KC375

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  1. KC375

    Brexit, WTF

  2. KC375

    Brexit, WTF

    Amusing to listen to a Belgian talk rationally about political division but maybe reflecting on the French / Flemish issues that led to insanities like the dismembering the University of Leuven / Louvain may give a wiser perspective and more empathy for the challenges of Brexit.
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    Gunboat 68

    I completely agree about the rounded hull deck joint (I got lazy and chose that image as I couldn’t find one of cabin...which I think I remember seeing but can’t find). At one point I seriously considered Wildcat/Charter Cat/Jaguar 35/6 catamarans (Schionning I believe). It was the right size and price point with better than expected performance. A a few day seatrial led me to believe everything I put down would quickly end up overboard. At that time I kept loosing skin diving paraphernalia over the side – fortunately shallow enough to retrieve. If I’d gotten one I hesitate to think how many of my daughters’ iPhones would have gone over the side. Shuttleworth makes the point that bad aerodynamics not only limit speed it reduces safety in marginal conditions where you reduce sail area relative to parasitic drag which ultimately limits your ability to make headway to weather. I’m bothered by the design of so many cats where the bridge deck cabin looks more like a wind scoop designed to maximize drag rather than deflect over and around. So often the offending bits appear to be purely aesthetic. The forward cockpit cats (especially leopard) seem particularly bad. This gunboat seems to have executed the forward cockpit with least negative impact on aerodynamics (probably what you’d expect with the designers involved). But I’m just an armchair observer.
  4. KC375

    Brexit, WTF

    Trump did not "cancel" NAFTA until after a new deal was negotiated and agreed (but not yet ratified), NAFTA is still enforce.
  5. KC375

    Gunboat 68

    Twenty years ago Shuttleworth was talking about the importance of catamaran hull aerodynamics. His article Beyond the Tektron 50 seemed to me, a lay person, a very sensible discussion of this. http://www.shuttleworthdesign.com/img/ Ever since reading it I’ve been struck with how many catamaran designs seem to go out of their way to increase upwind drag. Zonker, I know you’ve commented on this before ...why do so many of your profession ignore this?
  6. KC375

    Brexit, WTF

    Per the Guardian: The simple answer to the question as to whether the EU referendum is legally binding is “no”. In theory, in the event of a vote to leave the EU, David Cameron, who opposes Brexit, could decide to ignore the will of the people and put the question to MPs banking on a majority deciding to remain. This is because parliament is sovereign and referendums are generally not binding in the UK. An exception was the 2011 referendum on changing the electoral system to alternative vote, where the relevant legislation obligated the government to change the law to reflect a “yes” vote had that occurred. No such provision was contained within the EU referendum legislation.
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    Over the horizon

    https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1986/chris-white-hammerhead-54-3496746/
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    Brexit, WTF

    Sorry for such a long post but it seems to sum up May well. Tom Watson from the commons: First let me say very clearly that I am not one of those people who questioned [May’s] motives. I agree with [Tory MP Stephen Kerr] who claimed she was motivated by public duty. I don’t doubt that she has sincerely attempted to fulfil the task given to us by the voters in the referendum. I have no doubt that she has tried her best and given it her all. But she has failed. And I’m afraid the failure is hers. Hers alone ... Throughout history prime ministers have tried their best and failed. There is no disgrace in that. That’s politics. But this prime minister has chosen one last act of defiance - not just defying the laws of politics, but defying the laws of mathematics. It was a Disraeli who said “a majority is always better than the best repartee.” She is a prime minister without a majority for her flagship policy, with no authority and no plan B Mr Speaker … that’s not a mere flesh wound No one doubts her determination, which is generally an admirable quality, but misapplied it can be toxic ... We know [May] has worked hard. But the truth is she is too set in her ways, too aloof to lead. She lacks the imagination and agility to bring people with her. She lacks the authority on the world stage to negotiate this deal. Ultimately she has failed. It is not through lack of effort It is not through a lack of dedication. And I think the country recognises that effort. In fact the country feels genuinely sorry for the prime minister. I feel sorry for the prime minister. But she cannot confuse pity for political legitimacy, sympathy for sustainable support.
  9. KC375

    Harken Sun Screen

    And for another perspective Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?
  10. KC375

    Brexit, WTF

    Or a faraday cage for Exp
  11. KC375

    Brexit, WTF

    1. How would the UK negotiating position suddenly become “incredibly strong” as compared to the last couple of years. What is this new leverage the UK would have. 2. While the UK certainly could have done a better job preparing for post Brexit it is not clear how good a job that could be. As long as the UK is in the EU it is not in a position to officially negotiate any trade agreements. So some unofficial conversations can happen. As long as the UK is in the EU there is no certainty it will leave the EU and turn those unofficial conversations into signed treaties. ...in fact the precedent would be that it had not despite a referendum. Trade negotiations are a lot of work and often require lots of political capital. Why would any one put that work and political capital at risk for a pretend negotiation that could easily go nowhere?
  12. KC375

    Brexit, WTF

    Jack what specific actions would you have her take? (Personally I'd like her to take Corbyn's hand in hers followed by a long walk off a short pier but maybe you have some more practical suggestions).
  13. KC375

    port!

    So the only one on this thread who seems able to speak to this authoritatively says no issue. If anarchist Liz speaks up she may have a compelling different narrative. So far her perspective is provided hearsay via the Editor. A story that is somewhat compromised by initially having two pictures of the same situation that actually showed two different boats and possibly two different events. In the absence of actual facts, Shanghaisailor has it right...lynch mob.
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    Brexit, WTF

    It's not my field but I believe the received wisdom in economics goes something like: "Restriction on trade, in a competitive economy, usually imposes losses on the importing country by reducing consumer surplus to a degree that outweighs gains to domestic industry and tariff revenue to the importing country (in the case of imposing tariffs on imports) or rents to importers (in the case of a quota on imports), leading to a net loss, known as the deadweight loss." But I recognize in the real world there can be cases of threats of self harm or actual self harm can lead to better results for all...if one country can trade off tariff reduction for another country's tariff reduction then both benefit.
  15. KC375

    port!

    Why should they have yelled protest. If they felt their rights had been infringed sure, but we’ve got a witness to the contrary. Lot’s of lynch mob going on here. I find smokeandoakum credible / more credible than any other source of info on this. Seems like if there had been a protest smoke could have been an exonerating witness for the defense.