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    Carbon fibre mast maintenance

    Ok, so here’s something that puzzles me, but not so much so that I’ve looked it up: With New York and Madrid at similar latitudes, the northerly flow of the warm Gulf Stream should moderate New York’s climate towards warmer, and the cold arctic waters coming down on the east side of the Atlantic should chill the Iberian peninsula. Yet, in my small sunburnt brain, I assume NY to be chillier than Madrid. Is this incorrect? If it IS correct, what factors conspire to make Madrid warmer?
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    40'+/- perfect racer/cruiser for $100K+/- FOUND IT

    "Pretty much" I said. I'm well aware of the depths throughout Florida, and 9' keeps you out of the vast majority of inland, inshore, and near shore water.
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    40'+/- perfect racer/cruiser for $100K+/- FOUND IT

    9' pretty much keeps you out of Florida
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    Craigslist Finds

    Gov, here's a Bandit. I'm looking for something to push on and off the beach at the lake. There's this Bandit, a Vagabond 14, and an American 14-6 to choose from. Anyone have suggestions on the three, assuming similar condition and price? Sorry, I couldn't get the ad itself to load. Boats are in the Orlando area.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Benches. Benches In the middle of nowhere, are what Bow and I remember about hiking in Scotland. You round some remote corner or crest some forlorn ridge, and there’s a bench for you to sit, rest, relax, and enjoy Scotland.
  6. Just to add to the dumpster fire that is 2020, Bow says she thinks she's done with the F-16. I guess I'm not surprised. It's been awhile since she ran through the parking lot in high heels after work to jump on the boat. She wants to race our S2 7.9 more. Bless her heart she loves our boats, and I love her, so that is what we will do. I've been racing the F-16 single handed, and it does very well, but it has occurred to me that there might be better ways to race cats solo. I have begun to cast covetous eyes upon the A-cats. Sexy, and fast upwind. Be still, my heart. So, to foil or not to foil. Selling the F-16 puts either one into the price range. It will be mostly local handicap or one design racing; I don't think regional or national competition will be on my radar, but who knows. Trade-offs: What does a foiler give up to a C-board? Vice versa? How comparable are they upwind? Downwind seems pretty obvious. What's the effort and skill level comparison? It wouldn't be fun to slog around 90% of the time just to foil 10% of the time, IF that were the situation. Or are the foiling boats always hauling the mail, just sometimes more so on foils? What are the give and takes, pros and cons? Anyone want a mint F-16? Bow says the 7.9 stays, period dot end. I count myself lucky.
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    The hurricane brought us nice freshening winds yesterday, so I went for a sail to try out some of the ideas for staying with the boat. For starters, clipping on to the mainsheet did not really work. What a spaghetti factory. I used a swiveling snapshackle on the harness with a quick release ball and lanyard, but never even tried jumping off to see what happens. After just a few tacks, the line situation was such a pia I decided the idea would not work, at least racing short courses. Maybe for the Worrel if you don’t mind unclipping and reclipping after sorting lines on every long tack, but then you have would probably have chicken lines anyway. Things that did work where the longer trapeze bungee (5 passes under the tramp with two 18mm Harken double blocks) and dialing down the foil lift. The VHF fit in the life vest ok, but the antenna kept stabbing me in the face until I turned it sideways. Today is the hurricane, tomorrow is 20-30 Kts steady. I’ll pass.
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    Falling overboard

    Exactly. Just pee in the suit. Surfers call it the surfer’s jacuzzi.
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    That is some brilliant advice! Martin mentioned dyneema bungee, which I had never heard of, so I ordered some. It’s reassuring to hear that it actually works the way I had hoped, and will hold under some load at least. I also ordered some double 18mm Carbos and will put 5 crossings in the tramp. That should settle the trap bungee breaking. I decided against the trap ball attachment for now, because I could find no real endorsements of it, and there is some mild discontent with hooking up. The carabiner/snap shackle to the mainsheet sounds promising. I’ll test that also as a backup until the foiling wrecks become fewer, less violent, and less spontaneous. Windsurfers have a lot of neat harness and harness release gear, it turns out. Most of it is aimed at getting off the hook under load, which is not what I was looking for, but could be useful. However, they do have a rubber finger they call a “donkey dick” that holds the hook on to prevent inadvertently dropping off. I’m going to think about rigging something similar.
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    Oh yeah, got the boat back. The Hobie that picked me up had wings, so when they came by I just grabbed one and swung up. They gybed down to my boat, and as they went below it I rolled back off the wing. The Hobie stuff was fun. He had guest crew, and their eyes were big as dinner plates. Yep, that's catamaran racing. Then, the Hobie dropped its mast later in the race when a chainplate broke. I helped them clean up when they came in, and I'm pretty sure his guests had a memorable outing. My boat blew right to me once I was below it. I will say this about A cats, they are the easiest boats to right and get back on. Finished the race, although broken trap bungees are a pia. I think I'm going with Bethwaite key hole and ball trap fittings from Murrays. Positive attachment and detachment with the original 2 ball design. Also, going to modify the trap bungee purchase. Right now the trap bungee crosses between the hulls 3 times. I think I'll add a set of blocks and have the bungee cross 5 times to give it more stretch before it breaks.
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    That was to thank you all for the previous advice. When I reread it, it seemed like it could be taken as sarcasm for losing the boat. It's not.
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    I think we're all pretty comfortable with the concept of induced drag, and I framed my question poorly. What I intended to ask was if the induced drag penalty from generating lift while not foiling upwind was offset by reduced parasitic (form and skin) drag because the hull is riding a little higher in the water from that lift, although not foiling. This is an probably an entirely anecdotal and intuitive answer that comes from experience, unless someone has a flow tank. That's all I was looking for, experienced and intuitive opinions. I wanted these opinions so I could then decide if the time and effort penalty of resetting the boards was worth it. It's all moot if the boat blows away. How do you stay with the boat?
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    I lost the boat. Thanks All. I raced last night in more wind than anticipated but set the foils where I usually do. Wow, that was a WILD ride. Too much lift. Moments of transcendent speed, lots of work, and two crashes. I liked it, and learned, but: I lost the boat. It was on its side, and blew away from me faster than I could swim. Now, I am a competitive swimmer, and competed in the last two swimming world championships. If I couldn’t catch this boat, NOBODY could catch this boat. So yes, there I was, floating in the middle of nowhere as the boat headed for the horizon. That’s fatal, and unacceptable. How can you attach yourself to the boat? Can you use a positive clip-on trapeze? Remaining attached to the trapeze would solve the problem, even though the bungee breaks. What are the risks of a clip-on trapeze? Yeah, I’m not dead, but I’m not going to place myself in a position of helplessness again, either. I was wearing a Zhik vest with a waterproof phone and hand-held VHF, but it was an alligator infested lake and getting dark, so time was of the essence. Turns out a waterproof phone doesn’t work well in the water, and inland beer can racers don’t monitor VHF. In the end, a friend racing a Hobie 21SE saw me and picked me up. How do you stay with the boat?
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    That brings up a good point. If you're foiling downwind but not upwind, do you reset to boards to zero/no rake for the upwind legs, or just leave them set for foiling?
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    Hobie 16 Rebuild

