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  1. I understand the compromise, wondered where the tradeoff "tripline" occurred. Not to be a PITA, but what, very roughly, might be the penalty a 16° deadrise might cost over a 13° at, say, 20 kts in flat water, all else being equal (which it won't be)? Yeah, I need a good simulator. ;-)
  2. Alan, care to comment on the reasons and effects of the deadrise increase?
  3. Or you could just have beaten the crap out of it, assumed that cylinder #3 would fail around 30K miles (I think that was the one whose airflow was "disturbed" by the oil cooler (1971) ) and freshen it up with a new cylinder, piston, pushrod seals and a rebuilt head. My Dad and I got to the point we could drop the engine in 45 minutes, and complete the partial rebuild in an afternoon. I can only dream about such servicability with our current Eurovan MV Weekender. Or even just a manual transmission. Awesome progress with the boat. On to the next adventure! ;-)
  4. I think SHART tools are usually found in the Depends aisle ;-)
  5. Hey, and I'm an EE and didn't even think of the *diode* part. Most of my work's been sub 30nm. Reality loses its grip, and quantum effects start to get serious. ;-) In the immortal words of Homer Simpson - D'oh! Mike
  6. Oh, so now the Chinese have appropriated the NASA brand... what could possibly go wrong? ;-) Not to be cynical, but have you ever encountered a Chinese product engineered to be anything other than cost-optimized? Also, how could a 3-conductor wire power a tricolor masthead light, unless you use the mast as your ground? I've had bad experiences with the conductivity of anodized (or any other) aluminum in corrosive, and even non-corrosive environments. Use 4 copper conductors, well tinned, to be safe.
  7. One other consideration on heel vs. efficiency is that as speed rises (presumably accompanied by increased heel) wave-making becomes the dominant factor in resistance vs. that of wetted surface area. The heeled hull shape becomes an important factor in the ultimate speed achieved.
  8. ... the crowd raises their lighters and yells... "Freeboard!" ;-)
  9. Chinese plywood, no?
  10. I know there are a fair number of you guys and gals around the N.Carolina coast, and just want to wish you well as you prepare for our first Atlantic storm event for the season. Be strong, be well, and be safe. Mike
  11. PAR, 1) what's the "cross-hatched scratch thingie" of which you speak? and 2) how did the Firebird tip and roll finish come out? ;-)
  12. Spent enough time in that area to recommend "Seagull Shit Grey" as a wise choice; pelican poop is harder to match ;-)
  13. The other brands (Ryobi, etc. even Bosch) aren't even close. They vibrate, they overheat, they don't have nearly as effective a dust extraction system. Last year I succumbed to the siren call of the Fein and there was no stopping. One of the best aspects is the vast array of accessories that Just Work. Tried an aftermarket diamond disk to remove fat joints of sanded grout - lasted a day for $20. Bought a Fein version for $45, it lasted a week of 8-hour days (giant shower remodel) with no discernable wear. Plus, I didn't have to put the tool down every 5 minutes to "let it cool" so as not to burn my hands. Have a dozen stories like that. Their sanding stick pads seem to last 3 times as long, too. I don't use this for a living, but my time is sure worth something. Same goes for Festo tools, too. Good tools pay for themselves pretty quickly.
  14. That's a really nice build! What did you use for the gunwales? (Sorry, did not read the entire thread)
  15. +100. One of may favorite books ever. Every story is a real "shootin' the shit" tale, told in that distinctive Southern drawl, as if you were hearing it on his porch right at the source. Would have loved to have heard him in person.