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Earl Boebert

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  1. marinetraffic.com shows many if not all of the cruise ships heading SW out of Miami. The Grand Celebration lists her destination as "Cruise to Nowhere." Hm. She's a 30 year old vessel, makes 15 kt, and is shown as just off Miami. Looks like 15-20 hours to get her clear of the Keys, which is uncomfortably close to the time NOAA predicts the arrival of tropical force winds at that location. Could be a rough ride. Earl
  2. Interesting. I had a Kevlar Poke Boat (kayak) and it was great. Strong and incredibly light. I was so impressed with it that I built several model yachts using Kevlar, all pretty successful. I use Aerospace Composite Products epoxy, which seems to have no problem wetting Kevlar. I'm building one now, and RG65 which is Kevlar over Depron foam sheet, using the so-called "German Latex" method. You make a male mold out of wood, stretch a layer of latex sheet over it and staple it in place. Then staple down the cloth, coat with epoxy, and stretch and staple another latex sheet over that to squeeze the resin into the cloth. Kind of a poor man's vacuum bagging. Cheers, Earl
  3. Er, no it was Yankee and I do not believe her crew was all American either in 1930 or 1933. I showed a clipping from the Boston Evening Transcript in 1930 that said as much. Cheers, Earl
  4. I am, FWIW. Cheers, Earl
  5. My study of the America's Cup ends with the J boat era, so I can't comment on the 12's or later. I have, however, gone into considerable depth with J's, especially the Boston boat Yankee. It's pretty clear to me that up to the 1937 race the contest was thought to be between boats as representatives of a nation's maritime industries and not between crews, who were viewed pretty much as hired hands. The example of Charlie Barr has been raised before. The afterguards of all the American J's were staffed by Americans but that seems more a case of the preference of the owners rather than any regard for the nationality of the crews. Attached are two somewhat obscure newspaper clippings supporting this. The first is from the Boston Evening Transcript in 1930 and explicitly mentions the multinational crew of Yankee as if it was no big deal. The second is from 1933 and shows all the Norwegians on her crew. I have tried without success to determine the nationality of her Captain (the renowned "Sandpaper Gus" Olsen) but it is most likely that he was also Norwegian. Cheers, Earl
  6. Nice video of a model J Class regatta: AMYA J class boats have presence: 7 ft long, 8 1/2 to 9 ft masts, 90 lb displacement. And like their big sisters, they are oh so pretty on the water. Cheers, Earl
  7. Congratulations to Team New Zealand. Brilliant at every level: design, execution, and tactics. Cheers, Earl
  8. I think the difference between ETNZ and the other teams was that ETNZ looked at the rule with cold eyes unbiased by attachment to boat ways of thinking, and realized this is a flying machine contest. And successful flying machines, starting with the Wright Brothers, are those that solve the control problem. If you start a top-down analysis with "how do we optimize the control system within the (IMHO silly) restrictions of the rules" you can then determine the requirements on power generation which in turn lead you immediately to the cyclors. You analyze cockpit workload and it points to the need for an individual dedicated to keeping the doodlebug airborne, undistracted by tactical issues. And optimizing that individual's capability leads to the finger that jumps the mandated air gap. All very logical, provided one understands and accepts the nature of the beast. And it isn't a boat. Cheers, Earl
  9. Someone with experience in that part of the world said on gCaptain that it is not unusual for large ships that are ahead of schedule for pilot pickup to circle rather than heave to. Cheers, Earl
  10. Wrong Koch. Bill is reportedly estranged from Charles and David. Cheers, Earl
  11. Yes, of course, everybody knows that. But there comes a point where a difference in degree becomes a difference in kind. When monetization becomes the prime object, sport turns into spectacle. In this case there is essentially nothing left of the original structure, and with the Framework and SBJP practicing with the defender, Oracle is well on the way to becoming the Harlem Globetrotters of sailing. Look, I have nothing against Red Bull Doodlebug Racing I hope everybody has a good time, nobody gets hurt, and the outcome is not determined by a turtle. I still think attaching the name "America's Cup" to it is a travesty. YMMV. Cheers, Earl
  12. Precisely. If the original structure surrounding the Cup is no longer viable, then in my opinion it should have been retired to some museum with its dignity intact, and not tarted up and pimped out in aid of some corporate revenue stream. Cheers, Earl
  13. I was offering a counterexample to what I perceived to be your assertion that "dynamite" races are either proof of a true sporting event or justify something that isn't. If I misunderstood you, then I'd appreciate a clarification. I understand it is your job to beat the drum for the present event but let assure you I have been involved with much more impressive technology than these hybrid hothouse flowers so I suggest you continue preaching to your choir. If you doubt me let me remind you I post under my own name and Google is your friend. Cheers, Earl
  14. A fixed fight can be beautifully choreographed, e.g., pro wrestling. For me, this is the last straw. Red Bull Doodlebug Racing, AC in name only. Cheers, Earl
  15. Thanks. I'm having a hard time visualizing what the advantages of that "opposite camber" would be. Would you be so kind as to explain? Thanks. Cheers, Earl