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  1. There is no shortage of urban legends related to military harware. I have heard quite a bit about what the vessel I did my military service on could achive from colleagues who also did their military service in the navy but elsewhere -- none of it true... Anyway, Gabart is now some 600 nautical miles from entering the south Atlantic and over the last 24 hours he covered more than 800 naitical miles. /Martin
  2. Works like a charm here but I am much closer to France than you are /Martin
  3. And to the engineers who designed the boat and to the people who built it. He is now sailing into the western hemisphere doing 38 knots. That is pretty close to the top speed of the vessel I did my military service on and we had three gas turbines powering us along. Cold war stuff for the Baltic Sea. /Martin
  4. He is passing south of NZ now. Some 600 nautical miles to the south doing a mere 33 knots. He left France only three weeks ago! /Martin
  5. Trelleborg is a place in southernmost Sweden. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trelleborg Good to know if it ever comes up in a pub quiz. I don't know about Vesconite. I have been recommended to use Robalon for this type of application. http://www.leripa.com/en/materials/thermoplasts/robalon-plastics.html Nylon and Teflon are both absorbing water and swell quite a bit while doing so. /Martin
  6. You need to move aero center of effort back in the boat. Either that or move centre of gravity and hydro forward. That is what the strange mooring for the AC45s is all about. The former was demonstrated by my brother on a 9 m day sailer trimaran back in the late 1980s. This particular design went through full tacks when on a mooring. My brother stopped this completely by acting as an air drag device by standing on the aft deck and opening his jacket to the wind. If he reduced his air drag by hunching down the tacking started again. My boat is very calm on her mooring but a Corsair 36 n
  7. Recommended reading: http://www.westsystem.com/wp-content/uploads/GougeonBook-061205-1.pdf /Martin
  8. The beams are of wood, or? Mine are and I have used epoxy throughout construction and protection. Epoxy is a *much* better moisture barrier than any paint system. Epoxy does not stand up to UV so paint is needed to block out UV. I use 2-part polyurethane directly on the epoxy. Re-paint when paint fades or you want to change colour scheme. This works for me and my boat is 30+ yeras old now. Primers and undercoats are in my simple mind good for filling pores in putty and the like. They also help the topcoat by covering colour variations in putty and wood and whatever. /Martin
  9. +1 for using pigmented paint. UV is your enemy -- even at N60 (it just takes longer here). /Martin
  10. Washing regurarly helps. All types of lubrication I have tried also help but nothing stay for long. This is a little off topic but may be of interest anyway: http://hem.bredband.net/b262106/Boat/Blockfriction.pdf /Martin
  11. I use small, cheap, plastic soap dispensers for my easy to bring epoxy repair kit. The local (Swedish) epoxy brand I use have a 2:1 volume ratio so 2 pushes on the resin pump for every time I push down the hardener pump. The result is a tablespoon's worth of epoxy. /Martin
  12. These works: http://www.jumpotrainer.com/ After moving to Stockholm I had terrible problems bird droppings -- untill I happened on the Jumpo. When the first batch finally died of UV-exposure I ordered a new batch. The rubber cords need replacing every few seasons. /Martin
  13. This may be old news but this book is old enough to not being copyrighted any more. It is available for free here: https://archive.org/details/TheAshleyBookOfKnots /Martin
  14. Below the video I read "The bad winter weather didn't deter New Zealanders cheering on Team NZ. Source: 1 NEWS" Bad winter weather? /Martin
  15. I am starting to realize my trusty old dingy is beyond repair. It is a Norwegian, thermoplastic thing I use to get to my mooring. I bought it used for very little money many, many years ago. Its demise was not welcome but no surprise. I don't seem to have the same luck with the second hand dinghy market this time around. Yesterday evening I started pondering the possibility of a rubber dinghy. Are they worth considering? How do I tell good from bad quality-wise? /Martin
  16. MartinRF

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    Artemis Racing stayed in our marina for some ten days the other year. It was very clear that while maneouvering in the marina they were not in their comfort zone. /Martin
  17. Same as my boat then. Reefing early helps. You don't have to sail the boat to its potential. /Martin
  18. I think Richard left the UK well before 2009 but I may be wrong. He is mostly operating out of British Columbia now. /Martin
  19. I have 5 hp outboard in the nacelle but I don't use it much. Maybe 3 hours last season. Yes, strip-planked cat: http://hem.bredband.net/b262106/ From a bicycle commute point of view Stockholm has very few hills. My native Gothenburg on the other hand... Less snow in Gothenburg though. I do have spiked winter tyres on my bicycle in winter. 7.5 km commute. /Martin
  20. A couple of months ago I promised to publish a video showing my sailing grounds. Here it is: https://youtu.be/g2Tt4IvKd5A Not the most exciting sailing from last season but then I was to busy sailing to dig out the camera. Some other of my antics recorded on film: commuting to work in snow in November: https://youtu.be/Mmj0my0B07Q Merry seasonal greetings to all, /Martin
  21. Some historic photage: http://www.dr.dk/sporten/oevrig/paul-elvstroem-er-doed#!/ /Martin
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