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  1. Tempest

    R2AK spotted!

    Drinkin' beer at the Dingy Dock Pub in Nanaimo and spotted this fine vessel.
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    These guys are higher then Rick James

    Flaming: You're doing it wrong. The appropriate burn would be a play on the fact that he used "then" instead of "than".
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    How to sail close hauled

    You're trying to flatten out a big triangle. If your leads are too far forward your foot is loose, allowing the sail to balloon out and generate a lot of power. If you put your leads too far aft you flatten out the foot but your leech could flog and if you have noobs on the boat then grommets could start getting ripped out of sails by people trying to trim with the foot singin' tight. If you're trying to depower your sail you need to put the cars in the position where both your foot and leech are able to be tensioned with slightly less tension on the foot. Halyard tension will also play a roll and you can further depower by tightening it up.
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    The world needs more 69, snowflake time

    There's something about sailing that naturally attracts dickheads. I don't know why that is but as soon as you put sails on a boat the dickheads start coming out of the woodwork. I dunno what that says about me but I hang out on SA because there seems to be a lack of dickheads here. Maybe the dickheads can't handle the disorder? Anyway, I sailed in a regatta 2 weeks ago and the people I sailed with were enough to make me not want to sail in a regatta again. Lots of awesome people at the club but by the time the Sunday dinner came around I had to get the hell out of there. I ate dinner quickly and headed for the door. The amount of gossip was absolutely astounding. Come to think of it, there may be a parallel in golf.... maybe it has something to do with having lots of money and belonging to a private, exclusive club that makes people feel superior. All I know is that I'm getting to the point where I want to sail for fun and with friends and avoid the YCs.
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    Best glue for upholstery?

    Awesome, thanks, will do.
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    Best glue for upholstery?

    So I have to glue new vinyl into my cubby pockets along my v-birth. The old stuff was foam backed and was held to the rough, unfinished fiberglass (no gel coat) with silicone calking. Silicone is a good backup plan but, because it needs to be glued to the sides and roof I would like something high tack that won't need to be held in place. I was thinking possibly contact cement but contact cement has it's own limitations. Any recommendations for a thick, sticky glue I can use to hold this stuff in place without having to cobble together an awkward support system?
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Well for $6-700, landed at my door, I demand something better than "OK". There should be at least a basic level of electronic robustness and water resistance. Not only that but they've been making these things for YEARS. It's not like they're not aware of the problems with them as the internet tells me they have received BOAT LOADS of feedback. The displacement on my boat is only 3200lbs (maybe 4000lbs with water food and a couple of bodies) so I'd be well within the specs of the 1000/10. I just want something that will point the boat while I raise/lower sails and/or go below for a drink or a BM. That convenience is worth $600 to me.... but not if it only lasts 2 years... and if out of those 2 years I'm without the unit for 6 months while they fix/replace it. I guess if it shits the bed I'd at least have the guts to play with. I agree. I think RPi might even be overkill. This is something that's well within the capability of an arduino. Check this guys unit out. Friggen awesome. Was looking around all night last night to see if I could find and off-the-shelf linear actuator that was weather proof/corrosion resistant to save myself the hassle of building one. So far I haven't found much for reasonable prices.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    True, although designing, developing and manufacturing commercial and consumer products is what I do for a living so I might be able to pull it off That Pelagic system would be expensive by the time it landed at my door (considering the state of the Kanadian Kopek) but it might be worth it. Wondering how corrosion resistant their actuator is.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    I really want an autopilot so I can single hand this summer but the reviews on the Raymarine and Simrad units are dismal at best. In fact, it sounds like they are complete pieces of shit with horrendous customer support. It got me thinking that it might not be too hard to build one. I was actually going to build the actuator but it would probably be a lot easier to buy one of these: https://www.thomsonlinear.com/en/product/HD12B017-0300CNO1EES And wire it up with an arduino. There are lots of guys on the internet doing cool shit that looks WAY better than the garbage from Raymarine and Simrad.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Fffaaaaaahhhk, why do you guys always have to be the voice of reason? I wanted to hear "Straighten em out, they'll be fine!" Don't know that I want to tape them but I need some sort of solution. I was thinking maybe stainless springs. Not sure that I know what you mean. As in you just tied the inner shroud barrel to the outer shroud barrel? That might actually work but they will probably still flop over. I'll give it a try with the new toggles. Yup. Thanks man! Hopefully I'll see you on the water this summer. Gonna have to sail up to your neck of the woods. Ha, I had no idea that was called Collingwood Channel. Led me to something interesting that I also didn't know about.... http://www4.rncan.gc.ca/search-place-names/unique/JATHD Didn't see any logs or tugs on Sunday.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    And of course I fucked up and bent my toggles while stepping the mast. That was a serious facepalm moment. Not even remotely excited about how much those are going to cost to replace At least I didn't bend the turnbuckle bodies or I would have been really choked. I'm going to try to straighten them as they aren't that bad. If it goes poorly I'll have to shell out $70.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Got the new sails! They look awesome. Kinda wish I had paid a little extra and got a window in the Genoa though but it's not the end of the world. Got her in the salt and raced around Paisley island with the Sunshine Coast Yacht Club on Sunday. We got spun around by some crazy wind behind Ragged Island which cost us some time. Ended up dropping from 4th to 5th place by 11 seconds. Not bad for a first race with a boat that isn't even remotely setup for racing. It's so awesome to be able to actually flatten the sails out and point! It was worth the $2000 just to not look like a piece of shit with a beer logo on the sails.
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    Anarchy is Hate Speech

