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    Corona Virus

    FWIW, peak deaths only lagged peak cases in New York by 3 days. Some confounding factors discussed: https://covidtracking.com/blog/why-changing-covid-19-demographics-in-the-us-make-death-trends-harder-to
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    Five weeks of sitting - what would you learn to do?

    Yep, the spirit of la Terreur still echos in the "rational" passion of some arguments on this but I think most folks just get on with whatever works best for them. I suppose someone might be interested in duodecimal or hexadecimal for their nice non-repeating positional representations of some common fractions. In theory, my ideal system would be duodecimal, would have base units well suited to ocean navigation and would have a systematic way of naming derived units. Can't be bothered to sharpen up the guillotine and get all rational about it though.
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    Have Torqueedo Outboards Come of Age Yet

    NMC in the Torqeedos I've looked at.
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    Casting threads in composites

    I've had good luck with Meguiar's "Mirror Glaze Maximum Mold Release Wax".
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    ^^^ Related: Most People With Coronavirus Won’t Spread It. Why Do a Few Infect Many? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/science/how-coronavirus-spreads.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage ...On the other hand, knowing that Covid-19 is a superspreading pandemic could be a good thing. “It bodes well for control,” Dr. Nelson said. Since most transmission happens only in a small number of similar situations, it may be possible to come up with smart strategies to stop them from happening. It may be possible to avoid crippling, across-the-board lockdowns by targeting the superspreading events. “By curbing the activities in quite a small proportion of our life, we could actually reduce most of the risk,” said Dr. Kucharski. The NYT might be paywalled for some. TL;DR: perhaps 10% of infectious people are responsible for 80% of new infections. Certain types of contact (eg. in crowded bars) at just the right moment in the progression of the disease in the super spreader can result in many new infections. Here are the preprints they cite: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.20.20130476v2 https://wellcomeopenresearch.org/articles/5-67
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    Have Torqueedo Outboards Come of Age Yet

    Unless you already are motoring for other purposes (like moving the big boat) and can siphon off electricity to charge the electric outboard. If you distract an engine by occupying it with a big task you can get it to do other work for free. Also, broken cookies don't have any calories.
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    How to stop this dropkeel lifting off?

    Uh huh. The sarcasm font is always appreciated as a service to the literally minded. Presumably the concrete and whatever ballast it is holding in place has been adequate in the past.
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    How to stop this dropkeel lifting off?

    I'm calling the pocket in the keel where the board goes the case. Dunno if that's entirely correct but, FWIW, that's terminology I habitually use for keel / centerboard setups like yours. Looking up into the pocket from the bottom I think the closed top is supposed to constrain the board when the board is set to sailing trim.
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    Banjo fittings

    Gee is nice but fretting gives the gamut.
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    How to stop this dropkeel lifting off?

    I'd look into the board case to see if there is damage. If I'm reading the plan right and if the plan reflects something like reality then the plate should not be able to come off the pin as long the board is set with a bit of rake (say 15°). I think there should be just enough space between the top of the plate and the case to install the board. I'd consider packing the case out if there is excess. If that's okay it seems to me that a knot in the pennant to prevent lowering the board too far is all that should be required.
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    How to stop this dropkeel lifting off?

    Would it help to keep the board raised slightly? It kinda looks to me like the board would be constrained by the case as long as it was somewhat raised as shown here: https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/bradwell-18
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    Bottom Feeder: What To Buy?

    Some young dudes with boats want them to go to good homes. Decades ago (when I was young) a guy left me a note about his relationship with a boat I owned. The boat was not fore sale. I got the note. We had a nice chat. I had a long think. He ended up with the boat at a very good (IMO) price. When last I saw it he'd done nice things with the boat and that made me happy. I don't see the harm in making low offers. When on the selling side of these things I appreciate having options.
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    https://www.harken.com/default.aspx and https://www.harken.com/mobile.aspx work for me...
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    Corona Virus

    Yep. By and large folks around here gave up on the whole social distancing thing for graduation and Memorial day. 1.5 weeks later our dailies went from flat to exponential. Who'da thunk, indeed.
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    Zero deg of seperation from the Bug

    No, no. That's not machine torture. This is machine torture: