Hardtop Dodgers and Biminis

Folks, You have probably seen the ads in Boat US magazine and other boating pubs for Affordable Hardtops and listing a website www.hardtotop.com. The product shown on the site both in a photo gallery and in sketches is basically a bimini top (mostly for power boats) constructed of hard plastic translucent polycarbonate (2 ft by 8 ft ?) sheets fitted together fore and aft with a proprietary aluminum extrusion and attached to your preexisting SS or aluminum bows. The top is is sold as a kit for DYI or local fabrication. My question is simple. Has anyone here on Yahoo groups done one of these kits or have any experience with the company behind the ads? Having worn out two canvas biminis in 14 years this has some appeal. Comments? Bob Bierly CMON WIND #255 Bob; The product looks very much like a product from the Architectural skylight industry that

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Replacing sanitation hoses

Before you pull the old hose out (through the under sink cabinet) drill a hole in it and attach a line at the tank end. If the hose jams, you can pull it forward again to release it. Then attach the line to the new hose and use it as a guide, have someone pull gently while you push from under the sink. That way the new hose will not go where it wants, but rather where you are guiding it. Use enough new hose length so that you can cut off the few inches with the holes in it. Yes two holes so that you can arrange the leed line to be in the center of the hose. Some tape, creating a cone also helps to guide the hose. Bob Xanadu c380, #243   Might help to spray outside of new hose with silicone or Teflon. Warren Warrenell@msn.com This

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ChartGuides Update: ICW

[Editor: This comes from a long-time C380 owner. The content should be of interest to members given the experience of Bob Bierly who sent it to the list serve.] Folks, As a “public service” to those few east coast sailors who may be looking to make that first big trip south, I pass along this semi commercial message from publishers of the best anchor and waterway guide publications I have found. (Barbara and Doug Leinhard on SV Melinda Kay might want to comment). The message says it all. Bob Bierly From: diana@semi-local.com To: bojabierly2@aol.com Sent: 9/1/2014 5:54:24 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time Subj: On the Water ChartGuides Update: ICW AnchorGuides SECOND EDITION Now Available On the Water ChartGuides Update: ICW AnchorGuides SECOND EDITION Now Available Hi Bob, This summer we were thrilled when Practical Sailor magazine, the “Consumer Reports” of all things marine, awarded our Cruise Guide and Anchor Guide series

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