Fah Kiew Tu

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    Diesel Engine Delete

    Yeah, because now you've got a hybrid sort of like a Prius. Other than the increase in complexity with associated cost and space needs I've no issues with such a setup. In a big enough boat it likely could be made to work quite well. Having even 10 nm range under power on battery before having to start the diesel would be great IMO. FKT
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    Portland "officers?"

    The Portland and State govts have power, too. Cut off the services to the Federal buildings. No power, no water. Let them sue for it to be restored. Sadly I can't say I'm surprised by any of this shit. I said many years ago that if the USA was prepared to use these sorts of tactics on foreigners without giving reasons (extraordinary rendition anyone) it'd only be a matter of time before it got done closer to home. And now it's come to you. Time to eliminate the Patriot Act and the entire Dept of Homeland Security, seeing as it's turned into an arm of oppression. FKT
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    Australian Sailing

    Works for me. You racing guys whining about how AS is screwing you over are great entertainment, though, given that you can stop the beating & abuse any time you choose. FKT
  4. Missed it? Quite a few of us were PART of it. We allowed Brent every opportunity to put forward some decent engineering and he failed abysmally. He dug himself such a deep hole that he's never found a way out. If you're in any way sympathetic to Brent, here's my reaction. Fuck off and figure out stuff for yourself. FKT
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    Diesel Engine Delete

    Re-read Zonker's calculation WRT losses for a diesel-electric drive. At best you need to carry 15% more fuel for the same range and you've introduced 3 more electrical things that can fail, rendering you powerless. The generator head, the VFD and the electric motor attached to the shaft. You could argue that the shaft motor is no more likely to fail than a mechanical gearbox and I wouldn't argue too hard against this, but it does need electricity. Get it full of water and you've got a big problem. Gearbox, not so much. I've ignored batteries because with a diesel-electric setup, you don't need any extras. Of course, then you're going nowhere without the engine running, so I can't see the point for sailboats. Add batteries, add complexity, more potential points of failure. Boats are a totally different use-case to electric cars. I'd happily have an electric car, the entire concept makes sense now they've got decent range. But the point is - NOW they have decent range. How many would have an electric car with a range of maybe 15 miles at best? FKT
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    What are all the issues that need fixing in 'Murica?

    The USSR had a truly wonderful and uplifting constitution. That helped them a lot when it came time to keep Stalin from running his pogroms. FKT
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    What are all the issues that need fixing in 'Murica?

    After 9/11 and the supine passing of that Orwellian-named 'Patriot Act' your constitution was rendered a quaint historic document. It's just taken another 20 years for the creeping assertion of Federal Govt authority to get to this point. My personal opinion - you're fucked. Too many of you are sucked into the 'bread and circuses' mindset, a lot more are so politically biased that you won't listen to anyone outside your own echo chamber and nobody wants to actually roll back Federal overreach because, hey, they might be in power next and get to pull the levers. And far, far too many of you are so goddamned lazy & incompetent that you won't even get off of your fat arses and VOTE. FKT
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    What are all the issues that need fixing in 'Murica?

    Kind of doubt it. You'd never ever get the 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th through in this century. And which one is is WRT equal treatment under the law? Gone. You only have equal treatment based on bank balance now. Reminds me of the old saying supposedly by some UK dude - 'the law forbids both rich and poor from sleeping under bridges'. FKT
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    What are all the issues that need fixing in 'Murica?

    And 'The Sheep Look Up' but it's got to be 30 years or more since I read that one. Still got copies of both in storage somewhere. 'A Canticle for Leibowitz' by Walter Miller Jr is worth reading too. NB Meli none of these references are meant for you as I don't think a one paragraph Wikipedia summary is going to capture the nuances... FKT
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    One month after opening, Covid 19 spiking

    Done that already, along with Randumb. Dogshit and Rokhead most likely next. FKT
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    The corollary of Godwin's Law is.....

    Hey Doug, I think AJ has hacked your account. FKT
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    Diesel Engine Delete

    Whatever. I have a weakness for decent engineering and pretty low tolerance for snake oil. Say that you like electric drive because of its silence and you're prepared to live with say 20 nm range under power and a 5 day recharge time on solar or you're only interested in going from shore power outlet to shore power outlet and I'll not criticise. You know the limits of your system. It's irrelevant to what I do but whatever. Start saying stuff like electric is *the* way to go, gloss over all the flaws and I'll mock you. You make as much sense and have the equivalent level of common sense as a lycra clad bicyclist has when saying cycling is the only sensible transport method when talking to someone with 3 children and a dog, or someone with 2 tonnes of rocks to transport. Self-righteous narrow-mindedness begs to be mocked. If this description fits you - it's your problem. I really don't care. You've already lost the engineering discussion and don't appear to have anything interesting to contribute so if you object to my tone, feel free to put me in your ignore list. FKT
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    One month after opening, Covid 19 spiking

