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  1. Beach Bum

    Trump for another four years

    "The European retaliatory list targets imports from the U.S. of shirts, jeans, cosmetics, other consumer goods, motorbikes and pleasure boats worth around 1 billion euros; orange juice, bourbon whiskey, corn and other agricultural products totaling 951 million euros; and steel and other industrial products valued at 854 million euros. The Brussels-based commission, the EU’s executive arm, discussed the retaliatory measures with representatives of the bloc’s governments at a meeting on Monday evening." https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-06/eu-targets-u-s-shirts-to-motorbikes-in-tariff-retaliation-plan
  2. Beach Bum

    Trump for another four years

    We are on Sailing Anarchy, a forum about sailing! Hence my remark about the possible effect Trumps trade war has on boat exports to Europe, something no one one here was even aware of yet.
  3. Beach Bum

    Trump for another four years

    To counter Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum, the EU is considering a 25% tariff on motorcycles, jeans, bourbon and.... Pleasure boats! So that will be the end of the boat models from the US that have a strong popularity in Europe. Some builders will feel this.
  4. WindRider 17. Easy to launch, quite fast, some storage space, and near zero maintenance. Get a basic new boat for only 10k, or a full option used one with reacher, trailer and small outboard for less than 10k.
  5. Beach Bum

    End of Paralympic sailing?

    The keelboats have four main drawbacks compared to dinghies and multi.- need a marina, or at least a slipway into deep water. - generally boring to watch. - a bigger negative effect on the environment (keel / antifouling, etc). - cost, not just in purchase, but also in shipping to events. So from the point of view of the IOC and IPC it is fully understandable that they wanted to lose the keelboats. Sailors from emerging nations now have a much better chance to compete on an even level. Unfortunately Para Sailing has not reached that point yet, nor will it with this latest equipment proposal. The 2.4m and Hansa cannot be beach launched. The Weta needs crew on the trampoline to not capsize. This thus excludes many types of disabilities. The alternative is available. It is called the WindRider AS Trimaran. One boat With three purposes. A 4-person grassroots boat, at a cost just a bit higher than the Hansa bathtub. And a fully adaptive (allows all levels of disabilities to use it!) high performance one-person and two-person configuration, at a cost significantly less than the Weta or 2.4m. Add the zero maintenance and fact that the manufacturer is offering free boats for all major events, MNA's can expect a cost reduction in equipment purchase and regatta participation of Over 75%!!! But Para World Sailing is not interested. You figure out why... I am guessing the Hansa was chosen because it is the Access Dinghy 303 and there are fleets world wide. There is a big fleet at BAADS in SF. At 9k for a rotomolded thermoplastic sailing bathtub it is a bit over priced but the most affordable for programs and most likely indestructible for the learning disabled. I read somewhere the 2.4 can be hand launched with lead ballast removed. Yes, the hull weighs about 125lbs and would be unwieldy to raise and lower by hand. And then you would need double or triple the volunteers and how about the back injuries from putting the lead shoes in/out the keel sump? The 2.4mR only weighs about 500lbs total and could be launched from floating temp docks using a hand crank or a 12V bumper winch with a Solar charger setup. Once docks assembled in place Setting up a temp lift should be easy for any back yard garage mechanic. With all the boats, you still need floating docks and hoists to get some of the competitors in and out of the boats. Some of these people can barely use a knife and fork. Beach launching the Weta would be easiest. But they can tip and turtle, it will be interesting. I'd love to sail a weta with someone but I don't know anyone with one and they are about 20K, Still too expensive for disabled people. I have less than that in my 26, after replacing almost everything, and as I've said, tons more fun. Ice box, room, girls This article was just published on the smalltrimarans website. http://smalltrimarans.com/blog/windrider-option-for-disabled-sailors/
  6. Beach Bum

    End of Paralympic sailing?

    The keelboats have four main drawbacks compared to dinghies and multi. - need a marina, or at least a slipway into deep water. - generally boring to watch. - a bigger negative effect on the environment (keel / antifouling, etc). - cost, not just in purchase, but also in shipping to events. So from the point of view of the IOC and IPC it is fully understandable that they wanted to lose the keelboats. Sailors from emerging nations now have a much better chance to compete on an even level. Unfortunately Para Sailing has not reached that point yet, nor will it with this latest equipment proposal. The 2.4m and Hansa cannot be beach launched. The Weta needs crew on the trampoline to not capsize. This thus excludes many types of disabilities. The alternative is available. It is called the WindRider AS Trimaran. One boat With three purposes. A 4-person grassroots boat, at a cost just a bit higher than the Hansa bathtub. And a fully adaptive (allows all levels of disabilities to use it!) high performance one-person and two-person configuration, at a cost significantly less than the Weta or 2.4m. Add the zero maintenance and fact that the manufacturer is offering free boats for all major events, MNA's can expect a cost reduction in equipment purchase and regatta participation of Over 75%!!! But Para World Sailing is not interested. You figure out why...
  7. Beach Bum

    End of Paralympic sailing?

    I appreciate that this proposal will reduce cost, but come on, the Hansa 303 as a Paralympic boat?! It was only added to satisfy IPC's requirement that there is a place for severely disabled sailors, after the Weta was added, which needs hiking not to capsize, and one needs both hands to control the boat. The Skud 18 and Sonar sailors are not going to like this. There was an alternative proposal, which offered high performance sailing to sailors of all abilities, at less than a third of the cost of these chosen boats. Hey, don't want to change too much, and make it too easy for poor countries to compete...