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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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  1. Wristwrister- Sounds like that setup would make for a nice crossbow when your deck fitting fails. Would put a hole in the cabin top or your crew pretty easily. You'd be much better off keeping the pole attached to the mast and using the 5-line setup as previously mentioned. You also wouldn't take a rating hit if you sized the kite properly. If you're worried about shorthanded situations, it's easier than you think when you get used to it. Have run the sheet/foredeck alone for gybes multiple times on a Schock 35 when only 2 of us were onboard for deliveries with wind up to 20. The key is to worry about the pole only after you get the boat going again.
  2. Navtec France is still operational. Navtec USA is currently closed. Website has not been updated yet. I'm sure it will be when the owners figure out how things will move forward.
  3. http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=180300 I posted in Dinghy Anarchy, but want to post here as well due to higher traffic. This is a fun, "run what ya brung" type of regatta. It is open to any centerboard/daggerboard boats. We have had over 30 different types of boats during the 6 years running it. From Lasers to Cats to a Connie. If you have something in the back yard, bring it down and we will figure out a handicap rating for it. Last year there were 48 starters and we are hoping to have at least the same number this year. This is a great way to tour the beautiful lower CT River valley. The long course goes from the Goodspeed Opera House/Bridge, almost to 95, then back up to Essex. We also plan to have great food for the after party again this year. We also will keep with tradition and give photos from that day on the water for trophies. Dan
  4. The date for the 7th annual Connecticut River Dinghy Distance Race has been set! (Attached is the NOR) It will be May 6 this year. At little bit earlier than in the past, but due to scheduling conflicts, it has to be the first weekend of May this year. We had over 50 registered and 48 starters last year. I hope to have at least the same number, if not a few more. Also hope to have more breeze than last year. If you are interested in sponsoring the race, let me know. We don't want to raise the entry fee, but are hoping to give some more money to the Pettipaug Youth Sailing Academy this year. You can also find us on FB. I will post a link later as I cannot access FB at work. I just wanted to get this out. I hope to see a bunch of you there. Dan
  5. I would agree. The fastest I have been on one was around 14.5 knots. I can only imagine how sketchy it would be to do 21.
  6. The tangs themselves will be strong enough based on your numbers. The safety factor for your "main tang" is almost 5 for the cross sectional area through the end and 6.7 for the area across the hole. "Standard" design factor for rigging manufacturers is about 4.0 for rigging parts. I'm not going to comment on the other parts of the design right now, but could run an FEA analysis if you'd like. PM me to get my e-mail so you can send me your CAD file.
  7. Not likely. Yanmar marine and Yanmar industrial/Ag distributors are completely independent of each other. Yanmar corporate will not work with an industrial distributor/dealer to give them informationon marine engines, they will be directed to one of the marine distributors/dealers. I worked for an industrial distributor for 10+ years and had to contact the regional marine guys when I was looking to replace the engine mounts and a couple other parts on my race ride. Also, I tried to look up some marine p/n's in the industrial side with no results. You may be able to get some of the major parts, but you would have to be pretty familiar with the engine. It could be because of the Japanese culture that is this way. Some of the dealings I had with Yanmar Japan(and even YA for that matter), were very "by the book" and every little detail had to be noted whether it mattered or not.
  8. Crush- Thanks for the info on the Youtube Audio Library. I'm starting to do some more work with videos and it's great to have any possible resources for music.
  9. Thank Apple for that. It's much more difficult as a developer to get an app in the Apple store than it is in the Google store. That also is why the iPhone apps are typically more secure. Apple has their people go through the code of new apps. At least as I understand it, there are others that know much more than me about the process.
  10. It was interesting to watch from behind. We got there within a couple minutes after they got off the mark. Can't believe they actually requested redress because the anchor scope was too long!! Agree that the DSQ will stand and an appeal wouldn't even matter. The only thing to do in that situation, as said before, is to round the mark and then request redress. Unfortunately you don't have a leg to stand on since you did not round the mark. (As an aside/disclaimer, I know all of the PC members and don't think they could have come up with a much better group.) That also becomes an interesting situation. The boat was initially turning to their downwind (asym) course, which will shorten the rhumb line distance. The boats on the port tack layline(since the hooked boat was on starboard) will be able to sail a shorter course than the boats that were already on the starboard layline. Those boats on the starboard layline will also be able to bear off a little bit and be going faster than on a close hauled course. Trig and vector addition can give you the approximate times and distances. Likely you would have gained time on those that had rounded before the boat snagged the mark, it's debatable with the port tack layline boats. Even though there was a mark boat there, I think they did make the right call not breaking out the "M" flag. It was just way too chaotic at the time to get in there amongst all the other boats. Plus it likely would have opened up everyone for redress through "an error or omission of the race committee." The mark was much clearer to see when it was on the deck of that boat than it even was in the water. The RC boat would have been much more difficult to see that they even had the "M" flag out. they would had to have gotten that boat to try to deflate the mark at the same time so it wasn't as visible. I don't think they should have chucked the race for those saying so. This wasn't a W/L with 1.25mi legs. This was a 15mi distance race that happened to have a couple of temporary marks involved. Doesn't seem fair to chuck the race for one mark to move a couple hundred feet. It is a tough call though. I will have to look at our track again on Thursday when I'm on the boat again.
  11. Not really, I use it mostly as a chart plotter of sorts. I have just now discovered it has tidal current information embedded in the charts, I still don't know how useful it will be. Going to find out when we go through the Race (or the Gut) on Friday though! I just downloaded SailGrib, I'll let you know how that is. You should try OpenCPN. I had Navionics for a little while and liked OpenCPN much better. You do have to download charts from NOAA, but you can do a lot more with it especially if you know how to program. It is open source based so you can play around with the different modules. I have not done so myself since I do not know how to program, but have seen what others have done. I can show it to you this weekend if you want. I'll be sure to stop by. Are you guys bringing the Bird to Crockers Thursday? It will be at Thamesport. Skipper is bringing it up there tomorrow morning.
  12. Not really, I use it mostly as a chart plotter of sorts. I have just now discovered it has tidal current information embedded in the charts, I still don't know how useful it will be. Going to find out when we go through the Race (or the Gut) on Friday though! I just downloaded SailGrib, I'll let you know how that is. You should try OpenCPN. I had Navionics for a little while and liked OpenCPN much better. You do have to download charts from NOAA, but you can do a lot more with it especially if you know how to program. It is open source based so you can play around with the different modules. I have not done so myself since I do not know how to program, but have seen what others have done. I can show it to you this weekend if you want.
  13. no, but that's all I got at this point. Beats going through my work emails. Good point.
  14. Dave- If you want a bigger experienced dinghy sailor with no previous foiling experience for research purposes, I'm very willing. I was hoping to get up to Newport, but had other stuff going on over the weekend. I've always wanted to try foiling and this looks like a relatively easy platform to get going on. You should bring one to the Dinghy Distance Race next year. There will likely be 50+ boats with people coming from all over, so could be a pretty broad audience to show people up close and also have a bit of fun.