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About danstanford

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    Golf, sailing, contemplating how to retire.

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  1. danstanford

    What if there is no vaccine?

    Amati, I completely concur that your aspiration to be a one is the safest and best path forward if we don't have to think about the practicalities of life going forward. I do all that I can by monitoring my health carefully and also taking my temperature every morning. We ask our staff and visitors to take their temperature and to insure that they answer questions about their potential exposure so that anyone, internal or external, who believes they may have been exposed stay away to protect the rest of us. 30 people would have had to experience a financially life altering reality if we had not remained open and they all had a choice. 3 have decided to stay away but in each of those cases the issue is child care not fear of infection. I can leave for 2 weeks and the place runs fine, but a ship needs a captain and the enterprise remains my livelihood and my future retirement path so I will continue to protect us all in every way I can. The principal issue I have with lots of people responding to these topics is the premise that staying home is sustainable. Some of us can work from home but in virtually every case that will require others to take care of them by providing the necessities of life for them. Darwin's theories are absolutely correct in my view but adapting to this new reality will not involve the majority of us staying home, it is not sustainable. If you are retired or independently wealthy you may be able to make it work and it is quite likely a great strategy if you can make it work. If you are planning on social programs to provide for you it won't work for long. I enjoy the conversation and thought processes and think that the question which originated this conversation was wonderful. Thanks, Dan
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    Sun Fast 3300

    Would a J1 tacked out on the end of the sprit be a big penalty in PHRF? I wonder too about how she would point, Quite interested since we sail in very light winds about half the time.
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    Herd Immunity or Culling The Herd?

    OK you guys, let's assume you would pay the future taxes necessary to repay the month's wages. Do you have enough food to last a month? Could you survive without power for the month? What about no clean water as the water treatment plants would not be able to operate. What about a month's garbage on the street or in your place? What about a month long toothache? Imagine a trunk line goes down in a wind storm and you don't have power, internet, or cable? It goes on and on. If what you are proposing is that you get to stay home for a month while the government pays you and all the other people necessary to support you go to work, I think we are over simplifying the situation.
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    What if there is no vaccine?

    Mid, I was referring to Jules' post saying that one of the outcomes of an uncontrolled outbreak is that people needing healthcare for other things are not getting it. That is exactly what happened here under a lockdown without an outbreak. I am not criticizing the lockdown but rather pointing out the complexity of the solutions so many people think are easy. As I have said elsewhere, I would not ever argue that it is safer to be locked down and stay home. What I will argue is the question of the sustainability of this solution. In so many ways we need to move forward from this model. They include the exposure of some of us to feed the rest, the need for us to access elements such as health care, and the financial implications to our children and grandchildren of the enormous debts our governments are taking on. Financially I could have stayed home and been safe but my staff needed me to keep the company open so I have been at work every day through this thing and been lucky enough to have stayed healthy. I knew and know the risks and feel this is the best path forward for me.
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    What if there is no vaccine?

    Where we are, the shutdown made it so people could not get normal medical care.
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    What if there is no vaccine?

    Not really, we have managed to avoid, so far, the catastrophic hospital situations like they had in Italy. I don't want anyone to die but if it turns out that a cure is not found/effective/practical, then any lockdown in excess of that needed to keep the hospitals at reasonable levels will have been wasted. We will also be paying for this as will our children for many years. A recent report here in Canada suggested that our Federal deficit will be about 12% of our GDP this year. To pay for that is going to require double digit percentage of income new taxes or some fraction of that spread over some number of years. We wouldn't operate that way in our own lives but we have demanded that our governments spend whatever is necessary to protect us with no real thought of the future consequences. Only time will tell who got it more right, Sweden or others like Canada. I do know that the strategy has helped make the rate of infection where I live almost non-existent so far and I am grateful for that.
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    Diesel Engine Delete

    I am not so sure your question is as outlandish as everyone is making it out to be. I believe it is a question of use. If you want to be able to strike off in any weather and motor all day then battery electric just doesn't have the range and having sufficient solar to give you that range is not practical currently due to the area required for panels. If you just need to motor out of the marina and back and then plug her into shore power you might flourish with electric, and it sure is a lot easier at some times like putting her away for the winter! I also think it depends on the displacement and size of the boat. Smaller more easily moved boats make the equation more sensible but bug tubby cruisers start to run out of battery capacity sooner and batteries are expensive in money, space, and weight. Augmenting your batteries with a generator seems a great solution to me for the times you need more range, but finding real data on how much power you are going to need and how you are going to set it up is not an easy thing to find. In my case I am plugging the generator into the battery charger but then you have the limits of the charger and undoubtedly some extra losses of efficiency. Keep thinking and working on it, I believe solutions like this will evolve into great solutions for all of us!
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    Single Handed roll call?

    JL, being a new J/88 owner and going to have to sail solo for a bit, I am curious about how you are raising and lowering the kite when you are solo? Are you launching from the hatch and working from the pit or are you going up on the foredeck? What about dousing? Thanks, Dan
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    J44 Tuning Guide

    Have you checked North Sails? They have a great tuning guide for my boat.
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    Connect with J/88 Oceanvolt owner?

    Snowden, all of the sailing I have done in the last 2 years could comfortably be done with the electric and batteries with less noise, easier winterization, and it is something I find interesting. However, longer range when needed is the principle objection by most to electric power and in this case I have a 70nm trip to take to get her home so I would like to figure this out in a sensible way. The generator would only be on board when I was headed off on a cruise and don't want to be trapped by wind conditions. Getting off the dock and out to the starting line is the principle role of this power system and it looks like it will be perfect for that. Sailing is the point of the boat so I hope I never need the generator but it just makes sense to me to solve this problem if I can.
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    Connect with J/88 Oceanvolt owner?

    Interesting point but as far as I can tell it is incorrect. Still trying to confirm the 240v part, but for sure the 30a connector is 125v on the companion model and I cannot find anywhere that it says this becomes 240v when they are twinned together. I would think this would be a critical thing for anyone since you connect the two generators together using an umbilical and still just use the one connector. If anyone has any input, please jump in.
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    Connect with J/88 Oceanvolt owner?

    Nope, not that boat.
  13. danstanford

    Connect with J/88 Oceanvolt owner?

    In this situation I will be connecting the generator to the battery charger at 120v. The generator has a connector in the face of it which matches the one at the marina (30a marine connector).
  14. I have bought but not yet picked up an Oceanvolt equipped J/88 and I want to extend the range through a portable Honda generator but want to talk to someone who has done this. There are 3 choices and I would like to make the right one for the few times I am ever going to need the extended range. 2200i watt standalone 3000i watt standalone 2x2200i twinned together. Ideally I would like to be able to make 5 knots under power basically continuously. The 4x6Kwh batteries on board are supposed to give me about 4 hours of range at 5 knots but I don't know what the math is to determine what I need but I think that would indicate 6000 watts continuously. Can anyone connect me to someone who knows? Ideally someone with this model of boat.
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    J80 - Tacking Angle

    Any difference in highest AWA on either tack?