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Ultimate Unassisted Mast Climbing
This video goes pretty fast so follow the link where there is much more detail on how the system works.
Black Diamond Bosun's Chair Review
Soft Shackle Spinnaker Y-SheetMy old friend the dual soft shackle version 1 has found a new use. It is common practice to use some kind of tail on an asymmetric spinnaker to keep the clew away from the rigging. One version is called a Y-Sheet. It connects to eye splices in the sheets and extends to some kind of connection to the clew either with a knot or a shackle. This article shows how to use a soft shackle type arrangement and not only avoid the strength loss that you would get with a knot, but basically doubles the strength of the line used for a penalty of a small increase in the length of the rope you need.
Please Report Page ErrorsPHP 5.6 is no longer supported so I have upgraded to 7.2. In the brilliant mind of the PHP developers, they remove functions they don't like and it crashes sites that previously worked. I have upgraded all the pages where I am aware of an error but as this site has thousands of pages, I might have missed some. If you see Warning, Fatal Error, Error, please report the error so it can be fixed.
Page errors might say Warning, Fatal Error, Notice, Error, or you might just see a page that is blank when you expect to see something. Basically, I am asking you to report antyhing that looks wrong.
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No More StartLine on Google Play
The racing app StartLine was developed to be the best racing app available for Android. Users said it was the best thing short of Expedition. But most people found it too complicated and it never had a broad following. For those that did use it, they found success. The highest level success was a 3rd place in the Cowes race week J109 class. I personally use it along with the RaceBox in my club racing where this season I won all three series plus the TI race. Success is not just the app but the crew and the boat but I could not have done it without the app.
But the app is old and specifically it is targeted at a minimum Android SKD level of 11. This allows it to work on the older tablets I and users feel comfortable having in the marine environment. Now Google says any app that is not at SKD level 26 cannot post on the Google Play Store.
Keeping this site working
A short article on keeping L-36.com working
My Youtube ChannelUPDATE: As of 5/2/2019 I have 1,521 subscribers and new ones every day. Thank you for subscribing. This video now has 142,000 views as well. You might enjoy it!
This link will take you to one of my videos called Nine Knots for Sailors. As of this date it has been viewed over 60,000 times. Take a look and then please click Follow. Google wants me to get over 1000 followers and I am almost at 900 so join in. I do instructional videos like the mast climbing ones as well as short recaps and highlights of my races.
Controlling mold growth on your boatI saw Dave reading the electrical meters yesterday and we got to talking. He told me that some boat owners are running space heaters 24/7 to control the mold in the cabin. A few years ago I ran a series of experiments to find a way to control the mold on Papoose, my 36 foot wood sloop. The mold was so bad it was literally eating the hats I hung up below. When I opened hatches, water would be dripping from the cover. The boat was wet. This is the shortened version of what I found
Over 900 FREE ManualsAnother generous donation of 84 manuals from the J/109 Class Association brings the total number to over 900 for the L-36 manual collection. Check them out! Donations like this are very much appreciated and help keep L-36.com going.
Turn your boat Electronic projects into Professional PC BoardsIt is so easy and inexpensive to turn your pet electronic project into a professional PC Board that nobody should hesitate either due to time or money. For me the issue was how to do it. After some false starts, I found that the combination of Eagle design software (free) and PCBWay.com, was the answer. This detailed step by step overview will guide you through the process.
Gray Marine 4-112Just a quick reference for owners of Gray Marine engines
ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BOAT PRESERVATION & REPAIRAn L-36.com user has put together what looks like a pretty nice boat restoration guide site. HERE is a link. Let me know what you think HERE.
More Unassisted Mast ClimbingI use the GriGri system to climb my mast although I still don't recommend it because it is a bit complicated. But I find it just too easy to use to pass it up. Initially there were a number of problems that made it unacceptable but now that I have solved those, I wanted to share the tricks that made it work.
Charity Used Sail Vendor AddedL-36.com is proud to announce the addition of another vendor in our Used Sails search. Nautical Donations us a Chicago based charity that has an inventory of used sails they got through donations. Their inventory will now be added to sail searches on the Used Sail app. To use this app, just search for your boat type and up will come all the sails that might fit your boat from all our vendors. You can modify the search criteria, search for just jibs or just mains. This is a popular service and L-36.com makes no commission on any of these sail sales. Enjoy.
40 New Manuals AddedThanks go out to Bill from J109 for donating 40 new manuals to the L-36 manual collection. Check them out!
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