nlmasopust

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  1. Cool to see some of you have done the prod modification already. In Thailand fleet we only use the original one-design configuration, but there has been discussion of trying this to allow for smaller 'experienced' crew sizes. I think you'd still need some good rail meat to fly an assym in any wind over about 8 knots true though. Our max crew weight here is 420kg, but the international rules are now unlimited weight. As mentioned above, boat is basically unbeatable by anything of similar size upwind in all conditions. Waterline beam is like a canoe. Downwind they are a handful. They don't really plane per-se, just dig big holes in the water, but they will surf pretty well. They are 1.178 metric tons, so a little heavy but not ridiculous. With symmetric spinnaker on a Platu and 12+ knots of wind, an asym boat better be VERY well sailed and hit their angles every gybe because Symmetric Platu will sail DDW at 7-8 knots (+ if some waves) in those conditions... that's a tough VMG to meet sailing angles! But who needs a spinnaker when you have big waves and 20-30kts of wind! (Actually a local friend said he saw a 46 knot gust on his 70+ foot masthead anemometer that day!) Taken by yours truly just last month here in Thailand. 15.9 through the water, reefed mainsail ONLY, no chance we'd survive with a kite in that with only 2 POB. Our previous record was 12.3 knots. We were pretty stoked as you can hear on the soundtrack https://youtu.be/Z1A3A2V3OLc
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    Where would you retire?

    It was much much bigger when Oil and Gas industry was booming. Royal Varuna has a pretty active dinghy sailing fleet as well, about 7km away. This is generally a very safe place to cruise. Of course there is no Coast Guard, just the Navy, who are fairly inept, so you are mostly on your own, which IMHO, you should be able to deal with on the water anyways. But Thais are generally very nice people with true Buddhist "live and let live" mentality. Avoid the far South of Thailand on Malaysian border where the violent separatist Muslims are. +1 on 'Vortex of unending fun'
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    Where would you retire?

    Sure, but things are dying quickly now. Bars are allowed to open again, but there's no tourists. My guess is about 30-40% of bars are shuttered and won't be opened ever again. Fark COVID! You must have been here a LONG time ago if it was before Pattaya was a red light district. Pattaya began its conversion from dirt-road fishing village to its current state in the late 1960's with the construction of Utapao airport by the US military for the Vietnam War. The GIs coming for R&R from the front lines in 'Nam had to blow off steam somehow... and Thais are keen 'entrepreneurs' :) I have a few acquaintances here that were around during those times (though that age group is perishing quickly now...) They said it was much more fun back then before it was all commercialized.
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    Robo Sailing?

    Actually, an 'Emergency Stop' would be pretty easy to engineer with this system I think. If the actuators for the main and jib sheets had electronically controlled clutches on them, simply make a button that opens clutches and boom, at any point other than downwind, pretty much instant depower. While we're at it, we do a water brake trim-tab on the hull bottom that electromechamically deploys as well, so the boat truly slows down quickly at the same. Anything to keep you fogies out on the water. Im game. I'll be a fogey someday too Meantime I'll keep managing spaghetti, thank you!
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    Where would you retire?

    Jomtien, Thailand. Okay, we only have 13 Platu 25s now and only 3-5 come out for monthly racing... But 10+ years ago 10-20 boats on the line was apparently normal. There are 600 Platus in Europe, 2 fit in a 40' container. The fleet can be built again. Brilliant racing boat for around the cans. This past weekend I sailed against (and got my ass handed to me by) the first woman in Thailand's history to qualify for Olympics (2016, Laser radial) Your dollar goes a LOT further in SE Asia. Look up Eastern Economic Corridor in Thailand. They are pumping billions of Baht into this place. Roads are getting better every day. I'm buying a condo overlooking the marina. I will almost certainly retire and die here. Sailing is awesome here. Nice islands, good wind. It is hot here, but not SE USA summertime hot. Normally about 85-90f every day, 365 per year. Cloudy days are awesome. Crazy amounts of Golf. Scuba diving. Kitesurfing/Foiling. PATTAYA. What more do you need? Okay, a quick flight to Hokkaido once or twice a winter for snow fix. More sailing in Phuket, but shittier wind and not a great place to get around, roads are awful.
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    BENE slow first 235

