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    East coast, FL to VA
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    S2 7.9, Taipan 4.9

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  1. mookiesurfs

    Upgrade from Merit 22 to S2 7.9, worth it?

    Solid advice above. I put the mast up myself, easily. You need to rig a gin pole, halyards to bridles on the rail, and then crank it up with a winch. Not hard, but rigging from scratch and unrigging by yourself for a daysail is doable but a lot of work. Figure less than an hour to rig with someone helping who has done it before, and two hours to do it by yourself. Same to unrig.
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    Upgrade from Merit 22 to S2 7.9, worth it?

    If you definitely want a 7.9, it might be worth a look. The original head is just a porta potti in that space, no plumbing, so no big deal. I don't see any show stoppers in the photos, but it obviously needs a lot of elbow grease and is certain to have some gotchas and project creep. We bought ours to cruise because it's trailer-able, very well built, sails beautifully, and has a big comfortable cockpit and v berth. Got it in mint condition from a retired NASA engineer. Of course we've raced the piss out of it for five years and haven't cruised it yet. Here is what I see in the ads: Trailer, hull, spars ok. Deck hardware original, maybe/probably ok for cruising. Running rigging needs to be replaced. I would plan on a new outboard, but the boat sails so amazingly well it's not a critical item. Rip out the stove. At $5k, the sails could make or break the deal. All depends on how bad you want a 7.9
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    Upgrade from Merit 22 to S2 7.9, worth it?

    The white spot aft of the mast is the cover over the center board trunk. That, at least, is as it should be.
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    Upgrade from Merit 22 to S2 7.9, worth it?

    What they said. We mostly race our 7.9, and figure 1/3 of the value is the hull, 1/3 the sails, and 1/3 the trailer - maybe 5k each - but that's a couple of sets of Doyle Boston sails and a really nice tandem axle trailer. If you're not racing or trailering much, your numbers will be different. One thing to check is the mast step at the deck.
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    Hacking raceQs

    Maybe, but their reported time matches the invalid track.
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    Carbon cutter No. 2

    Thanks Bob, exactly what I wanted to know. There had to be a reason, and that is it. I own your design book and have read it several times, and I thank you for it. When it comes to a keel like this, does it actually generate hydrodynamic lift from a foil cross section, or is it primarily barn door effect?
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    Hacking raceQs

    After our last beer can race, a crew turned in a race time that obviously did not jibe with reality. When asked about it, they said "look at raceQs, it agrees". A review of the raceQs plots showed a normal race until the last few minutes, when the plot of the suspect boat slewed forward at a high speed and finished in front of the fleet. Of course, the actual front of the fleet and spectators are all calling bullshit. The time the suspect boat turned in matches the raceQs time and wildly incorrect tracking plot. How is this done? Is it common place? When asked about the raceQs discrepancy, the crew in question both said "It must be the Russians". Now, this is a good size fleet and that is not going down well, or going away. But, it's a first time thing and we're plowing new ground here. How do you handle this?
  8. mookiesurfs

    Carbon cutter No. 2

    So, I'm curious about the full keel with the cut-away forefoot. I thought we were done with full keels a long time ago? What was the keel design optimized for?
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    Front Page: "Ban Them!"

    If they can rationalize an imaginary friend in the sky, they can rationalize anything.
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    Front Page: "Ban Them!"

    I am amazed at the idiocy of the left and right.
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    Front Page: "Ban Them!"

    Who is the #1 oil producer in the world? Saudi Arabia? NO. Russia? No. It's the United States. https://money.cnn.com/2018/09/12/investing/us-oil-production-russia-saudi-arabia/index.html The ed has failed to see past the end of his nose, and to failed consider the implications of being the #1 oil producer in the world, the benefits it confers, and the consequences. Does he want to go back to being a hostage to OPEC? I hope not. Does he want to resume sucking Russia's energy dick? Does he want $8 a gallon at the pump? Fracking is no panacea, and has it's downsides, but overall it has been a huge economic and political windfall for the US. Could fracking afford better environmental procedures? Fuck yeah. That's what we need. But, as is the specialty of the myopic, out goes the baby with the bathwater.
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    Tracking down Hobie 33's

    There's one at the Rudder Club in Jacksonville, FL
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    Trapeze Harness's

    Love my Zhik T2. Bow loves hers. I read this thread a couple of days ago, and decided to pay attention to how exactly the harness worked around "The Package" at the Wednesday night beer can race and then get back to you. After last night, and as mentioned by someone else, you don't sit in a harness, you lay out in it. All of your weight is laying on the lumbar support, and none on The Package. The Zhik is superb at this. Very comfortable all around, also, imo. When you're sitting on the boat, you're sitting on your package like you've done your entire life. No big deal.
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    Turning it upside down

    Oh yeah, I like the chain hoist; that's the way to do it. Probably not cost effective to put that set up together for one bottom job every several years, though. But, I've got the space for it and it would come in handy, so I'll keep an eye on Craigslist. I am just too goddamn obstinate and ornery to do another bottom from underneath, and it kinda pisses me off anyway because I loved racing a dry sailed bottom. But, the racing hasn't happened much since we lost mast up storage, and Bow is hinting around about cruising the Keys and Bahamas, so a barrier coat and anti fouling it is. Pulling the keel is not a problem and has to be done every now and then anyway, just to fair it and fix dents, smiles and scratches. Right now the best option seems to be to roll her on her side on old futons and mattresses, and do the bottom job that way. Haven't figured out the particulars of how to get her off of the trailer in the barn. Ideas? Thoughts? "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." George Bernard Shaw
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    Turning it upside down

    Any ideas on how to turn a boat upside down? Specifically, an S2 7.9? We've drysailed it for awhile with a bare bottom, but now we need to put it in a slip. She'll need barrier coat and bottom paint it, but I'm not going to crawl around under the trailer doing that, plus the result would inevitably be slow. Ideas?