    Fortunately I have a very low boredom threshold and an even lower attention span. I generally give people 2-3 engagements to make a substantive response after which it's mockery and time to move on. It keeps me from getting bogged down it threads with no entertainment value. Arguing about how generally useless electric drive systems are in sailboats has much higher entertainment value than annoying Mikey with posts on cat culling, for example.
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    One month after opening, Covid 19 spiking

    You can't bully Mikey, he's an attention whore. You can post cat videos though - he has a certain fondness for cats... FKT
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    One month after opening, Covid 19 spiking

    I put them there if they're prolix twats who fail to be interesting. Currently there are only 2 on the list though AJ Oliver is qualifying.He's excelling at being prolix and boring yet can't bring himself to actually offer any ideas to discuss. No entertainment value there at all. As for Rok Head and Dogshit, I just skip over them. They're candidates for sure. FKT
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    One month after opening, Covid 19 spiking

    Why not? The S/N ratio improves greatly with both of them on the ignore list. FKT
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    What are all the issues that need fixing in 'Murica?

    Yeah but - has NATO's time passed? Does Russia have the ability and desire to overrun Europe as the post-WW2 Soviet Union did? I don't know but it may well be an ongoing expense without justification these days. FKT
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    Diesel Engine Delete

    No, I really don't. I don't give a flying fuck if they love their system, good for them, but if it doesn't suit my needs then it's totally irrelevant. They can play with drive systems and batteries to their hearts content, the fact is that they have no significant range under power and absent a *major* breakthrough in battery tech, this isn't changing any time soon. So they love their system, so what. Kevin of 'How to sail oceans' loves his totally unpowered boat too. Funny thing is, he has only maybe 30 miles less range but zero expense at all. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Never liked Delos reminds me of a frat house bunch trying far too hard to be 'cool' while pissing off everyone else with their antics, can't stand the vagabonds but I'd have to agree about RAN. Nice couple but having raised 3 kids and now with a grandchild, I really don't give a flying fuck about other peoples' little kids on boats. Complete lack of interest. Free Range Sailing is good. I've met them, nice people IRL as well. FKT
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    One month after opening, Covid 19 spiking

    If I superimposed a map of Australia on the USA and implied that we were orders of magnitude better based solely on geography, wonder what the fuckwit would say then... FKT
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    Diesel Engine Delete

    There is NO WAY IN THE WORLD that an electric motor of 20HP is going to mass less than an equivalent transmission bolted to the back of the engine. And that's totally ignoring the generator head that's bolted to the diesel to make the electricity in the first place. I actually have and run a 25HP 415V 3 phase motor (air compressor) and have various other motors around the 7.5HP range, plus a variety of marine gearboxes so I do have a few clues. Happy to be wrong though, but you're going to have to post actual makes, HP and mass of the components to convince me. Locating the generator in a better spot could be a plus, *if* the boat was big enough to have a better spot to put it. However by the same logic you could run a hydraulic drive system. Provided you liked hot hydraulic oil everywhere when (not if) a component fails, and are happy listening to the horrible whine from the pump/motor. Personally I think that, like diesel-electric drives, the downside is greater than the purported advantages. FKT
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    Diesel Engine Delete

    Lucky to manage 15 minutes at full current I'd say. Something else they don't like to mention. Funny thing about these discussions - they kind of reinforce the desirability of a controllable pitch prop setup, which AFAIK nobody at all is making or offering in small sizes any more. FKT
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    Australian Sailing

    Perfect opportunity to test the reliability of their system by either putting in dates in the past or ones ridiculously far in the future. You'd be amazed at how often you can fuck up software by doing things like that. FKT
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    American Dumbass

    Yes, I've come across the odd aggressive kangaroo up on my family property. Been over 30 years now since the last one, when my son was small. Don't know what that animal's problem was but it definitely had one. My son was pretty scared, we were just out for a walk in early dusk when there's more to see. Unfortunately the kangaroo didn't survive the encounter. No doubt Dylan would be utterly outraged by that but - shrug - there's no shortage of kangaroos. Just have to look at the verges of inland roads to see that. Reminds me of a sort-of funny once when having lunch at Salamanca Place in Hobart. We got in conversation with some visitors at the next table, who commented on how much dead wildlife they saw on Tasmanian roads. My rejoinder was - yes, that's because we *have* lots of wildlife, unlike where you live. There was a bit of a pause in the conversation at that point. Not sure just where you cleared in to Oz but if you'd have gone up to the Gulf country, Arnhem Land or the Kimberlies you'd have seen lots of dangerous animals. Or went swimming around Esperance to the Margaret River country, you may well have seen something you'd rather you didn't. Bit of a thread drift - what's dangerous in Canada other than people and bears? FKT
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    Truck circus act at the White House

    Come on, of course they're fake weights. Those are all-American trucks, their suspension is set for lard-arse Americans and their real load-carrying ability is limited to maybe 2 slabs of beer. Put a single real tonne (1000 kg) in the tray and the suspension collapses. FKT