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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    I'll be "land yachting" on Chincoteague Island with in-laws. Last weekend was the mandatory annual visit to the middle of nowhere, North Carolina to visit the parents. When exactly, did I lose control of how I spend my vacation days?
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    Help me choose my next boat

    You mentioned the C&C 33 was on your list. Have you not found any to look at? No Tartan 30's?
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    Seeking Jerome Rand...

    Awesome, thanks.
  4. Can someone provide me with an email address or relay my email address to Jerome Rand, who recently finished his Westsail 32 circumnavigation? I'd like to contact him regarding having him speak at a gathering that I'll be organizing this fall. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Seeking Jerome Rand...

    His brother hasn't signed onto the forum in nearly a month but I sent a message.
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    The original 4kn Shitbox…

    Damn, that thing is immaculate. I'm not sure why, but the 25 is more popular than the 20 in the Annapolis area.
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    Chesapeake Bay Debris Cancelling Racing

    Before we all pile onto the RC for this one, on the day of the cancellation, I was watching the news. The news anchors stated that the governor himself directed that the race be canceled, followed by an audio/video soundbite of Larry Hogan going on about the race lanes being too hazardous. I'm not 100% positive that this is exactly how it happened, just reporting what I saw and heard.
  8. There are really good stories in this thread.
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    Valiant 39 or go with the 40?

    $500 for a lifetime of tech assist? That sounds like a deal to me.
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    Asymmetrical spin (only) takedown

    This may seem to go against instinct but with no other sails to cast a shadow, I would turn until the wind was forward of the beam until the sail was luffing and then lower it. This allows you to bring the clew in where you can reach it and the sail will be less loaded. You should hustle though, you don't want the thing flogging or getting hung up on anything.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    By growing oysters and barnacles on his hull, he's a mobile filtration system. He sails to the various creeks and tributaries and cleans them up!
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    Jetski Attempted Murder

    I was practically rolling on my office floor after reading this.
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    What is going on here?

    Wow, the lengths some people will go to...
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    Boat sling design-help!

    I sailed with Smile on the Pathfinder this weekend. It really is very sweet and simple. It was my first time rigging and sailing a gaff rigged boat. It took us some tweaking to figure out how to get the main bent on and properly set so that it didn't have weird creases in it from tension at the wrong angles. The breeze was light but we got a couple of good puffs that took us up to around 6 knots and it was just beautiful. I don't really understand what I'm supposed to do with my body when we're sailing though. There are no seats or thwarts of any kind and the cabin sole is pocked with water tight hatches. I just kind of roll around on the sole like an escaped beer can. If you are in a camping frame of mind, I think the boat is excellent for Huck Finn/KTL style sailing in the shallows of the Chesapeake, especially during early fall when the bugs settle down.
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    Amazing plastic polishing product

    Awesome. Someone on the forum (I forget who) warned me that the flexible panels get that haze after a few years. Glad to know there's a cure.
  16. I disagree with the "need" for a drone. You've made beautiful videos without one and I don't think that would be the defining criteria as to whether people watch your videos. I spent the weekend trying to capture drone footage of Illegal Smile's Welsford Pathfinder under sail. Flying a drone around the confines of a marina with masts and cranes sticking up everywhere is very anxiety inducing. The drone was even attacked by a bird...only a starling, fortunately. You really have to practice flying the damned things. Launch and recovery off of my anchored, stationary boat was also tense for me. I cannot imagine launching and recovering on a moving boat, while singlehanded. That crazy Nord from "No Bullshit, Just Sailing" does it all the time with a much more expensive drone than mine. I think you'd do the Chesapeake real justice if you came out to film it but it would probably kill you. The tributaries and the main bay sometimes (often?) freeze solid in winter and the summer heat would melt you into a pile of goo. You'd race the clock from March to May and again from October to maybe December to get your filming done.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Beautiful scenery.
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    Nice Flyer!
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    How make a cruising boat fast for racing?

    He asked how to optimize his cruising boat for racing. Your answer was to throw away the boat and buy a dedicated race boat. You answer was so non-sequitur as to be useless. He didn't ask what boat to buy, he asked how to make the most out of the boat he has. Take it to Carbon Sled Anarchy if you're bored.
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    How make a cruising boat fast for racing?

    Don't you understand yet? It's not about FUN! It's about winning, at any cost. Ditch your family, ditch your boat. Buy the latest carbon sled, crew it with professional assholes, spend all your money, get an ulcer, win all the regattas. Only then, will you be worthy of the sport.
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    How make a cruising boat fast for racing?

    Don't listen to the haters. It's ok to race your house, I do. I also agree with Semi...to a point. A good start is important and really helps, especially if you're competing against skilled sailors. If the general population is mediocre, there's a good chance that your competition will make an error later on, that wipes out their good start. I singlehand my 33 footer in the beercans. In order to not upset my crewed competitors by getting too close, I hang back in the second row during most of the starting sequence and then I blast for the starting line and clear air. I usually end up crossing the line at full speed, on time and in clear air. The sacrifice I make, is that I'm usually mid-line somewhere instead of at the favored end but it works out ok. I've never had to take the least favored end of the line. I think this is called the Vanderbilt start.
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    How make a cruising boat fast for racing?

    I hate to say it, but Daddle is right. All the fancy "gear" can be canceled out by excess weight. Remove everything that is legal to remove. Don't assume that "200 lbs on a 14,000 cruising boat" doesn't matter. It all adds up. I'm definitely guilty of this.
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    Fixed VHF with remote and AIS

    Yes, I think we all understand the difference between receivers and transmitters. Until and unless I start sailing up to foggy New England, I'm not forking out for an AIS transceiver.
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    Fixed VHF with remote and AIS

    It is the same sender. The same device, the GX2200, just different kinds of data.