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Frank Hagan

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About Frank Hagan

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!
  2. how to post photos

    It still seems to work. This was about 42 years ago, and yes, real men wore ruffled shirts in those days. You should be able to upload files using the "choose files..." link. It inserts them at the bottom of the post but you can then insert them by clicking on the small plus sign in the lower left corner of the image.
  3. Bold lettering

    Yeah, I can't find the settings. Guess I'm getting old because I keep thinking it didn't used to be this hard to find a setting! I may have to just install the default theme again and start from there.
  4. Bold lettering

    I'll have to dig into it some more when I get a chance. I'm sure there some kind of indicator in the CSS that a post is new. they keep making everything lighter and lighter on websites; there's a group called the web accessibility standards group and they are very upset about it. Eventually they'll get back to black text again and abandon the stupid light grey look.
  5. Bold lettering

    OK, I think I have the bold text back on the main forum index page, and also on the list of topics within each forum.
  6. Bold lettering

    Hmmmm ... the recent update must have changed it. I think I have it back to bold now.
  7. Photobucket recently went to a paid model, and broke everyone's existing photo links. They charge over $40 a month now. messing-about lets you upload your images to our server, but if you want to use a photo sharing service, you can use Google Photos. It's free, with unlimited storage, but has been hard to figure out how to link to the photos. This video shows you how:
  8. Photobucket insanity

    Yes, we permit direct posting of photos here. We have about 20 GB of photos hosted so far. The other option is to use Google Photos, free if you have a Gmail account for unlimited storage at the compressed size they use. It's a little tricky to get the photos to post.
  9. New Boat - and not what you'd expect

    Thanks, Ken. I've been looking at the hand powered Trailer Valet: https://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Valet-V211-Tongue-Silver/dp/B007G2IH4Q/ Still pricey, and probably not good pushing up a slope (even though they say it can!) We're also looking at moving the gate back a few feet so the gate opening isn't right across from the gas meter. There's a post, and then the thickness of the gate right at that point, so moving it back a few feet will free up another 8" or so of space right where it's needed. I should take a video of what I see when backing up. To be honest, I think what would help the most is one of those drop cams or Yi cameras that I could position on the flat at the top of the incline and view it on a tablet as I back into the space. I may try that.
  10. New Boat - and not what you'd expect

    Thanks for the tips! The prior owner used the marine repair place about a mile from my house and the guys there know the boat. He just had it serviced, but they probably were not looking for that kind of thing. What I can see of the bellows looks good. There's no hour meter on the boat, but it doesn't look very used. He had it serviced just recently, but just for a gear oil and engine oil change (which he did yearly, even if he hadn't taken the boat out that year).
  11. Some of you know about my health issues with the blood clots in my leg. They have resolved themselves, but I remain on blood thinners and have peripheral neuropathy in my right foot that is aggravated by sitting. So I stand all the time unless I can recline and almost lay flat. My foot is numb, which makes me clumsy for some reason, and occasionally gets that pins and needles feeling that drives me nuts. I have a lot of fatigue that the docs think is a reaction to the blood thinners, and I'm scheduled to go off of them in September, so perhaps that will change./ After giving my Weekender away to my brother I bought a Potter 19 sailboat. Nice boat, but the thing takes a full 45 minutes to rig, and then another 45 minutes to de-rig. And backing it into the side yard was a real ordeal. I have to back the boat up a grade, around the corner of the garage, and navigate between a gas meter and a fence that are 8' 6" apart. Because of the grade I can't see either the fence or the gas meter in the mirrors. The 8' 3" trailer made that a huge hassle. But the kicker was that I couldn't really rig the boat any more as the movements required . So we sold it. Building another boat is out of the question. I toyed with it but I don't have the stamina to do much actual work. Maybe after I'm off the meds I can consider it again. We bought a used Bayliner 175 bow rider to take in the harbor and put around. There are rare days here when the swells are 2' or under, and on those days we can use the "big pond" outside of the breakwater. Not sure I trust a bow rider in anything bigger. And we can use it on lakes or take it to Mission Bay in San Diego. The trailer is less than 8' wide, and the boat is lighter than the sailboat, so it makes backing it into the side yard much easier. We took it out on Sunday and launch was 15 minutes ... but I think that will get down to 10 or so as we get used to it. Backing it into the side yard only took about 15 minutes, only requiring me to get out, scratch my head and plan the next move 3 times.
  12. Cost of Building Your Bluejacket?

    Thanks for the cost estimates! I doubt I have enough time to really build until I retire, but it's nice to dream!
  13. Cost of Building Your Bluejacket?

    I have the plans for Hull #3, the original BJ 24, purchased on 3/4/2002! I dug out the plans and Tom included a cost list of the first one he built, Liz. A sheet of 12mm okoume ply was $49.37 back then. His 50hp outboard was $6,065 too, so the total boat, engine and trailer came in just over $15,200. I think $20k would probably be the lowest cost to build one now.
  14. I will be selling my sailboat and trading to power. I'm just tired of rigging to launch that takes 45 minutes and then repeating the process in reverse when I end the day. I have the plans for the original BJ that I purchased when they were first offered, I doubt I'll be able to actually build another boat, especially one this large, but was interested in what you spent (less the outboard, anyway).
  15. Builder Database

    One advantage of a forum is that the question asked, and answered, is current. That's why we don't tell people to search for the answer, or moderate them and say they should search first. Things change, and a certain type or brand of plywood may have been great 2 years ago and absolute rubbish today. A database of owners would be good for mess-abouts and that sort of thing, though, so I'm open to it.