Rambler

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  1. Rambler

    Kevlar in my wetsuit

    My understanding is that chainsaw protective pants are made of Kevlar (with padding underneath) A chainsaw hit will shred them, but usually save the leg
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    When will ScoMo let us out?

    As inferred, the only possible justification is that we are having enough trouble repatriating Australians already overseas, without more going out and wanting to come back. Unfortunately in terms of who gets in, money counts. if you can afford a first or business class ticket, you're more likely to get on a flight. In terms of returning citizens, the government doesn't decide who's within the quota, the market does. (and these are international airlines, so don't blame Qantas). So the rich will go out and pay to come back within the quotas, locking out other already stranded Australians. I suppose you could say "if you leave you can't come back", but you can be sure the press will be full of sob stories and hardships that make that impossible to enforce. Personally I think it is an affront to personal liberties. But I also would be more inclined to take the 'you can go but not return approach" and enforce it. Of course if dictator Dan did his share of hotel quarantine, more people could be accommodated and the problem could be more quickly overcome.
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    Room to Tack question

    While I agree with your overall conclusion, it is not sufficient to say the hailed boat is the only subject of the sentence to decide the matter; even though I'm assuming you are saying that the 'her' can then only relate to the hailed boat. Indeed, the logical outcome of your statement is that, as the subject of the sentence, it is the hailed boat's obligation to do the avoiding. Not the conclusion you (or I) come to. There is one of two less ambiguous statements that would summarize the possible outcomes (both with the hailed boat as the subject of the sentence). Firstly, the hailed boat shall....... reply you tack; then give the hailing boat room to tack; and then avoid her The alternative is the hailed boat shall reply you tack; then give the hailing boat enough room to tack and then avoid her It is the latter we both seem to support.
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    Room to Tack question

    You are right, in that, in plain English terms, there is an ambiguity in 20.2 (c) that I hadn't noticed before. "A hailed boat shall respond by........giving the hailing boat room to tack and avoid her" So it can be read as either the hailed boat or the hailing boat being obliged to avoid the other (with the only constant being that the hailed boat must allow room for the avoidance). Paragraph (e) might suggest it is the hailing boat which needs to do the avoidance... "From the time a boat hails until she has tacked and avoided a hailed boat..." So in that clause the focus is very much on the hailing boat as the party doing the avoidance and one might argue this needs to be read back into clause (c) to establish its intention. But the difference is fairly marginal in terms of outcome on the water. One way or another, the hailed boat has to allow the hailing boat room for it to tack and clear the hailed boat. I can really only see arguments arising where the hailed boat choses not to tack and instead does something which seeks to allow the hailing boat to complete its tack as long as one party or the other then takes some subsequent avoiding action; the issue then being who has the obligation to take the avoiding action. Seems a bit too fine an argument to get into in a beer can race.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    An easy word to use, but nothing to back it up. Let's see "the complete lack of judgment and proportion and the heartlessness in the way the police dealt with otherwise law abiding and often vulnerable people." FACT "after giving the BLM a free pass" FACT "Draconian legislation" will a miss step in that they are actually rules by fiat which have bypassed the legislative process. But there's no doubt that on a world scale, they're draconian; especially when taken relative to the scale of the outbreak. So I'm still calling FACT "heavy enforcement, if you disagree with him" FACT "Intimidate the population into blind compliance by making a heavy handed example of a few" FACT "Iran is doing exactly the same thing at the moment" Well, slight overreach in that Iran is actually hanging those it wants to make an example of. But the art is still the same. I don't really see much bullshit except in your response.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    The real point, which is far from a joke, was the complete lack of judgment and proportion and the heartlessness in the way the police dealt with otherwise law abiding and often vulnerable people. And that's after giving the BLM a free pass. It's no joke because it nicely summarizes the evil of what's happening in Victoria. Draconian legislation with heavy enforcement, if you disagree with him. Intimidate the population into blind compliance by making a heavy handed example of a few. Iran is doing exactly the same thing at the moment. Of course, of you are 'one of them', no problems. I do like the little Eichmanns tag. Are you one of them or merely blind to history.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Once he starts name calling he knows he's lost the discussion
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    So its origin 64 years ago says everything does it, even though its an article written by some poor doctor locked down in isolation in Danastan. I assume you've also researched the origins and underlying principles of movements like BLM and modern progressive social theories too; all of which have highly questionable, if not repulsive, backgrounds.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    An interesting article in the Quadrant today which puts more thoughtfully some of the things that have been really concerning me about the State of Victoria. https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2020/10/eichmann-in-ballarat/ It also indirectly takes down those who would argue you blindly support your leader in wartime as a defense of Chairman Dan.
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    49er - new style mast

    Thanks for taking the time Julian Hopefully one day you'll get through to Qld. Better still if you can make time for a sail and even meet our group (I'm sure they'd like to meet you). We're presently celebrating one of our women trainees who earned herself a mainsheet position on the 18ft skiff that just won the Queensland States on the weekend. Go Clare! We have some amazing women in the group
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    49er - new style mast

    Thanks guys I've looked through the web site and like what I see. I've followed the CST site in the past and sometimes feel its a bit disappointing really explaining their products. I hope we can get it to fit our class (limited numbers, but hopefully we can somehow use a slightly shortened version of another class's). And for those following the discussion, Plexus is a new formulation of epoxy glue with superior properties binding ally to the carbon masts. What I'll be looking to see is whether they expand their range of glue on tangs. At the moment they have only a moth forestay one. In fact I'm a bit surprised they didn't incorporate tangs into the alloy spreader moldings. I'm hoping this all moves forward quickly because I'm contemplating a new boat. One thing that puzzles is that the spreaders don't seem to have fore and aft adjustment like you would normally have on the lowers.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Not sure of the logic of having the Justice Department responsible for something Andrews wants to pass of as effectively a hospital
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    49er - new style mast

    By the way Julian, are you still coming up this way? If you're here on a Sunday, I can offer you a nice Fifteen and competent (but light light) crew for a club race The Olympic Nacra 17 crews were training out of our club few weeks ago and -since they came out of skiffs - we had the girls from the boats take skipper or crew places on a couple of our boats. They had a great time
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    49er - new style mast

    Sorry to be on the ignorant end of this discussion, but I'm very interested in the outcomes; especially as I contemplate putting a new boat together and want to avoid some of the persistent issues I've had to date with carbon masts and associated fittings. So can I ask (having not produced very much with a quick Google search) What's tow-preg? [and if it is a new manufacturing technique for masts, about when did CST adopt it, and what makes it better] What's Plexus? (which the context suggests might be some sort of glue one might use to glue a spreader base to a carbon/fiberglass mast)? And if a fitting is not glued on, but fasteners are used, how does a fiberglass insulation stop issues still arising with fastenings that need to go through the insulation and underlying carbon to achieve their job (and here I've had very indifferent results from that gunk - momentarily forget the name - that is meant to be used as an insulation agent. Whether you use it wet or let it dry, as you put the fastening into the tightly fitting hole it always seems to wipe the gunk off) Sorry to drag the discussion back to such basics, but I'm really keen to understand these issues better.
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    49er - new style mast

    Thanks Julian Comprehensive and very useful answer