    I owned an O'day 240 (actually about 25' overall) for about 5 years. Did the ICW from Fl Keys to Oriental NC in 2 months on it with an ex girlfriend (relationship lasted years after the trip). Great boat, lead ballast, wing keel with 2'8" draft that worked quite well. I'd buy one again. Keep an eye out for one. Lots of neat features. From C Raymond Hunt same as the aforementioned Cal 24. Bought it for $5k, sold it for $5k and put about that much into it over the 5 years of ownership including very nice set of tri-radial sails from Sperry Sailmakers.
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    Seek advice on forced buyout of 1/3 share in sailboat

    Somewhat unfortunately, I think this case is welllll outside Illinois jurisdiction, or even USA for that matter.... I think the solution being sought here is more along the lines of what a 'gentleman' (gentleperson? What's the PC term for that?) might do.
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    Drying out spinnaker?

    Don't mean to mince words with someone I respect a lot on here, but I sail in SE Asia, have 2 spinnakers of coated nylon, ridden hard and put away wet for 3 and 4 years respectively. They live inside the cabin of my 25' keelboat. Temps and humidity here make where you live a paradise. 365 days a year as well. They still handily win races when trimmed and handled well. Exactly how old were these sails that fell apart at the seams? Was UV exposure an issue? That is yuuuuuuuge, much bigger factor than any small crystalline structures in a nylon or polyester weave or thread. Wayyyyyyyy back in the day, Ted Hood actually tried putting fine particles of silicone dioxide (silica sand) in Dacron finish formula... The theory is the rough texture of the substrate bites into adjacent fibers and provides increased friction, and thus better bias stability. I can't imagine dried salt particles would be much different. It did work. But melamine on well-prepared goods works better. Even in spinnaker cloth, but I think coatings, while less environmentally friendly, are better and generally last longer. Okay okay, spinnaker cloth is a little different, but most spinnakers are well past racing use by the time salt could impact cloth or thread enough to degrade strength appreciably IMHO. For you cruisers, yeah, rinse your stuff and let it dry completely. You're a cruiser after all, you expect 20 years out of your sails and you have plenty of time on your hands, right?
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    Drying out spinnaker?

    Only rinse with freshwater if you are 100% certain that it will be completely dried afterwards. Salt crystal damage is pretty minimal in very light cloth and salt actually prevents mildew growth very well. Full rinse and dry is best. Mildew is not your friend especially in coated spinnaker nylon. Re: hoisting and drying that way... Only in lighter winds and definitely keep the 'leading edge' side tensioned. In the textile industry we purposely test cloth on a flutter machine, and you'd be shocked at how damaging even 3 minutes of freely luffing cloth is to bias stability at 25kts, even to the best finishes known to man.
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    Diesel Engine Delete

    Fortunately for them there is Patreon and nice sponsorships in the marine industry!
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    Diesel Engine Delete

    See Sailing Uma youtube channel. Dan is obviously a much more capable technician than most, but they've done 20k+ miles, crossed the pond, and never had a diesel, only an old electric forklift motor. They have nice lithium batteries now, but started with lead acids. They never even had regen until very recently when they updated to an oceanvolt saildrive, and only 400 watts of solar. No genset. They do have a nice dinghy with 15hp outboard, so they aren't total tree-huggers. They are 'real' sailors, and actually sail their boat, and they are patient people, much different than most modern 'get me there now' sailors. However, they are proof it can be done, and done with very reasonable comfort.
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    Archambault 35 cracked frames

    A group of friends and I just purchased (well, were practically given, the boat was cheap for a reason) an A35. It was definitely grounded pretty hard by the PO. We heard that the rudder had been repaired, and have found some rather disturbing cracks where the fiberglass frames connecting mast base, leading edge of keel to the stringer that forms the settee. We're in a good marina with several options for repairing this, but would love to have SA's opinion on what some of you would do. My guess is cut it all out, build a foam frame, and laminate over that to the same schedule. Bonding to wherever the cut is made would be my biggest concern. Boat was named Men At Work previously for those of you in the Asian racing scene in the last decade or so. Amazingly, this thing passed a paid, professional survey just 2 months prior to us purchasing it. Boat has been sailed quite a bit by PO after this accident (I think a couple years!) One 120+nm trip last year I sailed against them on my Platu and we were in 2-3m seas blowing 15-25 for about 8 hours... The keel didn't fall off, but I don't want my mug showing up on the mythical front page if it does... Advise, wise-cracks, useless anecdotes etc. expected and encouraged. Likely no one will even see this or respond, but many thanks if you do! This is Starboard side, forward part of the frame, looking aft. You can see a large 'wrinkle' has extended at an angle downwards from the main crack. Inside of stringer (under the settee) shows no damage: Aft side of same frame: Port side frame, on aft edge shows much less damage:
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    Old pics you found

