RobbieB

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RobbieB last won the day on March 9 2020

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  1. So my "answer" started here to a follow up on a follow up: And I quoted a wrong post from you up page to ask this question... your correct post is now here and my question was/is... Why should this be? Do you think this is a good thing or should be? As a competitor I don't care HOW they make them. I care that they ALL fall within what is deemed as an acceptable build tolerance range. I believe and trust the class leadership and newly hired technical build inspectors/consultants are much more qualified to know/manage that range than I am or will ever be. Then I repeated myself, repeatedly in posts 9807, 9873, 9877, 9878, 9905! THE MANUAL IS ABOVE MY PAY GRADE! PEOPLE WHO PAY FOR THEM GET THE ACCESS! So- For God's SAKE! I've never seen you as dense, but damn.. YES- THE BUILDERS MANUAL IS FOR THE PAYING BUILDERS ONLY-NOT SAILORS AND I'M 100% FINE WITH THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. I've answered every question you've ever presented to me. Even acknowledging ILCA missteps along the way. You're "Trumpian" attitude however has become a exhausting. There is no conversation with you on the topics you take issue with. It's your way or the highway. So, I'm on the highway. Enjoy whatever you decide to sail. I'll keep buying my own rum. Later.
  3. #9906 and 100 pages of free press! Thanks Wess.
  4. Yeah- they should pay me more I guess....
  5. I think someone needs to look in the mirror.
  6. That's the way it's always been. There's 220,000 friggin boats out there. How may J22 or J24 are class members. There's over 5,000 24's. How many Flying Scott members are class members, (also over 5,000 boats)? Anyway, a local YC decided to ditch their Open Bic program for 5 brand new ILCA 4.7 rigs arriving on March 18th. Turns out the Bic's have parts inventory issues and don't hold up so well to the rigors of Jr Sailing programs. Also, the ILCA path is becoming pretty clear now in the Southeast US.
  7. And you are in the minority on your opinions.
  8. I have a good friend who used to sail. He also owned his own auto shop for years. He had to PAY manufacturers every year for access to annual updates on new model changes. He paid a lot for that access. #abovemypaygrade Of course when those go out of production then anyone can buy the book. The ILCA is still in production and build info is proprietary. Not sure why that's a problem for anyone.
  9. Just a couple of posts ago: "You can argue staying out of the Olympics would have kept boat prices down, but I'd argue it also would have shut down demand. Remember- this boat has been in the Olympics since 1996, (radials came a cycle or two later) and since then the Jr sailing of this boat exploded. Prior to that the laser standard rig was a post Jr sailing OD single handed dingy for men after they graduated college and got a career going. As such that space has only become more crowded and I'd argue the Laser would have been passed over for something newer/better, (for those with the cash) back in the late 90's had it never become an Olympic boat and it would have never developed the Jr following it has today." So- YES. I feel everything that has happened in the past year and a half have been GREAT for the class. Not just good. More builders, better builders, better supply, development of better gear. And STILL the least expensive Olympic class sail boat AND the least expensive and largest class single handed dingy world wide.
  10. I did answer that. I'll repeat myself, "Because I didn't pay to have access to it so I can become an ILCA approved builder." And again, "Do you think Porsche hands out the build specifications on their engines to just anyone?"
  11. So my rebuttals are above, but here's my question for you: HOW- could things have gotten better than they were before the ILCA divorce from LP? I'm certain you can't argue leaving LP in as the major supplier would have been better. You can argue staying out of the Olympics would have kept boat prices down, but I'd argue it also would have shut down demand. Remember- this boat has been in the Olympics since 1996, (radials came a cycle or two later) and since then the Jr sailing of this boat exploded. Prior to that the laser standard rig was a post Jr sailing OD single handed dingy for men after they graduated college and got a career going. As such that space has only become more crowded and I'd argue the Laser would have been passed over for something newer/better, (for those with the cash) back in the late 90's had it never become an Olympic boat and it would have never developed the Jr following it has today. Laser would have gone the way of the Force 5, (a better boat in my opinion). Is that what you would have preferred or do you think the class would have magically held onto the popularity it had in the late 70's to late 80's, (as much of sailing did actually before it as a whole fell off the cliff)?
  12. RobbieB

    Sailing in Raleigh?

    We had this a couple of years ago on Kerr lake. Lots of camp grounds flooded and reservations cancelled by the state management folks.
  13. RobbieB

    Sailing in Raleigh?

    Check out the Governors Cup on Kerr Lake in June. I did the event in a Laser 2 years ago. There were multiple fleets including a decent sized Weta fleet, (the only time I've seen one at a regatta venue in NC, SC or GA in the last 10 years). I love the undeveloped Corp lakes. Far less nutty power boat traffic and the camp sites are great. The 1 or 2 sailing clubs in the area are "Paper" clubs. No facilities so you'll be trailering everywhere. Having lived in Dallas in the late 90's early 2000's I will say NC sailing does not hold a candle to the caliber of sailing you see on the Southwest Circuits. They also don't get that fantastic thermal breeze that makes it all the way to Dallas from the Gulf giving you that near year round 15-20 South breeze.
  14. Just 5 boats a year. How much do these awesome beasts cost new? Assuming, the figure is without the carbon mast and sail.