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  1. tfox2069

    hit a rock in the keel

    Like Dave said - those leaf fumes can be deadly. I see people burning them in their backyards in the fall and I'm all like, "Are they crazy?" ;)
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    Got my bottom paint in the mail today...kind of

    The local West Marine store is a 2 minute drive from the boat, so I let them do the shaking. I'm going to see how far 1 gallon goes, and it may cover the whole bottom. But since its multi-season paint, and I want to go at least two years without repainting (like I did with the current paint...
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    How serious is this rot?

    I didn’t remove our compression post to replace both bulkheads, but we did have the mast off.
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    Got my bottom paint in the mail today...kind of

    My two gallons of bottom paint, on sale at West Marine, arrived via free shipping today. Pretty sure this won’t cover the whole bottom of my Hunter 36. Yeah, it’s khaki work pants in the box. And nothing else. I didn’t order khaki work pants. Especially size 32. Hilarious call to West Marine...
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    hit a rock in the keel

    So maybe heat up the entire wing until it melts off, do the other side, and have a fin keel. Nice.
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    Coast Guard Red Tape Woes

    This link gives a couple of options - one of which is the Coast Guard, which you can ignore: https://goneoutdoors.com/do-liens-boat-want-buy-6009431.html
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    hit a rock in the keel

    Interesting point I wasn't aware of Hayden. Caused me to do a little digging and ran across an interesting article which carries a warning about heating lead and working with it (beyond the obvious hazardous fumes!): "While most malleable metals are also ductile, the two properties can be...
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    How serious is this rot?

    Pretty sure we used DrJudyB's post as a guide when we did our bulkhead replacements on our 1975 Catalina 27. Two thumbs up.
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    How serious is this rot?

    Can't advise on whether this is repairable, but I replaced both bulkheads on a 1975 Catalina 27 a few years ago, and it was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. The 25 is a very similar boat. Access to the port bulkhead is better than the starboard one since the backside is in the...
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    And now, a word from the wise

    Hmm...since we assume the person receiving the advice is a new owner, and not a prospective one, this means providing post purchase advice. So my thought would be this: Get all of the manuals for every system on that boat - the owner and service manuals. Then go through each system...
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    hit a rock in the keel

    Wellllllll...yes, winglets on aircraft do help develop beneficial lift. But they're carefully designed to do so, lest a poor or "accidental" design produce a winglet that is NOT beneficial. I suppose its possible the "accidental" design produced a more beneficial keel design, but my money is...
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    hit a rock in the keel

    Agree with JSSAILEM above. Also, its hard to tell from the angle of the photo, but it looks like a large chunk is missing from the leading edge of the bent fin. That's probably going to need to be addressed as well. Its obviously not structural, but will definitely affect efficient...
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    Don't fight the Power

    Interesting video - and it makes sense RE the speed range where a water jet is practical. I'll just say that the Assault Amphibian Vehicles the Marine Corps uses has a max speed of 7 knots in the water - and its not because the 28,000 pounds of water jet thrust aren't trying to make it go...
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    IN-MAST FURLING MAINSAIL

    Also spraying with money will definitely fix it.
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    Don't fight the Power

    Absolutely - your reverse right now has a keel in the way ;)
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    Don't fight the Power

    Reverse is easy - all that is needed is to redirect the jet flow to get reverse, and the designs for that have been around forever. When I was in the Marine Corps as an Assault Amphibian Vehicle officer our vehicles were all built in the 70s with two 14,000 gpm water jets for propulsion when in...
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    IN-MAST FURLING MAINSAIL

    What's a Dunham? I don't claim to be an expert on furling mains, having only 2 seasons with them, but on the rare occasion I've had an issue unfurling due to a jammed sail I've re-furled carefully and slowly to ensure what's in the mast is wrapped as tightly as prudent without putting undue...
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    Looking for Portable Generator Options

    Did exactly the same thing last season for my 2009 H36 - 2200i and Dometic SmartStart. . I will say that even with the SmartStart it is hit and miss whether the A/C will start, and if it does, if it will REstart when it cycles down from reaching desired temp, and then cycles the compressor...
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    Lewmar cars

    Or Dave Groshong here on the SBO staff ;). They're pretty helpful folks.
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    Thought on Hunter 45 for newbie.

    I agree with jssailem. Using the Navy 44s as an example of a great beginner boat is very misleading. If you've stepped on one you'll know why. They are exquisitely equipped for offshore sailing. I consider myself moderately experienced, and I'm not sure what some of that gear does on those...