C. Spackler

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    VOR Man Overboard

    AIS wasn't originally designed for MOB use, and anything that relies on radio waves has a hard time functioning if the MOB is unconscious in waves. If an improved system could win you the America's Cup, I'm sure some billionaire would have had it built by now. But offshore sailing is an astonishingly small market if you need to earn a profit.
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    VOR Man Overboard

    Sometimes crew don't have their tethers clipped in, and sometimes they don't even have their life jackets or PLB's on their person. Sometimes there are good reasons, sometimes not. I get that, and I'm not one to judge their personal decisions. But the general assumption is that even these sailors would have all their safety equipment on when above deck in those conditions. The boat should have had a pin-point GPS location from several sources. And I've seen today's video showing the conditions, where those boats could clearly slow down, drop sails and go back up wind; it wasn't a hurricane. So the question begs, why couldn't the crew find their MOB? If we're going to learn and be better sailors, the Volvo organization and all of us need to make use of this sad situation and learn from it. Don't make excuses about bad weather or wait until next month our of "respect". Understanding where the system broke down, without focusing on blame, is the best way to honor the loss of this sailor and keep it from happening again. And Volvo should be more forthcoming in this respect.
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    VOR Man Overboard

    AIS equipped boats in waters beyond the range of outside rescue (406 plb), and you're telling me each crew member doesn't have a water activated AIS stick? Seriously? Even if unconscious, they should have been able to locate him. I just don't get it.
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    Anyone used Kiwigrip and removed it?

    It's good for racers because it's easy on, and an easy repair or patch. But it also get's dirty, wears, and after a couple years it might want a fresh coat. But racers trash anything in 3-5 years, right? Cruisers who never break stuff and hope to get 10-50 years out of a paint job might want to look into a 2k deck product. Application temperature is critical with Kiwi Grip. The longer it takes to dry the less sharp the texture becomes. And if there is any hint of silicone residue, ANY, that spot will flake immediately. It's great for what it is, and easy to apply and patch one-part non-skid. It's really a DIY product, pros want to do better. Pro Tip: Buy several pint cans and put your extra paint in them. Then you'll have paint to do patches with. Don't leave a quart of Kiwi Grip in a one gallon can for an extended time.
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    Why don't more people race?

    The days of "run what you brung" are long gone. Gotta have a purpose built race boat with fragile sails if you don't want people calling your boat a 5 knot shit box. Add in the YC membership, US Sailing membership, ratings certificate and measurement, fleet membership, race entry fees, safety at sea class', maybe an insurance rider, meeting "racer only" safety regulations, being told you should also study the appeals section of the racing rules. It just adds up, and then you realize you'll never get your boat up on foils.
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    Hey Editor, ever heard of one design?

    Ed's is basically the Donald Trump of sailing. He'll say anything to get a rise out of people, and we love him for it. Go Scooter, Make Sailing Great Again
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    AIS to iPad or other tablet

    I was in a similar situation. I finally decided piecing together a system to save a few bucks wasn't worth the hassle. Every cost cutting option I found had usability drawbacks or unexpected costs. Ended up with a Vesper 8000 from Milltech.com using their GPS/AIS antenna and had it running with INavX, iRegatta, and my NEMA data two hours after opening the box. I was $200 over the cheapest home-brew option I could estimate. Works great, reliable, no hassles.
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    Heavy #1 vs #2

    Chill out guys. If you want to keep a full main while singlehanding on a breezy day with ZERO weight on the rail and the autopilot driving, be my guest. I never said anything about reefing with a racing crew aboard. I do appreciate the comments about the technical difference between a light and heavy #1.
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    Heavy #1 vs #2

    So a true heavy #1 is the same dimensions as a light, just heavier material and a flatter cut. No hollowed out leech or shorter luff. I'm hearing a #2 is likely the better option than a heavy #1. I didn't realize a #2 was one design prohibited, I was told "they didn't need a #2". Good to know. Considering the beam of a Schock, prioritizing a flat boat makes sense. We always go to the #3 early just to keep the boat flat and pointing nicely. We have mostly flat water, and rarely need the power to work thorough chop. While singlehanding I regularly even reef the main, which other Schock sailors have told me is sacrilege....but flat is fast in my book. We have a #4 jib that serves as our storm/delivery sail. But what is a Code 6 main?
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    Heavy #1 vs #2

    Schock 35, a masthead 35' racer/cruiser boat. Going straight from the #1 to the #3 is pretty common for the boat, but it'd be nice to have an in-between sail to save our #1 from sailing in the top of it's wind range too often. But I'm mostly interested in the technical differences between a #1 vs a heavy #1 or regular #2. Honestly, four head sails is three to many for any sane person, but that's the life of an 80's race boat owner.
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    Heavy #1 vs #2

    We typically shift directly from our #1 (150%) to our #3 (105%) on our masthead rigged boat. For those in-between days, we've been getting by with a used sail from a fractionally rigged boat, It's about a 145% sail on our boat, but the luff is short which helps to keep the power down low and the slot open. Seems ugly, but it worked fine until the sail disintegrated...because it gets the hell beat out of it. Now shopping for a new sail. Wondering about the functional differences between a heavy #1 vs a #2. It seems many people use these terms interchangeably, but I've always thought a heavy #1 to be a 150% with the leach hollowed out and maybe a shorter luff that can handle gusty conditions. While a #2 is a regular cut 130% sail with a normal cut leach. Any practical comments on how these sails actually differ in cut and how they behave? Thanks!
  12. At it's core, isn't the AC really about seeing how much money rich guys can throw at each other? All these attempts to control the event take the fun away.
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    Are J/24s Still Fun?

    Heck yes. But you first have to get past the idea that fast is the only criteria to have fun. J24 is an awesome all-arounder 24 foot sailboat. If speed is all you want, buy a Donzi. If it turns you on, go for it. If you have doubts, find something that turns you on.
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    FP Anarchy kicked out of race

    Ed could show them he's a real bad ass by taking responsibility for his actions, forgiving others for their faults, and working to help everyone move on to better things. Given the attitudes that have taken over Washington lately, that would be the new anarchist course of action. But who am I kidding. We're all just here to watch the shit show. Do whatever the hell you want, Ed.
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    Leatherback Design Deck Socks

    Wife gave me these Leatherback Design Deck Socks advertised on the homepage. Pro: Well made and comfy Nice for walking around the house on wood floors. Con: Horrible if the boat is heeled over. The socks can/will roll on your foot and send you flying in a heartbeat. Get soaking wet with even dew on the deck.