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    Can this be fixed?

    Can you access the back side? If so, it should be a relatively straight forward repair. I would consider reinforcing the other side while you have glass and the the fixings in hand...
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    Weird/Unique Hardware

    The double hook thingy is for mooring the boat to a dock or an anchor or some other way to secure the boat. A mooring line is tied to the dock or whatever, passed through the double hook thing and then secured to the cleat on your mid for deck. The forked thing is used to prevent chafing of the...
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    Capri 14.2 crew weight questions

    Distribution of weight is always an issue if there is one two or more on a boat. especially is a small boat. Weight is usually best used when distributed around the CG of the boat which is a challenge with sand bags. There are occasions when you want some of the weight favoring fore or aft but...
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    Forestay attachment

    Yep, you are probably right. One of the tricks I used for years was to put a inclineometer (sp???). This is the device that is typically used to indicate how far your boat is heeled. If you place it in the right orientation you can see if the boat is flat or heavy on the bow or stern. Kind of a...
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    Forestay attachment

    Fhhuber has touched on a great point which I failed to mention (please accept old age as an excuse…) If you will move your buns fore and aft while attempting to hold a constant course into the wind you will find that it has a great deal to do with the overall balance of the craft as does the...
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    Forestay attachment

    This is a tough question for me to answer (not that anyone cares…) my approach is to tune the rigging so that the sail plane compliments the underwater profile of the sailing craft you are using. To me, the builders’ recommendations are just that –recommendations. No two boats are 100%...
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    Gooseneck Stoppers

    Not sure how it is supposed to be but here is how I do it: I use the stopper to keep the mast from falling to the deck when the main is slacked or lowered. I use a down hall to keep the tack of the sail and boom from riding up the mast and to adjust the tension on the luff of the main. This may...
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    How to fold a sail for shipping

    If the sail is new the sail maker should know how to package the product where it will not be damaged in shipment. If this is a used sail then the age of the sail and how much sunshine it has seen will make a difference. If it is an old sail it is possible that a folded window will retain a...
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    New Guy questions :)

    Interesting question. I have no idea which way is correct. Personally, I would tend to put the thin end in into the pocket first. The thin end is more easily bent/formed by the sail making the transition from unsupported sail to supported sail a smoother transition. This puts the...
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    need suggestions on navigation lights for 14.2

    I prefer the try color mast head light. The last time I checked (years ago) it was CG approved. I would think you could get a self contained unit and not have to run any wires. With a led light and a small battery you should be able to easily sail dusk to dawn and still have battery power left...
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    Hopeful crewmember seeking advice!

    I really can’t give you the advice you are looking for but, as usual, can make a few comments that may be of some interest. To me certifications don’t count for much. That is not to say that they are bad or lacking in any way but rather inclusive. I have a number of certifications in various...
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    New Sailors, Old Boat, and Questions

    1. I suspect you are referring to the base of the mast. DO NOT THROUGH-BOLTS use screws. The size of the screws doesn’t really matter much. The only real stress on the screws is when you step the mast or if a shroud breaks. If a shroud breaks it is best that the screws in the mast base bracket...
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    best boat for me and...

    I can't recommend a specific boat but I can provide something to think about. I always recommend that students consider selecting a sloop. While there are a number of sailboats the sloop offers the opportunity to build skills that are directly transferable to larger vessels. If your sailing...
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    Tips for Newbies

    You will probably find that the Power Squadron focuses more on power boats than sail boats; at least that has been my experience. However, what they teach is 99% applicable to sail boats so just get past those power guys and focus on a lot of very good information that you can use often. Who...
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    Tips for Newbies

    Based on the chart you posted I would suggest you become very familiar with the rules of the road before you spend much time “cross country” in this area. It would be good to have knowledge of everything you may encounter while sailing especially if there are ships in the area you are sailing...
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