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  1. CloudDiver

    Shrink factor on Leather Chafe Sleeves?

    Hey everyone, sorry I've been a bit absent from the forum the last 6 months. New job, new small business, now I'm flying Hang Gliders for giggles... jeeze, I don't slow down much, LOL. So I made some chafe sleeves from 1.5mm grey suede leather to cover the lashings portion of a deadeye tension...
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    Ropes/Lines from Down Under

    I know that all the major rope/line companies are sold/distributed in Australia and New Zealand, but does anyone know of one or two that are actually from that region and weave/makes the ropes there?
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    My New Hobby, Investing (to Sail/Cruise)

    So I may be a little late to the party (I'm almost 40), but since the beginning of this year I've started Investing and made it a primary focus; i.e. 'pay yourself first'. Now let me say up front how this is related to Sailing. Easy thing to get out of the way, we all know Sailing/Cruising is...
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    Photobucket Download Fix, Ap Required

    For anyone like me that used Photobucket to store pics and then used hyperlinks to our threads here; I found a solution that worked for me. I am not going to pay the hostage fee of $400 per year to enable the hyperlinks. I also never saved my photos on my phone, cloud, or computer hard drive...
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    Video, Flipping a C22 hull

    Sorry guys, I've been holding out on you. I finally dug this video from the deep dark depths of iPhone video back ups (two phones ago), and made an edited version to publish. So here it is;
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    DIY Mast Boot Ideas? Catalina 36

    I'm posting this here because this topic applies to any boat of similar rig/mast section etc. Yes, I did search the forum but mostly came up with off the shelf mast boots... Going to WM and opening my wallet is too easy, LOL. I like to do thing the HARD way. Ok, subject vessel is a Catalina 36...
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    SeaDek Knock Off.... worth it?

    I was doing some product research on something totally different (adhesives), and I got a Google hit to this Ebay link; https://www.ebay.com/itm/Self-Adhesive-EVA-Faux-Foam-Teak-Sheet-Boat-Decking-Floor-Mat-Carpet-5mm-Thick-/302449758929?_trksid=p2385738.m4383.l4275.c10 Looks like a SeaDeck...
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    New Electrical System, 12V/120V or 24V/240V?

    This is a just a general curiosity question, but maybe a few members have some real world experience with this; If you were doing a major refit that involved a complete replacement/rebuilding of a vessel's electrical system, or if it was a new construction vessel, and knowing that you would be...
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    New Hyde Sails... How they Fit

    So those of you who have followed my resto-thread know that I got new sails a couple years ago (way too early in the resto process) from a questionable on-line loft that is no longer allowed to be named on this forum... The problem was I ordered Challenge Warp 6 sailcloth and what I got was...
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    C22 Goodies... mmm, Daddy Like...

    A couple Goodies I finally ordered as I finish the major component install. Other than whatever battery I go with, I think this finishes up the expensive stuff (oh, and a tiller pilot). First up, Garhauer Boom Vang. I got this because my original standard vang was completely shot, frozen with...
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    Rigging, Mast Raising, & a False Start

    So I've been working on my Mast, trying to make some headway to getting water ready (for Christmas maybe? LOL) Anyway, I've got most of the stuff done on the masthead, new spreaders done, big stuff reattached to mast like spreader brackets, etc. I want to get the rigging up so I check and mark...
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    Any Sailor here from Galveston?

    I'm looking for general advice related to sailing, marinas, yard services, live-aboard issues, supplies, etc related to living in Galveston and as a homeport. I'm not even 40 yet (but pretty close) and I've had my eye on Galveston as a place to call home in between sailing seasons. If I can...
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    Whisker pole set up, front of mast

    My mast had a plastic eye screwed to the front of the mast, roughly two feet up. I also have the light duty Forespar whisker pole that came in the boat, although the two shafts are seized together with galv corrosion. One of these days I will continue my effort to free them or just give up and...
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    Angle of forestay

    Does anyone know what the angle of the forestay is relative to the mast? I'm trying to place a piece of hardware on the mast and it would be helpful to know this...
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    SeaDek cockpit in a C22

    Hey everyone... I know I have been a bit absent lately. Since Photobucket pulled their hostage scam I haven't gotten around to fixing all the pics on my resto thread and have not posted much new material. Well, there is a dude in South Africa doing some great work on his coring job and I simply...
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    Bribes and Forged Documents

    Is this a question of ethics, protecting yourself, or just trying to outsmart criminals? I was recently watching an interview with Captain Fatty Goodlander and he was talking about a myriad of subjects; one of them being how to say "No" to bribery when cruising. He mentioned that he actually...
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    Foiled again! Photobucket no longer free to link images...

    So in case you haven't noticed... photo links to a PhotoBucket account no longer work. This really sucks since all my pics (like 100's of them on multiple threads) are linked. I have to pay a minimum of $99 per year (and it might be $399 per year if they consider this '3rd party hosting') to...
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    Idle Adjustment? Suzuki 6HP, 2012, need some quick help

    My Dinghy outboard is cutting out at low idle. 2012 Suzuki DT6 standard shaft, bought from PO with the Achilles 10ft air-floor inflatable. He had a new carb and impeller installed just before selling it to me, probably because he never ever did maintenance on anything considering the overall...
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    Bedding a cuved T Track, Butyl Tape or 3M 4000?

    I am getting ready to finally install my inboard genoa T-tracks. This will be some of the last few bits of deck hardware that need to be installed/bedded. The question occurred to me as to what type of bedding compound to use in this application because the track curves; so basically one bolt...
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    Columbia 38 C/B Owners or former owners?

    Looking for any Columbia 38 Center-board owners or former owners; anyone with good general experience with that hull. I'd post this in the Columbia forum but all I heard over there was crickets... Its tough finding info on the 38 since only about 2 dozen were made. They are nearly identical to...