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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:13 pm 
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Hi all,

I know many of us tie things on our bridals to help us find the apparent wind. I like to use old cassette tapes or VHF tape and tie it here. Only thing is when I tow the boat at 60mph, that casette tape is so fragile it tears off and I have to replace it each time I go sailing. What light, long streaky, materials do you use which you think can be better?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:46 pm 
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Try knitting wool. I used it for years. It won't tear off even when trailering at 60 mph. The cassette tape doesn't last.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:57 pm 
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I use a Davis Tel-o-cat and of course, I remove it when trailering. The yarn thing sounds good though or I guess you could just keep replacing the cassette tape, I mean, it is kinda cheap and abundant.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:39 pm 
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I've always been partial to shroud tels. I only use them when off the wind, though. I watch the jib tels when going to weather. I have used slivers of ripstop nylon and yarn. Both seem to work fine and trailer well. Here's a tip for keeping them from wrapping on the support wire...use some lockwire to wrap a spiral around the support wire and extend a piece of the lockwire out from the support wire to the length of the tel...make a loop and tie the tell to the loop...never wrap again.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:39 am 
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Not much will survive being trailered. Even wool will eventually unravel - and wool is not nearly as sensitive as recording tape.

This is my preferred tape:
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And it even comes in its own dispenser.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:42 pm 
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I use eight track tape because of an event years ago.

I had an eight track player in my car. i came out one morning to go to work and discovered that someone had broken into my car and left me ten more tapes.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:39 pm 
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I used to manage mutli-family residential properties (fancy name for "apartments"). All the aging hippies would move out and leave boxes of 8-tracks behind. My mom had a player in her '72 Olds Delta 88 - the car I learned to drive on.

I have a lifetime supply.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:58 pm 
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Hahaha, that's funny. I actually have a Panasonic 8-track player that looks like a dynamite plunger, I got it for Christmas when I was a kid in the 70's. I haven't played it in a long time but last checked about a year or so ago and it still works. I have a box of 8-tracks just for that old player.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:27 pm 
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Survey tape


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