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    Norfolk Broads boats (counterweighted mast)

    Broads racing's exciting stuff. As described above class rules require a lowerable counterbalanced mast and not much else bar a handicap rating. Boats range from 24' to over 60' and some are over 100 years old and still competitive. Some of the older ones are heartbreakingly pretty. All are handsome. Newbuilds have ultra modern profiles like ocean racers, often bermudan rigged with dyneema and carbon sails/spars. Races start in divisions and there can be upwards of 40 boats in a race. As the rivers are sometimes not more than 3 times the longest boats' length in width and the course is often a short 'round the cans' type the close quarters racing is intense and sometimes alarming with boats racing in both directions. They are always fiercely competitive.Other races are on one or other of the Broads (shallow lakes of no great size) again around the cans on a modest dinghy-racing size course which with a field of 30 or so boats of that size is bloody exciting - or multi-hour affairs down river to a turning mark and back up with your start time judged and bid for according to your own asessment of your performance that day and your judgement of the tide. Get it right and you may finish in four hours, Get it wrong and retire ater eight - or just race on in darkness. There is even a railway swing-bridge in the middle of the long race to spice things up, though masts are not lowered in racing (a time-out zone applies either size of the bridge) Tops'ls usually cannot be struck, they're sleeved onto the topmast. You rig one or not - your call. Tops's are essential where possible as much of the river system is lined with trees and you need that vast rig to catch the wind above them. It is not unknown for the tops'l to be on a different tack from the main beneath it. Mains are hard to reef and often require running the boat into the reeds that line the bank to hold it while the rig is adjusted and then poling off into the stream again. Most boats use running backstays just to add to the fun. Due to trees and other obstructions the wind is always fickle and local knowledge is essential. These boats are heavily overcanvassed and the good ones extremely fast. In the narrow confibnes of the river nimbleness in tacking often gives smaller boats the advantage. The traditional jib arrangement is interesting - jib is pole mounted which pivots on the mast. The fwd end is controlled by a line on either side that runs from cockpit to bowsprit end to jib-pole end. The mast is supported by a separate bowsprit insde which the jib-system fits. Beating or reaching the pole lies just above and parallel to the bowsprit. Downwind requires the fwd end of the pole to be set to one side or the other a bit like a spinny pole via the line leading to the end of the bowsprit. This gives excellent control, good low-wind power and an extraordinary looking gybe where to an onlooker the entire rig appears to freeze as the boat rotates around underneath it. It's odd, idiosyncratic, fiercely competitive and very English. There's plento on Broads racing on Youtube. Look for the Yare Navigation Race and Wroxham Regatta.
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    Sailomat on Hydrovane Mountings?

    I've got a Hydrovane mounted on a Tradewind 35 which I want to change for a sailomat 601. Reason? I think servo pendulum is vastly superior to aux rudder. anyhoo, the Hydrovane is mounted on two single-axis standard Hydrovane mounts(i.e. Not vee struts). My idea is to retain a thick-wall ss tube between these mounts and weld onto it brackets to accept the Sailomat brick mount. has anyone tried this before! can anyone think why this might not work? My only concern is that the HV is more or less concentricly mounted directly above the mounting tube axis which limits impact forces from green water. The SM would have much larger amounts of area extended aft of the mounting tube and clamps which could generate large rotational forces in the same abeam green water impact. Am I overthinking this? anyone tried this before - sailomat mounted on modified Hydrovane hardware? It would be so much easier than removing the existing mounts, making good and then starting over drilling yet more holes in the transom and fabricating a completely new custom mount.
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    Frigate on the rocks, 7th fleet innocent.

