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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    At most I encountered some minor inconveniences with re supply. But others here do the drama lama and trolling thing much better than I so YMMV. Hey @tillerman you are cracking me up. Nobody told these folks that its over. Except for the angry dude trolling LOL.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    See this is why Anarchy needs written rules, LOL. I thought you had to be nice to GS and BK, and were supposed to be mean to Nasty Rasty, LPE, Laser sailors, the Laser itself, and ILCA. Not that I ever followed those rules! So yea, good luck and hats off to @Benja Fleets live and die om sparkplug/champions like him. A well known local (to me) used to talk about how the fleet needed to care for the folks at the bottom of the score sheet to stay strong. I would only add class volunteers and champions like Benja to that list (and you Tiller for the Aero). Its so easy to hate on something. Much harder to love and grow something! My compliments to those who do!!
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    NASS race Annapolis to Oxford 9/8

    Not racing but the weather looks grand and the sail back on Sunday looks fun too. Keep the pointy side up my multihull friends and for the rest of you try not to break too much stuff!
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    Bend in Laser mast Lower question

    I have never ever seen a lower section bend because of rigging on land. In any breeze. Have seen it rarely from really bad capsize, death roll and/or mud head turtle. But as you said usually the top section has gone too then. If the top section is fine and bottom bent I would guess it got mishandled on shore somehow but obviously just guessing here.
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    Protecting net Spectra Lashings from UV

    Squeak, squeak, squeak... :-)
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    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    In Naps? I don't think so. VA beach maybe...
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    Farrier bought by Daedalus

    I don't think that is the same team and certainly not a routine production model. AFAIK they have no experience with that. Or with successfully running any "brand." Perhaps quite the contrary. So its clear I am not throwing stones here. Just seen too many people screwed by boat companies going belly up and nothing here gives me warm and fuzzy feelings. Hope to be wrong and would love to be proven wrong with time. Ian's legacy deserves that. Are you affiliated with the company?
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    Farrier bought by Daedalus

    What builds had come out of the Daedalus yard prior to Ian's passing?
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    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    OK, my Laser can't do that! Hats off to whoever built that J105. Wow!!
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    Farrier bought by Daedalus

    Geeze, does not give me the warm and fuzzies for the future of GB, HH, or Farrier. But then again its pretty much what I thought. If and when we ever get our life back I suspect we are looking for a pre-owned boat or hull and reworking to make it our own. In other words, start with having a title, LOL.
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    Farrier bought by Daedalus

    Man, I do wonder about this. Far too many people I know have been burned by boat companies going belly up and all I see here is a website that strikes me as vaporware or an impossible dream and a dude I think was part of both Gunboat and Stiletto (both of which went belly up and left depositors screwed). So its clear can think of people who are salt of the earth and I would trust completely with a similar company history but I just don't know about this development. Love or hate Ian's on-line persona, the dude had a long standing reputation of designing and building great boats and doing what he though was right by his customers. If I wanted an F22 (and I don't... wayyyyy too pricey for me for a 22 foot day sailor) I would have zero concern putting a deposit down on a new boat if it was Ian. This company? Uh.... But then again I can't think of too many boat companies I would want to leave a deposit with absent engaging a lawyer and having an iron clad contract (not the builders boilerplate) that left me whole if they failed.
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    Crowd-sourcing Cat-Shopping

    The Texas boat? I saw that and couldn't make it work for what we wanted to do but its a great boat, and comes from a really decent and knowledgeable owner as well. Good broker too. Great news for them and nice to hear it went to a good home.
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    PFD Upgrade Time

    Uh, according to Hammar you can. Bit busy to find the link on their site but for example.... https://www.lifejackets.co.uk/products/124/crewsaver-hammar-manual-conversion-kit
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    Death at Cowes week.

