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  1. MidPack

    Prayers and thoughts for the Carolinas.

    So there are other places people should build at their own risk, what does that prove? We know where hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and ice/snow are higher probability and relative probabilities. We know the elevation everywhere. So everyone knows or should which locations are far less likely to suffer a natural disaster. As long as home and flood insurance premiums reflect where each of us CHOOSE to live, who cares where you choose to build - unfortunately premiums don’t fully reflect relative risk. And we all pay taxes to support FEMA and state/local emergency services, even though many will never use those services. If you choose a higher risk location, why should others subsidize them?
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    Prayers and thoughts for the Carolinas.

    We were in Wrightsville-Carolina-Kure Beach and Wilmington two weeks ago. Had no idea the whole area may be transformed for the worse two weeks later. Hope they get through it as well as can be expected. That said, this is why we’d never buy a house too close to the east coast...we’re staying a couple hours inland.
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    Who’s responsible for class rules?

    I doubt it’s universal, so you’d have to name a boat/model to get a meaningful answer? I believe J/Boats publishes Class Rules for most if not all their designs along with hull #1 of each. A Class Association is also formed, and the Class Rules are changed as needed over the first few years with input from owners. Ultimately J/Boats turns the CA over to owners, after a few years. They’ve done it this way for so long, they have a working template they use with each new model, with just a few tweaks. http://j105.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Class-Rules-2018-final.pdf
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    S&S Purchased

    +1, not to diminish their admittedly “illustrious history,” but it’s just a name now as far as I can see. Has there been a relevant S&S in the last 10-20 years? Just a couple big one offs that I’ve heard of. Like many formerly glorious sail boat builders of yesteryear...
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    Exemplary Cruising Videos

    Sea Change was the best I’ve ever seen, but they only did about a half dozen videos and it’s been a while since their last. Ongoing I’ve seen them all, and my favorites are RAN Sailing and the Sampson Boat Co/Tally Ho Project https://youtu.be/Q02EG5y4bBk
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    WiFi Extenders

    My next WiFi setup will be Mesh WiFi https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/350795/the-best-wi-fi-mesh-network-systems I wouldn’t bother with a range extender, my Dad put one in his house and it hardly made any difference, but I guess it depends on what you spend - you get what you pay for.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Most J/Boats in the last 10 years or more have had enough SA/D to "move in 3 knots and be manageable in 27 downwind (might opt for the A3, or an A4)." Won't know for sure until we see the specs, but I'd be surprised if it wasn't designed for good light and planing performance. Most J/Boats over the past 20+ years have gone upwind fine, but they've excelled off the wind in light and heavy (average in moderate wind). If you believe ad copy, they'll do well in the Chicago-Macs - typically more offwind (unlike '18). I would expect the J/99 to perform well in the same races as a J/121, J/111, J/88 or other late models.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Not sure what that has to do with my observation, but OK. Arguably the first fixed prod production J/Boat...
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Fixed prod on the J/99 is notable but not surprising to me, after pioneering and promoting retractable sprits for over 25 years. Is this the first production J/Boat with a fixed prod (the J/11s "prod" was tiny)? Their ad copy promotes the removable prod "the primary benefits of a fixed sprit for offshore sailing are reduced weight in the bow and better protection against water intrusion" (vs a retractable sprit ). Several people have spoken to acceptance in the USA, no problem with that. But I wonder what percentage of J/Boat new boat sales are in the USA/North America vs Europe/the rest of the world. Where their sales were USA only decades ago, I get the impression they've done well (better?) in Europe - but I am only guessing. Seems clear they haven't grown in the USA over the long term, but maybe offset somewhat by expanding elsewhere.
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    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    +1. Hilarious. +1. The OP has no one to blame but himself, try as he might to pin it on others. And the OP might make a better case if he had his facts straight...
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    What's happened to the C&C 30?

    A year without a post, or a newer thread? A nothing new on the C&C website/FB or class FB? So has “growth” already come to a halt for the C&C 30, Farr 280 and MC31? It’s too bad purpose built race boats can’t sustain a class beyond a few wealthy early adopters. More orphan handicap race boats?
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    President Cowardly Lion

    The partisan differences are to be expected, despite the pointless one sided discussions. But publicly firing anyone via Twitter or any public outlet hours before talking directly with the fired person is cowardly, unprofessional and inexcusable. Management 101 for the lowest, least experienced supervisor - but a President? Comey, Tillerson and others deserved much better. Trump won’t be held directly responsible but hopefully there will be consequences, most likely reflected in midterms and 2020. Maybe it’s started with Roy Moore (Alabama) and Rick Saccone (Pennsylvania) both defeated in deeply red states/districts. Unfortunately Trump resembles the Scarecrow and the Tin Man at times as well...
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    President for Life?

    Pointless speculation all around...
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    Sprit seal for J/125

    May be out of date but http://waterlinesystems.com/shop/other-jboat-parts/sprit-pole-seal-j120-j130-j145-87094/
  15. I’d think he’s less than 50:50 already unless he changes dramatically which seems unlikely, and I’m a lifelong conservative or at least center right. Surely the Democrats won’t run a much disliked, arrogant insider like Hillary again or Bernie.