Somebody Else

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  1. Somebody Else

    Are boat shoes cool?

    I wear boat shoes to the Yacht Club. On the boat, I'm wearing kayaking water shoes. They're like $19/pair. Stick to the deck like glue! Look lame as shit. But, you know... stick to the deck like glue!!
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    It's not cool to hate on the caps; it's just not meaningful in any way to wear them any more. They're everywhere and they're overplayed. That's it.
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    Let's hear it for cross-training!!!
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    That freebie swag. Won't wear it. And I certainly won't buy it. Shameless money grab. I won't wear any clothes that have advertising. I mean... what the fuck?!?! But those freebie T-shirts -- they're great for painting the house or scraping the bottom because who cares whether you ruin it or not? When I wore a UCI Sailing Team (University of California, Irvine. Yes, I was on the team) T-shirt in Europe, people would ask: "What is this oochi sailing? Is it like a 5o5?"
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    Fucking douche flat-biller!
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    I don't understand wearing baseball caps while sailing, period. Wearing a hat to shade the tops of the ears and back of the neck from excessive sun: Oh! The baseball caps don't do that. Wearing a hat that lets you see sail trim up high: Baseball caps block your vision upward. Crane your neck, rubberneck! Wearing a cap that blows off your head the first time to tilt your head back: That's a good argument for wearing a disposable MG cap. Who cares if you lose it overboard?
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    Urgent ideas needed for bow/rode lead question

    I've used that on a 82-foot schooner anchored in a hurricane. You still need to be on board and check for chafe every 20-30 minutes. There is no set-it-and-forget-it in a storm. The surge is relentless and it really chews at your lines! The anchors don't drag; the lines chafes through. I second the use of [multiple layers of] reinforced garden hose where the line passes over edges. Wormed, parceled and served rode in the way of any chafe areas works a trick! You can see wear occurring before it gets catastrophic and slap on more parceling and serving. It doesn't have to be pretty, just tight. Scraps of leather, served tightly into place, have served me well in the past. You want all friction to be on the outer-most surface rather than materials sliding against each other internally, where you can't inspect, generating heat.
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    I took a few trips to Betts's shipping scale which only weighs full pounds (no fractions of a pound) so the entire weight is probably not very accurate. But... about 128 lbs (58 kg). The load for each trip was not governed by weight but by the odd shapes of a lot of the scraps. I was somewhat distressed to see most of the longitudinal bulkhead removed. As a mechanical engineer, this is one of the pieces I would have kept.
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    First boat at age 50

    Docking and Outboards I've always found outboards on sailboats to be a pain in the butt. The distance between the tiller and the outboard controls makes every single maneuver look like a panicked scramble. Try your docking using as little power as possible. Your boat is small and there aren't many situations where you can't just reach out with your hand, grab the dock, and stop the boat. The rotation of the prop tries to walk the stern sideways, especially in reverse. The best technique is to build up a little speed -- say 1 - 1.5 knots -- then put it in neutral and coast. All of a sudden the boat becomes much more controllable. Goose the throttle as needed.
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    First boat at age 50

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    Can U Identify These Burgees??

    1996 called. They want their website back! Holy crap my eyes hurt after looking at that!
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    First boat at age 50

    Thanks. That post treads a fine line between mansplaining and omitting necessary detail. Entire books can be written about the IOR and its faults and good points. Ocean racing was in its heyday and it produced some fantastic racing in venues all over the globe. For boats designed to the rule, there was very close racing.
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    Calculating Bevels

    That video is great!
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    First boat at age 50

    Boats designed and raced under the IOR rule (1970-1985, or thereabouts) would just as soon go through the water sideways as straight ahead. The rule type-cast designs favoring heavy weight so as the boats went faster, instead of surfing or planing on top of the water, the boats just dug a trench in the water. Once the boats got to "hull speed" they were very hard to make go any faster so in strong wind the best Velocity Made Good towards a leeward destination (VMG) was Dead Downwind (DDW). With the pole squared back, the boats tended to roll to windward. Both these boats, on different tacks, are rolled well to weather, the foreground more extremely. Since the ribbon mains weren't enough to counter this rolling, someone got the idea to fly a genoa to leeward. To get it to work, they had to get it out from behind the main so it was rigged without being attached to the forestay. To get it further outboard, the halyard was eased a generous amount. Well, the genoas were too heavy to fly this way well, so people were breaking out their biggest drifter until someone got the idea to build a purpose-built loose-luffed light genoa. It was effective to stop rolling (to a degree) so soon all the sailmakers offered the sail under a number of different names. I forget which sailmaker came up with "blooper" but that's the name that eventually stuck. So here's your blooper. Basically a spinnaker built to genoa size limits. The rules were looser than the limits placed on modern code-0 sails. Consider the blooper to be a spinnaker built to genoa rules and the code-0 to be a genoa built to spinnaker rules. In the picture from astern, you can see the hole being dug in the water as the yacht is straining to go faster. The boat is almost upright, yet you can see white bottom paint almost to the keel root.
  15. don't be on it if it does . I was in this position on the last boat on which I was regular crew. A large boat where something as minor as the cunningham could tear off some fingers. I told the owner/skipper about my concerns but he was always optimistic about the seaworthiness of the systems. All maintenance was deferred unless absolutely critical to nominal operation. On one beat we had a genoa sheet part right at the car/fairlead on every tack. We'd just do a crash tack, then tie it off a little shorter. It was pure luck that it was the port sheet because stbd tack was taking us into a large rock jetty. Happened 4 times before someone went below and scavenged something that looked like it might hold. Broke my heart to stop sailing on this large fast boat but I didn't want to be there when something really bad happened. I love the skipper and he's talented and an outstanding helmsman but... Shortly after -- maybe a year -- the program fell apart and I don't think the boat has been raced much, if at all, since.