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    Latest Book Recommendations

    For cricket types, The Test by Nathan Leamon is fantastic. As is The Meaning of Cricket by Jon Hotten.
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    Calling out all the MacGuyvers out there

    Too complicated. It’s an etchells at the worlds so you have 2 10l buckets and water bottles. That’s one bucket bong each. Half the prep time, twice the effect.
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    IRC Handicap Advice

    A bowsprit on a Beachball? IRC has truly jumped the shark.
  4. That’s a pretty fucking cool S2H shot of the Davidson. Sweet looking boat, be nice to pick up cheap and embarrass some bigger budget programs.
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    Syd-Hobart Yachts, Where are they Now?

    Whoa, is that the Farr 49? Sad end. I remember the funky asymmetric wheel when it first turned up. The joke was it was to stop the water running down the rockstar drivers forearms.
  6. Alternatively you could get Hugh Welbourne and Bruce Nelson to trick out the Ker. You’d still have a Welbourne And Nelson Ker, but it would be a better boat.
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    Brisbane to Keppel 2018

    Stage 1. Cross start line in the correct direction within 30 minutes of start gun (bonus points for crossing after gun); Stage 2. Pass Fairway Mark off Caloundra without having been involved in a Marine Incident or having been hailed by commercial shipping (bonus points for passing seaward side of Mark). Stage 3. Leave Mudjimba Island to port without having taken on extra drinking water (bonus point if drinking water is actually taken on but no protest is lodged) Futher stage bonus suggestions invited.
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    Buying a boat without a broker?

    No way in hell you should get a survey. Marine surveyors are just pernickety old coots who want to get in the way or your making the worst financial decision of your life. It’s all “the deck’s soft”, and “ the rigging’s destranding” and “the keel bolts are loose and rusty”. Professional wet blankets, the lot of them.
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    Anybody repower with a Torqueedo Pod here

    Where’s the Dubinator and Gracie when you need them?
  10. Yada yada yada.....less yapping, more selling and buying.
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    laugh or cry?

    Just in case? In the B2G?
  12. Jesus fuck that thing is ugly.
  13. Run. Don’t walk. Run. Away. They were bad when they were new. Time will not have improved them. A boat with an in line rig with runners, checks and iffy stability is NOT family friendly. Edit: someone has replaced the original keel with something I think is meant to be a T keel, but is more like a T keel’s Mexican, non-union equivalent. Just don’t.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    I don’t think you would want anything under 45ft. The Chutzpah program seems to have proved that 40ft just can’t go quick enough to claw back the time lost going upwind, and loses out reaching. And I say that with the greatest respect for the Chutzpah guys who sail that boat to its potential. The days of the 30ft blow home are most likely passed. I know Azzuro came close a few years ago, but the newer boats are now too fast and light for the Defiances to make up the time. Possibly if we had a 1984 style demolition derby - say the first 48 hours 35 - 40 knots on the snout - followed by a decent northerly, they might get up Bradbury style. So 50ft is probably your start point. Very light, very strong and a good all rounder, I.e. not optimised too far into one corner of the box.
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    The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone race.

    So he’s recovered from that minor Liquidity issue then?