PaulK

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    Long Island Sound, Connecticut USA
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  1. PaulK

    Sole repair

    Epoxy is epoxy. If you buy little tiny tubes of it, it costs more per ml than buying larger amounts. Notched applicators are for wall and floor tile adhesive. Epoxy, for the waterproofing you are looking for, is applied with a chip brush that you throw away afterwards because it's not with the MEK you'd need to clean it.
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    Bonded Stores, a term from pre EU days.

    Looks like something they'll need in Britain starting this spring, with Brexit. Give a listing price in Euros, of course, so that you don't lose out when the UKL drops off the cliff.
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    France June 19th......anything happening?

    Musée de la Marine in Paris is easy to get to (Place Trocadero) and took me about a full day to visit. Incredible ship models and paintings. LeHavre is a shipping port - it would be like going to Port Elizabeth, NJ. LaRochelle or Les Sables d'Olonne are a good distance from Paris, and though the TGV might make it possible, getting there & back (about 3hours each way) would probably take too long. A port city with sailing closer to Paris would be Deauville. You are too late for the Gulf of Morbihan Week - a gathering of more than a thousand traditional sailboats in southern Brittany from 27may to 02jun (www.semainedugolfe.com) Sailing midweek is not likely to have much going on unless you can check with specific clubs near Paris itself. If you can, do take the family to see Caen and the D-Day beaches, and particularly the American Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer. There is a lot to see in France besides "le foot". (Though "le foot" is good, too.)
  4. According to the article in OuestFrance, the two vessels were on almost parallel courses, and hit each other side to side. She had already had some damage from an earlier storm at the outset of the race. (Structural cracks that were apparently repaired in Spain before re-starting?). The freighter essentially came up alongside while she was asleep (not sure if it was day or night) and WHAM! A leak seems to have been started, and fixed, but it seems there were other issues - not specified- as well. She apparently got off the boat about 45 minutes after getting hit. If the boat is recovered we may learn more. It's still a good ways out there, though it looks like the Gulf Stream is moving it back to the starting line.
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    Grain Surfboard Project

    The PVC split rings worked for me without having to spend time drilling holes and cutting dowels. Not having "handles" also allows them to get into spots where molds and strips get close together, and space gets tight. Removable dowels might work, but would they be a hassle to insert and/or fall out at the wrong time? K.I.S.S. getting error message for inserting photo of cedar strip kayak.
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    Nine foot draft in New England?

    Our "small New England harbor" is dredged to 8' at mean low tide. We've had America II come visit. She draws about 12', last I checked. Many New England harbors have been commercial ports since before the American Revolution because they could handle deep-draft transoceanic cargo vessels. New Bedford became the whaling capital of the U.S. when whaling ships got too big to get into the harbor at Nantucket in the 1800's. The Nantucket channel is 15' deep. There are plenty of places to go with a 9' keel.
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    Just got the letter....

    Are we winning yet? I just got my yr/yr results letter from my brokerage firm.
  8. PaulK

    optimist, niece wants to sail.

    Sadly, the Opti class seems to frown on home-built boats. When I inquired, (a long, long time ago) I was told that a home-built boat would simply NOT be measured and (therefore) could not be class legal. This meant that home-built boats could be used for sailing lessons at a local club, but would be unable to race in any International Optimist event. Subsequently, (years after my kids had finished with the sailing program) a parent at our club did build his own boat, which proceeded to beat all the fiberglass ones. Maybe the kid was a great sailor, or maybe plywood holds its shape better... At this point, starting to build an Optimist now in order to have it ready to sail by June would be quite an undertaking. Buying or renting a used boat would be much simpler. Unless your niece is really small, it is likely that she will outgrow the Opti class fairly fast. If she's athletic and competitive, she may want to move on to a different boat. Investing the time into building one may not have much ROI. P.S.: my oldest daughter went on to be an instructor at Nyack YC. Nice program.
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    Performance boat as a family daysailer

    We had a Soling for our family daysailer for about 10 years. Easy to get under way. Nothing too powerful for little hands & arms. Moves well in light air and stable for safety. Big deck for lounging. Nice cockpit for picnic coolers. Winter storage on the trailer in the yard or driveway. Not expensive to own or maintain. Old Etchells would work too.
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    Carbon lifeline covers/roller

    Do such rollers contravene regulations calling for uncovered wire lifelines?
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    Tumblehome?

