WGWarburton

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    Diesel Engine Delete

    Yes.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    I'm not suggesting you do any research, you keep saying there were thousands of reasons, that they were rational and thought through, and that you spoke to people with many of them, so you don't need to do any research, just spend a few minutes posting a few of these balanced reasons for brexit. Thanks, W.  PS. You snipped the earlier question to you again- my question was whether you think I would be "better off" in some way if Scotland stayed in the UK instead of re-joining the EU. Or are you saying the opposite? That you think you would be better off if Scotland left the UK and hence you support it?
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Yes, of course, but I'd really like to know what some of those reasons were. You keep saying there were thousands of them, that the reasons were rational and thought through, and that you spoke to people with many of them... please help me out by posting a few of these balanced reasons for brexit. Thanks, W. PS. You snipped the earlier question to you- my question was whether you (as a brexit advocate?) think I would be "better off" in some way if Scotland stayed in the UK instead of re-joining the EU. Or are you saying the opposite? That you think you would be better off if Scotland left the UK and hence you support it?
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Thanks for that- I disagree but, as above, it's your call. That's not really the point, though, my question was whether you (as a brexit advocate?) think I would be "better off" in some way if Scotland stayed in the UK instead of re-joining the EU. Or are you saying the opposite? That you think you would be better off if Scotland left the UK and hence you support it? I'm not asking for thousands of reasons, I'm asking for a few examples of rational decisions in favour of brexit from your experience of talking to other brexiteers. Cheers, W.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    That's not really the point, though, my question was whether you (as a brexit advocate?) think I would be "better off" in some way if Scotland stayed in the UK instead of re-joining the EU. Or are you saying the opposite? That you think you would be better off if Scotland left the UK and hence you support it? It's really not that I think it was irrational because I disagree. i think it was irrational because I can see no real arguments in favour of brexit. That's what I'm looking for, here... I'm quite prepared to understand the arguments and disagree with the outcome. What I'm not seeing, and was never actually explored in the debate, is the upside. A colleague was of the view that agricultural subsidies were fundamentally flawed and that was enough for him... fair enough, he's entitled to that p.o.v. but that's just one person and a significant minority of the population voted FOR brexit... so what were their rationally evaluated reasons for doing so? What swung their balanced decision? A few examples would help- you used to talk about your mates down the pub.... what was behind a few of their rational decisions based on their circumstances? Thanks, W.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Yes, it's my choice how to vote (though I think you are incorrect to think that "most English" would welcome Scottish independence but I could be wrong). The question is how I should cast that vote. To be clear (and repeat), I saw myself as British right up to the end of 2019, since then, I'm not so sure but it's not easy to change that perspective. I'm no rabid Scottish Nationalist and have consistently voted to stay in the UK and in the EU, a choice that is now denied to me and my children. That's not really the point, though, my question was whether you (as a brexit advocate?) think I would be "better off" in some way if Scotland stayed in the UK instead of re-joining the EU. Or are you saying the opposite? That you think you would be better off if Scotland left the UK and hence you support it? So, you don't think that people voted for brexit rationally? They believed that life would be "better" and voted for it as a matter of faith, rather than because they weighed up the options and voted on the on the basis of the evidence available? Thanks, W.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    I live in the UK and am still trying to understand why so many people thought Brexit was a good idea. It seems to me it was a daft idea then, is a daft idea now and will be a daft idea in the future. I'm trying to see what the upside to Brexit is: What net gain (financial? quality of life? social security? health and wellbeing?) will we in the UK see from it? I still think I must be missing something, that there ought to be a good reason why a significant number of people voted for it. What's behind the slogans? What does "regaining sovereignty" actually mean (or achieve)? In what way(s?) will life in Great Britain be better in the future? As one of the very few people I have ever actually come across who supports it, it would be really helpful if you would spell this out. I genuinely mean that. I'm pretty sure I've asked before but not had an actual answer (I think you asserted that the arguments had been clearly made prior to the referendum, which isn't my recollection at all), maybe you could summarise with the benefit of hindsight? Please would you clarify the upsides. The next election is due in ten months and despite my lifelong alignment to being "British" and support for the Union (if not the Conservative party) I can't help feeling that it would probably be better to be living in Scotland as part of the EU rather than as part of the UK. Please convince me otherwise. Thanks, W.
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    American Dumbass

    I'm curious... what point is it you're making here? Thanks, W.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    So, that'll be a "no", then. Just the usual flawed assumptions, misunderstandings and ignorance. Ah well, sadly it seems you are not alone. Thanks, W.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Do you have a point, Wayne? Thanks, W.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Don't be stupid.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Twitter account no longer exists. Guess that's what happens if you make negative comments about Brexit... threats and intimidation emerge to shut you down. Is this what Britain has come to? Cheers, W.
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    Teaching beginners to trapeze

    Style points available: Cheers, W.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Own it, Wayne. It's a fuck up now, it's going to get worse and it is absolutely and entirely created by the idiocy of Leave. A dazzling example of democracy at its worst. A tyranny of fools. Britain is diminished, we are the poorer for it and it is deeply sad. The least you can do is rejoice in what you have achieved. For you, surely, it is worth the cost to he rest of us? Remind me what the benefits are again, would you? Thanks, W.
  15. WGWarburton

    Fireballs

    Hi Admiral, I'm not sure what's going on with the jib tack? I would expect it to be shackled down to the deck aft of the forestay but there seems to be quite a bit of string in your photo? The Draycote rigging page "Useful Tips 0" would be worth a read. On the halyard rack question... it looks in the photo as if that rack is on the starboard side of the mast? If so, that reinforces the idea that it's likely to be for the main, as the main halyard is traditionally routed to starboard. Cheers, W.
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    Fireballs

