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  1. the primary "required safety device" in today's races is really the EPIRB.., not the sat phone.
  2. it's not adequate for ocean sailing - at least by the standards of most offshore sailors
  3. you said they did the same things except for the voice call - that was incorrect. I think most offshore sailors would say that not having the ability to get good weather forecasts might be a safety issue but like i said - i'm not arguing that a phone should be required - if you don't want to bring one that's fine with me.
  4. not really... the Iridium handset will also make an internet connection that, while slow, is perfectly adequate for downloading all the weather files (gribs, surface analyses and forecasts, text forecasts) you need for Bermuda Race, Transat.., and so on. It does "real" email too.
  5. The InReach is capable of SMS - a text message - not email..., so it's 160 characters InReach does have some sort of SMS to email gateway, that works both ways, but you are not really sending, or receiving an email.., it's still SMS, and i think each message sent that way still has the character limit. additionally, while the recipient may view the message in an email client, to respond they are directed to a website with a form. It's a bit of a pain in the ass on both ends for anything complicated. I have been onboard (mid-atlantic) when an Iridium handset was used to communicate with a doctor for a potentially serious infection. being able to have a conversation with the doctor was pretty useful. InReach uses the Iridium network, and it is true that SMS messages don't require as god a connection as a voice call.., but as has been discussed here many times, most problems with Iridium voice and data calls are due to some sort of poor installation or operator error. With a properly installed external antenna, connections at sea are pretty good. Nevertheless, I think this is an area where OA's could think about letting each boat decide what is best for them.
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    Beginner gear

    I'm a beginner most kite companies have a model in the lineup that is aimed at beginners. It's okay to get something that is beginner-intermediate too. go to the websites and read the descriptions. generally speaking.., bigger kites are easier to fly (they fly slower) than small kites, so in the bigger sizes it's okay to go more intermediate than with smaller kites. I wanted the latest in safety and release technology, so i bought used kites and bars that are current models - they were sold as used/leftovers.., but were basically new. i actually think none of my gear was ever used. some people will buy a quiver of kites/bars at the beginning of the season, but never get around to using one or two of them. I ended up getting Ozone Catalyst V1 kites - they seem to be pretty high quality, but the problem is that it is not a high-volume brand, so it's a bit harder to find good used gear than with, say, Cabrinha, which is huge in the USA. I think the safety features on the newest models of all the big brands are pretty good as far as lifespan - i think it's a lot like sails, spinnakers in particular. look at and feel the material - how crispy is it? you can get a sense of how used it is. look for stitching that is coming undone, wear spots, patches, UV damage, and so on. it's harder to inspect the bladders but that is a common failure mode. They can be patched or replaced though. with the bars, the main issue is the lines - which can be replaced, but it's expensive to do so. i would take the lessons before buying anything
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    your selective quoting of my post omitted the part where I said i _didn't_ support making them required...
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    The seminars help provide the knowledge you need to take care of yourself there is no "self-responsibility" without knowledge. Like i said above - i've done 10's of thousands of ocean miles - most of it was pretty uneventful - and i still managed to learn things in the seminars. I certainly never righted a life raft except in the seminars... I'm not saying t hat I support making them required.., just that, while they could be better, they are useful
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    which gong got hit?
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    SUV anarchy

    and no deals on interest rate if you want to finance if you lease, they have a pretty low money factor, residual was 63% which is okay, fees are competitive - maybe even low. main thing with Volvo is you can't transfer the lease - you are pretty much stuck with it. BMW supposedly makes lease transfer easy.
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    SUV anarchy

    i looked at the XC40 over the weekend - i liked it.., and my wife liked it even more. i think it's better than the X1 or the Q3. Not sure it's worth $10k more than a CX-5 though basically $43K-44K with what she wants. the inventory is low, and they hardly have any of the higher-end trim levels, which is okay, because i don't think we need one of them. everything she wants is available as an option/package in the base model. they did not really offer much in the way of discounts off msrp - $500 off, plus a $1000 "loyalty" credit ($500 for a lease) - i own another volvo. it could be that anyone can get that loyalty credit. i'm sure that by the end of the summer, there will be normal discounting on this car, but we need something now, and this will probably be it. the other thing is that it seems that you might have to find a dealer with the car you want, as they are not doing much swapping of these cars between dealers right now.
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    SUV anarchy

    i'm going to look at the new volvo XC 40 over the weekend my wife needs a car and she thinks that it might work for her. I think it's about the same size as the CX-5, but probably a bit more expensive.
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    Boat Purchase Contract