    Looks like it might be self-bailing. There's a big opening just under the nosecone on the bow.
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    Ideal Youth Sailing Progression?

    Based on many of the comments here and much anecdotal evidence, the "competition pipeline" does not seem to be the route to broadening and deepening participation in sailing. What does the last guy in the fleet pecking order get out of competing? If he or she is coming in last every time but still keeps going, it cannot be because of the competition. Other aspects of sailing must appeal to that person. Perhaps the social interaction at the club or within the crew. Maybe the desire to feel the wind and waves as they sail the boat. Possibly an acceptable excuse to escape from something else like cleaning out the gutters, or a reason to spend time with the family . (Our club has an annual Parent-Child race in dinghies of the different fleets. Getting Mom or Dad into an Opti without it capsizing can be an adventure in itself!) Some sailors do appreciate the competition, but others have other reasons. These reasons need to be developed in order to broaden sailing's appeal. Taking junior sailors on cruises - even single overnights - is one way to do this. Leading a fleet of dinghies off to a beach picnic, or to visit a nearby club is another. A sailing program I taught at had a beach-camping overnight capping the end of the eight-week season. Could one week "learn to sail" sessions, mentioned in earlier posts, be counter-productive? Soccer, baseball tennis and football clinics work well with that format, but children get to play those extensively outside of the one-week "camps". The clinics help provide them things to focus on and techniques that they can practice long after they return home. Do they get to sail at all outside of the one-week session? Does offering one week sailing sessions imply that students can learn how to sail in just one week, and that's all there is to it? Students in such a program might finish feeling frustrated because they hadn't been able to master many, if any, aspects of the sport. Why bother continuing if that's all there is? Our club's full program goes for eight weeks each summer. To accommodate family summer trips and students "trying the waters" we also divide the season into four-week halves for beginners. This enables us to show kids more about the fun they can have sailing and also ends up helping them learn enough skills to feel they have accomplished something. The longer program also shows them that they have developed skills that they can build upon if they return the next season. Having a reasonable progression of boats as students learn more about sailing and physically grow bigger and more capable is important. Having a consensus among programs about having the same boats (e.g. Opti's/Lasers/Fevas/C420s) does help develop the competitive nature of sailing, but also builds the social aspects that appeal to those who aren't winning all the time. The Opti-Rumble we host at our club each summer brings in almost 100 boats from neighboring clubs. It is a blast for everyone involved. Junior sailors get to meet new people, see new places, and learn about sailing in situations that are different from "home". Competition from other pass-times is a major hurdle to increasing the number of sailors. The 9-5 workday routine has expanded to feel more like 24/7/365. People are too busy working to have time to maintain a boat. Children need support at soccer games. Rents and mortgages take too much from paychecks for young couples to afford a boat, a mooring, a club. Sailing needs to be made more attractive, with options besides racing, in order to grow.
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    Ideal Youth Sailing Progression?

    Our club has three of them. Not sure how many others at the club might be privately owned. Thirteen Fevas participated in our Jr. regatta last summer (the first one to include Feva's), with boats coming from seven other clubs besides ours. Also at the regatta were thirteen Club 420's and fifteen Lasers. (Our regatta is scheduled at the same time as the local Jr. Championships, to provide an event for those who have not qualified for the championship.) The Fevas seem to be pretty sturdy and fun to sail. Jr. sailors appear to like sailing with a crew, learning about the jib and spinnaker, and the responsiveness of the boats. We had issues with Pixels not holding up well and needing lots of expensive and time-consuming repairs.
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    Ideal Youth Sailing Progression?

    Our club focuses heavily on racing, with about 120 Jr. Sailors in the program each summer. They move from Opti's to Feva's to Club 420's. There is also an element of big-boat sailing using loaned boats for training in teamwork, sail handling, safety procedures and racing. An interesting idea might be to extend the big-boat program to Jr. Sailors who are not just interested in racing. Non-racers could take a big-boat out on a short cruise (with instructors) and have it back for the owner by the weekend. Or they could deliver it to a desired port, where the owner could start HIS sailing vacation. They could sail to "away" regattas to cheer for their team mates who were racing there. This would help show Jr. Sailors more ways to enjoy sailing and help them keep learning and motivated about it.
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    Tumblehome?

    Thought that could be an antenna, which was a reason to check for radio. Ship went out of commission in 1919, so radio likely to have been added. The photo isn't dated afaik.