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About Dan33

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  • Birthday 06/21/1961

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    Lake Nipissing, Ontario
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    Learning to adjust to retirement...so far, so good.

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  1. Dan33

    My newest project

    My comments were relative to a Pogo style boat vs heavier and rounder boats. In light air on a wide boat, you get the feeling of being "stuck", then suddenly the boat becomes alive, IME rounder hulls don't show this behaviour, they just accelerate smoothly and thus initially are at an advantage. If you aren't convinced take part in an IRC race where there is a mix. I hadn't realised that the carbon cutters didn't have that much sail area for their weight, so yes may be it will hard to exploit their "slipperiness" in light air. Upwind in confused seas, I've seen heavier boats of moderate beam, barely slowed as they charge upwind going "through" waves, on a lighter and wider boat it can soon become a "stop and go" scenario which obviously isn't very efficient, hence my comment. In others conditions at a similar length, the rounder and heavier older designs can't compete. There is a reason why their TCC is lower LOA for LOA. It is mainly observations while sitting on the rail during semi offshore races like Cowes-Dinard where you can witness stuff like a Swan, a J boat, a X a Pogo and a JPK racing each others. I don't think that I've said or inferred somewhere that the cutters were designed to plane, VPP may not have a column for "confused sea" but when you are out on the water it matters a lot whether waves are coming from several directions or not. Bob, you are doing a poor job at pretending to ignore me. What on earth does a POGO have to do with these 50'+ cutters?? It's like comparing the handling on my new Maxima with those of the 90' Kenworth I just passed on the highway. I gotta find the ignore button.
  2. Sounds like you hit a bit of a BVI lotto. Enjoy! No shit...then I'm back for 15 days and off to Jamaica and a 4+ star resort (Couples CSS) for 2 weeks. God I love being retired!!
  3. Through a very very odd series of events I am flying out Dec 3rd to Beef Island Tortola to sail on a charter Ben 52 for 2 weeks with a couple of good friends...I didn't even know this opportunity existed 24 hours ago. All it's costing me is air and my share of food, booze and fuel.
  4. Dan33

    Lewmar winches - not happy with plastic parts!

    Sloop For a transmission tech even that winch is beginners stuff...really basic and not tight tolerances. I doubt it gets spun at a couple thousand RPM very often But likely very pricey to get parts for.
  5. Dan33

    Lewmar winches - not happy with plastic parts!

    I owned a transmission shop for 25 years and worked on extreme HD transmissions that were designed from the ground up to be tortured...yet many thrust washers, spacers and bearings were made of plastic. These were NOT transmissions built for the masses and saving money by using plastic rather than metal would not have entered into the equation...sometimes, despite our prejudices, plastic can be a better choice than metal. When broken down to the basics a winch is nothing but a compact two speed transmission.
  6. We are just stalling them until we get our wall built.
  7. Dan33

    Youtube channels worth watching

    Amazingly there is a guy in the first number of episodes that I used to sail with! I lost track of him after he moved back out east. His name is Terry Kelly and I had heard he was back home in Halifax, I guess that was right. He is shown helping launch and do some engine work in several videos. Small friggin world.
  8. Dan33

    Lewmar winches - not happy with plastic parts!

    I have those same winches and they are at least 30 years old...I have never known Lewmar to cut corners so if they are not made of metal there is likely a good reason. If they are kept clean and lubed I doubt this material will cause any problems. You bought very old winches...ya kinda got what you paid for.
  9. Dan33

    Music on Sailboats

    I'm slowly but surely losing my hearing to Minear's disease which is causing a constant ringing in my ears that in time will rob me of my ability to hear...what I miss most is the sound of silence. But I do understand the love of music. I will miss that too.
  10. Dan33

    Music on Sailboats

    How about save the cost of speakers and buy a really good set of headphones...
  11. Dan33

    Music on Sailboats

    I love silence...carry on.
  12. Dan33

    Sun Yachts 27

    Yup...that would work.
  13. Dan33

    Sun Yachts 27

    I had one of those OMC sail drives on a previous boat. I removed it and went another power route. Boy did you do the right thing. Did you replace it with a sail drive or shaft drive? Noises and unreliable...parts are really getting tough to source. Very hard on fuel if you find yourself with no wind. I wonder if Beta has a direct replacement for the OMC??
  14. Dan33

    Sun Yachts 27

    The OMC sail drive isn't the best news...I suggest you learn everything you can about this power train. You may well have to put that knowledge to use.
  15. Dan33

    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    I agree...I would prefer to have less things to go wrong. I pretty convinced that should the day come I have to close ours they'll be seized, not to mention I'm not convinced I could get to them in less than 5 minutes.