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    IOR landfills?

    Yup. I raced a bit with hull #1 (PIzzazz) and later for several years on hull #7 (Seduction), both out of Newport Beach. Pretty good boats, and competitive in the 3/4-ton racing throughout SoCal. Seduction won the Ahmanson Series and the 66 Series, IIRC, as well as class in the IOR midwinters a couple of times. Ed Adams had another E34 called Junkyard Dog that he did very well with, too. And, yeah, surprisingly good upwind in the light stuff. In the case of Seduction, we had ~500 lbs of lead cut out of the keel, along with some other mods to keep the 3/4-ton rating, and it was a great mod for Newport.
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    New sail order headache

    I don't, anymore. For a lot of years, it's all I did. At times on some very weight-conscious programs. But I've never lost a race because the main weighed 12lbs more than expected. Boats can and do lose races if their main is the wrong size, the wrong shape, the wrong luff-curve, etc, etc, but we're not hearing anything about any of those. ONLY the weight. And, on a 34-foot racer-cruiser. Random guess, lets call it a J105, that's about, what, 8000 lbs empty, probably well over 9000 with sails, electronics, equipment and crew? That 12 lbs represents roughly a 10th of a percent (0.001) of the net on-the-course weight of the boat. IMNSHO, far less likely to be impactful on race results than, for example, a single blown tack or a late response to a shift. Let alone a sail that's the wrong shape. Presumably, if the OP is THIS concerned about weight, he/she has already done every other conceivable thing to pull weight out of the boat. Empty lockers, minimum equipment, skeletonized spreaders, wireless instrument package, stripped halyards, and a mandate that the crew choose boots or shoes, not both. Right? Feh.
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    New sail order headache

    I still don't get the "why". Why is 12 lbs on a 34-foot racer/cruiser so important that it ruins the perceived value of the new sail? It is clearly more important than fit, shape, construction, quality, durability, etc, etc, etc, because the OP hasn't evaluated any of those. The sail hasn't been on the boat yet, maybe hasn't even been out of the's only been weighed. Seems...bizarre to me. If this were a high-end racing program on a state-of-the-art custom build.... yeah, I could see caring about the weight. Along with a whole lot of other factors. But I'd still care - first - about whether or not the sail made the boat go. It's like saying..... yeah, my new girlfriend might be awesome but she weighs 12 pounds more than I think she should so I don't want her. Doesn't matter that she is gorgeous, has an awesome personality, is smart and well-read and fascinating to talk with, is a great person and takes wonderful care of me, dances while making me french toast in the galley, is the kind of girl you take home to meet mom, and yet a tigress in bed, perfect for me in every way... but... that 12 pounds. yeah, that is totally a deal-breaker. What am I missing?
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    What's in your arsenal??

    For the math-inclined.... this is where MILs become elegant. an 18" (0.5 yard) plate that subtends 1 MIL in the scope is 500 yards away....
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    What's in your arsenal??

    Yup. I don't know if it's allowed in the kind(s) of competition you do, but I made this for my 3-gun "dope book", and have been known to stick a subset of it on a wrist-card where I can refer to it during a course-of-fire.
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    Young Pussy

    Yeah. And i was a little scared to click on it. But yet.... I did <lol>
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    New sail order headache

    I still haven't heard why the weight matters. If it was a different cloth-weight than I wanted, sure, I'd want it made right. But "bag-weight" wouldn't be anywhere in the top 25 things I'd care about with a new main. Let alone the #1 thing.
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    What's in your arsenal??

    Yup. For a while, there was a thing called the "horus" reticle. Basically a mil-spaced grid. The idea was that you would "watch" the first round land in the reticle, and note where in the grid it hit. Then adjust your hold so "that spot" on the grid was on target and send the second round. Easy-peasy, especially on unknown-distance targets. A company called Horus Vision made FFP scopes with these reticles. I've got a couple of them. They work. Just not as well as other, you know, knowing your dope and stuff. Definitely not a great solution for first-shot hits. And you needed to be able to see where the first round impacted - if your shot went over the target and off into the woods, it didn't help you. And the reticle was super-busy and dense. Plus, in this use-case, the FFP was a mixed blessing - if you had the scope powered up enough to be able to see the point of impact, there's a good chance you had zoomed through most of the useful area of the grid (and the stadia got REALLY thick). But for a while it was the hotness (and I'm "told" some special forces teams still use it)
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    New sail order headache

    I guess I'm not clear on the problem. A difference of 12-1/2 lbs on a 34-foot racer/cruiser doesn't seem that important. And might easily be driven by things like your choice of battens, reinforcing, luff-slider hardware, headboard, etc. What's important are things like..... does it fit the rig? does it have good shape? does it hold that shape across a range of conditions? is it the cloth you chose (weight, material, quality)? does it have the configuration (battens, reefs) you wanted? Is it well-made? $.02
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    IOR landfills?

    No.... Only know that it looked a lot like this, only 6 feet longer...
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    IOR landfills?

    I've always wondered what happened to "Madcap", the 40-foot Bruce King version of the pintail concept that later led to the moderately-successful production Ericson 3/4-tonner.
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    What's in your arsenal??

