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    fully open turnbuckles or remove pins on rigging

    Agreed with the sentiment that pulling pins is the best way. Taping the threads is a good idea to mark your starting point for when it all goes back on. Two things about that, 1) don't take that as a perfect tune, it's just a starting point. 2) make sure you're tuned to your base tune before you mark with the tape! I'm an advocate of taking down the rig every winter and in the spring inspecting all fittings and rigging. This is for big boats, small boats, cruisers and racers because it's just best practice boat maintenance. Most rigs I've seen go down were due to a collision, the next most frequent category is failure of a bad fitting or improper installation. It goes without saying that most people do their best to avoid collisions, it makes me laugh that there are people who don't take equal diligence in inspecting their rig annually. Pins, ring dings and/or cotter pins are much less than an insurance deductible.
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    2020 MAURIPRO Virtual Boat Show

    This was in 2015, but surprisingly he did track it down and realized there was a refund issue issued, after about 6 months. Prior post redacted, now he's going to see who's serving Crow.
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    2020 MAURIPRO Virtual Boat Show

    Mauripro Sailing is around again? Cool.
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    Headfoil vs Hanks, thoughts?

    I don't think either has a performance advantage on their own merit. The question of hanks vs foils boils down to two things, crew work and the size of headsails. A third factor to consider is the potential for frequency of headsail changes. Hanks are easier for smaller crews and smaller headsails. That is to say for the most part on headsail size, I'm aware of large boats that use hanks. I can provide two examples: Express 27: Smaller boat, small headsails, with only two to choose from. Bareheaded changes are infrequent and headsails can be changed out in downwind legs. As such we use hanks. J111: Bigger (than an Express) larger jibs, more jibs and a crew to manage them. On that boat foil headsail makes more sense. There are many factors to consider.
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    Who has had the test?

    Quest Labs is a national labratory that is doing PCR testing, also depending on your state there might be testing stations set up by national guard. I don't know the turnaround time. As far as rapid PCR testing, you'd probably need to be in a urgent medical situation that would require that you get tested before treatment gets administered. 72 hours seems like a long time, if that's the turnaround time that test is going out to a reference lab. I do know that testing done where I work is done in less than 24 hours, but we're reserving those tests for our established patients or patients who are undergoing pre-surgical screening. We send everything else to a reference lab, which takes a day or two.
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    do big race boats depreciate?

    Funny this article came up in the Detroit News. Yet another example of one of these boats not selling and getting donated. DeVos' longtime racing sailboat donated to NY training center
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    Break-up Value (Melges 40)

    I've done enough deck refit projects to know that the deck hardware comes off easy, I can do a 45 foot boat with one other person in a day. It's getting things back on that is time consuming, if you do it right anyway.
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Next year is going to be great, I'll say that both Macs will see a healthy dose of entries revving up to make up for lost time. I'm sure all associated parties and gatherings will be the same. Regarding Callisto, when I joined a J111 crew that moved up from a Hunter Legend 37 there was a big learning curve to get up to speed on that type of boat, frankly there still is 3 years on (but that's our problem). The owner of Callisto has moved up to a Pac 52 from a J109, that has to be a much steeper curve. Funny you mention that program, I started following Callisto's Instagram yesterday. By all accounts that boat has only been with the program since the last offseason. I would say that making it to the starting line in the same season they get a new boat during a global pandemic is accomplishment enough.
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    do big race boats depreciate?

    So only a finite number of people in this world can afford to build, maintain and operate mega yachts / huge racing vessels. This number is constant. This number doesn't change if an owner decides to sell (or even giveaway) a yacht and build another. So it stands to reason that people who can suddenly afford to maintain and operate these yachts would come out of the woodwork, no matter how much the price drops for the cost of the boat.
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    do big race boats depreciate?

    But you did get political. It's funny to me because there's many people in this world who would think that someone who owns and races a Cal 25 has to be about a wealthy a person as it gets. The reality is, in a world view, if you enjoy the sport of sailing and have the means to read and post to this forum you ARE THE %.01
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    do big race boats depreciate?

    It's well documented in these forums that it's not the initial cost of used big race boats as you call them. It's the ongoing maintenance and upkeep that's the killer. Think of it on a smaller scale, you can get into a used J/35 for a pretty good price. Or say a brand new 35 footer of your choice for a lot more money. Either way you're spending the same on storage, sails, regatta entries, etc...
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    I don't think anyone on our crew will get tested after the race to see if they had exposure, unless they exhibit symptoms. So as far as our group is concerned nobody will know unless a crewmember or someone close gets sick. I'm not clairvoyant or an epidemiologist, but I'm pretty sure nobody in our group will get the virus (from the race).
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    So two weeks out and I'll provide a two point recap, I was on the J111 Freedom: 1) Regarding Covid. I'm being real and sharing what we did, I probably wouldn't change a thing, if it makes you upset you should probably seek happiness in your life. Our crew of 8 had been meeting weekly since 5/19 to either practice or prep the boat. This was in compliance with Governor Whitmer's mandate to not gather in groups larger than 10. Most the time we wore gaiters as face coverings, not exactly N95 masks. We attempted to social distance as much as possible, but 8 guys working and sailing on a J111 weekly for a couple of months that's near impossible. So in summary I'd say that as a group there was an ongoing chance for exposure on a weekly basis leading up to the race. As such testing the group before the start didn't make much sense, in essence we were linked. We were no more exposed than we would have been doing any one of the litany of permitted activities by our state, golf, grocery shopping, shopping at any big box retailer, hair cuts, rioting, looting, protesting, etc.... Two weeks out from our departure as a group, none has exhibited symptoms of Covid, nor has anyone associated with the crew has become sick with the virus. My final point. At no point between our gathering in Port Huron to the end of the race (or almost end, more on that) did we come into contact with any other crew. We were completely compartmentalized from other teams and organizers. Assuming we finished the race and continued to our slip in Mackinac City things would have been the same. 2) Regarding the race, I'll be honest our performance was worse than Covid!. It was definitely an upwind slog, a bit bumpy and wet, but not the worst that can be offered up by Lake Huron. We did favor the right side of the course way too much the first day and it cost us. We found ourselves firmly in the rear of our class by the end of the first day. During the second day we were dealing with a little bit of water getting in the boat. We were able to dewater everything that was coming in, but by the end of the day the water was able to get to the batteries when we were healed over on port tack. This was a concern but we were still able to dewater the boat. We knew that the hatch leaked a little and the bowsprit let a little in also, but it didn't account for the volume of water we were seeing. On Sunday night when faced with the prospect of bumpy upwind ride with an unknown source of water entering the boat in the dark, while manageable at the time, we decided to pull into Alpena and retire. A tough choice, I felt like continuing but the skipper and crew had enough. In the end it was the right choice. In Alpena we determined that the water was getting into the boat through a disconnected scupper. When the following seas reached the drain hole in the transom it was letting the water into the boat. An easy fix once identified, but it might not have been as easily identifiable in the dark, so I feel like the decision to retire was the right one.
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    2 weeks since the start tomorrow... We need to see how things are on Monday, when most boats finished. So far I've heard of zero cases, but that's purely anecdotal.
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    J111 Jib Furling

    My observation is most J111's have ditched their furlers in favor of a tuffluff set up. Or at the very least they race with horizontal battens and use the furler track like a tuffluff. I think the bottom line is in many parts of the world the conditions vary enough to warrant changing headsails enough that a furling jib doesn't make much sense. Your mileage may vary.