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  1. efrank

    Fucking parasites

    My crew gets gear, food, lodging, travel expenses...she is my daughter, but damn!
  2. How about an electric winch handle as a compromise?
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    Grant Dalton has already said it is going to be New Zealand. He is teaming up with Dean Barker and Jimmy Spithill.
  4. efrank

    Greta

    Agreed.
  5. efrank

    Greta

    Your data shows that although China has 4 times as many people as the US, their carbon dioxide emissions are only double that of the US, and that although the US is only 5% of the world's population, it is responsible for 14% of carbon dioxide emissions.
  6. efrank

    DIY trampoline Qs

    This is the stuff I used https://www.sailrite.com/Trampoline-Mesh-Soft-White-63 for my F-27. I covered it with vinyl paint from Sunrise nets for UV protection. I wrapped the edges around some webbing and put in several rows of stitching with V-92. Then I cut this into strips and wrapped it around the edge for a border https://www.sailrite.com/Shelter-Rite-18oz-Beige-61 . I stitched the shelter-rite on with tenara thread because it would be exposed to the sun. I got a hot hole punch to burn holes in for the grommets. I did all of the sewing on a Sailrite machine and cut everything but the shelter-rite with a hot knife attachment on a soldering gun. If I do it again, I will spring for a real hot knife. The nets still look good after 5 years.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    I Don't want to use Apple screen monitor, or some cable I haven't heard of. I'm no luddite, but please this doesn't impress me to have an app that's a de-evolution of a TV. Was just watching 31st AC, great shots straight down the main, shots of the chute coming into to bow..audio. Not much improvement for 15 years. Really. Totally agree about cowes. Odds are next race for a drifter. I don't understand the geo blocking either. Just a heads up, when I watched Cowes live on YouTube there were three thumbnails to start the broadcast. One was geoblocked, one I believe was Japanese, and the third played the live show. I am in the U.S. The phone app is nice to run simultaneously, but the races really need to be viewed on a big screen.
  8. efrank

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    It seems like sailing skill would be secondary to extraordinary eye hand coordination for this position. I'm not sure what other duties the flight controller has, but they seem pretty focused on the single task of keeping the boat in the air in the videos I have seen. It really doesn't have anything to do with traditional sailing skills. The position isolates one aspect of sailing a foiler. I'm sure a good foiling sailor posesses great dexterity as well, but this kid rose to the top from a pool of 40 million. How many competitors does the moth champion have to best to get to the top? I do agree some basic knowledge, like knowing sailing terms, would be helpful for that position, but overall I think a champion gamer or maybe a fighter pilot have spent far more time developing the primary skill necessary for that job.
  9. efrank

    Larry's AC50 Circus

    One of these teams should recruit that kid, Kyle Giersdorf, that just won the Fortnite championship. He beat 40 million opponents with a hand controller.
  10. efrank

    F7 Folding Trimaran...This is interesting

    I have no idea what promises, agreements, or deals were made between IF, Daedalus, and MD. Do you? I had never heard of Daedalus until after Ian passed. Everything I have read that Ian or Michael Mallory wrote was mutually complimentary. What inferior materials are they using? Are they substituting these products without telling the customer? What do you mean by inferior labor? Both Farrier Marine's labor force and MHD's labor force have put out a similar amount of boats. I wouldn't begrudge anyone working hard to put food on the table whether they are in Christchurch or Subic Bay. You say buying a boat from MHD would not be supporting the people who made it what it is? The guy who made it what it is is unfortunately gone. May he RIP. We are left with the people and factories that have produced his boats, one company under his direct supervision and another with him heavily involved. I don't personally know any of these people. Maybe you do, so are inclined to vilify one operation and root for the other. Please don't mistake your perspective for moral superiority and assault people for their choice of boat. I also admire Ian's designs, unbelievable work ethic, and exceptional support. Your total cost of ownership argument might prove to be true, but my crystal ball says differently. Hopefully both companies will prove successful. It is a beautiful little boat.
  11. efrank

    SailGP 2019

    Clean, View counts, LE and RC aside, do you enjoy the racing? Do you appreciate the talent and guts of the sailors? Do you like the boats? Seriously not trolling. I am interested in your opinion.
  12. efrank

    F7 Folding Trimaran...This is interesting

    Anyone get an F7 from MHD? They look pretty sweet to me. Most reviews I read regarding MHD boats were positive, with, of course, a few niggly things. I doubt their quality has changed and if I were in the market, I would certainly get one given the $50k-$60k difference from Farrier Marine. Love FMs boats, but it seems to me IF's original mission was to make a quality affordable product. I would say MHD has hit the mark, and FM is one for two.
  13. efrank

    SailGP 2019

    I think this confirms that they are not just using the GPS speed. Otherwise they would be claiming the top speed was 57 knots. It wasn't the clearest explanation, but I think what they were saying is that they compensate for varying situations with other measuring devices.
  14. efrank

    SailGP 2019

    I think Japan is every bit as good as Australia. Nathan Outteridge might be the most talented high speed sailor alive. They have saved a lot of points with broken boats in this series. Also, they are doing it while developing Japanese sailors. No doubt Australia dominated this regatta though.
  15. efrank

    SailGP 2019

    YouTube. I like to watch it on the big TV and run the app on my phone.