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Old 27-09-2006, 21:38   #16
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Hey schoonerdog,I've used lexan before and it's incredibly soft[probably why its strong]. Is this "margard" a new breed that resists scratches????

Also Shinkolite was used on a 100 + foot motorsailor built by LLoyds Ships in Brisbane a few years back for their windows. I scored some full sheets with corner damage that had been written off by insurance company, figured if good enough for million dollar boys for a boat done to Det Norske Veritas standards,it should be good enough for me. Has,nt let us down yet.

It's not that cheap stuff that goes purple and crazes if thats what you had mistaken it for.

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Old 27-09-2006, 22:11   #17
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I saved weight in my boat by removing about 330 lbs of lead that had been glassed into the bilge just aft of the mast!

One of the things to bear in mind when saving weight, is that not all weight is equal value (for a monohull, anyway). Saving 10 lbs on top of your mast is like saving 100 lbs in your bilges - in terms of stability anyway. So it isn't just a matter of saving weight, but you should think about where you are saving it. It is no good saving a heap of weight in the stern of the boat if it trims you down by the bow.
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Old 28-09-2006, 04:51   #18
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I removed 180 lbs from all my boats going forward.....I divorced her.
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Old 28-09-2006, 14:47   #19
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You can eliminate the weight and storage space of canned soda with a Soda Club from Boater's World. We make our own soda with this contraption that fizzes the water in one-liter bottles. Then you add the syrup of your choice - they have dozens of flavors. Not only did we eliminate the storage problem, but we don't have the empty cans to deal with as trash. No, I don't own the company. But we really love this product and it has saved us weight, room and trash headaches.
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Old 28-09-2006, 15:22   #20
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Hi Harriet, all very nice if you have a watermaker on board, if not you still have to carry the weight to make your soda. Less rubbish is a good thing though

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Harriet, I'll definitely add that to my list. A water make does make it possible to have a strategy regarding things. Most of the weight of provisions are from those things which have water in them, cans of soup, cans of soda, bleach. Going with a water maker does allow us to eliminate probably more than half of the weight of provision by going for dried soups, soda fountains, bleach tablets, dried tomatos, beans, etc for cooking. Of course, we always found that the biggest problem was overprovisioning. In every country except for the remotest islands they have fresh produce and most of the time for things like tomatos, cucumbers, onions, etc it's often cheaper than the US.

Cat man do, the margard lexan has a special toughened coating which makes it scratch resistant. It's not as hard as glass but it's close
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Pile all the dive gear in the dinghy!
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Old 09-11-2006, 10:15   #23
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Sunbrella privacy doors
Led light for less batteries
Aluminium and carbon hardware.
(No extra harware you don't use cluttering the deck)
Cut off excess on all bolts.
Lose some weight
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