CaptainAhab

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    South Australia
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    Finding the White Whale

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  1. CaptainAhab

    tuning a single spreader, fractional rig.

    He broke his first torque wrench with the piece of pipe so he went back to the big wrench.
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    Santa Cruz 27 owner needs all of your input

    https://www.amazon.com/Elvstrom-Explains-Racing-Rules-Sailing/dp/1472946618/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=elvstrom&qid=1577132423&sr=8-1 This book has the full Rule book as well as a large section with simple descriptions & drawings that explain the Rules. You can use the online games to test yourself after you memorise and understand them. It would be good if you got in a double handed dinghy with someone who has a clue. You learn from your mistakes in the dinghies(swimming). There is no better way to learn than shoulder to shoulder.
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    Making Lithium Batteries?

    One of my good friends is one of those super smart electrical engineers in the States. He has about 20 patents. Many of his early ones are for recharging lithium batteries. He was one of the first persons to build a car battery out of 150 cells that are used in laptops. He used to buy them by the bag. His batteries are on the B2 Bomber and several satellites. Tesla licensed some of his patents to do their car batteries. The trick is in the charging. Any idiot can gang up a bunch of cells and call it a battery. Lithium are tricky. They can catch fire. You need constant monitoring and individual charging of every cell. Take a look at a modern cordless tool battery. My Makita ones have a large fancy circuit board that looks important. I would stay away from building a lithium simply because of cost and possible failure rate.
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    Santa Cruz 27 owner needs all of your input

    Beer and weed after sailing will give you access to the local talent for crew. If it’s good weed they won’t give you shite about your steering and sails.
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    Laser Sailing Videos

    Slingsby at the top of his game. 2011/2012 was pure dominance. He runs a Clinic on the best guy’s in the World. Still my favourite Laser sailor of all time. The downwind runs are interesting to see the different techniques. No “correct” way to sail the boat.
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    Sunfish Speed Blog

    Who determined it was 10.9kts? Sounds a bit low. The Laser is about 18kts.
  7. Now that a PSA Laser costs $11k AUD and the exchange rate is 0.69USD it doesn’t take much of a ride to hit $100k.
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    Oddball hinge source: 3.5" x 2" brass?

    Before you commit. Take a magnet to it. There is a ton of bad stainless in the Aussie market. They have been trying to sell 302ss decking screws for a few years. They are very magnetic. Rust quick by the beach. We have to read the labels on the boxes. Even then the 304 often stains fast(bad 304).
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    Most Popular One Designs in Australia?

    It’s cool that they list all of the experimental handicaps. Nice call. Cheers
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    Removing the IOR bump

    Are you going to remove her lumps while you are doing the bumps? Will this be a full liposuction reduction? Our 1982 32’ IOR had all of the maxed out measuring points and duck tail. It was one of Brit Chance’s last IOR efforts. The mathematically optimised hull was a sight to behold out of the water. She was susceptible to broaching above 25 knots going downwind.
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    Removing the IOR bump

    Are you going remove lumps while you are doing the bumps? Our 1982 32’ IOR had all of the maxed out measuring points and duck tail. It was one of Brit Chance’s last IOR efforts. The mathematically optimised hull was a sight to behold out of the water. She was susceptible to broaching above 25 knots going downwind
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    Most Popular One Designs in Australia?

    The more interesting question is how many different one designs are sailed in Australia. I think we have the largest yardstick(handicap) list in the world. http://vic.yachting.org.au/get_file.cgi?id=3363605
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    Does your dinghy have a name?

    My local dinghy club used to hassle me about a name for my beater Laser. I wrote Anonymous on the sign in sheet. She’s still got the name eight years later.
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    The Gold Coast, Queensland

    Do you not understand that the States changed the world beer market in the early 1980’s when Sierra Nevada introduced a very hoppy pale ale that was only made by home brewers at that time. I am correct about the Aussies making APA(American Pale Ale). Corona is shite beer that’s why you should put a slice of lime in it and only serve it ice cold.
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    The Gold Coast, Queensland

    Getting back to the original topic... Coolangatta has that vibe you are looking for on the Gold Coast. Killer waves, plenty of talent running down the esplanade and frolicking on the beach. Cheeky bikinis have been the norm for the last decade. Occasionally the Pro tour stops by which triples the talent. Those places named Miami & Palm Beach are you be avoided. All in all it’s a decent place to visit for the warm water