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    Sarasota Youth Accident

    I always wear the kill cord for changing location, (round leg just below knee), but must admit to taking it off when mark laying, or assisting a vessel, if alone. Always double check am in neutral, before stepping out of the console. By the grace of god, never had a problem. Should really just leave it attached, and just keep restarting the engine, but come from a time stopped engines did not always restart, and starter motors cost money. So, the number of kill cord incidents, everywhere, every year, across all ranges of experience and use, makes me think, maybe it's time for a re-design, its not 1973 anymore. I understand all the usual argument against complexity in critical marine equipment, but surely some kind of electronic tag, instead of a physical attachment. And as a back up, if the boat does more than 3 loops without the throttle being adjusted, it shuts down?
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    A-Class foiling sailors

    Shame about the compass bracket. Are you not old enough for a classic now?
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    Sarasota Youth Accident

    +1 on kill cords, plus double action protection for putting the engine in gear from neutral, on our safety boats, you can't put an engine in gear from neutral by falling on it, you only break the handle off. Hope the part of the report saying 20 foot boat was just usual journalistic inaccuracy, round here 15 foot is more usual for dinghy support, less than half the displacement of a 20 foot boat, I shudder to think of a 20 foot boat out of control around Oppies. This year has seen our club change to single (approved) operators on ribs, due to social distancing, but we have been taking a more conservative approach to weather too. Before this year, 2 persons on ribs was unbreakable, I wonder if this had a bearing on the accident. Deepest sympathies to all affected.
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    Construction of a Pogo 50

    Loving this thread, thanks for sharing the dream. Have had a few friends go through the Pogo buying experience, always with a happy outcome, one guy said it was more like being interviewed for adopting a child, hope you enjoy. VAT is a massive subject in UK, what with the present omnishambles, how does it work for someone outside Europe buying a boat in Europe? The yard would I suppose still have to charge you 20%, which you claim back when you can prove she has been exported? Do you just sail straight to the Channel islands, and do your tax stuff there?
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    Construction of a Pogo 50

    Tillers are lighter and cheaper. Tiller extensions allow the helm to move around and work the entire cockpit. Tillers give more accurate stall warning, and easier feel and visual information for rig balance. Tillers make it easier for the just woken up 3am brain to get the boat unfucked. Tillers work better with vane steering. We could go on all day...
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    Sarasota Youth Accident

    I'm waiting for more information before I hang the instructor. I have always voted no for prop guards, as others have said, they waste money and carbon. If you need a prop guard to not kill anyone on the water, you are already too dangerous to be driving a boat. The bow, the keel, the outboard leg, can all end a life, the spinning prop is only an additional risk. There are some people who can make a rowing boat dangerous, no amount of safety aids are going to make a high speed boat safe for these folk, in any universe. A strong safety system at any organisation will reduce the injury rate, but in the end, accidents will always happen, and the sea is about the last playground where we can live or die depending on our skill, ability, and judgement, I will swallow the anchor if this ever changes.
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    new j/day

    Jeez, this place is so full of hate these days. Thanks J boats, hope you sell lots, so I may buy and sail one when I am old. Seems fine to me, everyone wants a 50 footer on the water, a thirty footer for parking, and a 15 footer for bills.
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    Darren Newton trimaran

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    A-Class foiling sailors

    Thanks for the slomo's, very useful, thanks, even for flat footed classic sailors. +1 on making up some of the exit of tacks and gybes, hitting the wire and speed build parts? It's where I feel slowest, I always hike, hook, push off while holding sheet, but would love to work on making it more contenderesque/mpsish.
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    Hornet spreaders

    Hope you have a lot of fun, they are lovely boats, especially upwind. If you are replacing your buoyancy bags, crewsaver are good, avoid holt. Make sure your slot gasket is good, or it pumps water in. Only the brave go without transom flaps.
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    Hornet spreaders

    Do you know the sail number of the boat? Lower mast bend would be changed with mast chocks in the gate, before struts became stylish must haves, but your rig may not support the higher kicker loads of later boats, think the mains may have had a smaller head to start with.
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    Front Page..."Fuck this Prick"

    Could someone not just do the right thing, and put it out of its misery?
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    Hornet spreaders

    Just put additional bolts through the spreader and bracket, once you have swung them to as close to where the tuning guide says. Wooden Hornets always died when they cracked along the join between the plywood and the hog. Rig tension is more about supporting the genoa luff for slot control, than mast bend, don't re-invent the wheel, if you think you can't get enough rig tension, just live with a little more luff sag than optimal. We used to have 24:1 on the stuff luff jib, and used it all. It is not a precious thing, do the minimum required to sail it, sail it properly, and when it finally breaks, it will have died a good death with its boots on.
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    Hanse 540e

    Just buy it, all boats are an expensive and hard work pain in the ass on land, and in port, and a priceless joy at sea. Just spend more time at sea, for a happy life. Hanse are good boats, they very quickly found their performance cruiser niche, while all the other euro builders were still chasing trophies, and are better sea boats as a result. Have a look at the Hanse 470e too, still easily enough boat for 4/6 people, but saves some money for other fun things, and easier to find a parking spot. The Epoxy range were usefully stiffer and lighter than standard polyester, so should last better, and be easier to repair and strengthen if required. Like a poor mans XP. No boat comes set up and equipped ready for a 12000 mile journey, I don't think this boat will be any more or less work and money to get ready than any other average larger white boat. The process of getting a boat ready for offshore can be entertaining and educational. There is not a volume builder in existence that has never had some keel or rudder problem, but then most sailors have run aground too, nobody's perfect. On balance, I would have an epoxy Hanse with Jeffa steering over most other euroboats, as a long term ownership proposition. As always, be wary of ex charter boats in rocky or shallow regions. What you could be looking at now is finding a VAT free one, or finding an example where VAT can be reclaimed, while it is all in flux, and paper exporting it to the channel islands, ready to export from Europe/UK. Lots of UK owned boats stuck in Europe now, and vice versa, keenly for sale. Good luck.
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    Not sure what is happening with the trapeze gear he is sitting next to. Is he being a sailor in that photo?