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  1. Here's a good walkthrough of dynema replacement....

    Here's a good walkthrough of dynema replacement.
    http://www.alohaowners.com/projects/amsteel_lifelines/amsteel_lifelines.htm

    As for tensioning, you could use your existing turnbuckles, just...
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    Don't know what your budget is, but Garmin 441s...

    Don't know what your budget is, but Garmin 441s (chartplotter/sonar) can be had for $350 on the net (or price-matched at West Marine). I'm pretty happy with mine.
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    Isn't it a week from now?

    Isn't it a week from now?
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    Diesel tank cleaning

    Hi folks,

    Need to get my diesel tank cleaned, looking for recommendations and an idea of how much it would cost. The tank is 25gal, there's no inspection hatch, so that would probably need to be...
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    Interesting idea, but it's not really free...

    Interesting idea, but it's not really free energy. From what little info there is on the site, it uses disposable "fuel pucks", each containing a nominal 4Wh of energy. That pretty much makes it just...
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    I guess one advantage DSC has over PLB/EPIRB is...

    I guess one advantage DSC has over PLB/EPIRB is that anyone in range with a DSC radio will hear the distress signal, not just CG. Not sure how useful that would be for SHTP, but for shorter races...
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    A big ol' blanket that even reefs itself? Naa,...

    A big ol' blanket that even reefs itself? Naa, that'll be too easy :) Mind you, I might change my mind next time I get caught in wind like that with genoa and full main up. It is a stunning boat...
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    Oh, come on, I was just getting the beer and...

    Oh, come on, I was just getting the beer and popcorn out :)

    But in all seriousness, are there any other schools or instructors, aside from ASA and USS, that might be worth looking into? Maybe not...
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    Bob, Thank you for a very thorough reply. I...

    Bob,

    Thank you for a very thorough reply. I think I'll print it out and keep on the boat for future reference.

    AP: The reason I'm asking about X-5 is that there's a used one listed on Latitude...
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    Max, I've heard about the "rivalry" between...

    Max,

    I've heard about the "rivalry" between ASA and US Sailing (from ASA guys mostly :). Are they really that different? The reason I'm asking is that I'm only one course into the ASA program, so...
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    Thanks for the insight. I'm normally a "trial and...

    Thanks for the insight. I'm normally a "trial and error" kind, but with sailing most lessons seem to carry a big price tag, threat of injury, or both.

    I was afraid you were going to say that about...
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    Good point. Mine was attached to the cockpit the...

    Good point. Mine was attached to the cockpit the whole race, so it would've been useless as a rescue tool (duh!). A Spinlock vest might help with that, apparently it has a pocket specifically for a...
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    Sail changes and auto pilots

    Hi folks,

    Sailing in the TBF this year was a lot of fun with all that wind, but it also made me realize that a lot of things don't happen quite the same way they teach them in ASA classes,...
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    It looks nifty, but then I just got an ICOM M92D...

    It looks nifty, but then I just got an ICOM M92D for the same $300, which seems to be a little more handy as an actual radio. Used it in the cockpit during TBF and very happy with it. There's an...
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    Cool. It's definitely nice to finish next to a...

    Cool. It's definitely nice to finish next to a quick boat like that, although I didn't see anything around me at that time, I was too busy getting my genoa wrapped around the headstay :)
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    Ok, I'll bite, please, please, tell us the story...

    Ok, I'll bite, please, please, tell us the story Bob :)

    As for AARP, I just got my first letter from them. I suppose my name eventually got tagged with "sailing" on of the junk lists, which I...
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    Hehe, I'm glad you're enjoying it. Sometimes I...

    Hehe, I'm glad you're enjoying it. Sometimes I feel like an annoying kid asking the adults lots of silly questions :) but only sometimes.

    Pier 39 was $45 flat rate for boats under 36'. Another...
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    Well, not hitting other boats was one of the two...

    Well, not hitting other boats was one of the two goals I had for the race (I did come close a time or two, the other boats were nice enough to let me pass). The other was to actually finish, which I...
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    Well, that was an experience, to say the least....

    Well, that was an experience, to say the least. That was the first time I've been in anything more that 10 knots of wind... apparently it was blowing around 25 at the finish line. All in all, it was...
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    Thank you very much everyone for great advice. I...

    Thank you very much everyone for great advice. I guess we'll see tomorrow if I listened well enough :) I'm all squared away at Pier 39, can't wait till morning. Somehow I'm sure it will be a day I'll...
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    Singing??? Oh God, what have I gotten myself...

    Singing??? Oh God, what have I gotten myself into...

    Ok, nevermind, got a slip at Pier 39. I hope the hangover won't be too bad on Sat :)
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    Ah, well, I guess I'm safe then. It's Nov 27, no...

    Ah, well, I guess I'm safe then. It's Nov 27, no races around that time :)

    Ships - yes, I've come across a couple while moving the boat from Richmond to Coyote Point. Scary stuff, especially the...
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    Hmm... that sounded ominous somehow... is there a...

    Hmm... that sounded ominous somehow... is there a story behind it?



    That sounds like a good thing to keep in mind, but I think I'll just follow the pack, seeing as I don't really know the area....
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    Great, that should be easy to get to. How long...

    Great, that should be easy to get to. How long does it take to get to the start line from there?
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    Thanks a bunch! I'll try to follow those points....

    Thanks a bunch! I'll try to follow those points. I did get a hand-held VHF yesterday, since I found I can't really hear the one in the cabin. I was tempted to put the 150% genoa on, seeing as there...
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