    Here is a photo
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    Hobie 16 Rebuild

    It very much depends on the boat, the area loads, and repair size. End grain balsa for large weight sensitive repairs. At the opposite end of the spectrum G5 plates for mast steps or very high loads. However, my go-to filler is epoxy/filler mix with the appropriate filler and ratio. However, there are many ways to skin a cat, especially cats as varied and unique as boats.
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    Hobie 16 Rebuild

    Injecting epoxy does not work, imo. Might buy you a little time, but as a delam repair it does not work. I have cut open many laminates for repair, and if they've been injected previously there are just little worms and puddles of epoxy. Sorry. Cutting the laminate off and glassing it back on is pretty easy, honestly.
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    American Dumbass

    I thought you were talking about Florida the entire post.
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    Kayak, Sit in or on?

    Yes, but which one do you want when you flip? It seems like the sit-in is a safety liability unless you can Eskimo roll it. Slow to exit upside down under water and very hard to empty and get back in unless you're standing in less than 3 feet of water. You can just climb back on a sit-on-top, no matter how deep the water.
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    American Dumbass

    I had a Canadian friend who put a bumper sticker on his flight bag that was: “I” - “(heart)” - “an outline of something” - and a cow. I looked at it for a minute, and said “I love Alberta beef?”. I thought he was gonna kiss me, he was so happy someone knew what it meant.
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    Mischa has some YouTube videos where he sets up a DNA F1. In one of the videos he uses an inclinometer app to set a rake of 4 degrees, iirc. In other news, I got in about a mile on the foils yesterday, in bits and pieces, and consider it a miracle of miracles. Talk to me about ride height please. It seemed like I was about a foot off of the water on average, but watching A-cats in videos it looks like they are about two feet above the water. Is this a function of speed? Or foil rake? Or was it just my perception? It all came to a screeching halt eventually, and the trap bungee broke. No biggie, and these boats pop right back up with a little lean on the righting line. Nice!
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    You guys are awesome. The bit about standing on the hull and bulkhead below the beam to right the boat is awesome; I was wondering how these hulls would handle that. I had a very high mainsheet cleat on the Taipan and F-16. It was great for tacks and a breather on long legs, but after reading the advice here and thinking back on it, most of the time I went swimming with those boats was because something started to go sideways and I couldn’t get it uncleated fast enough. The A seems pretty good at going wrong fast, so for now I’m staying with no cleat, and making progress with that. It’s just learning a new habit and a new way of doing something, and persistence usually pays. But holding the sheet in the handle hand for a tack? Wow, what a shit show for me. I don’t even know what’s going wrong when I do that; I just hope nobody was watching. It’s working better with the sheet in the tiller hand, and dividing the fingers in that hand so a couple hold the sheet and a couple feed the tiller. Raced last night in under 5 knots. I’ll generally avoid that, but the time in the boat is invaluable. I think I DFL’d.
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    American Dumbass

    Ah, “perfidy”. Haven’t seen that word in awhile. Enjoyed it. Thank you.
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    To Foil or not to Foil, that is the question

    OK! With a couple of sails in 8-10 kts under the belt, one burning question remains: How do you take up and release main sheet with one hand? I’ve always passed the sheet to the tiller hand while the sheet hand grabs more. But, it seems the prevalent method is to wrap it up on one hand. How do you do that? Does it lead to an accumulation of wraps on the hand? I’ve foiled a little bit, and the thing that stood out to me was how quiet it was. All the boat noise disappears. Of course, as speed improves, I imagine wind noise will fill in.
  25. It’s not politics, and it’s not all about you. Everything you chose to do, or chose not to do, impacts the lives and exposure of others.