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    WTB: Great Lakes J/130 or J/44

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    J105 speed guide. Does the J80 say the same?
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    Much has to do with the boat and class sails vs. PHRF sails. On the J105 the class kite responds well to an eased tack when you are able to maintain speed and sail deeper than you could with the tack boned on. The J105 PHRF kite has a longer luff and more area, flies well and deep with tack tight. J80 I believe has a more broad shouldered-ample luff length kite that may not be any faster nor deeper sailing when eased. I raced one for a summer and don't recall ever leaving kite eased on tack. How about easing the halyard when you need to get extra high, that's a neat trick, works well to get up over a competitor or when you need to tight reach to a finish line in a distance race. Main still works well without the kite backwinding it and you can stand the boat back up a few degrees.
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    To Taffeta or Not to Taffeta

    Q did Taffeta on one side of my carbon main, 3, & 1 it has been a success on all 3 sails. They are a bit bulkier, but not enough to care. Do it, you'll like the durability.
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    Red Over Green Sailing Machine

    Pretty sure. Your excerpted section that refers to the larger spacing is from power driven vessel requirements. The two all around lights for a sailboat, under sail, do not have the vertical separation requirement. I just spent a stupid amount of time reading the regulations. It's also clear that deck level lights are required to be operated with the red over green all-around lights.
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    Red Over Green Sailing Machine

    "Red over green is a sailing machine" is not required to be two or three lights in a vertical line. Signalmate makes two little and very powerful LED 360 degree R/G lights. I know Hella had one, but I don't see it anymore. Being able to run deck level LED's and masthead is a GREAT idea, our kites hide the bow light on one side so we run tri-color, but then you go through some little fishing boats and they don't look up and are night blinded by all their instruments and cockpit lights.
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    Are we(racing sailors) a culture of cheaters?

    It's also a question of procedure. To "protest" a boat, and therefore a person, in PHRF you will be responsible for costs if you are wrong, you will have to do your own invasive investigating, and you have the burden of proof without support of the organization. It's about as simple as any lawsuit, therefore the best way to win is not to start the suit.
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    Truck Rental to Move Large Boat - suggestions?

    Nice, you can get a MFG plate in MI pretty easily, we have two. Adds to the mystique.
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    West Michigan Thread

    Why would they be doing a delivery in that weather? The forecast was accurate and bad.
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    Sailing one-liners

    Prepare to stand-by
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    West Michigan Thread

    I thought there was a rule about securing ones boat to a navaid?
  12. If you can get the previous owner to "release" the MMSI that's currently in use, you can then assign that MMSI to your account. That's what I just did with that model radio. This was within the US, so you might not have the same luck. MMSI is a hard thing to change for a good reason. For $140 I might just go buy a new Icom for $200 more and have a better radio.
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    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    In Holland the wind continued at S and increased for about an hour from 10 knots to about 20 knots before the storm. Stayed warm on the shore. Wind stayed at S and blew up to 25 knots as the storm front passed over. After the clouds passed we could hear more thunder inland. The wind dropped to near zero after the front passed. The temps were 90+ prior to front and dropped to low 80's with lower humidity. Observation from South Haven was the gust front and rain were substantially higher, 40 MPH wind estimated, I did not check the bouy. 45168
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    West Michigan Thread

    Great QC: Had fun chasing 1sailors new ride for a few miles, kept us on our toes. The wind and waves at the start were great, loved dodging the occasional white cap, while keeping our nose clean from the ever present Edge. North Sails had an amazingly accurate forecast to present, right down to the timing of the NE shift getting serious and pushing us down. The spread in PHRF 1 was extreme, in PHRF2 we were 0-30 which was tight racing. Got the cobwebs out, we are psyched for the Mac.
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    Compass headings on board comparison

    Correct, I was referring to an experience from last year using iPad for chartplotter, never again.