow stream of...
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    Wooden boats

    Alex - the link didn't work, but I copy/pasted the URL and that worked. Looks like a good site. Danny - I hope any project I start doesn't end up half finished on someone's wall. Must be a good story how you came to finish it.
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    Wooden boats

    The admiral would agree with you 100% Scott. I wonder if there are more of us dream/plan/start folks, or if there's a good complementary number of see it through to the finish people too. Somehow, for me anyway, enough things see it through far enough toward completion that the house stands...