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About PaulK

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    Long Island Sound, Connecticut USA
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  1. PaulK

    fenders in Mazatlan

    Try here? It's close to the harbor: LLANTERA SINALOA 5.0 (7) · Used tire shop Av Río Piaxtla 41 Open ⋅ Closes 9PM · +52 669 127 1864
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    Nuclear Sailing

    So they're planning to freeze the Atlantic and make iceboat runs to Europe? Syroco is looking to upgrade wind-powered transportation with a view to reducing carbon footprints for cargo. Between that and Laurent's post #2, c'est très intéressant. Of course, what happens when the wind dies is another story.
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    I'm a moron so help me spend my money.

    Windvane is not going to work well in the typical light air of the Inside Passage summer. Autopilots these days use minimal power and would probably be better. My brother did the trip Seattle-Juneau in his J/30 and ended up motoring most of the way. A feathering or folding prop is nice If you like to sail; it's worth about half a knot or so. Radar might be more useful than depth sounder since the shores are so steep-to, though the depth sounder would be useful for determining how much anchor chain to use when you want to stop. AWI instruments are nice for sailing at night, but you can shine a flashlight on the sails for a lot less. (You're not worried about showing your position and sail trim to competitors.) Fridge/freezer might make the menu en route to WA more enjoyable, along with any daysails.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    With that much superstructure is the radar reflector really necessary?
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    Cruising Sailboat Partnership

    We've Our partnership has lasted 23 years because of this. Repainted the deck this spring. Awlgripped the hull 20 years ago. New sails from time to time. Instruments. Plus ongoing maintenance and upkeep. Going with a partnership allowed both families to enjoy a larger boat than either could have afforded otherwise. This is important when children need to each have their own space on a cruise. What with soccer games etc., each partner still got as much use as they would have had with sole ownership. Partnership split the costs and the work - both good things. Be sure to partner with people you like.
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    Scattering ashes at sea.

    The really good members set up foundations to provide for launches, instructors, RC boats, and landscape maintenance.
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    Scattering ashes at sea.

    Our club has a large anchor out on a plinth on the lawn with a ring of bricks as edging. Club members whose ashes have been scattered at sea can have a brick with their name added to the group.
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    Manhasset Bay

    Local knowledge on navigation? Stay away from Execution Rocks and watch out for Big Tom, on the other side of City Island.
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    Is PHRF waking up from along slumber?

    Moving the needle which way? Having to select the course and windspeed for each race opens the OA to complaints and puts another layer of fog between ratings and verifying how "correct" the VPP actually is in determining them in each different situation. Olin Stephens told me that had great trust in VPP's and calculations. That's why the IOR that he championed is still so popular. (This is being said sarcastically.) VPP's are great for comparing relative points in constant conditions - like in a towing tank. Out in the open, the situation is entirely different. A boat with a "fast" underwater shape might not have the right freeboard, flare, or weight to keep from getting stopped by the chop on Buzzards Bay. A "slow" boat, though heavier, might do quite well in the smoother water of Long Island Sound, even in less wind. Generating a rating that goes out to two, three, or four decimal places or significant figures does not make it any more accurate than a single digit if the windspeed selected is off. And who knows how accurate the calculated rating is in the first place? Envisaging an "average" situation, as PHRF does, eliminates the issue of determining the windspeed and course for each race, so there are complaints about the ratings. These can be addressed by the PHRF committees, locally. Requiring the OA to determine the course and windspeed for each race focuses complaints on the OA and not on the ratings. Can an OA be petitioned to change or adjust the criteria for a race or series because they got it wrong? ORA avoids being questioned because, like IRC, they are distant arbiters and the long numbers are too impressive to be doubted. Many racers seem to have voted to opt out of IRC, despite its "precision". Let's see how this permutation works out.
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    Is PHRF waking up from along slumber?

    It seems that Florida and the Gulf Coast is now north of the Mason-Dixon Line? It's not Yanquis doing this.
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    Is PHRF waking up from along slumber?

    Based on what it says in the article, boats will get 10 different ratings under this system. Does the RC or OA pick the one they use, or does the skipper? What if the wind starts out at 20 knots until the first boat finishes and then goes to 4 knots for the rest of the fleet? Do you use the rating for an average wind speed 12 knots? 8 knots? Is the rating selected before the race, or can you wait until after? Do they allow ToT since the slower boats, are going to take a LOT longer in 4 knots of breeze? Perhaps the RC can figure that there are 20 slow boats and only one fast one, so the rating for light conditions prevails, since that makes the race fairer for the most boats? Applying 10 different ratings sure sounds exciting, and so much more exact, precise, and scientific than one.
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    armchair Protest Com.

    32.2 If the race committee signals a shortened course (displays flag S with two sounds), the finishing line shall be, (a) at a rounding mark, between the mark and a staff displaying flag S; (b) a line the course requires boats to cross; or (c) at a gate, between the gate marks. The shortened course shall be signalled before the first boat crosses the finishing line. The rule on shortening courses doesn't say which direction to finish in -- only that you have to go between the mark and the staff displaying flag S. One might assume that it should be in the direction from the last mark, but it could appear that you could cross in either direction based just on 32.2 .
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    Electric Fan Drive?

    Any comments on this? Haven't seen other threads.
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    Annapolis YC DH distance race results

    Where's Dr. Stuart Walker when you need him?