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Old 03-10-2012, 05:32   #46
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Have you considered using a galvanized bucket filled with scrap iron as a second anchor?

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Haha-good thread. I'm beginning to think most of what don writes is meant to be funny- but only just now realized it. Btw I have a 23 yr. Old outboard with original impelled and thousands. Of hours on it.

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While I'm blabbering:

At the same time, 75% of the boats I see never leave their slip, then maybe another 24% leave the bay, the remaining 1% actually going "offshore", and I'm talking about just going past the inland/international colregs demarcation line. Of that 1%, maybe only a quarter of those are doing anything more than coastal cruising..
Reminds me of snow skiers at big resorts, lots of expensive equipment, and they never leave the warming house.
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Have you considered using a galvanized bucket filled with scrap iron as a second anchor?

That is a great idea, can double as the head as well....and triple as the sink to wash dishes in sea water
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would make a worthy anti pirate dinghy sinking device--silent and deadly to dinks.. just drop from altitude...
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... At the same time, 75% of the boats I see never leave their slip, then maybe another 24% leave the bay, the remaining 1% actually going "offshore", and I'm talking about just going past the inland/international colregs demarcation line. Of that 1%, maybe only a quarter of those are doing anything more than coastal cruising.

Just as silly to go into south seas without reef points as it is to have all that offshore gear and stay in the harbor. I think 99% of the boating world would be served just fine with cabin cruisers, wide-cockpit sailboats with crappy rigging, and house boats. Most boats really don't need to change their impellers.
This talk always goes back to what cruising is, and who cruises and who dock queens or daysails or overnights. I often remind myself that the forum is for cruisers (real men and women like us who brush our teeth with salt water), and boaters who have pressurized freshwater systems.

We all know Don has sense enough to have additional ground tackle if he were going somewhere. And as he points out, his current one anchor system is pretty stout, even if his Manson is a Rocna knockoff. Last I looked Mansons are made in Manchuria, if you catch my thread drift. I know the word is New Zealand but this is the Internet. Hello!

As a public service I suggest this real-world test of cruiserhood: real cruisers can splice rope. RTW sailors can splice double-braid.
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As a public service I suggest this real-world test of cruiserhood: real cruisers can splice rope. RTW sailors can splice double-braid.
Double braid! That's so quaint!

With the new high modulus lines, the real question is whether REAL cruisers can brummel-splice single braids.
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i think real cruisers are splicing whatever lines they need to splice.....and buy what is affordable.
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i think real cruisers are splicing whatever lines they need to splice.....and buy what is affordable.
Think about it, Zee. It's just been stated on another thread how much cheaper high-mod line is than stainless cable. It might be more expensive than nylon line purchased in the hardware store, but it's the less expensive way to install new lifelines.
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Double braid! That's so quaint!

With the new high modulus lines, the real question is whether REAL cruisers can brummel-splice single braids.

Ha ha ha! Good one. I am BUSTED for being an old foggie and not keeping current on my yotting magazine subscription.

I stand aBASHed! Humbled beyond words for the moment. I believe I'll cruise over to WE$T Marine and check it out. They don't sell that stuff at the commercial fishing supply house I frequent where we drink warm beer and fart.

Bash, you just wait til Boaty gets back on line to cover my skinny ol wrinkled butt.
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i am designing in bulkwarks solid rails of tubular ss for my formosa--much more practical and worthy tan lifelines.... i use whatever is remnant for my current ones--but i wont use coated wire anymore--except for re-use as a dinghy cable....currently adding inexpensive mexican hardwood, readily available cheap here for belaying pins and rails--have a great cheap boat bum ex boatwright friend here willing to buddy boat t o other places.
i do not buy my line at climbing nor hardware stores, nor do i purchase it fro retail plus 400 percent at chandleries--wholesale from mfg is only way to replace lines.
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Double braid! That's so quaint!

With the new high modulus lines, the real question is whether REAL cruisers can brummel-splice single braids.

you call that a challenge!!

Try putting a neat eye in old double braid, the sort that's been loaded several thousand times
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you call that a challenge!!

Try putting a neat eye in old double braid, the sort that's been loaded several thousand times
I'd buy a ticket to watch you do that.

I've never agreed with the sentiment that gentlemen don't go to weather, but I certainly draw the line at splicing previously loaded double braid.

(To take it further, I confess to never having mastered the end-to-end continuous diameter splice in double braid. I can do one if the book is at my knee, but it will be ugly.)
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I'd buy a ticket to watch you do that.

I've never agreed with the sentiment that gentlemen don't go to weather, but I certainly draw the line at splicing previously loaded double braid.
The sounds I was making were bad enough to send the schnauzer to hide on the bowsprit and shake. I got it done though, but never again. It seems silly now that I was doing it to put a new snap shackle onto roughly a 10 Y.O. line
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I'd buy a ticket to watch you do that.

I've never agreed with the sentiment that gentlemen don't go to weather, but I certainly draw the line at splicing previously loaded double braid.

(To take it further, I confess to never having mastered the end-to-end continuous diameter splice in double braid. I can do one if the book is at my knee, but it will be ugly.)
I tried to use a book, then I found a youtube video. I had to watch it more than one get a decent finished product and I was using new line.

This summer I had to leave a couple of my "finished products" on a couple of mooring posts in the gulf, double braid can be some stubborn line.
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