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  1. My Olson 30 fibreglass rudder post has worn so the cap (and tiller) has some movement up and down and back and forth. 10 years ago I rebuilt it up with new fibreglass, but it's wearing again. Has anyone tried any other methods, like fitting a short piece of pipe over the rudder post? Or using something other than fibreglass to rebuild it?
  2. Gelcoat finish, wet spots won't cure

    It's very possible that your hardener is old. It loses it's properties over time. This is the exact problem that I found myself when using 1 year old hardener. Try it with a new little bottle of hardener.
  3. From here: http://dnaperformancesailing.com/g4-automated-foil-control-system-explained/ Either fully automated or "oh-shit button" activated. Releases the mainsheet to avoid a capsize. What a concept.
  4. Actually that's not right. Any skilled singlehander will do much less work than a crew because he's figured out the most efficient way to do it, rather than wasting energy like a headless chicken. I'm not saying his way is faster to the finish line, from a racing point of view, but it is certainly more efficient from a crew-work point of view. It's simply impossible to do otherwise. In fact, the real challenge to singlehanding is not the physical challenges, but the mental/emotional challenges. We've all seen the shouting and "running around like a headless chicken" when a crewed boat broaches. For a singlehander; well I'll quote IMOCA 60 skipper Ryan Breymaier: "When something really bad goes wrong (like a broach or a Chinese gybe), the first thing you do is make a cup of tea, and drink it. And if you're French you have a cigarette. Then you figure out how to fix the problem." There was a great video from this Vendee Globe of a skipper recovering from a broach. The boat was pinned on its side for a long, long time while he worked it out. The challenge of singlehanding is not in the physical, but the mental and emotional. The figuring out how to do everything in a calm manner in good times and bad, because there's no one else to do it. And doing it all with 5 hours sleep for 3 months straight.
  5. Wacky new Mini

    The dagger boards - Perhaps the thought is that even when not extended, they will still provide lift on downwind runs. I think I'd be happier if there was a shallow well in the bottom of the hull so that the wing actually sat flush with the hull, rather than hanging below by a few inches. In light winds, where there is not enough wind to activate the DSS wings, those foils would be a lot of drag in a very bad spot, I'd think.
  6. Joke

    I gave a talk about singlehanded sailing to a sailing club on Saturday. I used this joke (after adapting it to "Tom sails his boat to a deserted South Pacific island") It got a good laugh from the audience. Thanks Scott Roberts!
  7. How many multi-billionaire Swedes do you know? Thankfully, Sweden, Norway, and Canada all seem to have gotten the mixture just about right. We take good care of the middle class, reasonable care of the lower income range, and still allow our mega-rich to buy mega-yachts without shame. I'm still working on the millions I need to buy my Class 40, and it's nice to know that I can both achieve that goal, and not be embarrassed by it.
  8. The only problem with communism is that it doesn't work. It's been tried. To distort a familiar quotation, "Capitalism is the worst system I know, except for all the others."
  9. No, that's not correct. Gold is more expensive because it is more difficult to find and more difficult to mine. Thus it takes more workers (who have paying jobs) to find the gold. You are correct that buying old art is just moving money between different rich people, but buying new art is certainly very good because it pays an artist, who buys a car and groceries with his money. All money that it put back into circulation to buy newly manufactured products are good for jobs and the economy. Remember that a screwdriver does not make money. Only the guy who built the screwdriver makes money. That includes everybody all the way back to the guy who drilled the well for the oil for the plastic in the handle.
  10. That's right. That's exactly what I said. Old cars are no good. New cars are great. If you want to talk about how legitimately they earned their money, that's a different discussion that I won't get into. I just want them to spend their money on mega-yachts. Lots and lots of mega-yachts and anything else that gets their money out of the mattress and into the hands of the workers.
  11. No, not at all, because he has simply invested this money in a different form of share certificate. Old cars = share certificates. On the other hand, if he was to spend the same $billion on designing and building new cars, then it would provide lots of employment for the masses. And if he goes and crashes those cars into a wall and then designs and builds another $billion in more cars, that's all the better. I'm a former stock broker and a CFA. I certainly understand capitalism. If rich people spend there money on goods and services that put people to work, that is a very good thing for the economy as a whole. If they just put their money into stocks and bonds, then its not as good. Think about the great depression. One of the many government make-work projects was Red Rocks. Was a concert venue the best way to spend money during a depression? This is where we get into the debate over whether it is better to give a man a job or just give him charity. I won't get into this. I only know that the biggest problem billionaires face is how to spend their money. I'd sure rather they spend it on stuff than keep it in their mattress.
  12. Yes I did, but not for the reason you're thinking.
  13. In fact, I am very specifically against trickle down proponents for the very reason that you seem to be advocating. Normally, when a rich man earns an extra dollar, most of the money is simply invested in bonds, or the stock market, or kept in the bank, and it does no real good to the working public because it does not actually purchase any manufactured goods. On the other hand, when middle class person earns a dollar, nearly all of it is spent on goods that pass the dollar on to the next guy, and the next guy, and so on and so on. BUT, when a rich person spends his dollar on goods, like a boat or a mansion, or a diamond encrusted toilet paper roller, than that money is actually passed on to the worker, who passes it on to the next guy, and so on. As I said before every one of the $100 million he spends on this toy is going into the hands of workers, who will use that money to buy goods from other workers, who use it to buy goods from other workers. It's called the multiplier effect. (It's the reason why governments build roads and bridges during a recession.) This is much better than him investing $100 in the stock market, or in government bonds, or keeping it in the bank. Much much better. So to all those obscenely rich dudes that want to overpay for mega-yachts, go right ahead. And if you find that you don't like the feel of your sable toilet seat cover, than buy a bigger mega-yacht. You are keeping our economy going. And for heavens sake just don't put your money in the bank.
  14. Some of you critics really don't understand how capitalism works. Every penny that he spent on this toy goes towards giving some guy a job. Every penny. From the miners in South Africa who dug the rocks for his diamond encrusted toilet paper roller to the ranchers in Russia who raised the sable for his toilet seat covers. These workers owe their job to him and people like him. So if he spends $100 million on the yacht, that's $100 million in jobs that have been created. That's a heck of a lot better than keeping it in the bank. With regards to being tax deductible, do you think the IRS is stupid? There is nothing they would love more than to catch some rich guy cheating on this. I don't know the situation in Russia, but here in North America they would audit the expenses very carefully. He would have to prove that the boat is truly being used for business purposes. And they would only allow a deduction for the percentage of time that it was actually being used that way.
  15. Retrieving the sail would be simple. We could have 50' of small spectra line folded up /// like a parachute and held with a rubber band at the clew, secured between the clew and the boom. I think I like the idea of the helmsman having control of the release remote. Only if a singlehander was sleeping would he use an automatic release computer system. This would reduce false positives.