    This. Especially the people. I know my boat and the crew and have faith in both but the boat or gear can be replaced while a friend can't be and sometimes sh*t happens. I have crewed on the same boat I own in big breeze and its just pure joy and fun without any worry. I still have fun on my own boat but in the back of my mind is always "what if" and how it would impact my friends (who are crew) and how could I ever face their family.
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    PFD Upgrade Time

    Actually I was only aware of 2 (UML and Hammar) and while I am aware the top of the line Spinlock now comes with either, my recollection (welcome correction) was that when I last purchased, Spinlock did not have the Hammar type inflators; only Mustang did. If the difference we keep hearing about is in fact true (that Spinlock fail more often) it would most likely be related to those older vests. But my point was not to defend or trash any brand. I was asking a question... I would like to be able to use a Hammar inflator vest in manual inflate mode only at times (and be able to switch back to auto-inflate). In theory that is doable with a conversion kit. I am being told however that the reality is different and that is what I am asking about if anyone has experience with same.
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    PFD Upgrade Time

    Re the 60/70s my guess is the problem was more frequent; just no internet and means of broad communication. For sure I would guess that most who do any serious racing inshore or offshore have heard of or can think of at least one or two cases where folks were recovered because gear was worn and working as well as one or two cases where sadly people were lost because gear was not worn or not working. Wanting to be around to drink rum with my friends and see grandkids one day (in future) I will gladly wear the gear and try to learn and use any and all recent advances! So in that regard... great threat. Thanks! And a question: * Am currently a Spinlock user. But have seen too many failures of same as others have noted in thread. Mustang seems better technology to me but... Can the Mustangs auto-inflate mechanism be disarmed without impacting the ability to manually inflate via either method (pull lanyard to trigger cartridge, or breathing tube)? No, before anyone asks, I am not nuts. I wear foam when in dinghies and use normal auto-inflate on monohull and large multis with escape hatches (in most all conditions), but I also own and sail a Farrier which I love and these are somewhat unique in that there are specific situations with that boat where I do not want to be tethered or have an auto-inflate (or foam) and just want the manual inflate function. Don't want that to derail the thread with debate about that choice... but would like to hear from Mustang users if they know if the auto-inflate can be deactivated without impacting ability manually inflate or damaging the auto-inflate mechanism/trigger. Been getting conflicting answers from company... EDIT - Sorry for the repost. Hid the old one due to stupid typo I could not edit, and reposted this.
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    Chesapeake Bay Debris Cancelling Racing

    Thank you for putting up a rational fact based post into this mess. With respect @Kackthis is from the damn (mostly) and not from the tributaries (mostly). Monday - through last night I or friends have been out on the water. Monday, The Magothey and Chester (to Kent island) was clean with the middle of the Bay was a mess with lots of debris. Tuesday a friend raced in Baltimore and said they saw nothing and had no issues (and sent pics... not mine to share). Wed and Thursday I played on the Magothy. Again, virtually no debris. The only places I ran into saw lot of debris was the Bay and its shore (like the clean up at SPSP). Nothing of any significance in any of the tribs I was in. The mess from the damn is very real and very significant. Pic is from Wednesday on Magothy. Finally, while I would be happy to race my boat in the rivers or Bay during the day this weekend, there is no way I would sail at night on the Bay. Too great a risk of damage. I am with @HookEm and @dew. As a Corsair owner I ain't gonna sink or injure crew even if holed but I could do without that repair bill and there are people a lot worse off than a few racers who would have wanted to do Gov Cup even with the risk. PS - edit to add obviously the pics are not of my Corsair. Its the other mistress, my Laser!
  18. Dang. Sorry to read of his passing. Dude sure lived an interesting life. RIP.
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    Sobering accident report

    Useful information therein. Nothing new but many good reminders. Thanks for posting it Zonker.
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    CHI-MAC Race Wx

    Two great posts and actions from a few fantastic folks here in otherwise sad event. RIP.
  21. I think he has a bug nummer. When in a hole stop digging. OMG. Poor Texas. Snags says he (Gjbike) cunt.
  22. Good grief man, for a dude that claims he hates Trump so much it seems like you have a similar style and MO often times. Like Fisheries. Like APS.
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    How fast does a turtled trimaran drift?

    Dude, Glad you found it and best of luck with the tow, righting, and repairs. Wess
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    Sailing “bucket list” thread

    LOL just buy the Seacart from St. Mary's and pray for 17 from NW. Or join WRSC and get a foiling A cat.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    It is too easy for me to agree this. Its got an OD aspect to it and really no meaningful professional/sponsorship component to it (yes before others start yacking I know technically there is... but what I mean is none of the sailors will make a living out of doing this). Why do you like it, LOL? And what else did we agree on... I may have to go back and edit!! Did you finally conceded that Lasers rule and that landlocked pile of rotting wood and glue ain't making it to a pile of screws?