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    Best way to plug a screw hole on mast top?

    Didn’t know there was such a thing.Thank you!
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    Best way to plug a screw hole on mast top?

    I see your point.
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    Best way to plug a screw hole on mast top?

    I like this option, too. Thank you.
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    Best way to plug a screw hole on mast top?

    So the advantage of the aluminum rod would be to avoid future deterioration due to corosion between different metals?I would thread the rod, screw it in with thread lock, and cut it off?
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    Best way to plug a screw hole on mast top?

    Thank you, Loren. Good tip. I haven’t done much work (any) with thickened epoxy yet, but it’s definitely in my future this season. Do I need to worry a bit about epoxy dripping through to the halyard sheaves below (inside the top of the mast), before it sets?
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    NACA Foil Sections

    I love how a wind vane question becomes an exploration of today’s bicycle technology and classic automotive racing development and drama. Thanks, gentlemen.
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    Best way to plug a screw hole on mast top?

    I’m replacing the bracket for my wind transducer, and it will leave two old screw holes on the top of the mast partially exposed. What’s the best way to fill the holes before mounting the new bracket to avoid leaks in the future? I‘ve considered: 1. put the old screws in, and use a rotary...
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    Log transducer

    I may have one on my E32-3. We replaced our depth transducer with a DST800 last season. The old Navico log transducer with its red paddle wheel is still in the other thru hull. Can you send more specs about your model to see if it’s a match? Feel free to pm me.
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    Show me your transom decals

    Thank you. The backstay adjuster is a Harken B500 with worm drive, and it uses a standard winch handle. Makes adjusting really easy.
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    Show me your transom decals

    PO went for name on transom and on starboard and port sides. We liked it, and just changed the hailing port and added burgee. Technically, the name letters on transom are a little undersized for USCG regs. Perhaps the redundancy would earn us a pass. The USCG Auxiliary inspector has never...
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    E32-3 It happened rather fast

    We joined the local yacht club because they had one of the best restaurants near our part of town, and it would be a fine place to entertain people for work. At least that’s what we told each other, and that‘s just what we did for the first couple of years. But I loved being by the water...
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    Tradewinds

    The joys and challenges of owning, maintaining, and sailing our first boat, a 1985 Ericson 32-3, “Tradewinds.”
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    Sustainability

    I’ll drink to that! Some investments, like some relationships, have returns that are hard to quantify.
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    Sustainability

    I think financing plays a significant part. We couldn’t find a bank that would finance a boat over 30 years old, but we had the option of an unsecured loan or HELOC that some (younger?) investors might not have. Add moorage and storage to the monthly cost, and it may look prohibitive. However...
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    Solar 'generator' backup battery systems

    Yes, exactly.
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