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    Restoration Ron Holland IOR racer Flirt of Paget (2)

    absolutely gorgeous. well done!
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Talk about missed opportunities! Looking back, they should have allowed trapezing in the first place. Just imagine standing comfortably in a trapeze instead of hanging over the gut cutters like crew have to today! Off the wind, too! High-speed wobbles would have been a blast while hanging from a wire ;-)
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    Plane Missing

    in this morning's news, possible wreckage found in the northern bay of bengal. Several thousand miles north of where they've (so far) found notafuckingthing.
  4. ^^^unless it was a workplace "injury".
  5. If you are dissing East St. Louis, you are missing all of the allure of Sauget. Now if you could just white out the area from Bond to I70 and the river to Hwy 157, you would improve things a great deal. What part of St. Louis is Roper's Ribs in? Went there on a tip from a friend, once, on the way through town. Loooooooved the food, but felt like we were in an episode of "cops" the whole time we were waiting for it. There was the guy proned out by the police on the corner across the street. There was the bar-fight a couple doors down that spilled out into the street, and the ambulance that came for one of the participants. There was the young lady in the slinky dress that kept asking me if I wanted to date her. It was....uh.... nice to get the food and move on. But, I'd still probably go back for more of those ribs.
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    Plane Missing

    So... any audio from the cockpit at the time of the [presumed] takeover is likely gone forever? The statement is that the last 15 minutes of audio is protected, so just like when your Skip says pull on your sheet you ease? You may want to holster your snark. -- let's presume that the voice recorder retains *all* of the required 2 hours. -- let's presume the plane flew for 5-6 hours after the takeover, as is currently the theory. That means that the voice recorder will *not* have any record of cockpit conversations/scuffles/whatever at the time of the takeover. I can use shorter words, if needed?
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    Plane Missing

    So... any audio from the cockpit at the time of the [presumed] takeover is likely gone forever?
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    Plane Missing

    Do flight data recorders record the whole flight, or only the last (30 or 60 or whatever) minutes on a loop? It would be interesting... if the latter, the investigators might never know what happened at the point of the presumed takeover....
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    Plane Missing

    Truly. If "mysterious disappearance" was the goal, they could fly it until nearly tanks-dry, ditch it, scuttle it... and not leave a big debris field. Might be yyears before someone stumbles across it in the deeps of the Indian Ocean.
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    Plane Missing

    Tickets issued out of Pattaya as well, cesspool of the area. Hard to know what would come out of there. Also being reported is that the tickets connected through to other destinations, so there was no need to apply for a Chinese visa.
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    Plane Missing

    i think the conjecture is that it was pilot error... not that the tail hit something hard at altitude.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Wow. Good eye! 1978, that's just about the time the first Tomahawk hit the water, so I'm guessing Cottontail was no longer John's?
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Yeah... there's some disagreement about whether it was "invented" by Dick Bertram or Ted Hood, but it was part of Vim's bag of tricks. I know that when I started racing big-boats on the west coast (1975), it was pretty common.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Gumboots ^^^ two pole gibe ??!?!?
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Wow, looks gorgeous with dark-blue topsides. well done!
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    I think YMT already cleared this up, but the Scaramouche which did Tranpac was not the S&S boat, it was a 40 something designed by none other than YMT. Completely different boats with the same name. I do not think the aluminum boat ever raced on the west coast-and certainly not during the time she was on top of her game (the 70's) Well I'm sorry but you're wrong. The aluminum Sacaramouche (which I currently own) was raced for many years on the west coast, owned by the Alexander family of Seattle, won the '77 Transpac (first winner ever with a woman skipper, Kate Alexander, I believe). Designed by S&S I have the original drawings on board. There is some interesting speculation about who did the actual drawings and later went on to fame and fortune in his own right. There were a series of Scaramouches so your mistake is understandable. The one I own is sister ship to Bay Beau and Aura. So... it must be this one: . ..not this one? ...or this one?
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Yes.... my comment was meant to be humor, perhaps I missed. In the heyday of IOR, a 48-footer would typically rate between 35.5 and 36.5, so a 48-footer that rated 42 would be horribly non-competitive. Any cites to support that? IIRC, the SC-27 rated around 24.0, and the SC-70 rated 70.0 (and was designed to hit that number). I paid a lot of attention to IOR ratings, back in the day, and can't say I've ever seen a boat whose R was 10 feet greater than its OAL. With the sole exception of Merlin, which (at 62 feet overall) had to be tortured to get the rating below 70 after a bunch of rules were changed specifically to address the disruption she represented.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    tx too for that peacefull and diplomatic answer lol ...except that, if you had a 48-footer that rated 42 under IOR, he's saying you have a dog of extraordinary magnitude. ;-)
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Port-tacker hits starboard-tacker on *starboard* side? Huh.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Is that the boat that sank in the shallows after punching a rock in the Solent? Somewhere I've got a photo of that one, with about 6" of freeboard.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Me too... especially the 2-tonners and the 50s. They just look like racing machines, to my eye., I gotta say it: those cockpit were not the best offices... A modern cockpit is MUCH more user-friendly for old guys. Yeah, I wouldn't know. I spent my misbegotten youth at the other end of the boat(s).
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Me too... especially the 2-tonners and the 50s. They just look like racing machines, to my eye.,
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Wasn't Buzz Boettscher behind Penguin? I remember hearing something to the effect that Buzz told Monte he would race on Bullfrog as long as his gear was on the boat. Wonder if that's still in effect? <lol>
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Heh My favorite "dockside rating adjustment" was at the 1981 (?) big boat series. Two shiny new Davidson 44s showed up to race, Quamichan and Heatwave. Davidson thought he had found a hole in the rule, by separating "the aft corner of the deck" from "the top of the transom: - there were two "corners" on each side, and the way Davidson figured it the distance between them was pretty much free "L". Measurer walked the dock and disagreed. Said that the would be rated something like a foot higher than they expected if that second "corner" was used as a measurement point. Discussion lasted until well after dark and then, late in the evening, a chainsaw was found (literally) and the shape of the transom was "adjusted" on these two gorgeous brand-new custom boats. A little duct-tape and, presto, good to go.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    I'm going to go with Somebody Else on that first one.... "Tumblehome" is one butt-ugly boat. Sorry. It reminds me of the guy's chest in Alien, just before the creature bursts out of it..