The ugly temporary fix


My Catalina has three water tanks. They are selected on a manifold. Over time the manifold valves rusted. I go replacement valves and set about installing them. Unfortunately they are bigger. They don’t fit in the space for the old valves. Since I don’t have easy access to parts here is the ugly temporary fix.
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Upwind woes

Question:Reboot (a 42 Catalina) is an excellent light air boat. That is great most of the time. Rounding Fisher Island into Hervey Bay (near Bundaberg, Australia) I was confronted with 25 knot winds gusting 30 and 2 meter breaking seas. My destination (Bundaberg) was directly up wind. With my jib set at 30% of “J” I was close to theoretical hull speed. My main was on the “fourth reef”, that is the furling bag on the boom. I couldn t point high enough to make any real headway. When I tacked the set and drift nullified my progress. I was solo sailing but considered putting up the main to the third reef to point higher. I was very concerned that I ll lose control if I did. Being solo means all sail changes are very slow. Thoughts on how you would handle this situation?Postscript: Finding myself blown 25 nm north of Bundaberg with wind and wave forecast unchanged for the next three days and low on fuel I boogied to Gladstone. I considered motoring into Bundaberg but could only make about
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