Great_lakes_racer

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  1. Great_lakes_racer

    BYC-Mac Weather

    What is the time limit?
  2. Great_lakes_racer

    JC Worldwide Podcast

    +1 still bummed
  3. Great_lakes_racer

    Bungy kite take down?

    +1
  4. Great_lakes_racer

    30-35 ft sprit boat - up to 75K

    +1 peerless is whole heck of a lot of fun for the $
  5. Great_lakes_racer

    Miami to Havana Sleigh Ride Thread

    Ahhh ok. Thanks for clarifying! Should be fun to see how the scoring shakes out today
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    Miami to Havana Sleigh Ride Thread

    Anyone know what's up with the Farr 395 rating 51? Usually see them like 27-36 from what I recall
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    Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    *grabs popcorn*
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    Melges 40 - Ho Lee Fuk

    https://www.facebook.com/Melges40/videos/ Vids up
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    Melges 40 - Ho Lee Fuk

    Hell I'm getting old too. The grand prix racing (for free on OPB) was a blast, but got kids, student loans, trying to make a buck etc, so having a blast in 4kt SBs for now My point is, give the accessible parts of the sport some ink. The kids that get the bug will keep sailing, but they get the bug because someone took them racing. Some will get to sail M40s, foiling cats and 100 foot canters but not many. Agreed. And yes a little love for some of the big fleet 4ktsb events would be great, although user submitted articles are usually posted from what I know- but when I'm at an event I'm certainly not thinking about writing a recap lol
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    Melges 40 - Ho Lee Fuk

    Most definitely will. Just like several boats... it will slowly decrease and most likely never truly die off, which is awesome, because that fleet has a shit load of history and I'll always have a soft spot for it, like several other "4kt shitboxes" or whatever they're called these days. Be sure to tell Shriner you think it's a fleet that people shouldn't want to sail in next time you're tonsil deep on his knob. +1 for excellent trolling and jackassery today
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    Melges 40 - Ho Lee Fuk

    Most definitely will. Just like several boats... it will slowly decrease and most likely never truly die off, which is awesome, because that fleet has a shit load of history and I'll always have a soft spot for it, like several other "4kt shitboxes" or whatever they're called these days.
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    Melges 40 - Ho Lee Fuk

    Are you for real with the name dropping, dude? Did Shriner spooge on your face when he told you that too? Fuck off. Dropping his name to sound like you know what you're talking about insults him and denigrates you in the eyes of people who actually know. Young people don't sail because those with the money don't have the time to sail and those with the time don't have the money - or if they do have the money to buy a boat then they certainly don't have the money to race it. Believe me, the problem is not WANTING it. There are enough cool boats out there that milennials aren't wanting for something to lust after. The problem is that they lust after what they will realistically never have the financial basis to reach. Lol you all misunderstand. Looking ten years down the road you think 30-40 year olds who have the time and means to sail are going to want to race Etchells? Don't get me wrong. Love the Etchells fleet. Had great times family sailing on it. Just don't see it attracting the next generation of owners. As for the M40 comment... merely trying to bring this thread back to what it is supposed to be about- the Melges 40, which looks like an awesome ride. We don't have jack for info on it after having gone out and sailed now. Merely saying one person said they enjoyed their sail on it. Jesus... calm down bud
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    Melges 40 - Ho Lee Fuk

    Somedude: Fact of the matter is we have a cold hard reality to face: Most of those fleets aren't growing. They're shrinking. Why? People are getting old. Most young people don't like those boats. Most young sailors don't like those boats. Those boats will not attract new, young owners to the sport of sailing. FAST will. Anywho Shriner said the M40 was a blast, hope it lives up to the hype.
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    Melges 40 - Ho Lee Fuk

    Brits? I don't think it's Brits. The seriously wealthy don't much like OD. Huhwhat? Every billionaire in the sport is in one-design. Apart from the ones in TP52s, for instance. Apart from the ones building record-setters. Apart from the J-class owners. Or the ones looking for line honours in the Sydney-Hobart or the Fastnet. Yeah, all those sailing billionaires. Apart from those. Look... for every one of those, there's one in one design AND some of the guys who build custom go fast line honor boats are in one design classes as well. Many of these guys like competition, not just going out on the course and knowing they'll be first to finish.
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    Melges 40 - Ho Lee Fuk

    So the boat is designed by Botin, not Farr. The boatyard that built the boat has nothing to do with the fundamental deck design. This thing will never go close to offshore. Its so out there that it will only race in class. Certainly not primarily under handicap rules. This also takes out the need for a staysail as it will mostly see windward leeward racing. Good on you for spending other peoples money but that winch package that you are bagging is well into the 50k USD range. Add any fancy shit like that and the price will go right through the roof. Also not sure which C40's you have sailed on but none have driven runner winches (not even all 52s have that function) and none have driven main winches either.... Curious if you have any idea about what all that shit costs to add to a boat that has PLENTY of expensive bells and whistles. For example. Just adding a standard string drop system from harken is about 12k USD. Driving just one additional main sheet winch is going to set you back an additional 15k USD.... In fact if you even had half a clue about what you are talking about you would know that each button engages the relevant primary and the overdrive selection system is now integrated into the pedestal.... So yes there is value engineering happening there for a PRODUCTION boat. +1, nothing to add. EDIT: Oh yeah, you forgot about the canting keel, I don't know of any other W/L racer which has one. Why do people keep pretending this was a boat designed and built for the masses? The Melges 40 from inception is for a well healed 10-15 owners who don't give a shit about resale, comparative speeds, or (mild) budget constraints. Except clearly they DO care about comparative speeds it is in all the Melges marketing material for this one and it also seems- whether because of budget constraints or ease of organization that there is an effort by Melges to address those concerns-- again, its in the marketing material. Full disclosure: I'm rooting hard for the M40 to do well