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    Hi, The Modern Race Navigation book is useful for all navigators (I hope) but the Gentle Introduction to Expedition, is, as the title suggests, specific to Expedition. Cheers, Will.
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    On our nice "light" 40' catamaran we had that waffle iron, that exact type of cast steel tortilla press, a food processor, rolling pin,, glass pie pans etc. etc. We fed a lot of friends...
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    These toys employ a lot of us, directly or indirectly. When billionaires decide to spend their money in a way that puts it into the yachting industry we should embrace it and not bitch. Would you prefer they just left it in a bank volt? That side, was a beautiful yacht with some really innovative features. A lot of very talented and passionate people worked on the project and I feel sorry for them and all involved for seeing her come to such an end. And I feel for the owner, he put a lot of time, passion and money into the project and it was looking to have produced just what he wanted for years to come.
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    There's a court case going on in the UK at the moment which demonstrates nicely how easy it is to make invented allegations and how great the damage they cause to entirely innocent people's lives can be if they are made public.
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    But if there is no conflict of interests then there's nothing to document, and all we have is utterly unfounded allegations. There's surely not much doubt that a healthy relationship with the builder has been very good for the Laser class over the decades, and if her Association still has a healthy builder relationship then its certainly within her members' interests to support it. Worldwide, however, that relationship does not appear to be uniformly healthy, which is why the International assoc may take a different view. This is all perfectly reasonable folks, there's no need for these allegations and insinuations.
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    Yup, one question is whether she was rig-up as the early rumours stated. At least some lawyers shall be able to fund a new yacht of their own As for me I somehow wonder about current Maxis crossing on a cargo deck and being confined to day races
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    Cradles for boats that size are generally splashes (hull forms) on top of containers, this negates the need for a full size dedicated cradle, allows easier stowage of cradle when not in use, trucking of parts of cradle to say another yard for refit and sometimes utilises the boat's own workshop/sail containers for the base. Not sure of that is the case here, but very likely. I am not explaining away the cause of loss over side, just painting the picture of how it was loaded. a Maxi 72 cradle is a big bit of gear to ship around but manageable compared to a dedicated full cradle for a 140' boat. re Weather, we left the Mahon 52 event right after sailing on Saturday to escape expected weather that would have held us there until Tuesday/Wednesday. as it was the front stalled and we never saw the wind expected, made for a pretty nice quick trip back to Mallorca overnight. There was a Mistral blowing further up in the Med, where I can only assume the boat was lost. I believe the boat was being transported rig up as lifting that thing out is a major undertaking, as noted above, not a Melges 30 rig easy in/out with a very big crane needed as well as expertise on site to oversee the lift. Another factor being actual time spent breaking down the rig and stowing for transport, to all be repeated at the other end of the delivery when re stepping. Again I claim no further knowledge about the incident other than what has been gleaned and postulated above, but have been on and around large yachts and raceboats for some time including worldwide/international shipping/trucking of them in various states.
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    In light-medium winds and on small boats they are not needed. In heavy breeze and/or larger boats they are essential. On a larger boat in particular they prevent the bow from being launched off the boat in breeze. C&C 115 for example it takes two strong people on the pole in breeze if only using sheets and even then the back end of the boat better know what they are doing. OTOH, if the crew are noobs, coordinating the back of the boat with sheet and guy can take a bit of practice. I use them single-handed on the Dash in stronger breeze. With the kite held on the sheets and both guys eased all the pressure is off the pole so you can get it done quickly and get back to the cockpit to sort out the mess.
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    End for end, I usually liked to face aft towards the cockpit during a gybe so they can see what I'm doing and I can see what they are doing. I found it easier to communicate with everyone that way. Plus they can see the sheer terror on my face when the shit hits the fan.
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    Sorry, where is the evidence that a commercial interest is paying anyone from EURILCA?
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    Nope, it just creates better flow attachment at the top of the rudder as the hull is 'sealing' the edge (high and low pressures won't mix). It also moves the centre of lift closer to the CoG meaning it will be potentially faster but sacrificing controllability... Rudders weigh a lot, if you can move them forward (if done correctly) you can reduce the load on the hulls as again, we are centralising forces on the CoG with obvious benefits. It also makes the boat 'stiffer' when turning as the force created when using the rudders will be closer to the CoG. Which is great when you're crossing oceans and not turning. Slightly reducing the size of the centreboard on the central hull. It's all a snowball effect when done correctly but with a drop off past a certain point. Planes have their CoL behind their CoG for a reason after all. In short, the boat is more balanced and better suited to long distance ocean racing. Also, what you're theorising is already being done and moving rudders forward has no correlation to RM. Stick to toy boats in ponds.
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    Does this sort of boat benefit the industry in the long run? From my experience in the industry I tend to think that big boats may distort the industry; clubs, the industry and media put the emphasis on them and therefore turn their attention from smaller boats. Big boats also reinforce the stereotype that the sport is only for the rich. One of my clubs had a very hard time persuading local government that the typical owner raced a 1960's 24-25 footer and therefore couldn't afford a vast hike in mooring fees. Around here, the expressed attitude is sometimes "if you have a boat you can afford any further costs because you are all rich", and that means that public facilities are being withdrawn. She was a nice boat, though.
