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    They certainly didn't use a laser (ba da boom)
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    think about stringing a line under each gunwhale, which has enough length to put a foot on when in the water. Tidy it up with some elastic so it pulls taut up under the gunwhale when sailing. Something like this - maybe with more length in it and strung further along the boat. You can even do it bow to stern if you like.
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    One of them will eventually end up being a scow? Long and narrow works for scows.... Ask Buddy Melges. Seen Reichel Pugh’s recent suggestion for the Transpac?
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    Yup, all true. California should be tossed out of the union. Please! Would be much more compatible as a province of some energetic Asian nation rather than sinking with the USA-49. Would be handy for me if California became a province of the Philippines. We could be one big happy family vs. all the grumps E of I-5.
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    I think that vid is pre-MAGA. It's the red hat equivalent of a training bra.
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    Well, they don't think much of American drones.
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    I suggest posting what you want to see.
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    And she floats... at last! It's been almost 3 years since Drift last tasted salt water. About 3 months ago I got serious about the work I needed to get done before she splashes. Right now, I'm saying it was worth it. Two weeks ago, I wasn't so optimistic! Every bone in my body aches today, so I'm taking the day off, but snapped these when I went out to check the bilge. I'm thinking sundowners in the hot tub tonight!
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    Lots of special days, but none better than this. Dad's last sail. He was a mess from the Parkinson's and the associated dementia was robbing him of his mind. But, on this day, for just a few hours, he was the embodiment of joy. Wish I had done this more often.
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    Hi guys, as you know, initially Chris but then Takao, who I respect beyond just about anyone else in the sailing community commissioned me to do a Carbon rig. Caldecoat is a big boy, 95-100kgs, as am I, but he is 20 years younger and a whole lot fitter. Otaini is 65kgs wringing wet 10 years older than me, but still a whole lot fitter. (there's a message here). Chris's focus was the big rig, for pretty obvious reasons. Takao's focus is Kids in Asia (and he is a big kid often) and he (Takao) has been on about this for years, and the future of any sport, is the growing middle class in Asia, and that's not China, it's Asia. For what ever reason the 4.7 has not had anything like the success there as it has in Europe in particular. Even when we where doing the 29er, 22 years ago, the late great Dave Ovington wanted bigger and more powerful and Takao wanted smaller and easier to sail. Ya got to remember that a 25 year old Asian woman is 50kgs, at 27 year old guy is maybe 65kgs. Sure, like any culture there are bigger people and smaller people but as a whole, Asian's are 10-15kgs less than there Oceania counterparts. Where the C5 rigs are now. The 3 rigs that where in Valencia are in Tracy Usher garage in San Francisco, I don't believe they have been out of the bags yet. In Australia, Chris is doing exactly what the ILCA and OLCA have asked and that is get "a few" rigs (C5) out there for at arms length testing and that is happening. I have one in my roof outside, but it's yet to see the water, but that's not arms length testing [ALT]either. The C6 rig is in remarkable good shape given it had the least amount of time spent on it. But it also need ALT, and there is non scheduled at the moment, the whole focus is on the C5. The C8, probably has had the most amount of testing done on it, because I'm big, Chris is big as is Tom Burton, Gerard West, Bret Perry and just about everyone else who has sailed it. The issue with it is once we made this decision to make them all "check-in-able" which has significant consequence logistically, that the "stump" needs to be addressed. Again, there is one in SFO, but there is no plan beyond some fun sails to progress that to ALT at this stage. Bit on here at the moment on a number of other fronts, but there is a plan to revisit the stump latter this year. Re single handers. I have said this a few times, and Dad addressed it in his book, you need "X" amount of RM/kg to plane. You can't get anywhere near X in a off the gun-whale, body swung single hander. Those kgs are total kgs, so boat, mast sail, foils and the person, so the weight difference between a Melges and a Aero is real, but it's not enough to affect the sum in a manner that will allow either boat to plane up-wind. Just about every one of these boats will do maybe 105% of hull speed, if sailed very well. The difference in weight will be reflected in pointing angle, the lighter boat should point higher, but the conundrum is the lighter boat is more difficult to hold that higher angle because it has less momentum. Off wind, different story, because you can generate enough "x" factor to plane. All boats can, and the more sail you have, the more likely you are to plane so to compare boats you really need to compare say a 7m² sail with another 7m² sail on the lighter boat to get any "real" comparison. My caveat to that is if you use a Carbon mast you can carry about 8-10% more area, so the Carbon rig boat can argue to carry a 7.5 - 7.7m² sail "legitimately" (provided the mast is 50% lighter). Re Carbon. Single word "inertia". And its a X² law. Stepping backwards 2 steps, there is a weight reduction and it is significant. A std Laser alloy rig is 10.4kgs. The Radial is about 10kgs. The new Carbon rig that is a development as in designed to be very cost efficient but is 100% Carbon and is a similar span to a Radial rig comes in a just over 4kgs. (4015 gms I think), that's tracked, but needs fittings, and they weight 28gms (mast head fitting) 102gms (goose-neck fitting). Get into square-heads in a moment but they tend to be full batten, so you carry 500gms more in the sail weight, bottom line is you'r going to end up 5.25 kgs lighter. So a Laser/ILCA dinghy, that's 75kgs (dead weight (no crew) is now 70kgs and that's 7% and that's very very real. Now stepping backwards 1 step, all single handers are sailed up wind at about 6° heel, cut a long story short, the rig hangs out of the boat to leeward, so some of the effort you apply to hold the boat upright (6° heel) is countering the weight of the rig (to leeward) do the maths and its about 5-7% of you right moment. It is this factor that allows a Carbon rigged boat to carry more area, to counter "more available righting moment, what my father would have called Sail Carrying Power and its a simple calculation. So now we have 7% lighter and 7% effectively "more available Righting Moment". Now the biggy, inertia! Took a while to get this, because there was empirical evidence that was not explained but the 2 above, it just did not make sense, but a very "enlightening conversation" with Gottfried (Klampfer) from Austria follow by a fine bottle of red with Paolo (Portiglia) that night In Milan and it all fell into place. Let me see if I can explain this. Yes there is a weight reduction, but its a lot more. The top of this new rig that is about to appear on my door step in 20mm (ID) maybe 25mm OD. At the joint. 1/2 way down its 46mm ID, 51mm OD and at deck level is 52mm ID and 59.5mm OD. It's Carbon and FRP laminate weighs about H1800 (1.8 x the density of water), compare that to the std alloy mast, 50mm OD in the topmast section, 1.7mm WT, lower mast is 64mm OD and 2.4mm WT and alloy is H2700. Yes, one mast weighs about 10kgs, and the other weighs about 4.15kgs, little under 6kgs less, but the CoG, the balance point of the mast is so much lower with the carbon. So the difference is not just the difference in weight, its also the height of that weight, and inertia is that height sq x the weight. So without doing the actual sum, its very easy to end up with a mast that has less than 1/2 the inertia, so whats that? Get a stick, 2.5m long, stick a 10 kg weight on the end of it and walk around holding it upright with one hand, then simulate going over some waves, turning corners (un-expectantly because you did not see that boat coming) or that gust that caught you un-aware's. Then do exactly the same exercise with a 2m stick and put 4kgs on the top. Every time you hit a wave and the boat pitches up-wards or downwards your fighting that inertia, every gust that catch's you un-awares you are fighting that inertia as you have to swing hard to stop the boat rolling to leeward (or windward) that's inertia your fighting, and it becomes draining. Once you sail the lighter rig mast, you never want to go back to the heavier rig. It in itself is not faster, but what happens is the drop in inertia means that you can sail the boat better for longer, and ts simply more fun, and time and time again, even with the most focused individuals, that simply comes through