    Can't say I disagree and your final sentiment is spot on.
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    Anarchy is Hate Speech

    All adherence to law is voluntary; the only thing that changes is the method of applying the punishment for disobeying those laws. People are blinded by the system which governs their lives and have an impossibly difficult time imagining things working any differently. Just because you fully believe that the system is as good as it could ever be doesn't mean there isn't a better way to do things. That said, there is only a very small portion of the population willing or capable of thinking bigger so I imagine we will eternally push around this Sisyphus rock of a legal/political system... hence my assertion that this conversation is a waste of time. Technically both. The only difference being that some are tangible (physical laws) and some are intangible (social laws). Nobody can stop a rock from falling so man has no control over the physical side of natural laws. The social laws are only really applicable when living in and around other people. You can't steal from people if there are no people around to steal from. You can't kill or assault anyone if there is no one around to kill or assault. The punishments for violating the social side of the natural laws are reparations, physical harm, banishment, confinement or death. You can find examples of all of those punishments in all cultures throughout history. Natural laws are extremely easy to establish and vet with basic philosophy. The easiest being "I won't kill you because I don't want to be killed." Not killing one another benefits everyone. Economic and social progress is impossible when everyone is killing one another. "I won't steal from you because I don't want to be stolen from". Same principal. There are lots of videos on the internet that cover the philosophical proofs for these concepts so I won't blather on with a half cocked explanation. The point I was making is that the natural laws are upheld by every civilized government on earth. They didn't invent them, they just recognize and, to an extent, protect them. However, what governments love to do is then pile on a whole load of bullshit, statute laws intended to rob you blind for the economic benefit of the state. Ever got a fine for j-walking? Not wearing a helmet? Not wearing a seatbelt? Walking your dog without a leash? Collecting rain water without a permit? Building a shed without a permit? There are entire LIBRARIES FULL of nothing but books of laws. So many laws you couldn't memorize every one of them if you had 3 lifetimes. So many laws that it's been estimated that the average American breaks 3 laws a day without even knowing it. So many laws that they figure America houses 25% of the WORLD'S prisoners. And to top it all off... creation of the laws, enforcement of the laws and punishment for breaking those laws are financially incentivized by lawyers, judges and private prison systems. The whole thing is fucking insane. To anyone who says they can't imagine a better system I say you're not trying hard enough. https://mises.org/library/decriminalize-average-man
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    Anarchy is Hate Speech

    No, anarchy involves laws but they are natural laws and not government bullshit statute laws.