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  1. 11 points
    Take him sailing.
  2. 8 points
    I'd had a shitty day at work today, so I stopped off at the tiny, family run convenience store in my neighborhood to buy a bottled coffee. The nice, young Asian kid behind the counter chatted me up. He asked if I had vacation plans for the summer and I replied that I planned to take a month off and disappear on my sailboat. He sighed wistfully and said "That sounds great, I wish I could do that." Something inside me, just. fucking. snapped. In front of me, was a young, fit, able-bodied man who damned well COULD do that, if he really wants to. I looked him dead in the eye and said "You think sailing on sailboats is only for rich, old white folks? Well it's not. Sailing is for anyone with the energy and the burn to make it happen." From there, I informed him of the metric shitloads of marinas all a mere stone's throw from where we were standing that were positively jammed with old, 4 knot shitboxes that could be had for a song, just waiting for someone to give them purpose again. I told him that I started off with a $2300 shitbox and learned to sail with a book, Youtube videos and advice from this forum. I told him to walk the docks of the marinas and ask for help. I told him that he could learn quickly, but that it takes practice and it never ends. I told him that he'd have to sweat to fix up a cheap boat but after that, it's your magic carpet, your escape pod. I informed him of Maryland's (for now) liberal mooring laws that let you plant a private mooring ball to keep that boat on, for free. I told him that he lives in the sailing capital of the East Coast and that all the resources he needs, are practically at his finger tips and that even he could make it happen on his pay. I told him that the time to do it is now, while he's young and unencumbered by wives, kids, mortgages and student debt. I just couldn't bear the thought of this young guy assuming that he just "can't" and sinking further into his sofa, playing X-Box, so I told him that it could be done. I wasn't calm about it. I fucking sermonized him and I'm embarrassed about it. But... I saw his eyes open. His face lit up as he listened to me and considered the possibility. He nodded, encouraged when I broke the stereotype of "who" should be sailing. He smiled and his gears were TURNING in his head when I walked out. I'm embarrassed. I don't know if did the right thing. Maybe I should have just kept my mouth shut and walked out.
  3. 8 points
    God damnit, I wasn't looking to take on a student. I'm crotchety now, and I just want sail alone in peace. After I posted this, I sat here for a moment feeling really bad. I railed on this kid and stomped out, without really giving him the necessary connection points to the sailing community. You can't just yell at someone "Go do it!" without giving them any information. I went back to the shop and gave him a CHESSS burgee (www.chbaysss.org). I gave him a little more insight into the different types of sailing (day sailing on a fast beach cat or racing in the Cal 25 fleet and cruising the Cal 25 on weekends, for example). It turns out that he lives in my neighborhood, just a few houses away. He says he's seriously interested and wants learn more. I gave him my contact information and we'll link up. I'll show him the Hobie cat and the Tartan so that he can see the contrasting types of sailing and choose his own path. I offered to ride with him to some of the local yards to look at 4 knot shitboxes with cabins that might be had cheaply. I offered to connect him with some beer can race boats this summer. I even offered to just give him the Hobie cat, if that's the type of sailing he decides interests him. It's fully functional, and on its own trailer. I'll introduce myself to his parents and assure them that I'm not a creep and not trying to drown their kid.
  4. 7 points
    You spelt Cheque wrong.
