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  • AlanH's Avatar
    Today, 04:10 PM
    AlanH replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    I have something rather like this set up on the Piper. There's a velcro-closed, homemade strop that keeps the clew of the mainsail down at the boom. ...
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  • AlanH's Avatar
    Today, 12:24 PM
    AlanH is now available for doublehanded and crewed outings, now and then. This guy will be focusing on the Piper, now, and she's not a boat that's...
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  • BobJ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    It's blue? I don't know but they call it "GybeFlex" line and they make a pretty big deal about it in the ads. Just the line is $165 at Landfall. ...
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  • sleddog's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    I've known Bruce since he was a kid, playing his guitar at restaurants in Santa Cruz. As skipper of IMPROBABLE, 1971-1975, a few years back Bruce...
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  • Critter's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    Critter replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    I figure on adding more wraps than shown in the illustration, then adjusting the drag by tensioning the line more or less. Still, it's hard to know...
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  • BobJ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    The last plumbing project aboard Surprise! was the holding tank and head hose replacement a couple of years ago. The cockpit drain hoses and engine...
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  • Philpott's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:53 PM
    Found this on my phone. Ray Irvine sent it during the Drakes Bay race, said something like, "It doesn't look like anybody is having fun". I started...
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  • Lightspeed's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:09 PM
    https://youtu.be/lm0zdQSjTt4 Skip, not sure if I missed the conversation about Improbable in the forum. Bruce mentions you…Seems like a fascinating...
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  • BobJ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:45 AM
    Before I saw Chuck's ad for Surprise! I thought my next boat would be a J/109. 109's have wheels and I wanted a tiller. I conjured up a tiller...
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  • sleddog's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:35 AM
    AERO, Manfred Curry's 20 sq. meter, is 100 years old this year. Curry was the first to experiment with scientific principles and equipment applied to...
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  • BobJ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:04 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Good idea - we did the same when we replaced the traveler lines a while back. While I was testing lead angles for the boom brake, Dave Hodges...
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  • BobJ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:47 AM
    The web sez that's the Aero II, designed by Dr. Manfred Curry. The flaps are brakes, used when racing to slow or stop the boat at opportune times,...
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  • Dazzler's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:44 AM
    Interesting… and it’s named AERO. I know nothing about this boat, but what I think we are looking at on the back is an inverted empennage or tail...
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  • sleddog's Avatar
    09-24-2021, 09:52 PM
    Speaking of historical boats, does anyone recognize this boat or who owned it? It's as much a work of art as a technological triumph. What are those...
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  • Jonathan Gutoff's Avatar
    09-23-2021, 10:23 PM
    I use low tech stretchy line for my traveler to help with the shock loads on a jibe. Like you we just fling the boom across. It make a loud bang but...
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  • Intermission's Avatar
    09-23-2021, 08:20 PM
    Intermission replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Certainly, custom dynema to the purpose is best; no argument. Climbing gear is all rated; they tend not to skimp on strength either. Adding...
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  • sleddog's Avatar
    09-23-2021, 08:19 PM
    Several recent visitors to CBC's guest dock have asked about our monthly welcome posted on the rose arbor over the gangway and who authored it. I...
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  • BobJ's Avatar
    09-23-2021, 05:54 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Wichard's Gyb'Easy allows you to increase or decrease the friction by passing the bight in the line through more or fewer rings - there's no need to...
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  • Intermission's Avatar
    09-23-2021, 04:09 PM
    Intermission replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    The reviewer needed to add another wrap or two. I would also like to point out that a rescue eight cost $60 at Defender and $16 at R.E.I.. And...
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  • BobJ's Avatar
    09-23-2021, 02:13 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    One of the videos demonstrated a brake similar to yours, with one primary loop. The brand was "Capt. Don." (Not sure if he's related to Capt. Ron.)...
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  • Critter's Avatar
    09-23-2021, 01:59 PM
    Critter replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    I've been thinking of adding a boom brake too. I balked at the cost of the Wichard Gyb'Easy, but then on one of the Facebook sailing groups I saw...
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  • BobJ's Avatar
    09-22-2021, 08:11 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Agreed, that would be best. I had strops around the boom on Ragtime! On this boat the sheeting angle is such that the mainsheet needs to attach at...
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  • Jonathan Gutoff's Avatar
    09-22-2021, 04:13 PM
    The best would be a strop around the end of the boom. The setup shown looks weak as the middle of the bolt takes the load and has chafe points.
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  • Daydreamer's Avatar
    09-20-2021, 10:35 PM
    Will, glad to hear things are progressing!
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  • Daydreamer's Avatar
    09-20-2021, 10:28 PM
    I'm interested and available. 2018 SHTP vet. S/V Nightmare, Wilderness 30 gca at goldrush dot com
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  • Philpott's Avatar
    09-20-2021, 03:09 PM
    That's great news, Will! Since she won't be coming hone through the gate we'll have to have some other kind of welcome home party for her. Cliff is...
    107 replies | 20905 view(s)
  • WBChristie's Avatar
    09-20-2021, 12:15 PM
    Thanks for that!
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  • BobJ's Avatar
    09-20-2021, 10:57 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Regarding that soft attachment (above), I'm not sure what to do here. I've used Harken "Loups" for a long time and I've never come close to breaking...
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  • seawisdom's Avatar
    09-20-2021, 07:17 AM
    My delivery crew was able to work their magic and replace the old Harken's upper rudder bearing with a new PVI bearing at Nawiliwili. With the new...
    107 replies | 20905 view(s)
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