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  1. We sought shelter in Orokawa Bay in BOI for those couple of days, gave good shelter and flat water but it was blowing dogs off chains there, I could not contemplate going out for a fishing trip it was not pretty. Another thing, I wonder if these guys where reporting "apparent wind" at the time of the incident, they were running under power with the breeze and the survivors reporting the breeze had dropped to around 10 knots which would make sense if you're travelling 15-20 knots in those conditions. Turn that vessel into the breeze and its a completely different story as many of us
  2. There was a number of very well put together racing yachts called Merrythought out of Annapolis owned by Jack King the biggest I recall was about 62ft they raced East Coat of US and Caribbean , including Pineapple Cup, don't know if this one is from the same stable but it was a very good well run program, that might be a good place to start. Most of the 50's had a single large diameter wheel for helm, this twin wheel setup maybe a subsequent improvement. The boats were light and fundementally empty inside good inshore coastal racing but would probably need more work to survive a bad
  3. Rats

    Trailer Winches

    Be careful, some of the loads can get dramatic. Had my neighbor recently winching a Bonito powerboat onto a trailer and the hook at the end connecting the wire to the boat failed suddenly, the recoil from the wire pierced his artery on his winching arm just below his shoulder. Fortunately a Dr nearby- he ended up in a chopper to Middlemore. from Omaha! When it's getting harder to winch- its not necessarily a good idea to winch harder- a lower friction solution like IT is suggesting might be wise.
  4. Mostly I agree, My understanding of the primary purpose of the tissue behind the Gel coat was to prevent "print" of the fiberglass substrate through the gel coat layer, print is where in a certain light you could see the pattern of the fiberglass mat used in the layup through the outer gel coat layer, although I agree it could also provide a barrier to the somewhat porous gel coat allowing moisture to wick into the substrate over time. I would add sometimes you do have to dig deeper for instance the epoxy versions of Hanses are only epoxy below the waterline the early ones were polyester
  5. I like my manual inflatable harness combo and find it provides much more freedom than a bulky life jacket. I do not wear it always but certainly if I have to leave the safety of the cockpit in more sporty conditions. Like everything out of sight is out of mind- the CO2 cartridges need regularly checked as do the little plastic sacrificial bit designed to provide resistance to a accidental discharge-the auto ones have have a soluble trigger device, you would be amazed at the state some of these bits can get to and the vest still look 'normal' Used to service all manner of them an
  6. Prolly holding back to see how much they are worth, hell if it meant a pay check where you wouldn’t have work too hard the rest of your life……. Teams would be willing to have a bidding war over that sort of talent a la Coutts and Butterworth……
  7. I'm guessing one hell of a P habit and easy pickings. The plus appears they didn't get time to drink it. What needs to happen is just one of these mf's need to be caught by the boaties in the act, and handed to the police after we've all had a little chat.....they might be thankful the police are actually pretty reasonable guys.
  8. Yep talked to a couple of pros yesterday and Farecla has their vote as well, investigating further.
  9. The boats coming out for antifoul, so may as well tackle topsides while I'm at it. The last time I cut and polished a boat was years ago, is anything that makes the job a little easier these days? I used to use 3M and a vari speed polisher anything better now?
  10. Used a rudder bearing with a few shims removed on a carbon 40ftr with retractable canting sprit in the States had an internal 3/4 high bulkhead with Harken track mounted on top to control the aft end of the sprit- worked well.
  11. Hey Nathan what sort of boat and what is the core would be my first two questions. I have dealt with a few new decks- one thing I have learnt is it can get expensive fast. Recently dealt with a boat that had all the teak removed and a layer of meranti ply epoxied over the core- the core that the teak was originally screwed to. In that case the core should have been removed at the time because the core was sodden from all the screw penetrations -the core in that instance was tanalized ply. And before you go removing all fittings remember photos and measurements are important.
  12. One pole driven into the mud cost about 5 K, nowdays its a matter of finding someone with the platform and the skills to put a pole, a mooring or a buoy in at exact coordinates and sign off on it. There are only a few guys and lotsa work, lets face it no ones gonna get keen to tug a platform out to Izzy Bay just to replace one buoy when there is serious money in replacing infrastructure like the Westhaven block the entrance and extend things. What the Harbourmaster probably needs is his own crew of guys and a platform, I doubt if Goff and the boys are prepared to spend it, unfortunat
  13. Been on the hard at GH a long time.
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