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  1. fufkin

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    There are some good breakdowns of various EU clean energy rankings in the link I posted above. Poland ranks last on the list. An EV powered by the dirtiest coal energy in the EU is still some 20% cleaner than gas/diesel by the worse case estimates in the study. Go to the link to find out just how clean a best case clean energy powered EV can be. It might be a bit of a surprise to some. ...or how bout some good ol solar powered oil drilling just to spice things up a little for everyones clean energy sleuthing exercise for the day? https://www.boldbusiness.com/energy/glasspoint-solar-enhanced-oil-recovery/
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    Home Ports: Dreams and Nightmares

    no shoes, you've chosen well, just beware of the Ogopogo. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200309-ogopogo-the-monster-lurking-in-okanagan-lake
  3. Thanks longy, I guess what I was thinking is docking alongside a pier in tight quarters where a combo of momentum and leeway might not be a bad thing. My experience with cat maneuvering is limited to a ten day charter of a Leopard 47, which had (I guess) stub keels...so more leeway than daggerboards. I recall generally approaching bow in first and then walking the stern in with the twin engines. A bit of leeway in that case wasn't a bad thing...of course you only have so much time until momentum and/or twin engines might start to lose to windage and you might have to regroup. I have zero experience in the lengths being discussed, nor with daggerboards(on a big twin engined cat)...gonna give it some more thought and keep listening. I can see though from your answer that boards all the way up is a non starter.
  4. The smoke stacks were the giveaway. I've got a question for you guys. Are there any close quarters docking and handling situations where daggerboards up is actually preferable? Half way up? When you have more windage on the bow than the stern, and you've got an off shore wind on the beam, the bow always loses and the boat wants to rotate...at least that has been my experience with deep drafted monos with high windage light bows. We used to use the coach boat as tug on the bow in these situations, similar to what 5xMoana described above. It seems like, in a way, if you lift the boards the boat might have slightly more uniform leeway, if that makes any sense.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    As economies of scale have increased, as well as other inputs that have become more efficient, that rule of thumb is starting point to smaller mileage number. The lifecycle analysis and carbon footprint analysis can be a little bit all over the road. Here is a more in depth analysis taking into account the manufacturing energy sources, recharging energy sources, recyclable batteries and a host of other variables in an ev vs gas/diesel car comparison. It gives a pretty good macro view. https://www.transportenvironment.org/sites/te/files/downloads/T%26E’s EV life cycle analysis LCA.pdf
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    The twin prop electric re gen set up has kind of been a holy grail for parts of the catamaran crowd for quite some time now. Back in and around 06/07 a couple of builders trotted out a couple of set ups. Lagoon 420 had electric re gen and the Alibi 54 was initially marketed and equipped with a re gen system. Most or all of these early stage systems have been swapped for twin diesels do to reliability issues. That's not to say that it can't happen or that it hasn't gotten closer to reality. Here's a more recent article from the MultiHull Company. It goes through the type of system that might currently be considered by a large cat owner. What I find interesting in the article is the mention of either integration or omission, depending on the system, of an auxiliary genset to create a hybrid system. Its not that it is any more efficient than straight diesel, but that having a hybrid diesel/electric system gives a lot more options for generating power for both house and range requirements. CATAMARAN ELECTRIC PROPULSION
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    Another reef

    What's a first reef? Never heard of it. (Warning: Minority Opinion Alert) In all seriousness, if I'm reefing at all, I'll usually go straight to a 2nd reef. If I'm slightly underpowered I'll increase the blade of furled jib. If the wind fails to build more and I'm more consistently underpowered, back to full main. It's usually some kind of small blade of jib/reefed main combo that gets the boat steady and making good headway in heavier winds or chop. Even a tiny blade of jib will steady the bow, help the boat track, and add a bit of speed...up to a certain wind strength. If it's getting really gusty I'm happy that the main is already 2nd reefed. In short, for me at least, it's easier to fill the gap between 1st and 2nd reef performance than it is to reef twice in building or gusty conditions, especially shorthanded. In general, these decisions are going to differ for everyone and will be very hull/rig/initial tenderness dependent. Some boats might end up sluggish in a 2nd reef through a wider/lower wind range, hence the predominant use of the 1st reef. Some boats might be more tender and actually perform better(round up less) with an earlier reef. Every deal is different and a lot depends on hull/rig/conditions/crew/racing/cruising, but having a target wind range that matches your hull/rig/sail complement is the key to any reefing strategy. The ol 'reef early reef often', and 'its easier and faster to shake off a reef than put one in'...are worth their weight in gold.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Forty years from now, will you be able to fix ugly?
  9. fufkin

    Anodes? We Don' Need No Stinkin' Anodes!

    I'm in freshwater and have always used magnesium anodes and collar. How would aluminum('catch all') anodes/collar work with protecting an aluminum sail drive from pitting(or would they)? Or would a sail drive user moving from fresh to salt water for any length of time just completely switch to zinc? What do sail drive users use for brackish water?
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    Coolboats to admire

    The 32 ish day sailor, originally posted by Kris K with the Tripp style bow did not have the unfortunate self tacking set up that the Scangaard has. edit: maybe the mystery boat is more like 28 ft
  11. fufkin

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    So no points for the newly agile trade for less City of London? Maybe 7K in employment redeployment to the Continent when 1 bank in the US lost 100k plus employees in a week in 08? How bout it?
  12. fufkin

    Maritime Art Anarchy

    It would be tough to do my Uncle justice. Both the US Navy and Coast Guard gave it a shot with commendations, but as I’m starting to figure out, you can’t really take it with you. What I do have are the memories of taking him on some photography shoots to develop the still life results.
  13. fufkin

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    I checked in about a year ago to see if the sky was falling. Any further guidance before I look up?
  14. fufkin

    Playing cards remotely

    Try Trickster.
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    American Dumbass

    I don't really think that the treatment of indigenous nations over the last few hundred years can really be casually referred to as 'something the left dreamed up'. That's a little rich. Our hands are by no means clean, but up here in Canada, we've done our best to acknowledge the wrong doings of the past, specifically with our residential school system, which was a botched and inhumane attempt to assimilate indigenous children into a more 'western' value system. The wrongdoings are acknowledged in a bi-partisan fashion, and an official apology was trotted out in 2008 by a conservative PM. Whether a too little too late apology to a conquered people is sufficient is perhaps a different point of debate. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Indian_residential_school_system