Presuming Ed

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    Scattering ashes at sea.

    My Dad died about 18 months ago; he had been a lifelong sailor, and so we decided that the best thing to do with his ashes was to put them into the sea. I'm posting this to note what we did, to maybe help anybody out in a similar position in the future, and also for others to post about the laws and requirement in their location. Legal position. - IANAL. However, the advice we received is that scattering ashes at sea requires no specific license. I don't know about the position wrt privately owned rivers and harbours (Beaulieu river, Bembridge harbour etc). (Burials at sea are possible in the UK in certain specific locations (off the Needles amongst others), but there are particular requirements for coffins and licenses.) AIUI, the Environment Agency require that everything put into the water is biodegradable. So no wreaths or flower arrangements using plastic or metal parts. The choices we had were to scatter the ashes themselves into the sea, or to use a biodegradable urn. Googling for "water urn ashes" found a number of options. There seem to be two broad types - lightweight, paper type envelopes which float for a bit and then sink. Or heavier urns that sink more quickly, and then dissolve. (The pink one below is carved rock salt). We went with one of the faster sinking options, as we didn't like the idea of just watching it bob away. Ordered it online and had it sent to the undertakers, who dealt with the ashes. We put into the sea uptide of a navigation mark, so that fishing trawlers wouldn't pick it up as it dissolves - I checked with the harbourmaster for a good place. Said a word or two, and then back to shore for a drink to his memory. A good Dad, and a sailor who didn't believe in shouting. If you really want to go for it, you can get a viking longboat to set on fire. Seriously.
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    Nesting dinghy designed to plane under power?

    Ok, so sold as a completed boat, but there is the Foldable RIB.
  3. Another from the upcoming DAME awards. A log sensor that measures leeway. IIRC, one of the boats in the Volvo before last (?Puma?) had one, but it was a big pile of cash item designed for ROVs.
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    Is this the Figaro III?

    Anybody getting V & V tomorrow? Fairly amazing if it does turn out to be the Figaro III. Doesn't look at all cheap to build.
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    what is it?

    My thought, but with a (vestigial) coach roof.
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    "the art of coarse sailing" ebook?

    It, and its companion “The Art of Coarse Cruising” are, IMHO, the only two genuinely funny books about sailing. A Coarse Sailor is someone who in a crisis forgets nautical language and shouts 'For God's sake, turn left!’
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    Red Funnel ferry hits yachts at Cowes harbour

    And finally we have a MAIB report.
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    A big project!

    Tally Ho under sail...
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    Pay to play - amateur racing

    Here in the UK I have experience of two sorts of racing: 1) Pay to play. A commercial operation. Boat is MCA coded, oilskins (definitely not top of the line) and life jackets are available. Sailing with strangers. Pro skipper (not necessarily the helm). 2) Private owners. Boat is put on the start line by the owner at a previously understood level of competitiveness. Sails, maintenance etc is down to the owner. He gets to choose who does what. Life jackets are normally onboard to ensure compliance with special regs, but many bring their own. BYO oilskins. No cash to sail, but share costs of accommodation and food. Normally more competitive that PtP boats. With a particularly established team and owner, crew members take on things like crew lists, deliveries etc. The next level up from this is team oilskin, a pro or two etc.
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    Musto Sucks

    They've been selling shooting stuff for about as long as the horse kit. AIUI, the story is that Keith's daughter was into ponies, so Keith was getting dragged along to pony club, gymkhanas etc. Discovered that the choice for green coats was PVC or waxed cottton - Barbour and similar. Thought "I'm not wearing that... there might be a market here." And it's a short step from green coats for horse people to green coats for shooters. Also AIUI, they pretty much bet the whole company on a container full of Polartec fleece when Malden Mills first started making it.
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    Musto Sucks

    Tiny, tiny, tiny market compared to outdoor hiking etc companies. So zero buying power with Gore, no discounts for large orders. Standard story. Small makers with a small business; original owner/family want to cash out and so sell to VC, who need to scale up to justify the acquisition. Quality falls. See Musto, HL, Sperry(?) etc... Are Zhik next
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Around the UK in a ex-knackered Avon Searider - the original RIB. Pre jockey seats, so a real back killer. Bit of an oops on the first night, but more (well made) vids to come.
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    Should There Be A Woodworking Anarchy?

    Couple of nice rowing skiffs in epoxy ply. Ian Oughtred Acorn 17 Gartside Flashboat
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    Flying Fifteen: the boat for everyone

    In the OP’s video, it’s really odd to see UK used as national identification, rather than the plain K I always thought preceded GBR.
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    TP 52 Deal?

    Buying a boat. Not so much acquiring an asset as giving yourself exposure to a liability.
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    Port Starboard crossing - how close is too close?

    World Sailing Case 50
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    Flying your ensign while racing

    The RYA’s on the subject. First published in 1969. And on red ensigns ashore:
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    Flying your ensign while racing

    Actually, every club that I’ve ever seen that doesn’t hold a warrant for white, blue, defaced blue or defaced red flies the plain red duster from the gaff of the flagstaff. Here’s the Island Sailing Club, Cowes, doing just that. The chances of getting the MoD to grant new warrants for any new clubs to be allowed to wear a special ensign is about zero. and Itchenor
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    Stuck telltales solution?

    Rooster Teflon coated telltales
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    A big project!

    And here it is. Or at least part 1.
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    A big project!
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    A big project!

    Interesting talk. About 100? people there. Beards > women. He touched on the whole rebuild vs repair thing, and relofting the whole boat. Said that one of the things that swayed him was that the shape was so unfair on the port side after the repair after running aground that it would be a great shame to do all that work and end up with a boat looking that unfair and wrong. He hopes to be able to use some of the planking. 1/3 of the talk was on the boat, 1/3 on his story, and 1/3 (but hurrying it along) about the restoration. Then some questions. About 2 hrs all in. There was a camera at the back, so no doubt it will all go up on YouTube sometime. The finger was from the parrot. When's he going to finish? In 2 years... ask again in 2 years time. Would like to do the 2025 centenary Fastnet, or 2027 - centenary of Tally Ho's win. Use after she's finished? He was talking about some sort of charity/non profit use. Getting people afloat.
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    Brexit, WTF This is a reasonably big deal. Peter Oborne is former chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph, the biggest pro-Brexit newspaper. Quite a significant domino to topple. Who's next, I wonder?
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    Oyster Yachts gone bust

    Oyster Yachts looks like it is no more. Feel for the workforce. IIRC, VCs loaded the company up with too much debt?