    In the USA.., does a typical contract for the purchase of a brokerage boat place any restrictions on a buyer's option to walk away, and get a deposit returned, if they are unhappy with any aspect of the survey? No.., I haven't signed a contract or put any deposit down...
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    Boat Purchase Contract

    it turns out that in some other countries, the right to "walk away" after the survey, is more restricted - at east in the standard contract promoted by the brokers association, and used in most sales. Basically, this contract stipulates that if the survey identifies problems that can be repaired for 10% or less than the agreed purchase price, the seller has to either complete the repairs, or give a credit of the repair amount toward the sale price.., but the buyer _must_ take the boat. If the repairs will cost more than 10%, then the buyer can walk away and get the deposit back. needless to say, I am unlikely to enter into such a contract, and am exploring the options to change it.
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    SUV anarchy

    I think the outback has pretty restricted options for roofracks if that's important to you... the factory roof rails thing with the big black plastic pieces affects the options when attaching aftermarket crossbars - you can't easily get them far enough apart to carry something like a dinghy well I looked at it when i was looking for a car for my daughter. the owners complain a lot about the roof rack problem (on US cars) in the subaru forums. I ended up getting her a CX-5. I think it's pretty good.
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    Boat Purchase Contract

    I guess that the problem with my question, is that in the USA there might not be a "typical" contract... But in other countries, this is not necessarily the case, and in some there is (apparently) a "standard" contract that is used for most sales what i am trying to find out is.., in most cases in the USA.., can a buyer put down a deposit, get a survey, and then just say "sorry not interested", and get the deposit back? Or, would it be common for there to be some additional requirement - for example that the survey document the need for repairs that exceed a certain percentage of the agreed sale price? I guess I thought that such a requirement would be unusual in the USA, but I wanted to check.
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    as a rhetorical point... that argument doesn't really hold - what if nobody bothers to do your study? just because something hasn't been proved to be worthwhile doesn't mean it isn't...
  18. Fair winds Jim. He was one of the very best people I have known. His friendship, enthusiasm, and generosity knew no bounds. Jim had perhaps the truest insight into what makes sailboat racing such a great pastime, and the sport is very much richer for his having been involved. If more sailors shared his view, the sport would be in a healthier position today.
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    What it _will_ do is supplement what you learned in your 45 years (or is it 45k miles?) on the water. Like you, I have 10's of thousands of ocean miles behind me - I have taken the class 3 times now - including the in-the-water twice. I can honestly say that the classes are worth the time; you will learn things you don't know, and do things you haven't done. And if you tell me you _have_ done them all then you have effectively taken a safety class..., but it's pretty unlikely that you have. In my 10's of thousands of miles, I have never righted an overturned liferaft in the water - but I have done it twice in the class. I am not offering an opinion on whether the class should be required. I do agree that there is at least the appearance of an issue with STC requiring the class and (presumably) making money off of it. Personally, I don't care - I'm a member and if they do make money I trust that it goes to a good purpose. Also - other non-STC classes will meet the requirement. Overwhelmingly, sailors I have spoken with have felt that the classes were useful. Just one simple example - almost no body who has taken the class doubts the importance of wearing thigh straps with a PFD. Sure, they could have read the recommendation somewhere, but actually experiencing the difference in the water impressed them much more than reading it would have.
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    Ronstan Clear Start Watch

    except that a lot of us like the sync button and the huge numbers are pretty useful too mostly my ronstan watches have been okay. i couldn't find my big blue one, and i bought one of the 50mm ones that look kind of like a regular watch - just did a regatta with it and it worked perfectly. apparently they changed the model, so the old model is on sale - that's the one i bought.
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    AIS on racing marks

    sure - so that would explain why there might be a different AIS message.. a different "mode" implies more than a different message.., and it seems that it is ore than a different message.., i'm just not sure what is different
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    AIS on racing marks

    good to know i looked at the device - 5 days on one charge is better than i would have guessed i looked at the quick start guide, and i don't think i really understand the difference between ATON mode and Buoy Tracker mode
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    2018 American Yacht Club Spring Series

    i could have said the same thing in 1989 when the J/44 came out - the J/24 was a few years old.., and had huge numbers there is no shortage of money today...
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    2018 American Yacht Club Spring Series

    maybe.., i don't think it will fill the role of the J/44 - in particular, i don't think the OD W/L racing will happen.., nor the cruising.., but we'll see... J/44 has 8 boats registered for OD W/L racing at AYC - nearly 30 years after the boat was designed! that's a huge success...
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    2018 American Yacht Club Spring Series

    probably none, or nearly none... but the beauty of the J/44 is that it's suitable for quite a lot more than OD W/L racing I think if J/Boats had introduced something like the XP/44, say 4 or 5 years ago, and marketed it as a modern J/44 OD class.., capable of W/L racing.., Bermuda.., family cruising.., it would have been successful in new england.., and they'd have an OD start for Bermuda.