    Since we're 'shoveling shit' here... I also learned in an El Toro. I think im 10 or 11 in this. Little sister on Main trim, little brother moveable ballast. Likely taken in Watch Hill, RI/ near 'The Kitchen' circa 1990ish Beautiful sail shape eh?
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    Those randy citizens of Belgium...

    Ya got me. I'm indeed simple.
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    Those randy citizens of Belgium...

    Yep, amazingly that's her. Like a little (big?) slice of 'merica smack in the heart of Western Europe. Oh, wait, we're not supposed to body shame these days, are we? She's in a bit of hot water it sounds like: https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/103804/government-staff-union-calls-for-maggie-de-blocks-resignation/
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    Maybe It Makes Them Feel Rich...

    Anyone ever been to Thailand? Research 'bum gun' Or just go the full monty and buy a Japanese toilet seat. Westerners are idiots. I know, i am one
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    Those randy citizens of Belgium...

    Fake. https://www.thequint.com/news/webqoof/belgium-health-minister-bans-sexual-activities-over-covid-19-false-fact-check
  18. Just competed in Transworld regatta, a small one design Platu 25 regatta that has been happening for last several years in Ocean Marina, Jomtien, Thailand. 21 races in 4 days. I lost my South African bow man to self quarantine, and 3 of the 7 planned teams could not travel here to compete. It was incredibly good racing, but 7 boats would have been incredibly better... As expected it really ended up being 2 match races between 1st and 2nd and then 3rd (my boat) and 4th. On the plus side, there are virtually no obnoxiously loud rich Chinese tourists coming to the marina to go on their cattle-maran charter boats. I feel for those businesses, but count that in the 'pluses' column personnally.
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    What design is this?

    Meant to post this a while back. Neat looking ocean cruiser I saw on Apponaug Cove in Narragansett Bay Rhode Island late last summer. Anyone able to ID this? Most interesting is that it looks to be production boat, but has a built in trim tab for self-steering. I have always thought these make the most sense for self-steering, most protected from damage IMHO. Could be a custom engineering job, but if it is, whoever did it executed the project brilliantly. Beautiful system. Apologies for slightly blurry, washed-out images, shot through a waterproof phone case from my kayak. Many thanks!
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    What design is this?

    Many thanks for this rstone! This place sure has a wealth of knowledge...
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    What design is this?

    Mr. Perry, would you be able to describe it? Hopefully unusual in a "no expense spared" sense as some descriptions online say... Probably not as good as the Carbon Cutters, I'm sure. She sure is curvy. I do like those
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    What design is this?

    Wow, thanks! That appears to be her. Only 30 of them built... Not that I'm looking to enter it, but it appears she qualifies for Golden Globe Race, for anyone interested in that sort of thing. Salty-looking design! Many thanks for this!
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    So called "wicking" polyester shirts??

    Polyester comes in many shapes and forms. How breathable it feels and how well it wicks depends on yarn denier, tenacity/brightness, type of knit/weave etc etc. The best polyester yarns for wicking are spun in a 'plus' shape, so the water follows the resulting channels in the yarn away from the water source. This is how Coolmax yarns were shaped (not sure that fiber is still made, but at the factory i work in they used to spin yarn like this several years ago) There are also new types of finishing chemicals applied via padder and dried in a stenter that can drastically help wicking ability. These are cheaper than specialized yarns, are pretty durable, but do wear off after a number of machine wash cycles. IMHO you cant beat good yarn, it doesn't wear out with washes, but it is more expensive. Suppose someday ill break down and buy some merino stuff though.
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    Doug From SV Seeker Fakes Head Injury

    Watched most all his vids and read anything that comes up about SVS on here. Let me be the first: What's it rate?
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    Doug From SV Seeker Fakes Head Injury

    He couldn't have waited until April 1st at least???