    I know they were shot full of adrenaline afterwards but the entire RT sequence in post#104 was sloppy and unprofessional in the extreme. If that's the way the Noggies run their Navy I for one am not impressed. You expect civvies to flummel and blether on the radio but not a Naval vessel, their comms were pitiful and certainly contributed to the crash as well as increasing uncertainty and confusion after it. They never even declared a MAYDAY. wtf? If a tanker dead ahead is a safe distance off the rocks - and you'd have to assume she must be- and there is a gaggle of other vessels to her stbd making a crossing manoeuvre hazardous - and why the digamma would you consider that why did the HI not turn stbd as she should have done and gone the conventional side, even if a little closer to both rocks and tanker than she'd like? The subsequent confusion and continued inept comms suggests a general lack of training and severe lack of leadership and management on the bridge. It looks and sounds to me like the inaction of an inexperienced and indecisive noob on the conn who dithered like a rabbit in the headlights not wanting to disturb the watch-change going on around him. Fekkin disgraceful. I thought the Norwegian Navy was made of better stuff - and they are one of the better European ones, God help us.
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    Deep Frying Turkey Aboard

    Seriously though, this thread is a spoof, no? Surely no one, no one in the world would actually deep fry a turkey? Not even those fat-crazed Murricans? It just doesn't seem possible anything so gross could happen.
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    Deep Frying Turkey Aboard

    I can't imagine the Abbot will be too impressed. Wouldn't this constitute a religious hate-crime? d'uh oh!
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Take him to Home Depot and buy him 100 sheets of plywood, 500ft of 2 x 4 and 10,000 nails. And a Harleysaki. Sit back end enjoy!
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    Musicians Who Deserve Their Great Reputations

    Gimme Zappa. Every time. No one, bar perhaps the Captain, gets anywhere close to his musicianship and inventiveness.
  8. Just for once we've got something bigger than you lot do over here in Yurrup! Check out this little beauty, the SS Richard Montgomery, a WW2 liberty ship that sunk in the Thames estuary just off the port of Sheerness with 1500Tons of ordnance on board. She's right on the edge of a heavy shipping channel and if something big ploughed into her... Even in wartime conditions when everyone was used to getting blown up on a daily basis it was deemed too dangerous to get all the cargo off so it's still there today. Just waiting. 1.5 miles off Sheerness and 8 off Southend, though it would do the world a favour if she did blow cos she'd cause £500M of improvements to the area. 286 × 2,000 lb (910 kg) high explosive bombs 4,439 × 1,000 lb (450 kg) bombs of various types 1,925 × 500 lb (230 kg) bombs 2,815 fragmentation bombs and bomb clusters Various explosive booster charges Various smoke bombs, including white phosphorus bombs Various pyrotechnic signals Training mines in Puget Sound indeed!
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    65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space Just shows what is possible. HR, eat yer heart out!
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    65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Welcome to Sailing Anarchy Mr Trump. As George Carlin used to say, "I guess we all know by now Al's been into the mushrooms!"
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    65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    I thought the US freedom of information thing made it mandatory for gumment agencies to provide detail if they have it. I have successfully (as an "alien") requested and obtained info on a yachting rescue from the USCG and got it chapter and verse. The FH can offer no National Security excuse to hide behind so how can the USCG fail to respond on info they clearly have? Has anyone come across this reluctance to provide info before? I'd have thought it rather unusual or am I just out of touch with US gumment policy enactment these days?
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    65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Domain Name: HOTRODSCATAMARAN.COM Registry Domain ID: 1827588460_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: Registrar URL: Update Date: 2014-09-14T16:26:54Z Creation Date: 2013-09-14T21:16:20Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-09-14T21:16:20Z In pedant mode, "expiration" means breathing out, exhaling. It has nothing at all to do with expiry, which means running out, coming to an end. Oh dear.... Mind you, noticing the difference between exhaling and something coming to an end has nothing to do with pedantry either, come to think of it.
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    65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    As an official Alien I'm not familiar with US emigration procedures. If the FH set out from mainland USA for Hawaii does it need to "check out" with anyone? I presume customs aren't interested as destination is still USA, but is there any other state/federal bureaucracy you need to go through for such a voyage? If so I assume the Freedom of Information Act would apply and provide some info?
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    65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Its happening in Africa too, though this one won't get 125 feet, let alone 125 miles.