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    2018 Newport to Bermuda invites multihulls

    Fair enough!! However.. since there is only one set of rules/regs for this race, and that has to cover corinthian teams as well as pro teams... you could argue that perhaps they are trying to discourage the weekend warrior types from getting into trouble with a system which they may or may not be able to go aloft and fix (as the pro teams would have no problem doing)?
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    2018 Newport to Bermuda invites multihulls

    Different for each Gunboat. On one of the 60's (rather not say which), all we had to do in the end was move the position of our life rafts, and add in a 'fixed, manual bilge pump in each hull'. Sucked to cut an unnecessary hole through the boat, but they wouldn't budge on that one. All the rest of the initial 'deficiencies' were negotiated away after the entire committee came and looked at us and another of the boats for themselves, and heard what we had to say about lifelines, stability, mainsheet access & speed, etc. One of the other issues they wouldn't budge on - arguable rightfully so - was with furling working jibs/solent/trinket sails which were permanently lashed at the head, requiring a man to be sent up the rig to cut the sail down in the event that the furler failed. Many of the GB's and HH's use this setup. I can't say I disagree with that philosophy myself, though it surely was a pain with those with the furling Solents to modify things.
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    “Knot” a cool pun: worst boat names ever

    'Sea You Next Tuesday'
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    “Knot” a cool pun: worst boat names ever

    I just bought an old 5ksb beater and named her 'Girthy'. The dinghy is 'Moist'. Runner up for the boat was 'I Sheet you Knot'
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    TF10 foiler... what could possibly go wrong!?.....

    My knowledge is only second hand - you are probably righter than me. Perhaps it was x2 masts that were redesigned after the first one fell (weren't there two already up at that point?)?
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    TF10 foiler... what could possibly go wrong!?.....

    Yes two masts dropped during testing so they went back to the drawing board. Same thing on the first generation boards.
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    TF10 foiler... what could possibly go wrong!?.....

    One is already here. Not sure on the schedule of #2 but to my understanding, there will be a maximum of 2 ready to sail for the Summer events due to the delays caused by the failure of the initial rig design.
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    BVI Spring Regatta

    The old 62's are super light! Soma correct me if I'm wrong, but I think they had the greatest power-to-weight ratio from the factory right? And of course after a decade of turbo upgrades and technological advances in equipment, I think that their P2W ratio advantage has only increased comparatively (to the other models)? I overheard the composite boatbuilder who has refit, rebuilt, and turbo'd that boat over the years saying; "There's just next to nothing to that boat - she's so light and thin, she probably should have exploded by now... she hasn't, which is a testament to the design and to us, but when you look at her compared to the newer models, it seems like she should just explode" Add to that a billionaire owner who has replaced the word 'budget' with the word 'win', a world class skipper and crew who have sailed together for years on everything from a Melges 32 to to a GC 32, and you have the perfect example of a winning combination.
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    Hall Spars CF instrument hangers (mast base/gooseneck)

    Here's an updated photo of everything that hasn't sold yet, with dimensions labeled on each (on the tape). Someone take these off my hands!!
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    Hall Spars CF instrument hangers (mast base/gooseneck)

    Still got over half of these left! Treat yo-self!
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    Gunboat 68

    Time to spare now to get SOMA floating again...?
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    VOR Man Overboard

    1) Spinlock DeckVests will absolutely float you face up no matter what, as will the Mustangs. I've tried 'em both with in-water drills. In fact there is so much buoyancy in the bladder which is so far forward, that it is literally impossible to swim with these things on. You can sort of do an awkward 'half-backstroke' but thats about it! 2) Both brands offer auto-activation of the AIS beacon (different brands of these are compatible with different vests) but yet, it relies on the vest being inflated. Even if the AIS beacon could be set to activate when subjected to water (none that I'm aware of offer this), the antenna would not be allowed to deploy while the air bladder of the PFD or Deck Vest is stowed. 3) To my knowledge, all the MOB SARTs/PLBs/personal EPIRBs are manually activated. Several PFDs and Deck Vests offer exterior and/or interior pockets for these to be stowed in such a way that they are available to the MOB after the air bladder inflates. The Spinlock and the Mustang will keep the beacons in pockets on top of the inflated air bladder, so as to keep the antennas more or less above the water. <--And maybe/probably other brands as well, but I only have 1st hand knowledge of those two... 4) It is common knowledge that plenty of offshore racers turn the auto-inflate OFF, due to high volumes of water over the deck which often sets off the bladder accidentally. Several videos on from onboard footage where this happens. No idea if that's what happened in this case and I wont speculate on it, but it does raise an interesting point about the convenience and practicality vs. absolute safety. Seems it will always be somewhat of a compromise. I think everyone agrees that if you hit the water unconscious, and your vest does NOT auto-inflate, the chances of recovery (in those conditions at least) are scary small.
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    VOR Man Overboard

    When I was younger and just being introduced to keel boats & offshore sailing, and old(er) mentor of mine used a cheesy but mostly-accurate saying when reminding me the importance of using caution and safety gear on deck. He called it 'The rule of 10's' and it goes "With 10 knots of speed in 10ft seas, you only have about a 10 percent chance of finding your MOB after the 10 minute mark". Clearly broad strokes.. but.. I think the critical point here, which I would hold valid still after a decade+ of offshore sailing, is that after 10 or so minutes, the relative movement between the boat and the MOB is such that you are essentially guessing as to were to find them - even with back-bearings, search patterns, etc. You can only see maybe 8-12 waves away in 10 ft seas (depending on observer height), so imagine in 20-30 ft seas! Your horizon is so limited that your only hope is an AIS ping, or just pure luck of catching a glimpse at the right moment.
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    SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018

    The boats are cooler for sure, and better wipe outs, but the extreme series was a good watch too. Closer racing. I'd love to see one of the Super Foilers drag race a Moth.