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Jeff Costlow
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More sailing. Lovely day.
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Holes through the skegs might not be a great idea
Some time ago, I drilled and filled holes through my skegs  for toggle bolts so that I didn't need a strap to go all the way around the boat. I was very happy with the situation. Until I noticed that there were some cracks in the skegs that weren't there be...

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Port Townsend sailing
In mid August, I made it up to Port Townsend to see my friend Howard. Please read Howard's blog about his upcoming journey to Tierra Del Fuego. I didn't get much sailing time in, but I got to chat with a lot of people. Then yesterday, I made it back to Port...

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TSA keys are similar to Federal encryption backdoors
The TSA has long had master keys for each type of TSA padlock. Stolen keys have purportedly been available for some time, but someone used a picture of the TSA keys posted to the Washington Post to create 3d printable keys . When any organization proposes t...

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Raccoons stripped and ate the corn in our garden. 
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Not much wind but it's a lovely day on the water.
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BSides Slides
BSides Slides Securing the Software Engineering Process  slides were presented at BSides Seattle  on February 20, 2016. They have also been presented at a few other events. These slides are my own work and are not the property of my current employer, whoeve...

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Red Lantern Rally 2016
July 9-10 was the 3rd annual Red Lantern Rally in beautiful Mystery Bay, WA . We had 9 Scamps show up with an 10th showing up later in the day. I hope I have all the names correct. Pumpkin Scamp (name unknown): Christian, Lizzie & Matilda New boat (name unk...

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Soft shackle follow up
I found some grey 1/8" Dyneema single braid. This is much more suitable for soft shackles than the 1/4". I made a fid from a metal rod that I had laying around and worked up a few soft shackles. Top to bottom: better 8", better 5", better 5", normal 5"  In ...

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Soft shackles
Soft Shackles While investigating l-36.com (mentioned in my last post), I found a page of  ideas for soft shackles . I had seen some soft shackles at WestMarine, but they were $25 a pop and seemed ridiculously expensive. After reading that page and a page a...
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