Lex Teredo

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    Beer, bikes, beer, J/35's, and beer.

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  1. Lex Teredo

    Identify this throttle control

    Thanks Drew.
  2. Lex Teredo

    Miami boat show will be short one Beneteau

    Smack, good to see you around these parts. You animate things nicely. The advice above about knowing the model's history, closely inspecting it then fitting out for the intended use (and keeping to the intended use) should go into a ten commandments of sailing, somewhere. You know, if we could agree on which governing body should be responsible for maintaining those commandments. On the meta point about people talking shit without knowing... sailing is the best but we're a bunch of hyperactive nutty old ladies at times. You might be going sailing with a preeminent naval architect, a genius of waterborn engineering, who knows more about boats and wind and weather and sailing than Noah his own bad self. Then he sees that somebody on the crew brought a banana on board and starts weeping, as the boat is now doomed. Doomed I tell you! Never mind that we're going out for a sail on a Friday. Doomed!* *I mock. And yet here when I catch crew with a banana on the boat at the start of the regatta I make them donate it to Neptune. Go figure.
  3. Lex Teredo

    Identify this throttle control

    Drew, please update us when you find out. Inquiring Minds in Fleet 7 wanna know! Seriously. My J/35 throttle started acting up this year (the gear engage/neutral button) and I'm getting some transmission clunk based on that (I think) and from what I've seen of the back side of the control panel, and some engine starting gremlins, a rewire and maybe panel replacement is in order. I'm starting with the nav electronics first because, hey, sailboat racing. Engine panel may wait for next year, though the starter may get some 16 ga wire because the starter button, which takes pride in showing up to work only some of the time, clearly needs it.
  4. Lex Teredo

    Unanchored: New TV Show on Bravo

    I've thought the VOR pretty much screams for the reality show treatment, but one that is a lot closer to straight documentary than the usual schlock. You could intersperse insane race footage with port shenanigans, gear breakage and repair, trouble with racer chasers, long trips away from home, etc. Hell, even throw in some racing industry politics for good measure, if you can find the right couple people to follow, Step Into Liquid crossed with Hard Knocks. With a quality producer that doesn't fictionalize too hard you could wind up with a truly epic documentary,. With a bad producer, of course, you'd get the Real Sailing Alaskan Bush People Wives of Beverly Hills. Maybe start by following one boat for 20 months. Hey, who got some money for this?
  5. Lex Teredo

    Bottom job costs

    I looked into this a couple years ago for a 35' boat and it was about $7k and the contractor worked out of Jabins mostly, and there may have been a guy doing the same thing at Port Annapolis. I suspect that is for a basic racing bottom job, and that anything uncovered during the process (blisters, pitting in the gel coat) is likely to add to it, but I do not known. I wasn't clear at the time whether there was an epoxy barrier coat included in the price, or soda blasting vs. a good basic sanding. If that's not included, count on a couple thousand more. Petit Trinidad Pro works really well around NapTown. Make sure you get the non-California version if you use it. It starts out a little bit rough but if you have a competent cleaner, it is pretty close to a burnished finish after a couple cleanings. Not grand prix good, but good enough for racing around here. We're a newish program and not killing it in our OD class but our boat - which was previously a fast hull for the class - is still a fast hull, even though it's no longer a Baltoplate bottom. The Trinidad Pro is used by a lot of the local fast guys who wetsail their big boats. FWIW, I started from a great racing bottom with Baltoplate, close to perfect, and just added Trinidad, appropriately thinned with the right thinner. I roll, fair any chips or rough spots, light sand them, touch them up and put it in the water. It isn't burnished looking to start with but there are no dips/chips/cracks. When it comes out at the end of the season it is shiny so it's at its best during the big fall races we focus on. Haven't pulled it in June so I don't know what the bottom is like then.
  6. Lex Teredo

    Yeah I know watches again

    You might want to poke around the G-Shock range. I think they have a couple that fit the bill. I'm partial to the digital one since our local RC's always start on GPS time, and nothing is a better system for matching the RC's clock than another clock that operates on GPS time. But they also make some analog/digital combos. Not fancy, but very durable watches in general, G-Shocks.
  7. Looking for a main trimmer / tactician and a jib/spin trimmer who can work either job as needed for next year's campaign with our increasingly competitive J/35 program. We do fine in PHRF but are looking to climb the ladder in the small but competitive Annapolis J/35 fleet. We have several sailors in the crew pool who have progressed quite a ways from very inexperienced beginnings and could really grow with the addition of a couple experienced competitive racing hands, particularly a tactician who is comfortable calling shots and serving as crew captain in races so the driver can focus on driving. We race Wednesday nights and in the OD regattas, and do a few PHRF events like charity can races and distance races up or down the Bay. Count on a couple practices before NOODs and maybe one a month through the season. PM me if you're interested in discussing it.
  8. Lex Teredo

    How to stop block from scrathing deck

    So your problem isn't at the toerail, it's at the middle of the coach roof. Makes me wonder how you are going to get the line up there. But at any rate... You could mount a cheek block right where the existing block currently is, and think about putting in a decent sized backing plate inside the cabin, on the underside of the coach roof. You don't need padding for that. You just need to use the right kind of block. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
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    More FP stuff - Olympic Offshore?