in the data. It was the missing "X" factor in the calculations. If your learning to sail, the rig is far less daunting, it has far less chance to become overwhelming. The simple fact is a carbon rig is far better for the Punter than the Rock Star. Final point is square head versus pin-head rig. Carbon dose not like to bend, because it dose not like to elongate. It can elongate, about 1% without issue/fatigue. Aluminium dose fatigue, it cycles, everyone in the aircraft industry knows this which is why here are so many planes parked in Nevada. Nothing wrong with a good pin-head rig, all my 18teens where pin-heads, Lasers etc etc, but to be able to manipulate them you need a powerful vang and you need to bend the mast about 4.5-5.5%. 4-5.5% you cycle alloy, end of story! A square-head rig, and I define a square head as a sail whose head-board length is at-least 25% of foot length (49er is 27%) and it need to be >90° (FX is about 115°) to the mast, held out by 2 top battens, one at approx 45° and the primary control is downhaul! They bend 1.5-2%. This is getting a bit long so I am going to cut this short, but a Carbon rig is normally a lot smaller than a alloy rig in Dia, and this again is a X² law, and if you couple that with a good square-head sail plan, bending 1/2 as much then there is a very real prospect of developing a mast that will never fatigue. And I really do mean a mast that NEVER goes soft, you can use it for years and years and years. To prove that point the demand for topmasts in the 49er has drop to 1/10th of what we used to sell and the number of boats has risen in the same period. With pin-head and alloy/Carbon combination mast, you went through 3-4 masts per year, now you keep your favorite mast for 3-4 years, Its that dramatic. Sorry, I have to go back and do some work, ciao jB
  13. 1 point
    I rejoice and at the same time mourn the shorter days ahead
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    It turns out, he scoops these chicks from a site called: crewbay (https://www.crewbay.com/). He puts an ad on there, and answers ads on there and these girls hook up with him through that site. They are looking for free rides on a sailboat going places, and he is offering that experience for them. He pays for the food and and other expenses and they help sail the boat. lol. And he gets eye candy for his youtube channel. I dont think he is getting any sexy sexy time with these chicks. They are all about 20 years younger than him.
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    Last Saturday, with my 9 year old son on our Hobie 18. Him driving from the wire in 10-15 while I trimmed. Not even a race, just a dad and son out for an afternoon sail.
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    Mini class rules also has the unique requirement that there's a dockside 10 degree heel limitation in the most unfavorable condition (if canting keel fully deployed, if ballast tank full on same side). Naturally that puts an interesting design choice in that you might opt to rely on dynamic lift over water ballast because at a certain design point - water ballast starts to force hull design considerations to pass the adverse condition 10 degree heel test.
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    That's ballsy. I sailed quite a bit on SC70s and their loads were laughable compared to what Condor was feeling in 45kts. When we experienced a puff, we went faster, Condor, you felt the boat load up. Hard to describe to a generation that never played with wire guys.
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    The US and UK have a special relationship reinforced by common traits of their leaders.
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    I used to singlehand the V15 a lot. I'm also over 6 and over 200. Yes, the V15 is not easy to right singlehanded. Significantly more difficult than the laser. Even the 505 isn't much harder alone. However, technique has a lot of influence. The worst problem for the V15 is it sits so high. Reaching up to the board is a problem. Once you actually get your whole body out of the water on the board, there really isn't a problem righting the V15. Now back to the Capri" it has a lot more freeboard. That is the fundamental reason you can get into the V15 more easily. But a ladder is only one solution. One thing I recommend is core strength exersise. Not kidding -- it makes a difference.
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    They claimed it didn't do so well while pitching... Paddle wheels tend to be depth sensitive. So, side wheels amidships then... that sounds familiar... river boats!
