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    J/88

    MidPack, I saw this as well and tried to understand what really happened from the two sides of the story. Trying to make sense of it makes me feel sorry for Protest Committees and the job they have. Dan
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    Video of TP52 crash in Marseille in 2008

    Bruno, my mind works best by understanding and anticipating these kinds of issues rather than trying to react in the moment. For this reason I like to look at the causes and effects when shit goes wrong which led me to finding this video and reading the analysis and opinions.
  3. Having recently read through the thread from 2008 and being fairly certain I have see the video a long time ago, I set out to find it on YouTube. No Joy! Does anyone know where to find the video? I used a couple of search engines with no luck finding more than blog and magazine articles. Certainly nothing I used in YouTube came even close. Dan
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    Video of TP52 crash in Marseille in 2008

    This is the one I saw before and it was in Cascais! Thanks to Jackolatern I saw the one I wanted and the one I remembered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQj2wlRmNWo
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    Video of TP52 crash in Marseille in 2008

    I was searching TP52's which got me nowhere. Thanks for the help. Interestingly, this is not the one I remember seeing so it must be another big pile-up at the weather mark in another series. Thanks again, Dan
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    Video of TP52 crash in Marseille in 2008

    Nope, not the one. I found it too, but thanks.
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    need help from you furniture makers

    Don't have it all the way out when you try to activate the levers. Push it in a bit then the levers will work and the thing will pull straight out. I cannot figure out why moving the drawer box up would help it keep closed. If anything the slides may be too deep in the cabinet keeping the retainer clip from fully closing.
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    J/88 for single handed day sailing?

    Initially I loved the perfect size for all the things I want to do on her. Pretty stiff for shorthanded sailing, very fast, lots of strings to pull, and still able to race fully crewed. Currently trying to decide if getting a J2 or a reaching sail will be more important. My particular boat is an Oceanvolt electric boat and I am looking forward to finding the best way to expand the cruising range for those rare times you need to motor long distance. Otherwise the 20 nm range is tons for everything else I do since it is predominately from the dock to the lake for racing or daysailing. Dan
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    J/88 for single handed day sailing?

    I just bought one and have hopes of being able to sail her singlehanded. Clearly J&M are not problem but wrestling with assym not on a furler may be a challenge, Looking forward to any responses.
  10. New boat has Raymarine MN100-2 displays 4 in total but no chartplotter. My instinct was to replace the whole lot and install a new plotter but it does seem a little hasty if these instruments work. I do want a plotter for navigation work as she draws 6'6" which is almost too deep for lots of the places I used to go. Hoping to hear from someone who has done this to avoid mistakes. It is my understanding that if I bought a new plotter say an Axiom 9 that I could buy a NMEA "converter" and these instruments would then display on the plotter just like the proper Raymarine ones? Will I give up any functionality I am used to? When racing I would like to see both true and apparent wind speeds and angles plus compass heading for shifts. Being a tiller boat we don't have a binnacle with a compass so I will need to learn to watch an instrument rather than the compass for this. Can I get what I want from this set-up? Dan
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    Raymarine/TackTick to a chartplotter?

    George, can I discern that by the fact that you are going Raymarine this time that you prefer the Axiom to the B&G? So in the new set-up, the TackTick displays will not use the original TackTick computer but now will simply be display heads for the Axiom? Sorry if this is basic, I am trying to understand.
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    Raymarine/TackTick to a chartplotter?

    Tiller steered boat with a Raymarine ST2000 tiller pilot. Integrating the pilot is not a priority since I never actually use the pilot to run a course but just use it to hold a heading. I actually have not seen any of these instruments run so I am trying to get a strategy in place and stuff bought before the mast goes back up in the spring. If I decide to upgrade the whole suite it is the right time to do it but my instinct is to get the plotter connected to the instruments and run her that way for a season. I confess to liking the idea of the TackTick remote since I may be single handing at times. The other big issue for me is where to place the plotter. She is a J/88 and I have seen most of them on the aft vertical face of the house right where someone trimming and launching \dousing the spin will be which seems wrong, particularly with a touch screen. It is also a long way for these old eyes to see from the tiller.
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    Gybe Ho

    It shouldn't make me laugh every time....but it does!
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    North Helix Sails vs regular Code zero

    Any more thoughts on this since February? Wanting to fill the gap between my non-overlapping jib and my A-2 on a J/88. I am concerned about the load on the telescoping pole and have read lots of stuff on people engineering some different kinds of bob-stays but if the Helix really solves the problem without the bob-stay I am interested. If I had to pick an area where I want to gain the most it would be tighter angles in less wind. Dan
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    Pricing for used sails?

    I have a chance to buy 3Di Raw sails a little over one year old that have "apparently" been lightly used. The local North loft has gone over them and rated them in very good condition. Am I wrong in trying to get them for half of new? The current owner wants closer to 30% off what I can but them for today though that price might be around 50% of what they paid. Thoughts? Dan
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    Paradigm Shift...or Same Ole Same Ole?