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    Progress update: I have most of the details completed. Floated as expected, but not yet sailed. Still making the carbon rails to sit over the outriggers, and the webbing mesh trampolines. I plan to keep the webbing spaced pretty far apart, so that they will generate minimal lift on the windward side. I have not finished the end fittings for the middle support, but that is not critical, as the other two supports are much stronger than the original ones. I am so glad that I have this 30 foot lift. It allows me to fiddle with rigging details up high without needing to constantly take the mast down and put it back up. I had the sails up today, but had a lot of friction on the main track. I am smoothing out rough spots in the track, and coating everything with teflon. The plan is to actually sail next weekend.
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    True Veg-O-Matic story (as opposed to a Veg-O-Matic fantasy): Someone gave us one in the early 70s (of course). I think it was my father-in-law, who love gadgets. Anyhow, I had seen on TV where you could "even slice tomatoes!" I tried a big tomato with the same technique you'd use on a carrot or potato. What a mistake. The tomato exploded, and the blast was directed toward my white dress shirt and whatever was in front of me. I looked like I had taken a gut shot from a shot gun.
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    The people in the back of the boat will make your day easy or painful. If its a regular crew in the back and your new ask them how they set up and go with that. As long as the driver squares the boat up you cant go too wrong and the loads are civilized. If you have one of those drivers that likes to reach into the mark and have you douse on a reach, best of luck. Get out early and do half a dozen gybes to see what your working with. Make sure the clever lads in the back don't want to load up the pole before you've yelled made. And be safe and have fun, racing is supposed to be fun if your not paid to do it.
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    More progress today. For the first time since Irma all the parts are the right way up. With the severed sponson back near the boat it's 100% easier to plan the re-attachment. Now it's time to build a roof, that sun hot down here.
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    This zombie has been in our marina for quite a few years, and has always caught my attention: So I bought her, and we're starting to clean her up and bring her back to life! She's cleaning up really nice, and she sails like a dream! I'll start another thread with more details, but she's a 1968 Gulf Island 29.
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    Not too sure Scotland want to see more of Trump. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-scotland-golf-course-loses-1-million-a-year-and-locals-hate-it-2019-3
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    I'll put these here just for comparison when the altered rule comes out. Just so you two don't loose your place.
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    You will have to make sure you understand how the crew ordinarily runs the gybe. Talk to the guys on the sheets and braces. If they usually trip outboard end with the brace still loaded, then I'm guessing they square right up and sheet is eased plenty beforehand to make sure the kite will float and then brace will pop free from the beak. With sheets and braces, my preference has always been: grab plenty of slack lazy brace before a knuckle in the cockpit loads it on the winch prepping to gybe. You need enough to be able to stand at the mast holding the brace close to the pole end Make sure the butt end is low enough for you to get to - about shoulder height. face fwd, to windward of the pole, leaning against the mast. Hold the lazy brace in the right orientation, in the leeward hand above the pole end (so if the pole flys to leeward, the sheet will run above it) Make sure both tweakers are down during the gybe. Call for some slack on the kicker (pole downhaul), so you're not fighting it on the new side Ideally, have the crew load up the lazy sheet and ease the brace right off before you trip. Alternatively, wait for the kite to float out and remove the pole compression load. Trip the butt end. Hopefully, at this point, there's no load, because the kite is being flown to perfection on the sheets alone by the gun crew and helm. Pop new brace in beak, push out pole on new gybe, remove old brace, bang on butt end, yell 'made'. Gun crew will then sort out the rest turn around and tell the crew what a great gybe it was. (note: may not reflect reality..) Tripping the outboard end isn't likely to do anything useful in most cases - the slack brace will just hang in the beak, and a loaded one won't pop out unless the kite is floating.. Couple of notes: leave the topper where it is. Depending on how the pole is rigged (trip line is free end to end, or anchored in the middle of the pole), you can just trip both ends at once, or will need to trip the outboard end as you pull the pole across. The trick to a good gybe is always, always, float the old sheet forward enough and early enough so the bowman isn't pushing out the pole inside the kite, and the kite doesn't want to go inside the forestay if the helm decides he wants to go up before you're done. As others have said - go out and do a couple of practice gybes before the start!
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    Yeah, the whining was a bit off. Seems if things aren’t perfect, he starts having severe anxiety. Any fool could see that stopping meant 5th or maybe 4th at best because the next 4 cars had tires to the end. And Max, Seb and Valteri were not going to let him past. Should he have gone on mediums during the first stop or right to hard. Can make the case that Merc made a mistake going to mediums, but once the stop was done, the bones were cast and he was going to win on. It on that set.
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    It's a mass production item - pop rivets are very fast to install. You can replace them with threaded fasteners.