  5. 7 points
    So let me get this straight I own a racing keelboat - Check I am a senior member of a yacht club and I pay yearly membership fees - Check I joined the yacht club because it has a marina - Check I berth my boat in the yacht club marina - Check I pay monthly rental fees to berth my boat in the marina - Check I pay monthly marina maintenance fees because I berth my boat in the marina - Check I pay monthly electricity fees because my boat is connected to mains power to trickle charge my boats batteries - Check I pay yearly boat registration fees - Check I pay boat insurance with minimum $10 million liability - Check I now have to register every person on my boat when I race - Check The reason is because if something happens on board my boat when racing the Club will act as first contact and responder - I don't know, how is this to be enacted? Every person on my boat when I race has to pay to BE ABOARD when I race my boat - Check How much is my cut? - Nothing What do I get for all this? - ???????????? Why am I racing my boat? - ???????????? Time to buy a cruising boat, and too hell with racing - Check
  6. 6 points
    It´s a nice boat for daysailing, but we are on a lake in Bavaria, not on the open sea. My father has owned dragons for 20 years and I inherited his last one, a 1984 Wirtz GFK dragon with teak deak. It has all running gear moved up under the cockpit deck and the cockpit itself has banks to draw out and sit on it. So it is not a racing edition but a cruising version. Having a 2 year old it´s perfekt, because the boat is safe, he can run and crawl around without falling outside and even can make his midday sleep on an air mattress below the cockpit. As a matter of fact last summer he was going on board, immediatley went down below for his sleep while we put up the sails and only woke up once we were back at the mooring. What better place to have your sleep when it is shaking and y ou can hear the waves hitting against the hull. :-)
  7. 6 points
    For capacity, the submarine fibre has no peer. The best US mil satellite can support a 5gbps download speed, a new cable with 4 pairs of fibre is now achieving 10Tbps. That's about 1.5 billion simultaneous voice calls. Try troubleshooting that bastard.
  8. 6 points
    Between the fishing trawlers in the English channel purposefully trying to snare their nets on a submarine cable (they could claim against the cable owner) , to the US converting a sub that covertly taps into these cables, there is a whole industry dedicated to submarine cable repairs. Littoral waters is the most common for breaks, its pretty rare for a deep sea cable down at max depth (8000m) to get broken. At one stage we had 21 cable ships roaming the oceans doing repairs. Doing a repair is fascinating, you have to grapple the cable, cut it, then with one end in the grapple motor off to the horizon for a few nm, slowly winching the cable to the surface. Buoy off that end, then backtrack, grapple the other end, motor in the other direction winching it up , buoy it off. Once it is bouyed off, you grab a new section of cable a few kms in length and splice it in across the gap. Test everything religiously, then drop it off the buoys back to the ocean floor. Doing a new cable lay is interesting, the cable ship can be headed in all sorts of bizarre directions to offset the sea currents at different depths pulling the cable in different directions . So while the cable ship can look like a drunken sailor on his way home, the cable at the sea floor comes to rest all nice and straight, pretty awesome to watch.
  9. 6 points
    We did the rebuild over a number of years. We would race and cruise in the summer, then in the winter we would pick an area and refit that area as our winter project. So we used the boat pretty much from when we first purchased it (2005) just not for a few months over each winter. I guess the refit as such was finished around 2012, since then it has been minor tweaks and shiny things (dodger, autopilot, etc). In 2015 we spent 4 months cruising the eastern seaboard, which was fantastic, We lived aboard for a couple of years too. Buying the boat is the best thing that has happened to me in about 25 years, well, the second best thing... meeting my lovely wife is definitely the best thing, but I would not have met her if I hadn't bought the boat... I have loved racing, cruising and even working on the boat. But the time had come. Neither I nor Mrs Weyalan are getting any younger, and despite all our refit efforts and attempts to make her into a cruiser, Insatiable remains a big powerful 1-tonner and not the boat that will suit us as we get even older. Last night we sat on our balcony in Tenderbox, with a glass of single malt, and watched the old girl round the Iron Pot and, as the sun set and darkness fell we watched her sail across Storm Bay and out of our lives... tears were shed, but while the boat has left us, the happy memories have not
  10. 5 points
    Consider yourself lucky. I have to hear me tell it every time I thought I was done.
