T and J Racing

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About T and J Racing

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  • Birthday 06/02/1967

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    Blaine, Wa. USA
  • Interests
    Motorcycle racing, commercial diving

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  1. T and J Racing

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I didn't mean SJ21's in general, I was thinking more of someone looking at this particular example and thinking, "what this boat needs most is new canvas!"
  2. T and J Racing

    Are we(racing sailors) a culture of cheaters?

    Bravo, sir. I go back regularly to Steve Carell's speech near the end of "The Big Short" were he talks about how fraud and cheating never used to work out long term, but now does. I work in an industry where this is a commonplace philosophy, and it kills a small piece of my soul every year.
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    Second boat advice?

    Great advice. Wasabi is a well-sorted boat. Maybe it's better to wait as you say until I can make a bigger step.
  4. T and J Racing

    Second boat advice?

    To be fair, the next boat I acquire will technically be the third boat, counting the wooden Thistle currently residing in my garage.
  5. T and J Racing

    Second boat advice?

    Some time in the future, whether it's 2019 or far beyond, I'll probably want to step up from my current and first boat, the lovely San Juan 24 "Wasabi". For now she scratches all my known boating itches, however I'll likely start looking about elsewhere as time goes by. I would appreciate any meaningful, frivolous and/or counterproductive advice on my next small step in sailing. What I like: Racer/cruiser functionality and aesthetics Local Corinthian club racing when the mood strikes Reasonable cruising accommodations for the missus and myself, and guests if need be 30' or less FIBERGLASS $10k or thereabouts That's about it, my needs are quite modest and I do not mind self-educating and working on things. I've been on bigger cruising boats and stripped, spartan racers and neither is me, really. I need something that will do both, plus handle a Salish Sea winter blow OK. I have looked at the SA classifieds, but to be honest I don't have enough experience to know what's fundamentally a good design. Wasabi and I have bonded over the last year or so, and I'm finally learning to speak her language, so I think we still have some time left together however I think having a boat with a usable head may entice the missus to spend more time afloat, thereby making life measurably happier by combining my two favorite things. Plus she gets a little rolley with a following swell which apparently SUCKS for everyone but me. To be fair, I've been working offshore for 25 years so there is that. Oh yeah, I spend the majority of my boating time singlehanding, since my work schedule lets me take off when most folks are working, plus I find it to be a much better learning environment. Cheers all, Troy Gessner T&J Racing (ret.)
  6. T and J Racing

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Somebody bought new sails for this? https://bellingham.craigslist.org/boa/d/san-juan-sailboat/6768579004.html
  7. T and J Racing

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    I contacted the owner and got a prompt response. One of the guys on my crew contacted him as well and was told the owner had already been offered $1500 for it. Oh well, at least it would be good to see another SJ24 being sailed out of Squalicum if that's where it ends up. Moorage here and at Blaine isn't too bad.
  8. T and J Racing

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    It's not much of a car track, but superbike types seem to like it just fine.
  9. T and J Racing

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    If it was for me, I am still in the frozen wilderness but I do know a couple people around Bellingham who might want to jump on this.
  10. T and J Racing

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    I just emailed this to a couple friends in the area who need this sort of thing in their lives.
  11. T and J Racing

    Not sailing and here's why

    We used to have to provide our own. My last hat was a Kirby Superlite 17K, the precursor to the SL37. No one commercially I know uses the stainless steel hat, only the fiberglass one. The dive company provides the gear now, and has to maintain it according to manufacturer spec, which can be a bit costly. Back in the day we used to buy our hat form our favorite supervisor, then strip it down on the kitchen table over a 6-pack of your favorite beer and figure out how it all works. It's actually fairly intuitive, plus we've all been through commercial dive school including formal training on this hat from the manufacturer. The divers here use a hot water shroud around the side block and regulator to warm the inspired gas. It makes a dramatic difference, especially with the thin helium mixtures you use for deep saturation diving.
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    Not sailing and here's why

    It's actually a Kirby Morgan Superlite 37, the current-gen hard hat. We are using a Kirby band mask for the standby diver as well. Wow, the hat names take me back. Basically the entire industry is Kirby Morgan hats now, they have evolved into a CE-approved world level manufacturer of diving equipment. Every now and again in the USA you might see a bronze Miller but that's about it. I haven't seen a Savoie demand hat since about 1995, I remember there was a fiberglass model modeled after a motorcycle helmet once upon a time. I did catch the "atmosphere suit" revolution with the Newtsuit, Jim Suit, etc., we don't see them any more in the oilfield though Nuyttco is still manufacturing and doing R&D in Vancouver. I did saturation diving from 2000 to 2009, sat has definitely become more standardized and more common in most places now. Deeper than 500 feet now requires special permission within our company and is rare, deeper than 1000' is basically unheard of these days outside Brazil. When I was diving we did about 3 solid years of work around 700-750', with our deepest being 804'. There was nothing at all good about it other than the money, and looking back I would not do it again. Most deepwater installations are engineered for ROV intervention these days.
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    Not sailing and here's why

    Willin, you'll be disappointed to learn things really haven't advanced much technically since the 1970's. I was a diver for 14 years but made my last bell run in 2009. I'm now a client rep for ExxonMobil, mostly on diving projects but some deepwater installation work as well. What has advanced tremendously in the last 15 years is risk assessment and general safety, the job has a much lower incident rate at the major operators than just a few years ago, largely because of widespread implementation of standardized risk management processes. Our understanding of diving physiology has also advanced quite a bit, and decompression sickness is largely unheard of in the commercial diving world. We're diving pretty shallow here, though there are plenty of other risk factors as you could imagine. My job is diving assurance and compliance with the dive contractor, equipment audits, contractor assurance audits, personnel qualification and procedure technical review. Every now and again I actually get to go offshore and have fun too, like now. Here's a shot of one of the Russian divers I took last year on a project in this region, much earlier in the year.
  14. T and J Racing

    Not sailing and here's why

    I did ask the captain if I could jog a few laps around the helideck. He said sure, if I wear a harness.
  15. T and J Racing

    Not sailing and here's why

    Bit of a winter blow happening here at the moment: 55kt breeze, -10c and 8.5 meter waves. Luckily we have heated bathroom floors so it's quite cozy inside. No one has any business on deck today, of course. We're hoping to go diving on Sunday or Monday.