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  1. I agree with Pmm1950. I bought a simple Harbor Freight rivet gun like this one- https://www.harborfreight.com/3-16-inch-air-hydraulic-riveter-93458.html . But then I filed down the nose piece so it fit exactly inside the groove on the SS mast track. Each rivet got a dab of Sikaflex and then was drawn up nice and tight with only a small compressor needed.
  2. What about a "collar" of pool noodles? Cheap, easy to work with, could be strung around the hull with a line through their centers, etc. From what I could find on the internet a 3"noodle provides 2-2.25 pounds of flotation per running foot. SO I replaced the 40 year old bags of popcorn styrofoam in my Drascombe Dabber ( "Daphne" who is Petunia's sibling...) and added approximately 350 pounds of flotation. I have one of the Duckworks boat rollers which Paul suggests, but because of it's girth I can't imagine HOW you'd incorporate it into a dinghy situation...You can even pair the noodles
  3. Jim, I have been playing with the stop concept and trying to rig a little "tab" I can move to create a "temporary bottom" of the PVC tube until I get it upright. So far I have just rested the mast bottom on the lip of the Carbon fiber deck tube ,and with the "stop"on the forward face of the PVC I can keep it in place while under control, and then just lower it all the way. I used such tall/large pieces for the cheeks because my trunk cabin height ( see attached) would not allow me to start from a fully horizontal position if it was shorter. At this height I can lay the mast flat on
  4. Hola All, While in lock down mode I too have been working on my answer for the mast stepping issue. My cabin makes it a little more difficult than planned to get solid footing so I wanted a way to use both what was already there, and some "mechanical" advantage for the hoist. I decided to use up what was here and make my own tabernacle that would; 1. Allow me to set the foot of the mast into a socket 2. Do the hoist/lowering with the help of my double topping lifts, and the bow roller. 3. Allow the original MK1 design of a rotating mast to STILL function 4. Be r
  5. Hi, Been awhile as I have been in Summer migration mode and spent much of the time in the mountains of Northern Ca. Petunia now has an older, smaller Sister- "Daphne" who is a Drascombe Dabber . She will probably spend much of her career down in Baja as a Panga, but we're still working on developing a small , all species , sail boat fleet down there so I'll probably get a chance to try a lug sail as well. While recently RE-reading Paul's capsize story and the followups I had a few thoughts about a "turtle stopper" per se. I called and spoke to Alan and got some numbers to
  6. Paul/tfrei, I think it was Paul Jost who came up with the idea of using a ring on the mizzen sprit to change the angle of the sheets and get them above the motor. I use this on Petunia and it works very well. Duckworks has nice bronze rings too.... https://jostboats.blogspot.com/ If you scroll down to changes he shows the ring...
  7. Alex, Good idea ! Maybe even styrofoam peanut packing pieces....? Someone still in the building process feel like taking one for the team here?
  8. Paul, It wasn't easy/fun stuffing the standard masts with the noodles...! I had to slit them, and cut off some of the overlaps which is why I resorted to the aluminum tape to keep them in a small, tight shape. Since the upper 6 inches of the masts are wooden plugs it wasn't a complete fill. I too thought about the 2 part foam, but from my experience it would have expanded partially down the tube and then blocked further access (although air tight 'compartments' might not have been bad either...) At the time I think the web said that each noodle could support 40-50 pounds ( abou
  9. Paul, Well written, and worthy of concern. I too "went over" a few weeks ago, but not in "Petunia" . I was sailing with a friend in his boat and after a great day of sailing toward an off shore island we headed home and like you had a snag in the main (sheet) which kept the main from coming across on a tack, and splash.... Since we both had gone through prior capsizes in our lives we knew the drill and while she was somewhere between 90-115 degrees over we swam to the mast, unfastened the halyard, pulled the sail down as far as we could, and then stood on the centerboard. Nothi
  10. Graham, Not a tough choice between the fires/rain of Northern CA., and here...Gonna give her a good working over while i have the facilities and then try to hit some new places in convoy with a few other small boat owners. No need to go too far for that... Reports to follow. OH- one bit of "survival gear" we tested on this last coastal trip might be of interest to anyone who might potentially get stranded. We used a "Steripen" ( https://www.katadyn.com/us/us/products/steripen#/1/filter?categories=46025) UV water purifier to clean up some stream water whose origin was of questi
  11. Petunia and I decided to spend more time in Baja, MX this year so I found a big old funky house where I will be able to catch up on some over due maintenance and hardware changes. Since she is now sitting on her trailer next to my casa instead of her mooring, I don't have to worry about running down to the marina (19 miles) daily to check on her. And we have a fairly functional; ramp only half a mile from the new place. This has given me a chance to scout out some new areas for sailing as there are now a few people with various small sail boats interested in 'going someplace' as a c
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