  11. 5 points
    And to add some more tidbits cos I'm a nerd... In the early optical undersea cables the repeaters were known as regenerators. Physically they look like cylinders spliced into the cable , spacing approx every 100kms. The fibre core only had one or two different wavelengths, like having only two tv channels on your terrestrial tv. The reason for having so few wavelengths was the limitations of that first undersea amplifier, the regenerator. The problem was we didn't know how to amplify a signal unless it came on a copper wire, So the regen would receive the optical inputs, convert these wavelengths into separate electrical circuits, clean up the signal, amplify it, then modulate the signal onto a pair of lasers and transmit them along the cable to the next regenerator some 100kms away. The process gets repeated ad nauseum, so in essence the first undersea cables were really lots of small point to point fibre optic cables with electrical amps in between. Then the game changer was born, the EDFA. An EDFA is an all optical amplifier, and rewrote the bandwidth limitations of submarine cable systems in a heartbeat. In comparing the two technologies; a regen would accept normally 2 x wavelengths, had numerous critical electronic hardware components, and required parallel regen/amplifier circuits for the 2 wavelengths. the repeater could accept 126 wavelengths, had no copper components, and used one amplifier to amp all 126 wavelengths. Open an EDFA and they are amazingly simple. All you'll see is a 10mtr reel of fibre cable, and 2 x 980 nm lasers spliced into the reel. That's it. The hidden secret is the 10mtr piece of fibre is doped with erbium. When the 980nm lasers are switched on, (they stay on permanently) the erbium atoms in the fibre core are energised by the lasers wavelength, and absorb energy, becoming slightly unstable. Then along comes the customer traffic, travelling merrily down the fibre core. There are multiple wavelengths on a single fibre core (that incredibly has an OD of only 0.009 of a mm) and enter the 10mtr reel of erbium doped fibre. The wavelengths carrying the customer traffic are light signals, so made up of photons. The photons collide with the erbium atoms, resulting in a release of energy that duplicates perfectly the incident photon, so one photon becomes two. They collide with more erbium atoms, and the two become four, and so on. By the time the signals exit the 10mtr reel, your customer wavelengths have a gain in the order of 26db which is enough to push another 50-100kms till the next repeater. And on and on it goes. One EDFA uses about 1amp @ 12VDC, each fibre core needs its own EDFA every 50-100kms, a typical submarine cable can have up to 8 cores. The DC power is supplied by a coaxial braid in the fibre cable and powered from the land cable stations. The longest all-optical (no copper joins) cable in the world is 16,000kms long from start to finish. I could go on for days. The list of achievements that undersea cables have attained continues and is just too long to list, but suffice to say I believe they will remain as one of humanity's most evolutionary engineering feats of all time. Pretty cool stuff. .
  12. 5 points
    He's pissed off that he's busily commiting all sorts of dubious, unethical and illegal shit at Trump's request, and Trump keeps fucking tweeting about it. It's a lot harder to get away with fuckery when some day-glo carnival barker with a weird hairdon't keeps shouting about the crimes to the whole world. He's pissed off he's been summoned to the House Judiciary Committee as a direct result of the orange asshole's Twitter activity, when they could have just one the deed in the dark the way god intended.
  13. 5 points
    Soooo that's a hell of a stretch. Odds are, if you've got beef with Donald Trump you likely have serious concerns about Marine LePen(France) Boris Johnson (UK), and to a certain extent Shinzo Abe (Japan). While Vox (Spain) doesn't have that much power yet it is yet another sign of the global slide towards authoritarian right wing governments. To be fair there's also a lot of left wing authoritarianism too, which is equally botched up and bad. In Spain, Vox's current president wants a reconquista to drive all the muslims out of Spain. Fascinating fascism. Sounds just like home. Meanwhile, anybody who isn't concerned about Winnie The Pooh- SORRY- Xi Jinping (China) regardless of political leaning is just flat out ignorant. However, SailGP no longer has a fake Chinese team, so it doesn't raise awareness like it used to. It's precisely the type of nihilistic projection seen in the above quote which allows these cockroaches to thrive. This is how we get pests. - Okay. Political munitions exhausted. Returning to building boat parts-
  14. 5 points
    We're coming, we're coming our brave little band. On the right side of sailing we do take our stand. We never crawl round the foredeck on our hands & knees. We always sail upright when we're on the breeze. We never use gimbals or any such trash. The things in our galley don't ever go crash. O' we never use ballast because we do think. That those that use ballast are likely to SINK. Badda bump bump bump
  15. 5 points
    Given his behaviour to date, do you honestly think Donnies is just going to walk away if he's not re-elected,? He will try every trick in the book, enabled by a DOJ, that is in his pocket and a Senate that we now know will acquiesce to his every whim. He will appeal to his base claiming a conspiracy enacted by deep state. The courts and the lawyers will be busy till the next election cycle after this. Good luck, its my sincere hope that the country "Votes the bum out" with a landslide in Humiliation.
