John D

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    Toast or Roast

    Ahoy! I'd like to give a shout out and get some feed back about a dinghy sailor whose recent retirement from small boat sailing should attract some comments (+ or -) from the hoard. Dave Ellis (aka: "sailwriter") announced his regret that he is retiring from dinghy sailing. Sez Dave “ Its just too taxing on my bones to continue to beat myself up and the healing time is getting longer and longer. Beside that I’m getting lot of static from the Admiral”. Dave who is pretty fit for 75, went out a few hours later and won the 65th annual Mug Race, which can be a grueling 38 miles and is probably the largest non ocean regatta in the S E. Dave has given back a lot to the sport and some of his accomplishment that I know of include: Years as sailing coach at the St Pete YC where he retired from. Freelance writer for SouthWinds magazine National champion in Windmills and other notable dinghies Race director for several SE sailing clubs Dave has provided both coast to coast boat transportation and set up for National and International regattas held in the USA as well as a race management volunteer for same, An excellent PRO for many regattas in the SE. Again, the hoard can probably add a lot more. As I understand, Dave is going to continue his presence in race management but claims he will be hanging up his hiking shorts and kneepads. A plus for regatta organizers and participants and maybe a relief for us who often looked at his transom. On the other side, Dave has the ability to take a very attractive sailboat and in just a few hours turn it into the ugliest boat in the regatta. All it takes Dave is a roll of duct tape, some pre used wire and electrical tape and Dave would have it decorated to his taste……coyote ugly. However, the damn thing is usually in the winner’s circle. Lets hear it from ya!
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    Dave Ellis is selling his. Its located at Johannsen Boat Works in Vero beach , FL. Dave in his Raider is the overall winner in this years Mug Race. Dave at 75 claims he is now retiring from dinghy racing. We'll see .
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    Which way the wind blows

    +1 MT. Use Sailwriter's fly downwind and telltails on sails for up. Don't have to use them but they are there if you want to or don't have nose or ear skills required. Cassett tape is cheap and works well.
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    dinghy sailing channel

    What is pic in lower LH corner?
  5. 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 Contact the "elders". They are a pretty helpful bunch and could give you a heads up on boats, (new and used) events, etc
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    What type of boat is this?

    How much $ for the ladders?
  12. Find a well cared for Ranger 23 and you can leave tomorrow.
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    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.
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    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
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    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.