Steam Flyer

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Steam Flyer last won the day on September 24 2020

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    The Patriot Party

    At some point you recommend home schooling At some point, reform school turns into prison - DSK
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Very few Americans seem to realize how much speed costs. We love horsepower for it's own sake anyway; and VROOM VROOM is very popular. But then, over here, fuel has never been cheaper (in real inflated money). Why worry? When we were cruising in a 'trawler/tug' boat, I had one of the lower-powered boats around... 135hp in a naturally aspirated 6cyl diesel (Ford Lehman, a great engine). A heavy boat, we could get up to about 8 1/2 knots but it was at a great cost in noise and fuel consumption... I never ran at that speed long enough to see what it actually burnt. But usually we ran at around 7 kt burning 1 1/4 gal / hr which translates to 15~ 20 HP. But if you built a 36' heavy cruising boat with a 35~40 HP engine (twice as much as you need), NOBODY would buy the damn thing. Planing motorboats change this calculation a little bit, but for the most part, going slow is far far better for fuel economy. - DSK
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    2020 Election Fuckery

    No big surprise there Next thing, it will come out that Trump was pressuring some of his appointees in the Defense Dept to make the Army invade Congress. - DSK
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    Sailing Bucket List

    I don't think Pamlico Sound is going to freeze over this winter. You're gonna have to move north for this one FB- Doug
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    phrf boats

    +1 on both. Merit 25 is an under rated boat, not much on looks but a good performer. Merit 22 is no slouch either, easier to keep on a trailer and/or drysail Do people actually race PHRF when they're not high and/or drunk? Seems like it would be a lot less .... entertaining. - DSK
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    So you don't understand the distinction between infections and diseases? There's not enough electrons in the whole Internet to write a list of everything mikey doesn't understand - DSK
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    The Senate Impeachment Trial of DJT

    Disagree, Women for America First is an alt-right gang. The trump campaign paid and coordinated with them to "Stop the Steal", I think it all went off exactly as planned by all the various miscreant groups, including the Trump campaign. VP Pence deserves credit for not participating. Worth looking at what strings are connected, IMHO. The agitation of that crowd was not left to random chance. I wonder if one of the reasons why they wanted to kill Pence was because he knows a little about the plot? But another thread worth pursuing is the security lapse... somewhere in the chain of command, there are some suspiciously stupid and lethargic people. For one instance, General Flynn's brother was apparently at least nearby when security response was being discussed (delayed). When you have the Proud Boys bragging about being invited to conferences at the White House, then they take the spotlight in violent coup attempt? Yeah that's totally a random coincidence. - DSK
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    What Have You Done Today?

    Wow, that is impressive! Looks very cool, does it have built-in targeting lasers? - DSK
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    Thistle repair questions

    R22 is not just being an alarmist. A Thistle has a ballasted centerboard and will sink like a rock in the event of flotation failure... such as the leaks you describe. If that's not bad enough, the rigging is complex and could easily snag a kid and drag them down with it. Now that I've made your day, the solution is not difficult or expensive. Get some canoe flotation bags of different sizes that will fit in the seats and bow/stern spaces, and tie them in securely. You can make some big cut-outs in the seat panels and not worry about sealing hand hole plates. Sailing is dangerous enough that youth training needs to be done systematically with good equipment. Unfortunately we're all dependent on donations and donated boats are usually unsellable junkers. If you've been given a good Thistle with good rigging and good sails, that's a BIG plus. FB- Doug
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    The Senate Impeachment Trial of DJT

    Have you? Ever gotten around to actually reading the actual Mueller report? And how about the SAFE Act? - DSK
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    Why No Thread About Bernie Sander's Mittens?

    OK, here's the one that I immediately thought of I do not have the skill to replace John with Bernie, who would not complain that his hands were getting too cold to play. Just think, history could have turned out quite differently! - DSK
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    A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

    Yeah, but it wasn't BERNIE's inauguration. However I consider myself fore warned... when you get elected President, I'll remember to buy a new tie and wear my Cor-Fams for your inauguration - DSK
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    Retro boat JOJ30 Advice!

    Some people have higher standards Seriously, nice looking boat. One thing you will want to do is get the standing rigging and fittings inspected. This can be done with a metal penetrant dye and a magnifying glass. Worth at least getting some pro advice on how; at some point the mast will need to be pulled and inspected and standing rigging replaced, but it's worth a few bucks now to gain the knowledge that replacement can be delayed. A boat like this this certainly will benefit from an adjustable backstay. Also, you might consider taking off the steering wheel and going back to the tiller which undoubtedly was original. And if the boat is out of the water now, take a close look at the tip of the rudder. I apologize for not being able to speak Danish. I think this boat will be a great pleasure to sail. FB- Doug
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    Good Luck Getting Parler, Bullshitters.

    Why? They are one of the leading threats to our shared way of life. "When you fuck with the bull, you get the horn." I don't have a lot of sympathy for him, stirring up enraged gun-nutz and handing them a megaphone to scream their hatred and their fantasies of violence is basically a very stupid thing as well as destructive to his community. - DSK
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    The Patriot Party

    FIFY When thousands of people come in from the place you've "banned" that is not really a "travel ban." Now, you've said you're concerned about election security, do you have anything to say about the SAFE Act? - DSK