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    It was 2AM and pitch black. No moon, no stars. Impossible to see. Driving rain. Howling wind. The boat bucked and lurched like a rodeo bull foaming at the mouth on PCP. Cold. Bone chilling cold. Like how your hand gets when you’re rooting around in the half-melted ice in the bottom of the cooler for that last can of Old Milwaukee. But no time for happy memories now. Must focus. No time now for distractions. He trimmed harder. Lines groaned. He groaned. Just a bit more. He could feel its effect now. A little bit more - not too much though. “If in doubt, let it out” was the old saw. Yes – that was it - perfect! Finally, he got his pipe berth in just the right position and drifted off into a psychotic slumber filled with visions of places he’d been and people he’d known, like that one barmaid he met during a stop on that delivery from Montserrat to Caracas, who asked if she could come along because she wanted to see her sister Cecilia who was going to be married next month to the son of the outhouse builder the next village over but she didn’t really like him but went along with it because she read in an old copy of “New Yorker” magazine about a guy who became fabulously wealthy by building buildings and making “developments” and so she knew in the deepest places of her heart that Rodrigo would well and truly be the “Donaldo Trump” of the Venezualan countryside. Sure, they would have to start small, maybe only a two-placer – but then, by employing a modular concept, they could grow and grow and grow… His reverie was short lived as his fellow crewmate that they called “Animal” attempted the impossible by trying to squeeze his 300+ lb physique of solid toned fat into the pipe berth above him, using every lurch of the boat to extrude his belly-rolls into the 8 inch rectangular orifice formed by the frame of the pipe berth and the deck above. With each pounding wave the stresses and strains took their toll; first tiny cracks appearing in the gelcoat above, then tiny cracks appearing in his ribs and sternum. “Aaarnml, wht thhh fckn yuuutryn do me oomph, ah!” he mumbled from the berth below, gasping for breath (not a wise idea, given the stench of vomit rising from the bilge joining forces with Animal’s savory body secretions). “Oh, sorry Joe, just figured it’d be better if I was up in the top berth” Animal retorted. “There is no top berth, that’s just for gear bags you overgrown Andre the Giant impostor!” This did not dissuade the porcine corpulent one from further endeavors. “Here - take my bunk, just let me get – oof – out of here”. With what seemed like his last breath (sucked in, no doubt), he extricated himself from the pipe berth and was launched, courtesy of the helmsman’s inerrant ability to slam the boat into the front of every 3rd oncoming wave, onto the teak-and-holly surfaced petri dish masquerading as a cabin sole. In the dim cabin, lit only by the glow of the red LEDs that made the B&G190 displays utterly unreadable and the ash at the end of the roach the navigator was bogarting, he groped for his mildewed Line 7 among the detritus. Thusly attired, he scrambled up the companionway ladder and belly-flopped onto the cockpit sole courtesy of yet another one of the helmsman’s attempts at eradicating all evidence of the boat’s forward progress. The brain trust on deck at that moment consisted of “Tug”, aka the human cleat, tending what remained of the flogging inside-out sliver of a mainsail, and “Scool”, the barefoot antipodean dancing about in the helmsman’s cockpit cum wheel-trough, generally losing his battle with maintaining control of his flailing appendages, not to mention the wheel. “Aaaay, maaaayte, aincha supposed to be off watch?” Scool inquired once his feet were firmly planted again on gelcoat. “Whaddyer doin’ out here in this bust up?” “Shaddup and give me the wheel” he barked, just as Scool slammed into another vertical wall of water, sending it blasting down upon the miserable figures huddled in the cockpit. The icy streams running down his neck and back failed to wake Tug from his reverie. Scool handed off the helm with a whirl and a twirl, and slithered down below to take his place among the groaning contingent of mal-de-mer aficionados who had transformed the cabin into such a pit of despair that would leave a Tower of London Guard quivering with fright. 2:30 AM, still pitch black, still cold as a New York feminist on Valentine’s Day. “Must be hell ashore on a night like this”, he thought.
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    Well us assholes down the south end happen to enjoy a bit of wise-assed snark. Shit, even Random gets into it. We also like the old fashioned concept of personal responsibility. Unlike the educated wankers like you from the north who think that personal responsibility should be consigned to the rubbish bin of humans ideals, while you look down your snooty fucking noses at those that have their own thoughts. Riech this, Riech that. What a bloody bellend. You may be educated, but you are still a spoilt little kid at heart. Take your toys and piss off.
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    Not if you are going around something closed. You can put an eye in the end without access to the other, but it is topologically impossible to do that through a closed fitting.