Sneaky Duck

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    Rochester, NY
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    Thistle Racing,
    Star Racing,
    Fishing, Hunting, and shooting clays.

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  1. Sneaky Duck

    Lifting bridle repair/build

    Yeah, I hear you. I watched a buddy drop his boat because he tried to hoist it full of water not thinking about the fact the boat was easily 2-3x it's normal weight. Thanks for the advice.
  2. Sneaky Duck

    Lifting bridle repair/build

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll take a look. I wasn't offended by anything Bob said, other then question his level of reading comprehension for my first question. I was literally asking what the load rating was supposed to be to be safe for my boat and crew... Not sure why we need to reiterate that it's important. Anywho.... who cares. Seaker, you may be right. What I call a carabiner, Winchard seems to call a "snap hook". I like the idea of the screw type shackler. As long as I can get my hand in there to clamp it down.
  3. Sneaky Duck

    Lifting bridle repair/build

    Guys, when I got my new Star boat the bridle had a busted carabiner. The shop I get my parts from for that boat doesn't carry the carabiners so I've been trying to source it online and I'm running into some questions... 1. What should the safe working load be? The boat is... lets call it 1600lbs to account for sails and perhaps some gear. The bridle is a 2 point bridle which clips to the keel in front of and behind the barney post. I'm not sure the angles. 2. Are there high load carabiners out there that don't have eye for the bridle rope? The bridle I have is all spliced so if I can only get enough working load with a carabiner with an eye on it, I'll have to splice up a completely new bridle. 3. Why do all the stainless carabiners on McMasters website say they're "not for lifting"? 4. If I have to build a new bridle, what diameter dyneema would you use? When you look at that stuff, it's SOOO strong. I can lift my boat with thin diameter line, but every bridle i've ever seen has been much thicker. Thanks for the help.
  4. Sneaky Duck

    Want to get into Finn (open to suggestions, though)

    IF that second story is true I want to see the video!!! That's hilarious!!!
  5. Sneaky Duck

    Boats for Big Chaps

    This is a really good point. I think there's a point of pride sometimes with how hard our boats can be on us. And honestly, we need to tone down the talk about that when talking to new people. I race thistles mainly, and I've often said that we need to stop as a fleet joking when we meet new potential crew about "if they bruise easily." I've joked for a while that I wanted to make a teeshirt that says, "you don't know pain until you've sat on the toilet after a windy thistle regatta." All that stuff is in good fun with a group of thistle sailors, however there's no telling how many people we've kept out of our boats by joking like that. Some that would have legitimately enjoyed it, and done well. If the Finn is anything like the thistle (which if they cancel our Nationals this year I'll be buying a Finn. That was the deal with the wife...) It is uncomfortable when you first start, and hard work. But the work is half of what makes it rewarding, and the pain goes away the more you sail it. I've told a bunch of people that one of my favorite things about the thistle is that it rewards you for ACTUALLY sailing the thing. Our thin rails have probably kept more fly-by's out. If you only race it 1 or 2 events a year, those events will suck! IF you sail it all the time, and race them frequently, I can honestly tell you, my legs don't hurt hiking off that 4 inch rail. I've been more uncomfortable hiking off the side of a sonar with that metal drip rail giving me a crease across my butt.
  6. Sneaky Duck

    Boats for Big Chaps

    HAHAHA!!! I've been part of this, in that exact situation. When I was a kid racing Sunfish on a bay of Lake Ontario, one of the guys our club was campaigning a Tornado for an Olympic campaign. Every year we had a for fun race around the bay where they'd do a staggered start. Sunfish would start, then 5 minutes later Lasers, then 5 min later..... till finally the Thistles started 35 minutes after the Sunfish. The tornado wanted to race. So they (not knowing when to start him to make it fair) started him 5 minutes after the Thistles. All I can remember is being around 13 years old in my sunfish, rounding the windward mark, and seeing this tornado with the guys mom (who I had never seen or met prior) out on the trap and just a mist coming off the transom of the 1 haul that was in the water as they FLEW by me. They went on to win (obviously) by going around the entire course 3 times when the rest of us went around it twice. That was one of the most memorable things of my young (at that point) sailing careers. Seeing that 300 year old woman (now that I know her well I know she's NOT 300, and actually a MUCH better sailer then I am, and in WAY better shape) out on the trap, carelessly FLYING by me was one of the most AWESOME and demoralizing things I've seen on the water.
  7. Sneaky Duck

