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    Welcome home Cliff! It appeared the last few...

    Welcome home Cliff! It appeared the last few days weren't fun.
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    And if it's a flood, you can be rigging your...

    And if it's a flood, you can be rigging your fenders and see the Mare Island Bridge quickly coming at you. There's a story (it wasn't me...)

    In the club's basin, the last I knew it got really...
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    Our fleet is less congested in there than YRA's...

    Our fleet is less congested in there than YRA's GVR fleet, and you'll probably be one of the earlier arrivals. Yes, get the fenders and dock lines installed while you're still out in the river,...
  4. Thread: Surprise!

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    I attached the Gyb'Easy to the boom using a heavy...

    I attached the Gyb'Easy to the boom using a heavy dyneema strop with eye splices in each end, which was just long enough to clove hitch around the boom and shackle to the brake. Wichard recommends a...
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    "Can I sail with you sometime?" Singlehander: ...

    "Can I sail with you sometime?"

    Singlehander: "Sorry, this pie is occupewed."

    I've never actually said it but I've thought it a few times.
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    The Gyb'Easy boom brake/preventer works exactly...

    The Gyb'Easy boom brake/preventer works exactly as described = great! Chris and Joanie sailed with me yesterday and Chris took the photos in the next post.

    Related to this (and another PSA of...
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    That looks like a Pacific Seacraft 25. A better...

    That looks like a Pacific Seacraft 25. A better boat (IMO) that is similar in appearance is the Victoria 26, which is Chuck Paine's Morris Frances with an extended cabin. We had an original...
  8. Thread: Surprise!

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    Surprise! has a velcro strap for the clew as you...

    Surprise! has a velcro strap for the clew as you describe (as did Ragtime!). This appears to be standard-issue from North Sails now.

    The Harken Loup is installed and looks good to me, so no need...
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    It's blue? I don't know but they call it...

    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. Defender had the whole thing including the line...
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    Before I saw Chuck's ad for Surprise! I thought...

    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 arrangement similar to Aero's that would avoid the...
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    Good idea - we did the same when we replaced the...

    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 walked by. Dave keeps Timber Wolf (see Skip's thread)...
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    The web sez that's the Aero II, designed by Dr....

    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, such as on the starting line. They were quickly...
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    Wichard's Gyb'Easy allows you to increase or...

    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 have access to one end of the line to add wraps. ...
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    One of the videos demonstrated a brake similar to...

    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.)

    The reviews said it didn't add enough friction...
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    Agreed, that would be best. I had strops around...

    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 the very end of the boom where a strop would...
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    Regarding that soft attachment (above), I'm not...

    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 one - but Surprise! is a bigger boat.

    For the...
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    That is indeed very cool. It puts a bit of a...

    That is indeed very cool. It puts a bit of a damper on the Singlehanded Tahiti Race I've long envisioned, but a May start could work. Thoughts?
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    Half Moon Bay 2021

    There's only Tom's Race Deck thread about HMB - what a bunch of slackers! How about some stories and photos?

    How'd you like that flood, that stretched its tentacles all the way down to Pt. San...
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    Solid report! I am SO BUMMED that as we...

    Solid report!

    I am SO BUMMED that as we entered Drake's Bay, I didn't put 2+2 together and motor over to say Hi. I enjoyed meeting you in Ayala Cove recently.

    We'll try again.
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    It's a date. Sorry you didn't bail out as...

    It's a date.

    Sorry you didn't bail out as early as the rest of us. Of course if you'd finished, you'd have made us look like the flakes we are.

    You missed out on my chicken street tacos with...
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    While I'm here - You know that gybe under the...

    While I'm here - You know that gybe under the Gate to head over to the GGYC finish line? Yeah, That One.

    A remaining item from Skip's List is to change the boom bail to a soft attachment. I...
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    Elmer* helped build a boat... When I replaced...

    Elmer* helped build a boat...

    When I replaced the electric halyard winch, I saved the box that covered the old motor because it was kind of cool. Well, most of it was - apparently Elmer didn't...
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    That was above and beyond normal R/C duty - many...

    That was above and beyond normal R/C duty - many thanks to all of you!
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    As a SHTP tradition geek, this is great news to...

    As a SHTP tradition geek, this is great news to me. Thanks Brian.

    Speaking of ULDBs, Kyle was helping to double-hand Bloom County this weekend.
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  25. Thread: Drakes Bay 2021

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    Drake's Bay was Surprise!'s first racing since a...

    Drake's Bay was Surprise!'s first racing since a Valentine's Day midwinter in Berkeley.

    As for most boats, Saturday included a bunch of motoring. A photo from Margie Woods (or Brendan Huffman) is...
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