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    Deck drain plug question

    When I tried drilling out the threaded plug, the fitting in the boat got warm enough to break the bond to the boat and they came right out. Maybe a soldering iron or soldering gun would be a more controllable way to heat the fitting? Close-up pic of a older drain plug system from @Alan S. Glos
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    Deck drain plug question

    Who? :D
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    Deck drain plug question

    On my one, I got them too warm trying to get them out and the outside of the fittings become loose on the boat. I pulled them off and was able to work on them in a vise in the garage. Once I got the screw-in part out (drilled and then an Easy-out type removal tool, a little plumber's torch work...
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    Hull weight

    Since the picture was taken, I got a set of bespoke lifting straps with sewn eyes and no metal bits. Tree not included with scale... :)
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    What trailer is this one?

    Good detective work on your end. Having the VIN from the manufacturer will hopefully make it easier to register/license.
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    What trailer is this one?

    Congrats on the new to you boat and trailer! My Holsclaw trailer has a stamped serial plate on the winch mast and a rectangular Holsclaw sticker on the back of each fender. The one sticker (img_9546) is plausible for TeeNee.
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    Smaller arm Harken swivel mainsheet cleat

    Harken shows the same picture for both part numbers online, good to know there is a difference.
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    Smaller arm Harken swivel mainsheet cleat

    Picture of a Harken 205, I was curious: https://www.harken.com/en/shop/cam-cleat-bases/standard-low-profile-cam-base-swivel/ Standard Low Profile Cam Base — Swivel Part No. 205 Maximum line Ø (mm) 12 mm Maximum line Ø (in) 1/2 in Minimum line Ø (mm) 3 mm Minimum line Ø (in) 1/8 in...
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    Match gel coat ‘79 Custom Edition?

    My guess is some of each, although brown is tricky as it has a little of all colors in it :) In some circles is is considered a faux pax to put polyester (gelcoat) over epoxy (MarineTex) although the ITW website outlines a procedure...
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    The JMS project

    Oh the humanity! Next thing you'll know it will have cupholders and USB charging ports :D Just kidding, looks great! I would have considered some sculpted EVA foam w/ self-stick adhesive for the sitting area, like the stuff used on SUP's.
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    Repair Sealing deck to hull

    One article from @signal charlie from their blog: Sunfish Foam Repair And a cute and concise video:
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    The JMS project

    Fun project, thanks for bringing us along for the journey. The weight of the part would be another clue for investigating if the part is aluminum vs zamac vs a copper-based alloy like brass or bronze. Figuring out the part's weight and then its volume of displaced water would lead to a density...
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    2023 World Championship

    Thanks!
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    2023 World Championship

    What was the infraction that resulted in the flagging? (Sorry, I am race rule illiterate here...)
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    Video: Towing Norcalsail 5 Miles With A Laser

    Whew! For a minute I thought you were trolling for really big fish... :)
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    Laser Performance Point Of Contact?

    I filled out out the online contact form and got an email reply a couple weeks later.
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    Site Update: Nov 2023

    All good now, thanks and thanks again for keeping the machine running!
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    Site Update: Nov 2023

    Thanks for securing the forum. Noticing that I cannot access conversations, is this a temporary thing?
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    Bahamas Dinghy

    Sounds like a neat old sail. My understanding is 3 sides is the thing that make a leg-of-mutton unique among other spritsails. Spritsail - Wikipedia
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    Bahamas Dinghy

    Hi Clark! I made a Bolger 59 sqft 'leg-o-mutton' sprit sail for a PDR based on the instructions from Shortypen and Dave at Polytarp. https://www.pdracer.com/sail/mutton/ Mine has a 16 foot mast, 9 foot sprit, and you get to use the word 'snotter' in polite conversation. I might have CAD for the...

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