    For real. We had some sporty weather this year, didn't we? Boomerang's six hour upwind leg was like being in the clothes dryer with a bag of rocks this year, the return from Solomons (which we sailed as a delivery rather than a race) was as physically punishing as anything as I can remember, and all of us finished Mid-Atlantics with bruises all over, and our excellent pit guy blew out his shoulder on day 1. The Chesapeake Chop struggle is real, man. That on a 35' 10,000 lb keelboat with 9 crew... Then again with rainfall at 2x usual levels, we had enough weekends with 95 degree temps, 95% humidity and zero wind, that the we skipped most of the mid summer drifter races, and family sailing was pretty much wiped out. Although dodging the refrigerators and telephone pole-sized logs discharged from Conowingo did trigger some pretty athletic crash tack evolutions from time to time on the few day sails we did have. It's a different kind of athleticism than sailing a laser or an Open 60, but it's not placid enough to reduce keelboat racing to a pastime, at least if there's breeze.
  10. Lex Teredo

    How to stop block from scrathing deck

    But then your beer gets warm. Barbarian!
  11. Lex Teredo

    Considering buying '82 J 30

    He's speaking the truth about the Fastnet storm. Hull 10 was in the race and dropped out after the main blow, hull 29 was singlehanding across the Atlantic and got caught up in the blow. Pretty seaworthy boat.
  12. Lex Teredo

    How to stop block from scrathing deck

    This is easier with a picture, right? A bungie to the lifeline works well to keep the block off the deck, until there is a lot of tension on, then the bungie may not help much. The direction that the line runs in determines the block position. But the easiest way to keep the block off the deck when the barber haul is in use, is to run the line from the block up to a cabin top winch. If you have to run it to a winch that is flush with the toerail, consider putting a very long D-shackle or other stainless fastener under the block, so that when the barber haul is tensioned, the block will tend to rise on a line between your low winch and the clew. Additionally, if you are trying to hold the block up with bungie, you need to have the right kind of block with a shackle on the lower end, and another shackle or becket on the top of the block, permitting you to fasten bungie to it. Full disclosure - I use bungie for this purpose, but all my toerail blocks are becket blocks, so it's the easiest choice for me. Your mileage may vary.
  13. Lex Teredo

    No flag, no foul!

    Maybe a minute and before the race start. He was coming from deep in the box toward the line, he was on starboard. We were crossing the box more less laterally on port. We tacked over to startboard in front of him but we tacked too late. He had to luff up hard to avoid hitting our ass end. I didn't think it wrecked his start, both boats had to luff and shed speed to avoid crossing early (IIRC) but it was a pretty clear screwup on our part, we misjudged the speeds. I've ignored people doing that to me, it's the kind of infraction that isn't always enforced, but in this instance his luffing up really sharp caused a spreader to poke through his #1, he told me later. I once forced a guy down from the line before when we were both on starboard and by rights he could have thrown a flag, and went and did turns once we got out of the box because I knew I screwed up his start, along with the three boats below him that also responded based on my bad move. Our move the other week though was dumb, didn't know it was damaging too. As I said, I will remember that one. I would have felt better about it if I'd seen a flag and just done turns. There are a couple "that fuckin' guys" locally and I don't want to be that fuckin' guy.
  14. Lex Teredo

    what shall we do with a drunken sailor?

    Sail away with a drunken Rimas, Build a boat with Hot Rod from San Dimas, Buy a Perry yacht for himself for Christmas, Early in the morning.
  15. Lex Teredo

    No flag, no foul!

    And, I wronged this guy, forced him up approaching the start at a point where he had rights over me in the start box. Mea maxima culpa. Heard yelling from my crew and his, none of which we could make sense of at the back of the boat since they were yelling over each other, looked for a flag, didn't see it. Discussed with the tactician, figured in the absence of the red flag it was a no blood, no foul situation of the sort commonly forgiven in a busy start box. There are a lot of those. But it turned out after the race when we spoke, Bump tried to deploy the flag, dropped it (in the water maybe?) and we should have done turns once we got out of the start gate. I still feel like an asshole about it and have made a private apology. Even so, I will continue to look for the red flag in the future if there is any doubt in my mind about a foul because there are just too many other conflicting inputs, particularly with mouthy front-of-the-boat crew yelling at other boats. Not throwing stones, observing, I have some of them too... The flags matter enormously. Sounds don't carry well sometimes and they tend to get lost entirely if it is windy or a lot of people are talking. In fact, the one protest that made it into the room during this regatta was a protest by a boat that missed the change of course flag, and the associated horns entirely. We were a little behind them and may have heard a single horn - half of the Change Course sound signal - but saw the C flag was up along with a compass bearing so were able to sail our proper course without any hiccups. Just throw the damn red flag if it's warranted. People that don't want to follow the rules probably shouldn't be racing anyhow. The rest of us will get over it.