    I have wondered about this too. I can watch old AC racing or modern TP-52's and imagine myself in those situations making those decisions on my boat. The foiling boats not so much. I don't dislike the foiling boats racing and will find a way to watch the upcoming AC races, but it probably will not make me want to go jump on my boat and go out for a sail.
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    J/88

    N, thanks so much for the link! I had missed the story somehow and now it all makes sense though I wish I could see it all to learn from it. Dan
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    J/88

    Thanks MidPack, I have voraciously read and watched everything I could on this boat in anticipation of trying to make a deal for one. I now have the deal in place subject to a successful review of my boat. Time will tell, but I think the range and necessary re-charging will be absolutely no problem given how I use the boat. Typically I motor from my slip out of the marina then out of the harbor less than a 1/4 mile followed by racing or day sailing then reverse the process. I believe improving battery technology and other power sources will make the occasional cruising case work well too. If fuel cells can continue to improve then 100 mile range under power should be achievable and one would hope most of your trip would be under sail! Dan
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    J/88

    What? Can you elaborate? Was the protest based on the propulsion system? Dan
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    J/88

    JL, a hydrogen fuel cell was my first thought as well but I think I need about 2000 watts to maintain a good speed and that, according to what I can read, would take a ton of gas to maintain for cruising objectives like 10-12 hours. It does look like I could do it pretty easily with a little suitcase generator that I would only put on board when going far away. From what I have seen conceptually, the fuels cell is capable of both using hydrogen gas and making it if you add power and water. My mind went to the boat sitting overnight tied up to the dock with power plugged in and making fuel for the next day! Lots of apparent issues with this including now compressing the gas so you can take it with you. Interesting concept though. Dan
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    J/88

    J-88 Oceanvolt has been asked about several times as I look through the entire thread but nobody really answered. Does anyone have any input on the boat and how they work? Knowing the battery range is perfectly good for all the sailing I do which is club racing and daysailing, I do want to deal with the range in some fashion so I can cruise if I want to. Has anyone seen them using a suitcase generator to augment the batteries for longer trips? Dan
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    All electric boat setup / Moonwave

    1000w of power but not sure if that is from just these panels or if that includes 4 panels in the bimini. The bimini would not be usable when sailing for sure but it would handle the question of what to do when at anchor or at the dock.
  23. Some men are ignorant boors, though I almost never see it any more because I would be stepping in and telling them about it....after the woman of today handles it her own way. I think one of the reasons it is hard to gain much traction/empathy/sympathy on this issue has been the way it has been treated by both genders. Not accepting that perceptions and behaviours need to change before the outcomes change is not going to get us anywhere. Outrage is fine and appropriate for dealing with bad actions but will not fix outcomes such as gender balance and often comes across as "I'm going to tell" which got no one anywhere. Standing up for yourself and not letting the core issue be an issue is the only way to break through and I am glad to see women everywhere doing it and being supported for it. In the case from this story where some idiot said "you don't even have to sleep with me to crew on my boat" the best response would be something equally (c)rude said with a smile. Telling him you wouldn't sleep with an ugly old man like him for any reason thereby removing the victimhood from yourself would get everybody smiling and would make you one of the crew. I have a daughter, a daughter-in-law, and 3 granddaughters who I love and admire. None of them would or should have any doubt that I would intervene on their behalf if someone treated them as less than what they are. My fervent hope would be that they, after standing up for themselves, would look at the whole picture and ask what is underlying the balance issues noted above. So many older women I know have this immense quiet power and know how to look someone in the eye and say that was inappropriate and I think you should stop doing things like that. That changes behaviour and that is understood by most men, boors and men who didn't think before they spoke, alike. Women and girls are really cool and I think they bring great things to all situations. In some ways they are different than men and I think we should accept that they may behave differently than men to the same provocations. Men should strive to see that and first apologize followed by figuring out how not to make things uncomfortable next time. Viva la difference! Dan
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    Used Asymmetrical Spinnaker

    Decapo, we have been racing white sail races and suffering on the reaching legs against boats with big genoas while we have a 115 jib. We can get to the windward mark at or near the front of the fleet but then get passed on the downwind legs. Jackdaw suggested we think about going to one of the flying sail fleets as we could then use a spinnaker to match up better to the rest of the boats sail wise. An asymmetric is attractive particularly if we can furl it on a top down furler as we are frequently only 3 on the boat. What performance difference have you seen versus the symmetric vmg wise as this will be W-L racing often in light winds. Dan
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    All electric boat setup / Moonwave

    I am looking at an Oceanvolt powered J-88 and trying to reconcile the one big concern I have which is the occasional cruise and not having enough range to get home if there is no wind. In everyday use the battery will have tons of range to get me out of the marina and out to the race course or ready to day sail. This type of use is typical for me and I would not have needed anything beyond this in the last 24 months. However, if I look at the year before that I took two week long cruises during which I motored 4-8 hours due to lack of wind or a headwind in a narrow area making it impractical to tack upwind. What I would like is a way to augment the battery system which I could put on the boat when cruising and take off the other 99% of the time. This boat has been for sale for some time which makes me think others have my concerns so a solution for me would make her more salable later. Two concepts have emerged for me, one of which has been noted above in this thread and that is one or two portable generators I can drag onto the boat when I head out on a cruise to give me that 4-5 knot continuous operational ability or at least for a period to double the 20 nm range of the batteries. The other is an outboard on a stern mounted bracket that I could put on when I head out and take off again when I get home. Assuming the presence of wind, some solar from the sail it has with solar panels, and 20 nm of battery capacity I think I would never need the outboard but I would know it was there if I needed it. I presume I would use the regular racing main for everyday racing and put on the main with the solar panels in it when cruising. 6KW electric motor Regen from the prop when sailing though I am not sure the speed necessary for this to work. 500 w available from this source 1000w of solar from panels in the main sail plus panels in the bimini. Thoughts?