Tempest

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    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?

    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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    Best glue for upholstery?

    Awesome, thanks, will do.
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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.
  8. So a local guy is selling a Catalina 22 and I went to take a look at it the other day. I wasn't super impressed but perhaps that's because I'm unsure of whether or not it's a good buy. 1974 and it's a little dirty from sitting outside. Rigging looks OK but the surface of the fiber glass needs love. It has spider cracks in the gel coat in certain areas and overall needs a cut and polish. Lots of little spots where things have rubbed through the gel coat. One spot about halfway up the bow clearly has been repaired (probably from hitting something) and not repaired well (lumpy, not blended in). I asked him when he last serviced the swing keel and he didn't know what I was talking about. The winch and cable look OK but I would definitely repair/service stuff before using the boat. There is some obvious home-brew glass work at the front of the keel trunk which makes me cringe. I think I saw spray foam which made me puke in my mouth a little. It would be easy for me to cut that stuff out and repair the glass myself but are there other issues that can arise from cracks to the keel trunk? The other big issue that concerned me is that he said the fore-deck separated from the hull right at the bow. I'm guessing this is from the bow chainplate/shroud. He said he glassed it back together and he installed a turnbuckle on the inside of the hull that runs from the underside of the chainplate to the bow eye (where the trailer winch attaches). Is this a common problem with these boats? Is this a problem from which is should steer away from? Otherwise, the bilge looks clean, the interior looks like that of a boat from the 1970s, the motor is pretty new and the trailer looks good aside from needing new tires. He's asking $5500 CAD. Thoughts? Starboard side of cockpit looking aft can't remember what this is. Somewhere around the keel trunk, I believe
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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.
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    Anarchy is Hate Speech

    People often believe that their rights come from the government as opposed to being RECOGNIZED by government. You have your inalienable human rights whether the current government recognizes them or not.
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    Anarchy is Hate Speech

    Do you have an opinion on US political matters? Saying I don't have a right to an opinion because I have very consciously decided not to take part in the political insanity we call democracy is, at the very least, myopic and at worst, irresponsible. Is there a better way to ensure you end up in an echo chamber? Voting for the lesser of the evils is still a vote for evil and the current voting system provides you with nothing more than the illusion of choice. I think Frank Zappa said it best: "Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex."
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    Anarchy is Hate Speech

    Interesting. I was under the impression that squatters rights died with the constitution act of 1982. To be honest, I'm a little out of practice with the legal stuff as I started to find discussing it was a waste of time. Arguing with people was and, to an extent, still does detract from the quality of my life. Do you think those people have any sort of understanding today? I'm guessing a lot more of them vote now. I see your point thought. I think democracy is probably as broken now as it was then. It will always be a few people telling the majority how to live their lives. I don't vote anymore... I'd rather be sailing.
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    Anarchy is Hate Speech

    The US constitution is an absolutely brilliant document. The founding fathers would be spinning in their graves if they knew what the US had become. Not sure if the current system is what they had in mind. Back in those days everyone knew the laws and law was taught in school as a fundamental part of making your way in the world. The laws were easier to understand and people were able to take more responsibility for their actions as well as guide guide government with a deeper understanding of it's inner workings. Somewhere along the line things went sideways. The system was corrupted, obfuscated and, ultimately polluted. There's a good argument for the banking sector having something to do with it... "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." ~Woodrow Wilson Oh, and "parochial", well played. Good word
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    Anarchy is Hate Speech

    Ha, not particularly but our property rights were a little less vulnerable to the power of the state, as I understand it. Would be nice if squatters rights were still a thing considering the vast tracts of crown land in BC. Would be nice to be able to homestead and then take ownership of the land you had worked for years. I woulda built a cabin 10 years ago. There were lots of things deeply ingrained in common law that we lost with the over arching power of acts and statutes now in place. Things are taking off and the years to come are going to be interesting. This hate speech bullshit being ingrained in law is the opening of the flood gates and my bet is that things are going to get worse before they get better. Lot's of guns in Canada. There's a big dividing line between people saying things that are NOW considered hate speech and going out and shooting a bunch of people. Free speech is important because it subjects ideas to the court of public opinion. If you start punishing people for the things they say, and not their actions, you're going to drive these bad ideas underground and that's where they will flourish. Violent crime has been rising in the UK for decades. Taking the guns away hasn't done much to save lives.
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    Another interesting boat

    Interesting. Well when I get some time I'll research Palagic a little deeper. Really!? Painting hoses seems super hokie for a manufacturer. If I was building engines I wouldn't be painting hoses and alternators but, hey, if it's new it's new. That just usually the kinda shit you see when people are trying to hide things. Yeah, I figured that was the rule. Guess that could be the case on that unit. Ahhh, good to know. Thanks for the heads up. Might be worth going to look at just for the sake of looking. I need to get my feet on some boats :/
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    Another interesting boat

    I'm going to keep posting these things because I find it entertaining and informative when you guys rip them apart https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/boa/d/northstar-hughes-40-sailboat/6414240301.html
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    Another interesting boat

    Wow! Price looks good. Would be better with a couple extra feet but really doesn't look bad... https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/bod/d/swan-38/6563077379.html
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    Another interesting boat

    https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/nvn/boa/d/40-mid-cockpit-yawl-sailboat/6587332788.html This old girl might be a little crusty but I still find it interesting. Nice looking binnacle. Seems strange to see a 40' boat of that vintage with 2 cabins. But really? New power in 2003 but someone painted the WHOLE engine, including the alternator? Sketchy. Did Palagic build many boats? Wouldn't that be considered a Ketch since the mizzen isn't behind the stern waterline, or does it only need to be behind the rudder?