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Improve your dodger
"For all of the obvious advantages of a dodger there is one glaring, and potentially dangerous, disadvantage. If you have to go forward when the seas are kicking up and the deck is bucking like a bronco, the trip around the dodger becomes hazardous. There are no handholds except for the low lifelines; you can't clip your safety harness onto the safety line until you've made it around the dodger; and the shrouds are usually too far forward to be of any use. For any member of the "over-the-hill gang' like myself, especially when sailing solo, the risk and insecure feeling is compounded. The obvious answer is to have a handhold available. I recently installed handholds on our dodger, and it has increased our sense of security dramatically."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Improve your dodger      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 6, 2004 )

Long-shaft conversion
"In the course of researching long-shaft outboards on the Web, I happened upon Bay Manufacturing of Milan, Ohio, which makes shaft-length conversion kits for Mariner, Mercury, OMC, and Yamaha outboard motors, but not for 27-year-old Eskas. Looking at the pictures on their Web page caused me to wonder what it would take to do my own long-shaft conversion."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Long-shaft conversion      Submitted by Noel Fri Aug 6, 2004 )

Good old catboat
"Unfortunately, we knew of no such boat. But we had recollections of encounters with a couple of little catboats - Marshall 18 catboats, called Sanderlings - that impressed us with their abilities and possibilities. We saw one in the Gulf Stream, in reefing weather, making no more fuss than our deep-water ketch. We knew one in the Bahamas that could explore wherever we could take our sailing dinghy. In magazines, we found photos of Sanderlings and defaced them with sketches and doodles. Encouraged by the ease with which a pencil transformed the little daysailer/overnighter into our idea of a comfortable, handy pocket cruiser, we decided we could work the same transmogrification on a real Sanderling, substituting a Sawsall, epoxy, and plywood for the pencil."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Good old catboat      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 5, 2004 )

Out, out, bad pox!
"Today, many boat owners - including me, now - are aware of the cancerous reaction of water collecting under the hull gelcoat to create an odoriferous vinegary bubble of acid formed when moisture - from the ocean outside, or bilge water inside - reacts to solvents, resin, or additives in porous pockets beneath the gel surface. Those voids, perhaps no bigger than a pinhead, may have been created by just one speck of dust in the builder's boatyard - so you can imagine the possibilities. Or perhaps it was the failure of boatbuilders to totally resin-soak every last fiber of chopped strand mat between the gelcoat and woven-roving laminated layers. That inner skin of chopped matting supposedly prevents the woven roving pattern from emerging on the surface of the gelcoat, making the hull look like a floating waffle . . . whereas the surface of a blistered bottom - once the pustules have been pricked - resemble the pocked face of the moon. "

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Out, out, bad pox!      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 5, 2004 )

Singing the boat bottom blisters blues
"While researching the causes and effects of blisters, I found more than one explanation of the cause and many opinions as to whether they actually damage laminate. The most common explanation of the cause of blisters is that polyester resin (gelcoat) is susceptible to osmosis, and the absorbed water reacts with any solutes remaining in the laminate to create an acidic solution. This solution is under pressure and causes the gelcoat to blister. Certainly, any solution present is acidic, but I'm not certain whether it causes laminate damage."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Singing the boat bottom blisters blues      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 5, 2004 )

Delamination is not spelled d-o-o-m
"The word "delamination" causes instant visions of a good old boat coming apart at the seams. Worse, those visions may be equated with an unsalvageable hulk lying in the mud of a river bank. Bad jokes have been published of a prospective buyer falling through a deck or into the bilge. These visions and jokes ring somewhat true sometimes, but does a delamination problem predict the end of a good old boat? Is there useful life after delamination? Let's examine the causes, effects, and eventually the cure for this common good old boat problem."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Delamination is not spelled d-o-o-m      Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 5, 2004 )

Big beds on small boats
"The standard land-based bed is approximately 76 inches or longer, and if you measure the king- or queen-size mattress that most of us sleep on these days, you will find it to be 80 inches or longer. But when it comes to berths in the average older sailboat, 74 inches is more often the norm. Cheryl and I came to this conclusion: if you can't buy one, make one. On our last boat, a lovely 1980 Hunter 27, all the berths were inadequate, so we decided to make what we call "the Big Bed Mod." This entailed converting the saloon area, with its two opposing settees, into one large bed. This cabin arrangement is fairly common in boats of this size and smaller. It lends itself nicely to a modification of this type."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Big beds on small boats      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 4, 2004 )

Blister repair was cheap. . all things considered
"I also did some research on the Valiant blistering problem. I discovered that instead of osmosis blisters caused by water penetrating the gelcoat from the outside and setting up a chemical reaction in the laminate to cause blisters, these blisters are caused by the fire retardant not having kicked with the polyester resin. This retardant then slowly wicks its way through the laminate to the surface and forms blisters under the gelcoat. These blisters will show up on the bottom, topsides, decks, and cabintop. They seem to be more evident in warm climates and waters. The retardant seems to wick itself to the surface when the laminate is warmest. Boats sailed exclusively in the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska were very slow to develop blisters."

( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Blister repair was cheap. . all things considered      Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 4, 2004 )

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Reese Palley
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Good Old Boat
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Aviva Challenge
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My first sailboat
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