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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. you need to give more input to get an realistic idea. You could go from a Jet 14 to a Flying Scot per your initial post. Go to http://windmillclass.com/ Contact the "elders". They are a pretty helpful bunch and could give you a heads up on boats, (new and used) events, etc
  2. Sharpening twist drills

    Good vid. I would add that marking the correct angle on the tool rest will help you hold the drill bit at the correct angle (eyeballing it) and achieving symmetry. Mine is scribed but magic marker or tape will do.
  3. Discoverer Annapolis 18

    I've taught beginning adult sailing in Rhodes 19 and they were good starting boats. Not for crossing oceans or off shore but good for bays & coastal (light to med winds etc) I can't say how similar the A19 is to the R19 but if everything works correctly-( check the trailer out too) and the owner will demo it, Why not? As to price, U can always make an offer. The club association or some kind of lessons would be a good thing. I started out with a 19 footer and it suited my purposes for at least 5 enjoyable years. Get out and go sailing! . Everything in life is not going to be perfect.
  4. Discoverer Annapolis 18

    Looks like a fair deal for what you want. If U buy it make sure the owner will take U out and demo setting up, launching and your first sail. Take a friend and pictures or better yet movie. If not, look elsewhere as there could be enough disappointments to turn U off from sailing.
  5. Keel bolt cover

    Is keel being removed for the modification? If so, can more bolts be added? Drilling and tapping lead is not as permanent as J bolts being cast in place but with the right tools can be done and with the addition of epoxys etc. to make a lasting attachment and share the same loads as a J bolt. In addition to the RM and location of CG of the keel the hydro pressure must also be considered as a force. ie a knock down from a gust. In your case if the projected area is not changed this will probably be no addition, but was an additional load and empirically tested by use.
  6. Are You Tougher Than Me?

    Don't know if this applies but can U get a new one? Similar situation with my hip 11yrs ago. Six mo. after replacement and with very rigid therapy I was sailing again and by next season was sailing hard and competitive. Never looked back. I know knees are more complicated than hips but the tech has also come a long way in 11 years. Still have Celebrex and 800mg. pain killers on the shelf but in very dusty bottles. John D
  7. What type of boat is this?

    How much $ for the ladders?
  8. Find a well cared for Ranger 23 and you can leave tomorrow.
  9. Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    Great, there's one . Any more? Keep in mind that this would NOT = OD competition but could expand the fun of sailboat racing.
  10. Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing? The answer is a big yesbut the answer is a lot easier than actually doing it. Mostly good observations and comments so far. It is obvious that the existing organization supposedly administrating the US Portsmouth handicapping system is not working nor has any intention. A new organization or group must be developed to do it. With todays technology it could be far better than just fixing or continuing the existing system. There isn't any situation mentioned in this thread that couldn't be resolved by a knowledgeable group. There will always be situations where a handicapping system will not meet the standards of strict OD racing but in the meantime a lot of sailors could be having fun racing their boats on weekends. Many already are, using whats available but it could be a hell of a lot better. "Lead ,follow or get out of the way" It's time. Any takers? John D
  11. Buying a Star

    Probably not a dinghy thread but agree with RK. Also if a PHRF fleet will let U in for informal(or any) regattas it could be fun. However, a note on the fine daysailer. Not very laid back or relaxing as some.
  12. Hard vs soft dinghy

    RETIRED Hell! Johannsen is now building Windmills and Raiders along with the TRINKAS. I was just at his shop bugging him to get my new boat finished. The quality of the Trinkas is still second to none. I don't know about the website but 800 869 0773 works. Google trinka to see more. John D
  13. Lots of ammo for a grand Portsmouth regatta