    Gaaahhh!!! Blasphemy! mils are magical!!!! <lol> In truth, for most purposes, MOA and MILs are functionally equivalent. If I think about "clicks" (or reticle stadia) 1/4 of an MOA is (roughly) an 1/4-inch at 100 yards, 1/10th of a MIL is (roughly) 1/3" inch at 100 yards. Both are fairly easy to deal with. One could argue the adjustments on an MOA scope are slightly more granular. The place where MILs (for me) start to come into their own is if you're doing things at distance. a MIL is 1/1000th of the distance to the target, so.... at 1000 yards, a MIL is 1 yard. And the math for MILs is a lot cleaner in metric (mils vs. meters) than for MOAs (inches vs. yards). IMO, MILs lead to a cleaner reticle, too (holding 6-1/2 MILs over is - for me - a lot easier than holding ... what, 22-1/3 MOA? ...) (in truth, either system works just fine. it's mixing the two that makes no sense. I've seen scopes that have MIL reticles and MOA turrets.... WTF?)
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    80% build

    Yeah. ATF has reportedly raided at least one maker of 80% kits within the last couple of weeks. Polymer80 Raided By ATF In An Apparent Move Against “Ghost Guns”The Firearm Blog ATF is apparently on the path to deciding that a "kit" (unfinished 80% lower plus the jigs to complete it) counts as a "firearm". Much the same as, a couple of years back, a guy who owned a mill was decided to be a "manufacturer" for allowing someone else to use his mill to complete a kit. Interestingly, they haven't shut down Polymer80... just confiscated records and customer lists. Rumor-mill has it that at least one customer has been visited and advised to surrender their kit. Like, as in, "we can do this the easy way or the hard way... either voluntarily give it to us, or we'll be back with a warrant that allows us to go through everything you own with a fine-tooth comb". Fun times.
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    Peterson 35 Ganbare Identification and Revival

    Exactly. Won the North Americans, then won 4 of the 5 races in the One Ton Cup, but went around a mark "incorrectly" in the extra-points race and the penalty knocked her out of first for the regatta.
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    Nashville Bombing

    Reportedly, the navy stores theirs at the nuke-sub base near Bangor, WA IIRC the mayor of Seal Beach demanded that they be moved out of his back yard, due to population density. (and, yeah, what I grew up knowing as the Long Beach naval weapon station, near Anaheim Bay, is apparently now known as Naval Weapon Station Seal Beach) Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach - Wikipedia
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    Nashville Bombing

    Heh. I remember in junior high-school (early 70s) being told that we were living in the "target triangle" Apparently Camp Pendleton, El Toro marine air station and the Long Beach naval weapons station (where they stored the nukes) were all near the top of the soviet tactical target lists. Good times.
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    Friday Advent Calendar

    18 seems friendly...
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    When to dodge the "marine markup?"

    It isn't different. It's the same exact thing. The only hard part is mapping the Universal part number from 30 years ago to the Kubota part number of today. In my case, the Universal M25 (model 4521) maps to Kubota's D850 engine, as found in the B1550 line of tractors. when my raw-water pump siezed, I went to the local farm-supply/Kubota dealer and ordered a water pump for that engine, along with gaskets and such. It is literally the same part. ObNote, I'm referring to the belt-operated raw-water pump. For the shaft-operated fresh-water pump, there are two common choices, the Sherwood or the Oberdorfer. The Ericson forums ( have a lot of threads about the Kubota part numbers for Universal parts, I may be able to help you find specific part numbers if needed. I tink I even have a copy of the Universal M30 manual somewhere... the parts diagrams for Universal and Kubota are exactly the same except for the part numbers, so the mapping is fairly straightforward. _/)_
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    Man, I must be watching the wrong TV shows....
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    College Football 2020

    Starting with ball-control. I lost count of the number of times Bama defense stripped the ball from a UF player. They must really emphasize that in practice.
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    Wow Scooter. Don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel

    Ditto. I have NBC Sports as part of the sports-package from Comcast. No problem watching (so far)
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    What's in your arsenal??

    I'm going to bet the 42.8 - 4451 is the load (42.8gr of 4451), although I'm not familiar with 4451 The other numbers are group size (.346" for 5 shots, .288" without the outlier) and muzzle velocity
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    Friday Tension Gauges

    More than offe.... it looks like Yoko Ono (shudder)
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    What's in your arsenal??

    +1 My Rem-1100 ran like a top with standard or hot loads, but puked on things like Remington "reduced recoil" slugs. Simple matter to open up the gas port on the barrel.... but do it in very small increments if you do. There may be a number of other things to look at first, though. The wrong lube can make a world of difference in a gas-op shotgun Anything sticky (or anything that thickens up in the cold) can slow the system just enough to cause ejection issues. high-base shells can also have add just enough friction/inertia to slow things down. It the opportunity exists, take it out with a friend and a variety of ammo. Have the friend stand a few feet away on the ejection-side of the gun, and run through some different kinds of ammo Have the friend watch which direction the empties go (do they fly out and forward? dribble out and fall?) that may help you narrow it down if it is an ammo issue. In terms of ammo options, I've had great results (for competition uses) with Winchester AA "sporting clays" loads, especially the 1350fps flavor. For enforcing social-distancing, I only use full-house Federal (#2 or OO), definitely not "light" loads
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    Flat Screen TV

    The three big dogs (obviously) are Sony, LG and Samsung. The main thing is to be able to see them side-by-side, in lighting similar to what they'll be in at your home. The backlighting, in particular, is important. Some of the cheaper Samsungs and LGs (and probably other brands) are edge-lit LED with mirrors while the higher end are direct back lit LED panels. (you can you-tube the diference, but you'll definitely be able to see the difference side-by-side) Vertical lighting artifacts from the cheaper lighting technology can be distracting, particularly on any dimly lit or high contrast images. When I went through this a year ago I ended up narrowing it down to the LG or the Samsung. The tiebreaker was the "apps" on the Samsung, and the fact that it basically had Apple-TV built into it. So a Samsung Q70 QLED followed me home, and I've been very happy with it.