  16. 5 points
    The ocean is a scary place. Look at the drop off about 100 meters ahead. Imagine finding that at night and not seeing it. Photos like this scare the shit out of me.
  17. 5 points
  18. 5 points
    the women who volunteer at JIYC are disgusted, and I'll be surprised to see many of them doing projects this year. Run it yourselves, sexist rednecks.
  19. 5 points
    NPR had a good article this morning, including some scary statistics regarding officer involved shootings, and focused on the link between meth, paranoia, gun ownership rates and officer involved shooting deaths. RALPH WEISHEIT: If you're a meth user who has paranoia and you think people are out to get you and that there's danger at every turn, it shouldn't be too surprising that you might find the idea of carrying a gun with you a pretty good idea. MARKUS: We found that the states with the lowest officer shooting rates were in the Northeast, where opioids are dominant and gun ownership is much lower. Out west, gun ownership is high and meth is much more widely available. We found that when police encounter someone who's been using meth and has a gun, the suspect is killed almost 90% of the time. I certainly suspect the incident in the horrible scene Jeff shared was triggered by meth, given the hopelessness and refusal to cooperate or understand the consequences of actions shown by the dead civilian. I was struck by just how much the officer wanted to avoid shooting this man, to his own peril. When the man charged him, it seems to me the officer's instinct was to protect his gun rather than defend himself with his right arm. A selfless act if I've ever seen one. He very nearly died, and I'm so glad he acted with a partner who saved his life. I'm sorry they will both have to deal with this incident, and the video of it, for the rest of their lives. That said, Jeff, you were trolling for outrage when you posted the video with the thread title. You're kinda victimizing these two cops and the dead man by treating the incident as an opportunity to show up some liberal weenies. I think you should respect the courage and training shown by the cops and not trivialize the death of a deranged man to score points. One answer to this problem is certainly dealing with mental health and the meth crisis. Another way is to address our gun culture... but that wasn't what you were looking for, was it Jeff?
  20. 4 points
    Wow. Did I call that or what? "I have no opinion, I just shared a story." It's just a coincidence that your stories always support a very particular viewpoint that you won't admit to. You're a funny dude.
  21. 4 points
    Yep.......here it is as an encore..........
  22. 4 points
    Kelly is too late he sat on his hands and was a trump apologist/enabler he is as perfidious and disgusting as the rest of the Trumpist Cabal I had hoped there would be a turning point....it does not appear that there is one
  23. 4 points
    My wife gave me a DVD on 'How to Maximise Sexual Pleasure using Foreplay'. It was pretty good, once I'd fast-forwarded through the boring bit at the start.
  24. 4 points
    We were able to encourage BoatUS to send a strong message to Georgia legislators. BoatUS Calls On Georgia Governor to Fix Draconian Anchoring Law: Asks Boaters to Speak Up Now press release here The photo was taken by fellow cruiser Craig Rowdon. His s/v Grace is anchored off Fort Frederica, one of the areas impacted. He did not know it at the time he took the photo, but you gotta love the symbolism of the picture.
  25. 4 points
    1kw of Solar or shore power charges the 360Ah @ 48v lithium bank. The Oceanvolt engine can regenerate at up to 3.8kw max @ 17kts of boat speed. Regeneration reduces speed around 0.6 of a knot. Can motor for 2hrs at 7kts and 5hrs at 4kts flat seas. No good for boats that can't sail but a great system for boats that sail well and for people that aren't in a hurry if and when cruising. I believe the system over I.C.E saved roughly 65kg's. Owner is very happy with the system and it suits their needs very well ;-)