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  1. Somebody Else

    Sailing Simulator

    luisbordino, this is all I could find: YACHT DESIGN: ADVANCED RACING SIMULATOR - 2014 My version is too old to run on my current OS.
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    Bad skippers, slow boats...

    How about Bad skippers, fast boats... ? They always try to "buy" PHRF wins by getting a fast boat but since they're one-offs or limited production, the boats end up with PHRF ratings which reflect the best team's efforts over their lifespans. Only now, it's three decades past its prime and no longer the best team on the boat. Instead it's a bunch of hopefuls, pleased as hell to be on a "fast" boat but lacking the teamwork, talent, and leadership to pull off even middle-of-the-fleet finishes. And of course, blaming PHRF for an unfair rating. How do these boats keep crew on the rail, year after year, despite never being in the running ever? Read the part again about "hopefuls, pleased as hell to be on a "fast" boat but lacking the teamwork, talent, and leadership".
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    Craigslist special. Bubba is selling his project

    I'm not sure I've ever seen a worse train wreck. I'm watching episodes just so I can see how horrible it turns out. This idiot's design process makes Hotrod James look brilliant in comparison.
  4. You would probably need to have a sailmaker install a clew board in place of the common clew grommet. That way you can find the balance between foot tension and leech tension. If there is any overlap of the jib clew with the mast, you would need to have a new jib made with a shorter LP... or perhaps find one on the used market. I know you're trying to save money, but that single-rope system you show is the lowest-tech rig possible -- one step up from Rimas's sheeting techniques. Anything you can add that gives more control of the clew position will benefit your sailing enjoyment.
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    Whatever happened to triangles?

    I'm with the lads who said the triangle courses went away because the racers requested it, basically for being uninteresting, tactically. Now in a blow, those reaching legs were a good test of boat handling and many a wipe-out occurred , especially right at the jibe mark. But boat handling wasn't enough to test the better sailors. Sure, if your team had mastered the reach-to-reach jibe in 25 knots, you could use that as a weapon but it was the general consensus that runs opened up the course to more tactics.
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    Shields for sale cheap at auction

    The newest of these are 50 years old. At least. Over 10 years ago the various owners of these (usually schools) calculated that the aging masts would cost more to replace than the value of the boat. So, you know... just pay a grand and sail it until it falls apart.
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    Cliff Notes: Lower the halyard to the marked position, secure the reef tack, retention the halyard nice and tight. Pull the reef clew down and aft. The reef clew grommet should be right at the boom and the reefed foot should be tight Tight TIGHT. Tidy up.
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    Geezer-friendly One Designs

    Yup. Harbor 20. Hottest fleet in Newport Beach, CA. Geezers' boat, spec'ed by geezers for geezers. The fleet also has its fair share of youngsters in their 50s, trying to learn some tricks from the afterguard.
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    Older well known IOR Boats

    Jesus H. Fuck can we please get even an amateur rigger to, uh... sharpen up that rig a tad?
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    Geezer-friendly One Designs

    Mercury or Cal 20
  11. Somebody Else

    Erickson 29?

    Something we'll need to remedy soon! I've got a fine single malt that might capture your attention!
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    Erickson 29?

    I sailed a '70s Ericson 32-2 on a winter crossing from CA to HI. We got hit by several gales on that one. In the mornings, the boat felt all loosey goosey and screws which had been added after the original build were backing out. I'd go around the interior with a screwdriver and tighten everything back up. You could actually feel the boat stiffen up as the approximately 30 screws were tightened. On another trip in an Ericson 35-2 of similar age we got stuck in steady 30 knots in Long Island Sound. I did not notice anything coming apart on that one, but it was less wind and only for about 12 hours. Ericson went through many different phases of quality throughout their 26 years in production. I can only report on the ones I've sailed in sporty conditions. The glue and staple method of interior construction was used at various times by all the Costa Mesa builders. Used much more frequently on the less expensive makes and models. I didn't condemn the boat, I only offered an inspection point.
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    Erickson 29?

    All plastic fantastics from the '60s thru the '80s are getting tired. Are you going to sail it or just keep it in the harbor? If sailing, will you ever go out in wind where you should reef the sails? That interior of those boats was assembled with, essentially, Elmer's Glue. It is not waterproof. It's not even water resistant. Some places the glue joints are clamped up with SS screws, other places they're just held together until the glue dries with steel staples. If the varnish has always been kept up so no water gets into the wood or the joints, the glue and the staples might still be intact. It i very common for the glue to powder out and the staples to rust away. Since the interior contributes to the structural integrity of the yacht, this would be an issue if you're working the boat in sporty seas. Find an area where repair is easy and/or unnoticeable like the cupboard behind the galley and try to pull some joints apart with your bare hands. If you can detect any movement at the joint, that's a good indication that, for the most part, all the joints are being held together by varnish and luck. Also, for the screwed joints, inspect the visible screws to see if any are backed out a bit or are loose. If your interior glue joints are done, and there's a good chance they are, say, 50/50, the boat isn't necessarily ready for the chainsaw. Provided you possess the skills and are ready to devote the time to rebuilding the interior.
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    Calibrating TWS

    For all the "True" measurements, all the apparent measurements are run through a computer (on sailboats, usually a dedicated "black box" such as B&G H5000 CPUs.) To make the computed values worth a shit, all the apparent instruments (wind direction, wind speed, boat SOG, etc.) need to be calibrated. Nobody but the pros do this with anything approaching regularity so all the displays are taken with a grain of salt. A well calibrated system with a sharp navigator can take the (hopefully current and accurate) polars and course information and tell you what the apparent wind angle and speed will be on the next leg. Or you can just use your best judgement and, depending on experience and talent, be pretty good at making the call.
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    Here is the future, like it or not

    Future of America's Cup, I guess. Future of Beer Cans, hardly. Not in my lifetime.