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  1. if i recall.., i think i found that sevenstar had the most options for schedules, and ports at both ends. I've seen sevenstar ships in newport. my brother had his boat shipped with dockwise and was pretty happy - but we had to get the boat from newport to ft lauderdale for an eastbound trip to the med. there is also DYT.. i think i've seen them in newport too
  2. the logistics of the westbound delivery UK to New England are tough enough that you really have to have a good reason for having the boat sailed either you want to do the trip yourself - as i said it can be a lot of fun - but, you say you don't want to do it... the other good reason would be to have the boat in the caribbean for the winter - a delivery crew could have the boat in say antigua by christmas. basically the issues for a delivery are this: you need to be on the way to the canaries pretty soon - December is kind of late for UK-Las Palmas the delivery across could be any time until late spring. if you waited that long you might do canaries - bermuda - newport, but then maybe you would haul the boat in the canaries for the winter - unless you want to cruise there. alternatively, the crew could leave las palmas right away for the caribbean.., but if you aren't using the boat there, you'd probably want to haul it til it's time to leave for newport in the spring. i'd probably rather haul in the canaries and have the boat brought across in the spring. shipping is way easier
  3. in case it wasn't clear - that quote is for having it shipped.
  4. i got a quote for a 40ft boat 2 years ago - USD 17-20K.., depending 60ft would be 2 or 3X you can have a detailed quote in a few hours monday morning.
  5. the most direct route is pretty much upwind... have you looked at the Jimmy Cornell book? he has brief discussions of most of the possible routes, and you will get an idea of what a delivery captain will be thinking... also - look at the pilot charts. If the boat is in the UK now, and you want it in Newport next spring.., and are thinking of having it sailed there.., preparations should probably be underway now or soon. Shipping it would be way simpler.., depending on schedule/availability/port of loading
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    HPDO- Why cancelled?

    there have been J/70's...
  7. westbound? usual westbound route is to Canaries.., to Caribbean.., to New England.., so a lot of miles. You can certainly cut miles off - at the risk of motoring a lot.., and/or maybe less comfortable conditions The main reason to sail it over is because you want to sail it over- not to save money. It's a fun trip, with the right boat and the right crew, but it's a big time commitment.
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    HPDO- Why cancelled?

    well that's sad - AYC hosts a lot of regattas, but that was the best one.
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    Mustang Meris?

    I'm looking at it instead of the MPX I have MPX salopettes, and I like them, but the fit is a bit short and big for me... Musto just gave me a new salopette on warranty, so I wouldn't mind supporting them. But the fit of the MPX jacket works worse for me than the ft of the salopette. The arms were annoyingly short for me when i tried it on at the store. I tried on some of the more expensive line of Mustang gear, and I think it fit a bit better than the Musto, so I'm kind of hoping the Meris line will fit the same.
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    Mustang Meris?

    has anyone here tried the Mustang Meris foul weather gear? It's a lower-priced line. the Meris jacket is $575 vs ~$1000 for their best jacket
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    Vineyard Race 2018

    That Kattack tracker is worse than useless for this race boats displayed next to each other can have 5 hours or more difference in the last report time. either track it with trackers that work outside cell range.., or don't bother.
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    Front Page - scotw

    This is not even a difficult question... you just don't publish a photo of a woman, like that photo, without asking her first.., and if she is a minor, you don't publish it no matter what she says...
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    Helm mounted GPS recommendations

    The quantity you should use for that is VMG rather than explain why, i'll try to find an existing explanation online
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    Helm mounted GPS recommendations

    the convention in sailing is that VMG is referred to the true wind direction.., not the direction to the mark. Pretty much all sailboat racing oriented electronic systems and software follow this convention.., e.g. B&G.., Expedition etc. As Sparrow said, VMC (velocity made good on course) is typically used for the component of velocity in the direction of the mark. The reason the distinction is important is that VMC - that is VMG referred to a mark - is not a really a tactically useful number for W/L racing. It can be useful for distance racing though...
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    Death at Cowes week.

    i'm not so happy about shifting the duty of care from the skipper to the RC.., but i guess that is the world we live in... but you are right - there is a huge difference between an offshore keelboat sailing around the buoys in 30+kts, with seas, and an inshore, non-reefing, keelboat. many of those inshore keelboats have no protection against down-flooding and have a real risk of sinking in a knock-down. some classes - like the etchells - handle a lot of breeze pretty well. Others - like say a 6 metre - aren't as manageable. anyway.., terrible accident, and condolences to family and friends. I hope we learn more about what actually happened.
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    Asymmetrical spin (only) takedown

    not sure how the saddle thing might affect things.., but blowing the tack would probably be the best solution... but i would use a trigger shackle and blow that if there was any breeze at all. This will really protect against it filling again, or shrimping, for any reason on the way down. only downside is you will have to re-run the tapes to set again
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    Dave's perfect sailboat

    that was how my brother's boat got shipped on Dockwise
  18. I guess the owners can do whatever they want.., but I think racing in general should draw a line.., before this infects the whole sport autopilots can steer faster than probably 3/4 of the people helming boats in the Bermuda race - should we permit autopilots to steer the race? the better solution is to just design foiling boats that can be driven by humans.., and live with the fact that machines might be faster.
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    Gunboat 68

    As mentioned above, GB have been posting more or less monthly updates on the design and build of the 68. The latest one is about the rig design and the options available for the buyer. It's kind of interesting.
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    Sobering accident report

    on some boats with swept spreaders, rigging the preventer from the boom-end to the bow doesn't work all that well either... the angle can be pretty acute i agree that as drawn, the lead on this boat was poor but i think that in some cases with swept spreaders- a mid boom preventer can be okay, even better than a forward-led preventer in terms of the angle - it just needs to be done right, and with thought. if for example, the boat has a wide park-avenue boom, it's probably not going to break. lot's of large boats have the main sheet to the mid boom anyway...
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    Sobering accident report

    he didn't get hit by the boom... he got hit by the main sheet - this is an issue on pretty much all boats with travelers in the cockpit. It can be hard to get out of the way if you get caught in the wrong spot at the wrong time,
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    if you get a chance, Culebrita is really close and kind of cool pretty good snorkeling on the west side of Culebrita, and two nice beaches that are often deserted. one of the beaches is where most people anchor and you can walk across to one to the south that's very nice
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    Epic Boat Loss

    The drogue is mostly to be used when you are going too fast down the waves it doesn't seem like this was the case - although it's not clear exactly what happened It seems they were going bare-poles, more or less straight downwind and down the waves, when they got over-run by one from astern. If that happened because they were going so fast down a wave, that they stuffed the bow, and the boat stopped or got turned broadside, then a drogue might have helped. If it happened because they were mostly slower than the waves, and the waves were mostly passing underneath.., until a larger breaking wave just caught them, then probably a drogue would not have helped. I would like to know more detail about exactly what happened. Either way, it seems likely that the companionway was at least partially open, and if that is so, then the thing that might have helped the most would have been to close it completely. I guess the lesson is to do that before you think it's necessary - because all it takes is one wave that's a lot bigger, and breaking in just the right spot on the ocean. it could be that heaving-to would have been a better option than bare poles.., but I think we have to assume that they know their boat.
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    E-nav on the cheap

    my iphone app is inavx i haven't looked at navionics in many years, but i didn't like it so much when i did. i might look at it again though... one of the things that i miss in inavx is a project waypoint function does navionics have a project waypoint function?
  25. it would be more accurate to say that the ISO standard wasn't intended for boats like yours, rather than that it didn't apply... i guess the question is: is there a better standard out there for multihulls.., say one intended for racing multuhulls?