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  1. Oracle Team USA

    You really are clueless ... anyone with money can tell you it's not what you earn, it's what you keep. Ellison isn't about to piss away half a billion dollars a year to fund a 3-ring sailing circus. He likely hasn't spent much more than that in the 14 years of challenging and defending. IMU - Inertial Measurement Unit.
  2. Oracle Team USA

    I don't believe there's any practical way to sail at 60 knots with out either IMUs and high performance flight control systems; or Killing people Either way, grinding makes absolutely no sense - it's batteries and DC pumps. Anyone who thinks an AC50 can be revitalized and sailed competitively without US$50M per year simply doesn't understand. Roughly speaking, those boats require a 10 person on-the-water team, 10 person shore team, 10 person sailing team, 10 person technical team, a 10 person boat building team and 10 person management team. That's 60 people to go sailing a few hundred hours a year. To do a world series, you're talking about taking 20+ containers per team plus 60+ people per team. Five teams is 100+ containers and 300 people. Then add pavilions, sponsor support, PR, media, umpires, measurement and circus management - that's another 50 containers and 300 people. The AC50s are simply completely unsustainable for anything other than the AC. They are as dead as dead can be.
  3. Work in Yacht Design Offices

    I'd suggest there are more custom boats being designed now than ever before. I don't know any good design group that's not flat out.
  4. VOR 2017-18

    Bucc, What the fuck are you on about. You most definitely said you knew - or more accurately, stated that "we" know. Allow me to quote your post, above: Akzonobel will be on the line Sunday.That we know. This is not conjecture. This is an assertion regarding the future. This you try to deny is further evidence of your impairment. Where as previously you'd led us to believe you were a rambling lunatic, you've now proven you're mentally unstable or at best your hippocampus has failed you. Give it a rest.
  5. Work in Yacht Design Offices

    The answer to your question is highly dependent on the design office in question. And the industry has changed tremendously in recent times. The days of the one-stop shop are pretty much over. Getting a well designed yacht tossed into the piss is usually done by a loose consortium of firms with a variety of responsibilities: Hull design - hull form development, CG estimation, floatation plan and VPP analysis Structural Engineers - analysis and construction details for all structures with attention to meeting requirements of various required certifications such as GL, ISO and/or ABS Aero design - mast, sail shape, bow sprit, some deck layout Other engineering - myriad construction details beyond the scope of structural engineering Systems engineering - Electrical, plumbing and plant considerations Construction - composite layup and most other custom fabrication and assembly Installation - everything that's not glued in place - electronics, electrical, fixtures, engines, wires, plumbing Interior - all aspects from layout to fabrics to lighting 3D modeling - integrated 3D model of everything Project management - schedule, budget, risk management, procurement Owner management - everything from design brief to contracts to lawsuits over (non?) payment It's unusual for a design office to take on more than 2-3 of these items, and those usually include owner management and hull design. Few take on responsibility for both hull shape and structures. Aero design is usually led by a sail designer at a leading loft. Construction, installation, project management and often modeling are done by the yard doing the build. Often overlooked is that any decent design office's real work begins once the build is finished and the thing that was built needs to be optimized and refined in order to meet the goals of the original design brief. This might be thought of as customer satisfaction/support, but it's really the service that makes a design office successful as they really cannot succeed if their owners aren't referenceable. Many design firms also do a lot of work on resale as selling an existing build is often key to starting the next. Big specialties at design offices are usually naval architecture, structural engineering, material science, computational fluid dynamics, software development and 3D cad. Most employees come from programs like Webb Institute and Southampton University. Most design firm owners answer the phone and would be more than happy to talk about what it takes to be a successful employment candidate. Be aware that competition for jobs is fierce and as most are candidates are pursuing a dream, compensation isn't very high.
  6. VOR 2017-18

    Bucc, you ignorant slut. It's difficult to imagine that anyone could produce more inane crap in these forums than Señor Sparrow, but you manage to do so with the greatest of ease. In just the last 24 hours, you've claimed that you know what will happen on Sunday, which is preposterous at best. Throughout all the shit you've spewed, you fail to recognize that: It's highly unlikely that the skipper in question ever had a contract with the sponsor in question as his contract was undoubtedly with the management company in question It's similarly highly unlikely that he could legally accept a contract with the sponsor in question because he had an exclusive contract with the management company in question The regatta in question is a dud. The least you could do is not make it less interesting through your ill fated combination of diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain. Señor Sparrow, the least you could do is stop taking the bait.
  7. VOR Leg 1 Alicante to Lisbon