    Boats for Big Chaps

    I agree 100%. Most fun I've had is racing Stars, Thistles, J/22's, Sonars, and as a kid Sunfish. None of those are particularly fast boats. But the fleet was competitive, and the people I was sailing with were fun. Heck a few years back there was no Thistle racing at our club and myself and a few buddies jumped in Sunfish and went out in a breeze and just screwed with each other team race style. Trading boats, and having a blast. Very few of us actually like that boat, but we still talk about how much fun that day was and how we need to do it again.
  8. That was the most credible theory i had heard. So, then since you keep the mast more vertical in heavy air, are you actually depowering by doing that?
  9. Ok, I know this was talked about at one point but i tried a quick search and couldn't seem to find it. I've heard a TON of different reasons why you rake your mast forward on boats like the Star or Etchells when going down wind but I'm curious what the real reason is? I know it's faster, but what is actually happening to my boat? Is it the extra weight forward helping lift the stern or balance the boat better? Is it the way the wind flows over the main? Is it just to loosen the forestay to help bag out the jib? Is it a combo of all of the above? I'm curious why that's fast, and to add to it, does it only benefit certain classes of boats? Or would all boats do it if they could per their class rules? Random thoughts during quarantine...
  10. Sneaky Duck

    Most fun you can have with under 5ft of draft?

    That's what I was concerned about.
  11. Sneaky Duck

    COG vs Magnetic heading

    I'll have to look into if there's prohibited functions, but below is the list of approved electronics. I liked the look of the NovaSail, and the Sailmon, but honestly... my buddies have the Velociteks, so I went with what I knew in that way. Plus it was way easier to get my hands on them. Approved Electronic Devices for 2020 > Velociteck - Prism Dingy Compass > Velociteck - ProStart > Velocitek - Shift > NovaSail - NS360.Pro > TackTick - Micro Compass > TackTick - TO70 Compass > Sailmon - Max
  12. Sneaky Duck

    Most fun you can have with under 5ft of draft?

    I wondered about lifting keels like the FT10, J70, melges (not that those have the interiors she'd want). The boats I've raced that had those keels always have the keel supported while on the trailer so all the loads off the wire. Is it safe to float the boat for extended periods on a mooring with the keel up?
  13. Just found out the mooring field at my club can't support boats with more then 5 ft of draft. Since the next boat I buy has to be for the wife (meaning cabin to get out of the sun, and a head) but I want something fun to sail. I've got friends with your typical cruisers and they're great to drink on, or watch the sunset, but not what I'm used to performance wise. What should I be looking for? I've always had my eyes out for an old Farr 30, but at almost 7ft, that's not going to be doable. And we don't have the hoist facilities needed to dry sail it.
  14. I've always had my yacht club within 15 minutes of my house, but this year I joined another one (because of the fleet) 50 minutes from my house. The other boat I really want to race is 2 hours away. Kind of got me wondering, how far do others travel to race? And would you consider driving 2 hours each way for club racing?
  15. Sneaky Duck

    COG vs Magnetic heading

    Not going to lie, the more you guys talk the more things I realize I don't know... the key will be determining how much I need to learn for my application. I actually purchased 2 units. I purchased a Prostart, and I was able to find a deeply discounted left over stock Velocitek Shift. I'm planning to play with them both and see which I have more confidence with. I'm thinking maybe I put the shift on for club racing on the small lake, and other local stuff, and swap out to the prostart when I'll be on a long line, or when I'll be likely to encounter current. Who knows.... Maybe I wasted my $$$ on the Shift and I should have just gone with the Prostart. Maybe I find that the only time I use the prostart is training. We'll see.