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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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    Boston, PRM
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    Melges 24 USA114. Formerly Viper 640 50, Sonar 520

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  1. J/80 Redux

    We have a mooring in Boston harbor. We’ve concluded for a one-design to be viable in the harbor: 1, Has to have bottom paint as the norm: moored boat can’t be competing with dry sailed Boats. 2. Needs deck cleats for mooring (Melges 24 was a PITA to get hooked up). 3. Needs USCG legal running lights: from late July on you are returning in twilight or dark. 4. Needs a motor to get out to the course and back: starting line might be 5-7 miles away. The J/80 has a few other advantages: 1. There are already several in the harbor, racing PHRF. 2. Cost and crew requirements are relatively low. There is active J/105 OD in the area but they aren’t readily trailerable. 3. Decent supply in the Northeast. Most of the boats seem to have been built 94-04. Any builds to shy away from? We note some later hulls were made in France. Is that good, or bad? Any problem areas? Moisture intrusion into the balsa core seems a common problem. We understand the shroud bases are just drilled through the cored deck. What are they really selling for? Asking prices seem sky-high: 50% more than the boat owners we’ve spoken with paid.
  2. Prestart ROW question

    Calculated 7.5 knots to be just under 13fps. FWIW.
  3. Is an older melges 24 competitive?

    I’m 64 and had bilateral knee replacement. We just sold ours but not because the boat was physically challenging to sail. It is a beautifully engineered and built boat.
  4. Help! Melges 24 shrouds

    The advice we got was to send it to Melges. We did, and got back new assemblies that fit perf3ctly in about a week.
  5. As 50° rain I’d blowing barnacles off rocks at the moment, that sounds pleasant!
  6. Importing from Canada

    So, Per advice above I called U.S. Customs in Alexandria Bay, NY, which will be the point of return. He asked a few questions, and the summary of his advice was, “A U.S. citizen importing a boat for personal use will not have to pay any duties. The officers on duty will advise you on what to fill out.” Now I will check with the Canuckistanians.
  7. Importing from Canada

    You’ve done this? Can’t register it in MA without documentation. Im looking for the absolute, by-the-book, correct and legal way to do it. So they won’t look for the weed.
  8. Importing from Canada

    Troll, troll, troll your boat, Gently down the stream, Merrily, merilly, merilly, merilly, Life is but a dream. Thanks for the thread bumps! But stay in school......
  9. Importing from Canada

    Savin Hill Yacht Club has a thriving fleet of Thunderbirds, 26’ one-designs that were both home-built and molded. We’ve purchased one in Ontario (molded, in Canada) and will be towing it back next week, with Bills of Sale and whatever else such boats might have. Will I need anything else to leave Canada and enter the US? Years ago we owned a Sonar built by Ontario Yachts, and had to bring it back there for warranty repairs. They assured me I wouldn’t need anything at the border: which resulted in a five hour wait at the border while Ontario Yachts connected with a Customs Broker and wound up paying a tax on the retail value of the repair. This is a different situation, but I’d like to avoid any surprises. Already set up trailer registration so that’s not a concern. What do I need?
  10. New to Melges 24

    When we launch the boat, we make sure the delrins are clean and spray them with silicone lube.
  11. Help me rig my Melges 24

    If you don't have the Cunningham just make a loop with cord and tie it down.
  12. Melges 24 Shroud replacement

    Haven't raced for 3-4 years just starting back into it.
  13. Melges 24 Shroud replacement

    My boat has an early [white case] TackTick SpeedMaster and a really early Velocitek speedometer: it's in a waterproof case and just has two digits on the display. The SpeedMaster seems to work as well as the new ones. But the speedo seems kind of slow to respond. I'd like to replace it with it with either the SpeedPuck, or better yet, the ProStart. There are some overlapping functions, the SpeedMaster can determine starting line bias though not distance from line. What's suggested?
  14. Melges 24 Shroud replacement

    For now I three separate LED lights that run on 2 AA cells and clip on. Putting anything on the bow would be a challenge. Not clear how bright they will be. I may buy the Navisafe to use as the all-around, and can then get a comparison. Available from multiple sites. Has a mount that looks like it will attach to the stanchions easily enough. http://www.ebay.com/itm/331887784253