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  1. Diarmuid

    Show your boat not sailing

    Nice boat! Too late to help you, but most baked-on masking tapes will reactivate if you warm them with a hair dryer or heat gun on low. Might leave some residue (which mineral spirits/WD-40 will remove in two shakes), but at least the crepe pulls off in a reasonable number of pieces.
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    How do you stop a British Seagull?

    All the oil ran out in the driveway? "Don't worry, Q -- he shan't get far."
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    How do you stop a British Seagull?

    We stop a gas generator that way, have had lawnmowers with the spark tab stop feature as well. Never shocked by one, but then I used the sole of a shoe to push it down. maybe rig a (momentary?) switch connecting spark wire to engine block & mount it somewhere easy to reach? Could even set it up as a safety lanyard kill switch, adding a safety feature & engine shutoff in one go.
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    How do you stop a British Seagull?

    Saw them live in ... 1983? ... sandwiched between The Fixx (who had a terrific set, thanked the crowd, and GTFO) and The Police (in their Bored Mutual Loathing period). It was an outdoor venue serving beer in plastic cups. Things did not go well for the Flock of Seagulls. About the third time thru "I Ran (so far away)", the strafing began. So one answer to "How do you stop a British Seagull?" is, "Throw a cup of Genesee beer at it."
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    There's a hole in some boatyard where all the money goes / Donald Crowhurst died for nothing, I suppose / There's a thousand hours lost / At some vast financial cost / A great way to overpay / for the thrill of going slow, woe woe woe woe.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Gain half a knot if you turn those bleacher extrusions around. And the flung water would keep the helm cool.
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    How do you stop a British Seagull?

    Max Ehrmann was to poetry what the Seagull is to motive power. Poorly formed, deeply unreliable, and hard to stop once he got going. But always a rich target for parody. Thanks!
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    How do you stop a British Seagull?

    Oh dear. He's gone eccentric. Somewhere , a First at Merton mailed off the last corrected proofs and hanged himself in the rafters. The British are great writers of comedy. Just the right leaven of self-loathing. Did you obtain the complete set of Seagull repair manuals? Perhaps "Stopping the blasted thing" is in a missing volume. That manual (664 pages, handwritten) also contains home remedies for tinnitus and a poem in the end notes, beginning: Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Can, sorta kinda, but hiring a skilled local sailmaker to re-cut your blown out genoa costs about as much as hiring four skilled loft workers in the Philippines to make you a new one out of virgin Dacron. You can tighten a leech pretty easily at home by ripping & re-stitching the broadseam. When the stretch hits the middle of the panels, oof. Paging Rimas: We got your next ride.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Maybe the new one will do mo' better.
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    Marine Speakers

    But the company's worth a trillion dollars & their products are selling in large numbers with a huge brand premium, so there's that. Maybe complacency will bite them in ten years, but the edifice didn't collapse outright when Jobs died.
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    Marine Speakers

    There was plenty of breath-holding when Jobs died. Apple seems to have transitioned very well, tho, perhaps because his role had become mostly performative. Here's your chin mic, here's your black shirt, go out there & messiah for the brand. Hell, Elizabeth Holmes almost pulled it off, and she had no technology behind her. RE the Bose speakers: no identifying nameplate but they seem to be the 151SE type. White, just a little gungy. One of them has a non-OEM wiring modification, both seem to work, audio quality not spectacular but I don't know what waterproof speakers usually sound like. Free, as-is condition. PM me if youze wants to roll the dice.
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    It's called a balanced sail plan: equally inefficient on any heading. Used as a rounding mark for 1m regattas. It's the sort of sailboat that might be attempted by Terry Pratchett's inventor Bergholt Stuttley Johnson.
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    Marine Speakers

    The old man died. In the keirestsu/zaibatsu/chaebol model of Asian corporatism, so much depends on the paternal guidance of the company founder(s). Once they retire or die, their sprawling enterprise ends up in the hands of spoilt heirs or visionless middle managers or global hedge funds, and it loses its edge. I have a pair of those Bose 151s in off-white; if anybody in the US wants them, they are yours for shipping cost. (I think that's what they are. will check later.) We're not big outdoor music people.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    "Be careful when opening as contents may have shifted during passage."