    Plus one... I would normally expect that rack to be used for the main halyard, with the luff tension set by the cunningham. Best to swing the rope eye out of the way when it's seated, BTW, to reduce wear. The wire loop should be straight on the hook. (I've not sailed a Fireball yet, though). Cheers, W.
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    Teaching beginners to trapeze

    Check out the reports on dealing with entrapment: RYA guidance with link to report. Notes on recent incident US Sailing report (I'm thinking this is the research Raz'r is referring to). Sail Canada advice . The US sailing report recommends further research into using powerboats to right dinghies but I have not seen anything like that, yet- if there's been further work done and this has been adopted as the technique taught by US Sailing, I'd really like to see the background to that. In general, my understanding is that entrapment is something that should be discussed at a given sailing centre and an appropriate response agreed and shared: the best techniques will depend on variables like the types of dinghies sailed, the types of powerboats in use, the training level of the operators, the local sailing conditions and so on... Cheers, W.
  18. The UK is effectively the same as France, I believe: we downrated from a nominal 250V to 240V a long time ago and then adopted a loose EU standard which includes UK and French nominal voltages within its tolerances. The issue is more to do with frequency than voltage: as detailed upthread, some appliances are quite sensitive to the difference between a European 50Hz and US 60Hz feed. For many services this can easily be fixed by using low voltage DC appliances (also detailed upthread) which often have the advantage of being designed for efficiency in order to maximise battery life. This is impractical for high power draws, though... hence the concern over air conditioning and the washer-dryer... Mark Morwoods approach appeals to me but may not cover the AirCon requirement.. Can you get efficient AirCon that runs off low voltage DC? If so, that seems sound... Otherwise, I think I'd look for a US unit that's intended to be able to cope with an international input, on the grounds that it's more likely to require maintenance later in life when the boat's in the US than when in Europe and maintaining US stuff is likely to be much easier at that point than EU kit... Cheers, W.
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    Teaching beginners to trapeze

    Yes. Especially on skiffs (at least, around here), where there's no air gap to speak of under an inverted hull. My son got one of these: https://crewsaver.com/uk/products/538/ErgoFitSafetyKnife Gill do a similar one: https://www.gillmarine.com/harness-rescue-tool/ but it doesn't come with the handy pouch. Neither will cut wire but (my thinking, at least) is that you can generally unhook from the trapeze, it's getting caught up in dyneema or even shock-cord that can really snag you badly. This design has the advantage that you can slash away in a panic with relatively low risk of stabbing yourself, anyone coming to your aid or a rib tube. It also doesn't need to be fished out of a pocket and unfolded. I've been advised by some 29er folk to put a couple of more conventional knives in sheaths around the boat- one on the transom, at least, where they can be reached in a hurry, too. Cheers, W.
  20. WGWarburton

    How About Some Spring Lines

    Apologies, Jack. Misunderstanding. I meant that the term is universally used on the waterways... all "narrowboaters" use it to mean a place on the bank or a pontoon in a marina (that's another wierd adoption... how can you have a marina in the middle of a field?), or the process of securing the boat to same; by universal, I was trying to make it clear that it's not just a few folk that use the term. You can argue that they use it incorrectly but if the whole community has changed the meaning of the word then it's just dialect or slang or jargon or something (IANALinguist), hence reference to context... the word has a different meaning in that one. Always seems odd to me. Cheers, W.
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    Teaching beginners to trapeze

    Can you point me to the work that drove the adoption of this technique, please? My googling only came up with the RYA recommendations (to right the boat manually), the Canadian ones that followed and supported them and US sailing's contemporary report along the same lines (which recommended more testing of powerboat recovery)... presumably there's been more work done since that has updated the advice to incorporate this. Thanks very much, W.
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    Teaching beginners to trapeze

    "As the boat went over, the 14-year-old crew, Olivia Constants, was telling her skipper she was tangled in something. This turned out to be the trapeze wire to which her harness was accidentally hooked with a connection so awkward the skipper and a sailing instructor were subsequently unable to disconnect it. The response by the sailing instructors was prompt and appropriate, with rapid communications, but despite CPR being administered by several instructors and firemen, Olivia drowned. "
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    Teaching beginners to trapeze

    How would you use the karibiner and line to resolve an entrapment, please? Thanks, W.
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    Teaching beginners to trapeze

    Statistically, this is irrational. Not to diminish it, it's perfectly real, but it makes it hard to address. Can you arrange a chase boat, with experienced crew, to shadow you for a few outings? Then you can be confident that if there is an entrapment, it can be resolved immediately. Not just a random powerboater: it should be someone who knows the right drill, and is suitably dressed, to come to your aid if needed. Cheers, W.
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    Teaching beginners to trapeze

    Impress on them the need to keep their back leg bent and front leg straight. Initial practice is on the beat. Kite reaches can come once the crew has the basics sussed. Start off with front foot against the shroud base. Front leg straight. Clip on and sit over the gunwhale with tension on the wire (adjust length to suit). When ready (gust or helm powers-up), push off the gunwhale with back arm and put bent back leg on rail. Take jibsheet with you! Relax. Adjust position by straightening and flexing rear leg to suit wind and helm... lots of chat from helm to advise what's coming next and how to respond. Come in early to tack. Both to make sure crew is unhooked before the tiller goes over... again, plenty of two-way communication to avoid confusion. Repeat on opposite tack to reinforce the front/back leg message. Once comfortable, refine technique, increase speed etc... Cheers, W. PS. Pick the right weather...too gusty just makes things happen too quickly. Be aware that some newbies will find it terrifying, especially if it is going well and the boat is planing fast. The power and speed can be really intimidating to some.