    Mapfre will win leg 1 by two hours and eighteen minutes
  8. Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Well, apparently the cat is pretty much out of the bag on this one, so I'll let you in on the rumors I've heard about their performance challenges ... You'll see many similarities between the conceptual drawings and the actual boat. But the discerning eye will notice that the boat is immersed in water and features a mast and some sails, whereas the conceptual drawing shows no wetted surface and features four jet engines. Apparently Reynolds numbers and bypass ratios matter. Who knew?
  9. Best Owner/Skipper

    George David - Rambler
  10. Sydney to Hobart 2017

    Not gold. Not even bronze. More like paper mâché .
  11. Neither the greater Seattle no San Francisco areas need more capacity. What they need is for slip leases to require boat usage.
  12. This symptom is almost always a bent Morse cable at one end or the other. It often happens when the screw holding the clamp that secures the cable sheath loosens and falls out. You figure it out by disconnecting the morse cable from the transmission and verifying the shifting is easy at the transmission by hand. Then start to study your cable, which is tricky up inside the pedestal. Most often, the right approach if the transmission shifts easily at the lever is to simply replace the morse cable and not bother to ask why.
  13. What's the Latest on Firefly Oasis Batteries?

    Couple things of which to be aware: Voltage is a lousy proxy for state of charge Yes, you will get 30AH more out of a 100AH battery that can be discharged to 80% DoD vs one that can only be discharged to 50% DoD. That 30AH represents a 60% increase in useable capacity. Turning on your engine at 12.0V with conventional Lead Acid batteries is pretty conservative. 10.5V is the generally prescribed limit, but again, voltage is a lousy proxy for state of charge The right way to understand State of Charge is to use a State of Charge meter, usually referred to as an Amp-Hour meter, which needs to be properly installed and calibrated. Getting to 100% SOC To get maximum energy from a battery cycle, first you need to get it to 100% SOC. Getting any battery bank to 100% SOC depends a lot on both the charger and the battery technology. Almost all chargers, including alternator regulators, use some proxy for detecting full charge. There are two primary methods: Some chargers have a fixed or adjustable Absorption Timer and decide that once the transition from Bulk to Absorption has been made, that the battery becomes fully charged after this amount of time, the Absorption Phase has ended and the charger transitions to float. Some chargers use charge current and decide that once the Absorption Current has fallen below this threshold that the battery is fully charged, the Absorption Phase has ended and the charger transitions to float. I believe the Absorption Current Threshold is a better approach, but with either approach what's clear is that attaining 100 SOC is elusive. Measuring DoD Once you're charged, you use your AH meter to monitor energy leaving the battery. Properly calibrated with capacity, charge efficiency and Peukert's exponent for your batteries, an AH meter will tell you exactly what's going on. You need to stop discharging and recharge once you hit the DoD limit based on your technology. Lead Acid in most forms doesn't recover well from DoD below 50%. Other technologies go well beyond. Firefly If the distributor selling the batteries tells you that you can get 80% DoD, it's not unreasonable to believe them. And there are plenty of 3rd party reports about, too. Certainly with LFP batteries, DoD affects the life of the battery as measured by cycles - discharging to 90% might yield 1000 cycle life but discharging to 80% might yield 2000 cycle life. You're unlikely to get that kind of information from a most end-users ...
  14. Svendsen's Boatworks To Close 11/1/17

    Are you out of your mind? The last thing the Bay Area needs is housing. The population density already exceeds infrastructure capacity by at least 2:1. What the Bay Area needs is for Proposition 13 to be canned and for real estate taxes to double or triple so that growth slows and the infrastructure funding can catch up to the demands.
  15. Masthead VHF antenna and cable

    Simulations are nice and all, but I'd suggest you debate the ISAF recommendations with Stan Honey. Bottom line, I know of no one who disagrees that there's no proxy for height. No one but you, that is. Your simulation inputs look suspect to me. Who cares what the receiver can do, you can't control that at all. All you care about is height of antenna and delivered power at that height. Why do you only have 0.5w? That's handheld output power. And the mast head result is 6% better even then. How on earth can you advocate for a water-level solution? It's DUMB.